Nutrition, Violence And Safety

February 4, 2014

in BLOGS,General,Health Protection

children-singing-love.jpgWhat does nutrition have to do with violence and our safety?

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-juggle.jpgJunk Food and Sugar Contribute to Malnutrition.

  • 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.

doctor-stethoscope.jpgWhy so many prescribed psychiatric drugs?

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?

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Panic attacks
  • Irritability
  • Hostility
  • Aggressiveness
  • Impulsiveness
  • 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?

big-question.jpgThe Big Question – Why So Much Violence?

  • 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?

  1. Be aware, alert, and responsible.
  2. Educate yourself and be an example to those around you.
  3. For the most part avoid junk food, sodas, and sugar.
  4. Eat a balanced diet that includes balanced protein, quality fats, fiber, fruits and vegetables.
  5. 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.


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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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1 Dawn Lanier February 10, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Love the way you used that teachable moment to to call our attentin to this excellent blog post on nutrition, violence and safety. As a society, I don't think we often connect the dots between what we eat and the medicines we take and disruptive behavior. Obviously it's time we did. Great job Pat. Glad your family was unharmed.

2 Pat Moon February 11, 2014 at 10:28 am

Hi Dawn,

Thank you for your support in helping me get the word out to people that they will give thought to nutritional needs as well as being educated as to how medications work.

We were blessed that our family was safe even though they were close to this violence.

Stay well and healthy!


3 Susan Schiller February 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Oh Pat, wow! I'm so glad your family was safe and that no further harm was done than the terrible tragedy of three lives suddenly ending. Thank God for angels like you described!

And YES, I absolutely agree with you that our diet is a large contributing factor to increasing violence and abuse. In fact, I was recently reading an article about a school that dared to change their cafeteria menu. Out went the sugar and in came the vegies and fruits. And within a short time many of their behavior problems were simply going away!

I'm so glad you're helping to get this good news out! We can make a change, individually and as families and communities…. with the right education it makes a huge difference!

4 Pat Moon February 10, 2014 at 6:10 pm

Hi Susan,

Thank you for your very supportive comment.

Yes, there are some things happening to give better options of food that are available in cafeteria’s, restaurants, and even vending machines. Of course, the best option for healthy eating is home cooked and prepared foods. I’ve know of people who have monitored sugar intake of their hyperactive children and noticed a big difference in their behavior and even performance in school learning.

I’m on a mission to get the news out and educating people about nutrition and it’s impact on their life.

I appreciated your help by supporting my blog.

Stay healthy!


5 Carolyn Hughes February 10, 2014 at 2:36 pm

What a powerful post Pat. So relieved to read that your son and his family were unharmed, but what a tragic loss for the others. 

I've never considered the link between violence and nutrition, but you explain it so expertly. Thank you for the 'What can you do?' list at the end. It made me feel that I could actually do something to take control.

6 Pat Moon February 10, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Hi Carolyn,

Thank you for your thoughtful concern for my son and his family as well as the tragic losses for those who were killed.

I am glad you were able to feel my explanation gave you enough information to actually be aware of nutritional imbalances and avoid them. It is very important to be informed.

May you and your family stay well and healthy.


7 Sharon ODay February 10, 2014 at 2:23 pm

I had never heard those comments re Hitler, Napoleon and others.  Have you found any papers on whether sugar (and other elements) played a role in their behaviors?   If so, Pat, it would be very interesting to pursue further!

8 Pat Moon February 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Hi Sharon,

You are asking a good question. I personally do not know as there is actually proof that sugar or other elements played a role in the criminal behaviors of historical people. However, the point of the reference was to point out the common factors in various criminal’s lives. I acquired my information from a very reliable source.. Dr. Jim McAfee, a certified clinical nutritionist. He publishs a monthly newsletter regarding nutrtional and health information. Here is a link to his website:
I have the pdf of a recent newsletter that addresses this issue but I do not know how to link it to this comment. Please email me and I can send you the pdf.

It is well documented that health conditions such as malnutrition, low blood sugar and even gluten intolerance can cause various mood and mental imbalances. It is something to be aware of and educated about.

Thank you for your interest in this topic.

Stay well and healthy.


9 Sharon ODay February 18, 2014 at 7:30 am

Thanks, Pat, for pointing me to other resources, I can follow up from there.  😉


10 Pat Moon February 18, 2014 at 8:33 am

Sharon, let me know if you find something. I was simply pointing to possibilties of contributing factors to some of the violence and unstability in some people. How can we avoid future violent situations? Is there a possibility better nutrition could make an impact? I believe so!

Thanks, Pat

11 marielle altenor February 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm

I never really thought how bad eating habits would lead to violence. But it makes sense. 

