Could Nutrition Treat Mental Illness? with Prof Julia Rucklidge (VIDEO)
Oct
4
to Jan 31

Could Nutrition Treat Mental Illness? with Prof Julia Rucklidge (VIDEO)

Over the last few decades, scientists have been uncovering an uncomfortable truth: What we eat is affecting our mental health. In this lecture, Prof Rucklidge will first briefly describe what is known about dietary patterns and mental health and then discuss the recent paradigm shift of using broad based micronutrients to treat psychiatric disorders, reviewing the hypothesized mechanisms of action and the evidence to date. The talk intends to challenge our current treatment regime for mental disorders and suggest one alternative course of action.

About Professor Julia Rucklidge:

Julia is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology and the Director of the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she completed her PhD at the University of Calgary in clinical psychology followed by a two year post-doctoral fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In 2000, she joined the Department of Psychology where she teaches child psychology in the Clinical Psychology Programme.

Her interests in nutrition and mental illness grew out of her own research showing poor outcomes for children with significant psychiatric illness despite receiving conventional treatments for their conditions. In the last decade, she and her lab has been running clinical trials investigating the role of broad-spectrum micronutrients in the expression of mental illness, specifically ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety and stress associated with the Canterbury earthquakes. Julia has over 100 peer reviewed publications and book chapters, has been frequently featured in the media, and has given invited talks all over the world on her work on nutrition and mental health. She was the recipient of the Ballin Award 2015 from the NZ Psychologist Society, an award that recognises notably significant contributions to the development or enhancement of clinical psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand. She was also named in the top 100 Most Influential Women in New Zealand in 2015 and received a Braveheart award in 2018 for her contribution to making Christchurch a better place to live.

Julia is passionate about helping people find alternative treatments for their psychiatric symptoms and being a voice for those who have been let down by the current mental health system.

For a suggested charitable donation of £5, you can get immediate access to this informative lecture online. However, if you do not wish to donate or join our automatic mailing list, please email us at info@foodforthebrain.org.

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DNA, Diet and Mental Health with Emma Beswick
Nov
26
6:30 PM18:30

DNA, Diet and Mental Health with Emma Beswick

Discover how our genes can play a unique role in our susceptibility to poor mental health. Understanding biochemical individuality through genetic analysis has become increasingly popular in the health industry, enabling more, personalised and effective approaches to mental health, as well as mood balancing, motivation, learning and memory.

Emma will discuss the importance of looking at genetics in context - considering gene-to-gene and gene-environment interactions. She will present examples of genetic variances that can increase vulnerability to symptoms of low mood, anxiety, anger and most importantly what nutritional approaches can be adopted to support them.

About Emma Beswick:

Emma is a nutritional therapist and member of BANT (British Association for Nutritional Therapy), the IFM (Institute of Functional Medicine) and the ISSN (International Society of Nutrigenetics/Nutrigenomics).

She is the founder and director of Lifecode Gx which provides DNA testing, analysis and consulting for professional use. Emma believes in a functional medicine approach - looking at the whole person including genetics, health history, symptoms, nutrition and lifestyle to empower individuals to optimise their physical and mental health.

Fee: we would like to make our events as accessible for everyone as possible. Our suggested ticket donation price is £15, however, feel free to donate what you can.

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Optimum Nutrition for the Mind with Patrick Holford
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

Optimum Nutrition for the Mind with Patrick Holford

As part of the Food for the Brain Seminar Series, we are proud to be hosting one of the UK's leading Nutritional Therapists, Patrick Holford, for a one day workshop on everything he has learnt in 35 years of exploring nutrition and mental health. Learn practical ways to:

  • Increase your and your child’s IQ and improve concentration

  • Boost your memory and reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s

  • Enhance your mood, emotional stability and prevent mood swings

  • Beat anxiety, stress and sleeping problems

  • Balance hormones to relieve PMS, thyroid, menopause and andropause symptoms

  • Support learning difficulties, hyperactivity and autistic spectrum disorders

This worskhop, while focussed on nutrition, also includes simple lifestyle changes and exercises for optimising mental health and helping de-stress, stay centred and sleep well. Patrick will also explore the advantages of a high fat ketogenic diet for neurological disorders.

