Bio Balance Health celebrates 20th anniversary

  • 1998  Bio-Balance Health Association was incorporated on 18th August
  • 2003  Laboratories in Australia accepted the opportunity to conduct the very specific tests required for the Walsh treatment protocols.  These are very specialized, and were not being conducted in Australia, so we are very grateful that they pioneered this work. Safe Laboratory on the Gold Coast agreed to conduct the first Pyrrole urine tests. Sonic Health agreed to do the specialized blood histamine tests
  • 2004  Bio-Balance received Deductible Tax Status for Donors and was approved as a Registered Charity
  • 2004  The first Outreach Training Program commenced with one doctor and 16 patients
  • 2005  Marion Redstone joined forces and Autism training was added to the annual programs
  • 2009  The Royal Australian General Practitioner ( RACGP) accredited Bio-Balance training programs with Category Points
  • 2013  The 10th Anniversary of the Outreach Programs was celebrated
  • 2015  QUT Schizophrenia Research initiated.  Research study will commence 2017 in cooperation with Mensah Medical
  • 2015  Menzies Research -  Behavioural Disorders ADD/ADHD study of aggressive adolescents approved and research commenced
  • 2017  Micronutrient Therapy for Violent Aggressive Male Youth – Research Study published in Journal Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
  • 2017  Biomarkers of a five-domain translational substrate for schizophrenia and schizoaffective psychosis. Research study by our trained psychiatrist/Researcher  Dr Stephanie Fryar Williams
  • 2018  More than 270 Australian Doctors have attended the  Bio Balance Medical Doctor Training Programs
  • 2018  Bio Balance Health Ltd  formed  -   the Association now moving to a Public Company limited by Guarantee and Directors appointed

Another successful Bio Balance Health forum was held in Coolum, QLD in 2017 thanks to the support of our hard working volunteers and doctors, from back, left to right, Robyn Hughes, Dr Frank Golik, Margaret Harms, Marnie Lo, Dr Tracey Johns, and from front, Dr Sharon Chant, Dr Eddie Osborne and Dr Nicole Nelson.

 

Lets get physical... Bio Balance Health secretary, Margaret Harms, cycles towards a healthy breakfast at the GP17 Conference in Sydney.

 

2017 was a busy year for Bio Balance Health with attendance at the Lifestyle, GP17 and GPCE conferences in Sydney and Melbourne.

 

Judy Nicol celebrating her birthday  - up, up and away as we would like Bio Balance Health to soar in the next 20 years!'

 

We’re not there yet but here is our wish list for the future

  • Bio Balance doctor training accepted into University Medical School
  • Compounded Nutrients and Vitamins prescribed by doctor on PBS scheme
  • Private Health Insurance for Bio Balance treatments
  • Published Research in prestige journals
  • Medicare rebates for patient testing
  • Affordable access to Bio Balance protocols for all mental health patients

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Melbourne conference to examine better health through bio-chemistry

The latest research into the treatment of mental and behavioural disorders and autistic spectrum disorders will be discussed by experts in the field at the upcoming Walsh Research Institute Conference in Melbourne (Sunday 18th March, 2018).

The One Day Public Conference will be presented by Bio Balance Health at the Rendezvous Hotel in Melbourne, with six keynote speakers bringing expertise in the areas of mental health and behavioural disorders, biochemical imbalances, scientific research, autistic spectrum disorders, paediatrics, nutrition and molecular genetics.

The conference will be led by Dr. William J. Walsh, PHD, an internationally recognised expert on biochemical imbalances who has devoted nearly 40 years to researching the biochemistry behind behaviour, learning and memory, mental health and various disease conditions.

His early work included a 12 year collaboration with the renowned, late, Carl C. Pfeiffer, MD, PhD of Princeton, NJ (USA).

Dr. Walsh, the president of the non-profit Walsh Research Institute near Chicago, USA, has developed science-based, advanced nutrient therapies that have helped thousands of patients challenged by behavioural disorders, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD, Autism and Alzheimer’s disease.

The author of more than 200 scientific articles and reports, Dr. Walsh has presented his experimental research at the American Psychiatric Association, The U.S Senate and National Institute of Mental Health and has been a speaker at 30 international conferences.

Dr. Walsh will discuss “Nutrient Therapy and Mental Illness - Present Capability and a Look at the Future.”

He will be joined by conference speakers Dr. Elizabeth Mumper, MD, FAAP; Dr. Nancy O’Hara, MD; Dr. Judith Bowman, MD; Dr. Stephanie Fryar-Williams, MB BS BSc (Biochem/Pharmacol) FRANZCP and Dr. Denise Furness, PHD (Hons) RNutr REPs. 

