The surprisingly dramatic role of nutrition in mental health | Julia Rucklidge | TEDxChristchurch

The surprisingly dramatic role of nutrition in mental health | Julia Rucklidge | TEDxChristchurch

Translator: Mayumi Oiwa-Bungard
Reviewer: Queenie Lee In 1847, a physician by the name of Semmelweis advised that all physicians
wash their hands before touching a pregnant woman, in order to prevent childbed fever. His research showed that you could reduce
the mortality rates from septicemia, from 18% down to 2%, simply through washing your hands
with chlorinated lime. His medical colleagues refused to accept that they themselves
were responsible for spreading infection. Semmelweis was ridiculed
by his peers, dismissed, and the criticism and backlash
broke him down, and he died in an asylum,
two weeks later, from septicemia, at the age of 47. What I’m going to talk about today
may sound as radical as hand-washing sounded
to a mid-19th century doctor, and yet it is equally scientific. It is the simple idea that optimizing nutrition
is a safe and viable way to avoid, treat, or lessen mental illness. Nutrition matters. Poor nutrition is a significant
and modifiable risk factor for the development of mental illness. According to the 2013
New Zealand Health Survey, the rates of psychiatric
illnesses in children doubled over the last five years. Internationally, there’s been
a 3-fold increase in ADHD, a 20-fold increase in autism, and a 40-fold increase
in bipolar disorder in children. And this graph here shows
there’s been a 4-fold increase in the number of people
who are on disability as a direct consequence
of an underlying psychiatric illness. The rates of mental illness
are on the rise. So how are we dealing with this problem? Currently, our healthcare system
operates within a medical model. Now, this means that you would typically
be offered psychiatric medications first, followed by psychological therapies, and other forms of support. Our reliance on medications
as a front-line form of treatment is evident from the increasing
rates of prescriptions. For example in 2012, half a million New Zealanders –
that’s one-eighth of us – had been prescribed an antidepressant; that’s 38% higher
than five years previously. Similarly, the rates of prescriptions
for antipsychotics doubled, from 2006 to 2011. Given that this medical model is fairly universal
across all Western societies, you would rightfully expect
that it was working well. And indeed, in some cases,
these treatments save lives. And I’m not here to dismiss it altogether. However, if a treatment
is truly effective, then shouldn’t the rates of disorder and disability as a direct
consequence of that illness be decreasing rather than increasing? That’s why we need to consider the role
that medications might be playing in some of these outcomes. If we take any class of medication:
antipsychotics, anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants; the pattern is the same. In the short-term, these treatments are often very effective,
but in the long-term, they aren’t. And in some cases,
they’re making life worse. If we look at, for example, studies that are being done on ADHD children
treated with stimulants or Ritalin, in the short-term, they are better, and responding – better responders
than any other form of treatment, but in the long-term, they fare less well than children who were
never prescribed these medications. Another study showed that despite our ever-increasing
reliance on antidepressants, the recovery rates and relapse rates are no better now
than they were 50 years ago, prior to the advent of these medications. And children with depression who were treated with antidepressants are three times more likely
to convert to bipolar disorder than children who were never
given these medications. And people who were randomized to stay on their dose
of antipsychotic medications are less likely to recover
from schizophrenia in the long-term than people who had been randomized to a dose reduction
or complete elimination of the drug. And I can show you more and more studies all highlighting the same bleak picture. So, pretty depressing. (Laughter) Is there another way forward? Almost two decades ago, my PhD supervisor at the time,
Professor Bonnie Kaplan, told me about some families who were treating themselves
with nutrients, in Southern Alberta, Canada. Now, they had bipolar disorder,
psychosis, depression. These are serious conditions,
and my education in clinical psychology had taught me that nutrition and diet were
of trivial significance for mental health, and that only drugs or psychotherapy
could treat these serious conditions. But she and others
were publishing preliminary data in the earlier part of this century, showing people getting well
and staying well. And so, I decided to study the nutrients, and that’s what I’ve done
