Review of Nutrient Power

“Nutrient Power” By Dr. William J Walsh, Published by Skyhorse Publishing Inc. 
Available through Walsh Research Institute website

Just released, ‘Nutrient Power’ is a terrific read if you want to understand what makes a person tick – why they do the oddest things. He focuses on behaviour disorders - and their relationship to body chemistry. He looks at the mind-body connection – particularly with regard to mental disorders.

He carefully takes you through each mental disorder - depression, ADHD, Schizophrenia, autism, anxiety, behavioural disorders and others - dedicating an entire chapter to each one. For example did you know there are five different types of depression? Each type has its own chemistry and therefore needs its own specific nutrient supplementation. The good news is that his nutrient therapy can be administered at the same time as the anti-depressants – often with these medications being lowered and in many cases stopped altogether.

Dr Walsh then discusses his research on Alzheimer ‘s disease – and the chemistry behind it – and how there could be an answer for those people afflicted by it. Plus he looks at the field of epigenetics – how our genes are turned on and off – and how this can affect our vital organs like our brain, heart, skin etc. He postulates that the environment – either in utero or later in life - can over-ride our genetic imprint and how this can lead to the various mental disorders and many other diseases. Epigenetics is gaining popularity in medical research fields – but Dr. Walsh’s book gives an in depth discussion, understandable by the ordinary educated person, on this latest hot topic in science.

Although he has written the book for ‘doctors, medical researchers, and families afflicted by these diseases’ – and as such is scientifically based – it is a fascinating look at the science behind the mind- body connection. The basic premise is that if a person’s body chemistry is imbalanced, this can have a pronounced impact on what neurotransmitters their brain makes. These neurotransmitters dictate our behavioural patterns. Dr Walsh shows how such simple things as a copper imbalance can cause post-natal depression – for example. Altering these levels can cure such an affliction – even over-ride the genetic code or environmental toxins that causes the condition. Similarly there are three different biotypes for Schizophrenia, and numerous ADHD conditions. These are presented with case histories and the individualized nutrient therapies that have helped literally thousands of patients recover. In fact, Dr Walsh has treated over 1000 patients and trained over 90 doctors in Australia alone. 

Initally Dr. Carl Pfeiffer devised the program – called the Pfeiffer treatment - when he was researching Schizophrenia.  Since Dr. Pfeiffer’s demise, Dr. Walsh has taken over the research and broadened the field to include children with autism and varying disorders.   Dr Walsh’s initial research was based on violent behaviour of prisoners in the US.

Dr. Walsh clearly demonstrates how and why Psychiatry could gain a whole new direction – as individualized nutrients take over from psychiatric medications. These medications, he argues, “have nagging side effects” and “do not produce normalcy” of the brain.

Dr. Walsh is President of the Walsh Research Institute in USA and directs training programs for doctors and physicians in Australia, Norway and other countries. He has written 200 scientific papers and presented his research to the American Psychiatric Association, the US Senate, the National Institute of Mental Health, and has been a keynote speaker at 28 conferences. 

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Alzheimers | Autism | Behavioural disorders | Depression | Schizophrenia

Reverse Social Entropy And The Autism Epidemic

by Bill Walsh, PhD

There are dozens of theories that attempt to explain the massive increases in autism throughout the world since 1950. These include increased vaccinations, greater exposure to mercury, industrial food processing, medication side effects, increased copper levels in the water supply, and changes in family dynamics. However, growing evidence that autism is an epigenetic disorder leads to an interesting new explanation for increased autism rates that I call “reverse social entropy”.

Convincing evidence that autism is an epigenetic gene-programming disorder is presented in Chapters 4 and 7 of my new book Nutrient Power. Autism features that are consistent with an epigenetic disorder include the following:

  • Abnormal methylation, the most common cause of deviant gene expression,
  • Vulnerability to environmental insults,
  • High oxidative stress,
  • Many cases of sudden and dramatic changes in mental/physical functioning (regressive autism),
  • Persistence of autism after onset, since deviant epigenetic bookmarks can persist throughout life,
  • A consistent syndrome of traits and symptoms resulting from deviant expression of several genes (food sensitivities, speech problems, socialization deficits, weak immune function, narrowed brain minicolumns, etc), and
  • Violation of the classical laws of Mendelian genetics.

