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July 13, 2020 55 min

Overview: Dr. Kat Toups, a functional medicine psychiatrist at Bay Area Wellness, was just 50 years old when she found herself struggling with full-fledged dementia symptoms. Through functional medicine, she was able to reverse her disease and return to work as a doctor and researcher. In this conversation, we discuss what functional medicine and functional medicine psychiatry are, how food itself can be medicine, the good and bad sides of inflammation, new research on COVID-19 and, of course, Kat’s own story with disease and healing. 

Resources from the podcast:

  • “The UltraMind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain By Healing Your Body First” by Dr. Mark Hyman (
  • “The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases“ by Amy Myers (
  • Kat Toups MD Facebook Page (
  • “After Alzheimer’s Diagnosis, Man Regains His Memory -- and His Driver’s License” article (

  • Bio: Kat Toups, M.D., DFAPA, IFMCP is a Functional Medicine Psychiatrist at Bay Area Wellness in Walnut Creek, CA, and is the organizer/administrator for Bay Area Functional Medicine group since 2012. Dr. Toups is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (the highest honor bestowed by the APA), Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and previously boarded in Geriatric Psychiatry.

    She has been active in local Psychiatric organizations, including Northern CA Psychiatric Society where she was on the Board of Trustees from 2008 – 2012 and served as Councilor-at-Large, as well as a co-founder and member of the NCPS Integrative Psychiatry Steering Committee, in addition to their Nominating Committee for several years. Dr. Toups was also very active in the East Bay Psychiatric Association for many years, serving on their Board of Trustees from 2006-2012, and as President from 2009–2012.

    Dr. Toups practices Functional Medicine Psychiatry, which seeks to discover the underlying causes of inflammation (like diet/nutrition, lifestyle, genetics including MTHF/Methylation/Sulfation/Detoxigenomic genetic polymorphisms, GI health including food allergies and dysbiosis, toxin exposure, chronic infections, and biochemical abnormalities) that can all be contributors to problems with Psychiatric symptoms and/or cognition difficulties. Detection and correction of these problems can result in the resolution of the Psychiatric symptoms, rather than just providing a band-aid by only prescribing Psychiatric medications without addressing the underlying causes of the Psychiatric problem. Dr. Toups also works with people having health challenges who are not experiencing Psychiatric problems.

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