for the last decade. In 2009, I received some funding to run
a randomized placebo-controlled trial, using minerals and vitamins,
also known collectively as micronutrients, for the treatment of ADHD in adults. And this study was published
in the British Journal of Psychiatry in April of this year, and here’s what we found. Within just an 8-week period, twice as many people responded
in the micronutrient group compared to placebo; twice as many people went
into remission in their depression, in the micronutrient group. Hyperactivity and impulsivity reduced
into the normal, non-clinical range, and those who were taking
the micronutrients were more likely to report that their ADHD symptoms
were less impairing and less interfering in their work and social relationships than people who were on the placebo. And one year later, those people who stayed
on the micronutrients maintained their changes
or showed further improvement, and those who switched to medications
or stopped the micronutrients actually showed worsening
of their symptoms. Now, I need to tell you something here, and that is, when I say micronutrients, I’m actually referring to
a dose higher than what you’d get out of a vitamin pill
purchased on the supermarket. In this study, we gave participants up to 15 pills a day with 36 nutrients. So it would be unlikely that if you went and got
an over-the-counter supplement, you would unlikely
see these positive benefits, both because the dose is lower,
and the breadth of nutrients is lower. Now, these positive benefits
are not confined to a single study. My lab at the University of Canterbury is the Mental Health
and Nutrition Research Group, and we’ve published
over 20 papers in medical journals, all documenting the benefits
of micronutrients. For example, this study here showed that we could reduce the symptoms
of bipolar disorder in children by 50% with a simultaneous reduction
of medications. This study here showed that we could reduce rates
of probable posttraumatic stress disorder from 65% down to 18%, following the Christchurch earthquakes, with a one-month intervention
of micronutrients, with no change in those not
taking the nutrients. Even one year later, those people
who had received the nutrients were doing better than those who didn’t. And we’ve just replicated these findings in collaboration with researchers
at the University of Calgary, following the floods of June 2013,
in Alberta, Canada. To me, the message is clear, that a well-nourished body and brain is better able to withstand ongoing stress
and recover from illness. Giving micronutrients in appropriate doses can be an effective and inexpensive
public health intervention to improve the mental health
of a population following an environmental catastrophe. In my 20-year career, I have rarely seen these dramatic responses
from conventional treatments. When people get well, they get well across the board, not only in the symptoms that we treated, but also in other areas,
like improved sleep, stabilization of mood,
reduction in anxiety, and the reduction in need
for cigarettes, cannabis, and alcohol. My research and those around the world have shown that 60 – 80% of people
respond to micronutrients, showing just how powerful
this intervention is. And internationally, there have now been 20 randomized
placebo-controlled trials – this is the gold standard
that we use to make clinical decisions – showing that we can
reduce aggression in prisoners, slow cognitive decline in the elderly, treat depression, anxiety,
stress, autism, and ADHD. And, they might even
be more cost-effective than current conventional treatments. This study here documented the treatment
of a 10-year-old boy with psychosis. When his 6-month inpatient treatment
with medications was unsuccessful, he was treated with micronutrients. Not only did the micronutrients completely eliminate
his hallucinations and delusions – changes that were maintained
six years later – but the cost of the treatment
was less than 2% than the cost of the unsuccessful
inpatient treatment. The cost savings alone make it imperative that our society pay attention
to the wider benefits of this approach. And there is more good news. Treating – Supplementing before
mental illness emerges can actually stop these problems
from developing in the first place. This fantastic study looked at
81 adolescents at risk for psychosis and randomized them to receive either Omega-3 fatty acids
in the form of fish oils – essential nutrients for brain health – or placebo for a 12-week period. One year later, 5% of those who received the fish oil
had converted to psychosis versus 28% of those on placebo. That represents an 80% reduction of the chances of you
converting to psychosis, simply through giving fish oils. I wonder if I know
what some of you are thinking. I wonder if some of you are thinking, “Hold on! Why don’t I just eat better?” “Why don’t I just