Dr. Elizabeth Mumper is President and CEO of Advocates of Children and Advocates for Families, devoted to the care of children with autism and other neurodevelopmental problems, and Founder of the Rimland Center in Virginia.

Dr. Mumper graduated magna cum laude from Bridgewater College and attended the Medical College of Virginia, did residency training at the University of Massachusetts and University of Virginia where she served as Chief Resident of Paediatrics at UVA.

She has published several research papers related to autism in the peer reviewed medical literature, and has chapters on allergy, immunology and behavioural developmental paediatrics published in “Paediatrics” a board review series book for medical students.

Dr. Mumper’s topic for discussion will include “Adventures in Brain Health: Research update from 2017.”

  • New publications about environmental factors affecting pregnancy and risk for autism and other chronic childhood conditions
  • Brain glymphatics: paradigm change about communication between the immune system and the brain
  • Cell danger response and the suramin trial at UCSD: promising avenues for intervention at the root cause of autism
  • ACE’s: Adverse Childhood Experiences and how we can promote resiliency in those affected

Dr. Judith Bowman, MD of Mensah Medical, joins Dr. Walsh as a trainer at the 2018 Walsh Research Institute training program for medical doctors – Mastering Brain Chemistry.

Answering the need for specialists with a background in both traditional as well as natural medicine, Dr. Bowman co-founded Mensah Medical with Dr. Albert Mensah, near Chicago in 2008, after serving as primary physicians at the original Pfeiffer Treatment Centre (now closed).

As one of the world’s leading biomedical practices specialising in biochemical individuality and imbalances, Mensah Medical has helped patients from all over the world and is recognised internationally for their metabolic treatment approaches for patients with autism, anxiety, depression, post-partum depression, behavioural and learning disorders, OCD, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Autism Spectrum Disorders represent 40 percent of Dr. Bowman’s patient population.

A faculty member of the Walsh Research Institute Medical Practitioner Training Program, Dr. Bowman utilises the foundational Walsh/Pfeiffer methodologies in a comprehensive fashion to heal the mind, body and soul of not only autistic patients, but their families as well.

Dr. Bowman will discuss “Biochemical approach to treat the symptoms of behavioural and cognitive disorders and autism spectrum disorder”.

A board certified paediatrician, Dr. Nancy O’Hara, MD, formerly taught children with autism. 

She graduated with highest honours from Bryn Mawr College and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh.

After residency, chief residency and general paediatric fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. O’Hara entered general private practice in 1993, and in 1998 began her consultative, integrative practice solely for children with special needs. Since 1999 she has dedicated her practice to the integrative and holistic care of children with neurodevelopment disorders, ADHD, PANDAS/PANS, OCD, Lyme and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. 

She is a leader in the training of clinicians, both in the US and abroad.

Dr. Nancy O’Hara will present POTS & PANS: A Review of Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Syndromes and Associated Dysautonomia.

“Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders associated with Streptococcal Infections, or PANDAS, is a common autoimmune disorder with far-reaching movement, behavioural, and cognitive consequences. While OCD and tics are still common, other issues like anxiety, bedtime fears, inability to control urination, aggression, and deficits in learning, attention, and social interaction are among the many manifestations that result from PANDAS/PANS and impair the daily functioning and cognitive progress for many children. Not only Strep, but Lyme, Viruses, Mycoplasma and other triggers can lead to Autoimmune Encephalitis. Autoimmune Encephalitis and PANDAS/PANS can also lead to significant dysautonomia, including POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). Heightened clinical suspicion and more appropriate and comprehensive treatment for both disorders with antibiotics and immune-modulating therapy will transform these devastating illnesses into treatable disorders.”

Dr. Stephanie Fryar-Williams is a Child, Adolescent and Adult Neuro-psychiatrist who undertook the Mental Health Biomarker Project – stage 2 (2010-2017). 

She did this as an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide and Director of Youth-In-Mind Research Institute, South Australia via Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville South Australia.

Her research investigates ways that will assist clinicians to predict and confirm the diagnosis of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.

This involves the discovery of biomarkers that reveal psychosis as the combination of interlinked biochemical and auditory and visual processing disorders.

Dr. Fryar-Williams will discuss “Research that investigates the ways that will assist clinicians to predict and confirm the diagnosis of schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.”

Dr. Fryar-Williams will share her presentation with Martha Mack, B.B.Sc., Grad. Dip. Coun., MAPS, MANSA, BCN.

Martha is Director of Listen and Learn Centre, Balwyn, Victoria; an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne University Graduate School of Education and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences of Monash University.

