Entries from April 2009
The term addiction usually refers to the chronic use of one of three kinds of psychotropic substances, legal drugs (eg. alcohol, nicotine), illicit drugs (eg. cocaine, marijuana) or prescription drugs (eg. valium, prozac), in large enough quantities to cause life-damaging consequences in various aspects of one’s life.
Craving is the primary symptom of addiction, and if severe enough, an addict will destroy anyone or anything to get to the “substance” which they are deluded into believing will satisfy their craving and bring happiness.
Cause of Addiction
Biochemical imbalances in eight key neurotransmitters are the driving force behind all addictions. (Brain cells or neurons, produce chemical substances called neurotransmitters and they control virtually every aspect of your life by communication with other cells.) When they are deficient, the addicted person finds it extremely difficult to satisfy their cravings. Addicts become progressively powerless over the dictates of their imbalanced brain chemistry.
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Tags: Drug Addiction Alternative Treatment
I will be attending the “Brain Repair” National conference this week. The information being presented is at the core of healing people with natural and alternative health methods who have had a drug abuse problem or even ADHD symptoms.
Top professionals and experts in the field join academic researchers to share with drug treatment providers the most current evidence-based research and strategies integrating mind-body techniques with conventional therapies to achieve the goal of recovery without relapse.
Various topics include:
- Does Sugar Matter?
- Food’s Influence On Mental Health
- Simple Solutions to Chronic Stress
- Functional Laboratory Testing For Recovery
- Neurotransmitter deficiencies
- Nutrient therapies
- Prison-Based Nutrition Research
- Group Acupuncture for Precontemplative Clients
- Acupressure Relief of PTSD
- Movement Therapies
- Intravenous and Over-the Counter Supplement Therapy
- Integrating Brain Repair Into Group Psychotherapy and over a dozen other useful topics
The conference is April 17-19, 2009, in Sacramento, California.
Sponsored by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs and hosted by the Community Addiction Recovery Association.
For more information see: carainstitute.org
More information about some of the speakers:
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Tags: News - Addiction and Alternative Health
Nicotine isn’t just addictive. It probably interferes with dozens of bodily functions according to an article published April 3 in the Journal of Proteome Research.
“It opens several new lines of investigation,” said lead author Edward Hawrot, professor of molecular science, molecular pharmacology, physiology and biotechnology at Brown University.
Hawrot’s research set out to provide a more basic understanding of how nicotine affects the process of cell communication through the nervous system.
The Brown University researchers looked specifically at the alpha-7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor.
Their discovery: 55 proteins were found to interact with the alpha-7 nicotinic receptor. Scientists had not previously known of those connections.
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Tags: Smoking - Nicotine Addiction
Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Mass., stated that Dr. Scott S. Reuben, an anesthesiologist and its former chief of acute pain, had faked medical research data. The results of the studies showed benefits from painkillers like Vioxx and Bextra and were published in several anesthesiology journals between 1996 and 2008.
Both of these prescription drugs have been withdrawn from the market as they have caused the death of thousands of people. (Merck withdrew Vioxx in 2004 and Pfizer withdrew Bextra in 2005).
The hospital has asked the medical journals to retract the studies and the doctor no longer holds an appointment as a professor at Tufts University’s medical school.
Dr. Reuben had been a paid speaker on behalf of Pfizer’s medicines, and it paid for some of his research. He also wrote favorable reviews on Pfizer’s Celebrex and Lyrica.
Do you think there is a conflict of interest here?
Do you think you might have questions about the drugs safety?
Always try to see who funded a research project. If it is a drug company, you should be highly skeptical that something fishy might be going on and not accept the conclusions as valid until it is confirmed by other reliable sources.
YOU are responsible for your own health – you have to be your own advocate!
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Tags: Prescription Drugs Addiction