Back to the Basics
[ Understanding the relationships between food, behavior, and learning ability.]

Barbara J. Reed
Chief probation Officer
Municipal Court of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

JUDGES
HON. WILLIAM B. PIKE
HON. JAMES M. BIERCE

– How one probation officer uses nutrition to improve the health and maintain the attention of clients referred by the court.

[ Barbara Reed put together an information package that she made available to interested parties.   This presentation is based on her work, and includes most of it on several of my web pages, which are linked to from here. — Tommy — ]


Low Blood Sugar, also called Hypoglycemia or Sub-clinical Pellagra ...

is the introductory stage of schizophrenia, which can produce extreme mental and physical stresses that can also result in anti-social behavior and physical deterioration.
[ pel·lag·ra n.  A disease caused by a deficiency of niacin and protein in the diet and characterized by skin eruptions, digestive and nervous system disturbances, and eventual mental deterioration.]


Experts think that low blood sugar condition (hypoglycemia) is five to ten times more frequent than diabetes in the U.S.A.  Roberts and Hurdle estimate that 50 million Americans suffer from it.  Nittler thinks the real number is much higher, and closer to 80% of the population.  Almost all the alcoholics have this condition and about 40% of neurotics and psychotics can contribute part of their problems to low blood sugar.

In spite of the fact that the low blood sugar condition was discovered in 1924 by Dr. Seale Harris, M.D. who 23 years later received the Distinguished Service Medal for his research from the American Medical Association, it is still hard to find a physician who has an updated knowledge in this field.

The reason for this lack of knowledge is that low blood sugar condition is not taught in sufficient detail during the medical training. Physicians have to acquire this knowledge privately. Their attention is called to it frequently by books written by their colleagues, for the general public.

Bad behavior in children, criminal action in adults, vandalism in teenagers may be due to hypoglycemia.

Marital difficulties originating from seeming laziness, luck of love, unfaithfulness, irritability, violence and other "personality changes" may be low blood sugar symptoms.

Asthma, rheumatic fever, polio, epilepsy and gastric ulcer may be connected with hypoglycemia.

A child with low blood sugar won't be able to learn properly.   If not addressed early in his life, anti-social behavior will become his norm.

Sometimes it's hard to grasp why nutritional chemistry has so much to do with psychiatry. We are used to thinking if someone has something wrong with their mind, it's "mental".  Most psychiatrists practice psychotherapy, operating on the premise that the problem is "all in your mind" and can be talked away. For much "mental" illness this is not true. The brain is part of the body, and this physical organ requires proper molecular chemistry in order to work right. Since the brain houses our thoughts and emotions, and is the coordinator for our senses, a chemically imbalanced brain will express itself by disordered thoughts (delusions) and emotional upsets, as well as disturbances in sensory perception (hallucinations).

Many "strange symptoms" that baffle most doctors are the result of low blood sugar and the metabolic imbalances that ensue.   This story of Victor – a boy with symptoms of hypoglycemia – will bring home the point that low blood sugar should be tested for before any medications are prescribed for behavioral problems.

In the mid 1970s I obtained an information package from Barbara Reed, Chief probation Officer Municipal Court of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.  After an intensive study she became convinced that many of the people being referred to her by the court system were suffering from hypoglycemia.  Barbara Reed developed a very successful program that used nutrition to improve the health and maintain the attention of clients referred to her by the court.

Her presentation "Back to the Basics" is a masterful work that will help us unlock the full and true potential of our children.   And, will help YOU be, the best you can be!!!     — Tommy —


Barbara J. Reed 
 
Chief probation Officer 
 
Municipal Court of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio I have worked as an adult probation officer with the Municipal Courts (misdemeanors) for almost 15 years. During those years I have personally worked with around 3,000 individuals. During those years I have also watched Judges struggle to know what to do with people before them who were obviously ill, alcoholic, drug dependent, or otherwise caught in the "revolving door".

As early as 1965, I began to be aware that women picked up for shoplifting for the first time at an age of 30 or over, seemed to be ill with anemia, thyroid problems, menopause, etc.

Since my own health had been very poor at age 33 (after undergoing a very stressful tragedy), and I had corrected it through improved nutrition, my suspicions were aroused as to whether this was the underlying problem with the shoplifters. From this natural beginning, I began to read everything available on the subject of nutrition. I attended lectures and viewed videotapes on schizophrenia and hypoglycemia.

In 1973, I discovered the enclosed pamphlet on Low Blood Sugar, which listed symptoms as well as the diet to correct the health. Once I began to use the list of symptoms of low blood sugar to help the people through my office identify how they really felt, rapid progress began.

In the following pages you will find a list of suggested reading material, guidelines on using our same method, referral suggestions, etc. Response to recent publicity has been tremendous throughout the nation. Please know that this handbook has been prepared hastily in order to try to answer the many questions.

Barbara J. Reed


Books

A PHYSICIAN'S HANDBOOK on ORTHOMOLECULAR MEDICINE, Edited by Roger J. Williams, University of Texas and Dwight K. Kalita 1977, 250 pp., Pergamon Press Inc., $15.00

NUTRITION ALMANAC, Nutrition Search, Inc., 1975, 263 pp., McGraw-Hill Paperbacks, $5.95

ALCOHOLISM – THE NUTRITIONAL APPROACH, by Roger J. Williams (University of Texas Press, Austin, 1959, 118 pages, $3.95)

PSYCHODIETETICS, Dr. E. Cheraskin, Dr. W.M. Ringsdorf, Jr. and Arline Brecher, 1974, Bantam Books, $1.95

LOW BLOOD SUGAR AND YOU, Carlton Fredericks, Ph.D. and Herman Goodman, M.D. (Constellation International, 51 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y., 1969, 190 pages. $5.95)

NATURAL HEALTH, SUGAR AND THE CRIMINAL MIND, by J. I. Rodale (Pyramid Books, 444 Madison Ave., N. Y., N. Y. 10022, 1968, 189 pages, 95 cents.)

