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

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

NOTE FROM TED: Please consult with a mental health professional and do not look to this talk for medical advice as the intersection of mental health and nutrition is still an emerging field of study. We’ve flagged this talk for falling outside TEDx’s curatorial guidelines because it oversimplifies interpretations of legitimate studies. TEDx events are independently organized by volunteers. The guidelines we give TEDx organizers are described in more detail here:

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this critically important talk, clinical psychologist Julia Rucklidge explores a range of scientific research, including her own, showing the significant role played by nutrition in mental health or illness.

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.

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  1. I can’t believe we need scientific studies to connect these dots, but glad this message is getting out there…

  2. At the start of this and you speak the washing the hands and man’s unwillingness to take the blame that is so necessary we’re in the virus now and 2021 oh we don’t take the blame for the virus or even how we treated the medical community and the leadership are most definitely wrong in their approach and treatment and they certainly don’t take the blame the topic mental health and diet it’s more how you are inside and we do take a lot of blame for how we are inside by what we eat being true with what is there not what we’re told is there but what is there I will listen now to the rest and by the looks of you young lady I can agree with much of it God bless and Godspeed yay team go good guys

  3. Of course look at the technology has made us be ,the rate has grown of course. How do you do an diagnosis ,if the influence are from exterior environment .

  4. 13years ago I was wrongly diagnosed with ADHD & bipolar disorder when it was my insulin and hormones that made me swing in to deep depression and anger. The only difference was that I was never suicidal and never really maniac, I was speeded by sugars, alcohol and coffee.. just my teenage insecurities wondering if I was normal.. only one time, ONE DAY, for 1HOUR.. in my life I was suicidal.. and it was a side effect of my meds. My medication made me worse. The side effects was like getting bipolar.. I wasn’t allowed to be happy bc that could be maniac.. My doctors refused to admit that they did wrong. But luckily I know my self very well! As soon as I my self took it in my own hand and changed my lifestyle and food choices I got well again! I ate junk food and didn’t sleep my hours BC I got to bed too late. I started to eat real food and took better care of my sleep. Avoiding all sugars and everything that could speed me up. Suddenly I could read and concentrate. I felt harmony. I’m 10years off meds now. The only times I fell back was when I was cheated with my food..

  5. It’s very confusing, I have read studies in the past when I was taking fish oil, that fish oil made no difference to mood or intelligence and to be honest I didn’t feel any different while taking the high strength fish oil, even though I had been taking it for a number of years. I also didn’t feel any different when I stopped. Another study on vitamins said that, taking vitamins in high doses can actually cause cancer. The problem is too many studies and not enough evidence to prove or disprove them. You hear on a regular basis, this is good for and that is good for you, then further down the line you hear the same things are bad for you. So so confusing.

  6. Curious note in the opening story about hand washing. Wonder how many years it will take for future generations to ridicule and lambast the governments of the world handling of the pandemic and their "following the science" in a very unscientific way

  7. There should be no revelation here. It is no SURPRISE! Poor nutrition IS THE CATALYST to poor mental-health, and this is not to mention the social breakdown of society, leading to drug and alcohol abuse, and associated issues. It’s a snowball-effect. What part of this does humanity not understand? WAKE UP!

  8. Didn’t watch the video, but the title grabbed my attention. Surprising? Who in the world would be surprised that there is a connection between nutritional status and mental health?

  9. Well I didn’t get very far could you speak of the autism and the other behaviors I do doubt your factory in being fed seed oils as a food saying in any problems that show up we will blame the cigarettes this is in your history the introduction of agent Orange in this process I think you will find contributes very much to these behaviors seeds is the continuation of the life when they figured out that we were targeting them for food they fought back agent Orange leave something behind which allows the passage of things through the blood-brain barrier please consider I think it’s very much into Target if not also in the gold of the target

  10. Because docs and big pharma make easy money prescribing meds and easy follow up that does nothing at all. Its supreme laziness to bypass the requirement to check for metabolic disorders and low nutrient levels ie, diabetes, thyroid, iron or B12 or D deficiencies. No psych med will fix those so you wont get better.

  11. i have bipolar 1 disorder for the past 10 years. i was put on medication years ago for depression & anxiety, then finally went on a antipsychotic medication (thank god). i recently had an incredibly traumatic event occur, which caused the worse mania i have ever endured. i was a different person after this. the manic episode lasted weeks, and then i hit the depression harder than ever. i was prescribed some more medication due to this. i felt a deep pit in my stomach and felt like i shouldn’t take more medication than i was already on. i listened to my gut and declined the medication. i decided to fo a different route. i went vegan; which changed my life. i began to work on my gut health, exercised (swimming) & took up spirituality. this was the best choice i have ever made for myself. i have never felt better in my entire life. i have not had an episode; nor have i had symptoms of one. i used to very frequently have manic episodes. pretty much once one was done, another would roll around shortly after. now, i feel like if i were to get an episode, i know how to handle myself. eating the way i do now has helped me more than anything.

  12. The doctors want to give out the meds because it’s easier and it gets the big pharmacies more money! I’ve always known that big pharmacies companies and insurance companies run the countries

  13. There is a course in EDX called Mental Health and Nutrition also by Julia Rucklidge if you need more information. Great stuff!

  14. It’s so intuitive, but so many times I forget that my body is just an organic machine that requires proper maintenance. You wouldn’t drive car with old oil why would you drive your body on fast food

  15. I have known this information just common sense wise since I’ve been in the medical business. I’ve seen so many doctors go from Patient to Patient to Patient without washing their hands. All these healthcare workers wear gloves but don’t change them from Patient to Patient!

  16. Healthy eating is vital for physical and mental health, but it shouldn’t be seen as an aberration; it should be accepted as the standard.

  17. I mean that’s great for a privileged ⚪ lady to get up and let everyone know this but how is she going to implement this in communities where people don’t even have stoves or refrigerators, and work so many hours they don’t have time to cook, and live near no fresh food?

    Apparently the horrors of capitalism are lost on her. "the price is paid somewhere" indeed

  18. Only used to the vitamins if you use charcoal you will take things out of the blood binders you used and other things you mix with your pills and at the subject ingested cleaning things out of the blood that don’t belong there will probably help a lot rather than increasing things that should be there I mean think about it

  19. As a dietitian I love the idea of using nutrients to improve health, but of the doses are higher than what can be achieved in the diet then the supplement… is still a pill and high dose micronutrients are already used in cancer and referred to a "drug doses". 15 pills a day are a lot of pills to swallow. But whole foods I whole heartedly support.

  20. I’m only like 45 seconds in but just need to say. This fact shouldn’t be “surprising.” The only reason it’s surprising now is because of decades and decades of being mislead by the pharmaceutical industry. Food is medicine.

  21. Matthew 16:24-25
    24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
    25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

    Matthew 25:24-30
    24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
    25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
    26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
    27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
    28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
    29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
    30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

  22. My theory, and I’m just an RN, believe that if counseling and antidepressants aren’t working in 6 months, the patients are depending on the therapist especially. Is someone seeing a psychiatrist for 20 years…

  23. Let’s not allow this to distract us from the fact that in 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government they survive as soldiers of fortune.

  24. This generation really need to try this, including myself. Let’s go back to the basic, eat healthily, exercise, get enough sleep. I know it’s hard to do this basics nowadays, but I’m gonna try this again. I want to live a normal happy life.

  25. I’m glad this was not an advertisement for a specific pill, but would love to learn more about which vitamins and which amounts. This was a great presentation.

  26. Nothing is surprising about the connection between diet and health, unless you eat so poorly you cannot think properly. Seriously, it’s a complete no-brainer. We are what we eat.

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