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Fascinating, although some of the research is a bit dated and some of similar finding out of London, but people are people. There are long connections between Omega-6 fatty acids (fried foods, lots of meats), but there are a few good studies that connect aggressive, even violent or self-violent, behavior with nutrition. Is some of the answer as simple as a healthy diet and Omega 3 fish oil?


Omega-3, junk food and the link between violence and what we eat

Omega-3, junk food and the link between violence and what we eat -- Research with British and US offenders suggests nutritional deficiencies may play a key role in aggressive bevaviour 


"Demar has been taking part in a clinical trial at the US government's National Institutes for Health, near Washington. The study is investigating the effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplements on the brain, and the pills that have effected Demar's "miracle" are doses of fish oil."



From the same study - "A study in a high-security prison for young offenders in the UK shows that violent behaviour may be attributable at least in part to nutritional deficiencies.

...the number of violent offences they committed fell by 37%
The UK prison trial at Aylesbury jail showed that when prisoners were put on a healthy diet consisting of multivitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, the number of violent offences they committed fell by 37%. Once the trial had finished and the prisoners were off the healthy diet, the number of offences went up by the same amount."


Source -  http://www.psychology-101.com/2012/03/are-nutritional-deficiencies-one-of.html

read more here http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2006/oct/17/prisonsandprobation.ukcrime





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Stevie brings everyone back to a simpler time.



"We all know sometimes lifes hates and troubles 

Can make you wish you were born in another time and space 
But you can bet you life times that and twice its double 
That God knew exactly where he wanted you to be placed 
so make sure when you say you're in it but not of it 
You're not helping to make this earth a place sometimes called Hell 
Change your words into truths and then change that truth into love 
And maybe our children's grandchildren 
And their great-great grandchildren will tell 
I'll be loving you... forever



This album reminds of growing up on the east coast, where there was a lot of green, a beautiful place. Family parties at the old red house would bring out 100 friends and family all over the front yard and back, and this album was always on. No kidding, the record player was set on replay for an entire summer (pre-CD era).  Lots of laughter there, people were genuine, it was a precious time. Sometimes, used to think in my teens that beautiful quiet place like paradise was tooooo boring. I needed more activity, craved the city life, I was a teen, but concrete is seldom a good substitute for trees and flowers. Now, in retrospect, when times get tough, I go back to that red house (in my mind) which was/is the peace and love. To this day, Stevie Wonder's "AS" (about our Creator) reminds me of that  place and our place in the universe. Listen up!




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New Study Confirms Rapid Rise in Antipsychotic Treatment of Medicaid-Insured Children

Released: 3/15/2013 9:55 AM EDT
Source Newsroom: University of Maryland

A new study from the University of Maryland (UM) found that use of antipsychotic drugs from 1997 to 2006 increased 7- to 12-fold in a Medicaid population of about 500,000 children ages two to 17.
The study, the latest to confirm a rapid rise of antipsychotics prescribed among Medicaid-insured children, raises questions about America’s health care system, says lead author Julie Zito, PhD, professor in the UM School of Pharmacy.


“Many were diagnosed with behavioral rather than psychotic conditions for which they have FDA-approved labeling,” says Zito. “These are often children with serious socio-economic and family life problems. We need more information on the benefits and risks of using antipsychotics for behavioral conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, in community treated populations.” Furthermore, use of antipsychotics in children with Medicaid coverage is five times that of children in the private sector—a disparity in need of greater study.


The increased use of antipsychotic medication was most prominent among youths qualifying by low family income in the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) or through very low income in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) assistance program. By contrast, there was less change among the most impaired and vulnerable youths—those in foster care or those in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, i.e. youth eligible because of disability.


Zito says, “It raises questions such as ‘are the standard treatments for behavior conditions sufficiently evidence-based in community populations.’ Outcomes research can answer these questions.” The National Institutes of Health website defines outcomes research as actively engaging in research using existing national survey datasets, and also supports, develops, and analyzes additional targeted surveys.


The study also found that many of the children received just one or two prescriptions in the study year and then left treatment. “For a behavior problem, it means they just didn’t come back, so there may be a continuity problem. This suggests we need more emphasis on uninterrupted community care. But unfortunately, we have a very disjointed heath care system.”


The Medicaid data set was generated from a representative mid-Atlantic state. The study appears in the current issue of the journal Psychiatric Services, by Zito and graduate student Mehmet Burcu, MS, in the School of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research; Laurence S. Magder, PhD, professor and director of Biostatistics in the UM School of Medicine’s, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health; Aloysius Ibe, DrPH, with the School of Community Health and Policy, Morgan State University; and Daniel J. Safer, MD, child psychiatrist with the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University.
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Diversity in Workplace Enhances Bottom Line

Source: Ryerson Universityuctive its employees tend to be, according to a new study led by a Ryerson University professor.

The commitment to diversity must be more than superficial, the researchers say.

"There are organizations that are doing what research and popular practice tells them to do. They are showing pictures of diverse workers on their website and say they have a commitment to diversity, but they're not really going beyond what people may see as simply window dressing," said Kristyn Scott, lead author

Read more: Diversity in the Workplace!
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Prayer, Meditation, Herbs & Vitamins, and yes, Diet! It all contributes to your overall health. There is no one magic pill. Staying mentally healthy means keeping on top of our physical health, both are tightly entwined. Does that make sense? After all, our blood is influenced by what we eat and drink, it circulates everywhere bringing nutrition (or junk) throughout our bodies, which includes that gray matter we call "the brain." You don't have to be neurosurgeon to know some of this stuff, some of it is common sense.


