A Revolutionary Idea! Good nutrition boosts mental health! Julia Rucklidge – Clinical Psychologist. (short video)

People died of scurvy about three hundred years ago. 40% of Sailors died from scurvy. It was discovered that if sailors ate limes (or oranges), they did not get scurvy at all, yet it took 264 years for the British Government to mandate that ships carried limes for their sailors. If the mere deficiency of vitamin C can produce a horrible disease like scurvy, which causes death, then surely good nutrition can affect mental health. See here for pictures and article on scurvy.



Our diets have deteriorated quantumly in the last 50 years.  Petroleum based fertilizers have resulted in large fruit and vegetables that lack essential minerals like magnesium, iodine and boron.   Genetically modified foods are the pestilence of the present day:   bacteria and life forms never before in the human food chain are being spliced into our staple foods; as well as making crops resistant to poisons like Roundup so that those crops now have exorbitant amounts of Roundup in them which we consume.   Soy and corn are the most common offenders.  Today, we have an epidemic of obesity, mental illness and physical diseases like diabetes, low thyroid; heart attack, stroke and cancer;; food allergies; not to mention ADD/ADHD; and children exhibiting behavioral problems.  

It has long been known that “Food is medicine,”  could all, most or at least some of our mental and physical woes be due to incorrect diets?  When you learn that that people died for lack of  oranges (scurvy); Downs’s syndrome is caused by a lack of Selenium; and Alzheimer’s is caused or made worse by Aluminium, and mercury is a toxic neuro-poison; that fluoride makes people passive and lowers the IQ in children; and sugar causes depression and schizophrenia; it becomes obvious that we should be paying far more attention to what we put into our bodies.                    

Eating for mental health and ALL health requires eating certain good food, and refraining from the bad:



Refrain from eating junk foods, GMO (Genetically modified foods); and medications  that include harmful toxins, chemicals and even organisms that will also cause your body to manifest some disease or syndrome or side effect

  1. Eliminate as many additives of non-food type as possible – eg.  all artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame, Monosodium glutamate (MSG); coloring; and all those additives that you can’t even pronounce.  
  2. Avoid all Genetically Modified foods (GMO’s);
  3. Avoid all sugar.  See article below:  SUGAR BLUES
  4. Eliminate high fructose corn syrup, and starchy carbohydrates, especially enriched flour products, and other refined flour products, but even whole grain products and gluten can be problematic.  Milk, milk products and Lactose may also be aggravating.
  5. Eliminate Commercial cooking oils, which are damaging because they contain Omega-6 fatty acids.  While this is a necessary part of the diet, Omega-6 must be taken in very small quantities with a greater intake of Omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega-6 in excessive amounts is an excitogen to the brain and therefore causes inflammation.  AVOID CANOLA OIL! 
  6. Purge toxic chemicals like fluoride, mercury, formaldehyde, aluminum, etc. from your intake in whatever form, including or especially in medications.
    no to GMO's



Eat good food that will supply the essential elements your body and mind need for optimal health (Deficiencies in many essential vitamins or minerals manifest themselves in diseases);

  1. Instead, use olive oil and/or coconut oil.  In all cases, organic and cold pressed is preferred.  Healthy oils include:
    • Avocado Oil;  Almond Oil Butter (pastured); Coconut Oil/Milk;  Ghee ; Grapeseed Oil; Macadamia Oil; Olive Oil; Sesame Oil; Palm Oil; Walnut Oil;
  2. adopt a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and  proteins, like nuts and unprocessed meats, poultry or fish (organic, grass fed or free range if possible); & unprocessed cheese, but  restrict consumption of dairy products.                                                                          10854362_312707902261571_6035958206813399469_o


  • Drink water  that is purified through reverse osmosis.  Of course, if natural uncontaminated spring water is available, that is better as the minerals have not also been removed.  However, it is difficult to be sure of the quality of water purchased in stores.  Reverse osmosis water is the most reliably free of harmful chemicals.

