By Jurriaan Plesman, BA(Psych), Post Grad Dip Clin Nutr
Hypoglycemia or Insulin Resistance Syndrome can only be diagnosed accurately by the special Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) as designed by Dr George Samra and described under the article Testing for Hypoglycemia and How the Doctor can Help.
However this medical test is expensive and can be stressful, especially for hypoglycemics.
An alternative is The Nutrition-Behavior Inventory Questionnaire.
The Nutrition-Behavior Inventory (NBI) is a pencil-and-paper test for assessing the influence of nutrition on ‘psychological’ symptoms of behaviour.
The test was created by Dr Alexander Schauss and its attached to his book:
Schauss, AG(1980), DIET, CRIME AND DELINQUENCY, Parker House, Berkeley, Cal.
This book is a must for any one interested in the relation of nutrition and behaviour and should be in the library of any Probation and Parole Officer, Social Worker or counsellor.
It is also appended in my book: GETTING OFF THE HOOK with Dr Schauss’s permission.
The NBI can be accessed below as a pdf file and it is recommended that the person – counsellor or client – make several copies. This will enable the client to monitor him/herself to see if any improvement has occurred since the adoption of the hypoglycemic diet and avoidance of any allergies.
To score the questionnaire, add up the number of responses (by crosses) under “Rarely”, “Occasionally” or “Usually”. Do not add up the number of responses under “Never”.
Fill in the number of responses for each column below to get a total score as follows:
We tested the NBI with 225 subjects consisting of
Addicts in recovery 49
* The 40 Hypoglycemic patients were tested by Dr George Samra with the special GTT for Hypoglycemia.
We obtained the following results:
From the chart it can be concluded that any score –
between 50 – 60 is borderline,
between 60-70 is likely,
above 70 is the most likely to indicate a metabolic disorder.
If in doubt and to investigate the exact nature of one’s glucose intolerance it is advisable to have your doctor diagnose this with a complete Glucose Tolerance Test for Hypoglycemia.
The Nutrition-Behavior Inventory Questionnaire: Click Here