Violent Behavior LInked to Nutritional Deficiencies: ‘Their Brains Are Starving’

criminalbrainMore scientific evidence that the problem of violence is one that must be approached from multiple perspectives.

Via MedicalNewsToday:

Deficiencies of vitamins A, D, K, B1, B3, B6, B12 and folate, and of minerals iodine, potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, chromium and manganese can all contribute to mental instability and violent behavior, according to a report published in the Spring 2013 issue of Wise Traditions, the journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation.

The article, Violent Behavior: A Solution in Plain Sight by Sylvia Onusic, PhD, CNS, LDN, seeks reasons for the increase in violent behavior in America, especially among teenagers.

“We can blame violence on the media and on the breakdown of the home,” says Onusic, “but the fact is that a large number of Americans, living mostly on devitalized processed food, are suffering from malnutrition. In many cases, this means their brains are starving.”

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  • symbiont

    Well gee big surprise. Your not going to get away with building and fueling the most complex and chemically sensitive piece of rapidly metabolizing tissue in the known universe out of “junk” food.

    Whats astonishing is that biologists like Katherine Milton have found that since leaving the rain forests we’ve lost 95% of the biochemicals that went into building and maintaining us on a cellular for tens of millions of years. If low amounts of a few chemicals can lead to violence, then imagine what loosing 95%+ of everything involved in the brains construction.

    Anyone who suggests a space shuttle could be engineered out of only 5% of what it should be and actually function right would be deemed nuts. But for some reason no one applies that same simple engineering logic to the organ light years beyond a space shuttle in its complexity.

  • Ted Heistman

    So why do MMA fighters take vitamins? Will they lost their edge if they get too healthy? Am I defining “violence” incorrectly?

    I am skeptical of this.

    • Niklas Beith

      So that’s not being considered a sport anymore. Huh.

    • atlanticus

      “mental instability and violent behavior”

      Meaning, specifically, violent behavior that is stemming from mental instability…not at all the same thing as sport or merely assertive behavior.

      You really can’t tell me that you’ve never seen a (sober), inappropriately violent person acting out (or else you need to get out more)…I don’t know whether or not such people are nutritionally unbalanced, but I do know that these people do, in fact, exist.

  • Ted Heistman

    I don’t think violence per se is really a problem. I think if people in general on an individual level were more assertive, at least, even downright ornery and occasionally violent, there would be no warfare. I think War and militarism requires large numbers of passive, fearful, easily led people, who obey orders. Stanley Milgram experiment writ large happening everyday.

  • Mark johnson

    A study by the Weston A. Price foundation is not reliable. They are not scientific, they are more akin to creationists or the tobacco lobby. The majority of the advice they give flies in the face of peer reviewed scientific findings.

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