Further, it is probable that your body and brain are inflamed from the foreign materials in our diet and medications.   Adopt an anti–inflammatory diet to offset this.  One step in this direction is to  drink  “Golden Milk” before going to bed, to reduce inflammation and supply the body with magnesium to make the all important Glutathione.


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Step 1 – Make Tumeric Paste (Concentrate)

  • 1/4 Cup  Tumeric Powder (spice)
  • 1/2 Cup Spring Water
  • Simmer 6-10 mins over low heat to improve absorption
  • Store in fridge in a jar for up to 2 weeks

Step 2 – Make Drink

  • 2 cups Coconut Milk/ Almond Milk (the canned variety tastes best – as always, make sure there are no additives other than filtered water)
  • 1 tsp Tumeric 
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil (solid at room temperature – Organic, cold-pressed) 
  • About an inch  chopped, fresh Ginger
  • 6 Peppercorns (can be ground up)
  • Mix together and simmer 10 mins at low heat
  • Drink  and Enjoy 1 cup, save the other for another day

Some people prefer to strain mixture for ginger and peppercorns, but if peppercorns are ground, no need to strain, and it is  delicious to chew the ginger.  Incorporate this drink into your daily routine.  Drink before bed.

Turmeric, known for is anti-inflammatory properties and used medicinally for over 4,000 years, is excellent for preventing Alzheimers, arthritis, skin health, digestion, immune system, and even cancer. Recent studies have confirmed that it may be as effective as 14 different prescription drugs – without the adverse side effects.


In a comprehensive summary of 700 studies published by ethnobotanist James A. Duke, Phd., in the October, 2007 issue of Alternative & Complementary Therapies, Duke found extensive evidence that turmeric can reduce inflammation and support brain and joint health.

It is also loaded with many healthy nutrients such as protein, dietary fiber, niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc. 

Research has proven that simply using turmeric as a food cholestrol in arteryseasoning can reduce serum cholesterol levels. It is a known fact that high cholesterol can lead to other serious health problems. Maintaining a proper cholesterol level can prevent many cardiovascular diseases.

According to Dr. Weil, Drinkers of Golden Milk can also reap the benefits of

  1. ginger, a natural anti-inflammatory that can help relieve symptoms of arthritis, bursitis and other musculoskeletal ailments.
  2. Additionally, the black pepper in Golden Milk contains the alkaloid piperine, which enhances the absorption and the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric. Plus, black pepper contains a number of essential nutrients, including manganese, iron and vitamin K, and is commonly used to calm digestive issues.
  3. Cinnamon prevents sugar from causing sugar spikes and promoting insulin resistance. see article below
  4. Coconut Oil see article below



So, we know sugar causes the Sugar Blues and other mental illnesses:  Cinnamon is your ally in combating the sugar that is so ubiquitous in our food.  Sodas of course, unless they are the diet kind, loaded with the poison Aspartame, which is even worse, are saturated with sugar.

Watch this and change or adjust your diet, especially for mental health!



Coconut Oil: Proven Natural Treatment for Alzheimers Disease 

Story at a Glance

According to medical research, coconut oil benefits the body in the following ways:

alzheimers Illustration

The digestion of MCFA’s (Medium Chain Fatty Acids)which are in coconut oil,  by the liver creates ketones which are a readily accessible energy for the brain. Ketones supply energy to the brain without the need of insulin to process glucose into energy.

Recent research has shown that the brain actually creates it’s own insulin to process glucose and power brain cells. As the brain of an Alzheimer’s patient has lost the ability to create it’s own insulin, the ketones from coconut oil could create an alternate source of energy to help repair brain function. (1, 2)

  • *WARNING – refined or processed coconut oil can be bleached, over-heated, and chemically processed to increase its shelf-life. Processing the oil changes the chemical makeup and the fats are no longer good for you!
  • INSTEAD – buy extra virgin coconut oil for the greatest health benefits. 

