Shots rang out as my son walked toward the food court at the mall that Saturday morning. He had just dropped off his wife, his five year old son and his year and a half year old daughter at the well-equipped nice play area while he was going to get a cell phone repaired at a kiosk in the food court area.
The next thing he realized he was back at the play area grabbing his son and yelling at his wife to get their daughter and run for their lives. Their angel that day worked in a nearby mall store and guided them into a back safe area along with many other people who were fleeing for their lives.
This angel very calmly walked back into what could have been harm’s way. She closed the entrance to the store so as to keep everyone in her watch safe and secure from what could have still been a very active killing spree – no one knew at that time what the situation was.
People were crying and trembling from fear as the store employee sought to make them as comfortable as possible in the store’s break room. She even found paper plates and markers for the children so they could be distracted from the fear they had felt just a few minutes earlier.
“We’ll all be OK. Don’t worry, everything will be fine!” our five year old compassionate grandson sang in his sweet, clear voice. He just wanted everyone to feel better and to feel safe. He doesn’t like it when anyone is upset. He drew hearts on the paper plates making ‘love cards’ for people trying to reassure them.
For reasons unknown the shooter stopped after killing two young adults and then ended his own life.
Why a shooting rampage?
We do not know what triggers incidences like this? We all ask why? What has happened to push someone to do evil? There are many, many possible answers.
Some of the more common answers are: guns/weapons of all types, violent video games, movies, TV shows, sugar, break down of core/family values, poor self-esteem, drugs, forsaking God, and of course, the big one, terrorism which is very much alive in the world today.
I will not get into the politics or theology of most of the above in this article. (Of course I do have my thoughts and opinions on most topics.) In this article I am going to touch on sugar, junk food, and drugs. How do they relate to some of the evil in the world today?
Historical Clues for Violence
- Ivan the Terrible of Russia ate a diet of pastries, candy and alcohol.
- Hitler was addicted to candy and sugar. He even added sugar to his wine.
- Napoleon loved sugar, chocolate and pastries. His name has been given to fancy layered desserts loaded with creams, jellies and colorful ice creams.
- The Qolla Indians of Peru were considered the meanest people on earth. Their diet was very low in protein and high in carbohydrates. They also consumed large amounts of alcohol and chewed cola.
- Eric Harris, involved in the Columbine mass murder, had been prescribed an antidepressant prior to that event.
- James Holmes, the Aurora, CO theater murderer was being treated by a psychiatrist and may have been taking psychiatric drugs?
- Adam Lanza, the Newtown shooter, may have been on some type of psychiatric drug and spent his days playing violent video games?
- Christopher Pittman, a 12 year old killed his grandparents and then burned down their house. Just prior he had been prescribed 2 psychiatric drugs.
- Cho Seung-Hul murdered 32 people at Virginia Tech. His roommate testified that he took prescription drugs every morning.
- Andrea Yates drowned her 5 children while on a psychiatric drug.
- Junk food is eaten daily filling people with empty calories. These junk foods are filled with sugar in the form of ‘high fructose corn syrup’ and bad, rancid fats. Very little protein or fresh whole foods in the form of fruits and vegetables are eaten daily by many people.
- Can you believe that the consumption of ‘high fructose corn syrup’ went from less than ½ pound a year per person in 1970 to over 42 pounds a year per person in 2004?
- In the 1950’s, a standard Coca Cola was less than 8 oz with maybe 10 to 12 grams of sugar. It is not uncommon for a person today to consume more than 32 oz of soda daily which can mean upwards of 50 to 100 grams of fructose daily from sodas alone.
- ‘High fructose corn syrup’ is added to many, many foods today. It makes foods softer and chewier. It also prevents spoilage thus prolonging shelf life.
- Refined sugars such as ‘high fructose corn syrup’ increase nutrient and mineral requirements. These high sugary foods usually replace other whole foods in the diet which creates quite an imbalance of nutrients.
- Sugar is actually a drug and just as addictive as caffeine, nicotine or alcohol. I’m sure you have heard of or experienced a ‘sugar-high’. This can easily happen to adults just as easily as to children or teens. It has actually been shown that children who consume large amounts of sugar are more prone to advance to illegal drugs such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin.
- Junk foods also contain poor quality oils and fats. Unfortunately the brain is one of the body’s storage places for these poor quality fats. One reason many people suffer from mental and emotional problems is due to a deficiency of good quality fats in the brain.
It must be difficult for doctors today. Common complaints are:
- “I’m tired.”
- “I can’t sleep.”
- “I’m under too much stress.”
- “I can’t think clearly – my brain feels fuzzy.”
- “I believe my teen is depressed.”
- “My child is being bullied at school.”
- “My child can’t sit still long enough to concentrate at school.”
People want their doctor to fix their problems. This means doctors write millions of prescriptions for psychiatric drugs just to try to help people deal with their problems. The drugs can be like putting a Band-Aid on what could possibly be a nutritional deficiency.
Most doctors are not trained in nutritional deficiencies nor do they have control over people’s daily lifestyle choices.
(I’ll insert a disclaimer here. I am not licensed to diagnose physical, emotional or psychiatric issues. I am only making suggestions according to some obvious nutritional and common sense observations. I am not saying that all doctors are wrong or that psychiatric drugs do not have a place in the medical field.)
Just read the labels of many psychiatric drugs. What are some of the long list of possible side-effects?
- Panic attacks
- Thoughts of suicide
It is common knowledge that some psychiatric drugs can make people extremely angry or violent. Also some psychiatric drugs can be very addictive so if a person misses a dose, the withdrawal can be quite extreme.
Some people who take psychiatric medications do not realize they are acting in an irrational or violent manner. Any mind altering substance can have this affect. Have you ever known someone who is slightly intoxicated with alcohol that believes they are a social butterfly and that they are not too intoxicated to drive safely?
- We live in troubling times.
- Many diets are rich in junk foods and sugar (HFCS).
- Many people are addicted to recreational drugs such as alcohol, and now in some locations, marijuana.
- Wide spread use of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.
- Antidepressants and stimulants are often abused. Often it is only after a violent episode that it is realized that a person’s brain function may have deteriorated instead of improving.
What can you do?
- Be aware, alert, and responsible.
- Educate yourself and be an example to those around you.
- For the most part avoid junk food, sodas, and sugar.
- Eat a balanced diet that includes balanced protein, quality fats, fiber, fruits and vegetables.
- Fill the gaps in your nutritional needs by supplementing with quality balanced amino acids, fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Final thoughts on Nutrition, Violence and Safety
Not everyone who eats junk food is going to go out and kill someone. Not everyone who misses their meds today will snap. Not everyone who is frustrated and angry is going to allow it to turn to hate.
We are talking about the minority here, not the majority.
For the most part people rise above their problems and are decent, contributing members of society. For the most part people in hopeless situations seek the hope that will lift them up.
“But he who listens to me (God) shall live securely and will be at ease from the dread of evil.” Proverbs 1:33
What are your thoughts about violence in the world today? Do you believe nutrition should be a consideration in addressing a person’s physical, emotional and/or mental state? Leave your comment below.
Pat has been married to the same man for 52 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandma to 8 grandchildren. Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle. This grandma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition. Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and avoiding a major heart attack, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, her mom-n-law's dementia, and others. Her goal is to empower the future health of others with wisdom, knowledge and common sense so they can have the BEST REAL HEALTH possible.
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