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)

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

  1. One part of increased mental illness is that its no biggie these days go ask for meds and therapy. When i was a kid, ppl didnt dare go for help cuz then theyd lose their job be gossiped about and shunned by all family.

  2. When they say nutrients i think nutrients in food. Such misleading title. Should be something like taking vitamins and minerals with huge dosages.

  3. Poor Nutrition affects overall health negatively.
    So it is no wonder that it affects the brain negatively.
    Medical costs would be so low that big pharma would not be big pharma.
    Without sick people on the S.A.D. ( standard american diet ) there would be very little profit to the medical industry and all of their partners: insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and the medical profession and all the others.

  4. And by the way, if we all go for only certain foods and then these certain recommended foods are promoted into supermass production that is environmental damaging. Because let's say fish oil, salmon, certain plants, grains, and so on, the Industrie starts to produce at the cost of the environment and even leases land in other countries, for example in Ethiopia, the President leases masses of land to other countries, steals the land from their own people, just to make money for the government. Saw a report about it. Those people, who are farmers, had all the sudden no land anymore, because it is leased to other countries who are using it to produce the all so sudden populate foods. Same with water, big companies go into countries and buy land with water sources and wells, and then nobody in that country, the natives there are aloud to use the water sources any longer, they cannot even water their fields, and that water is sold in our stores in plastic bottles, so everyone has a water bottle o the go,while those farmers have no water any longer to water their crops and produce food for their people and families.I have seen it. Our awareness must be much much more heightened for what is going on in our world, and what it does and were it comes from. This imbalance that the poorer countries loose what they need for themselves and we got so so much, while they starve, because of the so to speak free markets and terrible roles that are made at the cost of this 3. World Countries and their often corrupt systems and Governments. Find out yourself and explore what is really going on. We shall not promote such systems, companies and people that do only bad to the poor for the profit of them self. Unfortunately big name companies in our Countries are many times involved in those unfair and inhuman deeds.
    Another examplePalm oil is in Indonesia and Malaysia produced for example. Nowadays it's so much in use, and those countries have cut down their rain forests for big big parts, Brazil is doing it now too , so many animal species get lost , Indigenous people loose their places and homes, are even killed, if they resist, and that for only profits. Read the labels when you shop were do. the things come from that we eat, and do we really need them it can we switch to something grown in our country. As a consumer we have the power over what we spend our money on, what does not sell, will not be produced for long.

  5. So, she criticizes one kind of pill and promotes another one. Without any scientific investigation I can say – consuming sugar, oil, processed foods, alcohol on a regular basis will make you crazy and old quickly

  6. There are too many factors to assume that medication is the problem.
    Children who receive medication were probably more seriously ill to begin with.
    I agree with her that nutrition, exercise, adequate rest, and stress reduction are even more crucial for people experiencing mental health issues than for non-patients. But for short term treatment there's no replacement for anti-psychotics and other medications.

  7. I am the executive director of a non-profit Sophie’s Dream, Inc A non-profit to help heal trauma and PTSD. I am in full agreement of this woman’s study. I am dedicated to helping the homeless and mentally ill and getting them off of these dangerous meds and healed through nutrition and trauma therapy.

  8. She doesn’t say a word about WHAT “nutrients” to take! And keeps shaking the mic around causing it to click constantly.

  9. I do believe that a healthy nutrition is important in mental health, but I think what is equally important is being able to manage your emotions and stress. I could be completely wrong but my belief is that if the illness comes from within, it can be prevented (possibly reversed) from within.

  10. I agree 100% nutrition affects Mental Health as well as balanced gut bacteria. The only problem is it's expensive to eat well for alot of families..

    Look at our schools they don't even have a great menu for children that are still growing and developing!

  11. Excellent. We all know that what we eat wiil affect our physical health and now we must understand how our mental well-being is also affected. Thank you 👍👍💞

  12. Use cold pressed flaxseed oil instead of fish oil for Omega 3s. Better for Mother Nature's oceans and waterways and good for the farmers.