BODY, MIND AND SUGAR, by E.M. Abrahamson, M.D. and A. W. Pezet, (Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 383 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017, 1951,1967, 206 pages, $3.95)

THE STRESS OF LIFE, Hans Selye, M.D. (McGraw-Hill Book Co., 330 West 42 St., N.Y., N.Y. 10036, 1956, 324 pp, $2.75)

WHY YOUR CHILD IS HYPERACTIVE, Benjamin Feingold, M.D., (Random Rouse, 1975)

GOODBYE ALLERGIES, Tom R. Blaine, (The Citadel Press, 222 Park Ave. South, N.Y., N.Y. 10003, 1965, 159 pp, $4.95 & $2.00)

HOW TO LIVE WITH HYPOGLYCEMIA, Charles Weller, M.D., and Brian R. Boylan (Doubleday and Co., Inc., Garden City, N.Y. 1968, 130 pages, $4.50)

MENTAL HEALTH THROUGH NUTRITION, T. R. Blaine (The Citadel Press, 1969, 203 pp, $5.95)

LOW BLOOD SUGAR – THE HIDDEN MENACE OF HYPOGLYCEMIA, Dlement G. Martin, M.D. (ARC Books, Inc., 219 Park Ave., South, New York, N.Y. 10003, 1970, 185 pages, paperback, $1.65)

LOW BLOOD SUGAR: A DOCTOR'S GUIDE TO ITS EFFECTIVE CONTROL, J. Frank Hurdle, M.D. (parker, West Nyack, N.Y., 1970, $6.95)


THE PURPOSE OF THIS MANUAL

... is to promote the awareness of the connection between anti-social or criminal behavior and an imbalance in the body chemistry often caused by low blood sugar and/or allergies. Over the past six years, it has become very obvious that many persons referred through the Probation Department have been ill.

Since 1973, we have been using a list of symptoms of Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia) printed in a pamphlet developed by an Orthomolecular physician in Cleveland, Ohio. {A copy of the pamphlet and the list of symptoms are enclosed in this Manual.}

We have also found a quiz of 24 questions developed by the Schizophrenic's Anonymous to be most helpful in determining if things have gotten out of perspective for the individual. When there are more than 5 "Yes" answers, we look for the source of the problem. {A copy of this list is enclosed.}

Simply put, many people caught in the Court System have been loaded down with stress. Stress can create havoc whether it comes from lack of proper diet, emotional turmoil, alcohol, etc.


OUR TECHNIQUE

... in pinpointing the source of stress consists of the following steps taken during the pre-sentence investigation or period of probation:

1. When a person is referred to the department, he/she is given both lists of symptoms and asked to candidly complete all three pages. The individual is not told what the quiz is all about until after completing. They usually think it is a psychological test. We have found that just about everybody is honest with the answers. Many have stated that nobody had ever been that interested in how they really felt.

2. On the first appointment and interview, the person is asked to write down his/her version of what had happened to cause the arrest.

3. Also, during the first interview, a complete social history is taken, including the health background of the individual and that of each member of the family, including parents and grandparents. It is astonishing as to how many of the parents and/or grandparents are diabetics. We have not yet done a statistical work-up as to the percentage of people we see with a diabetic or hypoglycemic background but we are aware that it is very high.

4. The symptoms indicated on the lists are carefully reviewed with the person. Daily eating and drinking habits are also carefully gone over and discussed.

5. If 12–15 symptoms are indicated, they are encouraged to take a good look at their eating habits and it is suggested they try to eliminate refined sugar and flour from their diet.

6. If 15–25 symptoms are indicated, the person is strongly urged to follow the enclosed nutritional diet and suggested supplements. When this is done, the person reports a very fine change in how he or she feels within a very few days.

7. When symptoms number more than 25, many have obtained a glucose tolerance test which has been positive and reflected hypoglycemia in almost every instance. Even when the test proved negative in the two or three cases, the people reported they felt much better with the improved diet and supplements.

8. Those who indicated 40, 50, or more symptoms have usually already experienced confinement in a mental hospital or the psychiatric ward of another hospital, or jail. When possible, these people have been referred to Dr. Baron, Baron Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Baron is an Orthomolecular psychiatrist who specializes in nutrition and preventive medicine. (During the initial 6-hour visit, several tests are administered, which include: urinalysis, hair analysis, 5–6 hour glucose tolerance test, blood chemistry, thyroid test, etc. Once the diagnosis is made, the body chemistry is corrected and good health is restored. Through the hair analysis, heavy metals have been detected in the bodies of quite a number of males referred to this Probation Department for the offense of Public Indecency.)

9. Along with the improved diet, the person is urged to begin an exercise program, which includes walking, swimming, running, tennis, etc. Refreshing, sound sleep is a bonus that follows the combination of the above, and stress is reduced or eliminated.

AS THE PERSON FEELS BETTER – counseling is easier and is retained. Depression is relieved, judgment improves, and self-discipline improves. My work is more effective and lasting. At the end of probation, they are again given the three-page quiz and this is compared with how they felt in the beginning. Each person is encouraged to continue the program.


PSYCHODIETETICS – Pages 44 through 46

What kind of an ailment is alcoholism? A great many researchers who have lifted the alcoholic off the couch and placed him under the microscope are convinced that uncontrolled drinking is a metabolic disorder that can be treated by nutritional therapy.

Dr. Roger Williams pulls no punches when he categorically states that no one who follows good nutritional practices ever becomes an alcoholic. In Nutrition Against Disease, he backs up his contention: "The fact that some individuals become alcoholics ... and others, under similar circumstances, do not, is inescapable and is of the utmost importance in understanding the disease." Doctors are, of course, aware of the fact that alcoholics frequently suffer from malnutrition. But, as Dr. Williams points out, they assume the malnutrition to be the result of the alcoholism, not a contributing factor. Malnutrition of the brain cells is simply not considered as a cause of alcoholism.

Dr. Williams has moved beyond theory: he has proved that the wrong diet can create an alcoholic. Using the rat for testing, Williams and his colleagues have shown that diets deficient in essential nutrients encourage alcoholic consumption in animals, and that adding the missing nutrients to their food can reverse their drinking habits.

This research was duplicated at Loma Linda University in California by investigators who induced a craving for alcohol in rats by feeding them a diet high in refined carbohydrates, low in vitamins, minerals, and proteins. The rats were not psychologically stressed: they were not raised by "mean parents," but they turned eagerly to drink when deprived of proper diet.

Thirty rats were divided into three groups for a sixteen-week study. One group remained on the high-carbohydrate diet: another group ate the same diet supplemented with vitamins and minerals: and a third group consumed a balanced human diet.

The result? Given a choice between plain drinking water and a 10 percent solution of ethyl alcohol, the rats on the high-carbohydrate diet drank, on an average, fifty millimeters – the equivalent of what would be a quart of 100-proof whiskey a day for an adult man. The rats on the fortified high carbohydrate diet drank only one third as much alcohol, while those on the well-balanced human diet generally preferred plain water.

Dietary manipulation can turn teetotalers into alcoholics. Twenty percent of a group of rats maintained on the high-carbohydrate diet for five weeks did not develop the taste for alcohol until sugar was added to the solution. These rats then turned into the heaviest drinkers of all. When switched onto a balanced diet, they gradually became ex-alcoholics.