tell everyone to eat better?” And indeed, there are
some fantastic studies that document the strong relationship
between dietary patterns and mental health although we’re still in very early days
of scientific investigation. We don’t know who would benefit
from dietary manipulation alone, and who may need the additional boost
from extra nutrients. But even in the last five years, there have been
11 epidemiological studies, cross-sectionally and longitudinally, in large populations around the world, all showing the same thing. The more you eat a prudent
or Mediterranean or unprocessed type of diet, the lower your risk for depression. And the more you eat
the Western diet or processed food, the higher your risk for depression. I know of only one study
that has not found this association, and not a single study shows that the Western diet
is good for our mental health. (Laughter) What is the Western diet? Well, it’s one that is heavily processed, high in refined grains,
sugary drinks, takeaways, and low in fresh produce. And the healthy diet is one that is fresh, high in fruits and vegetables, high in fish, nuts, healthy fats, and low in processed foods. What your grandmother
would recognize as food. (Laughter) There are still many questions remaining about the relationship
between mental health and nutrition. What role do genetics play in determining who’s going
to respond to nutrients, and who needs additional nutrients
than what they can get out of their diet? What role does an infected, inflamed gut
play in the absorption of nutrients? It’s not we are what we eat; it’s we are what we absorb. And what role do medications play in determining how effective
the nutrients are? Combining medications and nutrients
is actually complicated, and we need more research in better
understanding these interactions. But ultimately, we need to know
how long these good benefits last. So with all of this data, this rich data highlighting
the power of nutrition, I think we can make some individual
and collective changes now. We could reconsider
our current treatment approach: prioritize lifestyle factors, healthy eating, exercise, supplements, and when necessary,
psychological treatments, and save medications
for when these approaches don’t work. If nutrients work, then shouldn’t they be covered
through our healthcare system? Take universal prevention seriously by optimizing the nutrition
of those who are vulnerable. We don’t wait for the heart attack to hit in order for us
to modify lifestyle behaviors that we know contribute to heart disease. It should be no different
with mental health. An easy way to implement
universal prevention would be to have pregnant women –
not pregnant women: midwives tell pregnant women
about the importance of nutrition. Nutrient-depleted mothers
produce nutrient-depleted children. Nutrient-poor foods during pregnancy increase the chances that your child
will have a mental health problem. Learn about the risks
of cheap, processed foods. As Michael Pollan stated,
cheap food is an illusion; there is no such thing as cheap food. The price is paid somewhere, and if it’s not paid at the cash register,
then it’s charged to the environment and to the public purse
in the form of subsidies, and it’s charged to your health. All children need to learn how to cook. All children need to know that food
doesn’t have to come in a packet. Schools could reflect on the content
of their lunch menus. Children are too frequently rewarded
with processed foods for good behavior. We need to reflect on whether or not
this pairing intuitively makes sense. Ultimately, we have
a responsibility to teach them that every time they put
something in their mouths, they make a choice: to eat something nourishing,
or something nutritionally depleted. In the 19th century,
physicians were offended when Semmelweis suggested they wash
their hands before delivering babies. We are now asking them to consider whether the medications
that they prescribed are contributing
to the poor long-term outcome for some people with mental illness. But eating well and when appropriate
additional nutrients can improve the mental health
of many people. I leave you with one last thought. Randomized trials in the 1600s showed that putting limes
aboard ships headed out for long voyages completely eliminated
the 40% mortality from scurvy. But it took 264 years
for the British government to mandate that all ships
must carry citrus for their sailors. How long will it take our society
to pay attention to the research showing that suboptimal nutrition is contributing
to the epidemic of mental illness? So this is my idea worth spreading: Nutrition matters, and if we’re really ready to get serious
about mental health, we need to get serious about
the critical role played by nutrition. Thank you. (Applause) (Cheering)