  13. 20 years later, I proved my Stanford doctor WRONG. I did not need to be on medication for the rest of my life for bipolar. and I’m doing great!

  14. I heard that live cultures found in live yoghurts and drinks like yakult help gut bacteria which helps with mental issues and also sunlight on the skin helps the body activate mood improving hormones.

  15. White flour used to be "enriched" by adding B vitamins to prevent pellagra. With packaging changes a decade or two ago, these enrichments were reduced or eliminated. And now we have rising amounts of mental illness.

    Thing is, eating white flour takes nutrients to process. So eating white flour not only does not nourish you, it can starve you of nutrients too.

  16. I, as a Mentally Disabled person, would havd loved to have been treated with physical therapy yes physical therapy, massage therapy, music therapy, dance therapy, a nutritionist and talk counseling, then after all these failed, given psychotropics..

  17. That's an open secret that meds are only good for the big pharma profit margins but not for the patients. Doctors are too quick to prescribe meds but don't have time to talk to get to the root of the problem and help address that. Variety in diet is the answer because you will at least accidentally get the nutrients and vitamins you need. Eating larger proportion of berries *including tomatoes, melons, grapes and watermelons than any other foods will keep you better hydrated at cellular level. Cells can't regenerate when they are dehydrated. Processed food kills. Too much animal products causes too much protein in the brain which causes inflammation and schizophrenia, bipolar etc… it's obvious! Middle classes who read know it and feed their children healthy food. The super rich eat super healthy food. The government aren't going to promote the truth because sick people are easier to manipulate and they die before they can enjoy their pension. It's up to the people to educate themselves, but most won't. So they will suffer. Even dementia is not inevitable in the old age.

  18. So, ima get alot of hate for this, but she cited herself and her close partner in all of her sources and several of the things she uses just are not true and cannot be proved. Please take this with a heavy grain of salt.

  19. This connected to what Dr Willaim Davis and Dr David Perlmutter talks about regarding grains is powerful. The role of h.pylori in the stomach is useful to know as well.

  20. Wow. First more people are diagnosed with ADHD because there were a lot of undiagnosed ADHD before. Child that used medication fare worse that those that did not take medcation, yes they did because the unmedicated don't have ADHD! Depression 30 yes ago is way different than today you can't compare numbers….. Omg this speaker is a moron. All she says is misleading out of context 'fact' that don't make any sense if you have any knowledge of the subject. This video is literal danger to people. Educate yourself this speaker knows nothing….

  21. The only problem I have with this talk – is that nutrient deficiencies are solved with supplements, rather than a nutritious diet (Whole Food Plant Based, with a lot of green leafy vegetables for recovery (since they are very nutrient dense and not fatty, as say nuts, also nutrient dense but fatty, are)).

  22. Eat healthy ( between 10am & 4pm, minimizing carbs and refined sugars ), exercise moderately and meditate daily.
    I would like details on these nutrients and were to get them.

  23. The problem with depression is that it takes too much energy, which you don't have as a result of the depression, to prepare a healthy meal. In any case, that always is my problem.

  24. I don't trust graphics, I don't trust a study I wasn't able to read. And I personally disagree with most of her comments. I was raised with traditional diet and have ADHD and Autism either way, I was an athlete and am still impaired. I had problems without my medication. I needed to be educated on my disability, not a lecture what I could do wrong, when I eat fresh fruit and vegetables every day and self cooked meals with fish and nearly nothing processed.

  25. My daughter is in jail for refusing Risperdal a toxic deadly medication with horrific side effects including death.. while in treatment she begged for some iron pills she was denied.. again and again.. the only thing she got from the corrupt psychiatrists was more deadly medication.. farce fraud.. denounce these practices from the criminal psychiatrists.. they are recruiting children to be on deadly medication for life making billions of dollars for the corrupt drug companies.. shame on these criminals

  26. I’m not convinced fish is good for your health. I understand omega 3 is important, but omegas are also in nuts and algae supplements. Considering this, what is the advantage to eating fish?