After studying the biochemistry of more than 30,000 persons, it has become very clear that undermethylation is associated with perfectionism, competitiveness, a strong will and other positive features, but also with a high incidence of specific disorders including schizoaffective disorder, anorexia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and autism. Undermethylated persons who escape the disorders tend to be high achievers compared to others. Most physicians, lawyers, great athletes, captains of industry, heads of state, and scientists exhibit undermethylation.

In past generations, many persons never travelled more than 50 miles from their birthplace. However, people are much more mobile today, and methylation enclaves have sprung up throughout society. A 2012 journal article1 by McGinnis et al reports that people in deprived areas exhibit higher global methylation than the general population. On the other hand, universities and affluent neighbourhoods are locations with a high percentage of undermethylated persons. The net result is that more undermethylated men and women are marrying each other, compared to past generations. These marriages are far more likely to result in autistic offspring since (a) an undermethylated in-utero environment is vulnerable to epigenetic disorders, and (b) nearly all autism-spectrum children are undermethylated.

I refer to this factor as “reverse social entropy”. Entropy is a thermodynamic concept that has mystified thousands of college students, but in simple terms it is a measure of randomness. In the physical world, entropy generally increases, reflecting a natural tendency for increased randomness and homogeneity. In this case, a more mobile society and other factors have caused the development of discrete populations with very different methylation characteristics. It seems likely that this has contributed significantly to the autism epidemic.

1. McGuinness, D., McGlynn, L.M., Johnson, P.C.D., et al. 2012. Socio-economic status is associated with epigenetic differences in the pSoBid cohort.  International Journal of Epidemiology 41(1): 151-160 

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Nutrient Power, Epigenetics And Mental Health

by William J. Walsh, PhD

I’m pleased to announce that my new book NUTRIENT POWER (Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.) has been completed. The book won’t be released to Amazon and bookstores until September, but early copies are now available here

The book presents a science-based nutrient therapy system that can help millions of patients throughout the world. The text is aimed at doctors, researchers, and families challenged by depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD, autism, and other brain disorders. This 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. 

The book demonstrates that depression, schizophrenia, and ADHD are umbrella terms that encompass disorders with widely differing brain chemistries and symptoms. Nutrient therapies tailored for five depression biotypes, three schizophrenia biotypes, and various ADHD conditions are presented along with several case histories. 

Other book highlights include the Walsh Theory of Schizophrenia, an epigenetic model of autism, a promising new Alzheimer’s treatment, and recommendations for reducing crime and violence. Individualized nutrient therapy treatments that have produced thousands of reports of recovery are presented along with several case histories. This modality is more scientific than trial-and-error use of psychiatric drugs, and is aimed at true normalization of the brain. More than 90 Australian physicians have been trained in this modality.

Epigenetics is a word unfamiliar to most Australians, but will soon be known to everyone. This emerging science is steadily revealing the causes of many of the world’s most challenging medical disorders, such as cancer and heart disease, and is providing a roadmap for development of vastly improved therapies. In an exciting development, new research indicates that many mental disorders also appear to be epigenetic in nature, and that improved treatments may be in the offing for schizophrenia, clinical depression, autism, ADHD, and criminal behaviour. Moreover, there is a good chance that these new therapies will be based on natural substances rather than drug medications. 

Epigenetics is a somewhat complicated subject and my book provides a detailed description of the processes involved and their impacts on brain function. There are more than a trillion cells in the human body, and each cell contains an identical copy of a person’s DNA. However, gene expression rates in brain, kidney, skin, heart and other tissues must be different for survival, and gene programming is established during the first few months of fetal development to accomplish this objective. In order to obtain the correct mix of enzymes and proteins in different organs, some genes are selectively “turned off” and others “turned on”. This process is called epigenetics, which means “above genetics”.

