Did you know that violent behavior whether leading to destruction against others or one-self, such as in addictions, is tied to specific nutrient imbalances that can be traced already in kids?
We used to think that violent behavior, addictions, eating disorders and general social dysfunctional behaviors were purely a result of lack of supportive parental guidance and a good upbringing.
Well, it has long been known in nutritional psychiatry, that terrible childhood actually has little to do with where people end up later in life.
We are not our trauma, and we can transcend pain of the past, when we are resilient on a biological level. Although, not to say that trauma does not indeed affect us on a biological level - unresolved trauma will tend to haunt us and change our metabolic capacity til we have released it. Simple because our body experiences trauma as chronic stress, and enters a flight or fight mode. This is the same biochemical mode that our body goes into, when we experience lack of food. Our body perceives stress as stress - on a cell-level there is no difference. Our body will always want to hold on to weight, when we are under perceived stress as a means to survive. Why we cannot lose weight by simply counting calories and exercising more - metabolic functioning is complex, and whatever our imbalance is related to must be targeted.
Most of the kids involved in the school-shootings have had a stable upbringing, yet the parents report on early disturbing behavior - i.e. harm to animals, raging tantrums and isolation behavior.
Considering that many very successful people today come from dysfunctional families, yet they have managed to transcend their circumstances, something else must be at play.
Something that is stronger than our willpower or social insight. If you look at Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, you will see, that there is one thing, that will surpass any rational thinking: our biology - including that of a dysfunctional one.
We are only as evolved as our biochemical set-point.
Which is why, addictions and eating disorders keep us on our lowest level of development, because our majority time spent is on basic survival mode - food, hunger, need to get the next fix to feel normal etc.
Carl Pfeiffer and Abram Hoffer have been the pioneers in understanding and documenting the nutrition-brain connection since the 1920ies. They have released substantial research on specific nutrients involved in violence and mental disorders. Research that has been duplicated and confirmed: nutrition, mental illness and violence are tied together.
However, because nutritional psychiatry is not part of medical education, their clear results and matching protocol on how to use advanced nutrient therapy, has not been implemented in clinical practice.
Doctors, nutritionists, psychologists and psychiatrists are not routinely trained in neuroscience, as it pertains to mental disorders and biochemical imbalance and how to reverse it with advanced nutrient therapy. Most only understand how to deal drugs that simply mask the underlying biochemical imbalance at play, which will only get worse with time.
Drugs cannot cure an issue - and they further cause gut issues, including nutrient malabsorption.
Drugs are drugs are drugs - and where they come from - your doctor's office or the street - bottom-line does not make any difference.
They are equally addictive, damaging and side-effects too many to mention. Just because your doctor prescribed your drugs, does not make it side-effect free. In many cases our medical system is set up to be our drug dealer.
Prescription medication abuse and addiction is one of the biggest obstacles today. Not street drugs. And that's sad, but that's another story.
If you rely on prescription drugs to mask your issues, this will over time lead to a complete breakdown in your mental and physical health, if you do not understand how to target the root of the cause while - if needed - masking the symptoms with prescription medication.
Still, most doctors and psychiatrists will only talk about mood issues in relations to serotonin and dopamine - and prescribe drugs to match that. That is, if you are lucky to have a practitioner who understands how to determine, whether your issues are serotonin, GABA or dopamine based. Most do not understand how to differentiate between the finer symptoms involved in each neuro-chemical imbalance, nor do they test for it. So unfortunately they just throw a bunch of SSRIs at you, if you report mood issues.
Your mood issues may not better from a serotonin-targeted approach at all - you can have mood issues for a variety of neuro-chemical imbalance issues, not just serotonin.
If you take the wrong prescription drug, your mood can tank and your impulse control can go completely hay wire.
It is well known that most of the kids in the recent US school-shootings have been on SSRIs. A drug prescribed that should increase their mood - however, in the small writing on the back of the package, it says that side effects may include "depression, suicide and aggression".
Hello? I mean hellohello? Wake-up call! Is anyone home? Sometimes you gotta wonder.
I am not sure how those side-effects fit with a person who is already feeling edgy in those respective areas. This is not rocket science, but common sense.
So which 4 Key Nutrients Are Predicative of Destructive Behaviors?
· Low levels of zinc
· High or extreme low levels of copper
· High levels of histamine
· Iron deficiency
These can be tested for a couple hundred dollars and well worth your investment in your own ability to deal with mood, stress, anger or even depressive issues.
Yes, you CAN eat your way to a strong and resilient body, mind and soul.
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