Julia J Rucklidge, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Originally from Toronto, she did her training in neurobiology (McGill) and Clinical Psychology (University of Calgary). Her interests in nutrition and mental illness grew out of her own research showing poor outcomes for children with significant psychiatric illness despite receiving conventional treatments for their conditions. For the last 6 years, she has been investigating the role of micronutrients in the expression of mental illness, specifically ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety and more recently, stress and PTSD associated with the Canterbury earthquakes.
Washing your hands.... Semmelweis 1847
Optimising nutrition is a simple way to avoid, treat or manage mental illness!
1 in 5 is affected by mental illness.
The rates in children double over the past 5 years...
4 fold increase in the last 20 years of those affected by illness
Conventional medicine is working in some cases.
However the rates are increasing so significantly. In the short term medication can be effective but in the longterm they are not.
Scaringly alarming statistics about the tragic bleak picture....
Is there another way forward?
Drugs and psychotherapy are not the only way.
For the last ten years Julia has worked in the area of micro nutrients as a way of addressing mental illness.
Overwhlemingly positive results - a well nourished body is a significantly improved approach! People get well across the board.
60 - 80% of people respond to positive effects from micro nutrients.
Strong correlation between dietary manipulation and general well being.
The western diet is not good for our mental health - heavily processed, high in fat and sugar.
Future research - what role do genetics play?
What role does the gut play?
What role do medicines play?
We are what we absorb...
How long do these good benefits last?
Let's make collective changes now!
Prioritise healthy eating, exercise, supplements,
Nourishing or nutritionally depleted??? The choice is ours!!!