The incidence of mental illness is rising. IQ appears to be falling. More children are suffering from autism and ADHD. There are more teenagers diagnosed with schizophrenia and more are committing suicide. More adults are diagnosed with depression, anxiety and insomnia, and are unable to cope with stress. More elderly are slipping into dementia. Why? What is driving the decline and fall of our mental health? And what can be done about it? How can we reclaim our brains?
Three world-class pioneers have the answers to these critical questions, and are meeting in London on Wednesday May 8th to share their wisdom and solutions for both our own well-being and that of humanity, identifying the paradigm shift that has to happen to reclaim our brains. This ground-breaking one-day conference, hosted by the charitable foundation, Food for the Brain and supported by the Institute of Optimum Nutrition and Cytoplan, is of vital importance to all health practitioners, nutritionists, dieticians and nutritional therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists, policy makers and the public who want to find out what needs to change and what we can do about it.
PROF. ROBERT LUSTIG, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, unravels how the brain’s ‘reward’ system has been hijacked by junk food and technology, leading to the twin epidemics of addiction and depression. Professor Lustig is author of New York Times best selling book Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar, as well as his most recent book, The Hacking of The American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains.
PROF. MICHAEL CRAWFORD, Director of Institute of Brain Chemistry and Reproductive Physiology at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, shows how the brain evolved in the sea 500 million years ago and has depended on marine nutrients such as DHA since then. Since 1950 there has been, an explosion of intensively reared land-based foods and fisheries have shrunk. Michael explores how the resulting dietary deficiencies of brain specific nutrients is likely responsible for the decline in intelligence since 1950, and the escalation of mental ill-health.
PROF. DAVID SMITH, Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology, University of Oxford is a leading expert in Alzheimer’s prevention. He has already shown how to virtually arrest abnormal brain shrinkage and memory decline in pre-dementia with inexpensive nutrients, thus defining major drivers of dementia. He wants to make the UK dementia unfriendly, the key being diet not drugs.
CHAIRED BY PATRICK HOLFORD, nutritional therapist and mental health campaigner and author of Optimum Nutrition for the Mind, you will learn how to reclaim your brain, for both your family and patients, helping to define the principles that need to become public policy, defining optimal food for the brain.Location: The Tabernacle, London, W11 2AY
Tickets: £95 (includes a healthy lunch and teas) Concessions available for students and unemployed