A Lorna Linda University group headed by Dr. U. D. Register conducted a study to determine whether a typical "teen-age diet," known to be nutritionally marginal rather than totally deficient could also cause a craving for alcohol in rats.

Each rat was allowed the choice of drinking a solution composed of 10 percent alcohol and 90 percent water or simply plain water. Their basic diet consisted of glazed doughnuts, sweetened soft rolls, hot dogs, carbonated beverages, spaghetti and meatballs, apple pie and chocolate cake, white bread, green beans, tossed salad, candy and cookies.

This diet, which might sound disturbingly familiar to many a parent, is marginally deficient in protein, vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C, iron and calcium vitally needed trace minerals and lesser-known nutrients are also substandard.

The control diet contained adequate levels of all nutrients as compared with recommended intakes for adolescents. It was composed of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, whole-wheat flour, cottonseed oil, sugar, and whole-milk powder.

Rats fed the control diet maintained a low intake level of alcohol. Those fed the marginal teen-age diet tippled freely. They drank even more when coffee or caffeine was added to the teen-age diet. Adding a vitamin supplement greatly reduced alcohol intake.

The heaviest drinkers among the rats could be switched in and out of their alcoholic behavior by a change in diet.

Experiments like these reinforce the idea of a metabolic control mechanism, sensitive to dietary factors, that creates a biologic thirst for alcohol. They also offer some rationale for the ever-rising-alcohol problem that educators have decried among high school and college students.

The diets described in these experiments might seem quite normal to those who are not aware that heavy consumption of refined carbohydrates creates a dramatic fluctuation in blood-sugar levels. Such disturbances in sugar metabolism cause a condition known as functional hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. It exists in 70 to 90 percent of alcoholics, seriously impairing their physical and emotional stability and hampering their recovery.

Reported in the July 30, 1971 issue of "Science" — Dr. Irving Geller, Chairman of the Department of Experimental Pharmacology at the Southwest Foundation for Research and Education in San Antonio, Texas, was subjecting laboratory rats to various types of stress in an attempt to induce them to drink alcohol.

The rats, however, clearly preferred plain water except on weekends when they would go on real alcoholic binges. This was perplexing at first but it was noted that the automatic time switch on the lights was out of order and the rats were being left in continuous darkness over weekends. Another group of laboratory rats was kept in total darkness without subjecting them to any anxiety stress and their preference also switched from plain water to water with alcohol added. In his article, Dr. Geller refers to this “darkness-induced drinking phenomenon” and relates it to the work reported in 1963 by Nobel Prize winner Dr. Julius Axelrod, who found that the rat pineal gland produced more of the enzyme melatonin during the dark nighttime period than when it was light.

Dr. Geller then gave injections of pineal melatonin to rats kept on a regular light-dark cycle and without being subjected to any anxiety. The injections alone turned these rats into alcoholics.

Read more about "Health and Light"


TESTS

Please answer the following questions with YES or NO.

1. Do you feel sick all the time?

2. Are you tired all the time?

3. Are you always alone?

4. Are you shy?

5. Are you a school dropout?

6. Did your grades drop when you reached junior high?

7. Would you rather stay inside than meet people?

8. Are you often depressed and unhappy?

9. Are you afraid of heights, bridges, etc.?

10. Do you sometimes have blurred vision?

11. Do you have frequent mood changes?

12. Do you find it difficult to concentrate?

13. Do you have trouble holding a job?

14. Do you often find people are against you?   Family?   Boss?

15. Does your family call you stupid and lazy?

16. Do you use drugs or alcohol to escape from misery?

17. Have you had thoughts of suicide?

18. Do you have, a quick temper?

19. Are you often fidgety and nervous?

20. Are you a chain smoker?

21. Do you have trouble sleeping?

22. Do you feel, tense or depressed for no apparent reason?

23. Have you ever had a so-called nervous breakdown?

24. Would you prefer to separate from your friends or family rather than face reality?

25. At times does your mind go blank?

26. Are you easily confused?

27. Are you forgetful?

28. Occasionally do you have difficulty with concentration?

29. Are you an underachiever now in school or in work?

30. Do you lose your temper easily?

31. Do you have difficulty in controlling your emotions?

32. Do you have excessive sexual desires?

33. Males: Are you impotent?   Females: Are you frigid?

34. Do you neglect cleanliness and appearance?

35. Do you have difficulty in keeping your jobs?

36. Are you impatient?

37. Do you have trouble getting along with others easily?

38. Do certain thing irritate you very much?

39. Are you depressed, blue?

40. Have you lost interest in your work?

41. Are you tired of living?

42. Are you very nervous?

43. Has your life become aimless?

44. Are you anxious and afraid but do not know why?

45. Do you have a feeling of impeding danger?

46. Do you feel very tense?

47. Do you have groundless fears, phobias?

48. Do you have crying spells?

49. Do you feel very restless?

50. Do you have suicidal tendencies?

51. Do you easily become violent?

52. Do you have a desire to cause damage to others?

53. Do you want revenge on society?

54. Does your vision occasionally become blurred or double?

55. Does sunlight hurt your eyes?

56. Do you feel dizzy or black out, especially when you suddenly stand up?

57. Are you dizzy, stagger or weave in the morning or before meals?

58. Do you have fainting spells?

59. Are you very exhausted, especially in the morning?

60. Do you generally feel very tired and weak?

61. Are you very weak both in the morning and mid-afternoon?

62. Do you feel best after a good meal?

63. Are you stuffy or sleepy after eating sweets or other starchy foods?

64. Are you very sleepy during the daytime?

65. Can you sleep well during the night?

66. Do you wake up and cannot go back to sleep?

67. Is your sleep deep but not refreshing?

68. Do you have cold sweats during the night?

69. Do you have no muscular strength upon awakening?

70. Do you need the stimulation of alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, or drugs?

71. Do you feel well after eating candy, cakes, or drinking soft/drinks?

72. Does alcohol, sweets and coffee make you feel very bad?

73. Do you have constipation?

74. Do you have alternating constipation and diarrhea?

75. Do you have abdominal distress?

76. Do you suffer from motion sickness?

77. Sometimes have you lost your appetite entirely?

78. Are you occasionally ravenously hungry?

79. Are you overweight?

80. Do you suffer from continuous indigestion?

81. Do you have frequent bloating?

82. Does a little alcohol make you drunk?

83. Do you crave salt?

84. Do you have terrible headaches?

85. Do you sometimes feel a pain across your left shoulder in the direction of your collarbone, or in the back of your neck?

