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

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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Autism | General

Epigenetics 101

by William J. Walsh, Ph.D.
Walsh Research Institute
May 2013

Epigenetics is the system that determines gene regulation in humans. We have more than 20,000 genes and the only function of each gene is to make a specific protein. If the protein promotes a chemical reaction, it is called an enzyme. Every cell in the body contains an identical copy of DNA, but every tissue requires a unique combination of proteins and enzymes for optimal health. This selective production of proteins is achieved in early fetal development by a remarkable process called “bookmarking.”  For DNA, the marks involve the presence or absence of methyl groups at certain locations along the double helix. In general, methylation tends to inhibit or prevent gene expression, and the absence of a methyl mark tends to promote expression. Once established in the womb, the marks are firmly in place and usually persist throughout life. Environmental insults can produce deviant marks in the womb or later in life, and this is the cause of many physical and mental disorders.

In addition to direct methylation of DNA, gene expression of proteins may be controlled by chemicals that attach to histone proteins that provide the support structure for DNA. Histones are made up of eight linear proteins that are twisted together like a ball of yarn. DNA gently wraps around the histone balls due to electrostatic attraction: DNA is a weak acid and histones are slightly basic. In the case of histones, gene expression is often controlled by a competition between methyl and acetyl groups at histone “tails” that protrude from the ball configuration. If methyl wins the war, gene expression is inhibited. If acetyl dominates, expression of the protein is promoted.

Expression of a gene can occur only if certain large molecules can access the gene and its promoter region. Molecules called RNA polymerase are constantly swimming in the cell’s fluids looking for an exposed gene to express. Together with large molecules called transcription factors, RNA polymerase can produce a copy of the gene (called messenger RNA) that can escape through tiny pores in the cell’s nucleus and travel to the cell’s protein-production area (the reticulum). Methylation increases the basic charge of a histone whereas acetyl groups make histones less basic. By this mechanism, acetyl groups reduce the attraction between DNA and its histone, causing the DNA to uncoil from the histone and be available for expression. Methylation has the opposite effect causing the DNA and histone to compress and inhibit expression.

Most epigenetics research has been directed toward cancer and heart disease, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that many mental disorders are epigenetic in nature. The list includes autism, bipolar disorder, paranoid schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, post-traumatic stress, OCD, and antisocial-personality disorder. In most cases, an epigenetic disorder appears quite suddenly after a lifetime of relative wellness. Since these disorders involve deviant marks that survive cell divisions, the condition doesn’t “go away” and can persist for the remainder of life. Examples are regressive autism, Wilson’s Disease, and the sudden mental breakdowns often observed in bipolar and schizophrenia disorders.

It appears these conditions usually are caused by sudden or cumulative environmental insults in persons with a tendency for high oxidative stress. The environmental triggers may involve physical injury, illness, toxic metals, powerful medications, or emotional trauma. A gradually worsening environment may be responsible for recent epidemics of autism, breast cancer, and many other disorders.

The good news is that the gene regulation abnormalities from deviant marks appear to be reversible, suggesting a potential cure for epigenetic disorders. I can imagine a future in which newborns are scanned for deviant bookmarks, followed by treatment to normalize these chemical tags. This could eliminate the predispositions for cancer, heart disease and mental disorders that have plagued society for centuries. 

Although the technology for reversing deviant bookmarks is still unavailable, effective therapies for treatment of many epigenetic disorders are known today. For example, many paranoid schizophrenics exhibit excessive dopamine activity that can be normalized by Vitamin B-3 that uncoils DNA to increase gene expression of DAT proteins. In another example, methionine and SAMe act as serotonin reuptake inhibitors by compacting chromatin to reduce production of SERT transport proteins. We don’t yet know how to reverse deviant marks, but epigenetic science is guiding the development of therapies that uncoil or compact DNA to counter abnormal gene expression. It appears that nutrients and other natural substances are especially promising for dealing with epigenetic disorders. I believe the need for psychiatric medications will gradually fade away as science advances.

About the author:  Dr. William J. Walsh is president or the nonprofit Walsh Research Institute in Illinois and directs physician-training programs in Australia, Ireland, 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 Institute of Mental Health, and has been a speaker at more than 30 international conferences. He has developed biochemical treatments for patients with behavioral disorders, ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease that are used by doctors throughout the world.

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Autism | Bipolar Disorder | Schizophrenia

Review of Nutrient Power

“Nutrient Power” By Dr. William J Walsh, Published by Skyhorse Publishing Inc. 
Available through Walsh Research Institute website http://www.walshinstitute.org/

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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Autism

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

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

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

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Autism | Outreach