 MCT Fats Found In Coconut Oil Boost Brain Function In Only One Dose

MCT Fats Found In Coconut Oil Boost Brain Function In Only One Dose

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), the primary type of fat found within coconut oil, have been found to boost cognitive performance in older adults suffering from memory disorders as serious as Alzheimer’s — and not after months or even days of treatment, but after a single 40 ml dose!

A groundbreaking 2004 study published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging found that the administration of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), the primary fat type found in coconut oil, almost immediately improved cognitive function in older adults with memory disorders.

The study involved 20 subjects with Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment who, on separate days, were given either emulsified MCTs or a placebo.  The researchers observed a significant increase in blood plasma levels of the ketone body beta-hydroxylutyrate (beta-OHB) after only 90 minutes of treatment, and depending on the apolipoprotein E genotype of the subject tested, beta-OHB levels either continued to rise or held constant between the 90 and 120 minute blood draws in the treatment condition. Remarkably, cognitive testing revealed that this brief MCT treatment facilitated improved performance on the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive Subscale (ADAS-cog) in 4 subjects within the study group. Moreover, “higher ketone values were associated with greater improvement in paragraph recall with MCT treatment relative to placebo across all subjects (P=0.02).”[i]

The details of the study procedure was described as follows:

The study was conducted with a double-blind placebo controlled design with two study visits. During each visit, subjects received one of two isocaloric conditions (690calories) in a randomized order: emulsified MCTs, or emulsified long chain triglycerides as a placebo. NeoBee 895 (Stepan, Inc.) was used for MCTs. To increase palatability, heavy whipping cream was used as a source of long chain triglycerides and as a source of long chain mono- and di-glycerides for emulsification. MCTs (40ml) were blended with 152ml heavy whipping cream to create the emulsified test sample. Heavy whipping cream alone (232ml) was blended to create the placebo.

Subjects fasted from 8:00 p.m. on the night prior to the study visit. They arrived in the morning and blood was drawn to determine plasma β-OHB levels and APOE genotyping (first visit only). Subjects then consumed the test beverage and rested quietly for 90min, after which blood was drawn and a 30-min cognitive testing session ensued. After testing, a final blood draw was taken.

How Medium Chain Triglycerides Work

How could a single dose of MCTs (40 ml or 2.7 tablespoons) cause an almost immediate improvement in cognitive performance in those suffering from cognitive impairments as serious as Alzheimer’s disease? The explanation is found both in the unique metabolic needs of the brain and in the configuration of MCTs themselves. Whereas the primary fuel source for the energy-hungry brain is glucose, when insulin resistance and suboptimal metabolism (hypometabolism) develops in the brain, both the brain’s structure and function are compromised. Ketone bodies provide a much needed alternative fuel source to glucose that can recharge metabolic processes within the brain, resulting in an almost immediate improvement in cognitive function.  

MCTs are not like most fats we consume. For instance, due to their smaller size they do not form micelles and are not stored in adipose tissue. Whereas up to 97% of the dietary fats we ingest are made up of long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) which have been 14 and 18 carbons,[ii] MCTs have relatively shorter chain lengths of 5 to 12 carbons, making them easier to absorb and utilize. They are preferentially oxidized by the liver, and when provided in large enough quantities, they give rise to ketone bodies.[iii]

What is the best way to take MCTs? As we are advocates of whole food nutrition, coconut oil is our preferred source of these triglycerides, containing approximately 2/3rds MCTs by volume. Coconut oil also has a broad spectrum of other health benefits, which we highlighted in our previous article “13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil.”

Also, instead of treating coconut oil or MCTs as some new nutraceutical “magic bullet,” almost as if we are just loading natural bullets into the same old outdated allopathic gun, try incorporating it into your diet in a way that displaces less healthy fats. For instance, replace that rancid, pro-inflammatory ‘vegetable oil’ (e.g. soy, grape seed, peanut, canola oil) you are using to fry an egg or bake with, with sublimely saturated, rancidity-resistant coconut oil.