99 thoughts on “The surprisingly dramatic role of nutrition in mental health | Julia Rucklidge | TEDxChristchurch

  1. From my experience it plays a major roll in the clarity of thought and concentration, memory also gets better… my body feels so much better when I eat nutritional foods, thanks for your work!

  2. Why has this been flagged by TED as falling outside of their guidelines? If anything, Julia's professional credentials and research methods are far superior to most pharma co's testing of psychotropic drugs. I understand TED have refused to engage with her to explain their findings. You can't have it both ways TED

  3. So….more pills?? Uh, I mean "nutritional supplements". Either way, you're still proselytizing for chronic long term dependency. Also, I've no doubt this is a pitch for some supplement companies.

  4. For those that may be sceptical about the pro-vegan diets, paleo-based diets are also a wonderful diet that has helped many people, especially those with autoimmune diseases which usually includes mental health issues like depression. I personally was clinically deficient in Vitamin D and vitamin B12. All it took was 3 months to go from deficient to the borderline range. Still working on it but I have not experienced depression, brain fog, fatigue and anxiety as before.

  5. It's all so simple, yes is some instances nutrition has nothing to do with mental illness but a majority of times they can be prevented. This is not our true nature, to eat like this behave like this etc. I swear so many people do not understand and will never understand.. it's sad

  6. Surprisingly??? Thank you for surpressing humanity like the rich entitled degenerates you are. If you believe in world government in general you might want to read your ancient history all due respect. Everything in front of you is a lie. Don't be afraid because the neurotoxins that affect that brain and found in it are being sprayed as Harvard backs it and sells it as geo engineering. Think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration. Don't think being mislead isn't by design. Much love and stand up against the people that surpressed Dr otto warburg, Royal Rife, Budwig, Gerson therapy, China Study, William Reich, eastern tradition etc Its not your fault the largest insulin provider created the old food pyramid and ancient history explains far more about the human body.

  7. This lady is a shill for a vitamin company that produces substandard incompletely labelled rubbish and promotes it to treat a serious disease. TEDx should be more careful.

  8. My mother cooked delicious healthy foods everyday
    . My brothers and sisters eat out alot or abuse Thier. Health with drugs , liquor and stress.went right to Thier heads. I keep a high magnesium diet and exercise when ever possible. I cook at home . Eating out can be leathal from the bacteria on the plate on the glass on the table. Keep the bacteria out .eat magnesium rich foods. Magnesium take the toxins out .making your physical and mental health at its top performance. Eat good food
    Free Palestine.stay clean.

  9. Found out I was allergic to gluten last year, my mood changed drastically, i have energy now and feeling really well. I was depressed, anxious, had no energy and didn't know why, which was even worst, because I didn't have the popular symptoms like diarrhea so I was clueless. Thank god I did research and did a blood test/gastroscopy to confirm my celiac disease. I am 26, I can't imagine people going through their whole life without knowing they have celiac disease and never feel better :/

  10. "we don't know who would benefit from dietary manipulation alone and who may need the additional boost nutrients" "That's why we just don't tell everyone to eat right" WTF *lobbyist alert

  11. I don’t understand how in the description this is described as new science. We learn this in school how our micronutrients are essential to the body’s functioning and wellbeing. Things like caffeine and sugar are known to exacerbate anxiety. These nutrients are essential for brain and body function.
    Granted not everyone’s mental illness is as severe as the next, it’s so easy to become deficient in just one essential nutrient…

  12. This was an amazing talk – absolutely loved it. And I absolutely hate that TEDx has flagged it. It appears not even TED speakers' freedom of speech is entirely free when they come up against Big Pharma.



  14. I have included superfoods with adaptogens in my daily routine for 10 years now, and the dramatic difference in my own mood, my ability to handle stress, and everything has changed. I wish I could get your information to more doctors.

  15. Poor people have more health problems because it is very difficult to eat fresh foods on a tiny budget. Eating junk food – the more junk food you want. Junk food makes one feel sluggish, lethargic, and leads to depression. What a difference it would make if our governments would make healthy foods available at food banks, but cheap food is usually high carb, high sugar, and highly processes. A no win situation.