We are now learning that many diseases thought to be genetic are instead epigenetic in nature. The culprit is usually an environmental insult that alters gene expression “bookmarks” either in utero or later in life. Since deviant bookmarks can survive many cell divisions, the disorder doesn’t go away. There is considerable evidence that epigenetic errors are responsible for mental breakdowns experienced in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, the sudden emergence of OCD, and the striking symptoms associated with regressive autism. It appears that deviant epigenetic bookmarks may be reversed by future therapies. In some cases, this could result in a permanent cure requiring no additional treatment. I hope epigenetics research aimed at mental disorders will become a major priority throughout the world.

My book asserts that today’s emphasis on prescription medications will not stand the test of time, and that the field of psychiatry needs a new direction. Psychiatric drugs suffer from a fundamental limitation – Introduction of foreign molecules that result in an abnormal condition rather than producing normalcy. Recent advances in epigenetics and the molecular biology of the brain have provided a roadmap for the development of effective, natural, drug-free therapies that do not produce serious side effects. An intensive research effort is needed to develop advanced epigenetic therapies that use chemicals natural to the body to normalize brain function, and thus avoid the nagging problem of drug side effects. Psychiatric medications have served society well over the past 50 years, but the need for drug therapies will gradually fade away as brain science advances. I believe we may be approaching a grand new era in the field of mental health. 

About the author:  Dr. William J. Walsh is president of the non-profit Walsh Research Institute in Illinois and directs physician-training programs in Australia, Norway, and other countries. Dr. Walsh has authored more than 200 scientific articles and reports and has five patents. He has presented his experimental research at the American Psychiatric Association, the U.S. Senate, the National Institutes of Mental Health, and has been a speaker at 28 international conferences. He has developed biochemical treatments for patients with behavioural disorders, ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease that are used by doctors throughout the world.

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ADD & ADHD | Autism | Depression | Schizophrenia

From the President July 2012

From the Meet & Greet on Friday night 24th March to the last day on Saturday 31st March, the atmosphere was one of warmth and enthusiasm at this year's Outreach.   We had a wonderful group of 17 new doctors who participated in our training program. Led by Doctors Mensah and Bowman, they have gained a thorough understanding of the basics of the Walsh/Pfeiffer protocols.  Our 20 returning doctors gave them generous support as well.

This year we initiated a Nurse training programme to enable the nurses to assist our trained doctors in patient compliance and other matters.  Nurse Jan Olah from the original Pfeiffer clinic who assisted Bill Walsh in those early days came here as our first Nurse Trainer.  Unfortunately, two days before leaving for Australia she injured her back and had to use a wheelchair for her time in Australia.  We thank her most sincerely for her determination to complete the nurse training program.

Dr Walsh gave a stimulating lecture on Tuesday night, much of it based on his new book "Nutrient Power" which is now available through his website.

Our Conference was attended by close to 200 people. Dr Mary Megson gave a lecture on autism titled Sailing Through Life: Genetic Predisposition, Environmental Exposures, Common Pathways which our guest speaker Associate Professor Cherny declared could be delivered in any scientific forum anywhere.  Dr Elizabeth Mumper's lecture was directed to Healing the Gut of Autistic Children.  Dr Richard Stuckey gave an account of his 12-months follow-up of the 567 patients he saw in his first year of using the Pfeiffer/Walsh biochemical treatment approach, titled Targeted Nutritional Treatment of Mental Illness, a paper on which has recently been published in the ACNEM Journal. The morning’s proceedings concluded with a vigorous question and answer session between the audience and Drs Megson, Mumper and Stuckey.    The afternoon session opened with an address by our Guest Speaker, Associate Professor Robert Cherny from the Mental Health Research Institute (MHRI) in Melbourne who spoke on Alzheimer’s Disease: The search for a cure and the research work being done in this area at MHRI. The last speaker on the program was Dr William Walsh who gave a stimulating talk titled Nutrient Power: Normalising the Brain, the main components of which were:

  • Impact of nutrients on brain function
  • Epigenetics and mental illness
  • The Walsh Theory of Schizophrenia
  • A new autism model
  • Chemical classifications for schizophrenia, depression and behaviour disorders
  • Individualised biochemical therapies
  • A promising Alzheimer’s treatment.

