Bio-chemistry & Mood
Psychological imbalance can occur for many reasons, sometimes, its chemical.
Often people have been dealing with the same ongoing issue or mental illness for a lifetime. Sometimes things can be traced back to a really bad start, illness or terrible things happening to them in their life, a sudden trauma, loss, or even an accident. Epigenetic changes provoked by massive stress can lead to imbalances in biochemisty that can radically affect mood.
Sometimes there really doesn't seem to be a good reason for the ongoing bad feelings. In these cases it is more likely that there is a biochemical imbalance. Such imbalances are usually the result of a micro nutrient excess or deficiency that radically affects neurotransmitter levels.
Recent developments in human genomics and nutrition point toward possible solutions to ongoing persistent mental health issues.
The work of Dr Bill Walsh and the bio-balance institute, following in the footsteps of Carl Pfeiffer, have discovered that many psychological illnesses have strong physical underpinnings.
Analysis of 1000's of patients with resistant or severe mental illness revealed significant imbalances in nutrients or trace elements. These imbalances are not necessarily the result of poor diet, often they are the result of tiny genetic imperfections that culminate in faulty metabolic pathways. The end result is an imbalance in neurotransmitters (the chemical messengers in the brain that govern emotion and thought).
Bio-chemical imbalances can drive or contribute greatly to
Very basically what Dr.Walsh has found is that certain people are susceptible to having a major excess or deficiency in certain key nutrients that play a huge role in mental health.
When these imbalances are identified and treated with the correct nutritional protocol the brain can balance itself.
Can't handle stress, touchy/ sensitive, Anxiety despite counselling, Mood swing. More.
Undermethylation and overmethylation can equally underly persistent depression or anxiety. More
Note from Clarissa
"I not medically trained and I am not a nutritionist. I do not diagnose or prescribe supplements to treat bio-chemical imbalances.
If you think you have one of these disorders you need to find the appropriating trained medical professional to fully investigate your concerns.
I supply this information simply to inform people of other factors that could be contributing to their mental unwell-ness as it often helps people find that missing piece to the puzzle of their illness.
It is up to the individual how they choose to take this information and also their responsibility to do their own research around it. "
Pfeiffer's Law states, "For every drug that benefits a patient, there is a natural substance that can achieve the same effect."
Gene's or Environment?
Life can cause illness
Sometimes there is a connection, a feedback, between an epi-genetic disorder and stress. The disorder may exist as a pre-disposition until enough stress builds up for it to manifest.
Our diet, our stress load, our emotions, if we are in a good or bad relationship, if the people around us treat us well or not, if we are exposed to toxins we cannot eliminate, how much we exercise our body, everything we do or have happen to us can cause a tip in the balance. Genes that would otherwise lay silent are turned on (or genes that should be turned on are turned off) and imbalance often in the form of some mental illness, manifests.
This 'switching' can also occur under other conditions. Say someone is going along fine then something awful happens, then maybe another awful thing after that, or perhaps they don't have time to recover from the first event as they have to return to work or care of family to quickly. The cumulation stress of these events can trigger and epi-genetic mental illness that persists long after the trauma has been dealt with and the person just can't regain balance. So the person was fine, then an enormous amount of stress caused an epi-genetic illness to occur.
It runs in the family
Many people write off mental illness saying it 'runs in the family', because aunt Joan had depression, brother Harry had bi-bolar and great grand father Bob was schizophrenic. However, the fact that many people in the family had mental illness points more in the direction of a genetic heritability to imbalanced bio-chemistry than anything else.
DEPRESSION IS NOT CAUSED BY A DEFICIENCY IN ANTI-DEPRESSANT MEDICATION!
Neurotransmitters are made in the body from the nutrients in the food we eat. If we have a tendency toward being deficient in a certain nutrient that is key in making an important neurotransmitter, then we are going to have a problem feeling right no matter what we do.
It sounds simple, but really its not that clear due to the interplay of environment and genetics. Pinpointing the source of the problem in terms of nutrients, enzymes, co-factors and individual bio-chemistry is not an exact science. We know from the human genome project that it is not necessarily the genes we are born with that drive our destiny, but the interrelationship of those genes with our life.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF BIO-CHEMICAL IMBALANCES include;
* Pyrrole disorder
* Methylation disorder - undermethylation or overmethylation
* Copper overload/ zinc deficiency
* Oxidative Stress
* Heavy metal overloads
* Amino Acid deficiency
* Gluten / dairy or other food intolerance*
(While not technically a bio-chemical imbalance gluten sensitivity can dramatically effect mood - possible due to it mimicking a morphine like substance in the brain.)
"Nutrient therapy and counselling are natural partners."Dr Walsh
YOU ARE INTERCONNECTED
We are not a brain, then a body. All of our body, nervous system, emotional world, memories, reactions, everything about us is interconnected. The best way to treat an interconnected system is to look at all of it and try to see what area, or set of areas, the problem is coming from. Then treat all of those areas!
While these disorders are chemical they have a massive effect on the mental and emotional state of people. Whats more, over time the disorder get's patterned into behaviour.
If someone has had severe pyrrole all their life they are going to have a character structure that has developed in tandem with it. Treating the pyrrole will not always improve entrenched behavioural patterns.
Another example would be an undermethylator with a lifetime of depression. They may feel better when it is treated, but still have a glass half empty view of the world.
A genetic predisposition makes us more vulnerable to life's insults, stress and the cruelty of others.
We are creatures of habit because patterns of behaviour create neural pathways that don't change over night.
This is why it is important to treat bio-chemistry and behaviour together.
“Most depressed persons were born with a biochemical predisposition for depression, which renders them particularly vulnerable to traumatic events and difficult life circumstances.”
- William Walsh PhD
"I've encountered thousands of depressed and psychotic patients who have received major benefits from counselling.
Psychodynamic therapies not on provide insight, coping mechanisms, and self-image repair, but also can have an enduring impact on gene expression. There is evidence that effective counselling can also promote development of new synapses and neuronal mini columns, thereby permanently improving the microstructure of the brain.
Correcting brain chemistry often is not enough and counselling can enhance the benefits patients can enjoy.
For example, behaviour-disordered teens may have negative self-image and poor habits that cannot be corrected by chemistry alone. Many anorexic patients have reported nice improvement from nutrient therapies but needed effective counselling to achieve complete recovery.
Nutrient therapy and counselling are natural partners."
An excerpt from NUTRIENT POWER by William J Walsh PhD