“BEHAVIORAL APSECTS OF CHILDREN (AGGRESSIVE, ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR)”
ALEXANDER SCHAUSS, Ph.D.
The nation’s criminal justice and education system continues to ignore mounting evidence of the physiogenic and environmental contributions to crime, learning and behavior disorders. As this century comes to an end it is noteworthy to observe that not a single school district in the Untied States, out of over 55,000 school districts, has established a policy of systematically evaluating students referred to special education for learning or behavior disorders. A student is indeed fortunate if someone within the school system’s hierarchy recommends that they be evaluated for evidence of lead poisoning. Similarly, not a single criminal justice agency in the country has implemented such a policy in an effort to assess the role of body chemistry as an alternative to outrageously expensive incarcerative measures or questionable pharmacologic interventions.
What prospects are there for clinical nutritionists to contribute the paradigm shift that will occur in the 21st century as society increasingly demands expanded application of alternative health care modalities into all sectors of society, including education and the criminal justice system?