86. Do you suffer from heat exhaustion?

87. Do you have swelling in your hands and feet?

88. Is your mouth very dry?

89. Do you have a skin disease?

90. Do your hands and legs feel cold?

91. Do you sweat exceedingly?

92. Do your hands perspire when you are excited?

93. Is your skin dry and scaly?

94. Do you perspire little except underarms and the palms during stress?

95. Do your limbs feel numb?

96. Do you get a tingling feeling in your lips or fingers?

97. Do you sometimes wake up in a sweat at night?

98. Do you have allergies, asthma?

99. Does your heart occasionally beat very fast?

100. Do you sometimes tremble inside?

101. Do you catch a cold easily?

102. Are you very susceptible to infectious diseases?

103. Do you have aching joints?

104. Do your muscles twitch occasionally?

105. Do you sometimes have cramps?

106. Have you had occasional convulsions?

107. Women: Were you depressed after childbirth?

108. Women: Did you have miscarriages, or premature births?

109. Do you crave sweets and cakes, or pastry?

110. Do you drink very little water?

111. Do you drink much coffee or tea every day?   (About ____ cups)

112. Do you like Cola and other soft drinks?   (Drink about ____ bottles day)

113. Do you drink alcoholic beverages daily?   (____ bottles of beer)

114. Are you a chain smoker?

We have found that questions, rather than statements, are easier for the clients to answer.


SUGGESTED HYPOGLYCEMIA DIET

ALLOWED FOODS


PROTEIN: (fresh or frozen)

All unprocessed lean meats – beef, pork, lamb, chicken, fish, turkey, eggs, cheese, yogurt.

VEGETABLES: (fresh or frozen)

(Eat many raw or lightly cooked) Artichoke, Asparagus, Avocado, Beet greens, Black-eyed peas, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrots, Celery, Collards, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Kale, Lentils, Lettuce, Lima Beans, Mustard greens, Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Pumpkin seeds, Radishes, sauerkraut, Soy Beans, Spinach, Squash, String beans, Sunflower seeds, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips, Turnip greens, Water Cress (Home-made soups).

FRUITS: (fresh or frozen) Apples, Apricots, Berries, Cherries, Fresh Coconut, Grapefruit, Kumquats, Lemons, Limes, Mango, Melon, Papaya, Peaches, Pears, Pineapple and Tangerines. (You may eat with cream but no sugar.)

JUICES: (fresh or frozen) Apple, Cranapple, Grapefruit, Orange, Pineapple, Tomato, Vegetable, Vegemato, V-8.

Beverages: Any of the above juices, plain buttermilk, herb teas, fresca, vichy, kefir, carob – no sweetener. (You may also drink milk moderately unless you have a bad reaction to milk.)


SNACKS:

Raw sunflower seeds
Raw pumpkin seeds
Popcorn
Banana chips
Granola
Hard-boiled egg
Blueberries
Cantaloupe
Avocado
Dried Pineapple rings
Sprouts (sunflower, soy, alfalfa)
Cottage cheese
Cheese slices.
Cold roast beef
Cold chicken
Yogurt (plain or with blueberries, nuts, or other fresh fruit.)
Nut mix – raw
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Pretzels
Pepperidge Farm Mixed Suits: Pretzel cheese or Green Onion

NOTE: Use cold pressed oil for cooking or salad dressings.

Also its best to use apple cider vinegar. (At Health Stores)
Eat only whole grain breads. (Wheat, soy, rye, corn, or oatmeal – no preservatives.).

THIRST UENCHER: Squeeze juice of 1 lime or lemon in gallon of bottled water. Keep in refrigerator and drink often.


IT IS POSSIBLE FOR A PERSON TO BE ALLERGIC TO ANYTHING.

When a food causes irritability, depression, or other bad reaction, you should eliminate it from your diet.

VARY YOUR FOODS. You should not eat the same food more than once every four days if possible.


STRICTLY FORBIDDEN FOODS

Avoid ALL refined sugar and flour – or products made with them.

Avoid foods with artificial additives, coloring, preservatives, or sweeteners. (Read labels)

Do NOT consume: Bakery products such as pastries, cakes, pie, puddings, sweet custard, sweet jelly or marmalade, Jell-O, ice cream, chocolate (candy or otherwise).

Avoid coffee, coffee substitutes, tea and other beverages containing caffeine such as: Coca Cola, Pepsi Cola and other pop (diet or otherwise), Ovaltine, Postum or hot chocolate.
{Substitute instead: the listed juices, herb teas, etc.}

Avoid grapes, prunes, dates, raisins, figs, bananas, plums. (At least for 4 to 6 months, due to high natural sugar content.)

Avoid pre-packaged instant foods.

Avoid starches such as: Macaroni, spaghetti, rice, noodles (except soy noodles) potatoes, ravioli, pizza, navy and kidney beans.

Avoid medications containing caffeine.

Avoid Beer, Cocktails, Cordials, Wines.


EATING PATTERN

Upon arising – 4 oz. vegetable, fruit, or tomato juice. Good protein breakfast within 20 minutes of juice.

Mid-morning (or two hours later) snack from snack list.

Lunch – protein with raw salad.

Mid-afternoon snack – Yogurt, buttermilk or vegetable juice.

1/2 hour before dinner – 4 oz. juice

Dinner – protein with lightly cooked vegetables from list + raw salad. (Fresh fruit for desert)

Light evening snacks – each 2-hours until bed – from snack list.

When following this eating pattern with the foods recommended, a positive change should be noted within four to six days. Continue the pattern for 2 to 6 months. As your body becomes balanced an "avoided" food may sometimes be eaten with no ill effects. If it causes you problems, eliminate it from your diet completely.


About Supplements

We have found that people who indicate 15 or more symptoms on the enclosed quiz improve their health and attitude much more rapidly if they also take supplements along with their more nutritional diet.

We have found the following to be the most effective and recommend highly that they be given a try:

B-Complex-50 – 1 or 2 with each meal, according to body weight.

Vitamin C – (1,000 mg.) – 1 or 2 with each meal

[Smokers require more Vitamin C than non-smokers]

Vitamin E – (100 IU) – 1 with each meal Multi-Mineral Supplement – take as directed.

Papaya Enzymes – take as directed (aids digestion)

Vitamin A – 7,500 to 10,000 units daily.

(Chromium has been found to be most helpful to those with alcohol problems.)

— Vitamins and minerals should be obtained from Health Food Stores —

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Research shows that eating a good high-protein breakfast helps prevent decreased physical and mental efficiency in the late morning hours. This applies to everyone regardless of sex or age. (A poor attitude toward schoolwork and decreased scholastic attainments have often been noted in youngsters who skip breakfast.) Those who claim they do not have time for breakfast would do well to try the following:

    6 ounces of unsweetened juice
    (Start blender on low)
    Then Add ...
    2 tablespoons Protein powder (or liquid protein)
    1 teaspoon powdered Brewer's yeast*.
    1 teaspoon cold pressed Safflower oil.
    1 teaspoon RAW honey (optional)
    (Raw egg yolk (not the white) may be added if desired)
    Blend for about 30 seconds – drink slowly   take supplements.

