My allergies made me do it!



MY ALLERGIES MADE ME DO IT! Crimes committed because of your allergies…sounds pretty far fetched doesn’t it?  I thought so too, so I did some poking around and the following may surprise you!

This is and article from……

“Crime and violence are increasing, especially among young people. Yes despite the best intentions of rehabilitation workers, counseling and attempts at reform are often futile. Some people seem destined to say in trouble with the law all their lives.

A few doctors and scientists now take the view that much crime, particularly violent crime, is caused by some biological malfunction of the criminal’s brain – sometimes triggered by food allergies and chemical exposure. Not that sociological factors do not play a role.

But biological factors such as allergy have been ignored too long, say the researchers. In a speech to the California Commission on the Prevention of Crime and Violence, Bernard Rimland, Ph.D., said that because traditional approach to rehabilitation of criminals haven’t been very successful, it's time to examine the influence and correction of other factors, specially:

  • Food allergies,

  • Food additives,

  • Excess sugar intake,

  • Pesticides and herbicides inadvertently added to food and water,

  • Fumes from industrial and other environmental sources and

  • Alcohol use.

Interestingly enough, many of those same factors have been found to be responsible for allergy induced hyperactivity, learning problems and aggression, which are often directly related to criminal behavior. Dr. Rimland described the brain as a ”soggy computer” – a compact information and control center that’s 85 percent water by weight.

You distract her....I'll get the goods!

You distract her....I'll get the goods!

Doctors already know that if an individual takes in too much of a toxic metal like lead, or too little of an essential nutrient like thiamine, something will go wrong. By the same token, if the person eats a food or breathes a substance which is basically harmless but to which he or she happens to be allergic – wheat, POLLEN, aspirin or whatever – the brain will act up.

The result can be distortions of judgment and control that can easily lead to antisocial and criminal behavior. ”It's well known that allergies may cause such symptoms as hay fever, asthma and hives,” says Dr. Rimland.

”Since it is so widely recognized that the nasal membranes, the lungs and the skin can be affected by a food or other substances to which some individuals are intolerant, (it's not surprising that) the brain, the most intricate and biochemically complicated organ in body, could also be effected by allergies.”

”Individuals who have cerebral (brain) allergies to wheat, beef, milk, corn and other common foods are likely to experience chronic problems such as headaches, feelings in violence or, surprisingly, specific compulsions such as to steal or commit arson,” says Dr. Rimbaland.

”Individuals who are allergic to or who cannot tolerate substances (which they eat or encounter less frequently) such as oysters, walnuts or formaldehyde, may experience unexpected and uncontrolled episodes of aberrant behavior with intervening periods of trouble free behavior. ”The ’brain allergy’ concept has important implication for correcting criminal behavior through diet,” says Dr. Rimland.

As it happens, many of the dietary changes designed to improve criminal behavior have involved the elimination of nonnutritive items such as sugar and foods additives. Alexander Schauss, a noted criminologist, reports the following sequence of events as a military prison in Seattle. On November 1, 1978, white flour was replaced with whole wheat.

On February 3, 1979, sugar was eliminated – including all pastries, cakes, ice cream, soft drinks and Kool-Aid. Records subsequently showed that after the menu changes, discipline problems among the inmates were down 12 percent from the same period a year before (Diet, Crime and Delinquency, Parker House, 1980).

But removing any incriminated allergens can correct criminal behavior. Doris J. Rapp, M.D., an allergist in Buffalo, New York, tells of one uncooperative young man who had a history of stealing. During the nine months that Dr. Rapp treated his allergies, the stealing stopped.

When therapy was discontinued (at his mother’s request), stealing resumed. Three other patients in Dr. Rapp’s care had a recurrence of stealing when allergy treatment was discontinued (Journal of Learning Disabilities, November, 1979). ”One wonders how many children and adults have been drugged and placed in institutions because of violent behavior related to adverse food reactions,” says Schauss.

Because 90 percent of delinquents have reading difficulties and other learning problems, we suggest that parents of troublesome children also read the entry on Learning Disorders. The entries on Aggression and Hyperactivity may also be helpful.



Ok that was mostly directed at food allergies, so I did a little more exploring and found this in the LA Times.

“A 46-year-old college professor who complained of life-threatening allergies was arrested Tuesday after being forcibly removed from a SouthWest Airlines flight that was bound for Los Angeles and carried dogs in the cabin.

The incident, which was captured in jumpy cellphone video, occurred at Baltimore airport, after a passenger asked that two dogs be removed from the aircraft, according to a witness. Instead, the flight crew asked the woman to leave, and she refused.

Anila Daulatzai of Baltimore was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct, failure to obey a reasonable and lawful order, disturbing the peace, obstructing and hindering a police officer and resisting arrest, said Lt. Kevin Ayd of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

This isn't really Ms.'s just some pic we got off Google! ;-)

This isn't really Ms.'s just some pic we got off Google! ;-)

Daulatzai was transported to the Anne Arundel County District Court, where she was released on her own recognizance, Ayd said. She had been removed from the plane at the request of its captain.”

Now Ms. Daulatzai allergies didn’t cause her to commit any violent acts, but nowadays disturbing flight crew and disrupting behavior on a flight can get you into serious trouble. But how about serious crimes, crimes of passion, greed, you know A&E channel kinda stuff?


Looking a little deeper I found this from a book called, Advances in Hypersensitivity Research and Treatment: 2011 Edition.


“ In 2003-2005, the Chicago Initiative to Raise Asthma Health Equity conducted an asthma screening survey of children in grades K to 8 attending Chicago public schools and Catholic schools. Crime data was obtained from the Chicago Police Department. In addition to simple regression analysis, multi level logistic regression analysis was performed to estimate the effect of criminal activity on neighborhood asthma variances. Of the surveys returned, 45,371 (93%) were geocoded into 247 neighborhoods. Neighborhoods were divided into quartile groups by mean asthma prevalence (9%, 12%, 17% and 22%). Criminal activity (annual incidence per 100,00 people) was significantly higher (p<.001) in neighborhoods with a high asthma prevalence, especially drug abuse violations, which increased more than six fold (461 vs. 2921) and violent crimes, which increased more than three fold (448 vs. 1566). After adjusting for community race/ethnicity, only violent crime continued to be significantly associated with the neighborhood asthma prevalence (odds ratio, 1.27; 95% confidence interval, 1.04-1.55, p<.05). When considered along side the sociodemographic and individual characteristics, violence continued to contribute significantly (p<.05), explaining 15% of neighborhood variations in childhood asthma. Evidence suggests an association between violent crime and childhood asthma prevalence in Chicago, wrote R.S. Gupta and colleagues, School of Medicine.


The researchers concluded: “ A deeper understanding of the mechanisms that underlie these association may lend insight to potential interventions to address urban asthma”.


If you don’t believe me you can read this for yourself here…


So links to bad behavior have been made to asthma.  Would you sensibly say that since asthma and allergies have common symptoms that allergies could also play a role in criminal behavior?


It’s an interesting concept and since I have teenage boys at home I will continue to use good filters to lessen all the asthma and allergy inducing contaminates and VentMask filters to trap everything in our ducts that builds up over time.

Maybe it’ll keep them both on the straight and narrow…I use every tool at my disposal! LOL! I'm hoping maybe it'll straighten out the dog too!