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Food and Behavior
The Biochemistry of Crime
by Barbara Stitt
The paragraphs below have been provided to RxFreeKids Foundation by the author,  Barbara Stitt, from her book, Food and Behavior
Chapter: The Biochemistry of Crime, pp. 66-73

Toxic Substances

So far we have talked about some dietary influences on behavior with which many readers may have been unfamiliar: distortions in the way the body handles sugar, missing psychoactive nutrients, allergic/addictive reactions. There is a more direct way in which our chemical environment - and especially the chemical components of what we eat - can impact on the human mind. This is through exposure to poisons.

Each day we come in contact with hundreds of thousands of substances. Most of these have been around as long as the Earth itself. Some elements, although they are basic, are now present in our environment in higher concentrations than ever before in the history of the planet. And some are entirely new, artificial substances, the toxicity of most of which is simply not known, and to which our bodies have had no time to adapt.

As humanity manipulates its environment more and more drastically, our exposure to chemicals changes in radical and unexpected ways. Let's take a look at just a handful of these substances, and see how they influence behavior.

Toxic Metals

Vitamins are not the only micronutrients; minerals also play an important role in the molecular processes which shape our lives. We already know about many of these minerals, such as boron, which is used in the construction of bones and teeth, or sodium, which is necessary for nerve and muscle function.

One group of minerals are the metals: iron, which helps bring oxygen to the cells; selenium, which, along with vitamin E, helps to slow the aging process; magnesium, which plays a vital role in converting blood sugar into cell energy, and many others. (68)

However, some metals are toxic. They are poisonous because they are antagonists to beneficial minerals; that is, they take the place of nutrients in biochemical functions, thus ruining them.

Zinc, for instance, is known to be extremely important in certain brain processes, and recent studies show it is beneficial in the treatment of schizophrenia. (69)

Lead, on the other hand, is a zinc antagonist. If there is too much lead and not enough zinc in the bloodstream, lead will take zinc's place in neurochemical functions, with disastrous results.

Population studies show that people with a high exposure to lead, either because they live near lead smelting plants, eat lead-based paint, drink water from lead pipes, or live near highways and inhale a lot of automobile exhaust, show increased learning disabilities, increased hyperactivity, and even psychosis in some cases. (70)

Here are some of the more common metals, and the physical and mental symptoms they are known to cause:

* Aluminum: Speech disturbance, uncoordination, paralysis, psychiatric disorders, tremor.

* Antimony: Loss of appetite, dizziness, fatigue, headache, irritability, abnormal skin sensations, nerve inflammation.

* Arsenic: Loss of smell, dizziness, lethargy, abnormal skin sensations, peripheral nervous system disorders, nerve inflammation, weakness.

* Cadmium: Inability to smell, fatigue.

* Lead: Convulsions, uncoordination, mental retardation, peripheral nervous system disorders, psychiatric symptoms, tremors, visual disturbances, weakness.

* Mercury: Appetite loss, speech defect, fatigue, headache, uncoordination, mental retardation, abnormal skin sensations, nervous system disorders, psychiatric symptoms, tremors, visual disturbances and weakness.

* Tin: Speech impairment, headache, abnormal skin sensations, nerve inflammation, visual disturbances.

The actions of a person with toxic metal poisoning are often quite bizarre. I once had several probationers who had been arrested for indecent exposure. Their records indicated that they all worked at the same factory at a plant that did a lot of work with metals. Hair analysis (see Chapter Three) revealed that all had acute lead poisoning. Although the connection between lead poisoning and these sorts of sexual misdemeanors is not well-defined, stories like this lead us to question whether the notorious "flashers" have dirty minds, or simply poisoned ones.

A 19-year-old probationer of mine provides a classic case of how an undetected case of metal poisoning can ruin an entire life. The young woman had been arrested for shoplifting, but her problems started much earlier. She was classified as learning disabled as early as the second grade, and had a history of behavior problems. Although she was strikingly beautiful, she saw herself as grotesque. She was a psychiatric mess.

She received a battery of tests at the Baron clinic, from which we learned she was extremely hypoglycemic and had toxic levels of lead and arsenic in her body. Biochemists believe that the highest concentration of lead the body can safely tolerate is 15 parts per million.

This woman's lead levels were more than twice that at 37 parts per million!

She was put on a dietary regimen and was given treatments to remove the toxins from her tissues. The woman was extremely uncooperative in the treatments, but still showed encouraging progress. After just a few treatments her lead levels were down to just 11 parts per million. In less than a year her I.Q. scores increased about 30 points. She could drive again, continued her education, has stayed out of trouble and - best of all - she finally realized she is a very lovely person.

The depths to which metal poisoning can throw a person is illustrated in another case. This man was a Cleveland dock worker who had been arrested for a drug felony, but managed to get off on probation for a lesser charge. I have seen few human beings in worse physical condition. When he came to my office he was so weak he could not hold his head up. His hair looked like straw, and I found out he had been losing it by the handfuls for three months. He looked fatigued and uncoordinated. Laboratory analysis of his hair revealed that the man had shockingly high aluminum levels - more than 300 parts per million. Suddenly his poor health and his criminal behavior no longer seemed a mystery to me. The wonder was that he could still walk!

I called the man and his wife into my office, and they sat opposite me holding hands as I told them the news: aluminum poisoning was contributing to the man's personality decay. In our conversation it developed that he had been working at an aluminum smelting plant for the past year, and he began noticing his physical and mental problems after getting the job. He and his wife broke into tears of happiness. The weight of guilt he had been carrying for months slid off. "You see, honey," he sobbed to his wife, "I told you it wasn't me!'

Where do toxic metals come from?

