Often people have been dealing with the same ongoing issue or mental illness for what seems like a lifetime. Sometimes things can be traced back to a really bad start or the stress of past traumatic events, a loss, illness or even an accident can mark the start of mental health issues.
What people may not realise is that 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. We are all biochemically unique and due to the stress of living imbalances can result in 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 on Pyrrole Disorder .
Undermethylation and overmethylation can also underly persistent depression or anxiety. More on Methylation
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."
“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
"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.
"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