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by Ruth Leyse-Wallace PhD, RD
iUniverse, Lincoln, Nebraska, 2008, 299 pages.


Reviewed by Dennis Moore


April 20, 2010 (San Diego) -- You are what you eat! That is the premise of Dr. Ruth Leyse-Wallace’s book on nutrition and mental health, Linking Nutrition To Mental Health. The book provides a scientific exploration of the correlation between eating right and mental health.


This scholarly examination on the health-nutrition link is certainly food for thought for anyone wanting to eat right and to stay healthy, both mentally and physically.


The author reports on the latest and most compelling findings about the ways in which diet, supplements, genetics, and health conditions can make a difference in mental health. She explores how the short-term and long-term intake of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, proteins, carbohydrates, medications, alcohol, and caffeine can potentially influence mental functioning, and she explains her emerging Theory of PsychoNutriologic Person.


The author also cites a review of NIMH-funded published research that suggests a strong association between depression and osteoporosis. “ Symptoms of depression included loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyed, including sex; fatigue and decreased energy; difficulty concentrating, remembering, and making decisions; insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping; appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain; thoughts of death or suicide; suicide attempts; restlessness and irritability; and persistent symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders, and chronic pain,” she writes.


Dr. Leyse-Wallace attributes some of her insight in writing this book to her colleagues at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital in San Diego. She expresses her appreciation to those colleagues for their interest in the nutritional care of patients at the hospital. The author has practiced clinical dietetics in psychiatric facilities at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, as well as facilities throughout the country.


To a lay person such as myself, far greater than an evidentiary summary, Linking Nutrition to Mental Health gives tailored recommendations to individual, healthcare providers, and scientists for putting these groundbreaking research discoveries into practice to achieve a vastly improved quality of life. Recently diagnosed with dysthymia, I am now looking at health and nutrition in a whole new light, as I am sure others will, too after reading this book. I strongly recommend this book to any and everyone concerned about what they eat and about their overall health.


Dennis Moore is a member of the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild. He has written for LifeAfter50 Magazine in Pasadena, California, and the Baja Times Newspaper in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. He can be contacted at


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You are what you eat, I absolutely agree. Hippocrates and Prophet Muhammad also said that the stomach can be the source of diseases, and so we should change what we eat to cure them. By the way, I created a blog about the diet for kidney disease, which hopefully can help kidney disease patients improve their health.

I think we can add rice to the list..

I am married to an Asian women who has to have rice at least once a day... It doesn't have to be dinner, it can even be breakfast. And this lady is "nuts" I mean she is crazy on wheels... So I wonder how I can go about proving that excessive rice eating leads to mental illness... I know I can start eating rice with her.. and when they find me huddled in the corner talking to myself.. they will know the rice made me crazy... Or was it the "rice-eater" who drove me crazy??? things that make you go Hmmmmm..... Gold Coast Longboards

As a man thinketh...

Although I have no medical background I am not surprised to hear and read of links/associations between one's physical and mental health. How can the heart not affect functions of the brain nor the brain that of the heart's? The trinity of our mind, body and soul hold far greater significance than mere lyrics within a song.

Thank you for the additional food for thought,
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Diet and mental status

A custom textbook created and published for Mesa College course Nutrition 150 contains material by Dr. Ruth that also covers the connection between selected areas of nutrition and mental health. If people realized how the quality of their diet affected their mental and psychological life, wouldn't that motivate them to make sure their nutrition was top-notch?

very useful

This is a great book. It offers a great amount of information in a very easy-to-understand way. I read it and recommended it to my friends. And, according to the number of requests I had for it from my clients on the website where I sell textbooks online, I would say that many people feel the same way. The author is worthy of the highest praises as she succeeded in getting a very tough subject back into the public's eyes and with great success I might add!


The post is very informative and provides us useful information. My reading such blogs one can be aware about his health.@Buy HCG

Book availabiity

I have been busy working on a new book about Nutrition and Mental Health so haven't been giving enough attention to marketing this book. Linking Nutrition and Mental Health is available on (at a discount now I believe) and through the publisher
The new book is organized by mental health topic, with nutrition topics under each mental health subject. Added topics review the science related to nutrition and: well-being,stress, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, addiction,violence & aggression,and cognition & dementia.
It will be out next year if all goes well. In the meantime perhaps the blog would be of interest: If anyone has particular topics you would like to see included in the blog, please let me know. Ruth L-W

I haven't read this book yet

I haven't read this book yet but by analyzing your article I can say that Dr. Ruth Leyse-Wallace’s book on nutrition and mental health, provides a scientific exploration of the correlation between eating right and mental health. He did a great job by exploring his thoughts on such a controversial and complex topic. I liked his way of presenting the things in an innovative way.
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Linking Nutrition to Mental Health

This is a subject we don't give enough attention to. Although I have not read the book, if it is anything like its author, Dr. Ruth Leyse-Wallace, then it is an intelligent, caring, treatise on the subject.

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Max Sturman has written a book, "Cancer Rip-Off, We Are Victims of Mass Marketing," which has similar thoughts on health and nutrition.


Hi, I like your post. I was searching for the same. You have included everything in your blog but you can improve it a little bit.
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Hello stormjast
Was there something particular that you were looking for on my blog that you think would make it better??
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Dr. Ruth Leyse-Wallace - Health and Nutrition

I agree, the information provided by Dr. Leyse-Wallace in her book, might be very helpful to everybody. As a matter of fact, in talking with Dr. Leyse-Wallace at our San Diego Writers/Editors Guild meeting tonight, I emphasized to her how important it was to get her message out.