Regarding Rampage Shootings

I wasn’t going to write why I believe these atrocities like the school shooting today happen all the time, *primarily* in the USA, but after some friends asked me to go ahead, and after seeing this thread on Reddit, I realized that my opinion might be shared with others too, and not be so outlandish after all. So in danger of alienating some of my readers, here is my theory.

First off, it’s not guns to blame. Guns are simply a tool in such cases. Making guns illegal would be useless to combat the causes, because the people who would want to use guns, they’ll find ways to acquire them. With the huge gun industry in the USA, incriminating or controlling gun ownership would be like trying to cut people off corn and corn fields. Good luck with that. Sure, regulating them will help, but it won’t treat the cause.

In my opinion, there are two driving reasons why these individuals jump the shark and start killing others en mass:

1. Artificial Societal Rules and Capitalism

The Western world (and especially the ultra-capitalistic USA) is living a lie. We are not meant to live the kind of lives we do today. As this very nice documentary put it, we’re running modern software on 50,000 year old hardware designs (our bodies). We haven’t evolved yet to be living in these conditions. So both the pressure to succeed as an individual in things that don’t truly matter (e.g. “becoming a successful professional and make money”), and the constant bullying and critique from the surrounding society for those who don’t play with the rules, is taking its toll. Most of us are burrying these feelings, others become bullies, and others just go on rampage, shooting people to get back to the society at large. It’s not random that most of the time they go and kill randomly.

2. Inhuman Nutrition and Mental Illness

This second point is the one that most people do not consider as a real point, but in my opinion it’s almost as important as the first point. Research in the ’80s shown that tribes of hunter & gatherers had very little schizophrenia or other mental illnesses (I highly suggest you check out this book too, by distinguished schizophrenia researcher E. Fuller Torrey). In contrast, half the Western world (especially in the US) is in med drugs. Kids these days are starting getting prescription drugs at the age of 6. We are NOT stable, normal people. We do NOT function properly — almost none of us in the Western civilization is! Except the societal pressure as outlined above, the second aspect is the kind of food we’re eating. The Western diet is a POISON diet, that’s why we have so many “diseases of civilization” that don’t appear in hunter & gatherer communities. The diet in the US is the most industrialized in the world, hence the various incidents mostly happening there. Poison your body, and you will poison your brain. After cutting down all grains when I went Paleo 15 months ago (and especially after going Paleo-ketogenic for a few months), I saw a huge change in my mental psyche: no anxiety anymore, situational depression was lifted, ADD lifted. I became less argumentative, less “difficult”. Even my sexual behavior changed, to the better (and this proves that this was a deep change). My creativity found new heights (I could never put my brain together before to do the kind of collage I do today). I would highly suggest you read the articles on this blog, by psychiatrist Emily Deans, and possibly do a search about various mental illnesses (and how these were lifted by cutting down the poison that is all grains, excessive sugars, vegetable oils, and legumes) at Paleohacks.com. Nutrition plays a way bigger role to mental illness than you think it is. We all think of mental illnesses as “bad luck” or “bad genes”, or “just craziness”, but it’s more closely related to Neolithic nutrition (that we haven’t evolved with) than we thought it ever was. Especially if you’re missing enough D3, and omega-3 in your diet (ratio to Omega-6 should be 1:2 or 1:3), expect mental havoc. Add on top of that environmental toxins and urbanization, and boom! With enough mental instability, some jump the shark and go shoot people.

As long as AT LEAST #2 is not fixed somehow (#1 can only be fixed via societal maturation and rapid, natural or not, evolution — which will take a few more thousand years), expect more such rampage killings in the future. So don’t sound so surprised the next time it happens and you start tweeting “Oh, my God, blah blah blah”. It’s very sad indeed, it’s a truly terrible thing. But it IS going to happen. Again, and again, and again.

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Thomas F├╝hringer wrote on December 16th, 2012 at 3:46 AM PST:

It all comes down to the fact that man is designed to be a nomad. When he started to settle down and dig up the earth he became unhappy and developed neuroses.
But it is hard to fix THAT.


William Eggington wrote on December 16th, 2012 at 4:52 PM PST:

The more you talk about the Paleo diet the more and more I am interested in trying it out. Thank you for sharing. Your views make so much more sense than the “ban all guns” argument most people are espousing.


Ivan wrote on December 18th, 2012 at 12:32 PM PST:

First a practical request: when referring to a ‘nice documentary’, please enter reference details rather than a Netflix link, because outside of the US, the only thing I get is “Sorry, Netflix is not available in your country yet.”

It certainly is an interesting point of view: blaming diet for this. Hm, in my culture (Belgium), weapons are very rare. We consider fire arms extremely dangerous and very few people have them; usually owners are either part of a shooting club (sports), hunters or they are criminals. We’ve had our killing sprees, also: some years ago, a youngster entered a Kindergarten (for children under 3) and killed several babies and care givers with a kitchen knife. He was a diagnosed schizophrenic. Some years earlier, a guy bought a gun in a shop and started shooting people in the streets of Antwerp. He was a racist and he targeted dark skinned people.
These kinds of cruelty have happened in all ages. I honestly don’t believe that in hunter & gatherer communities, these kinds of cruelty were absent: some of those are cannibals and cut off the heads of their victims!
I strongly believe that the availability of semi-automatic guns is proportional with the number of victims.
As a teacher, I have been in contact with many adolescents. The large majority is on a typical western diet. Psychotic behaviour does occur, but it is very rare.


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Eugenia wrote on December 18th, 2012 at 12:41 PM PST:

The documentary is called “Surviving Progress” (2011).


MarkES wrote on December 22nd, 2012 at 8:27 AM PST:

Very interesting. Paul Jaminet also suggests dietary connections in this recent Psychology Today Violence: Are There Dietary Causes? article.


Michael C. wrote on December 22nd, 2012 at 8:37 PM PST:

Come on. I thought better of you. Hamburgers killing people? Yes, but not with bullets. The paleo diet may have fixed your stomach issues but may have adversely affected your ability to critical thinking.


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Eugenia wrote on December 22nd, 2012 at 8:48 PM PST:

Michael, my critical thinking is sharper than ever was. I never felt more alive and well. I suggest you read the link by MarkES right above too. Mental illness started running rampant in the last 60 years, exactly when the industrial food started becoming more dominant, and when the selected, dwarf wheat variety was introduced to the world. I’m not alone in this kind of thinking, and yes, I do know how outlandish this sounds to the people who believe that mental illness has nothing to do with the gut flora of both the patient and his/her mother’s, or the food we eat, and the environment we live in. And yet, it has EVERYTHING to do with all that. We are not supposed to be sick, in any way. We have done multi-generational damage through epigenetics, and it would take a few more generations to fix that damage, IF we started tomorrow to eat and live properly. So it’s not as simple as “change your diet and you will be fine”.

My stomach issues fixed by this diet is only 1% of the overall puzzle, you only paid attention to that part just because I talked about it here more. But you haven’t done any research online (or just read a few RECENT books) about all that to see how deep the rabbit hole goes. What I wrote in this blog post only touches the surface of all the reading I’ve been doing in the last year, after my health was fixed. So don’t get transfixed on my IBS — I’m way past that.


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