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:

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:

For other enquiries: Bio-Balance 07 56796675


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From the President - August 2015

2015 once again saw us holding our Outreach and Conference at the Outrigger Resort on the Gold Coast at the end of March. After a brutal winter in Chicago, Drs Walsh, Mensah, Bowman and Dr Mumper from Virginia loved coming to the warmth of the Gold Coast where Bill has said how much he loves being here with the wonderful views of the sea and the hinterland of the Gold Coast.

It was a great success again with 74 doctors attending, 33 new ones and whilst we wondered if we could manage those numbers, it turned out that it went very well so next year, if the demand is there, we might take 80 doctors. It was so encouraging to see the numbers of psychiatrists increasing. We would like to see some Pediatric doctors as well so I hope in 2016 we might be fortunate to find someone from that specialty coming to join the 170 doctors already trained in these protocols. 162 patients attended with their Australian doctors and we had four rooms seeing patients. 

Our International doctors came from India, Singapore and New Zealand this year. We were fortunate to have some volunteers during the week, which helped enormously.

One of the more exciting projects getting under way is our two research projects, one at Griffith University on Aggressive and Violent children, Ethics approval has been received, so that will be going full steam ahead, and for our QUT project on Schizophrenia the funding has been received so they will be organizing Ethics approval and then the project can begin.

Our Conference attracted 320 people and the highlight for many people was to hear one of our patients taking back her life after so many lost years with mental illness. We had great lectures from Dr Julie Buckley, Dr Liz Mumper, Dr Judy Bowman, Dr Joanne Voisey and Dr Bill Walsh, along with some Australian doctors at the Q & A panels.

We look forward to our 2016 Outreach and Conference in March next year and hope we can break more records in the number of doctors attending and the wonderful Gold Coast community in supporting the Conference.

Judy Nicol


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Outreach Doctor Testimonial

Hi all!
I am a GP in Australia, and have been attending Dr Walsh’s training programs with Bio-Balance for the last 3 years. I have to say, his protocols have revolutionised my treatment of patients with mental health problems – especially depression, anxiety ( adults and children) and behavioural problems in children. 

What is wonderful is the feedback from parents and then from the children’s teachers, who notice such a difference in classroom behaviour, focus and attention. And then the questions, and referrals of new patients, start coming from other allied health professionals such as Occupational Therapists and psychologists who have been dealing with these kids. The question has been raised about making protocols available to the general population and I am completely convinced by my own experiences that that is NOT a good idea! Each protocol is actually worked out individually – each patient is assessed both clinically and biochemically and dosing of each nutrient is worked out for that individual. You wouldn’t let people just go out and by Prozac over the counter when they have self diagnosed depression, would you? Different people will have side effects to some of the nutrients at lower doses, such as the B6, requiring adjustments with each prescription and regular follow up is necessary. 

Some patients need “stress dosing” when faced with extra stresses such as exams or relationship issues – you need the training provided to be able to understand how to identify the needs and make the appropriate adjustments. And you need to learn what to do when things aren’t working – like the difficulties people with A Positive blood groups have! It can initially be quite overwhelming – but the end result is just amazing! And now I have the local gynaecologists interested as so many women have high copper issues associated with severe anxiety and often panic attacks, or post natal depression – because they are on a combined contraceptive pill. Once the pill is ceased and a prescription of appropriate nutrients is made up to help balance their copper, their symptoms dramatically improve – but I then need to send them to the gynaecologist for alternative contraception – giving the consultant a little lesson on copper metabolism in the process! (They are used to me now!) 

So you doctors in the US – be bold and run with this! It is life changing treatment! And Albert Mensah is right – it takes several years to really get your head around it – every patient is different – and so every year we head back for the next training program.