  16. Dr. Rucklidge emphasizes the psychological changes and improvements. Dr. Erica and Justin Sonnenburg at Stanford have identified the changes in the microbiome from just food high in fiber and this is with food and not a series of 36 micro nutrients although a lot of the micro nutrients that were given to patients are probably in the healthy food. Feed the microbiome and it will do the rest. Diet is essential to mental health. the extra nutrients may be needed where the diet is deficient in parts of the world.

  17. What kind or doctor or practitioner do I see to be advised of this? I was literally laughed out of a psychiatrists office and refused a recommendation because I said I didn't want to take ssri meds and wanted to go a holistic route. I have done as much research as I can on the internet but I want a professional opinion. I started a vitamin and supplement reginmine which has turned my mental health around for the better but I want to go all the way with my diet and I don't quite know how to do it.

  18. I grew up with untreated/undiagnosed anxiety and other mental health issues. I wasn’t diagnosed until into my late 30s when I had kids. Got put on Zoloft which helped short-term, yet the side effects were not good. A dear friend shared fruits, veggies, and berries in a capsule with me 3.5 years ago, and it made a HUGE difference in my health, especially my mental health issues. I was able to wean off meds almost 2 years ago, and no longer feel so awful. Have made more lifestyle changes since then to support continued healing, but my daily capsules of concentrated micronutrients saved my health. I also take vegan Omegas that have increased my mental clarity as well. My older girl has ADHD and anxiety, and she has never had to take meds because of the nutrition she gets in the capsules!

  19. Yet another problem is rising levels of soil depletion. That's also a major contributing factor to increasing nutritional deficiencies.

  20. The Instituto de Neurociencias Endocrino y Nutrición in Peru wait for you. Occidental Food is strongly Inflammatory, and hyperactive the endocrine immune system, througth the Gut Brain Axis and the Neuroendocrin HPA Stress Axis. Thank you so much¡

  21. Thank you for sharing this…and for documenting and supporting common sense with science!!

  22. She avoided mentioning that the Western diet AVERAGES 25% animal products, meaning many eat more than that…and that these are now being implicated in most chronic disease, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, arthritis, brain disorders, etc. Eat plants…fresh, whole plants, especially fruits, veggies, nuts/seeds with limited amounts of whole grains and legumes…and you will live long.

  23. Michael Pollan, whom she quoted…stated famously…"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Famously, she didn't mention that. Must be a meat eater.

  24. How scientific it is, comparing Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, ADHD and PTSD outcomes? "Reversing Schizophrenia"??? Plus she is a CLINICAL psychologist, not a researcher. But of course, healthy eating, sleeping and exercising reduces the risk of many diseases.

  25. I needed the pills at first tbh, but when I started to feel better and eat better I came off the pills pretty quick, only after doing it that way have I felt first hand effects of how eating well makes me feel good. I was anti veg but sneaking them into chilli or curry is easy and now I love veg and I feel good – I still eat junk, but I enjoy eating 90% healthy now 🙂

  26. I totally agree. My work and that of colleagues researching the nutritional quality of the foods of the world's longest living culture is revealing the obvious: We are adapted to wild foods and should seek out more of them and near wild, heirloom fruits and vegetables and even game meats and local seafood, we will be far better off than the rubbish food we have available today.

    Remember that Australian Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders who lived well into their 70s and 80s still retained encyclopaedic memories which covered survival rules, foods, bush calendars, medicines, land management, inter-marriage arrangements and more, going back 3 or 4 generations of their clan ancestors. They were polyglots speaking at least 3 languages and a few dialects and then learned English well past school age too.

    It was all to do with the quality, the range and freshness of the food they ate. Wild foods are rich sources of micronutrients including antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, anti-allergens, anti-rogue cell (anti-proliferatives, pro-apopotics, anti-carcinogens, anti-mutagens), immune boosters, adaptogens, organic acids, organ protectants (brain, heart, liver, kidney, pancreas, blood vessels, etc), live enzymes and enzyme regulators, good sugars and bioavailable minerals.

