Psychiatry has made great progress in the last 50 years, but it is now time for a change of direction. New findings in the molecular biology of the brain highlight the fact that the current treatment of mental illness with psychotropic drugs is no longer cutting edge. Their broad-spectrum effect impedes targeted healing and the side effects often outweigh the drug’s benefits. Natural forms of treatment with micronutrients have proven to be more effective and better for the patient.
These natural nutrients play a key role in achieving mental and psychological health and optimal brain performance. Even the smallest imbalances in nutrient supply can lead to changes in brain functioning. Most people have individual deficiencies in their nutritional supply, which are partly due to genetic factors and partly the result of environmental factors. Based on a database of laboratory data from tens of thousands of patients, William J. Walsh identified typical micronutrient imbalances in the brains of people with autism, ADHD, depression, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. He used his findings to develop treatments consisting of dietary supplements individually tailored to the needs of each patient to remedy the deficiencies and any excesses, thereby alleviating the illnesses. This highlighted that a well-balanced intake of nutrients is the biochemical key to maintaining the equilibrium of brain cell messenger substances, for the activity of synapses and the functioning of nerve cells in the brain. Restoring this balance also restores the equilibrium of the psyche.
The author illustrates the results of the research on the links between important psychiatric diseases and nutrient deficiencies by means of numerous case studies and explains the micronutrient treatments employed in each case. An in-depth manual for physicians and naturopaths, but one that also offers a fascinating insight for laypeople with an interest in this innovative approach to treating mental illness.