Martha will describe the “Assessment process for auditory sensory processing disorders that commonly accompany abnormal biochemistry results.”

Dr. Denise Furness is a molecular geneticist, registered nutritionist and fitness instructor.

She conducted her PhD at CSIRO Human Nutrition and postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Adelaide investigating folate nutrigenomics, methylation and DNA damage in relation  to pregnancy outcomes.

She has won various awards for her research and published her work in peer reviewed medical and nutrition journals.

In 2012 Denise shifted from an academic research position to a consulting role, founding “Your Genes and Nutrition” helping patients and practitioners understand the role of nutrigenomics and genetic testing in relation to various health outcomes.

In particular, her focus is on the diagnosis and treatment of underlying triggers such as inflammation, oxidative stress, environmental pollutants and methylation.

Denise regularly presents at conferences and conducts educational seminars and workshops discussing the links between our genes and our environment and how these impact on our health throughout all the stages of the life cycle.

Dr. Furness will present “Nutrigenomics and genetic testing in relation to mental health conditions.”

The One Day Public Conference will run from 9.30am to 5pm (lunch break 12.30pm -2pm) and will include a Q and A panel of Australian doctors following the morning and afternoon guest speakers.

  • Professionals - $110 AUD including certificate
  • Public - $75 AUD 
  • Patients - $10 AUD ($10 concession fee only for Patients who have booked a one hour assessment at the 2018 Outreach) 

Register Online HERE, phone bookings 0475910513 or Email bookings: biobalance@optusnet.com.au

Compounding – an individualised approach to healthcare

Chris Testa B.Bus, B.Pharm

Pharmaceutical compounding has been an important part of medical care since the earliest recorded history.  It is impossible to determine when humans first began to mix and concoct preparations for therapeutic effect.  However, it is known that a range of ancient civilizations compounded medical preparations from animal, vegetable and mineral sources.  For example, societies of ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Arabian cultures all developed sophisticated levels of medical knowledge, integrating various aspects of medicinal compounding.

Over time, the practise of compounding continued despite the disintegration of the ancient civilizations and emergence of the dark ages.  Great practitioners of the ancient world left written works containing information on drugs, medicines and compounding which formed the basis of therapeutics well into the 17th Century.

During the 18th Century in Britain, recognition of a need for structured, professional training and regulation saw the development of existing professional associations into the more structured Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain along with a framework of Legislation under which pharmacy and pharmaceutical compounding could be practised.  This included the standard of proficiency, educational standards, and the registration of pharmacists.  These standards have continued to develop and expand to the present time.

During the 1940's and 1950's, the world saw the advent of large scale manufacturing or mass production of medicines.  This never seen before large scale access to a broad range of medicines pushed compounding to the background.  However, over the last 25 years a number of factors have renewed the interest in, and demand for, compounding.

  • Patients and their medical practitioners are insisting on a more personalised or individualised approach to healthcare.  The mass production model does not offer the flexibility to meet all patient needs in a growing number of cases.
  • Patients and their medical practitioners are also becoming aware of medication use in other parts of the world that are not produced or available in Australia.
  • The internet is driving access to information and uniting likeminded individuals hungry for knowledge, sharing their experiences and demanding more personalised care and attention.  
  • Medication shortages and discontinuation have been increasing in recent years, perhaps due to unavailability of imported raw materials, the small size of the Australian market, just-in-time manufacturing or miscalculation of actual drug usage rates.
  • Medical practitioners may have patients who would benefit from new formulations or new drug applications.  Preparation of such one-off medicine applications is not feasible for large scale manufactures.
  • Rapid advances in technology have also provided compounders access to laboratory equipment once only available to large manufacturers.  Compounders now also have easy access to sophisticated databases, information, technical support and professional training from organisations such as PCCA (Professional Compounding Chemists of Australia) and Medisca.

This increased interest in compounding has resulted in the Pharmacy Board of Australia recently rewriting and expanding their compounding guidelines to ensure product quality, safety and efficacy.  In addition, many state regulators are in the process of reviewing their legislation that relates to compounding as well as their ongoing monitoring and inspection of compounding facilities and their staff.

Just as compounding receded to the background with the advent of pharmaceutical mass production last century, educational focus on the art and skills of compounded also diminished.  Only recently have some Schools of Pharmacy started to consider enhancing their educational offer in this area.

Fortunately for Australia, professional organisations such as PCCA and the more recent entrant, Medisca, provide a range of training packages for pharmacists and technicians.  These courses range from basic to advanced, from general compounding to complex specialty areas within compounding.  Additionally, they provide exceptional technical support, advice and a broad range of high quality ingredients and equipment.

