The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Could your diet make you violent?

    The Guardian reports and Clayton Cramer’s blog has summarized the research on a potential link between an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency and increased violence.

    Here’s the evidence so far.

    • In the UK, imprisoned young men fed multivitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids had a 37% decrease in violent offences
    • Also in the UK, fish oil improved the behavior and reduced aggression among children with severe behavioral difficulties
    • In the U.S., 30 patients with violent records given omega-3 supplements had one-third less hostility and irritability, regardless of whether they were relapsing and drinking again

    On the other hand, kids without behavioral problems don’t respond to omega-3 rich diets in the same way.

    The links above discuss the potential mechanisms. It’s related to omega-6, “The Queen of Fats,” which was discussed here before

    If a small percentage of our population has a serious inability to control rage because of a dietary problem, it’s something to fix.

    It also raises lots of legal questions — even resurrecting the “Twinkie Defense.” Is it a justification for breaking the law? Should offenders be sentenced to jail and/or dietary counseling? Can you incarcerate someone who has a “proven” dietary deficiency?

    Who is ultimately responsible for your eating habits?

    10/19/06 10:43 JR

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