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Nutrition and psychiatry!

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Great article from the UK about nutrients and psychiatric conditions!  Obviously we treat all of these conditions at New Leaf – our combination of:

universal consciousness
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microcurrent therapy
nutritional supplementation

gives great support and relief and hope… for our clientele.

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A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part of an integrated or alternative treatment for mental health disorders.

But nutritional approaches for these debilitating conditions are not widely accepted by mainstream medicine. Treatment options tend to be limited to official National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines which recommend talking therapies and antidepressants.

Use of antidepressants

Antidepressant use has more than doubled in recent years. In England 64.7m prescriptions were issued for antidepressants in 2016 at a cost of ÂŁ266.6m. This is an increase of 3.7m on the number of items prescribed in 2015 and more than double than the 31m issued in 2006.

A recent Oxford University study found that antidepressants were more effective in treating depression than placebo. The study was led by Dr Andrea Cipriani who claimed that depression is under treated. Cipriani maintains that antidepressants are effective and a further 1m prescriptions should be issued to people in the UK.

This approach suggests that poor mental health caused by social conditions is viewed as easily treated by simply dispensing drugs. But antidepressants are shunned by people whom they could help because of the social stigma associated with mental ill-health which leads to discrimination and exclusion.

Prescriptions for 64.7m items of antidepressants were dispensed in England in 2016, the highest level recorded by the NHS. Shutterstock

More worrying is the increase in the use of antidepressants by children and young people. In Scotland, 5,572 children under 18 were prescribed antidepressants for anxiety and depression in 2016. This figure has more than doubled since 2009/2010.

But according to British psychopharmacologist Professor David Healy, 29 clinical trials of antidepressant use in young people found no benefits at all. These trials revealed that instead of relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression, antidepressants caused children and young people to feel suicidal.

Healy also challenges their safety and effectiveness in adults. He believes that antidepressants are over-prescribed and that there is little evidence that they are safe for long-term use. Antidepressants are said to create dependency, have unpleasant side effects and cannot be relied upon to always relieve symptoms.

Nutrition and poor mental health

In developed countries such as the UK we eat a greater variety of foodstuffs than ever before – but it doesn’t follow that we are well nourished. In fact, many people do not eat enough nutrients that are essential for good brain health, opting for a diet of heavily processed food containing artificial additives and sugar.

The link between poor mental health and nutritional deficiencies has long been recognised by nutritionists working in the complementary health sector. However, psychiatrists are only now becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of using nutritional approaches to mental health, calling for their peers to support and research this new field of treatment.

It is now known that many mental health conditions are caused by inflammation in the brain which ultimately causes our brain cells to die. This inflammatory response starts in our gut and is associated with a lack of nutrients from our food such as magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, vitamins and minerals that are all essential for the optimum functioning of our bodies.

Recent research has shown that food supplements such as zinc, magnesium, omega 3, and vitamins B and D3 can help improve people’s mood, relieve anxiety and depression and improve the mental capacity of people with Alzheimer’s.

Magnesium is one of most important minerals for optimal health, yet many people are lacking in it. One study found that a daily magnesium citrate supplement led to a significant improvement in depression and anxiety, regardless of age, gender or severity of depression. Improvement did not continue when the supplement was stopped.

Omega-3 fatty acids are another nutrient that is critical for the development and function of the central nervous system – and a lack has been associated with low mood, cognitive decline and poor comprehension.

Research has shown that supplements like zinc, magnesium and vitamins B and D can improve the mental capacity of people with Alzheimer’s. Shutterstock

The role of probiotics – the beneficial live bacteria in your digestive system – in improving mental health has also been explored by psychiatrists and nutritionists, who found that taking them daily was associated with a significant reduction in depression and anxiety. Vitamin B complex and zinc are other supplements found to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Hope for the future?

These over-the-counter” supplements are widely available in supermarkets, chemists and online health food stores, although the cost and quality may vary. For people who have not responded to prescription drugs or who cannot tolerate the side effects, nutritional intervention can offer hope for the future.

There is currently much debate over the effectiveness of antidepressants. The use of food supplements offer an alternative approach that has the potential to make a significant difference to the mental health of all age groups.

The emerging scientific evidence suggests that there should be a bigger role for nutritional psychiatry in mental health within conventional health services. If the burden of mental ill health is to be reduced, GPs and psychiatrists need to be aware of the connection between food, inflammation and mental illness.

Medical education has traditionally excluded nutritional knowledge and its association with disease. This has led to a situation where very few doctors in the UK have a proper understanding of the importance of nutrition. Nutritional interventions are thought to have little evidence to support their use to prevent or maintain well-being and so are left to dietitians, rather than doctors, to advise on.

But as the evidence mounts up, it is time for medical education to take nutrition seriously so that GPs and psychiatrists of the future know as much about its role in good health as they do about anatomy and physiology. The state of our mental health could depend on it.

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Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Over the last four years, 12 members of my family, friends, and students have been treated at the New Leaf Natural Therapies Centre run by Madonna Guy and Associates.

Initially I approached Madonna Guy for therapy for my two adopted daughters  both of whom  have severe learning problems due to health problems. A friend, Jen, told me about the clinic because her grandson had had wonderful results with the Leap Programme. Although he seemed just as intelligent as his brother who was a straight A student, he only achieved C’s at school and was totally uninterested in reading.