    I have been very fortunate to be able to offer LIFE (Lyophilized Indigenous Food Essentials)™ and if I can help anyone with this product, please Google it, do your research and then try it.

  27. I completely agree with her and the people in the comments. I have been on every anti depressant my body can take and I have been rushed to hospital with panic attacks so severe the doctors thought my body was shutting down to preserve itself. Upon learning I can't rely on drugs to get better I realised that my diet and lifestyle is enabling my anxiety and depression to happen. I've not had sugar for only a few days and feel so much more focused already.

    I don't know if I could go vegan as it would be too hard for me to stick to, but I'm happy being flexitarian and only eating fish and chicken if it helps my focus and mental health.

  28. Juila,
    My sincere hats off, for your enterprising research, analysis and bold suggestions.

    We are with you, on your journey to make the world better by simpler methods of right food than fast foods which only makes profits for rich corporates

    Keep up your energy, courage and your enterprising truth

  29. Major thing this video didn't mention… rid your life of people that are toxic for you. Way less stress and less depression from people that bring you down not being around.

  30. Good message but I feel as tho she was talking in circles how many times does did she say they still need to do more research 🤷🏽‍♂️

  31. Dr. Rucklidge severely mischaracterizes at least one of the studies she rapid-fires through at the beginning of her talk.

    She implies that the 6-8 year MTA follow up study showed that children with ADHD (or "ADHD children" as she called them) who were medicated fared worse on the follow up than children with ADHD who had not been medicated. This is not what the study says. The study says that all ADHD treatment groups, including children who were medicated with stimulant medication, maintained improvements over their baseline in the follow-up, but still performed worse than their peers who were never diagnosed with ADHD.

    At best she misunderstood the study, at worst she's intentionally misleading. Either way she needs to correct this. There's enough stigma around ADHD and it's medication already. That alone may explain the flag, but maybe there were other problems with her talk as well. Glad TED is aware of this and provides warning. Despite the temptation to blame a TED + Big Pharma conspiracy, the more likely scenario is that the talk was flagged because she is spreading false information related to a topic that she is supposed to be an expert in.

  32. B6 in the form of P5P and magnesium glycinate gave been extremely effective for my depression and anxiety. I take more vitamins than this but I really notice my mood is better with these two. Another thing i do is watch out for daily is potassium deficiency, it causes heart palpitations which feels like anxiety, eating high potassium foods or adding cream of tartar to some juice helps replenish and calm the muscle/nerve junctions. Nutritional deficiency can trigger the anxious or depressed feelings and that is a ball rolling down a hill.

  33. We should be celebrating the news that nutrition can cure or prevent mental illness. Instead so many fear that talking about and studying nutrition for the purpose of increasing mental health will (increasingly) stigmatize those who continue to use medication to treat mental illness. There is no reason to fear or be biased, using nutrition and vitamins and supplements adds so much to the treatment of individuals. It is actually so eloquent to see it as helping the body to build healthy neurotransmitters and receptors.

    There has been historically a subversion of this discussion of nutrition on mental health due to the negative reaction of people who use, or promote the use of psychiatric drugs as the best most effective treatment for mental illness.

    We need to start looking for ways for people to transition from psych meds to vitamins and supplements. That is the bottom line, for the love of humanity we need to support the bodies biological drive towards homeostasis.

  34. The diet influences the gut, which is tightly linked to our brain through the vague nerve and not only that. If you eat fresh fruit and veggies (aka PREbiotics), which will improve our microbiome, the healthy bacteria will produce more butyric acid and other important substances which are proven to be effective against depression but even seizures! So I've heard about this before and it's incredible but what's also incredible is how little this is talked about and researched 🙁

  35. Her focus on a plant and grain diet reminded me of the diet recommended by the Seventh Day Adventists in the late 1800's at Battle Creek Michigan.

  36. Reduce your oxidative stress and increase healthy fats. Our foods are unfortunately grown in trace mineral depleted soils.

  37. Surely if you eat what’s good for the brain it will help it heal itself? Or perhaps Ted think such an idea is deluded.