    Suggested juices: Cranapple, apple, grapefruit, pineapple, etc.

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*Brewer's yeast will taste "strange" to most people, however it is one of nature's finest foods and high in B-Complex. The drink will give steady, calm energy that more than makes up for the taste. As a matter-of-fact, the taste buds soon change and the drink gets better. Health food stores also have tasty, ready mixed protein drinks that can act as a breakfast substitute.



REPORTS

MUNICIPAL COURT OF CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO  –  Janurary 30, 1976

PROBATION DEPARTMENT – 1975 ANNUAL REPORT
REPORT ON SYMPTOMS OF HYPOGLYCEMIA
Barbara J. Reed, Chief probation Officer

During 1975 a total of 106 persons were given a 2-page written *test which listed a total of 89 possible symptoms of low-blood sugar. Affirmative checks of a high number of symptoms would indicate the probable presence of Hypoglycemia (low-blood sugar).
*Taken directly from "Low Blood Sugar", a pamphlet printed by Karpat Publishing Company, Inc., P.O. Box 5348, Cleveland, Ohio 44101.

Out of the 106 persons, 82% checked 15 or more symptoms and 33% checked more than 25 symptoms, with some going as high as 50 to 70 symptoms. The more out of touch with reality the person seemed to be, the higher number of symptoms would be checked.

Those reflecting a high number of symptoms were abusers of alcohol, drugs, and/or sweets, coffee, tobacco and pop. Almost all of the people with 40 or more symptoms were already under the care of a physician. Others were urged to see their doctor, and a large number were also referred for psychological evaluation and/or therapy.

The higher the number of symptoms, the more time was spent with each individual on correcting their diet and eliminating the source of the problem. Many cooperated fully and the change in attitude and appearance was often quite dramatic, as the Courts have witnessed.

A copy of the 2-page list of symptoms is attached. We have indicated the number of common symptoms felt by the various persons tested. From that list we also gained helpful information that would never have been obtained by general interview. For instance, 20 stated they easily became violent, 14 admitted to suicidal tendencies, 6 felt a desire to cause damage to others and 7 would like to get revenge on society. We have found the information so valuable in working with people that the quiz will now be a part of every pre-sentence and probation file.

Other reference material:

Low Blood Sugar and You, by Carlton Fredricks, Ph.D. and Herman Goodman, M.D. Alcoholism – The Nutritional Approach, by Roger J. Williams (University of Texas) Low Blood Sugar – The Hidden Menace of Hypoglycemia by Clement G. Martin, M.D.


Symptoms of Hypoglycemia

45** –   At times my mind goes blank.
29*  –   I become easily confused.
54** –   I am forgetful.
59** –   Occasionally I have difficulty with concentration.
23*  –   I am an underachiever now in school or in work.
41** –   I lose my temper easily.
45** –   I have difficulty in controlling my emotions.
19   –   I have excessive sexual desires.
{Male (5)} I am impotent.   {Females (2)} I am frigid.
10   –   I neglect cleanliness and appearance.
23   –   I have difficulty in keeping my jobs.
57** –   I am very impatient.
15   –   I cannot get along with others easily.
65** –   Certain things irritate me very much.
41*  –   I am depressed, blue.
18   –   I lost my interest in my work.
11   –   I am tired of living.
51** –   I am very nervous.
25*  –   My life has become aimless.
31*  –   I am anxious and afraid but I do not know why.
19   –   I have a feeling of impeding danger.
45** –   I feel very tense.
11   –   I have groundless fears (Phobias).
17   –   I have crying spells.
55** –   I feel very restless.
14   –   I have suicidal tendencies.
20   –   I easily become violent.
6     –   I have a desire to cause damage to others.
2     –   I want revenge on society.
32*  –   My vision occasionally becomes blurred or double.
38*  –   Sunlight hurts my eyes.
33*  –   I feel dizzy, stagger, or weave especially in the AM, or before meals.
37*  –   I feel dizzy or blackout, especially when I stand up suddenly.
33*  –   I am very exhausted, especially in the morning.
29*  –   I generally feel very tired and weak.
15   –   I am very weak both in the morning and mid-afternoon.
43** –   I feel best after a good meal.
16    –   I feel very stuffy or sleepy after eating sweets and other starchy food.
24*  –   I am very sleepy during daytime.
36*  –   I cannot sleep well during the night.
26*  –   I wake up and cannot go back to sleep.
28*  –   My sleep is deep but not refreshing.
19   –   I have cold sweat during night.
14   –   I have no muscular strength upon awakening.
40** –   I need the stimulation of alcohol, coffee, cigarettes, or drugs.
19   –   I feel well after eating candy, cakes, or drinking soft drinks.
3     –   Alcohol, sweets and coffee makes me feel very bad.
8     –   I have constipation.
14   –   I have alternating constipation and diarrhea.
12   –   I have abdominal distress.
12   –   I suffer from motion sickness.
11   –   I lost my appetite entirely.
51** –   Occasionally I am ravenously hungry.
24*  –   I am overweight.
6     –   I suffer from continuous indigestion.
7     –   I have frequent bloating.
23*  –   A little alcohol makes me drunk.
15   –   I crave salt.
26*  –   I have terrible headaches.
24*  –   Occasionally I feel a pain across my left shoulder in the direction of my collarbone, or in the back of my neck.
15   –   I suffer from heat exhaustion.
15   –   I have swelling in my hands and feet.
25*  –   My mouth is very dry.
6     –   I have a skin disease.
16   –   My hands and legs feel cold.
19   –   I sweat exceedingly.
47** –   My hands perspire when I am excited.
2      –   My skin is dry and scaly.
37*  –   I perspire very little, except underarms, and the palms during stress.
10   –   My limbs feel numb.
14   –   I have a tingling feeling of my lips or fingers.
25*  –   Sometimes I wake up in a sweat at night.
19   –   I have allergies, asthma.
37*  –   My heart occasionally beats very fast.
31*  –   Sometimes I tremble inside.
26*  –   I catch a cold easily.
11   –   I am very susceptible to infectious diseases.
29*  –   I have aching joints.
47** –   My muscles twitch occasionally.
36*  –   Sometimes I have cramps.
17   –   I crave sweets and cakes, or pastry.
33*  –   I do not drink much water.
41** –   I drink much coffee or tea every day.
55** –   I drink cola and other soft drinks daily.
33*  –   I drink alcoholic beverages every day.
28*  –   I am a chain-smoker.

