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Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Allergies and Delinquency
It never ceases to amaze me how food can affect behavior. If I had not witnessed it first hand with my own child, I do not think I would appreciate the depth of its impact. Joseph Keon makes an intriguing suggestion in his book, Whitewash: The Disturbing Truth About Cow's Milk & Your Health: that there is a connection between juvenile delinquency and food allergies, particularly to milk, corn and sugar. Studies have shown that delinquent adolescents consume ten times as much milk as their non-problematic peers. Over consumption or addiction to any food is thought to be an indicator of a food allergy. While this alone does not show a causal relationship, the potential connection should be investigated further.
If the conclusion Keon makes is true, I can't help but wonder whether the futures of so many troubled youths could be different with early detection of food allergies.