It is now up to the various Universities to update the curriculum of their pharmacy courses and incorporate additional medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutics, pharmacy calculations, and many other activities directly relevant to compounding.

Recognised continuing education courses with laboratory experience needs to be developed for pharmacists in practise who did not receive adequate compounding training or wish to enhance their skills.  Many pharmacists wish to incorporate compounding into their practise but lack the basic or advanced skills to do so.

In the next Newsletter, I would like to discuss in more detail the Legislative framework under which we operate in terms of working with a compounder, as well as quality in compounding.  It is important that you understand what steps are required to ensure consistent quality in compounding and how your compounding pharmacist is operating.

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From the President - February 2018

The team at BioBalance Health is so excited to greet 2018 – not only is it the first time we have held a doctor training in Melbourne, we are also celebrating our 20th year anniversary.  

Who would have thought an idea of two fathers in 1998, who felt that there must be some answers to the problems that their daughters were suffering from, would result 20 years later in having 260 doctors being trained in Australia, as well as the growth of pathology businesses in every state, a huge growth in compound pharmacies, as well as a huge social media presence.  The words Methylation and Pyrroles are now in common use. 

Many Australian scientists have begun researching what is being called Nutrient Psychiatry. 

These two fathers, Bruce Jeanes and the late John Skelton heard Bill Walsh speak at a Conference in Canada in 1997, where he was speaking about his research which began in the 1970’s and were impressed by his scientific approach.  Thanks to the vision of all three men, BioBalance Health was born.  Our first training was on the Gold Coast with one doctor and 18 mental health patients with Schizophrenia and every year the number of doctors who attend increases.  In 2017 there were 74 doctors attending with an increase in the number of psychiatrists attending, so much so that we now have 10% of our doctor base being psychiatrists, with 230 doctors trained in total, and 264 by the end of the March training.   We especially love to hear doctors say that it has revolutionised the way they practice medicine. 

In 2017, we also held our first Scientific Research dinner, where we had a great exchange of ideas on research with attendees from many universities.  The following evening, we followed this up with a dinner for all the doctors who were at the training and interested in research.  There was great interest and many ideas regarding research were generated. 

The Griffith University/Menzies Institute Research Open Label study on Violent & Aggressive children was published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology in May, 2017 to critical acclaim.   It became the 6th most cited paper in the Journal for 2017.   We now have a number of Universities involved in research using the Walsh Nutrient protocols, or similar offshoots of this work.   Dr Stephanie Fryar-William’s, one of our trained psychiatrists, research into Biomarkers for Schizophrenia is progressing well.   The QUT collaboration with the Walsh Research Institute on Schizophrenia is now under way.   The University of Christchurch with Professor Julia Rucklidge and her team is undertaking research into pyrroles, and Dr Nick Carrigan, another of our trained psychiatrists, is looking into research into Alzheimer’s.   

This small charity of volunteers has grown exceedingly large and complex so we have been very busy organising the succession planning of the organisation with a new Constitution, and we will be known as BioBalance Health Ltd.   It has required a lot of work from all of us, but when completed will mean the longevity of the organisation when the Founders are ready to move on. 

A decision to hold the 2018 conference and training in Melbourne was taken because of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast at the same time, and we had already held our annual program on the Gold Coast in the past 5 years.  Before that we had held 9 doctor training programs in Sydney where the late Marion Redstone introduced the idea of training doctors to treat Autism.   When we received a request from the Melbourne doctors to hold a training in Melbourne it seemed an ideal opportunity. In 2017 we decided to attend a number of conferences such as Lifestyle, GP17, plus the GPCE conference.  We were impressed at the very positive hearing we received from many of the doctors who attended our stands at these conferences.    

A very special thank you to all our volunteers and associates over the past 20 years, Bruce Jeanes, the late Marion Redstone, her daughter Marnie Lo, Margaret Harms, Chris and Angela Testa, Mike Redstone, Brian Porritt, our newest volunteer Alison Harrington, Robyn Hughes, Anne-Mary Hromeck and many doctors who have given their time.  In fact, the generosity of many, many people with their time and efforts in promoting these protocols because they know they are so very helpful, is so numerous I can only thank you all most sincerely.  It is wonderful to know that so many people are so passionate to help the mentally ill and Autistic children that it is a pleasure and an honour to have been so involved with this work for all these years. 

Of course, we could not have achieved these wonderful results if our amazing faculty from the USA had not been prepared to travel all this way, to work extremely hard for a week, and then disappear for another year.   We are honoured that they have given up so much of their time to educate all our wonderful doctors.  Doctors Bill Walsh, Albert Mensah, Judy Bowman, Liz Mumper, Nancy O’Hara, Mary Megson, James Neubrander and Julie Buckley – thank you! 

