Curbing 'buckwild' juvenile detention behavior

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  1. dustyelbow

    dustyelbow Well-Known Member MEMBER

    Oct 25, 2005
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    Posted August 22, 2006 12:09 AM
    The effect of vitamin-mineral supplementation on juvenile delinquency among American schoolchildren: a randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial.

    CONTEXT: Numerous studies conducted in juvenile correctional institutions have reported that violence and serious antisocial behavior have been cut almost in half after implementing nutrient-dense diets that are consistent with the World Health Organization's guidelines for fats, sugar, starches, and protein ratios.

    Radical findings
    Enter Bernard Gesch, physiologist at the University of Oxford anddirector of the behavioural research charity Natural Justice. In 2002 Gesch and his colleagues produced a remarkable piece of research showing a direct link between nutritional status and criminal behaviour. In a British prison, 231 men between the ages of 18 and 21 were divided into two study groups. One was given nutritional supplements along with their meals, the other group placebos. Neither the prisoners, nor the guards, nor the researchers at the prison knew who had the real supplements and who had the fakes. The researchers then monitored the number of times participants violated prison rules, and compared the results to data that had been collected in the months leading up to the nutrition study. The supplements given in this study provided little more than the recommended daily requirement of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids; they were not the ‘mega-doses’ often used in nutritional studies. Yet the results were staggering. Prisoners given supplements for four consecutive months committed an average of 26 per cent fewer violations compared to the preceding period. For serious breaches of conduct, particularly the use of violence, the number of violations decreased 37 per cent. Those given placebos showed no marked change in behaviour. This particular study differed from many in the social sciences in its thoroughness and scientific rigour. The carefully constructed experiment ruled out the possibility that ethnic, social, psychological or other variables could affect the outcome. As a result, Gesch and colleagues emerged with convincing scientific proof that poor nutrition plays a significant role in triggering aggressive behaviour.


    This is a serious matter. Food we eat seem to MAGNIFY our BEHAVIOR.


    But oh well.