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Entries from May 2007

SPECT Brain Scans

May 31st, 2007 · No Comments

Standard brain MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans and CAT (computerized axial tomography) scans are anatomical studies, and although they can evaluate what a brain looks like physically, they cannot provide information on how well the brain works.

SPECT is an acronym for “Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography”, and it is a sophisticated nuclear medicine study that “looks” directly at cerebral blood flow and indirectly at brain activity (for metabolism).

A small amount of radioactive isotope is injected into the patient’s vein, where it runs through the bloodstream and into the brain. The patient then lies on a table for a few minutes while a SPECT “gamma” camera rotates slowly around the head. A supercomputer then reconstructs offline images of brain activity levels.

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Tags: Drugs and Brain Disorders

Amino Acid Therapy – What is it?

May 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

Neurotransmitter Restoration (NTR) is the restoration and re-balancing of normal neurotransmission in the brain through IV amino acids and is one way to overcome a drug addiction. Thousands of people have successfully used this program to beat their addiction.

Drugs, whether prescription drugs (pain pills, antidepressants, stimulants, or benzodiazepines such as Ativan, Valium, Xanax, or Klonopin), alcohol, tobacco, or street drugs (methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy, LSD, PCP and others) have something in common: they all overstimulate certain neurotransmitter receptors (nerves) in the brain. This is how they bring about their effects, but it is also how they cause lasting damage that leads to deeper addiction and the inability to handle the stresses of normal life.

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The Dry Drunk Syndrome and Hypoglycemia

May 21st, 2007 · No Comments

Dry-drunk is a term used, often disparagingly, by members of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and by substance abuse counselors to describe the recovering alcoholic who is no longer drinking but who still demonstrates the same alcoholic behaviors and attitudes.

Studies have shown that up to 90% of alcoholics are hypoglycemic (low blood sugar). According to Joan Mathews Larson, author of Seven Weeks To Sobriety, the dry-drunk symptoms are similar to people with hypoglycemia.  They include:

-irritability
-depression
-aggressiveness
-insomnia
-fatigue
-restlessness
-confusion
-desire to drink
-nervousness

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Tags: Alcohol Addiction · Drug Addiction Alternative Treatment · Sugar Addiction

Government Drug Schedule – What is it?

May 19th, 2007 · No Comments

The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) places all substances which were in some manner regulated under existing federal law into one of five schedules. This placement is based upon the substance’s medical use, potential for abuse, and safety or dependence liability.

Drug Placement Factors

In determining into which schedule a drug or other substance should be placed, or whether a substance should be decontrolled or rescheduled, certain factors are required to be considered. Specific findings are not required for each factor. These factors are listed in Section 201 (c), [21 U.S.C. 811 (c)] of the CSA as follows:

1- The drug’s actual or relative potential for abuse.

2- Scientific evidence of the drug’s pharmacological effects. The state of knowledge with respect to the effects of a specific drug is, of course, a major consideration. For example, it is vital to know whether or not a drug has a hallucinogenic effect if it is to be controlled due to that effect. The best available knowledge of the pharmacological properties of a drug should be considered.

 

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Tags: Prescription Drugs Addiction · Street Drugs

Get Rid of White Sugar, White Flour, White Rice and . . .

May 18th, 2007 · No Comments

Get rid of white sugar, white flour, white rice, and white oils to help keep your blood sugar under control and maintain a biochemical balance within the brain according to Michael Lesser, M.D., a nutritional psychiatrist and author of The Brain Chemistry Plan. He is one of the pioneers in the development of orthomolecular psychiatry and medicine.

In the book, he divides people into six basic brain types.  Each is described in detail, and precise instruction on how to identify your own type are given, along with information on the foods you should consume (and avoid), and the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and even herbs that in his experience work best for that particular type.

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Tags: Drugs and Brain Disorders · Sugar Addiction

Alternative Treatment International

May 15th, 2007 · No Comments

Here is one addiction treatment resource that may be helpful in solving your health condition.