  27. As a clinical dietitian I was told by patients suffering from depression that I changed their lives. I taught them basic nutrition. I taught them how to select healthy foods.

  28. I’m not convinced there has been an increase in the number of people with with adhd, bipolar and autism. More so there has been an elevation in how much we understand about these conditions and as a result more people are being diagnosed now.

  29. This is no surprise.
    I had an outrageously high triglyceride number. I was overweight and ate badly.
    My doctor put me on slo-niacin, and when that didn't work, statins. I didn't like the way that the statins made me feel, not to mention the risk that it could lead to ALS or ALS like symptoms and potentially damage the heart. After a year, I told my doctor that I was going off statins, was changing my diet and going to the gym. He said that that wouldn't work and that once I was on statins, I would have to be on it for the rest of my life. I understood his reluctance, as most people who say they're going to make that change, don't.
    Spurred on by the birth of my daughter, and my father having a heart transplant at 50 (7 years older than I was at the time). I changed my diet, took supplements (fish-oil, calcium magnesium and zinc, collagen, etc.), and worked out- starting with 3 times a week then 6 times a week.
    My triglyceride numbers dropped significantly, to a safe range, as did my LDLs- without drugs. I also felt less depressed and anxiety ridden.
    The correlation between good nutrition and physical health is well documented. It would stand to reason that that would also apply to mental health, as the same chemical processes are taking place.

  30. It is not presented in a general way to make people understand the idea,she started with rates and percentages that made me rather change the video instead of continue watching!

  31. Though the importance of having healthy food (rich in micro nutrients) over processed cannot be denied or debatable, some portions of the talk, if they were taken very seriously, can make a patient delay in seeking his treatment by a professional, which sometimes can be urgently required, he will trying micro nutrients supplements, actually when he requires specific medications and treatment, that delay can turn out to be dangerous.

  32. Great content, thank you. However, I found the oddly timed pauses in her sentences very distracting to listen to. Had to speed it up to 1.25x to listen but still could hear her stumbling over her words and pausing mid-sentence.

  33. It’s not surprising at all. Sugar triggers mood swings because of the rise in energy, then the cras – & it’s highly addictive. Since I moved away from a diet of meat, dairy, fruits & veggies, & towards a diet rich in organic fruits & veggies (w/an emphasis on raw food) seeds, nuts, nut milks, beans, legumes – I have ZERO hormonal issues (I just approached menopause), I am more calm (even if a person eats hormone free meats, you are still ingesting the natural hormones of an animal), & feel more spiritual & closer to nature 💚🍊💚🌲💚🌻💚🌎💚🐷💚🐣🐱💚🐰💚🐶💚🐮

  34. I once tried to help someone, who had, like me, suffered from depression and anxiety. I showed sympathy and asked them to check their vitamins and minerals for various deficiencies. They may be lacking in vitamin D, B12, Magnesium and Zinc. Furthermore to look into diet, check for toxic metal poisoning as well as a full GI testing for parasites. A SIBO and EBV test is also good to rule out. My suggestion was not received well.. because so many people have been brainwashed and told their bodies are to blame for development of depression so they need medication for the rest of their lives which further suppresses their immune system and ability to produce their own hormones and poisons their liver. Our bodies are smarter than we give them credit for. They will never fail us as long as we give it the fuel it needs. I learned a valuable lesson that you can't help anyone who is not willing to help themselves. Sadly many people trust the healthcare they receive so much, and don't want to change their diets or lifestyles. I can only wish them well.

  35. I expected something dynamic solution but she presented same “old method” called “Fish oil”. Oh lady time to retire, sorry! I was looking forward something new research using natural plant based recommendation. How can we have healthy mental healthy by kill another living being of this earth.

  36. I’ve had a Mediterranean or strict pescatarian diets for nearly a decade, take great supplements people like her recommend (for over 5 years), and hmmm I still had bipolar disorder (hypomania and suicidal depression).

  37. It's true, man. I have depression, and ever since I've started eating better, my depression has gotten better. It's still there, but it's not as bad. Works better than pills imo. My autistic meltdowns don't happen as often, either.

