The McCarrison Society has collectively some of the finest nutritional brains on board as any nutrition society – and there are about 50 such societies. Abstracts from our journal Nutrition and Health are quoted on Medline – arguably the top search engine in Western medical and scientific academe.

In particular our small scientific and medical society has some of the most advanced knowledge in the arena of the essential lipids, with access to many more worldwide.

We could apply our knowledge to advise young vegetarians and vegans as to how best they should eat bearing in mind their convictions. This is particularly, though not exclusively, for the young of reproducing age, although many professionals and indeed many people are ignorant of the importance of the essential fatty acids.

Interestingly the understanding of the essential fatty acids mirrors that of the proteins a century ago. Proteins were being studied for 50 years from around 1850, and general understanding about them was achieved in the early 1900’s.

Similarly whilst EFA’s were discovered in the 1930’s, their description was championed by Hugh Sinclair who with McCarrison, Drummond, Margarita Patten and significant others, all part of Woolton’s ministry of food in WWII, achieved the unthought-of … getting our nation in our green and pleasant Island, emerald set in a golden sea, through those troubled times in a better state of health than we were before that conflict.

The subject of obtaining the long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids [LPUFA’s] from vegetation is a hard one. But omega 3 DHA (0-3) is currently being manufactured from blue-green algae; O-3 EPA cannot be far away.

For billions of years the oceans have teamed with 0-6’s and 0-3’s. Microscopic edible algae, seaweeds, plankton, krill … the list is endless. They fuelled the fish and spawned the rest of life. The greatest animals in the world, the whales, live on krill and phytoplankton. Their smaller cousins the dolphins are currently being shown to have high intelligence and to understand language. They live on fish.

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The brain and the eye were developed in the oceans 500-600 hundred million years ago. This could not have happened without ample supplies of 0-3 DHA and the sea provides the finest spectrum of minerals and trace elements; elements that previously had been forged within stars.

Squirrels and small rodents have similar brain to body ratios as humans, and remain among the most successful examples of mammalian evolution. These ratios decline as animals get bigger, with just one land-based exception. Homo sapiens.

The small mammals eat a lot of seeds and nuts and leaves, bark and eggs – yolks are a good source of 0-3 DHA.

But they’d also consume high levels of minerals living so close to the ground and base of the land food chain and probably significant quantities of soil – with its accompanying microfauna and flora – who knows?

Perhaps vegetarians should mimic the diet of squirrels. For the levels of mental unwellness and brain disorders amongst children is currently in an ascending apocalyptic curve. We who are not parents of such challenged youngsters do not see these children often; only professionals know the overall scale of this impending disaster.

Some predictions put mental unwellness and brain disorders affecting 30% of our population by 2020. Sadly we see too many individual examples of adult versions of such unfortunates on a daily basis. There can be few worse scenarios for an individual than to have their poor brains not working entirely properly.

Many professionals simply do not know the answer. Some of the nutritional biochemists, chemical pathologists and medical nutritionists do. They have been warning us for decades but they are a small voice in a vast commercial and sometimes rather cliquey wilderness.

The scientific ‘gnostics’ who have this truth are too often currently viewed as mavericks (there are probably less than one thousand in the world).

Yet they have the knowledge of the biochemistry of the brain, of chemical pathology, and nutritional medicine. Their voice should be heard, for herein lies the future of generations.

Their message is in pre- and post-conceptional nutrition which decides whether or not the brain will reach its genetic potential; or, as in such difficult challenging cases as autism, ADHD, dyspraxia and other ‘labels’, it is simply that the brain has not developed as fully as it might, due to shortage of vital nutrients in and of both father and mother a significant period of time (12 months more or less) before conception and during pregnancy.

Nutrition for veggies must be possible, for we have cultures such as are found in India where the most intelligent, respected (and often the most powerful) are vegetarians. But they eat and drink a lot of herbs and herb seeds; the latter are abundant providers of minerals and trace elements.

However it is never just genes on their own. They evolved as markers or signalling points between the bodies they help to form and maintain and the raw materials and physical energies that that generation is growing in. The dance of genes and ‘conditions of existence’ has been going on almost since the beginning. It’s just that orthodoxy hasn’t fully described it yet.

The crucial role of nutrition particularly in brain growth needs yet wider understanding. DEM.