If we are what we eat, and a person who suffers from psychiatric ailments has a diet that is sorely lacking in necessary nutrients the body needs for proper functioning, then perhaps it might stand to reason that a change in diet could ameliorate their symptoms. Daniel Amen, a well-known psychiatrist and author, believes better food choices will lead to less cases of common psychiatric ailments, such as Attention Deficit Disorder for example. Showing people how to make better food choices, which will get necessary nutrients into their system, is a tool Dr. Amen feels will help to battle these common healthcare issues.
Many children in this country are being diagnosed with ADD, and in the past decade there has been a substantial uptick in the amount of them being diagnosed. If a child either skips breakfast entirely, or they have a bowl of sugary cereal, they have not consumed any dietary protein that will help dopamine, a neurotransmitter necessary to optimal functioning of a child’s attention span, do its job. This is more than likely the reason they cannot concentrate. They will invariably become the subject of an incorrect diagnosis, which will then lead to an unnecessary prescription-based solution. The result is this child being labeled with a diagnosis that likely has nothing to do with improper functioning of their brain, but that which is caused by a lack of proper nutrition sponsoring that improper functioning. In most cases, a pill has no place in this equation. The lack of proper nutrition causes their inability to concentrate, a situation that could be remedied with some cottage cheese each morning. Instead they will likely get a pill, which will do the work that cottage cheese could have more efficiently done.
Dr. Daniel Amen, aside from being a New York Time’s best-selling author, is also a psychiatrist who specializes in brain disorders. He is the director of the eponymous Amen Clinics where he uses special photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) as a tool to establish a baseline for sub-categories of common disorders, like depression for instance. As a result of his findings, he will prescribe medication where warranted, but he also provides non-medication solutions to help his patients manage these common afflictions.
Eating incorrectly will never, ever lead to optimal functioning of the human body. This will, however, likely lead to disease. If Dr. Amen feels a change of diet is the best prescription he can give someone, this is a perfectly innocuous solution, but one that would most likely require tests results to establish credibility. Unfortunately the numbers of people involved with palate-pleasing consumption, which does almost nothing but cause health-related problems, are nearly as high as the numbers of people commonly diagnosed with the same handful of psychiatric conditions. It would seem antithetical that there is no connection between these two trends. A lot of good can come from what we put in our bodies, and a lot of bad. Dr. Amen is trying to show people how to make simple choices that will save them from a perilous, self-induced fate. Amen to that!