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Processed food driving New Zealanders mad – psychologist

Posted by te2ataria on August 27, 2016

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One in every eight NZ adults are on antidepressants

[But don’t blame it all on processed food. There are several other powerful underlying factors at play in New Zealand that the Canadian professor is clearly unaware of, or unwilling to admit. Moderator B.]


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

Processed foods with little nutritional value are making us sick and driving us mad, according to new research.

“Despite the advent of medications and other therapies over the last 50 years, the rates of mental illness have been on the rise rather than a decline. Over the last decade, scientists have been uncovering an uncomfortable truth: What we eat is affecting our mental health”, says Professor of Clinical Psychology Julia Rucklidge, who moved from Toronto to the University of Canterbury.

Rucklidge conducted a random controlled trial of adults with ADHD “which found that 64 per cent of those who received extra vitamins and minerals showed significantly fewer ADHD symptoms after eight weeks, compared with 37 per cent of those who received an inactive placebo”, says a report.

More remarkable was a study involving 91 Christchurch residents with high stress levels immediately after the February 2011 earthquake.

“Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder dropped from 65 per cent to 19 per cent among those who received extra vitamins and minerals, compared with a slight increase from 44 per cent to 48 per cent of a control group that did not get the supplements,” says the report.

“A lot of the food that may be given out is not food that is actually going to nourish the individual and sustain them in order to get through this,” she said.

“Our diet has changed so rapidly over 50 years that it’s hard not to believe that it’s having some impact on our mental health,” she said.

“My work shows that, because we show an impact of using vitamins and minerals on mental health, it simply proves the point that the diet these people are eating is simply not adequately meeting their nutritional needs.”

In contrast, the number of patients on Pharmac-funded antidepressants has risen from 8.4 per cent of all adults in 2006 to 12.7 per cent in 2015.

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3 Responses to “Processed food driving New Zealanders mad – psychologist”

  1. Paul A. said

    Dear Moderator B,
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t the Kiwis going insane as a result of other perils? Do the “other powerful underlying factors” you mentioned include:
    1. Massive exposure to toxic chemicals buried in the land, dissolved in the water and released in the air
    2. Toxic food and water
    3. Bio-warfare experiments
    4. Nineteenth century militaristic and racist narrative
    5. Very limited gene pool ?

  2. PHD said

    What makes kiwis suicidal is extreme poverty, homelessness…

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