12 Pat Moon February 6, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Hi Marielle,

To me, it does make sense that poor eating habits can be a contributing factor in mood and emotional behaviors.

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.


13 veronica February 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Wow! Great insight. I didn't realize the corelation. But it does make a lot of sense. Thanks for sharing

14 Pat Moon February 6, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Hi Veronica,

Definitely something to think about and consider as we seek answers as to ‘why?’ these episodes of violence keep exploding around us. What can we do to possibly reduce them?

Thanks for reading.


15 Robin Maria Pedrero February 5, 2014 at 7:36 pm

I really enjoyed your perspective on the subject of violence and bad nutrition. I believe that nutrition completely effects our well being.

16 Pat Moon February 5, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Hi Robin,

Yes, the nutrients we take in as well as the nutrients we are missing combined with all the fake foods definitely affects our well being.

Thanks for reading and your supportive comment.


17 Elisa February 5, 2014 at 5:25 pm

First off, thank goodness your family was unharmed in that terrible shooting! How scary!!!

Second, I have always felt that chocolate makes me depressed. I don't know if this just hits me personally, but I feel like the load of sugar in chocolate does something to my senses and makes me upset and irritable. This is why I really do not eat chocolate.

I have to agree with you about sugar and poor diet. I think it leads to a lot of mood disorders and anxiety and depression. I agree with you that not everyone who eats like this will become a killer, but I think it does affect people on a neurological level. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

18 Pat Moon February 5, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Hi Elisa,

Yes, it was very scary for our family but we are very, very thankful they were not harmed.

No doubt it is all the sugar in the chocolate that makes you depressed. It is interesting how when you are really listening to your body, you will notice those reactions. Unfortunately so many get so addicted to sugar they do not realize what it is doing to their health including mental and emotional.

Thanks for reading and commenting.


19 Yetunde February 5, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Pat, the information shared here is really scary. I am glad your family and others were safe.

The information you have shared is so educating. Thank you. Th emany things we take for granted. Bottom-line, we need to THINK about EVERYTING we put into our mouths.

Great Article.

20 Pat Moon February 5, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Hi Yetunde,

Thanks for your supportive comment and kind words about my family.

Yes, it is important to be aware of what we eat. There is so much junk out there right in the middle of real, whole food.

Thanks again, Pat

21 Norma Doiron @Savvy Biz Solutions February 5, 2014 at 11:29 am

I'm speechless. 

First, that shooter and the risk to your family.


It is high time that "EXPERTS" realize the dangers of malnutrition. Not the starving one but the one that is damaging our society with the colorings, additives, chemicals, etc. All those words we can't pronounce. These things need to be taken OFF the market. Time to do away with all the IMPOSED diagnosis new to this era. ADD. ADHD. AUTISM…  just to name a few. Man is destroying man and it's NOT ok… 

Pat, you should totally share this article as a PDF on the front page of your blog. So much good info in it. <3

22 Kungphoo February 5, 2014 at 11:06 am

I don't even know what to say.. for anyone ti have to go through that kind of ordeal is uncalled for..

23 Pat Moon February 5, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Hi Robert,

Yes, I agree, having to experience that type of trama is totally uncalled for yet we see it happening almost daily in the world around us. That is one of the reasons I wrote this article… to try to answer some of the whys and perhaps, just maybe, contribute to someone turning their life around in a positive way.

Thanks for your comment.


24 Sandy K Hardy February 5, 2014 at 10:39 am

In the last couple of years I have read about high fructose corn syrup. It is not good for our bodies. I wonder if it is helping increase the obesity and diabetes problems. 

I am glad your family came through that awful ordeal physically unharmed. I hope they have recovered mentally.

25 Pat Moon February 5, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Hi Sandy,

Yes, high fructose corn syrup is definitely a contributing factor in the rise of obesity and diabetes in the world today. It puts people on a glycemic roller coaster which affects all parts of their life.

Our family is doing well and working to be back to normal and continue on with their planned normal activities. It was very difficult the first few days afterwards but I believe they are all doing pretty well now. Thank you for expressing your concern.

Thanks for the loving comment.


26 Don Purdum February 5, 2014 at 10:35 am

Pat, there is good stuff in your article. No question what we put into our bodies affects our moods, attitudes, and thoughts. I think the medications, and the over medication, of our society is such a huge problem. Most people can solve their problem with a proper diet and some exercise. It's not hard, but our addictions make it hard.

27 Pat Moon February 5, 2014 at 11:58 am

Hi Don,

Yes, there are so many addictions that overwhelm people to the point they are out of control. Taking responsibility for lifestyle choices is such a key to healthy moods, attitudes, thoughts and actions. I believe education is one way of helping people come to grips with addictions in their life.. education makes people aware.

