Nutrient-Power is highly technical covering a great deal of information, but it needed more emphasis on avoiding the foods, which are causing problems with the body/brain. The major foods to avoid: grains and dairy. In studies that have been done with children; autism has been reversed and in some cases eliminated, when these foods have been removed from the diet.
It did give excellent info on supplements which can be utilized to enhance brain power. Barbara Charis on 24th Oct 2013
The book could take parenting, law enforcement and family courts, social work, criminal justice, medical diagnostics & practice, and personal empowerment to the higher level of attainment to which they all aspire. There is not just good parenting or bad parenting, a criminal mind or not a criminal mind, incarceration vs being a danger to society, being a victim or an advocate, being born healthy or not, or requiring meds or doing without. This book brushes away the tired, politicized dichotomies of all these issues and opens up a third avenue, through the lens of epigenetics, that combines clinically supported insights with the rare possibility of immediate application, to the benefit of our entire society. The insight this book presents may just change the way you look at your children, students, patients, family, friends, neighbors, criminals featured on the nightly news, and even yourself. Unknown on 18th Oct 2013
Dr. Walsh has written an excellent overview of the current knowledge in the field of mental health, including discussions about schizophrenia, bipolar depression, autism, Alzheimers and ADHD. He writes with convincing authority, based on his long and distinguished career and his detailed knowledge of the subject.
He is obviously writing to an informed audience of researchers and well read care givers, but manages to make even the most obtuse discussion of epigenetics or transporter proteins somehow understandable.
There are many gems of information in this book that can help those who are treating mental illness. What you learn depends on what type of illness you are concerned with. What I learned was how all the various deficiencies are interrelated in bipolar illness, how important the methyl/folate ratio is, how important specific nutrients are like Zn and B6 are, and how genes can be turned on or silenced.
I was hoping to find a more detailed discussion of mania but found mostly depression covered. Other authors like Eva Edleman suggest that mania and depression are in effect subtypes of bipolar illness and require different treatments. A separate chapter on mania would be fascinating reading. I was also hoping the see folinic acid mentioned, in use by some clinics. Is it recommended by Dr. Walsh or does it conflict with SAMe ? The other thing is repeated mentions of the need for large scale, placebo controlled studies to make the evidence palatable to the medical community. But these tests are not ethical when people can suffer or die on placebos, and clinical evidence is indeed meaningful, especially when the benefits appear obvious and the side effects appear negligible or fading to zero. Perhaps Dr. Walsh should stop genuflecting to medical 'experts' whom he stands held and shoulders above.
These are only minor quibbles, since the book is not a treatment bible but a survey of the entire field.
Thank you Dr. Walsh for helping thousands of people (and potentially millions) enjoy a better life and real happiness.
W.G. Whitney, PEng. on 9th Sep 2013
For many years I have promoted nutritional assessments and therapy as part of problem identification and improvement in mental health.
Now we have controlled trials providing evidence of an even more basic approach to problem identification with laboratory test findings and follow-up treatment with basic nutrients. Best wishes on continued professional education with more specifics than we find in this introductory book. For a wholistic approach to mental health, see my At Eden's Gate: Whole Health and Well-Being.
Author, Evelyn Maxwell, M.N., R.N. on 25th Jul 2013
With this report on Bill Walsh's research, sufferers of many different mental illnesses can get treatment that does not involve the side effects of psychiatric medicines. Walsh explains, in detail, the causes of these states, on a chemical and cellular level. He presents solutions--nutrients that patients need to employ or avoid, depending on what their biochemical individuality consists of. With these treatments used, the world will become a place free of many mental illnesses: criminal and symptomatic behavior can be halted and resources saved. This is truly a groundbreaking book! Catherine Jennifer Walbridge on 27th Apr 2013
This book gives not only an easy-to-understand overview of the biochemical imbalances that often underlie psychiatric and behavioral disorders, but a resource for how to test for them and treat them with nutrients rather than toxic drugs. A very much needed book. Kathleen Roberts on 13th Mar 2013
i have been interested in and studying nutrition for over 40 years
i have never heard any of this before even though i do not totally understand it. the concept makes sense and i have done th e testing waiting now for my protocol. i was familar with the work of hoffer and pheiffer and read other alternative books on depression etc. but never got anywhere with their protocols
so i am giving it a try.i also spoke with dr. walsh and was pleasantly surprised at his helpful down to earth demeanor. jerome dugan on 27th Jan 2013
Good info on finding help for mental illness without medication. References to doctors who can help find the right combination of nutrients for each individual. Unknown on 24th Dec 2012
there is a great body of evidence that nutritional support can heal not only your brain but other parts of the body as well. Bill Walsh explains how nutritional support can improve your brain in an easy to read and understandable manner.
what we need is more published research. its time for the vitamin and supplements companies to sponsor this research tony on 6th Sep 2012
A must for every concerned parent or for any adult concerned about their own chemical imbalance. Easy for the layman to understand, this book explains the processes involved in restoring balance. Importantly, the why's and wherefore's of nutrient based treatment become abundantly clear. This book should become a part of every medical practitioner's library. Dr Walsh should be lauded for the groundbreaking research and the untiring input into training medical practitioners worldwide to restore sufferers to normal behavioural health. Patti Dyne, analytical laboratory director, Australia on 19th Aug 2012
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