Mind Body Nutrition is an exciting new field with ancient roots that focuses on the fascinating connections between the brain, the body, our digestion, and our behavior. It represents a holistic therapeutic approach, bringing the social, emotional, cultural, and spiritual dimensions of life to the table of science.
Back in 1976, Carlton Fredericks, Ph.D., published his seminal work, Psycho-Nutrition: The Diet, Vitamin and Mineral Way to Emotional Health. It was well ahead of its time and of course, many in the medical community challenged the work. Some of the topics he covered were:
- How our psychological states may be affected by the food we eat.
- How common allergens can produce symptoms of hyperactivity, paranoia, anxiety, and other psychological disturbances: Psycho-allergy
- How Hypoglycemia can cause symptoms of acute psychosis and how it could be controlled by a simple diet plan
- How nutritional deficiencies contribute to the symptoms of Schizophrenia
- How Orthomolecular Therapy with a mega-vitamin treatment could relieve or cure psychological symptoms by treating their biological causes.
There were/are many others working in the field and doing nutritional research into the causes and natural treatment of mental and other illness, including Dr. Linus Pauling, Dr. Bernard Rimland, Dr. William Philpott, Dr. Abram Hoffer, Dr. Humphrey Osmond, Dr. Carl Pfeiffer, Dr. H.L. Newbold, Dr. Alan Cott, Dr. David Hawkins, Dr. Paul Dunn, Dr. Ray Wunderlich, Dr. William Kelley and many others. Many of these pioneers have often been the targets of severe and irrational hostility from the mainstream medical profession.
Whether it’s the use of Inositol for mood related issues or Carnitine for focus/attention related issues, there is a major difference between the use of drugs and the use of nutrients in treating mental illness. Drugs may temporary alleviate symptoms, but can never be considered a cure. A cure occurs, when the patient is brought back to a state of mental balance. It implies a constitutional change, which can be accomplished through using nutrients that were missing in the diet. The human body was not designed to use drugs and all have toxic side effects that can destroy the human brain and body, when used long term.
If we don’t give much thought to eating to live and we are simply eating to satisfy our appetites, we are setting yourself up for future mental or physical health problems. Likewise, if we are unaware of our food reactivity (the impact of certain foods on our auto-immune systems) we are setting ourselves up for problems in body and mind.
Millions of people have gone to their graves without knowing that their medications have negatively impacted their lives and in many cases may have contributed to their deaths. Still, millions more live with devastating side effects. Our approach is based on the premise that mind and body, work together and that food and nutrition are directly related to mood, behavior, and cognition/learning.