TOXIC METALS AND VIOLENCE
by Dr. Lawrence Wilson
© October 2019, LD Wilson Consultants, Inc.
An important problem for society is finding and predicting who will commit criminal acts before they occur. Standard mental health screening is not too effective for this purpose. Better record-keeping would help.
However, there are other methods that few know about. We have been involved in one of these areas – screening for toxic metals.
Toxicology is largely ignored by both the medical and the psychiatric profession. Yet it is an important cause for violent and psychopathic behavior. This article summarizes some of the very compelling research in this area.
THE WALSH STUDIES
William Walsh, PhD, studied prisoners in the California Prison System. He identified two criminal patterns in the hair mineral patterns of prisoners. He called them episodic violence and psychopathic violence patterns.
Episodic violence pattern. The episodic violence pattern we would interpret as a slow oxidation rate with elevated copper. Slow oxidation is associated with the accumulation of excess copper in the body in biologically unavailable forms or compounds. One of these is an oxide form.
We call copper the emotional mineral because it enhances the emotions by stimulating the production of the biogenic amines, epinephrine and norepinephrine.
Criminals with this condition are not always violent. However, if they become stressed, they can react with exaggerated emotions that lead to crime and violence.
Psychopathic pattern. We would interpret this pattern as a fast oxidation rate. These criminals are in a constant state of fight-or-flight. They are paranoid and often have elevated iron and manganese in the brain, which makes them unfeeling and unemotional. This leads to extreme violence with no regard for the feelings or life of others.
THE GOTTCHALK STUDIES
These were conducted in three phases, also in California, USA. He found that criminals had manganese levels that were between twice and three times the level of that of controls. Manganese is known to cause a syndrome called “manganese madness”, which includes criminal behavior.
STUDIES BY ALEXANDER SCHAUSS
Dr. Strauss was a probation officer who worked in the Alabama prison system. He did an experiment in which he changed the diets of the prisoners and this resulted in a lower recidivism rate.
BARBARA REED – THE JUDGE WHO SENTENCED CRIMINALS TO A BETTER DIET
Barbara Reed, now retired, used her position as a judge to encourage criminals to eat better. She did an informal study and found that those who followed her orders had a lower recidivism rate than those who did not follow her orders.
OUR RESEARCH ON CRIMINALITY
This is found in the article Criminality and Criminal Pattern On Hair Mineral Charts.
To be continued …