This week on MIA Radio we interview Dr Julia Rucklidge. Dr Rucklidge is professor of clinical psychology at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and she leads the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Julia completed her PhD at the University of Calgary followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. In the last decade, she and her lab have been running clinical trials investigating the role of broad-spectrum micronutrients in the expression of mental illness, specifically ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety and stress.
Many people over the age of 40 have few venues to go to engage in healthy socializing or living. As a result many individuals waste time sitting in front television sets and computer monitors. Needless to say, this neither mentally nor physically healthy. Separately, many young adults feel they do not fit in our postmodern society for a variety of reasons. Their college degrees do not match the jobs available, they are in debt or they are fearful of pursuing an education because they fear taking on debt. Consequently they are languishing, living with parents or in over-crowded apartments with other young adults in similar situations.