Some may come from diet; foods stored in metal containers often pick up contamination. One Consumer's Digest study showed that a majority of canned fruit juices contained high levels of toxic metals. (72)

Especially dangerous are foods stored in lead-soldered cans.

Drinking water can be another source of toxic metals, especially copper.

A study of the copper content of drinking waters in 27 locations in the Eastern United States revealed that five were at or near the level of copper considered dangerous by the U.S. Public Health Service. In addition, water run through lead pipes is often a source of lead poisoning, as we mentioned above.

There are many other sources of toxic metal exposure: auto exhaust, pollution from smelters and other industries, batteries, fungicides, extra-dry antiperspirants, cigarette smoking (a source of cadmium, lead and arsenic poisoning), soft-drink dispensers and hundreds of others.

Dr. Alexander Schauss has discovered more than two dozen common objects or environments that can be sources of lead.

Another common source of toxic metals in the environment is the burning of coal - something which becomes a greater health hazard as more coal is burned to reduce dependence on foreign oil, while at the same time environmental standards are relaxed.

As toxicologist Bernard Weiss so eloquently warns:

"If these issues (involving metal toxicity) seem remote, I urge you to acquaint yourself with recent surveys on the impact of acid rain. The unrestricted burning of fossil fuels, especially unscrubbed high sulfur coal, is accelerating the deposition of toxic metals into soil, waterways and fish at an alarming rate. Vitriolic opposition to environmental controls by electric utilities and local politicians in the midwest may provide temporary financial relief, but it may also spawn many new toxicological and environmental casualties." (76)

It ought to be remembered that, in one sense, toxic levels of lead and other metals in the body can be considered a deficiency disease. Absorption of many kinds of toxic metals can be prevented by sufficient intakes of beans and apples (77) as well as vitamins like ascorbic acid (vitamin C), which help remove toxins from the tissues.

Furthermore, in many instances toxic metals can only masquerade as their nutrient counterparts when there is not enough of that nutrient present.

Even though the toxic metals in your body may be coming from the plant down the street, how they affect you still depends on your diet.

Other Toxins

We have already mentioned the fact that the hundreds of chemical additives we consume in processed food every day can be the cause of allergic reactions, and that such reactions can influence the mind. But some of these additives are dangerous to all consumers. And the ironic thing is that we voluntarily eat several pounds a year of the most harmful of these substances.

A prime example is caffeine. The "lift" that we get from this substance, an ingredient in coffee, tea, cola, chocolate and many over-the-counter drugs, is due to the fact that caffeine stimulates the production of adrenaline. Adrenaline, as we saw, raises the blood sugar level. People who over-consume caffeine, like the young probationers I see who drink a gallon of cola or more every day, are constantly stimulating their adrenal glands. It is only a matter of time before they simply cannot respond to the stresses placed upon them. This adrenal exhaustion means the body can't raise blood sugar when it needs to and hypoglycemia results.

But caffeine has other psychoactive properties. In large single doses it can produce headache, jitteriness and nervousness, and can even lead to delirium. Research indicates that long-term consumption of caffeine in excess of 600 mg. a day (the equivalent of about eight cups of coffee, which is not at all unusual for some of the coffee or cola-guzzling probationers I handled) can cause chronic insomnia, persistent anxiety, paranoia and depression. (79) While some of these symptoms are similar to those caused by adrenal exhaustion, it seems that caffeine has some negative psychoactive properties apart from the havoc it wreaks on carbohydrate metabolism.

Monosodium L-glutamate (MSG) is another common food additive that can adversely affect behavior. Most famous for its use in oriental cooking (the toxic reaction to MSG is known as the Chinese Restaurant Syndrome), this flavor enhancer is appearing in more and more seasonings, almost all fast foods, as well as refined and processed foods under the guise of "natural flavorings."

There is much concern about MSG's effects on the central nervous systems of embryos and infants.

Writes researcher Charles Nemeroff:

"The use of sensitive and specific measures of biochemical constituents in the retina and brain of MSG-treated animals has in almost every case confirmed the deleterious effects of high-dose MSG treatment in the neonatal period. MSG given to embryos and weanling rats causes marked inhibition of neurotransmitter activity, as well as central nervous system damage. When rats receive doses of MSG starting at the first few days after birth, they show less spontaneous psychomotor activity than controls, and do significantly more poorly on certain kinds of behavioral tests." (80)

In sensitive human subjects, oral doses of MSG can cause headache, sweating, nausea, weakness, thirst, abdominal pain and other distressing symptoms. (81) While clinical studies have not yet indicated any adverse behavior caused by MSG in adult human subjects, 82 one wonders whether the additive, with its ability to damage the central nervous systems of the very young, ought not to be considered guilty until conclusively proven innocent; there is, after all, absolutely no nutritional justification for the addition of MSG to processed foods.

A brand new additive now on the market is Aspartame (also known as Nutrasweet), an artificial sweetener being used in some "low sugar" breakfast cereals and pre-sweetened soft drinks.

Although Aspartame's producer, Searle, has brought forth a number of studies to show that the sweetener is harmless, Doctors Olney and Reynold have reported that Aspartame can produce lesions in the central nervous systems of young rats. Such evidence was enough to convince the Aspartame Board of Inquiry of the FDA to recommend in September 1980 that the additive not be marketed. (83)

However, there was an ominous "new climate" in Washington, and Aspartame was cleared for human consumption. It has been added to hundreds of foods and carbonated drinks leading to a billion dollar industry by 1995.

These are just three of the possibly toxic additives which have found their way into our diet. There are thousands of others, and several new additives are developed every day.

"Ye shall know them by their fruits"
~ Matthew 7:16

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