Or, enjoy a delicious curry with coconut milk as a base. Because 25% of coconut milk is fat, and about 66% of that fat is MCT, you are still getting a healthy dose. It is always better to eat smaller amounts of truly therapeutic foods, enjoyed in the context of sharing, preparing and enjoying good food, so that you will ideally never have to use the heroic “food as medicine” approach after a serious disease has had the opportunity to set in. Think: use food so that medicine never becomes necessary.   

For additional information view the testimonial of Dr. Mary Newport who discovered the benefits of using coconut oil to treat her husband’s Alzheimer’s Disease.


  • [ii] Anonymous: Medium chain triglycerides.  Alt Med Rev 2002, 7:418-420.

Sayer Ji

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.


Mental illness is a myth and  emotional disturbance can be merely the first symptom of the obvious inability of the human system to handle the stress of sugar dependency

— Dr Abram Hoffer, Dr Allan Cott, Dr A. Cherkin & Dr Linus Pauling

Extracted/edited from  Sugar Blues by William Dufty
First published  1975 by Chilton Book Co. Padnor, PA, USA
Currently published by Warner Books, USA 

Download PDF  Sugar Blues

        In the Dark Ages, troubled souls were rarely locked up for going off their rocker. Such confinement began in the Age of Enlightenment, after sugar made the transition from apothecary’s prescription to candymaker’s confection. “The great confinement of the insane”, as one historian calls it,10 began in the late 17th century, after sugar consumption in Britain had zoomed in 200 years from a pinch or two in a barrel of beer, here and there, to more than two million pounds per year. By that time, physicians in London had begun to observe and record terminal physical signs and symptoms of the “sugar blues”.

     Meanwhile, as sugar eaters did not manifest obvious terminal physical symptoms, its culpability was not suspected. Professionally bewildered physicians no longer pronounced patients bewitched, but mad, insane, or emotionally disturbed. Laziness, fatigue, debauchery, parental displeasure – any one problem was sufficient cause for people under twenty-five to be locked up in the first Parisian mental hospitals. All it took to be incarcerated was a complaint from parents, relatives or the omnipotent parish priest.  Anyone wanted off the streets and out of sight was put away, including retarded or defective children, senior citizens, paralytics, epileptics, pregnant youngsters, prostitutes or raving lunatics. Witch-hunting and heresy-hounding were succeeded by the Mental Hospital as a more enlightened and humane method of social control.

     Initially, when the General Hospital was established in Paris by royal decree, one per cent of the city’s population was locked up. From that time until the 20 century, as the consumption of sugar went up and up-especially in the cities, so did the number of people who were put away in the General Hospital. Three hundred years later, the “emotionally disturbed” can be turned into walking automatons, their brains controlled with psychoactive drugs.

     Today, pioneers of orthomolecular psychiatry, such as Dr Abram Hoffer, Dr Allan Cott, Dr A. Cherkin as well as Dr Linus Pauling, have confirmed that mental illness is a myth and that emotional disturbance can be merely the first symptom of the obvious inability of the human system to handle the stress of sugar dependency.

     In writes:

“The functioning of the brain and nervous tissue is more sensitively dependent on the rate of chemical reactions than the functioning of other organs and tissues. I believe that mental disease is for the most part caused by abnormal reaction rates, as determined by genetic constitution and diet, and by abnormal molecular concentrations of essential substances… Selection of food (and drugs) in a world that is undergoing rapid scientific and technological change may often be far from the best.”

— Dr Pauling Orthomolecular Psychiatry,


“Patients are also advised to follow a good nutritional program with restriction of sucrose and sucrose-rich foods.”

Clinical research with hyperactive and psychotic children, as well as those with brain injuries and learning disabilities, has shown:

“An abnormally high family history of diabetes, that is, parents and grandparents who cannot handle sugar; an abnormally high incidence of low blood glucose, or functional hypoglycemia in the children themselves, which indicates that their systems cannot handle sugar; dependence on a high level of sugar in the diets of the very children who cannot handle it.

“Inquiry into the dietary history of patients diagnosed as schizophrenic reveals the diet of their choice is rich in sweets, candy, cakes, coffee, caffeinated beverages, and foods prepared with sugar. These foods, which stimulate the adrenals, should be eliminated or severely restricted.”

