Brain Chemistry and Mental Health

by Mary K. Migliori, MD


Mental health and quality of life (QOL) go hand in hand. Most of us know someone who struggles with their mood and may be on medication for it.

Antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs work fine for some people. However, why are they suffering from these symptoms? Is it because they were born with a set of genes to be unhappy or is it their diet and lifestyle or is it both?”

Dr. William Walsh, inventor of the lithium battery and author of the book, Nutrient Power, Heal your Biochemistry and Heal Your Brain, has spent the last 30 years researching this question.  While working to rehabilitate prison inmates in the late 80s, Dr. Walsh met Dr. Carl Pfeiffer, MD whose research suggested an association between blood biochemistry and mental illness.

Together, these doctors collected the world’s largest data base of blood and urine samples from inmates and patients suffering with depression, anxiety, bipolar, ADHD, schizophrenia and psychosis. They identified distinctly different biochemical patterns of zinc, copper, B6 and histamine levels associated with the different diagnoses.

Think about how you perform and deal with stressful situations. If you are OK under stress, congratulations, because you are considered neuro-typical. If you are not OK with stress, you may have the zinc, copper, B6 and histamine chemical imbalances. Physiologically, our body must have just the right levels of these chemicals to make the neurotransmitters necessary to perform well under stress.

Jerry Tennant, MD, author of several books on health states, “To make one neurochemical, it takes one protein and 8 vitamins and minerals.”  We humans are very complex beings.

Why do some people have excesses or deficiencies of these critical minerals and vitamins? Is it poor choices or a genetic defect or both?

Last month, I had the great fortune of meeting Dr. Walsh at a 4 day conference in Illinois along with 80 doctors from all over the world. We learned how to find and treat the root causes of metal illness.

At IMI, we offer the special blood and urine tests that are remarkably accurate in assessing the chemical imbalances that interfere with brain neurochemistry. The urine test can reveal an acquired genetic chemical imbalance called Pyroluria while the blood test will identify the high copper levels associated with the high anxiety mental illness symptoms.

For example, all the violent inmates studied by the doctors showed copper overload. Dr. Walsh states, “Copper overloads tend to lower dopamine levels and increase norepinephrine in the brain. This imbalance is associated with high anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia ADHD, autism, violent behavior and postpartum depression.”

Violent tendencies, mood and behaviors can improve by removing the excesses and/or replacing the missing nutrients. Patients working with Walsh protocol trained integrative doctors worldwide are restoring their brain chemistry and improving their quality of life. Dr. Migliori is a certified Walsh trained physician.

Knowing this truth allows correction of the probable root cause with deep healing for a more joyful life. If this information makes sense to you, please call IMI at 208-426-0052 and schedule an appointment.

Mary Migliori, MD
Director, Integrative Medicine of Idaho
Board Certified in Anesthesiology
Bio-Identical Hormone Specialist Fellow,
Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine Fellow,
American Academy of Ozonotherapy
Phone: 208-426-0052 Fax: 208-344-0136
250 Bobwhite Ct. Ste 110, Boise, ID 83706