ERIC Number: ED236476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Nutrition and Behavior: The Psychonutrient Connection.
The combined concepts of holism and general systems theory have led to the belief among health care professionals that people cannot be fully understood unless the mind and body are seen as having an integral relationship. The relationship between nutrition and behavior is one area in which the holistic approach is relevant for the field of counseling. The literature on the effects of nutrition on human functioning can be broken down into several categories. First is the effect of allergic responses on child and adult behavior. Second, vitamin and mineral deficiencies have been found to play a role in human functioning. The vast literature on this subject, now called Orthomolecular Psychiatry, clearly indicates that each individual's system has a delicate balance of nutrients which, when upset, may cause serious psychological responses such as schizophrenia, depression or psychosis. A third relationshp receiving attention is that between mental retardation and nutrient imbalances. The last category concerns the effect of blood sugar abnormalities on psychological balance. Although the literature is filled with articles on holistic approaches to health and their implications for understanding human behavior, few counselor education programs are addressing these issues. Counselors have been taught that most problems they will encounter will be cognitively based. It is crucial that counselors broaden their approaches to look at the many dimensions of human functioning. (WAS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (Washington, DC, March 20-23, 1983).