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October 27, 2011

True Hope (Part II)

As I said previously, about 92% of children do not get their basic, daily nutrients.  When looking at the population at large, most Americans do not meet their recommended daily allowances.   According to the USDA, the percentages of US population not getting the RDA for a given micronutrient is as follows:

  • Calcium                     72.9%
  • Folate                        75.1%
  • Iron                             34.3%
  • Magnesium                68.0%
  • Niacin                          24.2%
  • Phosphorus             21.7%
  • Riboflavin                  21.8%
  • Selenium                    14.8%
  • Vitamin A                     54.7%
  • Vitamin B6                   35.3%
  • Vitamin B12                 29.9%
  • Vitamin C                    48.3%
  • Vitamin E                    85.9%
  • Zinc                             42.0%
  • Copper                       30.7%

(Data borrowed from a presentation by David Hardy, cofounder of Truehope, at the Micronutrients in Mental Health conference 2011). Read the rest of this entry »

Category: Nutrition, Treatment

October 7, 2011

True Hope (Part I)

“Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can heal the patient with food” – Hippocrates

It is possible to use micronutrients to treat mental illness.  This is a topic that I will come back to frequently as it is something in which I strongly believe and cannot emphasize enough.  Especially when it comes to first line remedies and our mandate to “first, do no harm.”   If we can use vitamins and elements that our body already naturally runs on to heal someone’s illness, rather than inserting some foreign chemical to block or alter a receptor  (the reality is we that we don’t really know how most psychotropics really work), it would be a far healthier, safer, and natural means of treatment, in spite of supposed industry standards of care.   Especially as a first line remedy, as we can always move on to the industry standard of care next if need be. Read the rest of this entry »

Category: Nutrition, Treatment