Testimonials:

“I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and prescribed 5 different drugs. Since following Patrick’s advice I am now drug free, have lost 6 stone and have a really good quality of life.” Eddie

“My mood is very positive - no panic or depression. I feel buoyant, energetic and enthusiastic.” Amanda-Jane

Fee:

£85 (includes lunch - see below)

Lunch:

A nourishing and delicious buffet lunch will be provided on the day with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

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Reclaim your Brain - an Exclusive Lunch and Seminar with Patrick Holford
Oct
10
12:30 PM12:30

Reclaim your Brain - an Exclusive Lunch and Seminar with Patrick Holford

Do you often feel anxious and overwhelmed? Feel like you’ve never had enough sleep? Have mood dips, running on empty? Struggle to stay calm and focussed? ‘Need’ coffee, sugar, nicotine, alcohol and digital connection? If so, your brain has been hijacked. We are living in space-age times with stone-age minds and multi-national companies have learnt how to get you neurochemically addicted to consuming their products.

On this year's Mental Health Awareness day, come and join us for a specially curated 3 course 'mind-focused' lunch at the exclusive private members restaurant, Mosimann's, and listen to Patrick Holford explain how to unaddict your brain, regain control, improve your mood and your memory.

Fee: £75.00 per person (with wines)
(To include a voluntary £25.00 donation to The Food for the Brain Foundation)

To book: please call Mosimann's on 020 7235 9625

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Micronutrients for Mental Health with Prof Julia Rucklidge (STILL AVAILABLE TO VIEW)
Jul
21
to Jul 30

Micronutrients for Mental Health with Prof Julia Rucklidge (STILL AVAILABLE TO VIEW)

A powerful 30 min presentation, recently recorded in New Zealand to an audience of science teachers, highlights the issues we are facing with our current food habits and the concerns over increasing numbers of people suffering with poor mental health. Find out about what we need to be mindful of when making food choices and how growing food trends and aggressive farming techniques can affect the quality of our food. 

Prof Julia Rucklidge has kindly given us exclusive access to this presentation to share with our supporters. If you would like to watch this, please click below where it will be available for a voluntary donation. We are asking for a suggested donation of £5 to help us continue our education work, however you are free to select any amount.  

This presentation is STILL AVAILABLE to view, please register to access. 

FEE: AS A CHARITY, WE ASK FOR A VOLUNTARY DONATION (SUGGESTED £5) TO VIEW THE WEBINAR.

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The Role of Nutrition in the Prevention of Alzheimer's with Prof David Smith (STILL AVAILABLE TO VIEW)
Jul
20
to Jul 27

The Role of Nutrition in the Prevention of Alzheimer's with Prof David Smith (STILL AVAILABLE TO VIEW)

This webinar is available to replay at any time from Thursday 26th October 18.30 (GMT) until December 2018 for those that register

In this webinar, Professor David Smith will examine the important role that nutrition can play in preventing and arresting Alzheimer's disease. He will talk about his pioneering research in the area of B vitamins and Omega 3 fatty acids and their potential to slow down the progression of cognitive decline, as well as practical takeaways for viewers to integrate into their everyday lives to help enhance brain health.

This webinar is STILL AVAILABLE to view, please register to access recording. 

Fee: As a charity, we ask for a voluntary donation (suggested £10) to view the webinar.

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The Good Mood Kitchen: Nutritional and Culinary Medicine for Mental Health with Dr Leslie Korn (STILL AVAILABLE TO VIEW)
Jul
18
to Aug 14

The Good Mood Kitchen: Nutritional and Culinary Medicine for Mental Health with Dr Leslie Korn (STILL AVAILABLE TO VIEW)

Join Dr. Leslie Korn  as she discusses the essentials of mental health nutrition and shares recipes and supplement protocols based on the principles of bioindividuality for the treatment of depression, anxiety, PTSD, insomnia and cognitive well being. Dr Korn will also discuss approaches to food substitutions to enhance adherence to dietary changes and share about her work with indigenous peoples of Mexico, Canada and the United States.

This webinar is STILL AVAILABLE, please register now to access recording. 

FEE: AS A CHARITY, WE ASK FOR A VOLUNTARY DONATION (SUGGESTED £10) TO VIEW THE WEBINAR.

 
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Sharpen the Mind; Nutrition Strategies for Mental Clarity and Focus
Jul
17
5:30 PM17:30

Sharpen the Mind; Nutrition Strategies for Mental Clarity and Focus

Come to this talk, in partnership with the Livewire Kitchen, where we will be sharing expert guidance on dietary and lifestyle approaches to fine tune brain chemistry, helping to sharpen the mind, increase energy and focus.

Learn simple, yet effective ways to sharpen the mind from Anastasia Smith, Nutritional Therapist and Communications Manager at Food for the Brain, as well as having the chance to eat some delicious, nourishing food and refreshments provided by the Livewire kitchen. 

Livewire Kitchen believe in helping people to refuel through food that’s bursting with the things both mind and body need. Located in Vox Studios, Workspace UK's flagship hub for startups and growing companies, Livewire Kitchen targets the working professional, delivering innovative menus that aim to provide brain boosting nutrients. Their menu is cleverly designed on a weekly basis, featuring ingredients that are seasonal, sustainably sourced and high in quality.  

