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Drew Ramsey, M.D.
Drew Ramsey, M.D. is psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and works with people and organizations to promote building resilient brains with food. His is the co-founder of National Kale Day and author of 50 Shades of Kale (HarperWave 2013) and The Happiness Diet: A Nutritional Prescription for a Sharp Brain, Balanced Mood, and Lean, Energized Body (Rodale 2011). Learn more about eating for brain health at and on Twitter @DrewRamseyMD.

Entries by Drew Ramsey, M.D.

Here's How You Defeat the Winter Blues

(6) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 11:13 AM


Winter is a misunderstood season. The holiday frenzy and new year often obscure the best winter has to offer -- a season of inward reflection, comfort foods and lots of sleep. Adjusting with the seasons is essential to functioning your best, but winter...

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It's Sugar Season: How to Cope

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 11:37 AM

The holiday season is here and, inevitably, people are asking me about cookies again. "Will the sugar kill me?" is accompanied with an anxious laugh.

Yes, I know research says that sugar is evil, yadda yadda. But sugar is misunderstood. After all, your brain right now is running...

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How Kale Became My Cause

(10) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 5:37 PM

Last Wednesday, I found myself on the phone with the second largest purchaser of food in the United States, the New York City public school system. The conversation was kale. To celebrate National Kale Day (today, Oct. 1), they will be offering kale to the 1.1 million students,...

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Celebrate National Kale Day Wednesday, Oct. 2: Join Team Kale LIVE!

(3) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 11:08 AM

2013-09-30-LogoBlackGreenHighRes.pngWhat will it take for us to reclaim our health? Simple shifts. That's what all the green buzz about kale boils down to. Swap pretty much anything in your diet for kale and you've made a healthy choice. Kale is so nutrient-dense,...

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This Is Your Brain on Kale

(501) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 8:48 AM

The frenzy over kale has turned from foodie buzz to eater roar. Around the country everyone is talking about kale. As a physician, nothing could please me more. Kale represents an important lesson for all us eaters about the power of food choices to transform our health. Sure, let's disclose...

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Eat For Happiness: 5 Rules

(157) Comments | Posted July 27, 2012 | 8:20 AM

In my practice of psychiatric medicine, I spend every day treating patients so that their master mood regulator -- the brain -- will get more of what it needs to be strong, healthy, and happy.

But when I meet new patients, I know that the way most of them...

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To Fight Addiction, Feed Your Brain

(18) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 8:43 AM

For any addictive behavior, a good place to start the path of recovery is at the end of your fork. Beating an addiction and staying committed to sustained recovery depends on your optimal mental health, and science tells us that your mental health is powerfully affected by what you eat....

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