Interview With Dr. Ann Childers on the 2014 LCC

Dr.AnnChildersA very interesting interview! I was probably not at my best in this interview, considering that I was concentrating mostly on the personal experiences Dr. Childers had with low-carb diet.

I was thinking I had already covered most of the topics I planned to talk about, and was trying to think of other things to talk about only about 15 minutes into the chat. Then Dr. Childers told me that she wanted to talk about the results she was having with her patients with low-carb.


After that, things got even more interesting, as I managed to more-or-less get out of my own way and let Dr. Childers talk about things for which she has the most passion. Among other things, she talked about how low-carb greatly increased the effectiveness of other treatments and medications — and in some cases, replaced other treatments.

One could almost draw the conclusion that schizophrenia is not a Thorazine deficiency! Who knew?



  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 01:30 How her own health problems got her interested in low-carb in 2003
  • 03:12 How she got help from some very unusual sources
  • 10:30 Conquering her severe sugar addiction
  • 11:40 Her contributions to mainstream nutrition & psychiatry
Chapter 23: Nutritional Aspects of Psychiatric Disorders by Ann Childers, MD
Textbook: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: The Essentials
Editors: Keith Cheng & Kathleen Myers

The link to the chapter (Google Books, free to the public) is here:

  • 12:30 Twitter handle @AnnChildersMD, website:
  • 13:50 Hey, Howard! Let’s talk more about my patients!
  • 14:10 Low cholesterol is bad for chidren!
  • 14:30 Cholesterol below 160 is also associated with bad behavior in adults!
  • 17:30 Low iron levels can be a problem, too — she sees a lot of that, possibly because of the unhealthy obsession of the “nutritional” profession with red meat
  • 18:50 Could it be B12?
  • 21:00 Magnesium is hard to test for — but deficiency is easy to diagnose… and not very expensive to fix
  • 23:35 Her major influencers
  • 25:30 Her upcoming publications (~4 or 5 months out as of this writing)

(Edit July 21, 2014) Dr. Childers has a new article online: Dietary Carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes management. Critical review and evidence base.

  • 27:00 The Final Question

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