How exciting to wonder what the next 20 years will bring! 

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On the Road to Recovery

Christie, left, met with Dr William Walsh and Dr Jenny Draper at the Walsh Research Institute Outreach 2017.

 

Christie never imagined that she would be able to make the seven hour journey from her small town in New South Wales to the Gold Coast for a medical consultation.

Nearly two decades of anxiety, panic, depression and chronic fatigue had taken its toll, with the 42 year-old rarely leaving the safety of her home.

“I have only driven my car a handful of times in the last eight years,” said Christie, after arriving at the Bio-Balance Health Association Outreach in March this year.

 “I am amazed that I am here. I really only leave the house to go to see a doctor.

 “It would be 20 years since I’ve been able to drive out of the perimeter of my town…I find it terrifying.”

However, after recently experiencing improvements to her anxiety through nutrient therapies, she felt empowered to make the journey to meet with Dr William Walsh, an internationally recognised expert on biochemical imbalances.

She had found the Bio-Balance Health website, which led her to a local doctor trained in the Walsh Research Institute treatment protocols.

“I’m constantly reading articles and looking for answers,” said Christie. I read about Dr Walsh and his work, and I thought this sounds like me.”

Her first long drive in many years was not without its challenges, with Cyclone Debbie unleashing her fury across northern New South Wales and Queensland at that time.

“The motorway was closed due to the rain and the floods, so I had to detour through Grafton and Glen Innes along the old highway,” said Christie.

“I left home at 10am on Saturday and arrived on the Gold Coast at 4am on Sunday morning. I drove the whole time, only stopping for something to eat.”

Christie is amazed at her achievement.

“Before I couldn’t have left the house.”

 

Battle with health

Christie has battled allergies and poor health since she was a child, but said her anxiety spiralled out of control when she was a 23 year-old fashion design student in Sydney.

“I’ve always been a bit of a worrier, always nervy and on edge,” she said.

“One morning I was going to University by bus because someone had stolen my car.”

Christie said a family breakup and financial worries were also playing on her mind that day.

“I was running late and decided to have a coffee, then I rushed into class.

“I had an argument with a friend and then all of a sudden I couldn’t breathe, I felt dizzy, like I was spinning….I thought I was going to die.”

She was tested for allergies, and over the following months and years saw many GPs and doctors specialising in environmental and orthomolecular medicine, endocrinology and neurology.

“I still felt extremely agitated and anxious, so I quit my course in Sydney and went back home.

“The first 10 years I tried to go out and see people but I couldn’t enjoy it. Then I just gave up. I lost contact with friends.

“Living with extreme anxiety is hard. You have a buzzing feeling in your chest, you feel dizzy, there is always a sense of doom.”

What followed was a merry-go-round of visits to see psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, naturopaths and homeopaths.

“I was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder in 1998. I spent months gasping for air and all the skin around my mouth turned yellow.”

The same year she was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Systemic Candida and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.

She was also diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis in 2008 and later developed excruciating headaches and an intolerance to noise.

Over the years she has tried to find relief from her many symptoms through various diets, as well as meditation classes, yoga and massage.

Christie said she has been taking supplements on and off for many years.

“I always knew supplements were important, but I didn’t know if I was taking the right quantities.”

It is early days into her treatment, but she believes the Walsh protocol has had a positive impact on her health.

“I hope that with the help of Dr Walsh and Dr Jenny I will one day be able to work and lead a more normal life in the future,” said Christie.

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Sydney teenager wins 2017 For Art’s Sake Collaborate Art Prize

By Christopher Lo

19 year old Autistic, Anthony Lo has taken the First prize award at this year’s inaugural For Art’s Sake exhibition held by Participate Australia at the Design Centre Enmore, Sydney on Wednesday 28th June. 

For Art’s Sake showcases the creative expression of emerging artists living with disability. Participate Australia encourages their service users to collaborate with practicing artists in the creation of original artworks through one-on-one collaborations and workshops, and to enter these pieces in the Collaborate Art Prize.

Anthony worked with local artist Ro Cook to create “Doughnuts, Donuts”, which was judged by a critically acclaimed panel of artists including Archibald Prize winner Wendy Sharpe, Colin Rhodes, Honorary Professor of Art History and Theory at University of Sydney, David Capra, Sydney based artist whose own work hangs in the National Centre for Creative Learning of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Tamara Armstrong, 2016 Portia Geach Memorial Award winner. 

The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was ABC radio’s James Valentine, who announced Anthony as the winner and said that the judges awarded him this prize based on his artistic merit and because it was “a bold celebratory work-full of joy and exuberance.”

