How Nutrition Influence On The Mental Health Improvement?
Clinical psychologist, Julia Rucklidge, gives her view on the importance of nutrition and it’s role in mental health. Dr. Rucklidge reminds us of a time when Dr. Semmelweis was ridicule for many people. He was dismissed because he was suggesting that doctors should wash their hands before touching pregnant women. She compares the radical reaction that doctors had in that time, to the reaction some doctors have now. It concerns the idea of nutrition being more effective than medication, when treating patients with mental illnesses, such as depression, ADHD, schizophrenia, and bi-polar disorder.
Despite the array of medications on the market, Dr. Rucklidge advises us that mental illness continues to rise. Therefore, she asks, “If current medications are as effective as they say, shouldn’t mental illness be decreasing rather than increasing?”
Medical doctors from around the world have admitted that during medical school they learned little to nothing about nutrition. Dr. Rucklidge was hesitant to believe that only the nutrition could benefit patients because, when it came to the treatment of mental illness, she was taught that nutrition was trivial. However, over the past decade she has been conducting research and has found that “nutrition is a safe and viable way to avoid, lessen and treat mental illness.”
One of her studies consisted of a placebo trial. Doctors gave minerals and vitamins to adult participants. Those minerals were known as micro-nutrients, to treat ADHD. Only in 8 weeks, twice as many people responded who were in the micro-nutrient group, than those in the placebo group. Those who continued taking the micro-nutrients actually continued to see positive results. Those who went back to medication showed worsening of symptoms.
She revealed findings in her research for mental health.
According to them current prescriptions are effective only on a short period of time. Medications are ineffective on a long term basis and in some cases detrimental.
Micro-nutrients were also tested on patients suffering from schizophrenia, depression and bi-polar disorder. The results showed steady and long term improvement. She also mentions that on the market today, micro-nutrients are not only effective, but also much less expensive than current medications.
Dr. Rucklidge points out that nutrition really matters. The poor and irregular nutrition is a huge risk factor for the mental illness development.