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Outreach Report 2014

The 2014 Gold Coast Outreach Patient Assessment bookings are currently full steam ahead for another exciting year. Assessments are filling up fast. We are already over half way filled with many patients taking advantage of the Early Bird Special that ended December 5th. This is the time of year where many parents are enjoying their lovely children at home during the school holiday period -- a fantastic opportunity to see them up close and personal while carefully monitoring their Biomedical progress. It is usually towards the end of January that we have a second wave of parents signing up for another Outreach hoping to take their child’s treatment protocols to the next level. If you feel you are one of these parents, I encourage you to help us meet your goals by booking in as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment with appointment availability.

Similarly, thanks to our doctors and friends at ACNEM, we continue to get a steady stream of new practitioners signing up to train with us. So far we are thrilled to have on board 13 new doctors, our goal being 20. We welcome these doctors warmly to our training program and we are excited about this sudden new wave of integrative medical acceptance and willingness to learn. The future ahead for our patients looks very exciting indeed! 

To help mentor and support our new doctors, we currently have 24 previously trained doctors enrolled returning to update their skills, and expect at least another 10, thereby signing up approximately 47 with many more sneaking in at the last minute. 

As Co-ordinator, I am always amazed at the number of doctors we have attending each Outreach- not only signing up for the first time but also returning year after year, which is testament to the high calibre quality of our training course, therefore making all of us at Bio Balance extremely proud!

We currently have a few weeks to go until the next Outreach. As a patient, you would need to quickly book in with your Bio-Balance trained doctor, organise testing and also book in with me. Time flies, so it is best to organise this as soon as possible


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From The President August 2013

Our 10th Anniversary Medical Practitioner Training and Patient Assessments began on 6th April, 2013 at a new venue, the Outrigger Resort Hotel, in a new city, Surfers Paradise.

We were delighted that 52 doctors registered to attend, with 20 new doctors attending for the first time. Training was given by Drs Albert Mensah and Judith Bowman with additional lectures by Dr Liz Mumper, Dr Julie Buckley, Dr Annabel Stuckey, Dr Frank Golik, Dr Kerry Harris and Dr Richard Stuckey. It was great to see how much the doc-tors who had attended in previous years looked forward to meeting up with the group again and how warmly they welcomed the newcomers.

The Conference on the 7th April attracted 270 attendees, who appreciated the lectures from our USA Faculty as well as Dr Woody McGinnis from USA/NZ and Dr Kerry Harris from South Australia. The Q &A sessions were very popular with the public as people were able to query all the doctors who had lectured. People were also milling around the 10 stallholders who were very happy with the response from the public. Amongst the stalls, we were selling Bill Walsh’s and Julie Buckley’s books. As well, some young Mums had developed business to help those families with Autistic children and we were happy to give them a platform to show their products. The whole day had a great buzz.

For our 10th Anniversary, we celebrated with a dinner in the evening, which was well attended by many of our doctors, people who have been our supporters over the years, and some of our sponsors. As well, some of the Universities also supported us by taking a table each. The theme of the evening was black and white and most people got into the spirit of the night by dressing appro-priately. A surprise of the evening was the “Singer Wait-ers” who entertained us with a selection of light Opera songs and we all joined in singing these lovely songs.

We had 175 patients attend. Some are apprehensive in not quite knowing what to expect, but in every case when they leave they are all feeling positive and hopeful. Many who came from Dr Buckley’s room could not wait to get started on a new protocol and it was helped by the fact that she had recovered her own child and was very practical in what the families could do and achieve. Some loved the fact that Dr Mumper gave them a very orga-nized protocol to follow and of course, everyone loved Dr Walsh’s approach. Their Australian doctors also learnt a great deal in these sessions.

Since we received many requests to have it at the same venue and the same place, we have already booked the space for 2014 from the 5th April to the 12th and this time we hope to provide some really lovely weather for our interstate and overseas visitors as well - unlike the weather this year.

I would like to thank all those who worked so hard and contributed so much to the success of this Event: Marnie Lo, Margaret Harms, Angela Testa, Bruce Jeanes and the many other people who are helping to spread the word around as well as all the generous help we received from people on the Conference Day itself. We very much ap-preciate it.

Judy Nicol

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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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