Thanks for reading and commenting which helps with getting information out.


28 Simona February 5, 2014 at 10:32 am

Hi Pat, 

I really believe that proper nutrition and moderate exercise work for a lot of the issues you mentioned. Too many people are too comfortable as couch potatoes and eat bad food, instead of walking a bit and changing their lives for better. So sad. 

29 Pat Moon February 5, 2014 at 11:54 am

Hi Simona,

Yes, when people are thinking about eating properly and consiously getting moderate, regular exercise many of the physical, mental and/or emotional issues will improve. It is interesting how it seems so many people as so unaware of what they are doing to their bodies by not focusing even a little bit on eating healthy and moving more.

Lifestyle choices are so important.


30 Nate February 5, 2014 at 9:00 am

Hello Pat,

You bring up some interesting points.  I've never thought of this type of behavhior contributes to the foods that you eat.  This makes total sense.  You are basically what you eat to an extent.  Thanks for the eye opening post!

31 Pat Moon February 5, 2014 at 11:50 am

Hi Nate,

Thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, what we eat affects much of what we are. That means what we think, how we feel, and many of the things we do. If someone is focusing, at least part of the time, on taking care of their health, they are more than likely not going to snap and go out to kill people or themselves.

When an event like this happens, it does cause us to stop and reflect on what could possibly be contrituting to such violence.

My goal is to provided information to give people a better quality life through good health.


32 Alexandra McAllister February 5, 2014 at 8:03 am

OMGoodness, Pat! That must have been so scary! I could not imagine! Thank God you and your loved ones made it out safe and sound! There's so much violence going on. I believe it is a combination of many things. Too much work and stress and doctors prescribe pills like candy. Definitely there is a need for more education in every aspect.

33 Pat Moon February 5, 2014 at 11:44 am

Hi Alexandra,

Yes, it was scary for our family and we are so thankful they are all safe and sound.

As I stated in the article, it is a combination of many things and each situation is different when we try to sort out the whys. I am just trying to provide a little different perspective as to one possible reason people sometimes do such horrific acts. Maybe, even if one instance could be prevented by someone making some major lifestyle & nutrition changes, this article will have been worth the effort to write.

Thanks for helping spread the word by visiting and commenting.

Blessings to you, Pat

34 Connie, Social Media Buzzmeister February 5, 2014 at 7:42 am

What an awful experience your family had to endure.  I'm glad to know your loved ones made it out, safe and sound. 

35 Pat Moon February 5, 2014 at 11:38 am

Hi Connie,

This was a very tramatic experience for our family. Our son called us while they were in the back of that store still not knowing what was going on out in the main mall area. We are so thankful they made it out safely and continue to support them in recovering from the aftermath of the experience. They have experienced nightmares since then about being in a situation where they could not reach their children. That is so hard for a parent to ever think about.

Thanks for your support and comment.


36 Martha Giffen February 5, 2014 at 3:14 am

Children are definitely being prescribed WAY too many drugs.  Adults too.  At this point, it is an epidemic that can be stopped only by physicians.  The pharmaceutical companies are running the show and the doctors seem to act like pawns in the drama.  Educating the public is the main ingredient for change.  Thanks for trying to do just that!

37 Pat Moon February 5, 2014 at 11:32 am

Hi Martha,

Your comment is very good. I was not trying to point a finger at the pharmaceutical companies but they really are behind so much of othe over prescribing of drugs… it’s all about big money. And, yes, unfortunately the physicians are being used as pawns in this whole dramatic situation..

Thanks for helping me spread the word and provide education to all who are willing to listen.

Gratefully, Pat

38 Roslyn February 4, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Pat, you asked if nutrition should be a consideration in assessing a physical, emotional and mental state. Although you provide lots of evidence to indicate that it could be a factor I would not like a jury to make a determination based on nutritional deficit. Could it be a factor- absolutely but never to be used as an excuse or defense. Perhaps used to rehabilitate.

39 Pat Moon February 5, 2014 at 11:27 am

Hi Roslyn,

I agree with you. I would not want a jury to make a determination of guilt based on a nutritional deficit. However, I would want a doctor, a parent, or the individual themselves to be willing to take a look at nutrition as a possible contributing factor in reservsing physical, emotional and mental instability. I am looking at it more as a preventitive measure in these cases before the person does harm to themselves or others. No, it should not be used as an excuse or a defense after a horrific act is committed.

Thanks for reading and committing.


40 Jessica February 5, 2014 at 9:15 pm

this is an interesting perspective that i haven't heard before–thank you for sharing!

41 Pat Moon February 6, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Hi Jessica,

Thanks for reading and pondering.


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