  38. Big Farma is so powerful and intimidating that TED is clearly afraid to show this kind of lectures. It is so hard and dangerous to walk against a belief system.

  39. Absolutely! It's a mix of nutrition which is in right proportion, exercise and socializing with the right group of people and keeping a positive attitude towards life. Any imbalance would obviously affect our bodies and mind thus making it vulnerable and prone to diseases of any kind.

  40. Ashwagandha … Activated Charcoal … the 2 powerhouses that allowed me to uncomfortably come off Kolonpin after 10 years of being bound to it … it also also allowed me to cut in half, if not come completely off my other medicine. I continue both daily. My goal … get off it all with the help of natural vitamins & minerials 💗

  41. All very well lady but you carefully skirt around the need for red meat… and thus a whole raft of micronutrients and
    protein available in one small portion. As for the Med diet? If you grew up in the 50s and 60s or before in the UK at least, nuts were seasonal or imported for Christmas. Let’s not discuss but allergies. The myth of the med diet has encouraged people to eat pasta… where once this was an occasional food, they’re now drowning in gluten. Perhaps the answer is to eat seasonally what is in your environment, unprocessed, organic etc. 130g of grass fed beef will give you 60% of your daily B12 alone.

  42. I get the message but she's not very specific about what foods help. She even said herself it's more complex than taking multivitamins, surely then it follows that it's more complex than "more fruit and veg, less processed foods". There's websites and ted talks after ted talks about nutrition and mental health and none of them seem to get more specific than this.

  43. The fact that anyone in the mental health industry is suddenly surprised that nutrition plays a vital role just shows how ridiculous the whole system has been for centuries. They should have their own mental health evaluated. We are not compartmented beings. You cannot do damage in one area and expect nothing to happen elsewhere. It’s like medication. It NEVER targets only one specific area and leaves the rest of the body alone. NEVER. It affects many of your systems for as long as it stays in your body, hours, days, weeks, even years. Nothing inside you works in a vacuum.

  44. This is welcome news. I also went through this personally as a teenager and changing my diet made such a difference.
    We find that clients with anxiety, stress & depression see major improvements when they sort their diet, take suggested supplements, add in exercise and change their thinking. Taking an intolerance food test can also really help as a poor diet over time causes issues. Not everyone has the same needs and we do need to look at each person as an individual.
    Keep up the good work 🙂

  45. I wonder how many people in nursing homes with dementia, should not be there! Due to lack of proper nutrition? They are fed the very foods that cause the problem! Grains saturated in pesticides plus gluten intolerances, in their toast, cereals, biscuits, cake, pies and pastries alone. No wonder we have an epidemic !! We know what the causes are!! No one is doing anything about it !!!!!!!!!! Shame on you governments!!!!!!!!

  46. My anxiety is significantly worse when I eat more sugar and processed foods. I can’t say for the rest, but it certainly aggravates mine.

  47. Sounds like she is very aware of Dr. William J. Walsh's pioneering work in this field. I knew about about him because my mom went to his clinic. When I finally read his book, Nutrient Power: Heal Your Biochemistry and Heal Your Brain, I realized how amazing and historically groundbreaking his body of work was. But he was very aware that it would be the work of continuing generations in this field that would make even greater discoveries for humanity. The only thing I would say about all of this is that it is still ideal to try to get most of the nutrients through food rather than supplements. Supplement only when and where necessary and best of under the care of a "health" physician or one that is aware of this body of work.

  48. I’m trying to quit sugar for the sake of my mental health, it’s really freaking addictive. I’m not even over weight yet but am highly addicted to it. I want to be normal and not feeling hopeless, depressed, and sometimes suicidal. I want to live and want to want to live. Sugar must die.

  49. After years of poor nutrition, I went keto, then carnivore. My mental state and mood is absolutely stable, even, and consistent. The few times I've "cheated" and eaten grains or large amounts of fruits and root vegetables, my moods are all over the place, my sleep is disrupted, and I feel anxiety creeping up. This information is SO very needed! I graduate with my Masters in Psychology next week and am going to pursue a Doctorate in nutritional psychology.