* 20 to 40 people checked symptom     ** 40 or more checked symptom


MUNICIPAL COURT OF CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO
PROBATION DEPARTMENT – 1976 ANNUAL REPORT
BARBARA J, REED, CHIEF PROBATION OFFICER

SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT ON SYMPTOMS OF HYPOGLYCEMIA

During 1975, written tests given to 106 persons referred to the Probation Department revealed that 82% were suffering from 15 or more symptoms of Hypoglycemia. We also discovered that there was a definite change in attitude and appearance when the person cooperated in changing to a highly nutritional diet, together with suggested supplements.

We stepped up our concentration in this area and feel 1976 was down right dramatic in a number of instances. In April 1976, the Huxley Institute promoted and held Ohio's first conference on Crime and the Orthomolecular Approach. This was a two-day conference at Bowling Green University and we listened to esteemed speakers such as:

Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D. – "Orthomolecular Psychiatry and Crime"

William Philpott, M.D. – "Physiology of Violence: The Role of Cerebral Hypersensitive Reaction in Aggression"

And also: "Organic Continuum Between Hyperactive Children with Learning Disabilities and Adults with Psychosis as Demonstrated by Food and Chemical Symptom Induction Testing. (Allergies)."

Oscar Rasmussen, Ph.D. (Chemist) – "Nutrition, Biochemistry and You"

George Prastka, M.D. – "An Orthomolecular Approach to the Theory and Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Abuse"

Dwight K. Kilita, Ph.D. – "Hypoglycemia – The End of Your Sweet Life"

John Baron, D.O., Orthomolecular Psychiatrist and Nutritionist "Hypoglycemia." (Dr. Baron owns and operates Baron Clinic, 3101 Euclid Avenue, Suite 201, Cleveland, Ohio (Tel.  216–432–2277).   [Tapes of the above lectures were purchased]

As a result of this conference, our own work with probationers has improved considerably. We referred seven persons to the Baron Clinic in Cleveland. All seven had been previously committed to mental hospitals several times, spanning periods of 4 to 10 years. Six of these people are now healthy, productive citizens. (One improved dramatically, but returned to alcohol after his son committed suicide.) Dozens of others have simply followed the directions of the Probation Officer and also have become healthy and in control of their lives. None of these persons who cooperated with the program, have had further problems with the Court. Entire families have been affected. The children's schoolwork improved. Husbands, parents, wives, etc. have called the office to say how much happier they are.

During 1976, a total of 152 persons were given a written test* to determine how that person felt. We offer the following breakdown:

SYMPTOMS OF HYPOGLYCEMIA

  1 – 10
10 – 20
20 – 30
30 – 40
40 – 50
50 – 60

 

INDICATED BY # OF PERSONS

   22**
60
39
15
11
  5
Total  –  152         


**5 were not counted at all, as it was evident they had not been honest on the test.

*Written test taken directly from "Low Blood Sugar", a booklet co-authored by Dr. John Baron of Baron Health Clinic, and available through: Karpat Publishing Company, Inc., P.O. Box. 5348, Cleveland, Ohio 44101.

Of the 29 referred for acts of violence i.e.: Assault, Criminal Damaging, etc., 17 (60%) indicated 10–20 symptoms of Hypoglycemia; 9 indicated 20–30 symptoms and 3 indicated 37, 39, and 39 symptoms.

It would appear from these statistics that even though the number of symptoms are too low on 60% of the aggressive people to be picked up on a 5–hour glucose tolerance test, many people become aggressive in an allergic reaction to something they are putting in their system.

Most of those referred for aggressive acts were 18–25 year old males, whose parents became very much aware of a change in attitude along with a change of diet. The impairment of judgment is not unlike that of someone high on alcohol (Bltz. .1 – .15).

Of the three marking 37, 39, and 39 symptoms, one man, age 44, was not only intoxicated, but in a blackout at the time of his arrest. The other two are age 18 and neither of them drink alcohol, but they both consumed enormous amounts of sugar daily. Both had been in and out of mental hospitals and both were classified as hyperactive.

The following is a breakdown on the seven people referred to Baron Clinic:

N.S. – age 51 – (Female) – Referred for Petty Theft. 40 symptoms indicated on the written test. Diagnosed by Dr. Baron on May 5, 1976 as Hypoglycemic. When referred to probation, Mrs. S. was tense, argumentative, confused, tranquilized (with 7-8 hospitalizations for overdose), depressed, exhausted, poor vision and loss of equilibrium. She had not driven or been able to work for a number of months. After one week of treatment for Low Blood Sugar, Mrs. S. returned to driving and returned to work two weeks later. By the time she returned to Court on July 23, 1976, she was vibrant, energetic, decisive and stated she felt better than she had for 10 years.

C.C. – Age 30 – (Female) – Referred for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (prescribed). 42 symptoms on written test. Eyes dull, hair dull, depressed, exhausted, tense, etc. History of 8 years in and out of psychiatric Ward. Placed on 7 different drugs when she became depressed over the death of her father in 1968, and given over 50 shock treatments from 1968 – 1972. Released from hospital June 5, 1976. Diagnosed by Dr. Baron as Hypoglycemic on July 24, 1976. As of January 1977, she is taking typing classes at Falls High and exudes good health.

W.N. – age 19 – (Male) – psychiatric treatment from age 15. Repeated arrests for Public Indecency. 58 symptoms indicated on written test.

Diagnosed by Dr. Baron as having Low Blood Sugar on August 2, 1976. (Suffering from severe headaches, night sweats, depressed, unable to concentrate and masturbating constantly in full view of others). A hair analysis revealed his system was loaded with lead and his liver was not functioning properly. After diet and supplements to correct the chemical imbalance in his body, there has been a dramatic change in his personality. He was retested January 20, 1977 and indicated a total of only 8 symptoms of Hypoglycemia, compared to 58 in July 1976.

J.M. – Age 51 – (Male) – Referred to Probation for his 4th DWI, indicated 42 symptoms on the written test. He had been in and out of hospitals for years and overdosed on drugs three times prior to referral. Suffering from active T.B., ulcer, gastritis, and taking 7 medications. Diagnosed as Hypoglycemic by Dr. Baron on May 21, 1976. Within two days, he was rational, but still very ill. He was given a special diet, plus high potency vitamin injections for 14 days. His improvement was dramatic, but he then got off the diet and returned to alcohol and sweets after his son committed suicide. Hopefully he will again return to the care of Dr. Baron.

