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Psychiatric Biotypes of Schizophrenia

Posted on 16th January, by Westcoast Integrative Health in Psychology - Mind Body, Uncategorized. Comments Off

Psychiatric Biotypes of Schizophrenia

The book Nutrient Power by Dr William Walsh outlines ground breaking work in functional psychiatry. The problem is that he has been publishing his work for the last 30 years … and I only discovered his work within the last year. It really makes me wonder what conventional medicine is waiting for sometimes. According to his research, the positive outcomes he achieved for very sick patients suffering from Schizophrenia was over 90%. And with medication so poorly tolerated by this specific psychiatric population, it makes no sense for “western” medicine not to take a serious look at this work.

Schizophrenia affects roughly 1% of the population, but even with a relatively small prevalence compared to depression,  this condition can have devastating effects on relationships. Suffers tend to have delusions as one of the more common manifestations of the disease, which typically involves people being “out to get them” and a lot of the time this can be a direct family member that is actually the one trying to help the person. This is likely why family’s of people with this devastating disease are actually broken apart and many times sufferers do not receive the medical attention they need and end up on the street.

Parallel to the work of Dr Abram Hoffer, the father of orthomolecular medicine, and Dr Carl Pfeiffer a well known pioneer in orthomolecular psychiatry, I believe Dr Walsh takes this work one step further. Dr Walsh proposes fairly simple categorizations of the condition with objective measures of assessment which is likely why his treatments are so successful. Essentially he uses 5 “biotypes” that categorize patients based on laboratory evaluation. The biotypes are overmethylators (42%), undermethylators (28%), pyrrole disorders (20%), gluten intolerance (4%) and other (6%). The other category may include problems like heavy metal toxicity, including the toxicity of copper, mercury or lead, among other toxins.

The common symptom profiles for three of these different biotypes are as follows and specific testing should be done to determine a biotype before any treatment is recommended. Walsh takes this one step further in suggesting that there is a degree of medical misconduct if at least some of the evaluations for his subtypes are not completed prior to treatment.

Next blog I will be looking at depression!


Overmethylated Schizophrenics Undermethylated Schizophrenia Pyrrole
Auditory hallucinationsHigh Anxiety and Panic


Low Libido


Low Histamine



Sleep Disorder


Upper body/Neck and Head Pain


Low Basophils

Tendency to be overweight

Nervous legs, pacing

Postpardum onset

Adverse reaction to SSRI

Improvement with Benzos

Dry eyes and mouth

Low motivation

High pain threshold

Paranoid – Schizo Dx

Food sensitivities

Artistic or Musical

Copper overload

Antihistamines intolerance

Adverse rxn to SAMe

Improvement w lithium

History of eczema



Absence of seasonal allergies

Frenetic activity

Severe delusionsHistory of perfectionism

Seasonal inhalants allergies

Very high libido

Dx of delusional disorder

OCD tendencies

Self-motivated in school

Dietary inflexibility

Dx of Schizoaffective

Adverse reaction to benzos

Good response to antihistamines

High fluidity (tears, saliva)

High accomplishment

Adverse reaction to folic

Sparse hair growth




Infrequent speech



Belief that people are after them

Low pain tolerance





Larger nose and ears

Prior dx of OCD


Calm demeanour but high inner tension

Frequent Headaches

Family history of high accomplishment

Blank-minded appearance

Poor concentration

Social isolation

Extreme mood swingsSensitivity to light and noise

Poor stress control

Severe anxiety

Little or no dream recall

Morning nausea

Very dry skin

Pale; inability to tan

High irritability

Severe oxidation

Affinity for spicy food

Abnormal fat distribution

Delicate facial features

Extreme moods

History of reading problems


Autoimmune disorders

While spots on nails

Stretch marks

Coarse eyebrows

Poor growth

Fear of airplane travel

Obsessive negative thoughts

Delayed puberty

Severe depression

Dark or mauve-colored urine

Abnormal EEG

Sever inner tension

Frequent infections

Premature greying

Abnormal menstrual periods

LUQ pain or Spleen Pain

Severe anxiety

Historic behaviour

Join pains

poor wound healing


Tendency to stay up late

Counselling may also be helpful. Consider Betterhelp – https://www.betterhelp.com/start/


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