  50. Of couse nutrition matters. !!! we don't need to be doctor to figure out . She did great speech and I really hope more people watch this video.

  51. It is no surprise that with the obesity epidemic that our mental health is getting worse. Sugar is NOT a food and should NOT be added to EVERYTHING.

  52. Diet is a piece, can you please not focus on micro-nutrients and focus on lifestyle choices. Like grounding meditation combined with a whole foods diet. Doesn't need all the extra nutrients, that will just become another focus for business and pharms to make money. All you need is a whole food diet with daily mindful living. The subject must practice mediation multiple times a day to redevelop habits. Please!!! I will help with the study and teach meditations.

  53. It would be nice to know which kind of food and what quantity can be beneficial in reversing a particular illness or behaviour…. Does homeopathy have similar approach in treating illnesses?…. Can't these information help make a wise mother a better child and a better society… Would like to know more…

  54. AND… The overwhelming majority of the world population – the poor one, obviously! – is being provided with poorly nutritious ultraprocessed food (can we call those things food at all?!) at a alarming large scale while neoliberal "agriculture" businessmen are fighting back organic agriculture (for the benefit of the Economy, you see).
    Can you make the links?
    Her work is excellent is a lot of proven scientific material to fight back those who want to keep a great mass of poor people held down through malnutrition. Those ones only want to keep humanity out of its "humanity", if you see what I mean.

  55. I have no doubt this is true, however many people with lived experience of mental health issues can’t afford to eat properly.
    Poverty is very real for many of our communities even in wealthy countries.

  56. Hard to believe diets have changed so drastically since the 1990's. I wouldn't be surprised if our modern diet just opened us up to a new pathogen or two which is actually responsible for the mental health epidemic, one which a proper diet can suppress.
    Either that, or it's the pace of modern life, which increased so drastically since the 80s and 90s, is starting to show in those who were not raised in a more reasonably-paced world

  57. The proposition that diet isn't important for our health is rediculous. We are literally build out of what we eat, digest and absorb. To every doctor that says that, ask them how long a diet of only coke will keep you healthy.

  58. It's not rocket science, medically forcing your body to produce ideal chemistry without supporting your bodies ability to create it with nutrients will just cause your body to run out quickly and be worse than before medicine. It's just not what people want to hear. They want to eat the sugar and pop a pill.

  59. I am all for promoting good nutrition, and am concerned about the impact of modern society and climate-change concerns on mental health, but there are more contributing factors to increased diagnosis including improvements in detectability, research focuses, and individuals access to medical care.

  60. I know a few people who would benefit from micro nutrients, but they are hard to find, there's this american company who says they do them but they are so expensive its not funny

  61. The epidemic of mental illness is the result of mass marketing of expensive atypical antipsychotics to the mental health community and hoodwinking of psychiatrists into believing there was a great deal of bipolar illness or schizophrenia exists in children which heretofore had been unrecognized. It was a classic case of creating illness for which pills could be plied. This was orchestrated through publication of manipulated studies that were published without proper rigor of peer review. In additional paid ,experts, were recruited to expound on the marvels of the expensive atypical antipsychotics for the treatment of the high prevalence of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia that these manufactured studies indicated. The fact is that true bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are rather rare in children. The suddenly higher rates of these disorders and the greater use of antipsychotic was the result of the corruption and manipulation by big pharma of medical literature and with the use of paid experts who through complicity or ignorance went along with it. Micronutrients can help when a specific deficiency exists however. Too much of vitamin D, E, K, and A can be toxic and one needs to be careful when using megadoses. The kids in the study got better without antipsychotics meds because they did not need them in the first place and were probably reacting to psychosocial stressors. Time and the placebo effect of someone giving attention with nutrient supplements helped them get better. This talk was useful as fish oil supplements may be useful in stabilizing those with some types of mental illness.

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