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Entries from June 2009

Smoking and Migraine Headaches

June 28th, 2009 · No Comments

According to research reported in the Journal of Headache and Pain, smokers that smoke more than five cigarettes a day trigger more migraine headache attacks than those who smoke less than five.

Previously, some people believed that smoking could improve migraines by reducing anxiety, one of the factors that triggers an attack.

But now it is realized that the supposed migraine cure ends up becoming its cause.

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Tags: Smoking - Nicotine Addiction

Michael Jackson Dies From Prescription Drugs

June 27th, 2009 · No Comments

The evidence is piling up that Michael Jackson died of prescription drugs. (Do you think he looks healthy in this photo? NO! I am sure drugs were taking their toll.)

Deepak Chopra said on CNN that he had been concerned since 2005 that Michael Jackson was abusing prescription painkillers and most recently spoke to the pop star about suspected drug use six months ago.

Chopra said Jackson, a longtime friend, asked him for painkillers in 2005 when the pop star was staying with him following his trial on sex abuse allegations.

Chopra stated that he believed Jackson was addicted to Oxycontin and Demerol (Demerol was injected) The narcotic drugs were used for pain control.

Demerol carries a long list of warnings to users. The government warns that mixing it with certain other drugs can lead to reactions including slowed or stopped breathing, shock and cardiac arrest.

Chopra said he refused but added the nanny of Jackson’s children repeatedly contacted him with concerns about Jackson’s drug use over the next four years.

He said she told him a number of doctors would visit Jackson’s homes in Santa Barbara County, Los Angeles, Miami and New York.

It sounds like he was doctor shopping to me!

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Tags: Prescription Drugs Addiction

Health Insurers Want You To Keep Smoking

June 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Health and life insurance companies in the U.S. and abroad have nearly $4.5 billion invested in tobacco stocks, according to Harvard doctors.

“It’s the combined taxidermist and veterinarian approach: either way you get your dog back,” says David Himmelstein, an internist at the Harvard Medical School and co-author of a letter published in the June 4th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Marijuana Damages DNA

June 16th, 2009 · No Comments

Researchers from the Cancer Biomarkers and Prevention Group, Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine and Karolinska Institute, Sweden, are reporting “convincing evidence” that marijuana smoke damages the genetic material DNA in ways that could increase the risk of cancer.

Marijuana (Cannabis) smoke contains 400 chemical compounds including 60 cannabinoids. Because of its lower combustibility than tobacco, it contains 50% more carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons including naphthalene, benzanthracene, and benzopyrene, than tobacco smoke.”

“The smoking of 3-4 marijuana cigarettes a day is associated with the same degree of damage to bronchial mucus membranes as 20 or more tobacco cigarettes a day,” the researchers state.

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Tags: Marijuana Addiction · News - Addiction and Alternative Health

FDA New Power Over Tobacco Products

June 11th, 2009 · No Comments

The US Senate voted today (June 11, 2009) to give the FDA new power to limit nicotine in cigarettes, drastically curtail ads and ban candied tobacco products aimed at young people.

The legislation, one of the most dramatic anti-smoking initiatives since the U.S. surgeon general’s warning 45 years ago that tobacco causes lung cancer, would give the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate the content, marketing and advertising of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

“This legislation represents the strongest action Congress has ever taken to reduce tobacco use, the leading preventable cause of death in the United States,” declared Matthew Myers, president of Campaign for Tobacco-free Kids.

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Integrative Medicine Treatment For Drug Addiction

June 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Allan Sosin, MD, is the founder and medical director of the Institute for Progressive Medicine. Dr. Sosin is an expert in the use of natural approaches to replace drugs and surgery. He has over 40 years of clinical experience in treating patients with traditional therapies and 15 years experience using alternative methods in combination with conventional medicine.

Alternative approaches to medical problems included the use of nutrition, vitamin and mineral therapies, chelation therapy, acupuncture, natural hormone replacement therapy, stress management, chiropractic, massage and IV therapy.

You can view a recent interview I conducted with Dr. Sosin below.

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Tags: Drug Addiction Alternative Treatment

Integrative Medicine Treatment for Addiction

June 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Hyla Cass, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist and nationally recognized expert on integrative medicine. She combines the best of natural medicine with modern science in her clinical practice, helping to replace medications with individualized natural products such as vitamins, herbs, amino acids, and bio-identical hormones.

She has created innovative formulas to help balance brain chemistry – to enhance mood for those choosing a more natural modality, and for those coming off antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, drugs of abuse, or alcohol.

Dr. Cass is the author of a number of popular books including most recently: “Natural Highs”, and “Supplement your Prescription: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutrition”.

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Tags: Drug Addiction Alternative Treatment

Holistic Addiction Treatment

June 7th, 2009 · No Comments

John Giordano is president and co-founder of G&G Holistic Addiction Treatment Center in North Miami, Florida. I saw him speak at the “Brain Repair” conference in Sacramento. He is one of the most entertaining speakers I have heard in a long time.

His life is the stuff of movies, from a heroin-dealing father in the Bronx, a childhood in gangs, a karate champion by age 17, and success as a businessman which led to drugs, alcohol, and disaster.

After successful intervention by those who still cared for him and his own unquenchable desire for self mastery and learning led him to sobriety, drug recovery, and the creation of one of the premier addiction treatment programs on the East Coast.

His center mixes conventional medicine with innovative alternative medicine methods to heal the body, mind, and spirit.

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Nutrition and Behavior

June 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

Food and Behavior Nutrition Effects Behavior

Many research reports show that good nutrition has a positive effect on behavior. This include better school performance and preventing probationers from re-offending.

At the conference I attended on “Brain Repair”, Barbara Reed Stitt, PhD, author of the book “Food and Behavior“, received the Abram Hoffer Lifetime Achievement Award for her pioneering work in the use of food to improve behavior. (The book is a must read for all parents, educators and psychologists.)

Like Abram Hoffer, MD, PhD, the namesake of this award who bucked conventional wisdom to focus on the biochemical basis of addictive and mental health disorders, Dr. Stitt was willing to stand out among her peers doing what worked even if it wasn’t the standard of care in her day.

As Chief Probation Officer in Cuyahog Falls, Ohio, she fine tuned her program for seven years until courageously revising the modus operandi of the Probation Department, beginning in 1970.

An astute medical detective, Dr. Stitt looked for hypoglycemia, food allergies, adrenal gland fatigue, heavy metal accumulation, and B vitamin and other nutritional deficiencies. She knew these five problems led to distortions of thinking and decision-making. When these were addressed the results were astounding: Even though it is common for over half of arrestees to be drug dependent and for recidivism rates to be as high as 77%, over 80% of her probationers stayed out of the criminal justice system during the last twelve years of her work in Ohio.

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No Tobacco Day

June 1st, 2009 · No Comments

The theme of World No Tobacco Day 2009 is “Tobacco Health Warnings”, with an emphasis on the picture warnings that have been shown to be particularly effective at making people aware of the health risks of tobacco use and convincing them to quit.

More and more countries are fighting back against the epidemic of tobacco by requiring that packages of tobacco show the dangers of the product’s use, as called for in guidelines to the WHO (World Health Organization) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

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Tags: News - Addiction and Alternative Health