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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