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Thriving with Mental Health After a Suicide Attempt

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Thriving with Mental Health After a Suicide Attempt

Food As Medicine with Dr. Anh podcast

Dr. Anh,

5 min read
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Here’s some food for thought for anyone interested in mental health and nutrition. 

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Modern Western medicine has its rightful place, but it’s not a cure-all. Western medicine’s main deficiency is its failure to consider human health from a holistic viewpoint, whether it’s the food we eat or the thoughts we think. In this podcast episode of Food as Medicine, host, pharmacist and health coach Anh “Dr. Anh” Nguyen and naturopath Christina “Dr. Chris” Bjorndal discuss how eating the right foods and supplements can have a decisive impact on improving mental health. Bjorndal’s insights offer food for thought to anyone interested in mental health and nutrition.


Naturopath Christina “Dr. Chris” Bjorndal discovered naturopathic medicine after conventional treatments for her own mental health struggles proved insufficient.

Naturopath Christina “Dr. Chris” Bjorndal discovered naturopathic medicine when she was struggling with health issues. As a young, overachieving student, she developed an eating disorder. Her doctor subsequently diagnosed her with anxiety and depression and prescribed antidepressants, which triggered a delusional psychotic episode. Following the episode, she received the diagnosis of bipolar disorder type one and had to take psychotropic medication. Bjornal continued to struggle with anxiety and depression for another 10 years. An unsuccessful suicide attempt sparked a spiritual crisis that prompted her to get to the bottom of her condition. She sought out a naturopathic doctor and consulted Abram Hoffer, a nutritionally oriented psychiatrist, who helped put her on a healing journey.

Orthomolecular medicine helped Bjorndal taper off antidepressants.

Orthomolecular medicine aims to ensure that patients take in all the molecules their body needs to thrive through the right...

About the Podcast

Podcast host, pharmacist and health coach Anh “Dr. Anh” Nguyen is a board-certified pharmacist and health coach. In her Food as Medicine podcast, she conducts weekly interviews with people who have healed themselves or their clients using food as medicine. Naturopath Christina “Dr. Chris” Bjorndal, PhD, studied naturopathic medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is an authority in the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders and eating disorders.

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