M.G. – Age 36 – (Female) – Indicated 46 symptoms of written test in June 1976. Tested by Dr. Baron on June 24, 1976 and found to be severely Hypoglycemic and on the Psychotic Curve. {She had been told at Fallsview Mental Health Center that another commitment would be permanent.} She had lost custody of her three children and her husband was in jail for DWI. As of December 1976, both she and her husband are working regularly and have regained custody of the children. As a result of treatment for Low Blood Sugar, five people are now off the Welfare rolls and back in control of their lives. The entire family is on a special, high protein diet.

R.K. – Age 31 – (Male) – Referred for Telephone Harassment. Problems with police from age 15, and indicated 49 symptoms on the written test. He had Psychiatric Counseling from 1972 with no change. Diagnosed as Hypoglycemic by Dr, Baron on September 8, 1976. Within one week the severe headaches and sweating had stopped. He has changed in appearance and attitude and by December 1976 had received a promotion on his job, which he had formerly been close to losing. He is now making plans to return to the University of Akron to obtain a degree in civil Engineering (I.Q. – 130).

J.M. – age 20 – (Female) – Referred for Criminal Damaging – trying to force" Fallsview Mental Health Center to re-admit her for the 5th time. She only indicated 21 symptoms on the written test, but due to her medical background, she was referred to Baron Clinic. Diagnosed as Hypoglycemic on September 2, 1976. Due, to being hospitalized again on September 3, 1976, she was unable to get on the diet and supplements until November 22, 1976. Her mother reported a decided improvement within one week's time. As of January 1977, she reports that she feels better than she has in several years.

Never before has the Court had such a tool for working with the many ill people who find themselves in Court. We wonder what the results would be if this method of treatment could also be applied to all of those sentenced to jail.

Other reference material:

PSYCHODIETETICS – by Dr. E. Cheraskin, Dr. W. M., Ringsdorf, Jr. and Arline Brecher.

LOW BLOOD SUGAR AND YOU, by Carlton Fredericks, Ph.D. and Herman Goodman

ALCOHOLISM – THE NUTRITIONAL APPROACH, by Roger J. Williams (University of. Texas)

LOW BLOOD SUGAR – The Hidden Menace of Hypoglycemia, by Clement G. Martin, M.D.

NUTRITION ALMANAC – Nutrition Search, Inc. (McGraw-Hill)


Can Chocolate Turn You Into a Criminal?
Some Experts Say So !

Food Allergies, Malnutrition Are Tied to Violent Acts;
A Banana Leads to Blows !

By TIMOTHY D. SCHELLHARDT
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
From the "WALL STREET JOURNAL" — Thursday, June 2, 1977
© 1977 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.


WASHNGTON – Society has been debating the causes of crime since Cain slew Abel.

Today the discussion generally centers around social, hereditary and economic factors. But lately more attention is being given to a biological source of antisocial behavior: the food people eat.

An increasing number of scientists and physicians are concluding that malnutrition, food allergies and other nutritional deficiencies can set off aggressive and mind-warping behavior leading to criminal acts.

In some instances, the food allergy or malnutrition can unbalance mental processes, leading to violent behavior. In other cases, an ailment known as hypoglycemia – a lower than normal level of sugar in the blood – can trigger irrational behavior that can be controlled through the diet.

"For an allergic person, eating may lead to beating, biting and battle," declares K. E. Moyer, a psychology professor at Carnegie Mellon University. "While a person who is allergic to pollen suffers a stuffy nose, a person allergic to chocolate or bananas may pass out bloody noses."

The link between food and crime is attracting more attention from law-enforcement officials. In Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, for instance, an offender referred to Probation Officer Barbara Reed must take a test to determine whether he or she suffers from hypoglycemia, which can cause a person to become irritable, irrational, afflicted by a vague sense of dread, and frequently violent. Various hypoglycemia-associated crimes, including "motiveless murders," assaults, sexual offenses and other law violations, have been reported by researchers.


Change Diet or Else

If Mrs. Reed's tests reveal symptoms of low blood sugar, the two municipal judges in the community of 50,000 can order the offender to change diets-paradoxically, by replacing sweets and starches with high-protein foods, fresh vegetables and fruits, and vitamin supplements.

"If crime could be reduced even by a small degree, by exploring the effects of food, then we should by all means explore these possibilities," asserts Thomas Marsh, police chief of Fairfield, Ohio. "We couldn't do much worse than we are with the more orthodox approaches to crime prevention."

The effects of food on behavior are being studied at several research centers in the U.S. and Canada.

In Spencer Oklahoma, William Philpott, a psychiatrist and specialist in cerebral allergies, is gathering evidence that allergic reactions to foods and pollutants often trigger violent behavior. A 12-year-old patient of his became so aggressive after eating a banana that he picked up a stick and tried to hit another patient. Alter eating an apple, the boy started a fight. A 52-year-old woman tested on wheat said she felt like hitting and punching someone. An 18-year-old youth, tested for a reaction to tobacco, struck the examiner after having an hallucination that there were horns on the examiner's head and that the examiner was the Devil.

Dr. Philpott treats such behavior by limiting the use of the food involved, and by prescribing certain vitamins and mineral supplements.


Case of a Wife-Beater

In Manhasset, N.Y., Dr. Jose Yaryura-Tobias, psychiatrist and research director at the North Nassau Mental Health Center, treats patients, including lawbreakers, whose violent behavior seems to have a biochemical genesis. One of his patients, a 32 year-old man arrested for assaulting and seriously injuring his wife, admitted during his examination to cravings for chocolate, cola drinks and coffee, all of which made him calmer for a few hours after use. A glucose-tolerance test showed that the man suffered from hypoglycemia. When deprived of blood sugar, the brain hasn't any alternate food supply, so its metabolism slows down and its functions are impaired.

Dr. Yaryura-Tobias placed the man on a diet low in carbohydrates and high in proteins and vitamin B6. "He Improved within eight weeks," the doctor says.

Studies by Dr. Abram Hoffer, a forensic psychiatrist in Saskatchewan, suggest that 70% of the inmates imprisoned there for serious crimes have vitamin deficiencies. His research also indicates that about 90% of convicted murderers diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenics suffer from low blood sugar or some vitamin deficiency.

Dr. R. Glen Green, a medical consultant at Saskatchewan Penitentiary, has found that a majority of inmates there suffer from some form of vitamin deficiency or dependency. About one-third of them, he says, experience perceptual distortions caused by a deficiency of vitamin B6.

A researcher who studied inmates in the Morris County, N.J., jail concluded that the inmates' high degree of restlessness resulted from their use of significantly more sugar, alcohol and caffeine than non-inmates. A special dietary program administered to some of the inmates significantly reduced the number of disciplinary reports and improved the inmates' performance in academic and vocational classes, jail officials say.

