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Doctors object to bill that would allow force feeding of hunger striking prisoners

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4565 (Published 16 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4565

Re: Doctors object to bill that would allow force feeding of hunger striking prisoners

Prisons are a paradoxical public policy failure. The more prisons we have, the more crime we have, and the less justice we enjoy. All too often, crime is a manifestation of addiction with its inevitable fraud and violence. What should we do? We should find new solutions to addiction that naturally curb our craving for addictive substances. In my experience, this can best be accomplished through dietary modification, by following a balanced, organic, non-addictive, lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet. Addiction is a sickness that needs medicalization, not criminalization. (1) (2) (3) (4)

(1) Mann, H. What is life? http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/01/what-life
(2) Mann, H. What is health? http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/10/31/what-health
(3) Mann, H. What is addiction? http://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/01/what-addiction
(4) Mann, H. What is a healthy diet? http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f307/rr/625806

Competing interests: No competing interests

17 July 2013
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
Eagle Rock, MO, USA