As we conclude our exploration of "The Better Brain" by Bonnie Kaplan and Julia Rucklidge, Chapter 12 leaves us with a vision of a future where nutrition holds a central role in managing and treating mental health. This vision, while optimistic, is grounded in significant amounts of research and a comprehensive understanding of how profoundly our dietary choices impact our mental well-being.

The authors challenge the status quo by highlighting the often-overlooked connection between nutrition and mental health. Despite the evidence showing that our brains consume a disproportionately large share of the nutrients we intake, mainstream health discussions and policies frequently sideline brain health. The chapter criticizes major health publications and even governmental agencies for this significant oversight, pushing for a paradigm shift that recognizes nutritional psychiatry as a critical component of health care.

In a society where mental health issues are escalating, the idea that nutrition could be a first-line defense—and not just a complementary treatment—is both revolutionary and deeply practical. The authors propose a three-step treatment paradigm aimed at transforming mental health care:

Educational Reform: Informing individuals about the importance of real foods through mental health clinics and educational institutions.

Nutritional Supplements: For those who don't see sufficient benefits from dietary changes alone, a regimen of broad-spectrum multinutrients could offer additional support.

Integrated Care: If steps one and two are insufficient, traditional methods like counseling and medication can be introduced.
This model not only challenges conventional medical practices but also highlights the often underestimated power of preventive care through diet. The authors argue convincingly that a shift towards nutrient-focused treatment could lead to substantial improvements in mental health outcomes and, simultaneously, significant reductions in healthcare costs.

The narrative of the chapter is not just theoretical but also deeply personal. It shares stories and case studies that illustrate the transformative impacts of nutrient-based treatments on individuals' lives. These stories not only humanize the scientific data but also serve as powerful testaments to the potential of nutritional psychiatry.

Moreover, the chapter does not shy away from the societal implications of ignoring nutrition in mental health. It draws parallels to other public health shifts, such as the anti-smoking campaigns, suggesting that with sufficient education and policy support, similar transformative changes are possible in how we approach mental health.

The concluding chapter of "The Better Brain" serves as a call to action. It urges us to reimagine our approach to mental health care, emphasizing prevention and holistic treatment over the symptomatic pharmaceutical approach that prevails today. The authors envision a future where mental health is treated as rigorously and as naturally as physical health, with nutrition at the forefront of this revolution.

As we wrap up this series, it’s clear that the message of Kaplan and Rucklidge is not just a summary of their research but a roadmap for future generations. They advocate for a seismic shift in how we think about, treat, and talk about mental health. This vision, if embraced, could lead to a healthier, happier tomorrow.

This final post in our series not only encapsulates the insights from "The Better Brain" but also invites readers, policymakers, and healthcare providers to take these lessons forward, transforming them into actions that could redefine mental health care for generations to come.

Action: Visit to learn more about our partnership with Revive Wellness (Registered Dietician services) and book your free consultation to see how they can help your family improve mental health through food.

Madison is a Psychology Assistant; Digital Marketing Assistant at Eckert Centre. She's currently deepening her understanding of psychology at the University of British Columbia. Madison brings her passion for mental health to our community through her writing. As our blogger in residence, her contributions offer a fresh perspective and shed light on the importance of mental wellbeing. We are grateful for her eloquent words and the insights she shares on her journey towards cultivating a "Wise Self." For more insights, information, or to book an appointment, please visit or reach out to our team at

Works Cited
Kaplan, Bonnie J., and Julia J. Rucklidge. The Better Brain: Overcome Anxiety, Combat Depression, and Reduce ADHD and Stress with Nutrition. Mariner Books, 2022.

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