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This webinar was presented live on February 9, 2018.
Significant changes since the early 20th century have altered the understanding of mental illness and how nutrients affect mental status. Contribution of scientists to identify nutrients, define stress, illustrate the psychological effects of starvation, determine the effect of nutrients on the human genome & investigate a bi-directional communication between the gut and the brain have resulted in an explosion of knowledge in these areas. RDNs and others will be integrating this knowledge into the future prevention and treatment of mental illness.
CPE Level: 2
Learning Need Codes: 3060, 3070, 3090, 5040, 5299, 5320, 6010, 6020
Performance Indicators: 4.1.2, 4.1.5, 4.2.6, 4.2.7, 6.1.2, 6.2.5, 9.1.3, 9.4.4, 9.6.1, 10.2.9, 10.4.2
- Describe pivotal events through time in the treatment of individuals suffering from mental illness
- Describe ideas advanced in the past 100 years which have changed how mental health is viewed and understood.
- Describe aspects of nutritional assessment and treatment that will be addressed in the future by RDNs who practice in Behavioral Health.
Ruth Leyse-Wallace's internship class at the University of Kansas tested the first registration examination and was the first class to graduate as "Registered Dietitians". She practiced clinical dietetics with a MS, RD credential in full-service psychiatric hospitals for 20 years, then returned to the doctoral program at the University of Arizona to study under Mary Ann Kight, RD, PhD. At that time (1990's) conducting nutritional physical examinations was new for dietitians. She was excited to put this knowledge into use as a part-time dietitian in an out-patient clinic during graduate school. She was amazed at how often nutrition issues are observed.
After graduation she moved to San Diego, practiced part-time and served as an adjunct faculty member at Mesa Community College. Through all these years she collected clippings and journal articles about how nutrients affect mental health but she couldn't see whether or how it was being applied to patient care. She retired and started gathering the literature from a growing number of journals and scientists reporting research on how nutritional status and nutrients affect mental health and the brain, publishing two books on the subject. As interest and methodology developed over the years, the number of publications has grown exponentially. It is extremely gratifying to have been a part of this movement and to share this work at conferences and through writing. She is most interested to see what RDNs will add to this body of knowledge.