After just four treatments of the Leap Programme, he began to achieve A marks and began to really enjoy reading. Jen had had severe bowel problems for over 20 years, but Madonna, with her Naturopathic skills and the Leap Programme gave her pain free results.

We gave the whole Leap Programme to our daughter Chrissy who was adopted at 2 years from Brazil, starving and with 4 severe sicknesses that were killing her. She struggled with severe health and learning problems. In grade 2 Chrissy was diagnosed with A.D.H.D with an IQ of 86. Later in grade 7 the QLD Government guidance officer diagnosed her with an IQ of 70-75 (borderline intellectually impaired) with a Reading Age of 8 years.

After 10 Leap treatments her teachers were amazed at the reduction of hyperactivity, improvement in focus and confidence in learning tasks.

At home I was delighted with the marked improvement in household tasks, a new ability to relate to me without tantrums and an ability to show affection towards me for the first time in 10 years.

After the Leap Programme her Reading Age leapt to 12 years. She had previously been diagnosed 8 years 6 months before. In grade 5 in the statewide testing, her Maths came in the bottom 10% to 20%. After Leap in grade 7 in similar testing she performed above average in all areas.

As a mother the change in family stress levels was enormous as a new Chrissy emerged with new confidence and interest in life and learning. Recently our local treating psychologist tested her IQ at 99 with a projected IQ of 118 as her brain function improves. She is now in grade 10.

My elder daughter, Jo, adopted from Korea as a tiny baby, has suffered  from a very severe hormonal imbalance caused by xeno-hormones from toxins received in a factory where her mother worked when Jo was in the womb. Her progesterone levels were 3 at 13 instead of 20 – 100which is normal. This caused excessive and at times uncontrollable bleeding and  necessity of artificial hormones from our gynecologist to try to control the condition which had awful side effects including such severe depression that she was given an antidepressant so she could tolerate the drugs stopping the bleeding. After we changed to natural progesterone cream, her condition slowly improved, but her extremely heavy periods still came every 20 – 23 days. Madonna gave her a product to detox her body, called Zeolite (Natural Cellular Defense – the only one Madonna will use).

Within 2mths she had a normal 28 day cycle. Part of her condition was total exhaustion. At 13 she was referred to a heart specialist. He found that her heart was so strained because of such low levels of oxygen to all the cells in her body caused by the progesterone deficiency, that she had developed a heart murmur.

Recently whilst in hospital, the oxygen levels in her red blood cells were tested at 99%, very high indeed. The heart murmur was no longer present. Her body healed itself when the toxins were removed.

So impressed was I, by these results, I asked Madonna if she could give me a few treatments of the Leap Programme. 18 years ago I had 8 ½ hours of radical neurosurgery for a massive brain tumor on my brain stem and behind my spinal cord. Although I had had three books published and a number of children’s songs before surgery, my life now changed totally. Due to damaged nerves in my brain, my life was controlled by pain and trauma as I struggled emotionally to survive through life with my much longed for adopted daughters but with a damaged body and brain.

In Madonna’s first treatment she discovered that I was operating in survival mode with my brain functioning on the logic side. Gone was all my creativity and relaxation I had enjoyed as a teacher in special education and in mainstream teaching. Madonna not only gave me three treatments but she also taught me brain integration exercises which Chrissy and I used daily after our relaxation therapy together.

I had begun tutoring as teaching has always been one of the joys of my life. My sister, a counsellor at a most prestigious private school, rang me about a little boy needing tutoring. The little boy (Peter) after a year at school had uncontrollable behaviour and could not read at all. His mother was searching for a tutor to help her son over the Christmas holidays.

Peter was already on large doses of dexamphetamine for A.D.H.D but the school could not deal with him unless he was placed on an antidepressant. We decided that I would tutor him three mornings every week and he would have the Leap Programme 1 day a week.

He had been recently diagnosed with Aspergers Disease and his treating paediatrician felt a special school for intellectually impaired children might be a better solution.

As I began working with Peter, I realised that he was a highly intelligent boy with very mature language development but severe brain dysfunction.

After a few Leap treatments I began to realise his potential and interests. I began to capture his imagination. Learning for him had meant fear, trauma, and failure but we were able to change this attitude to fun, fun, fun and success! His treating specialist was totally amazed after 3mths as his Reading Age had improved 2 years and he was so stable even without antidepressants he could cope in his classroom.

The work he received on his Brain Function and his new desire to achieve allowed his reading to accelerate to his real potential so that in 8mths this little grade 2 boy tested at R.A. 11.5 years performing at grade 6 standard.

Many of my students have now received help with the Leap Programme. For me, new horizons have opened up as my tutoring business expands.

At present I am writing a new book which is very practical introducing parents to all the therapies I have found to be most helpful with teaching children with Autism, Aspergers Disease, A.D.H.D., brilliant children and Down Syndrome children .

I heard from a friend’s child recently about her daughter that had auditory processing problems and struggled with Reading and Phonics when I was tutoring her in grade 1. She went to Madonna for treatment with health problems and also had 7 Leap Treatments. She is at a private school giving wonderful support in learning problems. She is now in grade 9 receiving A’s and B’s for assignments and is very motivated to succeed. She is aiming to be a vet; her horizons have opened.

As tutoring and helping children with learning problems is my passion, I can tell you dozens of other success stories. If you choose help with the Leap Programme, your child will Leap over problems in learning.

Marj Lumley.