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Read it with a caveat

The interview with Gregory Charlop, MD, (“Doctor prescribes tips for wellness in new book,” May 21), the author of “Why Doctors Skip Breakfast,” was an example of how anyone with an advanced degree can claim to be an expert on anything.

While I am not dismissing Dr. Charlop’s legitimacy as an anesthesiologist, he is self-taught in the field of nutrition and wellness, and his recommendations should come with that caveat. On Charlop’s website, he advertises many services at his Beverly Hills clinic where “celebrities and executives fly in from all over the country for plastic surgery under his expert care.”

Some of Charlop’s recommendations may be appropriate for individuals with specific conditions, however, he makes broad sweeping claims applying them to anyone. Having reviewed the literature, many of his claims have little to no evidence in human studies (e.g. drinking ketones is good for the brain, coffee reduces the chance of getting Parkinson’s disease, running marathons shortens lifespan). I fully support minimizing the consumption of highly processed foods, and fasting may be appropriate for some individuals, but there is no eating pattern that is ideal for everyone.

Finally, Charlop states that ketamine with good diet and lifestyle choices are the way to treat depression and that oral antidepressants aren’t very effective. I am all for making lifestyle changes, but oral antidepressants can be effective for some people and should not be discontinued without physician supervision. I encourage the Spokesman-Review and its readers to always evaluate health claims with a critical eye.

Elizabeth Abbey, PhD, RDN



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