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NCJ Number: 60964 Find in a Library
Title: DIETARY MANAGEMENT OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY
Journal: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OFFENDER THERAPY AND COMPARATIVE CRIMINOLOGY  Volume:23  Issue:1  Dated:(1979)  Pages:73-84
Author(s): B F FEINGOLD
Corporate Author: Assoc for Psychiatric Treatment of Offenders
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Assoc for Psychiatric Treatment of Offenders
London, NW1 6BU, England
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: INTENDED FOR CORRECTIONS PROFESSIONALS AND DOCTORS, THIS ARTICLE DISCUSSES THE DELETERIOUS EFFECT OF FOOD ADDITIVES ON JUVENILE BEHAVIOR AND PRESENTS THREE CASE STUDIES.
Abstract: IN THE UNITED STATES, ALMOST 4,000 SYNTHETIC COMPOUNDS ARE ADDED TO FOODS, GENERALLY AS PRESERVATIVES, FLAVORS, OR COLORS. PERSONS SUFFERING PHYSICAL AILMENTS CAUSED BY THESE COMPOUNDS ARE OFTEN CURED OF EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS AS WELL WITH ADDITIVE-FREE DIETS. THE EMOTIONAL DISTURBANCES RECUR WHEN THE NEW DIETS ARE ABANDONED. FOR EXAMPLE, A CLINIC TREATED 600 CHILDREN WITH BEHAVIOR DISTURBANCES DATING TO EARLY INFANCY AND COMMONLY MANIFESTED BY RESTLESSNESS, DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR, SHORT ATTENTION SPAN, LACK OF MUSCLE COORDINATION, AND SCHOOL FAILURE (OR HYPERACTIVITY) WITH ADDITIVE-FREE DIETS. SIXTY TO SEVENTY PERCENT WERE IMPROVED WITH DIET AND MANY NO LONGER NEED BEHAVIOR-MODIFYING DRUGS. COMMON OFFENDERS IN INFANCY ARE CHILDREN'S VITAMINS THAT CONTAIN ARTIFICIAL COLORS AND FLAVORS. INFANTS EXPERIENCE BEHAVIOR CONTROL IN 24 TO 36 HOURS AFTER THE NEW DIET AND CHILDREN 2 TO 5 YEARS, WITHIN 5 DAYS; BOTH SUFFER RELAPSES WITHIN 2-4 HOURS WITHOUT THE NEW DIET. CHILDREN 6-12 IMPROVE COMPLETELY WITHIN WEEKS, ALTHOUGH SOME WILL NOT SHOW SCHOLASTIC IMPROVEMENT WITHOUT A CHANGE OF SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT OR TREATMENT FOR LEARNING DISABILITIES. ALTHOUGH UNTREATED CHILDREN MAY SEEM TO IMPROVE DURING ADOLESCENCE, THEIR BEHAVIOR AND FAILURE PROBLEMS ARE MERELY LESS VISIBLE AND MAY PREPARE THEM FOR DELINQUENCY THROUGH CONSEQUENT LOWERED SELF-ESTEEM. EIGHTY PERCENT OF ALL JUVENILE DELINQUENTS HAVE A HISTORY OF BEHAVIORAL DISTURBANCES; CASE STUDIES OF THREE ADOLESCENT BOYS SHOW HISTORIES OF HYPERACTIVITY AND SCHOOL PROBLEMS FOLLOWED BY DELINQUENCY, AND COMPLETE IMPROVEMENT WITH A DIET WITHOUT FOOD ADDITIVES. TABLES AND REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED. (PAP)
Index Term(s): Emotionally disturbed delinquents; Hyperactive children; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prevention
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