  38. We have brain cells in our gut, so we know when something is good for us. Unfortunately the brain is fooled by high amounts of sugar as being healthy, as it gives a lot of energy.

  39. I can't see the correlation in my case. I think social factors are crucial and what she is talking about is very insignificant for mental health.

  40. I am surprised at the lack of negative responses, every time I have ever brought this subject up I get hate rained down on me.

  41. When the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a ditch. The common allopathic method of treating illness is fraught with issues!

  42. I think it's better to show statistics based on population percentage rather than the number because, as population increases, naturally, people with disorders will increase too. So, the total number of people as a statistic is deceptive.

  43. I am not surprised at all bec Ayurveda (Indian Medicine) has been saying that for thousands of years, and Hippocrates also said that back then which our medical fraternity very conveniently forgot…….We are what we absorb, when we eat either we are fighting a disease or feeding it!

  44. I switched to a whole food diet one week ago for health problems and was amazed at how it has affected my mood..for the first time in eight years , I made it through an entire day without a single panic attack or depressive episode

  45. She didn't say go meat you are a human with incisors ..just not corn fed and loaded with damn vegans trolls

  46. ..i liked her talk on nutrition & more important things for us, "human beings to get used to do.. " for the sake of health, safety & more(again) for our own sake, namaste🙏

  47. ..en palabras simples: mejor pre-venir pa' no lamentar/ better be safe than sorry, namaste to all creation entities for ever

  48. I agree that diet is super important to mental health, I've felt it in myself. However, I also feel that even though I have a very healthy home cooked diet of a wide variety of foods (flexitarian, lots of nuts and seeds, veggies of a wide variety, meats and fish a couple times a week)
    I still feel I need my meds. My meds make me a better person. I cope with life changes and the downs much better.
    I want to note that contrary to her stance my doctor has always talked to me about sleep schedule, diet and exercise first before pills. I definitely agree we need to step up our nutrition for our collective mental health but omitting drugs might be dangerous for people too. I also worry this type talk perpetuates the stigma against medicine.

  49. I also think nutrition is one of the main culprits, unnatural nutrition. Nutrition in industrialized societies. For example reducing sugar helped me a lot. And out with the convinience meals. Just buy and cook something organic you can identify as real food, potatoes cooked in salt with spinach and cottage cheese.
    I do know medication really helps with the symptoms but it's not a cure and the science behind it is shaky. Also diminishing returns.
    If infants already show declining mental health instead of turning to drugs rather look for the causes. If I lived this life I live now of mass and social media senses flooded all the time back as a kid I would have been sick too. I climbed on trees, ate fruit unwashed and hugged animals (eighties).

  50. Yeah. This all is the reason why we're not learning about this. It doesn't worth it for the food industry and pharmaceutical industry

  51. 1991: population 3,446,000

    disabilities due to disorders 12,000

    2010: population 4,370,000

    disabilities due to disorders 49,000

    So the percentage went from 0.35% to 1.12%, 3.2x the starting one.

  52. As long as we're constantly being dosed with a mineral chelator (glyphosate) the diet alone will likely not do it

  53. I changed my diet to 90% organic food and these days I feel as happy and strong as I've ever felt! MORE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THIS.I changed my diet to 90% organic food and these days I feel as happy and strong as I've ever felt! MORE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THIS.

    The society we live in is very aritficial. Our bodies are not meant to work well in it. We need to get back to how we used to live for thousand of years without all these toxic products in the supermarket.

  54. I love this , I'd love the sequel with the results ofedicatioms mile Klonopin as opposed to psych meds are they more safe or nearly the same ?

  55. After suffering from anxiety and depression and brain fog for more than a decade I found a lot of relief by correcting my severe nutritional deficiencies ( Vit d , iron, b12) I also supplemented with b complex, zinc, magnesium, Vit k2, fish oil. I reduced sugar, caffeine, gluten,dairy , processed food intake .I don’t have any vices BTW.

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