I have not seen this subject mentioned on your BB, Walt, but I would like to have your opinion. A few years ago (when I first heard of LGS), I wondered whether it might not be a factor in many cases of spousal abuse--such as those where a man flies into a rage and beats the daylights out of his wife for some utterly trivial reason, only to later be very penitent and loving. Recently, a friend and co-worker who spent 9 years in such a marriage told me a lot of details about her former husband which convinced me even more that LGS--and probably CRS and food allergies as well--may be responsible for these tragic situations. Her husband, for instance, suffered from extreme RLS and experienced very violent nightmares regularly, and he exhibited typical Jekyll-and-Hyde personality changes. I saw on TV a doctor with the Univ. of Texas in Corpus Christi who uses Paxil to treat persons experiencing irrational anger. Reportedly, he is having a great deal of success, but then he is only treating symptoms, not causes, isn't he. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the CAUSE of this terrible affliction could be identified and dealt with! You may have never been asked to treat this condition since it's not something most people would consult a doctor about (other than a psychiatrist), but does it make sense to you that LGS could be involved?
Re: LGS and Abusive Behavior
Posted by Walt Stoll on December 04, 1998 at 11:28:38:
In Reply to: LGS and Abusive Behavior posted by VickiR on December 03, 1998 at 12:55:01:
I am proud of you for having made the connection. You would be very interested in Alexander Schauss, PhD's work.
One I am sure your library can find for you is a little 100 page softback "Diet, Crime and Delinquency" by Alexander Schauss with an introduction by Michael Lesser, MD (another pioneer in this area). Published in 1981, it is still a classic in the field! Another author would be Barbara Reed, PhD. All of these & more are listed in the bibliography of my book.
There is no doubt of LGS being a basic cause of this kind of behavior. Even Dr Philpott's "Brain Allergies" could not happen without this mechanism. The problem is that it likely starts as a child and without treating the cause, the person begins to build layers of psychosicial behavior OVER this basic brain chemistry anomaly. THEN, even if the actual cause is discovered, & treated appropriately, there are now all those layers of psychological disturbance to deal with. It would have been SO much easier to deal with it at the age of 4 when everyone was still treating the tip of the iceberg.
That is not to say that treating the causes at any age might not be helpful. At least then the person would bring a fully functioning brain to the attempts at dealing with the behavior.
Let us know what you learn.