Anthony was surprised and delighted as was his collaborator Ro Cook:

“I love working with Anthony. This is my third year now. He always has a clear vision and knows exactly what he wants to do. He is both bold and fearless.”

Anthony has been drawing and painting constantly since he was little. He has always enjoyed anything tactile, all forms of arts and crafts and enjoys creating new works for himself and others to enjoy.

When asking Anthony what his inspiration was for “Doughnuts, Donuts”, he said:

“I love eating donuts and I love their different icing colours. They make me and everybody feel happy.”

At the end of the evening, the piece was sold as part of the charity auction for $480. When asking the buyer what he loved most about the artwork, Michael Redstone said: “It’s just beautiful to look at, it’s geometrically balanced and the colours are vibrant and cheerful”.

Anthony’s share in the prize money will contribute towards further art classes to develop his skills and interests. When asked what might be his inspiration for next year’s competition, he boldly stated: “hotdogs!”

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Sydney teenager wins 2017 For Art’s Sake Collaborate Art Prize

By Christopher Lo

19 year old Autistic, Anthony Lo has taken the First prize award at this year’s inaugural For Art’s Sake exhibition held by Participate Australia at the Design Centre Enmore, Sydney on Wednesday 28th June. 

For Art’s Sake showcases the creative expression of emerging artists living with disability. Participate Australia encourages their service users to collaborate with practicing artists in the creation of original artworks through one-on-one collaborations and workshops, and to enter these pieces in the Collaborate Art Prize.

Anthony worked with local artist Ro Cook to create “Doughnuts, Donuts”, which was judged by a critically acclaimed panel of artists including Archibald Prize winner Wendy Sharpe, Colin Rhodes, Honorary Professor of Art History and Theory at University of Sydney, David Capra, Sydney based artist whose own work hangs in the National Centre for Creative Learning of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Tamara Armstrong, 2016 Portia Geach Memorial Award winner. 

The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was ABC radio’s James Valentine, who announced Anthony as the winner and said that the judges awarded him this prize based on his artistic merit and because it was “a bold celebratory work-full of joy and exuberance.”

Anthony was surprised and delighted as was his collaborator Ro Cook:

“I love working with Anthony. This is my third year now. He always has a clear vision and knows exactly what he wants to do. He is both bold and fearless.”

Anthony has been drawing and painting constantly since he was little. He has always enjoyed anything tactile, all forms of arts and crafts and enjoys creating new works for himself and others to enjoy.

When asking Anthony what his inspiration was for “Doughnuts, Donuts”, he said:

“I love eating donuts and I love their different icing colours. They make me and everybody feel happy.”

At the end of the evening, the piece was sold as part of the charity auction for $480. When asking the buyer what he loved most about the artwork, Michael Redstone said: “It’s just beautiful to look at, it’s geometrically balanced and the colours are vibrant and cheerful”.

Anthony’s share in the prize money will contribute towards further art classes to develop his skills and interests. When asked what might be his inspiration for next year’s competition, he boldly stated: “hotdogs!”

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Bio-Balance Health welcomes Doctor Sam

Dr Samarra Toby, husband Massey and son Arty, were excited to meet with US Autism specialist, Dr. Nancy O’Hara, at the Walsh Research Institute Outreach 2017.

Samarra Toby, or Doctor Sam as she is affectionately known by her patients, is a trailblazer in the health industry.

Among the first cohort of medical students at Queensland’s Griffith University, she was the first Aboriginal medical doctor to graduate at the institution in 2008.

Eight years later she was honoured with the School of Medicine Alumni of the Year award, testament to her dedication to holistic medical care and for her tireless advocacy and awareness of those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

A proud member of the Gangulu people from central Queensland, she has worked for the Federal Government in indigenous health policy, for Queensland Health and as a GP to help improve the health of her people in rural and remote Queensland.

She currently sits on the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ National Membership Advisory Committee, is an active member of the Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and an active Australian Indigenous doctor and mentor.

Her passion and commitment to health and wellness for the last 18 years is reflected in her life and philosophy, including competing in the natural body building and fitness arena, placing in two divisions at the Queensland State Titles in 2016.   

But ask Dr Sam what is her greatest achievement and she quickly answers, “My son Arty”.

“Medicine is certainly up there,” laughs Dr Sam, who dreamt of becoming a doctor as a young girl growing up in Rockhampton.

“But Arty is first.”

And it is her love for seven-year old Arty, who was diagnosed with Autism at four and a half, that led Dr Sam and her husband, Massey to the Bio-Balance Health Association Outreach on the Gold Coast earlier this year.

