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Feeding the Brain (2010)

Only available in Canada, United States
(43:12)
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Feeding the Brain explores the urgent need to find treatments for mental illness that do more than merely mask symptoms. This documentary tells a story of the struggles that many face in an effort to treat their mental illness, and presents some of the most promising, albeit less conventional solutions that have been found. Mental illness survivors, researchers and healthcare practitioners tell their compelling stories and share the hope of a new paradigm in treating mental illness. As the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Renée Rodenkirchen
English

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jay.8anks, posted on July 14, 2013

The main focus of the film is a handful of people who were able to turn their lives around using nutrition. These were not marginal people who only had to improve a little to function. A few lost portions of their lives to the pharmaceutical industry's treatment of their mental illness. One person spent time so heavily medicated that she would sit in a chair and drool. If she fell out of the chair, someone would pick her up and put her back in the chair. That was her life.

Using sound nutrition, everyone involved in the film was able to turn their lives around and become normal, functioning members of society, throwing their meds in the trash in the process. The person mentioned above went on to have three more children and is healthy and happy.

Nothing about the film is bad, but it is a little short and could have stood to get more in depth. For those wanting more information on the subject, I recommend the book "Food & Behavior: A Natural Connection," by Barbara Reed Stitt.

One thing I found interesting in the film was the segment on Roger Williams and biochemical individuality. This was a helpful look at why some people may require more micronutrients than others. What Williams found was that intestinal disorders such as leaky gut syndrome in children stopped them from absorbing some micronutrients.

You have to keep in mind that America is running over with food. It's not running over with nutrition. Over farmed land is producing stuff to put in our mouths, it's not feeding our bodies or our brains. It only compounds the problem if people aren't properly absorbing what little nutrition is actually in our foods. Making and taking vitamins is not necessarily the answer to this problem, either.

One theory presented both in the film and in Stitt's "Food & Behavior," is that there is a host of sub-clinical diseases going on that is affecting mental health. For example, while few people have full-blown pellagra anymore -- a vitamin deficiency disease -- there may be a large number of people suffering from sub-clinical pellagra. Since a symptom of pellagra is dementia, someone suffering it may be giving a psychotropic drug (treat the symptom), when the root cause of the problem was simply a vitamin B3 deficiency.

In some way, we have to change the financial rewards in the medical industry to producing results, not selling pills, or treating sub-clinical pellagra by drugging people so hard they can only sit in a chair and drool will never change. The sad fact is, telling people to eat right is not profitable. We need people to get paid when they get people back to being fully functioning, and financially penalized when they sell pills.

Sadly, too many people in America benefit from the way things are now to really make meaningful changes. Because of this, as I always say, "when it all comes crashing down around us, we all had a hand in it!"

charlieww2, posted on June 19, 2013

At the end of this documentary, a treatment is mentioned and I could not understand what the narrator was calling the treatment. It sounded like "alakuntz". She said the gray headed lady (can't remember her name) used it and was trained in it. Please let me know what this was. I have tried googling it with various spellings and I am not having any luck. I wish this documentary had given some recommendations for a good vitamin and mineral regimen.
Thanks
Anne

BRAVEN, posted on March 18, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed the documentary film Feeding the Brain.
i could related 100% to each and everyone of the people who were interviewed!
I have been diagnosed with Bi polar disorder and Schitzoaffective disorder many years ago.
I now know that there is proper help for me to get off of my psychiatric medications safely .
THANK YOU,
RENEE RODENKIRCHEN

Ida-Helene, posted on January 28, 2013

Ååååhhhr make worldwide please!!!

Gloria, posted on October 6, 2012

Thanks,Thanks, for such elightinging film it was like watching myself explain what I used to go through those moments of mania, I found that by changing my nutrition and finding spirituality through God's teaching and now adding the proper vitamins, minerals the my body had been deficient for years life is getting better to handle and and enjoy, like in the film there are still situation and problems that will arise but am I able to handle much better than ever before. I used to take five medications at the same time I felt like a zombie , I know it can be done I did it had 15 years that I do not take medication and also had become a holistic health coach . I love life with it good parts and not so good.

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