Food for your mind

Prisoners change their fried patatoes for food with a lot of vitamins and change within ten months into kind boys. Fat fish keeps you away from depression and senility.

“You are mad.” Criminologistt Stephen J. Schoenthaler heard that said to him when he wanted to investigate whether the behaviour of prisoners would change if their menu would be adapted. Schoenthaler was fascinated by three statistical curves: The amount of cases of useless violence, and the sellings of the fastfoodindustry and sugarconsumption. All three were mountain-high upwards. The ‘feeling in his stomach’ and his mother-in-low told him there could be a connection between those three.

Despite criticism from Colleges – he put through. He found a loyal director from a large jale in Virginia. Within some weeks they put together an elaborate survey. At first the prisoners would eat white bread, hamburgers, saucages, fried patatoes, iceberg lettuce, cookies, milkshakes, sweet snacks and soft drinks. After that the prisoners would be given a diet with whole-meal bread, patatoes, meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, without fried snacks and sugar. After that there would be a period of six months of traditional prison-meals.

The results were astonishing. In the patatoes-vegetables-meat phase their anti-social behaviour dropped, and after re-introducttion of hotdogs and cookies returned fully. The news was spread and Schoenthaler became a well-known guest at prisons. In ten years he put 8076 delinquents onto foodexperiments. As well as the stopping of sugar as the jacking up of vitamins, minerals lead consequently towards a decrease of the amount of contraventions, physical and verbal violence, escape and suicideattempts and towards a better mood. Old offenders did 86% less tricks, Drugs addicts 72%. Some prisons decided to go on on the way Schoenthaler started. But afterwards most of them started the Coca-Cola and McDonalds food again.

Schoenthaler kept curious about his subject. He asked himself whether recalcitrant school kids could be influenced with food. To get more clarity he started a study under 6 – 12 year old pupils of a school in Phoenix, Arizona – in 1999. This school registered the behaviour of the children every day. Because the children did not eat at school but with their parents he started to work with foodsupplements. During four months the children got a vitaminpill or a placebo. The effect of the vitamins – only half the daily recommended dosage – was enormous. The amount of measures against 40 mischiefmakers with vitaminpill, lowered with almost 50%. The children behaved less aggressive, less destroyable, had more respect to their teachers, became more cooperative and could concentrate better. As side effects their achievements went better. The IQ of the children getting the foodsupplements was slightly gone up (also from the quiet children.)

“It is bad to think that incomplete food will only have effectgs onto our physical functioning,” says doctor melvin Werbach, who put a large amount of studies to the relation food-behaviour on the way. “The brain is also an organ, justt like e.g. the kidneys, the eyes and the heart it is sensible for a shortage of foodsubstances. With brainscans there has been found a relationship between the amount of magnesium in the blood and the functioning of that part of the brain where morals, conscience, impulse control are. Schoenthaler and his colleges showed us that bringing that substances to a certain level in the blood can lead to improvement of the behaviour.”
Most doctors think that it is impossible to get to little vitamins and minerals into your body in our Western world, unesteemed foodhabitats. But the consumption of vegetables and fruit is still lowering. Fried patatoes, hamburgers, milkshakes, chips and cola are in place of traditional food. Welbach: “A clearly visibible consequence from that derailment is that we grow fatter and fatter and we suffer from diabetes and osteoporose at our 30iest. Another disaster is happening between our ears. We become depressed, agressive or get ADHD. Most of the children in Schoenthalers experiment were eting normal. Also without daily vitamin pill. What did the Dutch eat just after the war? kail with sausage? Spouts? Rinder meat? Perfect! Give today’s youth regularly and life will be a lot more convenient!”

How unbalanced food is leading to biochemical disturbings in the brains and how we can correct these disturbings with vitamins and minerals, is partly clear. Somebody who searches dusty archives from medical libraries will find in a century of documentation tens of connections and theories, but hardly explainations. Antisocial behavior has something to do with too much sugar, whitemeal and shortage of vitamin B11 (folic acid), vitamin B1 (thiamine) and minerals like iron, selenium and magnesium. The same is true for depression, panic-problems and hyperactivity. A lot more is not known in those libraries.

More clearly is the role of the omega-3 fatty acids. They play a role in the functioning of the brain. They are in green vegetables, but mostly found in fat fish. Countless studies have proved, among them a research carried out in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, suggests that a herring helps to avoid that we get depressed and senile behind the geraniums. The fatty acids play an important role within the signaltransmission in the brains. With a shortage anything can happen in our whitegrey telecommunicationscenter. “The minimal amount of omega-3 fatty acids in our Western menu leads to a problem with the neurotransmitterproduction like serotonin and dopamin,” says neuropsychiatrist Emanual Severus from the University of Berlin. And the Swedisch pathologist Tom Saldeen: “In the Northern European countries the intake of Omega-3 fatty acids has dropped the last 80 years with 80%. That has not only bad effects on heart- and bloodvessels, but also for our brain and our feelings of complacency. That last one does not get any attention. The brains consist of about 50% of omega-3 fatty acids. It is an essential fat, the body can not produce it from other fat. Isn’t obvious we get less happy when our brain gets too little of that Omega-3 fatty acids?”

Not only less happy, also a little more stupid and finaly even depressed or demented. Children become smarter adults when they are fed by mother’s milk, naturally rich of Omega-3 fatty acids. Alzheimer patients have clearly a shortage of omega-3 fatty acids in their brains. The same is true for children with ADHD and people with bipolar disorder. Suppletion with omega-3 fatty acids from foodsupplements almost always makes them feel better!

But what does our brains have with fish? Much, it is growing more obvious. Omega-3 fatty acids are that fundamental to the creating and functioning of our nerves system, that a group scientists thinks that our large Homo Sapiens brains are evolved in an environment where they got omega-3 fatty acids richly. That is: nearby the seashores, where he could catch a lot of fish. “That enormous brains that gave people their unique position in nature, could only be evolved in an eco-system with a constant supply of omega-3 fatty acids,” sais Elaine Morgan, the British writer of the book “The aquatic ape. ” No wonder when we go back in mental achievements when we don’t eat those fatty acids anymore.” Morgans theory (loaned from Britisch paleontologue Allistair Hardy) in a nutshell: seven million years ago apes are forced to live near the seashores due to a geological change. They changed their habittat from the jungle to that seashores… Due to the omega-3 fatty acids the brains could grow larger and larger. Even larger than the brains of hyperintelligent delphins. Those anthropoid apes evolved qualities typhical to animals living in the sea. The constant walking around in the sea made them walk up-right. Old rests of these people (like Lucy) were found between rests of lobsters and shellanimals. Very wise food!


Prisoners Less Violent When Given Supplements
A study published in the July 2002 issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry indicates that the simple use of nutritional supplements can significantly reduce behavior problems among prisoners.  The research was carried out by a team led by C. Bernard Gesch of University Laboratory of Physiology, University of Oxford

Basing the study on previous work that has shown the adverse behavioral effects of nutritional deficiencies, the researchers set out to test if adequate intakes of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids could improve antisocial behavior.

The experiment was a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of nutritional supplements on 231 young adult prisoners, comparing disciplinary offenses before and during supplementation.

Those receiving the active capsules committed an average of 26.3% fewer offenses. Compared to baseline, the effect on those taking active supplements for a minimum of 2 weeks was an average 35.1% reduction of offenses, whereas placebos remained within standard error.

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