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Date: August 15

Episode Title: Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Micronutrients: Setting the Stage

Date: August 22

Episode Title:  Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Micronutrients: Treatment Studies

 According to psychology researcher, Bonnie Kaplan, we are in a global mental illness epidemic. Indeed, scientists agree. In an article released July 24, 2013, Reuters reported that the rising costs of mental illness such as dementia, depression and addiction is overwhelming. Estimated costs of brain disorders in Britain alone are at more than $172 billion. Scientists are saying the same amount of funding is needed for research.

Bonnie Kaplan will say that independent peer-reviewed research on broad spectrum micronutrient treatment for mental disorders has already been conducted, and published.

Kaplan will be joining host Leslie Carol Botha for a two-part series on ‘Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Micronutrients’. In the first interview Kaplan will explain the social/historical context of how society got to this point. In the second interview she will focus on the empirical data (including treatment studies) that links mental illness to inadequate nutrient intake.


Guest Bio

Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine (Department of Paediatrics, Department of Community Health Sciences) at the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Originally from Ohio, she did all her training in the U.S. (Univ of Chicago, Brandeis Univ) in experimental and physiological psychology. Her interest in the biological basis of behavior led to postdoctoral training and then faculty research in neurophysiology at the West Haven (CT) VA Hospital Neuropsychology Laboratory, and Yale University Department of Neurology, until she moved to Canada in 1979. 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 1) broad spectrum micronutrient treatments for mental disorders, and 2) the effect of intrauterine nutrition on brain development and maternal mental health.  

Leslie Carol Botha

Leslie Carol Botha, host of Holy Hormones on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel, is a Women’s Health Educator and Internationally Recognized Expert on Women’s Hormones and Behaviors. She is the co-author of the highly acclaimed Understanding Your Mind, Mood, and Hormone Cycle, the first in a menstrual health education series that provides women with the education they never received about how their hormone cycle affects not only their minds, and moods, but their personal and professional relationships and their overall health and happiness.

Botha is a member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, and an advisory board member for the Cycles Research Institute. In 2006, Botha received the Edward R. Dewey Award for her pioneering research on how women’s hormonal fluctuations affect their behaviors. The award was bequeathed by the Foundation for the Study of Cycles.

Her research is also featured in The World According to Cycles- How Recurring Forces Can Predict the Future and Change Your Life by Samuel A. Schreiner, Jr., published by Skyhorse Publishing, New York City. Schreiner has noted that Botha is “one of the most prominent twenty-first century natural cycle thinkers.”

Botha has been a radio broadcast journalist for over 30 years. Her message is loud and clear: it is time for women to reclaim their health, and her passion and drive is to provide information to assist women in making informed choices about their health and well-being.