Diet and nutrition and mental well-being

In some instances as the first story below indicates, diet and nutrition can be THE miracle cure for what is labeled “mental illness.” More often it’s a PART of becoming healthy along with many other things a person can do in combination with things like therapy, exercise, meditation, peer support and a long list of other things depending on the individual.

I often say on this blog that we are holistic beings and health is dependent on what we do with our bodies (exercise etc) and what we put in our bodies (food and nutrients) as well as what has happened to us in our lifetime (trauma etc) and how we learn to think about what has happened to us. The list goes on as well.

This is an article about nutrients that are sometimes a large part of some people’s quest for wellness in body/mind and spirit.

I’m finding more and more that the right DIET is often enough, though not always. Short of a great diet or after cleaning up the diet targeted nutrients is the next step. Although targeted nutritional therapy can also help one AS they clean up diet and may not be needed as greatly once the diet is in tiptop shape. I learn more and more about diet and the way our food is made in our culture everyday. It takes a lot to learn how it all affects our bodies and minds.


Mother-of-two Marie Ramain had experimented unsuccessfully with several forms of therapy and medication since being diagnosed with depression 20 years ago.

“I’ve met seven different experts in France and have gone through several different kinds of therapies,” Marie, now living in Dublin, says.

“The advice I got was always intellectual: take part in a sport or a hobby. I’ve done yoga, I’ve tried a few activities. But the sense of sheer exhaustion that I’ve been feeling since I was in high school never disappeared.”

When the family relocated to Dublin last July with her husband’s job, Marie (36) was referred to Stillorgan GP Edmond O’Flaherty. Another doctor had known of Edmond’s interest in nutrient therapy, treatments he and a growing number of doctors internationally believe to be complementary to traditional medical remedies.

Dr O’Flaherty ordered a blood test for Marie and when the results came back a few weeks later she was surprised that he proposed a simple injection of vitamin B12 as her treatment.

“He said, ‘You have too much copper, it’s as simple as that. When you have too much copper in your body, you have depression,'” Marie recalls.

“As soon as I had this injection, I felt energy again, it was like a big weight flying away.”…(read the rest here)

After I got this post ready for posting I found that NPR had done a story on kids who get diagnosed with ADHD based on the Lancet study I cited on the blog here a while back: Study supports restricted diet for kids with ADHD

And from NPR the other day:

Study: Diet May Help ADHD Kids More Than Drugs
According to Pelsser, 64 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD are actually experiencing a hypersensitivity to food. Researchers determined that by starting kids on a very elaborate diet, then restricting it over a few weeks’ time.

“It’s only five weeks,” Pelsser says. “If it is the diet, then we start to find out which foods are causing the problems.”

Teachers and doctors who worked with children in the study reported marked changes in behavior. “In fact, they were flabbergasted,” Pelsser says.

“After the diet, they were just normal children with normal behavior,” she says. No longer were they easily distracted or forgetful, and the temper tantrums subsided.

This can happen with any diagnosis — not just ADHD. And it works with adults too. Indeed many kids with “ADHD” get upgraded to bipolar after taking stimulants or antidepressants that make them manic. Like I said above, though, often diet is only part of the picture. Sometimes though it can truly change everything quite profoundly. It’s always worth looking at diet and nutrition and with kids (and adults) eating horribly unhealthy food so often it’s not at all surprising.

I’ve written an article on diet and nutrition and how to start thinking about what one might need to do here. It is not exhaustive. My ideas and knowledge have continued to evolve and there is lots of information that should be researched once one begins to alter their diet for optimal health. I’ll think about editing and updating and republishing that article soon.

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