“This food is making us crazy.” To Dr. Lynn Todman, those words from a man in her hometown of Chicago sparked the connection between the clinical literature she was reading at the time and the community violence she was observing on the city’s south side.  In a recent interview on the “With Respect” program on WRHC-FM radio in Three Oaks, Michigan, Dr. Todman recounted the impetus for her current work at the Sorter School in Benton Harbor, Michigan, examining the impact of nutrition on antisocial behavior.
The one-time architecture student told interviewer John Smietanka that she became an urban planner because it allowed her to think beyond the rules and restrictions of architecture and delve into those structures within society that allow problems in cities to develop and flourish.  Dr. Todman said that after her work with public policy had taken her to Stockholm and London, she came to realize that the dry abstraction of research into topics like centralized versus decentralized government wasn’t addressing the issues of poverty and violence she saw festering on Chicago’s south side.