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Alcohol vs Fructose

September 6th, 2013 · No Comments

Watch this enlightening video that talks about how similar alcohol and fructose is in the damage that it can do to your body.

When you compare the metabolism of 150 calories of soda with 150 calories of beer (a 12-ounce can of each), about 90 calories reach the liver in either case. Fructose causes most of the same toxic effects as ethanol because both come from sugar fermentation. Both ethanol metabolism and fructose metabolism lead to belly fat, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.

Resource: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/09/ethanol-alcohol-and-fructose.aspx

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Amy Winehouse and Rehab Relapses

August 1st, 2011 · No Comments

Isn’t it interesting that the Amy Winehouse lyrics for her hit song “Rehab” start out with these words: They tried to make me go to rehab, I said, “no, no no”.

Of course she did not want to go back since the rehab centers are a complete failure – they are just drug recycling centers.

It is rumored that she may have died from alcohol poisoning or withdrawal. In cases of severe alcoholism, withdrawal can be life-threatening. You could experience the DTs (delirium tremens) and should be under the care of a professional addiction treatment facility.

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AA Meetings For Smokers and Coffee Drinkers

July 31st, 2008 · No Comments

cup of coffee Peter R. Martin, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology and director of the Vanderbilt Addiction Center at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, was a corresponding author for a recent research report that found Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) participants are heavy users of coffee and cigarettes.

“Most individuals (88.5%) consumed coffee and approximately 33 percent drank more than four cups per day. The most common self-reported reasons were because of coffee’s stimulatory effects: feeling better, better concentration, greater alertness.

More than half of the respondents (56.9%) smoked cigarettes; of those, 78.7 percent smoked at least half a pack per day, and more than 60 percent were considered highly or very highly dependent. The most common self-reported reasons were because of smoking’s reduction of “negative affect,” which refers to depression, anxiety and irritability. “Many of these negative affective states are described by patients as contributors or triggers to relapse after periods of sobriety,” said Martin.

Even though it does not seem to appear in the report, I am sure that most of those coffee drinkers are dumping large amounts of sugar (or sugar substitutes which are just as bad) into their coffee.

Why?

Because most alcoholics are hypoglycemic and have a difficult time processing sugar – they can’t get enough! They also may be addicted to caffeine.

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Dr. Abram Hoffer and Alcoholics Anonymous

February 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D., is an internationally recognized physician, author, medical researcher and pioneer in orthomolecular medicine.

In 1960 he met Bill Wilson, co-founder of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and talked about using Niacin (Vitamin B-3) to help alcoholics. Bill W. was very interested in using it and he tested it with positive results.

Bill W. was a supporter of using Niacin but unbelievably his ideas were originally rejected by the AA International Headquarters because he was not a medical doctor!  View the video (9 1/2 minutes) to hear the story.

An interesting side note is that Vitamin B-3 is also good for balancing your cholesterol levels.

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Drugs, Alcohol and ADD

July 15th, 2007 · No Comments

Drug and alcohol abuse are very common among teenagers and adults with untreated ADD Attention Deficit Disorder. One study by psychiatrist Joseph Biederman and his colleagues at Harvard University indicated that 52 percent of untreated ADD adults abuse drugs or alcohol.

The drugs that they choose to abuse are alcohol and marijuana to settle the internal restlessness they feel, and cocaine and methaphetamines to feel more energetic and focused. Nicotine use (cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco) is much more common in people with ADD, as is the intake of large amounts of caffeine. Nicotine and caffeine are mild stimulants.

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Alcohol Intoxication Levels

July 4th, 2007 · No Comments

Keep in mind that the alcohol content of different types of beer, wine, and distilled spirits can vary quite substantially. Also, keep in mind that people react differently to alcohol depending on age, body weight and past use of alcohol.

Today is July 4th, Independence Day, a major holiday in the United States and a day of parties and celebration. Make sure you don’t drive soon after drinking!

The blood alcohol considered by most states as “Driving While Intoxicated” or “Driving Under The Influence” (DUI), is usually between .08 and 1.0 (80 – 100 mg/100ml).

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Alcohol Detox

June 25th, 2007 · No Comments

Dr. Elson M. Haas, author of The New Detox Diet, lists some of his top steps for alcohol detox as follows:

  • If you consume more than 6 to 8 drinks daily, seriously consider inpatient help or a residential detox program.
  • A juice cleanse, often accompanied with light protein and amino acids, can be useful in the transition and detox process. Post-detox, whole foods with complex carbohydrates and adequate proteins can be nourishing.
  • Follow basic hypoglycemic guidelines – avoid sugars and sweetened foods, have some nourishment regularly (every 2 to 3 hours), and maintain adequate protein intake.

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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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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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Fight Alcoholism Through Nutrition

April 30th, 2007 · No Comments

After years of research, Joan Mathews Larson, Ph.D., author of Seven Weeks To Sobriety – The Proven Program To Fight Alcoholism Through Nutrition, set up an addiction treatment clinic in Minneapolis, MN that has over a 70% success rate. The Health Recovery Center was a pioneer in a holistic way of treating patients.

Dr. Larson states that “talk therapy” can help with coping skills and serious emotional issues but it cannot repair your alcohol altered brain and nervous system or banish the depression, unstable moods, and cravings that stem from the biochemical changes alcohol brings about. The program focuses on biochemical repair and restoration.

The recovery program is built around two premises:

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