CAN NOURISHING THE BRAIN PREVENT SUICIDE?

September is Suicide Awareness month. The World Health Organization estimates that 800,000 people a year take their own lives. Within this statistic is an increasing trend of suicide among our youth. Why is it that suicide is now the second leading cause of death among our 10 to 24-year-old population? And why is Canada rated third highest among the industrialized nations, for youth suicide? Nothing exudes more joy than a smiling, giggling baby. It is their natural state. How does it happen that they can go from this state of happy bliss to the depths of despair in such a short lifetime? Most children nowadays eat a SAD (Standard American) Diet. Interesting acronym, isn’t it? (SAD is also an acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder). This diet of fast and processed non-foods are primarily carbohydrates and mostly sugar. Soda, candy, pop-tarts, twinkies, cookies, doughnuts, bread, french fries, sugared breakfast cereals, fast foods etc. are produced for profit with no consideration given to their effects on the adolescent brain. These products are nearly devoid of real vitamin B and omega-3 fats –the essential brain foods. And, this diet tips the gut microbiome balance toward carbohydrate-feeding parasites, yeasts, viruses and unhealthy bacteria that influence moods through the gut-brain connection. When the brain is starved of the appropriate fuel it longs for, it becomes understandably nervous, irritable, anxious, depressed and fatigued. What can follow is severe depression, manic depression, paranoiac thinking and an overwhelming fear that something horrible is about to happen. Over time this emotional state grows into morbid fears which can lead to suicide. Oddly, a standard...