Prof. Moyer of Carnegie-Mellon believes that food allergies directly affect the body's nervous system by causing a non-inflammatory swelling of the brain, which can trigger aggression.

"The pressure of the swelling may make nerve areas that normally produce aggression more sensitive, or deactivate areas that normally inhibit aggressive behavior," he says. "The intensity of the symptoms varies from a mild irritable reaction, in which the person is a little more easily annoyed than usual, to a psychotic aggressive reaction."

Leonard Hippchen, associate professor at Virginia Commonwealth University's Justice and Public Safety Department, believes that the research findings involving food and criminal behavior, while still limited, suggest that juvenile delinquency and crime can be traced partly to biochemical factors.

"Whereas in the past the role of biological factors in crime largely has been rejected by criminologists, it now appears to be time to work out a new partnership" with the nutrition researcher and physician, he says. Mr. Hippchen is editing a book on biochemical approaches to treatment of delinquents and criminals.

Researchers say it's impossible to estimate how many crimes committed each year can be traced to effects of food on behavior. Modem crime-reporting systems aren't geared to collecting such information. Law-enforcement officials also have little way of detecting nutrition-induced crimes.

Dr. Saleem Shah, chief of the Center for Crime and Delinquency Studies at the National Institute of Mental Health, believes that the correlation between food and crime needs to be researched more thoroughly. He decries what he considers a lack of "careful" recent studies.

"While we are unable to estimate the degree to which hypoglycemic disorders may involve persons in trouble with the law, the base rates would probably be rather low," he says. "Interestingly, these rates have never been systematically measured."

Probation Officer Reed in Cuyahoga Falls, for one, says she's convinced that there are biochemical explanations for some crimes. Her tests for hypoglycemia on 108 persons last year revealed that 82% suffered from at least 15 symptoms of low blood sugar. The change to a highly nutritional diet, she contends, resulted in a "definite change in attitude and appearance" in almost all of her subjects.

One of them, a 20-year-old man arrested for criminal damage, destruction of property and discharging a firearm, was placed on the special diet after a test indicated he was paranoid and depressed and had "a deep lack of self-worth." Mrs. Reed says that as a result of the new diet, the man's depression vanished and he became "optimistic, cooperative and realistic."

Within four months, according to her report, he had obtained a job paying $7 an hour. Three months later he was promoted and his parents reported, "He was the son they knew before he had become 'messed up.'"   His two-year probation period was lifted after 10 months.


Children Addicted to Caffeine in Soft Drinks, says Pediatrician

Experience in analyzing the dietary histories of children with learning and behavior problems led Dr. Hugh Powers, a Dallas pediatrician, to investigate the effects of caffeine on the nervous system. A report by John F. Greden, Chief Psychiatrist at Water Reed Hospital, that caffeine caused many anxiety neurotic symptoms of such an intense nature that they could easily be mistaken for severe emotional disorders, and other medical research reports corroborated Dr. Powers' observations that caffeine impaired attention span and auditory perception. He now routinely eliminates caffeine in his dietary program for this nervous, inattentive, hyperactive syndrome. He tries to get control of the children before they become addicted.  "The psychotic children I see are almost invariably drinking one or two quarts of Coca Cola or Dr. Pepper a day", reported Dr. Powers. "I think there is a triple whammy in the effect of caffeine, sugar and chocolate combined in many cola drinks."

A research report from England indicates there is more disturbance of the blood sugar when caffeine and sugar are taken simultaneously, Dr. Powers noted. "Some people are astonished to find that diet Cokes and Dr. Pepper also contain caffeine", he continued. "Stomach problems and bed wetting may sometimes be attributed to caffeine, since caffeine is a diuretic."

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

ALLAN COTT, M.D., a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City, is consultant to the University of Alabama School for Children with Severe Disorders of Behavior, Communication and Learning and Medical Director of the Churchill School for Children with Learning Disabilities. He is a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, member of the Board of Trustees of Huxley Institute for Biosocial Research. Dr. Cott is among the pioneers working in the field of orthomolecular treatment, which involves megavitamins, minerals and diet, in an attempt to create an optimum molecular environment for the brain, counteracting the individual's metabolic imbalances.

What I'm doing for learning disabled children is not in itself the answer to the treatment of learning disabilities. It is an adjunct which I' think has been far too long ignored – that there is some difficulty within the child's brain and in his body rather than entirely within the environment as we have been led to believe. ...

An increasingly greater awareness of the importance of the role of nutrition led to more research which revealed that beyond malnutrition due to the lack of food or a proper diet were illnesses produced by perfectly good foods which for many people are offending foods for their brain chemistry. These allergic reactions are not necessarily like those ordinary allergies in which there is a runny nose or a scratchy throat or bumps on the skin but rather they are being described as "cerebral allergies".

Milk and eggs are very common offenders and so is corn. And of course, the most important food, which I feel is a difficult one for children, particularly the hyperactive and the learning disabled to handle, is sugar. We were struck by the remarkable improvement in the hyperactivity in so many of the children we saw when we merely removed sugar and all foods made with sugar from their diet. ...

It is extremely difficult to get a 9 or 10 year old to say, "Yes I will not buy candy bars or not drink Coca Colas or other sorts of pops, etc." I suggest to the child that with their parent's permission, they need not eat any food at all one day a week, just eat junk all day long. And they, of course, go for this and they have to agree that they will not eat the junk foods on the other six days of the week. So we usually make the junk wait for Saturday and that ruins Sunday for them. Monday the child is terrible at school and the parent is notified that something must have happened over the weekend because the child is uncontrollable. Things begin to get better around Wednesday and Thursday and Friday the effects of all the junk has diminished or gone. I t seems to take about four days to get the effects of the offending food out of the system. Then we start the whole thing over again. In so many cases the child is able to exercise the judgment that these things make him feel bad. ...

As I went along and continued looking into other areas, I became involved in the investigation of the trace minerals as nutrients for the brain and began to examine the hair of children for minerals. These are basically calcium, magnesian, potassium, sodium, cobalt, iron, copper, manganese and zinc. We have also begun examining for cadmium and lead, two toxic metals, which are present in the atmosphere. ...

Energetic treatments of disability should be made available early in life for those who have symptoms of the minimal brain dysfunction syndrome with specific learning disability.   Rejection by parents, teachers and peers must he reduced to the lowest possible minimum by securing adequate understanding for the subject's disability.  Suspension should be discouraged and school dropout should not be permitted.  Assessment should be made of the unique patterns of learning of which each subject is capable.


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