Dr o'flaherty nutrient therapy as complementary treatment in psychiatry


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Dr. O'Flahert is a GP with a special interest in nutrition in mental health.

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  • Excellent, quick summary Dr O'Flaherty. I look forward to meeting you one day. You will be interested in this summary from Nutrient Power: http://corepsych.com/walsh - Thanks!
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Dr o'flaherty nutrient therapy as complementary treatment in psychiatry

  1. 1. Nutrient therapy as complementary treatment in psychiatry<br />Dr Edmond O`Flaherty MB DCH DObs MICGP<br />
  2. 2. Clinical Experience<br />10,000 Behavior & ADHD<br /> 3,500 Schizophrenia & Bipolar<br /> 3,200 Depression<br /> 6,500 Autism<br />
  3. 3. Massive Chemistry Database<br /><ul><li>Laboratory testing of 30,000 mental health patients and controls.
  4. 4. More than 3 million chemical test results for patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, depression, ADHD, depression, autism, etc.
  5. 5. An additional 2 million blood/urine/tissue chemistries from research experiments.</li></li></ul><li>Database Findings<br />Striking blood/urine chemistry <br />differences between mental illness <br />populations and the rest of society.<br />
  6. 6. Frequent Questions From Psychiarists<br />1. How could vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids & amino acids possibly help a person with a serious mental illness?<br />2. Don’t you really need a powerful drug medication to get the job done?<br />
  7. 7. High-Incidence Chemical Imbalances in Mental Disorders<br />Zinc Deficiency<br />Copper Overload<br />Methylation Disorder<br />Folate Imbalances<br />Pyrrole Disorder<br />Toxic metal Overload<br />Severe Oxidative Stress<br />
  8. 8. The Brain Is a Chemical Factory<br />Serotonin, dopamine, and other NT’s are synthesized in the brain.<br />The raw materials for NT synthesis are nutrients: vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.<br />An imbalance in brain chemistry in a nutrient needed for NT synthesis or regulation can result in serious mental problems.<br />
  9. 9. Zinc Deficiency and Brain Function<br />Zinc is needed for regulation of GABA in brain<br />GABA is a “calming” NT that combats overloads of noradrenaline<br />Zn deficiency is associated with irritability, anxiety, and violent behavior<br />
  10. 10. Pyrrole Disorder<br />Double deficiency of B-6 and Zinc<br />Supplements of B-6 and Zinc can normalisepyrrole levels, often resulting in elimination of symptoms and the need for psychiatric medication.<br />
  11. 11. Methylation and Mental Health<br />Methylation is involved in >80 biochemical reactions in the brain,<br />About 70% of mentally-ill persons exhibit a methylation disorder,<br />> 95% of autistics are undermethylated.<br />
  12. 12. Biochemical Individuality<br />Humans are genetically & epigenetically diverse.<br />Because of genetics most people are deficient in several nutrients and overloaded in others.<br />
  13. 13. Biochemical Balancing<br />Genetic/epigenetic nutrient deficiency may require many times the RDA to achieve normalization.<br />Nutrient overloads may be corrected using supplements of other nutrients.<br />Multiple vitamins are rarely effective.<br />
  14. 14. Nutrient Deficiencies that Impact Brain Function<br /><ul><li>Zinc
  15. 15. Methionine
  16. 16. Folic Acid
  17. 17. Vitamins B-6 and B-12
  18. 18. Niacin/Niacinamide
  19. 19. DHA, EPA, AA (essential fatty acids)
  20. 20. Antioxidants: Se, GSH, Vitamins C & E, etc.
  21. 21. Chromium</li></li></ul><li>Nutrient Overloads that Impact Brain Function<br />Copper<br />Folic Acid<br />Iron<br />Methyl groups<br />Toxics: Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, etc.<br />
  22. 22. Individualized Nutrient Therapy<br />Medical History and Review of Symptoms<br />Extensive Chemical Testing<br />Diagnosis of Chemical Imbalances<br />Prescribed Nutrient Program Aimed at Normalising Brain Chemistry. <br />
  23. 23. Positive Outcomes -- Nutrient Therapy<br />Behavior Disorders<br />Anorexia Nervosa <br />ADHD<br />Autism<br />Depression<br />Bipolar Disorder<br />Schizophrenia<br />Alzheimer’s Disease<br />
  24. 24. Negative Outcomes -- Nutrient Therapy <br />Down’s Syndrome<br />Tourette’s Syndrome<br />Severe OCD<br />
  25. 25. Gluten Intolerance<br />4% of Psychosis Cases<br />Incomplete Breakdown of Gluten Proteins in the G.I. Tract<br />Short Peptides with Opioid Properties<br /> Treatment: Dietary Avoidance of Wheat, Oats, Barley, and Rye <br />
  26. 26. Summary<br />Biochemical imbalances are exhibited by most persons with mental disorders.<br />These imbalances can adversely impact neurotransmitter synthesis & regulation.<br />Most families report improvement, following nutrient therapy to normalize chemistry.<br />