Livewire Kitchen are currently working towards an accreditation with Food for the Brain to highlight their excellent nutrition standards and demonstrate how they are playing an important role in encouraging healthier food choices, which can immediately improve focus, energy and mood, as well as supporting longer-term mental and physical health.

For more information of Food for the Brain's accreditation process, please click here

Event details:


Cost:
£20 per person. Ticket price includes the talk, as well as delicious salad box, ice teas and hot teas provided by the Livewire kitchen. 

Profits will feed into Food for the Brain's wider work in nutrition education and mental health, as well as ongoing research on Alzheimer's prevention in partnership with UCL. For more information on Food for the Brain's work please click here. 

Time:
Doors open at 17.30 and the talk will commence at 18.30, finishing at roughly 19.30 with a chance for Q & A after. Food and teas are provided from 17.30 onwards. 

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Food-specific IgG guided elimination diet; a role in mental health? with Dr Gill Hart
Apr
10
6:30 PM18:30

Food-specific IgG guided elimination diet; a role in mental health? with Dr Gill Hart

It is well known that diet and gut health affect mental health symptoms such as stress-related disorders, depression and anxiety. Signalling between the gut and the brain includes communication via the immune system, central nervous system and the endocrine (hormonal) system which in turn impacts mood and behaviour. This “communication” is under the influence of the gut microbiota; the gut is home to hundreds of trillions of microorganisms which form part of the gut-microbiome-brain axis. The complex interactions involved are thought to be influential in conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, autism-spectrum disorders and ADHD. Measurement of food-specific IgG antibodies is used as a strategy for identifying foods as a starting point for an elimination diet. Dr Gill Hart explores the evidence behind a role for food-specific IgG-guided elimination diet in mental health.

Fee: £20 plus booking fee

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Balancing your Hormones for Good Mental Health with Dr Marilyn Glenville
Mar
15
6:30 PM18:30

Balancing your Hormones for Good Mental Health with Dr Marilyn Glenville

Come to this talk to find out how certain hormone imbalances can affect your mental health and cause symptoms such as mood swings, irritability, depression, anxiety, aggressive outbursts, tension, crying spells, inability to cope, poor concentration, confusion, low self-worth and loss of self-esteem. These symptoms can occur with hormones imbalances such as PMS, PCOS, perimenopause and menopause. Find out how to get your hormones back in balance naturally, using your diet and specific nutrients, in order to give you back healthy mental and emotional wellbeing. 

Fee: £20.00 plus booking fee

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Optimum Nutrition for the Mind with Patrick Holford
Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Optimum Nutrition for the Mind with Patrick Holford

As part of the Food for the Brain Seminar Series, we are proud to be hosting one of the UK's leading Nutritional Therapists, Patrick Holford, for a one day workshop on everything he has learnt in 35 years of exploring nutrition and mental health. Learn practical ways to:


Increase your and your child’s IQ and improve concentration
Boost your memory and reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's
Enhance your mood, emotional stability and prevent mood swings
Beat anxiety, stress and sleeping problems
Balance hormones to relieve PMS, thyroid, menopause and andropause symptoms
Support learning difficulties, hyperactivity and autistic spectrum disorders

This worskhop, while focussed on nutrition, also includes simple lifestyle changes and exercises for optimising mental health and helping de-stress, stay centred and sleep well.


Testimonials:
“I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and prescribed 5 different drugs. Since following Patrick’s advice I am now drug free, have lost 6 stone and have a really good quality of life.” Eddie
“My mood is very positive - no panic or depression. I feel buoyant, energetic and enthusiastic.” Amanda-Jane

CPD points: currently pending 

FEE: £70 (PLUS BOOKING FEE)

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'End Addiction with Nutrition' with Patrick Holford
Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

'End Addiction with Nutrition' with Patrick Holford

1 in 3 of us is addicted to something - whether it is to caffeine or alcohol, or whether it is to illegal drugs such as cocaine or even over-the-counter medication such as anti-depressants. Prescriptions for powerful opioid painkillers have doubled from 12m to 24m in the past decade and almost one in 10 British people aged 18 or older is addicted to common stimulant medications, such as Ritalin and types of amphetamines. This seminar brings back Patrick Holford, our founder and leading UK nutritional therapist to talk through specific, fast and highly effective ways to end addiction using nutrition. Using updated material from his previous book 'How to quit without feeling sh*t', Patrick will bring to life what happens in the brain in addiction and how nutritional approaches and lifestyle changes can enable effective long term recovery and bring the brain back into health. 

Fee: £20 plus booking fee

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