The Conference proceedings are available in full detail on the Conference DVD, which Conference attendees and members are strongly recommended to purchase – see notice elsewhere in the Newsletter for details.

Next year will be the 10th Anniversary of the Australian Outreach and we will see our 100th new Australian Doctor complete the training, so for such an event we look forward to making it a special occasion, including an Anniversary Dinner – see notice on next page.

Late Breaking News: Congratulations to our Co-Founder, current Management Committee Member and Newsletter Editor, John Skelton, who received the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List “for service to community health through advocacy, respite and support services.”    Ever since John’s daughter became ill in 1980, he has worked tirelessly in many different organizations to make a difference in the lives of those suffering mental illness and their families, culminating in co-founding Bio-Balance Health Association in 1998.   Please see a Press Release and a newspaper article An Unconventional Man on our website for further details of his career.  We are all thrilled that his many years of volunteer work has been recognized.   John is 87 this year and, as you can see, is still editing our Newsletter and actively involved in managing Bio-Balance activities.

Judy Nicol

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General | Outreach | Outreach Conference

Poetry Showcase - Ken Wilkinson Outreach Patient

Ken is 25 and with regressive autism he lost his speech by 5 years of age, together with other abilities, and therefore it was presumed that he had low intelligence. Luckily, at the age of 16, Ken’s teacher introduced him to a keyboard and, as Ken says, this provided him with “the joy of being heard”. Ken is a patient of Dr. Richard Stuckey and Ken and his family live in Melbourne and have been coming to the Outreach for years. All the doctors that Ken has seen at the Outreach have provided pathways to improve his health and abilities. Dr Neubrander introduced MB12 and this has really helped Ken. Ken is very co-operative with following the protocols planned for him. His poems and other writings are all written by himself. Ken is the first person with ASD that allows us to share his thoughts and feelings and gives us true hope and inspiration. Here are some of his poems:


Stuck in my mind I am stuck
Stuck in a trap I am stuck
Stuck in a cycle on stuck
I am stuck on the word stuck
Stuck with my body on stuck
Stuck as I try to unstick from my stuckness
Sticking in stuckness to stuck
I want not to be stuck
To be free from my stuff
Free from my stuff that is stuck.
Now I am stuck writing on stuck
And in sticking to stuck
I am still stuck

A comment on dreams

I will always have gold in my pocket,
I will always have jewels in my shoes,
I will always have rubies and diamonds
Because I will always be rich with the treasure of dreams.

I always hold this dream deep inside me
Pressed up close to my heart.
I feel it keeping beat
With blood pumping and pulse thumping.

My dream lives always inside me.
Each of us is richer than we can ever know;
We each hold wealth beyond the material
Because we each have the treasure of dreams

Our dreams should never be traded or given away
Our dreams should never be forgotten or left behind.
We must let them rest near our hearts
Where they can live on forever.

A boy in a world all covered in grey

A boy in a world all covered in grey
The light of the sun fails to change it to day
A sky not of blue and the trees not of green
The boy in this world has a longing, a dream
He dreams of the sunrise of shadows and light
He dreams of a sunset that leads into night
But he sees only grey and he knows it’s not right

A boy in a world alone every day
Alone in a world all covered in grey
With no colour to see and no light to shine
His world feels empty and hollow like mine
He dreams of friendship of laughter and love
He dreams of someone who’ll get through the fog
But he sees only strangers at each stop

A boy in a world all covered in grey
Is seeing the first soft light of day
His dreams and his hopes may yet come to pass
His life of grey loneliness a thing of the past
A boy in the world living life at last


Autism | Outreach