Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a single site that had the best information on the underlying causes of mental health problems and many other conditions that affect the brain? Just so happens there is one.
The best single source catalogues the work of William Walsh, PhD and his associates through his website walshinstitute.org and his book Nutrient Power. On the website, there are research articles, references, Youtube videos, and other sources of information that explain why many struggle.
If you or a child of yours has anxiety, depression, ADD, bipolar, panic attacks, behavioral problems, irritability, insomnia and just about anything else in this realm, there are reasons why this is happening. We should investigate those reasons and manage them.
Dr. Walsh helps us sort out why some people respond well to medications like Celexa, Zoloft, Adderall and Concerta and why others don’t. For some, medications can be part of the solution and for others, it is amongst the worst things we can do.
He has been at the cutting edge of research for many years. His principles should be the foundation of mental health management in America. Every psychiatrist and every prescriber of medications for mental health conditions should do intensive study and training in Walsh’s protocols.
Dr. Walsh is a researcher and scientist. He has managed over 45,000 people with mental health issues from autism to schizophrenia. He should be impossible for the medical establishment to ignore or dismiss.
There are 300 important nutrients in human biochemistry, but only 7 or 8 are the most relevant to variations in mental health.
He says that overload of certain nutrients is more often a problem than nutrient deficiency. That was a novel idea for me.
Copper overload is a common problem although you won’t find it managed in any traditional setting.
Zinc deficiency is the most common deficiency in a person with a mental disorder and is relevant to more than 90%. It’s not that zinc supplements alone are going to cure or prevent any specific condition; it’s that zinc is an important part of a package solution.
Methylation issues including either folate (vitamin B9) overload or folate deficiency can be important. Walsh—based on his extensive database of patients with mental health issues—classifies some as Undermethylated (22% of all Americans) and some as Overmethylated (8% of Americans).
I see people who are undermethylated just about every day in the office. The list of issues and traits for those in this category can include: a tendency to obsessive-compulsive (OCD), competitiveness, perfectionism, strong-willed personality, seasonal allergies and they can be more prone to depression in the winter. Those with an undermethylated biochemistry get benefits from SSRI medications (like Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa and others), but are also prone to side effects.
That categorization sound like anyone you know? The Undermethylated tend to be high achievers, but can also be difficult relative to their intensity.
Toxic heavy metals, especially mercury, often play a role. Dr. Walsh and others are working toward more effective options for assessment and management.
Vitamins, minerals and amino acids are his primary treatment options in an individualized approach based on each person’s biochemistry relative to neurotransmitter production and effects. These imbalances can be assessed through laboratory testing.
This is the system we’ve been waiting for all along. Well researched. Individualized. Effective.
Andrew Lenhardt, MD