Dietary Patterns and Mental Health

by Bonnie Kaplan, PhD & Julia Rucklidge, PhD We are constantly hearing that ‘how we eat’ affects our health. There are several ways in which ‘how we eat’ can be quantified, but today we would like to focus on one: Dietary Patterns. First we want to say what...

Are We at a Tipping Point?

by Bonnie Kaplan, PhD & Julia Rucklidge, PhD A few years ago, the Huffington Post  published an article: “Diet may be as important to mental health as it is to physical health.”  This comes on the heels of an opinion piece written by the executive of ISNPR...

Nutrient Boosting of Medications

by Bonnie Kaplan, PhD & Julia Rucklidge, PhD Bonnie remembers seeing an issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter dated October 2008 entitled “Herbal and dietary supplements for depression” [www.health.harvard.edu) and thinking ‘at last, people are beginning to...

Wholesome Wave

by Bonnie Kaplan, PhD & Julia Rucklidge, PhD In a previous blog, we talked about the fact that nutrition and poverty are linked, and how poor nutrition is likely a mediator variable in the relationship between poverty and illness. In other words, it is the...

Nutrition, Sleep & Mental Health

by Julia Rucklidge, PhD & Bonnie Kaplan, PhD The two of us have had the honour recently of co-editing a special series on Nutrition and Mental Health for the journal called Clinical Psychological Science (CPS), one of the flagship journals of the Association of...

Starvation: What Does it Do to the Brain?

by Bonnie Kaplan, PhD & Julia Rucklidge, PhD Before we start looking at current trials using nutrients to treat mental health outcomes, we thought we would revisit the past once more to see how knowledge gained by our predecessors may be helpful for our current...

Are Supplements Simply Creating Expensive Urine?

by Bonnie Kaplan, PhD & Julia Rucklidge, PhD Previously we have discussed research highlighting the role that dietary patterns may play in mental health outcomes, with some fairly convincing relationships across different studies and different countries showing...