Mental Illness & Nutrition

By Anonymous
“You often hear that addiction runs in the family.  However, is this accurate?”  Two undergrads explore the dramas of abstraction at play within diagnoses of “mental illness,” especially in relation to the complexities of inheritance, epigenetics and diet.   This project was created for a Philosophy of Science course (winter 2017).

Suggested additional resources:

Health Canada. (2012). Do Canadian adults meet their nutritional requirments through food intake alone?

Health Canada. (2016). Body mass index, overweight or obese, self-reported, adult, by age group and sex (percent).

National Institute of Mental Health. (2015). Any mental illness (AMI) among U.S. adults.

Pauling, L., Itano, A, H., Singer, J.S., & Wells, C.I. (1949). Sick cell anemia, a molecular disease. Science, 110, 543-548.

Statistics Canada. (2007). Overview of Canadian’s eating habits. 

Thank you by the episode’s creators:

A big thank you to Dr. Bonnie Kaplan for her help and taking the time to discuss with me about her work in micronutrients and brain chemistry.

Listen to Student Project        Download Transcript