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Re: FOOD & BEHAVIOUR

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Matt McEwan <[log in to unmask]>

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Sat, 05 Jun 1999 14:30:53 +1000

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Joe

Although this has nothing to do with physio, I thought I'd add my 2c worth

1) I would without a doubt remove the second amendment immediately,
protection from within probably includes being able to go to school without
10, 12, 14, 16 year old nutcases mowing you down with semi-automatic weapons.
2) The only old chestnut you left out was.."Guns don't kill people, people
etc"
3) You wouldn't be a member of the NRA would you?

Greetings from Downunder


Matt







At 23:07 4/06/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Dear Kevin, The constitution of the US was written to protect its people
>against  aggression from without and aggression from WITHIN. The 2nd
>amendment was not number 2 by accident. We fought a war against your govt to
>protect our rights: the  constitution was written to protect these rights,
>rights for the people, not the government.  Short of changing the amendments
>which I hope you are not advocating, gun control laws have not worked, all
>22,000 of them. I could go on and on. The problems are not guns, when
>someone picks up a gun and shoots some one the problem did not start at that
>time. It began years eariler, the problem is mulitfacited as Mel describes.
> By the way there is a lot of statistical chicanery floating
>round,  ----Original Message-----
>From: kevin reese <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
>Date: Friday, June 04, 1999 7:51 PM
>Subject: Re: FOOD & BEHAVIOUR
>
>
>Dear Mel
>
>I have been for an exceptional night out, so please excuse the standard of
>my typing and response.
>
>Several years ago I saw the statistic that hand gun deaths in the US were
>10450 per annum in the UK 20. Our population is only 1/5 that of the US so
>the above statistic is way out of proportion. Before looking at nutrition
>could I suggest that the accessibility of fire arms in your country is the
>main problem not nutrition.
>
>This right to bare arms business is silly in the 1990's and if dysfunctional
>adults/adolesents have easy access to fire arms only the worst can be
>contemplated. Lobby your government against this foolishness.
>
>Regards Kevin.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
>Date: 04 June 1999 10:34
>Subject: FOOD & BEHAVIOUR
>
>
>It  has been about two months since the tragic murders at Columbine High
>School in our suburb and we have heard psychologists, teachers, politicians,
>crime experts, children and many others presenting their opinions of why a
>dreadful crime could have been perpetrated by school children.
>
>Obviously I could not have heard all the contributors to these discussions,
>but I was wondering if anyone had raised the issue of nutritional factors as
>one of the possible contributory factors in this crime.  Certainly in trying
>to decipher the nature of complex and complicated human behaviour, it would
>be overly simplistic to blame any single factor, just as it is overly
>simplistic to blame a single cardiac risk factor for causing coronary heart
>disease.
>
>Initially it might sound a bit far-fetched to suggest that faulty
>nutritional
>habits could be one of the factors involved in leading to that horrendous
>event, but before we dismiss such a notion at the outset, let us examine
>some
>research which may have a bearing on the issue:
>
>1.   In the 1980s, hardened juvenile delinquents at a detention facility in
>Virginia were fed a balanced diet low in sugar and chemical additives for
>two
>years instead of the typical fast food, low nutrient diet characteristic of
>those age groups.  Over the duration of that study, theft decreased by 77%,
>hyperactivity by 65% and insubordination by 55% (Schoenthaler S “Diet and
>Crime: An empirical examination of the value of nutrition in the control and
>treatment of incarcerated  juvenile offenders’  Intern J of Biosocial
>Research  1983, 4(1): 25-39). The same researcher elaborated on this study
>in
>the next issue of that journal: ‘Types of Offenses which can be reduced in
>an
>Institutional Setting using Nutritional Intervention - A Preliminary
>Empirical Evaluation. 1983, 4(2): 74-84.
>
>2.  Several other studies using diets with low sugar and no chemical
>additives for a total of over 8000 youths in 12 juvenile correctional
>facilities reduced deviant behaviour by 47% (Schoenthaler S “Institutional
>Nutritional Policies and Criminal Behavior’  Nutrition Today  1985, 20(3) :
>16)
>
>3.  In Los Angeles juvenile detention facilities, similar diets administered
>to nearly 1500 adolescents reduced problem behaviour and suicide attempts by
>44% (Schoenthaler S ‘ The Los Angeles Probation Department Diet Behavior
>Program: An Empirical Evaluation of Six Institutions’ Intern J of Biosocial
>Research  1983, 5(2): 88-98
>
>4.  The Lancet reported that 79% of children diagnosed as being hyperactive
>improved when dubious foods were removed from their diets, but deteriorated
>as soon as these additives and suspect foods were reintroduced.  The worst
>offenders were identified as artificial colourants and flavourings, with
>sugar also having a significant effect (Egger J et al  ‘Controlled Trial of
>Oligoantigenic Treatment in the Hyperkinetic Syndrome’  Lancet  1985: 540)
>
>5.  A double-blind, placebo-controlled study in the 1979 Journal of
>Biological Psychiatry showed that large doses of vitamin B6 was more
>effective than Ritalin in reducing hyperactivity in children (cited by
>Autism
>Research Institute, San Diego, June 1992 - see their website:
>http://www.autism.com/ari/ which also reports on the possible role for
>magnesium, vit C and DMG in treating autism).
>
>6.  In a 4 year study (1979-1983), considerable improvement in academic
>performance of over 1 million children at 803 public schools in New York
>city
>took place when only the at-schoolmeals were altered to eliminate artificial
>additives and reduce sugar, while adding fresh fruits, vegetables, whole
>grains and more plant-based proteins (Schoenthaler S  ‘The Impact of a low
>food additive and sucrose diet on Academic Performance in New York Public
>Schools’ Intern J of Biosocial  Research 1986 8(2): 182-195
>
>Besides the implications for the behaviour of children, these studies and
>many others indicate that it is not simply  narcotics, stimulants, hormones,
>LSD and other obviously psychoactive drugs which may modify one’s
>psychological state, but even ones which are far more subtle and which are
>associated with our normal modern eating habits.  Extrapolating this
>directly
>to the world of sport, let us for a moment shift aside our current
>preoccupation with the physiological effects of anabolic-androgenic steroids
>(AAS), prohormones, ephedra, caffeine, energy replacement drinks and other
>substances which are popularly researched in sponsored studies, and ask if
>sufficient attention is being focused on the psychological effects of these
>drugs, as well as other constituents of one’s normal daily diet, insofar as
>this may affect sporting performance.
>
>Dr Mel C Siff
>Denver, USA
>[log in to unmask]
>
>
>
>


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