The family had been prepared to travel to the USA to consult with leading Autism specialists for Arty, but were delighted to discover they could secure a medical assessment for their son with the US doctors at the annual Walsh Research Institute Outreach in Australia.

Dr Sam also undertook the week-long medical program, which delivers training in advanced nutrient therapy methods for mental and behavioural disorders as well as cutting-edge Autism therapies.

She is the first Aboriginal doctor to complete the training program.

Dr Sam said her family and community at home was very supportive of the ideals of the Outreach.

“The indigenous community was very excited that we could be here,” said Dr Sam. 

“It aligns with our traditional approach and philosophy of health, wellness, nature and the environment and intertwines with our cultural beliefs.

“The amazing team and people including the patients that allowed us to join them on their journey to health and wellness, made the learning experience exceptional.”

Dr Sam said the journey the family has unexpectedly embarked on is similar, and yet so different to many other families dealing with a child, or children, diagnosed with ASD.

“As a medical practitioner I had a clinical understanding of what autism could possibly mean for a family, including evidence based therapies that were available and where to seek support and resourcing within Australia.

“However, as a parent and a family our journey has a slightly different perspective that only a family with autism can intimately understand.

“Our son Arty was essentially non-verbal at age four and a half.

“Through the support and guidance of fellow medical colleagues, speech and occupational therapists and early intervention services we have been given the unique and amazing opportunity to travel with our son on his developmental journey.

“The developmental roller coaster that a family may experience with autism is challenging yet beautiful – our son is neurologically gorgeous, creative and highly affectionate.”

Dr Sam and her family came across many resources at the start of their journey, ranging from information about clinical diagnosis and assessment to the multitude of therapies.

However, she felt there was no fantastic all-in-one resource from the perspective of a parent who has been there, and also a health professional who deals in evidence based therapies.

After becoming exceptionally frustrated late one night with resources for her son and having a million flash cards on the floor that interrupted the flow of therapy and learning momentum, she decided to develop a system that was easier to use and transport.

Dr Sam went on to launch The Autism Tool Kit, creating engaging, useful, hands on therapy resources and tools.

She undertook the photography, editing and graphic design herself consulting with educational experts and therapists to create easy to use resources and instructions.

Finding it difficult to get to the shops to buy resources, she decided to make The Autism Tool Kit available online, and has since shared the system with many other families living with autism.

“The development of these resources and their use have been for our son, and due to overwhelming support and feedback it was suggested we perhaps make these available for other families who may find themselves in a similar position,” said Dr Sam.

“It became my mission to help make ASD resources more affordable and share what I’ve learned on my own journey with Arty.”

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Mental Health – science-based therapies come to Melbourne

The successful Walsh Research Institute Outreach, which has helped hundreds of Australian patients challenged by mental illness for the past 14 years, will be held in Melbourne for the first time in 2018.

The Outreach, Conference and Training Program for Medical Doctors will be presented by Bio-Balance Health at the Rendezvous Hotel in Melbourne from 17th-23rd March.

“Bio-Balance Health is very excited to report that we are taking our Doctor Training and Conference on the road in 2018 – all the way to Melbourne,” said Bio-Balance Health Association President Judy Nicol.

“We have received so many requests from the Victorian doctors and patients for us to come to Melbourne over the years, and since we had spent 9 years in Sydney, followed by 5 years on the Gold Coast, we did think it was time for us to come to Melbourne.

“We look forward to receiving help to spread the word about our time in Melbourne from the 17-23rd March next year from all our supporters in Victoria, and to seeing many new doctors attend to learn about this exciting new field of Nutritional Psychiatry.”

Since 2004, over 1,200 patients have attended specialised Australian clinics to access treatment for Depression, Behavioural Disorders, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and Autism.

Medical practitioners trained in Walsh Research Institute assessment and treatment techniques prescribe vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids based on each patient’s unique body chemistry.

According to an article in the UK medical journal The Lancet (January 2015), now is the time for the recognition of the importance of nutrition and nutrient supplementation in psychiatry.

“Although the determinants of mental health are complex, the emerging and compelling evidence for nutrition as a crucial factor in the high prevalence and incidence of mental disorders suggests that diet is as important to psychiatry as it is to cardiology, endocrinology, and gastroenterology. Evidence is steadily growing for the relation between dietary quality (and potential nutritional deficiencies) and mental health, and for the select use of nutrient-based supplements to address deficiencies, or as monotherapies or augmentation therapies.”

The article by members of the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research provides the growing evidence of addressing nutrient deficiencies to preserve mental health.

An internationally recognized expert on biochemical imbalances, Dr. William Walsh PhD has devoted nearly 40 years to researching the biochemistry behind behaviour, learning and memory, mental health and various disease conditions.

