Video Lecture: Nutrition Above the Neck with Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD


With multiple nutrients known to play critical roles in brain function, it is logical that a multinutrient approach to treatment of mental disorders would be more effective than single nutrients. Indeed, there is now a significant body of literature demonstrating efficacy for treating various types of mental symptoms with multinutrient formulas. However, this course will provide more than a review of published studies: in addition, it will embed these results in the broader framework of biological mechanisms, as well as population health studies. It will also explore the most basic dietary challenge we face (soil nutrients). Over all, the lecture will challenge our notion of what constitutes mental illness: if, for example, a symptom such as hallucinations can be completely resolved with nutrients, should your patient be diagnosed with a mental disorder?

About Dr. Kaplan: Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD is a Professor Emerita in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She has published widely on the biological basis of developmental disorders and mental health; particularly, the contribution of nutrition to brain development and brain function. Her nutrition-related studies have focused on broad spectrum micronutrient treatments for mental disorders, and the effect of intrauterine nutrition on brain development and maternal mental health.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Explain the biological rationale for viewing mental disorders in terms of brain metabolism.
  • Appreciate the role of multiple nutrients for optimal brain functioning.
  • Interpret the implications of nutritional epidemiology research for clinical application.
  • Explain the limitations of our food supply for optimizing brain health.


Course Module: Nutrition Above the Neck - Video Lecture

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Completion Requirements

Complete all the course work and course evaluation.

Target Audience

Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, dietitians, behavioral health and other health practitioners who have interest in integrative medicine.

Enrollment Note

You will have a maximum of 120 days access to the material from the start date.

Course Fees

Physicians - $35.01
Other Healthcare Professionals/General Public - $35.01.
Students - $29.75
The Center (AWCIM) is currently waiving the registration cost!