@Justin_Lawler I recall his yelp reviews were pretty bad when I checked about a year ago. Personally, I think he genuinly wants to help but I find a lot of what he posts to be based on small studies. Its not clear to me that he understands deeply the nature of the papers he cites. I defineitly don't but the few that I do, I didn't get that feeling. The problem with these small studies, in my opinion, is that they are very underpowered, the placebo effect is greatly underestimated, and there is possibly a large phenotype bias (which could be placebo effect). Overall, I personally don't look to the writings to help myself.
I see many folks similar to Mr. Kesser promoting these "alternative" or "pop therepies." From my view, they all follow a similar pattern:
1. Symptom checklist overlaps with many conditions including anxiety and depression symptoms.
2. Symptoms are evaluated based on how a person feels. People google when they feel down or anxious so the search is emotion driven. Patients are rarely encouraged to track their emotions daily AND report what their data. Personally, I would start here first.
3. The "cures" are well defined but impossible to implmentent. For example, gluten is often touted as being a source of anxiety and stomach ailments. I've seen websites recommend 60 days of going gluten free and see if their symptoms improve. No mention of actually tracking symptoms (meaning writing them down daily). So you go gluten free for a week and then have a day where you feel down, so you assume you must have had gluten in something. You find nothing and conclude industry uses hidden gluten in their food and then proceed to write your congressman.
4. Tests or suppliments are recommended.
I think there is a little bit of truth in all of these studies but I really wonder how much is driven by the placebo effect.
My 2 cents.