There has been a growing awareness for decades that good nutrition is essential for mental health. However psychiatrists have not been emphasizing nutritional considerations into their treatment plans. The University of Melbourne reported on Jan. 28, 2015, that diet and nutrition are essential for mental health. Researchers have said evidence has been rapidly growing showing there are vital relationships between both diet quality and potential nutritional deficiencies and mental health. Leading academics now say that as with a range of medical conditions psychiatry and public health should now recognize and gladly accept diet and nutrition as primary determinants of mental health. This study has been published in The Lancet Psychiatry. Lead author Dr Jerome Sarris says that amidst the complex determinants of mental health there has been emerging and compelling evidence for nutrition as a primary factor in the high prevalence and incidence of mental disorders. This clearly suggests that nutrition should be considered as important to psychiatry as it is to cardiology and other medical specialties.
It is unfortunately hard to imagine psychiatrists actually aggressively and successfully implementing nutritional considerations as a priority into their practices. As the Citizens Commission on Human Rights has effectively reported psychiatry is basically a destructive discipline which consistently causes far more harm than good. In view of the fact that stigmatization created and enforced by the psychiatrists themselves generally leads to economic deprivation and starvation in their patients it would be a really challenging task for the psychiatrists to change gears and bring new doctors who emphasize good nutrition for mental health into their specialty. It doesn’t seem likely this will happen, particularly in an era wherein the sadistic legalization of psychiatry has become trendy and very lucrative for the psychiatrists. However it’s nice to dream.
This article first appeared Examiner, 30 January 2015.