Eating processed foods with little nutritional value may be making us mad as well as sick – new research shows.Canterbury University psychologist Julia Rucklidge says the decreasing nutritional value of our food may be contributing to an ‘epidemic’ of mental illness – with one in every eight NZ adults now on anti-depressants.
Research has shown that eating more fresh foods consistent with a Mediterranean-style diet and eating less Western foods could reverse spiralling rates of conditions such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – anxiety and depression.
Eleven years ago when Rucklidge started using vitamins and minerals to treat mental illness she says people were ‘completely uninterested’.
‘Many didn’t believe there was a possibility that nutrition can influence your mental health’ she said.
From MDMA as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder to Ketamine for beating depression there’s a psychedelic revival afoot – one that is firmly rooted in science and medicine.
In High Times Natalie Lyla Ginsberg – policy manager of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) – writes about the “Mainstreaming of Psychedelics“:
One of the country’s foremost concussion experts has called the publication of research linking rugby concussion and long-term difficulties a ‘game-changer’.
Doug King – an independent researcher into head injuries suffered in league and rugby whose work has appeared in academic papers said the publication of the first paper connected to the AUT’s rugby health study legitimised many long-held concerns.
‘It’s a game-changer for the general public’ King said.
‘The stuff we have been saying for a long time is out in front of them now.
They know that when it comes to concussion and long-term health there is an issue’.
The first paper from the study into the health of retired rugby players was published in online journal Sports Medicine yesterday.
‘A Comparison of Cognitive Function in Former Rugby Union Players Compared with Former Non-Contact-Sport Players and the Impact of Concussion History’ investigated the difference in brain function between rugby players who experienced concussion and those who didn’t.
It found that players who experienced one or more concussions in their career performed worse in tests that measure cognitive flexibility – complex attention – executive function and processing speed.
To put it in layman’s terms – that is the ability to understand and process information quickly – to make rapid decisions – to switch attention between tasks and to track and respond to information over long periods of time.
(ed: i guess an obvious first solution/prevention will be seriously padded head-gear – for all players…(especially young players..)
Dame Anne Salmond is the Patron of the Te Awaroa: 1000 Rivers project.
She was the 2013 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.
Will Water NZ also suggest that we chlorinate rivers lakes and harbours – so that we can swim in them without getting sick?
If we all own the water as the Prime Minister says – why has the Government set the bar for water quality in New Zealand so low?
Whose interests are they serving?
Kiwis want rivers – lakes and harbours they can swim and fish in and pure safe drinking water.
In the case of irrigators and water bottling industries how can they make large profits from water sources that belong to us all?
Who is doing deals behind closed doors about pricing water?
Who will get the money and how will it be spent?
At present it seems clear that Parliament and regional councils are being lobbied by special interest groups (industrial farmers – forestry companies – irrigators – water bottling plants and the like) to allow them to degrade and deplete waterways owned by all New Zealanders.
That is wrong – and strategically unwise.
Its time for our leaders to stop squandering the natural wealth of our country – abundant pure fresh water – fertile soils and a rich variety of native plants and animals.
The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research – a group better known for its views on inflation targeting and GDP growth – says New Zealand should move ‘sooner rather than later’ to legalise marijuana which would generate a net gain of $300 million to the government accounts.
Drawing on Treasury research which found that legalising could reap $150 million in new government revenue and reduce spending on drug enforcement by around $180 million – NZIER Principal Economist Peter Wilson concludes that legalisation – combined with heavy taxation – regulation and education would be a better way of reducing social harm from the drug.
‘The result should be less use – considerable fiscal savings to the government and the removal of a valuable source of revenue for criminals’ he writes.
‘Prohibition of marijuana – just like prohibition of alcohol before it – has been a costly failure’.