Drug Addiction and Alcoholism can be devastating for the individual and family alike. Not only does the Addicted individual suffer, but the direct family will have their lives turned upside down, becoming drained emotionally and physically, and usually, the problem accompanies serious financial loss. For many years Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Programs have primarily been focused on a 12 Step method. In fact, 97% of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Programs surveyed include the twelve-step process.

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Pharmaceutical Company Lies About a Drug and is Finally Fined

May 14th, 2007 · No Comments

OxyContin, a trade name for the narcotic oxycodone hydrochloride, is a time-release painkiller available by prescription.  It is prescribed for relief of moderate to severe pain from such things as injuries, bursitis, neuralgia, arthritis, and cancer. Designed to be swallowed whole and digested over 12 hours, the pills can produce a heroin-like high if crushed and then swallowed, snorted or injected. As a street drug, it is commonly called OC, OX, Oxy, Oxycotton, Hillbilly heroin, and kicker.

From 1996 to 2001, the number of oxycodone-related deaths nationwide increased five-fold while the annual number of OxyContin prescriptions increased nearly 20-fold, according to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Tags: Prescription Drugs Addiction · Street Drugs

Alternative Medicine News

May 13th, 2007 · No Comments

Study Shows Hypnotherapy Use Risen in 10 Years
A recent survey by the Ontario Hypnosis Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada showed that in a group of 2,000 individuals with 74.4% women and 27.6% percent men, 69.8% had used or were currently using complementary health care practices. (PRWeb May 12, 2007)
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CVS Launches World’s 1st Hot Pepper Nasal Spray on the Web
CVS Pharmacy® has added a strangely "Hot" new item to their popular online sales catalog. It's the world's first hot pepper nasal spray. This unusually spicy remedy is designed to relieve headaches and general sinus problems that regularly affect more than 100 million Americans. (PRWeb May 11, 2007)
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New Anti-Aging Beverage Frutaiga Making a Big Splash with Stressed Out Baby B…
A rare and powerful combination of plant extracts out of Russia called Rosalean is the active ingredient in a new anti-aging beverage called Frutaiga. Health conscious consumers, health professionals and celebrities are discovering the benefits of this secret Russian formula. (PRWeb May 11, 2007)
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SeaAloe Inc. Revolutionizes The Wellness Industry With Its Powerful Nourishin…
SeaAloe Inc. recently started shipping the SeaAloe product to consumers across the United States. SeaAloe's whole-food liquid supplement promotes optimum body and immune system functions. According to its makers, SeaAloe's proprietary blend and processing techniques will redefine how Americans supplement. (PRWeb May 10, 2007)
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Massachusetts House of Representatives Honors Hypnotists Guild for Role in Le…
The National Guild of Hypnotists is being honored by the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the City of Marlborough, MA. for their significant work in advancing the art, science and philosophy of hypnotism. This year's NGH Convention and Educational Conference is being held August 10, 11 and 12, during the week recognized in a proclamation signed by the Massachusetts State Senate as "National Guild of Hypnotists Week". The work of NGH to advance the field of hypnosis is noted in the 103d US Congressional Record. (PRWeb May 10, 2007)
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Women and Alcohol

May 12th, 2007 · No Comments

Even in small amounts, alcohol affects women differently than men. In some ways, heavy drinking is much more risky for women than it is for men. As a rule, men weigh more than women, and, pound for pound, women have less water in their bodies than men. Therefore, a womans brain and other organs are exposed to more alcohol and to more of the toxic byproducts that result when the body breaks down and eliminates alcohol.

What is a drink?

A standard drink is:

– One 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler

– One 5-ounce glass of wine

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Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center Provides Holistic Addiction Recovery Options to a Variety of Addicts

May 11th, 2007 · No Comments

I have included health articles on this website to give you additional information and resources to help solve your health condition. 

by: Jerry Goldfarb

Addiction is something regularly discussed in the news, and lately has been no exception. From Representative Kennedys addiction, to Hillary Swank discussing addiction as a reason for her divorce from actor Chad Lowe, drug and alcohol addiction has become almost a daily fixture in the media. Giordano and Goldfarbs Holistic Addiction Treatment Center  hopes to provide assistance to individuals suffering from addictions such as those, using their 17 years of experience in holistic addiction rehabilitation.

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