What if there was a test you could take that could tell you which supplements are best for your depression? What if you could take a supplement that would make your anxiety go away? What if your child’s ADHD improved with stimulants? What if I told you a treatment protocol exists to treat schizophrenia? The Walsh Protocol does just this with vitamins and minerals. The Walsh Protocol assumes that many mental states stem from physiological imperfections. These imbalanced states are measurable. With appropriate clinical insight, treatment can begin. What are these measurements? How does this work? Let’s discuss as part of this article.
The Walsh Protocol was developed by William Walsh Ph.D. He has studied over 30,000 cases of autism, depression, anxiety, ADD, and behavior problems. His research also includes schizophrenics. Originally, Dr. Walsh studied serial killers. He wanted to know if they had something in common physiologically. Was there something measurable that we could discover from these people? Was there something different in their biochemistry? As it turns out, there was. Serial killers showed very high levels of a substance called kryptopyrroles in their urine. In most cases, their levels were above 100 (high normal is 10). Over the years, Dr. Walsh realized that other things could be measured in the body to discover imbalances. He describes several subtypes to any condition listed above. Each subtype has its own set of symptoms and behaviors. Each subtype has its own physiology. Knowing the subtype allows for targeted treatment with supplements to gain symptom improvement.
I perform blood and urine tests to determine the subtype. Zinc, copper, ceruloplasmin, and histamine can tell me what imbalances exist within a person. The urine test measures for kryptopyrroles to determine a different imbalance. Supplements are prescribed based on the results. What are some examples? If copper is too high you want to bring it down. If zinc is low you want to bring it up. These are obvious examples. Elevated kryptopyrroles, because of high levels of oxidative stress, can have the same effect as low zinc. Zinc may test normal in the blood but will be functionally low. It won’t be available for the body to use. Supplementation with zinc and vitamin B6 (also depleted in this situation) relieves symptoms. In my experience, proper supplementation, in this case, brings relief within 2-3 weeks!
This approach changes our concept of psychiatric diagnosis. What appears to be a monolithic diagnosis is actually one of the physiological subtypes. I have mentioned elsewhere that Autism appears to be more than one diagnosis. The same can be said about ADD, anxiety, depression, and behavior problems. We can target treatment on something other than the patient’s subjective experience. This isn’t to say that all mental health issues arise out of biochemistry. Some people’s problems exist because of other factors such as trauma and socioeconomic issues. But it does give us a place to start helping people in cases that psychotherapy isn’t. Without proper balance in the body, the mind and spirit won’t be able to function well.
Does this mean that everyone fits into one of these categories? Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Many people have symptoms that don’t go away with just the canned protocols. Some of the people I’ve treated over the last decade required further workups and treatments. But the Walsh Protocol is sometimes a great place to start. Most people who consult with me have some vitamin or mineral deficiency due to epigenetics, malabsorption, or other cause. Supplementation can help improve the condition though it may not be one of the Walsh Protocol subtypes.
I am amazed at the ease and efficacy of the treatment in many cases. I want to help you, too. If you or a loved one has issues with anxiety, depression, autism, schizophrenia, behavior issues or ADD, call me. I would be delighted to help. I split time between Portland, Oregon, Honolulu, Hawaii, and have the capacity for telehealth services for mental health with you if you are elsewhere. I look forward to working with you in the future.
There’s also a podcast I have done about the Walsh Protocol.