Dr. Julia Rucklidge’s full TED Talk on micronutrients and mental illness
It’s no secret that within the pharmaceutical industry lies a blurred line between which prescriptions are helpful to the body and which are harmful, especially when it comes to medications prescribed to those suffering from mental illness. Numerous antidepressants, including Prozac, have been shown to worsen depression and suicidal thoughts in many cases, and ADHD prescriptions are routinely given to children every day.
Numerous international studies have proven that eating an “American diet” high in processed foods and meat increases your risk for depression in comparison to a more “Mediterranean diet” that’s high in vegetables and fruits. Clinical psychologist Dr. Julia Rucklidge has performed multiple studies on how nutrition can prevent and cure many mental illnesses, specifically by utilizing micronutrients.
Why Medication Shouldn’t Be Our First Choice to Treat Mental Illness
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that children with depression who take antidepressants are three times more likely to convert to bipolar disorder than children who aren’t taking antidepressants.
Another study in JAMA found that the participants who were randomly selected to stay on their doses of antipsychotic medications were less likely to recover from schizophrenia in the long-term than people who were randomized to implement a dose reduction or complete elimination of the drug.
Numerous studies have come to the same conclusion: Medication is not always a viable long-term solution to cure mental illness. Many of these drugs aren’t guaranteed to work and their side effects can worsen the patient’s condition. A potential side effect of many antidepressants is depression, for example, and anti-anxiety medication can often heighten anxiety. In addition, A.D.H.D. drugs only work about 70% of the time and have many potential negative side effects, including heightened anxiety and irritability.
Dr. Julia Rucklidge addresses the various treatment methods for mental illness recommended by doctors in the U.S. in her TED Talk (below) using a hierarchal pyramid. Medication is found at the bottom of the pyramid, as it’s the most popular, then therapy, and then “other.” Despite the fact that alternative treatment methods are more effective long-term in curing mental illness, modern medicine focuses on pharmaceuticals. Medication isn’t always the best treatment option, so why is it doctors’ first choice?
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