A Menu for Better Mental & Physical Health

August 20th, 2014

Note: The new location: The Egg & I Restaurant, 2574 Baseline Rd, Boulder, CO 80303 (Basemar Shopping center off of Broadway, next to WholeFoods)

Jeffry Gerber, MDOwner, South Suburban Family MedicineWill Van Derveer MD Founder of the Integrative Psychiatric Healing CenterBarry Erdman, LCSWIndividual & Family Psychotherapy Private Practice, Boulder Host: Barry Erdman

About The Presentation

What if most everything you were led to believe was good for you to eat was actually harming your physical and mental health? This panel presentation may likely shock and surprise you.

Profit driven corporations continue to promote drugs and processed foods as if they were helpful and healthy. Farmers resort to growing compromised crops based solely on economic decisions. Why are chronic diseases on the rise worldwide, despite great advances in medical science? We are urged now to learn and understand the importance of gut bacteria, carbohydrates and insulin, the harmful effects of gluten, corn, and other common foods, and much more.

We will spend time in this presentation looking at how diseases and mental illnesses can be reversed by reviewing overlooked science and medical research. It’s time for each of us to be reminded to take charge of how we live our lives and especially what we eat and why. Jeffry Gerber will present the alternative hypothesis regarding the development of chronic disease. Specifically the result of outside exposure to low levels of inflammation, including diet, processed foods, smoking, alcohol, lack of exercise, etc. Will Van Derveer will present several cases that illustrate effective dietary treatments for mental illness conditions, including anxiety and bi-polar disorder. Barry Erdman will summarize his personal adventure focused on a revised dietary lifestyle change, and address social and ethical concerns related to the increasing demise of available healthy nutritious foods, locally, nationally and on the global level.

About the Presenters

Dr. Jeffry N. Gerber, M.D. FAAFP is a board certified family physician and owner of South Suburban Family Medicine in Littleton, Colorado, where he is known as “Denver’s Diet Doctor”. He has been providing personalized healthcare to the local community since 1993 and continues that tradition with an emphasis on longevity, wellness and prevention, using low-carb high fat (LCHF), Ancestral, Paleo and Primal diets in the overweight and obese. He received an honorary Degree of Fellow, FAAFP from the AAFP for his commitment to family medicine and contributions to the local community. Dr. Gerber is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, the Obesity Action Coalition, the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, the Colorado Medical Society, the Arapahoe-Douglas-Elbert Medical Society and the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Dr. Will Van Derveer, MD is the founder of the Integrative Psychiatric Healing Center in Boulder, and is a clinical researcher of post-traumatic stress disorder. His areas of expertise cover a broad range of complementary and alternative treatments aimed at balancing a dysregulated nervous system. A diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, he has sought training in alternative and complementary approaches due to limitations with the effectiveness of conventional treatments. In over 10 years of practice in Boulder, he has found success treating a wide variety of psychiatric complaints beginning with support for healing struggling intestines.

Barry Erdman, LCSW, DCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and diplomate of clinical social work in private practice in Boulder, working with adults, couples and families for 27 years. His eclectic psychotherapy practice combines conventional outpatient community mental health care with alternative approaches drawing from his study of Theravadin Buddhism  and Vedantic Hinduism in S.E. Asia, along with transpersonal psychology and clinical hypnosis in the USA. For the past 7 years, he has focused his study on researching the effects of diet and nutrition on mental and physical health. Barry also serves as coordinator for Interface.

Additional Resources

Barry Erdman, LCSW
303 444-1404
[email protected]

Jeffry Gerber, MD
303 346-9490

Will Van Derveer, MD
303  260-9685
[email protected]

Carbs Are Killing You: Why eating fat doesn’t make you fat


Gut Feelings: The Future of Psychiatry May Be Inside Your Stomach, Carrie Arnold

What If It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie, Gary Taubes

A Call for a Low-Carb Diet By Anahad O’Connor New York Times

Good Calories Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health, Gary Taubes

Why We Get Fat and What To Do About it, Gary Taubes

Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression, Schizophrenia, Natasha Campbell-McBride

Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers, David Perimutter

The Big Fat Surprise:  Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz


Bibliography of 106 low carb studies

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