His approach recognizes that nutrient imbalances can alter brain levels of key neurotransmitters, disrupt gene expression of proteins and enzymes and cripple the body’s protection against environmental toxins.

“Advanced nutrient therapy offers an alternative treatment approach, which represents a natural method of correcting imbalances in neurotransmitter activity,” said Dr. Walsh.

“The clinical challenge is to determine the biochemistry of each patient and to develop an individualized treatment plan aimed at normalizing brain chemistry.”

The president of the non-profit Walsh Research Institute near Chicago directs physician and practitioner training programs internationally, including in Australia, England, Ireland, Norway and USA.

The program has expanded each year in Australia with 230 doctors trained by 2017, the majority from Australia, but also from New Zealand, South East Asia, Hong Kong, Ireland and the UK.

The internationally acclaimed US consultants attending the 2018 Outreach will include Drs. William Walsh, PhD, Elizabeth Mumper, MD, FAAP, Albert Mensah, MD, Judith Bowman, MD and for her second year, Nancy O’Hara, MD, a board certified pediatrician with a practice dedicated to the integrative and holistic care of children with neurodevelopment disorders.

The medical doctor training program, providing the opportunity to participate with word-class experts in the evaluation of patients, has attracted interest from as far away as Japan, India, Ireland, Singapore and New Zealand.

The Outreach was held in Sydney for eight years between 2005 and 2012, before relocating to the Gold Coast in 2013.

“The development of the Australian Outreach Clinics in Sydney and the Gold Coast has made a significant contribution to the quality of life for hundreds of mentally ill people in Australia,” said Dr. Walsh.

“Most patients report this treatment has resulted in significantly-improved mental functioning and a marked reduction in medication levels required, giving a substantial reduction, if not elimination, of common side effects.

“A survey conducted by one of our trained Australian doctors showed that on average, 85% of the patients responded to the treatment, with a significant number of patients showing remarkable gains.”

Registration is currently open for the Patient Assessment Program with participants encouraged to take advantage of the Early Bird Concession fees, a saving of $150 if paid before 31st October, 2017.

It is advised to book early as patients will need to undertake a series of special blood, urine and hair analysis tests at least four weeks prior to the Outreach consultation.

The Outreach will include a One Day Public Conference on Sunday, 18th March 2018 with both professionals and the public invited to hear from visiting experts on the latest research in the areas of mental health and autistic spectrum disorders.

Conference guest speakers in 2018 will include Dr Denise Furness, a Molecular Geneticist and Nutritionist and Dr. Stephanie Fryar-Williams, a Psychiatrist/Researcher who will give a presentation on the Biomarkers for Schizophrenia.

Physicians wanting to take part in the Outreach training program and families interested in the evaluation of a loved one should contact:

Marnie Lo on 02 8789 0451; Email: marnie@biobalance.org.au

For other enquiries: Bio-Balance 07 56796675

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From the President - August 2017

Bio-Balance Health is very excited to report that we are taking our Doctor Training and Conference on the road in 2018 – all the way to Melbourne. 

We have received so many requests from the Victorian doctors and patients for us to come to Melbourne over the years, and since we had spent 9 years in Sydney, followed by 5 years on the Gold Coast, we did think it was time for us to come to Melbourne.

It is amazing to us all, that in 2004, we began by training one doctor, who saw 18 patients and that by 2017, we have trained 230 doctors, mostly from Australia, but some from New Zealand, South East Asia, Hong Kong, and one Irish and one UK doctor.  

What is also very exciting is that now a number of our doctors have begun research projects – one of whom published a paper in 2016, which according to Research Journal Altometrics.com was considered internationally, one of the five most influential papers for 2016 for Biomarker Research.   This ground breaking research is putting Australia in the forefront of validating Advanced Nutrient therapy.    She is about to begin the next expensive stage of her project and will be reporting on it to our Doctors at the 2018 training in Melbourne.    Another of our doctors is looking into research into Alzheimer’s and is awaiting Ethics approval.  All this, plus the work Bill Walsh is doing in the USA –plus our QUT study with Bill, is now much closer, after many unfortunate delays. 

We look forward to receiving help to spread the word about our time in Melbourne from the 17-23rd March next year from all our supporters in Melbourne, and to seeing many new doctors attend to learn about this exciting new field of Nutritional Psychiatry.   Since our Conference will have some of the top speakers in their field speaking for the first time in Melbourne, we expect that we will have a great attendance on Sunday 18th March. 

Please save the date and we are all looking forward to meeting you there. 

Judy Nicol 

President. 

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