The Physical Side:


Two of my favorite Doctors! Remember, always check with your doctor before you incorporate unfamiliar herbs or exercises into your daily agenda.

Dr. Weil is a botonist, an herbologist for many decades. He knows his stuff and what ails you, including the many benefits of herbs. There are several great ways to address the stress, such as chamomile and/or other teas.   


And, what alternative solutions would be complete without our beloved Dr. OZ!



The Spiritual Side: PRAYER


Skeptics will always abound. BUT... Am I the only one that finds it interesting that nearly 90% of the earth's population believes in God? Most cultures all have a similar Creation story, even the minor details are incredibly similar going back thousands of years -- a boatload of survivors with God leading the way. How is that possible, is everyone just plain deluded?


It turns out that many people not only believe in God, but many academic studies show that prayer is more powerful than we think. We can move forward a little better knowing that we are don't always have to be the one in control and we can depend on something higher, no matter the background, creed or culture.  God has been loved, respected, revered since the beginning of time.


So, I set out to see, how important prayer is to health (including mental health). Yes, it's pretty tightly linked, sometimes the answer is as simple as getting down alone in your world, and on your knees with www.bible.cc  (that's it --not dot com) 


Here, check out some REAL academic studies on the impact of prayer and health, and happy reading:)


As a new doctors many years ago, Dr. Larry Dossey dreamt one night about a young boy, screaming uncontrollably, being frantically wheeled out of the emergency room. He woke up from the dream in a cold sweat, went to work, stepped through the doors of the hospital to see the very same thing that he dreamed an hour or so earlier. It set him on a different course in life, that event was something that none of his academics could explain. He asks in his book, did he step into the future to see what was going to happen, did the future come to him? Either way, there was so no scientific explanation. Since then, he's been on track to show the connection between prayer, meditation and modern medicine.


Dr. Dossey co-chaired the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions of the Office of Alternative Medicine, 
National Institutes of Health, 1992-94 as well as Hillary Rodham Clinton's Task Force on Health Care Reform, 1993 >http://www.dosseydossey.com/larry/default.html


Interestingly, Brandeis University (yes, in France, where Angela Davis studied, has a great Prayer Request website http://people.brandeis.edu/~bcf/prayer_request.shtml By the way, while you're there, review some of their studies, like this one: http://www.brandeis.edu/magazine/2012/summer/inquiry/praying.html


Eight weeks to a better brain? Let's Change Your Mind!


Meditation is like exercising the brain, bringing discipline to our lives. Check out this recent Harvard study from the edu Mass General http://www.massgeneral.org/about/pressrelease.aspx?id=1520


Feeling a little antsy, anxious, angst? Increase your gray matter and you'll feel better:




Stress out? Try meditation along with 20 million other Americans: http://bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2012/11/26/the-effectiveness-meditation-treat-array-illnesses-has-led-studies-how-meditation-can-change-brain/E8bvB57PLkIuIQmsLumDXL/story.html


And finally, for those who need their herbal research SUPERSIZED Check out the National Institute of Health leading research repository of scientific abstracts (this will keep you busy, like for hours and hours). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=herbal%20medicine


Often the bottom line is having a good diet, good nutrition and treat your body with respect:) 


More interesting recent scientific studies on Vitamin D (or lack thereof) and connections to psychosis from the University of Wisconson -- by the way, it is one of dozens of studies and clinical trials going on now, even at the governmental level.  

One study on  African Americans out of BMC (read below), "BMC Psychiatry is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of psychiatric disorders, as well as related molecular genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology



Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency are both highly prevalent in adolescents with severe mental illness. The preliminary associations between vitamin D deficiency and presence of psychotic features warrant further investigation as to whether vitamin D deficiency is a mediator of illness severity, result of illness severity, or both. Higher prevalence of vitamin D deficiency but no greater risk of psychosis in African Americans, if confirmed, may have special implications for health disparity and treatment outcome research."

Vitamin D; Adolescents; Deficiency; Psychosi


Also another study from Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health looking at B12 deficiency related to mixed mood psychosis:


There are a number of interesting studies suggesting that nutrition, exercise and mental health are all very connected. For instance, here a woman is Vitamin D deficient, and ends up anorexic. Some would say anorexia is mental disorder, in her case, it was a Vitamin D issue:

"Clinical Case 5.1 is a middle-aged woman suffering from the consequences of marked hypercalcemia, presenting with symptoms of polydipsia and polyuria. These, together with the weight loss, made her primary care physician suspect DM. However, this patient had anorexia whilst DM is much more commonly associated with a good appetite, despite weight loss. The polyuria resulted from the effects of hypercalcemia antagonizing the action of arginine vasopressin on the distal tubule and collecting ducts of the kidney (see Box 7.42). The resulting diuresis stimulated thirst and led to polydipsia. Her anorexia was due to the effects of hypercalcemia acting on the brain to reduce appetite.

To understand the pathophysiological mechanisms by which Clinical Case 5.1 developed hypercalcemia it is necessary to discuss the regulation of whole body calcium balance and factors controlling serum Ca2+concentration."