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The Nutrition-Behaviour Inventory (NBI)

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

Control 136
Addicts in recovery 49
Hypoglycemics* 40

* 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


33 Responses

  1. Andre White says:

    I scored 59 and am currently dealing with depression. I am also having serious insomnia for past 8mths. Take Lexapro but does not help to make me sleep better.

    Do you think the diet might be useful for me?

    Any other comments?

    • Jurriaan Plesman says:

      The hypoglycemic diet is probably the first to take in the treatment of mood disorders. Discuss with your doctor or see a Nutritional Doctor.

  2. Jake Sims says:

    Please can you help me some how with my temper it is running my relationship with my girlfriend and I don’t want to lose her

  3. jur says:

    Yes, I believe that the chart were off for a while. They are back, so try again.

  4. Suzanne says:

    I got scored 44, but I’m not sure about the reason and score for the ‘What two foods do you crave?’ question.

  5. Jafrian says:

    Hi,
    I scored 122. I’m in my deepest depression phase ever. Never thought it would be related to.. hypoglycemia ? What should I do from now ?

    Thanks for the article

  6. Wilder says:

    I’m not understanding how the scoring works, I suppose. There are only 52 questions. How can you get higher than 52 if you’re just counting x’s? I have 27-usually, 13- occasionally and 7-rarely. How does this add up? Obviously it equals 47, but is that correct for the test?

  7. Lyra says:

    I scored 61. So its likely that I have a metabolic disorder? What kind of metabolic disorder?? I do think Im having problems with my diet coz I sometimes skip meals & I often dont have the appetite to eat. I wasnt like this before but this suddenly happened & my mom also tells me that I lost some weight…

  8. Janelle says:

    I scored a 116. What do I tell my doctor? Will she/he think I’m stupid for letting Google diagnose me?

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