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Entries from October 2009

Mind Brain Function

October 25th, 2009 · No Comments

I recently completed producing and editing this 2 hour DVD, “Grand Unified Theory of Mind Brain Function”, for Dr. CE Gant.

Dr. Gant states: “After 35 years of practicing complementary/alternative, integrative and holistic medicine and psychiatry, and carefully assessing (and “curing”) many thousands of patients with in-depth, functional medicine testing, I am happy to present the culmination of my life’s work.”

In the DVD, he presents 20 mind/brain concepts, some of which I list here:

* Drugs are used to anesthetize stress, fear, anger, burnout, psychic pain, derived from the past and future

* The primary cause or exacerbating factor of most mental disorders is the “fight” or “flight” response and chronic stress.

* The scientifically proven, immediate cause of the “fight” or “flight” response comes from within the brain in an area called the Locus Ceruleus (LC)

* Many stressors can ignite the Locus Ceruleus (not only psychological)

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Tags: News - Addiction and Alternative Health

TV Drugs Ads Adding to Prescription Drug Addiction

October 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Dr. Oz was recently featured on the Oprah Show and the topic was about prescription drug addiction. Dr. Oz is quoted as saying that, “what started out as a legitimate prescription for pills from a doctor now has 6 million Americans addicted“.

If we know that Americans are hooked on prescription drugs, then why are we bombarded daily with ‘drug ads’ repeatedly throughout daytime programming? We’ve never had so many ads before and why do you think that is?

The answer is ‘money’ and it is what the pharmaceutical companies are spending to have direct-to-consumer advertising. This type of advertising has more than tripled between 1997 and 2005 and the amount spent has grown from $1.3 billion to $4.2 billion. The advertising has increased ever since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relaxed the restrictions on governing drug ads. Unbelievable – isn’t it ?!

I’m willing to bet that most Americans don’t know that ONLY the United States and New Zealand allow pharmaceutical companies to advertise medications directly to consumers on television and this is according to the FDA.

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Tags: Prescription Drugs Addiction

Teen Smoking Linked To Use Of Drinking And Using Drugs

October 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York have been studying the ways that teens are influenced by their peers and parents when it comes to smoking, drinking and using marijuana in a combined manner. The results show that teenagers attitudes toward smoking are influencing them in the use of multiple types of drugs whether it be drinking, smoking or using marijuana.

The results also show that it affects girls differently than boys. With girls, the emphasis stems from their friends and the permissive attitudes that exist within their social groups.

On the other hand, for boys, the drug use is predicted by how they perceived smoking to be socially prevalent in larger age groups and not just among their friends. If smoking is socially acceptable and widely practiced, then teenagers are much more like to participate in smoking, drinking and possibly use marijuana.

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Tags: Drug Abuse

Risk of Psychotic Symptoms If Women Smoke During Pregnancy

October 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

There is a greater risk of teenagers developing psychotic symptoms if their mothers smoked during the pregnancy. There is a direct link between tobacco use by mothers and psychotic symptoms which is being shown by new researched published in the October issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Researchers from several universities in Britain (Cardiff, Bristol, Warwick, Nottingham) studied 6300 12-year olds for psychotic-like symptoms (i.e., delusions, hallucinations). Just over 11% (or 734 children), showed definite or suspected symptoms of psychosis.

There is no doubt that smoking during pregnancy marks an increased risk of psychotic symptoms in children as found by the researchers.

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Tags: Smoking - Nicotine Addiction

Secondhand Smoke and Its Effects on the Liver

October 1st, 2009 · No Comments

There is a rising cause of chronic liver injury in which fat accumulates in the liver of people who have no history of drinking or very little. At the University of California, Riverside, a team of scientists found that even secondhand tobacco smoke exposure can result in a (NAFLD) nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

Manuela Martins-Green, a professor of cell biology at Riverside was quoted as saying, “our study provides compelling experimental evidence in support of tobacco smoke exposure playing a major role in NAFLD development.”

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Tags: Smoking - Nicotine Addiction