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November 25, 2015 by Bonnie Kaplan, PhD

Think about mental wellness on GIVING TUESDAY

In the United States, the first Tuesday in December has been named GIVING TUESDAY, a day to remember to make your end-of-year charitable donations (to get the tax credits for that year). This year it is December 1.

If you have the financial ability to support others, I encourage you to donate to your favorite charities, especially those focused on improving mental wellness. I have one to draw to your attention, but I urge you to consider any that are important to you. Here’s the information on my favorite mental wellness charity:

I have always been very successful at obtaining research grants, as long as I did not want to study multinutrient treatments. When I (and some other colleagues in the U.S.) want to study multinutrient formulas, the reviewers react by asking “but which is the important ingredient?”

This response displays a disturbing ignorance of how brain metabolism works — the fact that neurotransmitters need virtually all the dietary minerals and vitamins for optimal synthesis and function. And the really upsetting thing is that the inability to fund research in this area is resulting in the loss of our junior scientists: scientists must study topics for which funding is available, or their careers fail. So in the last couple of years, some excellent young scientists have taken other jobs and studied other topics out of necessity, even though they are passionate about studying the potential to treat ADHD, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse with multinutrient formulas. This is a heartbreaking loss for all of us: those wanting more research to be completed, and those wanting to change the dominant model to treating with nutrition first and then supplementing with meds only when needed.

So last summer, I established two charitable funds, one in the U.S. and one in Canada. Both funds are now open for receiving donations and issuing charitable receipts for their respective countries. Both funds are completely independent of commercial interests, and both are managed by reputable community foundations.

For people paying taxes in the USA, we are so pleased that the Nutrition and Mental Health Research Fund is being managed by the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care.




For people paying taxes in Canada, we are grateful to have the Nutrition and Mental Health Fund managed by a very large, established community foundation called the Calgary Foundation.


To donate in Canada, visit
o Click “Donate Online” in the upper right corner
o Click “Select from All Funds” and a search field comes up
o Enter ‘nutrition’ into the search field, and scroll down to the credit card information request.

And as I said above, you may have your own favorite charities to support, which is just fine. I encourage you to think of them on Giving Tuesday.

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