There is evidence to suggest that chemical imbalances in the body may be as important an influence on behaviour as is poverty, abuse and other environmental factors, which traditionally have been accepted as the root causes of aberrant behaviour (Walsh, Glab & Haakenson, 2004). Biochemical therapy is aimed at overcoming genetic or acquired abnormalities in neurotransmitter (brain chemicals) precursors and additional body chemicals. In a 2004 study, researchers from the Pfeiffer Treatment Centre in the United States measured the effectiveness of biochemical therapy on 207 consecutive patients presenting with a diagnosed behaviour disorder (Walsh, Glab & Haakenson, 2004). In this study, it was shown that 75.4 percent of subjects exhibited elevated serum copper and depressed plasma zinc (associated with episodic rage disorder, attention deficit disorder & hyperactivity), 29.5 percent showed depressed histamine levels (associated with anxiety, paranoia and depression), 37.7 percent showed elevated blood histamine (associated with depression, seasonal allergies & obessive compulsive tendencies), 32.9 percent presented with elevated Mauve Factor/pyrrole disorder (associated with poor stress control and explosive anger), 17.9 percent presented with elevated levels of lead and cadmium (associated with academic underachievement), 30.4 percent exhibited a tendency towards unusually low blood glucose levels (associated with behavioural disorders) and 15.5 percent exhibited a malabsorption syndrome (associated with irritability, impulsivity and underachievement). Following biochemical treatments 88 percent of compliant patients showed a reduced frequency of destructive incidents, with 53 percent of patients no longer showing destructive behaviours.
Walsh, W.J., Glab, L.B. & Haakenson, M.L. 2004. Reduced violent behaviour following biochemical therapy. Physiology and Behaviour, 82, 835-839.