About the Authors

Judith WurtmanJudith J. Wurtman, Ph.D was the former director of the Research Program in Women’s Health at the MIT Clinical Research Center and founder of TRIAD, a Harvard Hospital weight loss center. Along with Dr Frusztajer, she ran a private weight loss practice in the Boston area specializing in obesity caused by anti-depressants and emotional overeating.

Dr. Wurtman received her Ph.D in cell biology from The George Washington University and took additional training in nutritional biochemistry and obesity as an National Institute of Health postdoctoral fellow. Her research career focused on the relationship between carbohydrates, brain serotonin and disturbances in emotional status and eating and became a recognized authority on the topic of how food can affect mood.

Her discoveries include the phenomenon of 'carbohydrate-craving' in which sweet or starchy carbohydrates are consumed to relieve depression, anxiety or anger (by raising brain serotonin). Dr Wurtman also showed that carbohydrate-rich foods can be used to decrease appetite and increase satiety especially among people treated with anti-depressants and other drugs used to treat emotional disorders. In addition Dr Wurtman along with her husband Dr Richard Wurtman showed that serotonin is involved in the eating and mood disturbances of premenstrual syndrome, seasonal depression and smoking withdrawal. 

Dr. Wurtman has written 5 books, including Eating Your Way through Life, The Serotonin Solution, and Managing your Mind and Mood Through Food. She and her husband edited a series of books on Nutrition and the Brain and she has written over 40 peer-reviewed publications.

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Nina FrusztajerNina T. Frusztajer
, MD is a practicing physician with expertise in wellness and, with Dr. Wurtman, the co-founder of a Boston-based private weight loss center. Dr. Frusztajer studied the epidemiology of hypertension and received her Masters degree in Nutrition from Columbia University where she conducted peer-reviewed published studies on the relationship between nutrient intake and stress. She further specialized in the impact of nutrition and lifestyle on the onset of disease and overall well being by receiving her medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine followed by postgraduate training and medical practice in internal medicine and pathology.

In addition to her clinical expertise, Dr. Frusztajer is a certified professional life coach with years of experience in wellness and stress reduction. Through speaking engagements to the medical community and the general public, the media (print and radio), and individual consulting, Dr. Frusztajer helps people become more efficient and focused, relax more, and live a healthier (and happier!) lifestyle. Dr. Frusztajer has been practicing yoga since 1985 and teaching yoga since 2000.