— “Megavitamin B3 Therapy for Schizophrenia” by Dr Abram Hoffer,

“In more than twenty years of psychiatric work, I have never known a clinical psychologist to report, on the basis of a projective test, that the subject is a normal, mentally healthy person. While some witches may have survived dunking, no ‘madman’ survives psychological testing…there is no behavior or person that a modern psychiatrist cannot plausibly diagnose as abnormal or ill.”

Dr Thomas Szasz

So it was in the 17th century. Once the doctor or the exorcist had been called in, he was under pressure to do something. When he tried and failed, the poor patient had to be put away. It is often said that surgeons bury their mistakes. Physicians and psychiatrists put them away; lock ’em up.

     In the 1940s, Dr John Tintera rediscovered the vital importance of the endocrine system, especially the      adrenal glands, in “pathological mentation” or “brain boggling”. In 200 cases under treatment for hypoadrenocorticism (the lack of adequate adrenal cortical hormone production or imbalance among these hormones), he discovered that the chief complaints of his patients were often similar to those found in persons whose systems were unable to handle sugar: fatigue, nervousness, depression, apprehension, craving for sweets, inability to handle alcohol, inability to concentrate, allergies, low blood pressure. Sugar blues!

     Dr Tintera finally insisted that all his patients submit to a four-hour glucose tolerance test (GTT) to find out whether or not they could handle sugar. The results were so startling that the laboratories double-checked their techniques, then apologized for what they believed to be incorrect readings. What mystified them was the low, flat curves derived from disturbed, early adolescents. This laboratory procedure had been previously carried out only for patients with physical findings presumptive of diabetes.

    Dorland’s definition of schizophrenia (Bleuler’s dementia praecox) includes the phrase, “often recognized during or shortly after adolescence”, and further, in reference to hebephrenia and catatonia, “coming on soon after the onset of puberty”.

     These conditions might seem to arise or become aggravated at puberty, but probing into the patient’s past will frequently reveal indications which were present at birth, during the first year of life, and through the preschool and grammar school years. Each of these periods has its own characteristic clinical picture. This picture becomes more marked at pubescence and often causes school officials to complain of juvenile delinquency or underachievement.

     A glucose tolerance test at any of these periods could alert parents and physicians and could save innumerable hours and small fortunes spent in looking into the child’s psyche and home environment for maladjustments of questionable significance in the emotional development of the average child.

     The negativism, hyperactivity and obstinate resentment of discipline are absolute indications for at least the minimum laboratory tests: urinalysis, complete bloodcount, PBI determination, and the five-hour glucose tolerance test. A GTT can be performed on a young child by the micro-method without undue trauma to the patient. As a matter of fact, I have been urging that these four tests be routine for all patients, even before a history or physical examination is undertaken.

     In almost all discussions on drug addiction, alcoholism and schizophrenia, it is claimed that there is no definite constitutional type that falls prey to these afflictions. Almost universally, the statement is made that all of these individuals are emotionally immature. It has long been our goal to persuade every physician, whether oriented toward psychiatry, genetics or physiology, to recognise that one type of endocrine individual is involved in the majority of these cases: the hypoadrenocortic.15

     Tintera published several epochal medical papers. Over and over, he emphasised that improvement, alleviation, palliation or cure was “dependent upon the restoration of the normal function of the total organism”. His first prescribed item of treatment was diet. Over and over again, he said that “the importance of diet cannot be overemphasised”. He laid out a sweeping permanent injunction against sugar in all forms and guises.

     While Egas Moniz of Portugal was receiving a Nobel Prize for devising the lobotomy operation for the treatment of schizophrenia, Tintera’s reward was harassment and hounding by the pundits of organised medicine. While Tintera’s sweeping implication of sugar as a cause of what was called “schizophrenia” could be confined to medical journals, he was let alone, ignored. He could be tolerated – if he stayed in his assigned territory, endocrinology. Even when he suggested that alcoholism was related to adrenals that had been whipped by sugar abuse, they let him alone; because the medicos had decided there was nothing in alcoholism for them except aggravation, they were satisfied to abandon it to Alcoholics Anonymous.   However, when Tintera dared to suggest in a magazine of general circulation that “it is ridiculous to talk of kinds of allergies when there is only one kind, which is adrenal glands impaired…by sugar”, he could no longer be ignored.

