by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© January 2010, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.

The whole world was shocked when a young student shot to death 32 of his fellow students and faculty and himself at Virginia Technological Institute.  Can we understand this tragedy in a logical way?  I submit we can.  Here are a few ideas:




      Let us look at deeper causes of this senseless killing.  Many people know that this is not the first such senseless shooting.  It is just the one involving the most people.

      I have written about the devastating side effects of the SSRI antidepressants.  Indeed, these drugs were involved in MANY of the other school shootings.  The theme is often the same - senseless killing by a young person who just happens to have been taking SSRI antidepressants.  I have documented this in an article.  Click here to read Why Do Kids Kill?  In one study of 34 school shootings, the shooter was taking these drugs in 28 of the cases.


      Evidence in this case.  The Chicago Tribune Newspaper on April 17 and the New York Times on the same date both intimated a psychiatric drug connection. This would be no surprise.  The young man had been admitted to a mental hospital several years before.  The “side effects” of the drugs, including suicide, homicide and psychosis, can persist years after discontinuing the drugs.

      I would not be surprised if the drug connection was suppressed by drug company interests, as it would cause terrible publicity if the truth be known about the antidepressant drugs. 

      A recent news story on CNN around July 15, 2008, stated that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating GalaxosmithKline, the maker of Paxil.  Documents have surfaced that the company knew about an 8-fold increase in suicide and an increase in homicide among those that used the drug, particularly young people.  This information was withheld from the FDA and other regulatory organizations for the past 15 years.  I can only hope this spurs enough lawsuits to stop this kind of abuse.

      The drug connection to the shooting is not speculation or just my point of view.  For example, the British Journal of Psychiatry published a study in 2002 in which half of a group of 230 young offenders were given a vitamin and mineral supplement, while the other half were given a placebo.

      Those who took the vitamin supplement had a reduction in all repeat crime of 25%.  Violent crime was reduced by nearly 40%.  Those who took the placebo had no reduction in their repeat crime over a period of eighteen months.

      An excellent, though older book is Diet, Crime and Delinquency by Alexander Schauss.  The book presents excellent evidence regarding the connection between crime and deranged body chemistry, toxic metals, blood sugar imbalance and other nutritional problems.

      Drug-related resources.  I have written several other articles about the effects of nutritional imbalances on the brain.  These articles include Adrenal Burnout Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder and Addiction. Other excellent resources are the following websites:, and – a wonderful organization!


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