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FMTV - Step 4. Recovering Through Diet

Step 4. Recovering Through Diet

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Series: Free Yourself From Anxiety, Depression and ADHD Interview With Jodi Chapman | Episode: 5 | Runtime: 6m 14s | Release date: 2016

This segment features: James Colquhoun, Jodi Chapman.

After learning how your digestive system can become inflamed, resulting in malabsorption and deficiency of essential vitamins and nutrients, Jodi Chapman discusses with James Colquhoun how to nourish your body through diet. In this presentation you will learn about the scientific rationale behind macronutrients and their effect on your brain chemicals, how to pair foods for ultimate nutrient absorption and gain a greater understanding as to which foods may affect your mood.

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Jodi Chapman
James Colquhoun

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Baylee Morgan | 2 years, 2 months ago
Just the right info at just the right time.
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alex | 2 years, 10 months ago
Such great info! I learned a lot! Makes me want to be a naturopath that much more!
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John Bolton | 2 years, 10 months ago | Edited 2 years, 10 months ago
After some thought and reading your response I have decided to withdraw both my previous comments. I did not intend to cause fear or doubts of a potentially helpful treatment process. Yours sincerely / John
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Jodi Chapman | 2 years, 10 months ago
Thank you again John for your view. The intention of the series and steps in my methods described in the interview is to demonstrate that depression, anxiety or mood disorders are in fact a multifaceted problem for the majority of patients, and is not always as simple as just one supplement or dietary change, such as Omega 3 supplementation, exclusively improving the mental state of an individual as implied in your conclusion. Omega 3, from whichever source a patient chooses is just one essential nutrient required to reduce inflammation for better absorption in the gut, and improved nervous system function.

My role is to determine within the realms of the patients chosen diet, whether that be vegan, vegetarian, paleo, pescetarian, or otherwise, which food sources they are intolerant to and which to avoid. It is also my role to investigate genetic polymorphisms and treat accordingly, balance the macro nutrients proteins, fats, and carbohydrates within their chosen diet to improve assimilation and absorption of nutrients, reduce inflammation, balance dietary hormones, improve detoxification, and improve the microbiome for a more long term and stable well balanced environment for optimal production of neurotransmitters, hormones and essential building blocks. Collectively as a whole, the improvements seen are not isolated to one particular component of the program. My role is not to advocate a certain type of diet against the ethical, cultural or environmental beliefs of my patients, but rather to support them to optimise the nutrition and digestive function within their chosen diet.

Having reviewed the attached medical studies, not one of them concludes that fish consumption increased the risk of depression or suicide. Rather they conclude some improvements in results for the patients in a study, or did not find evidence that it reduced depression. This is in opposition to the claim that fish consumption causes depression or suicide as stated in your comments. I encourage each person interested in this debate to follow the link to the above presented studies found on Pub Med and to do their own research. Reviewing the conclusions in context to the studies will help them to make an informed decision about the right food sources available to them.
In terms of toxicity, algae is rich in minerals and nutrients due to its ability to absorb substances from the ocean, including toxic substances. Correctly sourced fish oil, filtered and purified, is just as easily accessible as the aforementioned correctly sourced algae, and so the choice is left to the consumer after due diligence of their own research to decide which product may be best suited to them. Regardless of the fact that fish convert Omega 3 from algae rather than creating it themselves, they still contain, when consumed, high levels of more efficiently absorbed essential DHA and EPA.

While I agree that we have an horrific toxicity problem in our oceans and we must be careful of our choices when consuming fish, or any animal or plant substance not produced in a controlled organic environment, to discount the benefits of fish oil by suggesting it is too toxic to consume when the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink are unavoidably polluted in the world we live in, only creates fear of a nutritional source that is known to be incredibly beneficial, and is widely used in healthy diets worldwide.

I encourage all viewers to see the series of interviews as a whole, and not in isolation, to understand how the body systems impact one another and how this compounds to create the debilitating and devastating mood disorders such as depression or anxiety, leading to suicide. Rather than debating over the details of the source of Omega 3, perhaps it would more responsible to encourage people to educate themselves on the methodology discussed, that they may never have considered before, and may in fact lead to recovery by discovering their particular cause of depression, anxiety or risk of suicide. The impact of depression, anxiety, and the rising rates of suicide, for not only the patient but their families, is absolutely devastating and debilitating for all involved. I am fortunate to see many people recover through identifying their particular causes in my practice, however, if just one person benefits through the information that I have shared in this interview, then it is validated. Rather than taking the negative approach of questioning the validity of the information, at the risk of discouraging someone from attempting to find the underlying cause of their depressive state, perhaps we should be supporting them to gain control of their own health through education.

With full respect for your view John, the information shared in this interview has been developed over 10 years in clinical practice specialising in mental health, comprehensively investigating through medical and pathology testing during and following treatment. My qualification, further education, and clinical experience over that 10 years has seen successful treatment for thousands of patients Australia wide and overseas. Thank you once again for your input and for the opportunity to clarify my overall approach. I am certain the information you have supplied through these studies presented will contribute to the education process that I endeavour to promote in the fight against depression, anxiety, suicide and many more mental health disorders.

Best in Health,
Jodi Chapman
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John Bolton | 2 years, 10 months ago | Edited 2 years, 10 months ago
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Brigitte Blanco | 2 years, 10 months ago
Thanks John!
after intensively studying not only human nutrition but also was trained rigorously in reading clinical studies these Omega 3 and omega 6 points were exactly some of the items the presenter brought up that were not in line with the biochemistry I learned. Other items I call into question are her assertions that you have to balance the microbiome permanently. That is all a very fine idea but when you look at recent studies that show that in less than 10 days on different diets it is completely possible to utterly unbalance the microbiome of healthy people and achieve incredible repairs in people that have severe issues I conclude there is no "permanant" in microbiome balance, and that dietary patterns, contrary to what the presenter says, have a huge influence. And so it goes - a few "facts" that run out not to be facts and I start questioning the whole basis of her program though there are some points that clearly make sense.
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Jodi Chapman | 2 years, 10 months ago
Thank you for your feedback John. While Omega 3 or ALA is commonly found in these plant sources, in clinical practice with patients suffering with depression or mood disorders, I find it preferential to choose fish oil derived Omega 3 as the ALA in plant sources are poorly converted into EPA and DHA. Depressive patients commonly have poorer absorption of nutrients than healthy individuals already due to various pathological, biochemical or genetic reasons. Research indicates in healthy individuals only 5-10% of ALA converts to EPA, and 2-5% of ALA converts to DHA. Fish oil derived EPA and DHA have shown to improve patient outcomes significantly in my clinical experience. Choosing fish oil also allows for a higher ratio of Omega 3 to 6, reducing inflammation, which is another common problem in patients suffering with nervous system disorders. Plant sources are of course more appropriate, and used when treating vegetarian or vegan patients, however, a vegetarian or vegan diet does not suit all patients. Free range organically fed chicken eggs are a clean, and great source of nutrition for those who wish to include them in their diet. While eggs contain cholesterol, as long as it is processed correctly, with a well balanced diet, into HDL rather than LDL cholesterol by controlling insulin, it is not only beneficial, but essential in increasing the building blocks for adrenal and reproductive hormones, which are also quite often deficient in patients suffering with adrenal fatigue or adrenal insufficiency and can be another significant cause of depression.
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