     The allergists had a great racket going for themselves. Allergic souls had been entertaining each other for years with tall tales of exotic allergies – everything from horse feathers to lobster tails. Along comes someone who says none of this matters: take them off sugar, and keep them off it.

     Perhaps Tintera’s untimely death in 1969 at the age of fifty-seven made it easier for the medical profession to accept discoveries that had once seemed as far out as the simple oriental medical thesis of genetics and diet, yin and yang.

     Today, doctors all over the world are repeating what Tintera announced years ago: nobody, but nobody, should ever be allowed to begin what is called “psychiatric treatment”, anyplace, anywhere, unless and until they have had a glucose tolerance test to discover if they can handle sugar.

     So-called preventive medicine goes further and suggests that since we only think we can handle sugar because we initially have strong adrenals, why wait until they give us signs and signals that they’re worn out? Take the load off now by eliminating sugar in all forms and guises, starting with that soda pop you have in your hand.

     The mind truly boggles when one glances over what passes for medical history. Through the centuries, troubled souls have been barbecued for bewitchment, exorcised for possession, locked up for insanity, tortured for masturbatory madness, psychiatrised for psychosis, lobotomised for schizophrenia. How many patients would have listened if the local healer had told them that the only thing ailing them was sugar blues?


Other headings in the article:

How to stop eating sugar ?

There is a balance between meat consumption and sugar:

If you eat meat, you need sugar, and visa versa. Serious trouble can arise if the balance is off which is easy since sugar is addictive, like a drug. If you are a vegetarian and eat mostly carbohydrates, the effect of extra sugar is heightened.

One of the major drawbacks is that sugar raises the insulin level, which inhibits the release of growth hormones, which in turn depresses the immune system. Not something you want to happen if you want to avoid sickness.

According to Kathleen DesMaisons in her book Potatoes Not Prozac sugar sensitive people , those who have a more volatile reaction to the substance, usually have low levels of serotonin and low levels of beta endorphins.

The level of beta endorphins have a direct impact on a person’s self esteem, tolerance for pain, sense of connectiveness and to the ability to take personal responsibility for action. It follows that with higher levels of beta endorphins the disease management process would be easier.

When blood sugar spikes it signals the adrenal glands to release more adrenaline. This leads to adrenal fatigue and in turn makes blood sugar ups and downs ever more pronounced. Note this, for many of us have adrenals already fatigued from overeating of sugar.

According to William Duffy in “Sugar Blues” the difference between sugar addiction and narcotic addiction is largely one of degree. Here are some suggestions to make the withdrawal easier:

  • As you are reducing the amount of sugar also reduce the amount of meat you are eating
  • Eat a bit of ginger before meals
  • Taking Colloidal minerals that contain trace minerals Chromium and Vanadium would solve problem of craving for Sugar and sweets !
  • Craving for Sugar and sweets is a symptom of Chromium and Vanadium deficiency.
  • Don’t eat any concentrated sweetener for breakfast
  • Eat your breakfast as late as possible and start with fruit.
  •  Never eat fruit together other foods.  
    Wait 20 mins between eating  fruit and other foods
  • Make treats like cookies sweetened with rice syrup (a honey like sweetener made from cultured rice) or barley malt, or better yet, xylitol or stevia, both totally organic plant forms of sugar that are actually good for you.
  • Get to know some new foods that have a subtle sweet taste from natural sugars. Try manna bread (tastes like a muffin but is made only from sprouted grains) or oatmilk.
  • Get to know more about the sugar/depression/energy connection.
  • Read: Food and Healing, Sugar Blues, or Potatoes Not Prozac

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