Category Archives: Aggression

O’Nions 2016: Identifying features of ‘pathological demand avoidance’ using the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO)

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European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 2016 April; 25(4): 407-19 The term “pathological demand avoidance” (PDA) describes children or adults within the autism spectrum who exhibit obsessive resistance to everyday demands and requests.  In this study, the authors determined specific differences … Continue reading

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Hormann 2014: Holding Thermal Receipt Paper and Eating Food after Using Hand Sanitizer Results in High Serum Bioactive and Urine Total Levels of Bisphenol A (BPA)

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PLoS One. 2014 Oct 22;9(10): e110509. If you must handle thermal receipts, don’t use sanitizers or hand lotion – both often contain chemicals that will encourage the BPA to slide right through your skin. In the experiment described in this … Continue reading

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Liu 2005: Biosocial bases of aggressive and violent behavior — implications for nursing studies

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International Journal of Nursing Studies, 2005 Feb;42(2):229-41 In this review, it is noted that deficiencies in cholesterol, tryptophan (an amino acid), protein, iron, or zinc are each connected to an increase in aggression as well as cognitive and behavior problems.  … Continue reading

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Gesch 2002: Influence of supplementary vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids on the antisocial behaviour of young adult prisoners

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British Journal of Psychiatry (2002), 181,22–28 This was a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised study of 231 young adult prisoners.   They were given nutritional supplements used in England, and their disciplinary offenses before and after were compared. QUOTE:  “Conclusions: Antisocial behaviour … Continue reading

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Horrocks 1999: Health benefits of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)

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Pharmacological Research, 1999.  Sep;40 (3):211-25 DHA  and EPA are long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.  This review lists the many benefits of these as well as the effects of a deficiency in both infants and adults. QUOTE:  “… deficiencies of DHA are … Continue reading

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Dykman 1998: Effect of nutritional supplements on attentional-deficit hyperactivity disorder

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Integrative Physiological and Behavioral Science, 1998,  Jan-Mar;33(1):49-60 This was a small study of 17 children, some on medications and some not.  During the study, some of those on medication had their meds reduced by half and some did not.  For … Continue reading

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Vojdani 2015: Immune reactivity to food coloring

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Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 2015. 21 Suppl 1:52-62. During the past 50 years, the amount of synthetic dye used in foods has increased by 500%.  At the same time, there has been an alarming rise in behavioral problems … Continue reading

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Pelsser 2009: A randomised controlled trial into the effects of food on ADHD

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European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 2009 Jan;18(1):12-9. In a randomized controlled trial in the Netherlands, 27 children were assigned either to an elimination diet or to a “waiting list” control group for 5 weeks, beginning after a 2-week “baseline” diet … Continue reading

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Lien 2006: Consumption of soft drinks and hyperactivity, mental distress, and conduct problems among adolescents in Oslo, Norway

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American Journal of Public Health, 2006. Oct;96(10):1815-20 The authors surveyed almost 5,500 students in 10th grade to see how many sugar-containing soft drinks they consumed per day and to assess their mental health and conduct. AUTHORS’ CONCLUSIONS:  “High consumption levels … Continue reading

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Bennett 1998 The Shipley Project: Treating Food Allergy to Prevent Criminal Behaviour in Community Settings

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Journal of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine , Vol.8, No.1, Mar.1998, pp.77-83 All 9 children with disruptive and/or criminal behavior in this study were found to have a number of food allergies or intolerances and mineral imbalances, particularly zinc. Three also … Continue reading

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Starobrat-Hermelin 1998:   The effect of deficiency of selected bioelements on hyperactivity in children with certain specified mental disorders

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Annales Academiae Medicae Stetinensis, 1998;44:297-314 Deficiencies of magnesium, copper, zinc, calcium, and iron occur more in children with ADHD, and magnesium deficiency is the most frequent.   Starobrat-Hermelin studied a group of 110 hyperactive children who also had a variety … Continue reading

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Bennett 1997: The Health of Criminals Related to Behaviour, Food, Allergy and Nutrition: A Controlled Study of 100 Persistent Young Offenders

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Journal of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine, Vol.7, No.4 Dec 1997 pp.359-366 About 75% of persistent young offenders have behaviors linked to food sensitivity and nutrition problems; only 18% of young non-offenders have such problems. MedLine || Full Text || Get Password

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Schmidt 1997: Does oligoantigenic diet influence hyperactive/conduct-disordered children–a controlled trial

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European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 1997. Jun;6(2):88-95. Fig. 1 Study design Schmidt compared the effectiveness of an oligoantigenic (few foods) diet with Ritalin for hyperactive disruptive children (today called conduct disorder).   44% responded to Ritalin while 24% responded equally well … Continue reading

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Schoenthaler 1991: Applied Nutrition and Behavior

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Journal of Applied Nutrition, November 1, 1991, Vol. 43. In a review of diet changes made in 813 prisons in California, implementation of “nutrient dense diets” resulted in “significantly improved conduct, intelligence, and/or academic performance” Full Text || Get Password

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Menzies 1984: Disturbed children: the role of food and chemical sensitivities

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Nutrition and Health. 1984; 3(1-2): 39-54. Menzies reviews the existing literature and presents a number of case studies of children with idiosyncratic responses to foods and additives. QUOTE:  “Perhaps not enough attention has been paid to the role of biological … Continue reading

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Feingold 1979: Dietary management of juvenile delinquency

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International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 1979. Vol 23(1) 73-84. QUOTE:  “This disenchantment with present-day rehabilitation techniques prompted the Ford Foundation in its annual report for 1977 to recommend that the role in delinquency of biochemical and organic … Continue reading

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Rose 1978: The functional relationship between artificial food colors and hyperactivity.

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Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis 1978 Winter; 11(4):439-46 This was a double-blind study on two girls who had been on the Feingold diet for almost a year. Trained observers watched them in school and reported on the frequency of the … Continue reading

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