Health Icons Lecture Series: Dr Kelly Brogan

Jul. 16 to 17, 2016 London, UK Up to 10 CPD Hours


Dr Kelly Brogan will be in London to talk about her science-based and holistic approach to treating depression. She shatters the mythology conventional medicine has built around the causes and treatment of depression. Based on her expert interpretation of published studies, combined with years of clinical experience, Dr Brogan illuminates the true cause of depression—and inflammation is at the root.

A silent tragedy in the history of modern health care is happening right now around the world, but no one is talking about it. We have been told a story of depression: that it is caused by a chemical imbalance and cured by a chemical fix — a prescription. Millions of us take antidepressants, including one in seven women (one in four women in their forties and fifties). Millions more — maybe you—are tempted to try them to end chronic, unyielding distress, irritability, and feeling emotionally flat—trapped by an exhausting, unshakable inner agitation.

It is time to let go of this false narrative and take a fresh look at where science is leading us. Before you try an antidepressant or if you do currently take these drugs, then I have an important message for you, too. Let me give you a primer.

Day One:

A Mind of Your Own

Dr Kelly Brogan will be in London to talk about her science-based and holistic approach to treating depression. She shatters the mythology conventional medicine has built around the causes and treatment of depression. Based on her expert interpretation of published studies, combined with years of clinical experience, Dr Brogan illuminates the true cause of depression—and inflammation is at the root.

A silent tragedy in the history of modern health care is happening right now around the world, but no one is talking about it. We have been told a story of depression: that it is caused by a chemical imbalance and cured by a chemical fix — a prescription. Millions of us take antidepressants, including one in seven women (one in four women in their forties and fifties). Millions more — maybe you—are tempted to try them to end chronic, unyielding distress, irritability, and feeling emotionally flat—trapped by an exhausting, unshakable inner agitation.

It is time to let go of this false narrative and take a fresh look at where science is leading us. Before you try an antidepressant or if you do currently take these drugs, then I have an important message for you, too. Let me give you a primer.

  • In six decades, not a single study has proven that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain.
  • The serotonin theory of depression is a myth that has been supported by the manipulation of data and an echo chamber of industry and media rhetoric.
  • Depression is not a genetic disease. It is an epigenetic syndrome. In 2003, a study published in Science suggested that those with genetic variation in their serotonin transporter were three times more likely to be depressed.
  • But six years later this idea was wiped out by a meta-analysis of 14,000 patients published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that denied such an association.
  • Depression is often an inflammatory condition, a manifestation of irregularities in the body that can start far away from the brain and are not associated with the simplistic model of so-called ‘chemical imbalances’.
  • Depression is an opportunity. It is a sign for us to stop and figure out what’s causing our imbalance.
Day Two:

The New Psychiatry

Dr Kelly Brogan will address an audience of predominantly practitioners and nutrition professionals interested in transforming their patient’s physical and mental health through nutritional medicine. (The event is also open to the general public.)

Dr Brogan will show you both how and why nutritional medicine should be considered as a mainstream element of any competent healthcare solution, with research, education, policy, and health promotion supporting this new framework.

When we look at the whole person, living in their environment, and we leverage our understanding of what their epigenome is expecting to encounter, we see that forcing their system to adapt to a pharmaceutical grade chemical is a misguided assault on their very humanity. It’s time to bring a more enlightened form of medicine to these patients.

A Few of the Topics to be Covered

  • What if depression and anxiety had a resolvable root cause?
  • Why Aren’t We Asking WHY
  • Antidepressants: What you need to know
  • Psychoneuroimmunology: The science of the gut-brain connection
  • Nutrition: Personalised diets for healing
Special Guests for Day Two:

A career GP, Dr Ayan Panja has been a doctor for 17 years having qualified from the Imperial College School of Medicine. He is a partner in a busy city centre NHS surgery and is interested in the prevention of illness and disease. He presents Health Check, a round up of global health stories on BBC News and BBC World News and is clinical assurance adviser for NHS.uk. His passion is to improve people’s understanding of health face to face or via media, covering anything from allergies to Zika virus.

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Dr Rangan Chatterjee is a practicing NHS GP. He is a member of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners. He holds a BSc Honours Degree in Immunology and is a member of the Institute of Functional Medicine. He passionately advocates and follows a philosophy that lifestyle and nutrition are first line medicine and the cornerstone of good health. He is dedicated to finding the root cause of ill health rather than simply suppressing symptoms with drugs. He uses his media profile to inspire the public that good health is achievable for all by following simple and practical lifestyle advice.

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Dr Tamsin Lewis is a successful former GB elite athlete and through this experience learnt the importance of nutrition and lifestyle interventions in maximising optimal performance. In 2012, she founded Curoseven.com which extended this ethos to health optimisation in a more general capacity and the journey of re-learning along a functional and integrative paradigm began. Having suffered herself from mental health problems from her teenage years and a severe head injury in her 20’s Tamsin’s passion to educate about the innate capacity of a correctly supported body to self heal is compelling.

After a 4 year hiatus from NHS practice — Tamsin returned post baby – to part-time practice, in order that she fulfil training years needed to reach consultant level but has increasingly become disillusioned by the heavy handed pharmaceutical approach to mental health encouraged within the NHS and the lack of resources deployed for lifestyle interventions.

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David Carmichael took the life of his 11-year-old son Ian on July 31, 2004 in a London, Ontario, Canada hotel room while he we was in a Paxil-induced state of psychosis and was charged with first degree murder. He was judged to be “not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder” in September 2005 and received an absolute discharge from Brockville Mental Health Centre in December 2009. He's been off all prescription drugs since September 2010. Prior to his family tragedy, David was a physical activity and sports consultant with no history of violence or mental illness. His tragic story is shared at davidcarmichael.com.

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About Dr Kelly Brogan:

Dr Kelly Brogan is a Manhattan-based holistic women’s health psychiatrist, author of the book, A Mind of Your Own and co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression. She completed her psychiatric training and fellowship at NYU Medical Center after graduating from Cornell University Medical College, and has a B.S. from MIT in Systems Neuroscience. She is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, and is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms. She is on the board of GreenMedInfo, Functional Medicine University, Pathways to Family Wellness, NYS Perinatal Association, Medical Director for Fearless Parent, and board member for Health Freedom Action, the peer-reviewed, indexed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, and the Nicholas Gonzalez Foundation. She is a mother of two.

Dr Kelly Brogan's Latest Book:

](http://amzn.to/2f37q4W)A Mind of Your Own: For decades we’ve been told that the fat we eat turns to fat in the body, contributing to weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, and generally poor health. And yet, even with all our low-fat products, we’re fatter and sicker than ever before. What’s going on? Could it be that the most feared food group is actually…the most helpful?

A Mind of Your Own offers an achievable, step-by-step 30-day action plan — including powerful dietary interventions, targeted nutrient support, detoxification, sleep, and stress reframing techniques — women can use to heal their bodies, alleviate inflammation, and feel like themselves again without a single prescription.

Bold, brave, and revolutionary, A Mind of Your Own takes readers on a journey of self-empowerment for radical transformation that goes far beyond symptom relief.

The Venue

King's College - Waterloo Campus

Franklin-Wilkins Building B5 Audiotorium Stamford Street London SE1 8WA

Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
With a one-hour break for lunch
(lunch is not provided)