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LETTER: Reader disagrees with nutrition columnist's advice

'Any suggestion that one can just shake it off shows a total lack of understanding of mental health,' letter-writer says
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I found the latest "Nutrition" column libellous and insulting. I am sure there are those who also found it to be quite hurtful. Mental health is not a joke. It requires proper medical attention and not some holistic nutritionist's opinion that she can fix everything with her witch's brew.

Although Nonie De Long may not agree with the advice of some medical practitioners, it is irresponsible and libellous to suggest that she is more qualified than some very highly specialized and effective practitioners.

Those who suffer from depression often can't find a hobby or go for a walk to feel better specifically because they suffer from depression. It is a struggle that defines depression. Any suggestion that one can just shake it off shows a total lack of understanding of mental health.

It is also absurd that Nonie De Long feels compelled to make any association between any mental health disorder and a vocation or profession such as engineering. I am familiar with several cases where people suffer from mental health issues and there are no engineers in the immediate family. Victims of war such as those in Gaza and victims of Residential Schools and victims of childhood trauma including sexual assaults will not magically get better because they take the supplements or diet change as recommended by De Long.

Anthony Melidy

Bradford

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