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Food addiction more than willpower, a serious disease suffered by many

5/22/2014 - With her image blurred and identity shared only as "Mary," a 58-year-old woman told NBC Today about her serious struggles with food during a segment called, "Secret Struggle: Addicted to Food". However, her issue is unlike many people who often crave some extra potato chips on occasion or indulge in...

Tennessee introduces bill to protect unborn children from drug use

4/29/2014 - When a father and a mother are properly educated about conception and the stages of fetal development, a respect for life flourishes. What the mother consumes during her pregnancy is passed on to the developing child inside the womb. When a mother uses narcotic drugs, the precious baby inside her...

Hidden sugar could lead to addiction and disease

1/18/2014 - It has been admitted by nutritional experts, even those who are paid by the sugar industry, that high levels of sugar in food is not only causing obesity, tooth decay and disease, but it is also addictive. Sugar is an ingredient we are all familiar with. Many of us will add it to drinks and baking...

Man overcomes life of addiction with juicing

11/22/2013 - Quentin Vennie lived a life of addiction. "I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at 14, became a smoker at 22, survived a Vicodin overdose at 28 and beat a two-year addiction to anti-anxiety medication," says Vennie. In one study, 53% of people admitted to an addiction unit were dependent on Vicodin,...

Nature wins the war on drugs: Low-cost, super-potent plants prevent addiction and treat withdrawal safely

10/1/2013 - Addiction is a rampant problem in the United States, and in 1995 it was shown in the National Comorbidity Survey that 51% of individuals used drugs at some time in their lives, and 15.4% did so in the last 12 months. These drugs included the list 'marijuana/hashish, cocaine/crack, heroin, hallucinogens),...

Internet addiction now being treated in Pennsylvania hospital

9/4/2013 - Definitely a first of its kind, a new Pennsylvania hospital is organizing an inpatient treatment program for people who suffer from severe Internet addiction. Opening September 9th, the 10 day rehab program will launch from the Behavioral Health Services at Bradford Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania....

Break a sugar addiction in a week using three simple steps

8/19/2013 - Refined sugar is a drug that is similar to opiates in its power to become addicted to it. The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs stated in a study published in 2010 that sugar releases euphoric endorphins in some people's brains in a manner very similar to that of certain drugs which are commonly abused....

Hollywood hot shots spend $90,000 a month on substance addiction rehabs

8/18/2013 - Costing anywhere between $55,000 and $90,000, a substance addiction rehab center in Malibu offers Hollywood hot shots a 31 day rehab program that provides special, lavish accommodations. Malibu's Hollywood rehab center boasts a campus sporting hot tubs, sun decks, and heated pools. Substance addiction...

Addiction begins in the brain - Here is what you need to know

7/11/2013 - I recently interviewed Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed., author and expert on addictions. Cynthia's knowledge of brain chemistry as it relates to addictions is worth understanding, given that this kind of information is rarely available in conventional addiction treatment. What follows are Cynthia's words. The...

Fast-releasing carbohydrates alter brain chemistry and create addiction to junk foods

7/7/2013 - It certainly will come as no surprise that eating processed junk food is detrimental to your health. Few people may realize though that sugary sweet foods and highly processed wheat fortified breads, pasta and sweets actually change brain metabolism in a similar manner to opiates and narcotics. This...

The ultimate craving - How industry designs food to be as addictive as narcotics (and keeps us coming back for more)

3/19/2013 - It's not surprising that processed foods are designed to foster addictive behavior -- robbing us of our health, serenity and hard-earned cash. Sugar, fat, salt and artificial flavors are manipulated in such a way that after one taste, consumers just cannot help themselves and a vicious cycle begins....

The 'Nic Fit' (nicotine) explained and solved

3/14/2013 - The nicotine fit can be quite overwhelming if not satisfied. Over 45 million "nic" addicts exist in the U.S. right now. Research shows that more than half of those smokers want to quit, or have tried quitting using various methods, but have none the less returned once again to the hook, the fix, the...

How to kick the alcohol habit naturally

3/11/2013 - There are many unique factors such as life experience, social status, and family history that can drive a person towards a life of excess alcohol consumption and alcohol abuse. But one area that is almost never addressed as it pertains to alcohol abuse is malnutrition, and particularly a lack of proper...

Smoking addiction similar to gambling; both are fixed to rob you of everything

2/6/2013 - The best metaphor for the smoking addiction and how it has gotten so many millions of people hooked is gambling. Gambling is a major addiction in the United States for many people. They go to Atlantic City or Las Vegas and bet their whole paycheck, sometimes cash advances on credit, or worse, their...

Vanquish sugar addiction naturally (and painlessly) with these tips

1/24/2013 - Sugar addiction is a subtle and insidious dependency that creeps up completely unnoticed. Unknowingly consumed in processed food or a seemingly harmless meal out, sugar is everywhere. In fact, the average American ingests 150 pounds of refined sugar a year -- the equivalent of five tons throughout a...

Break a sugar addiction within a week using three easy steps

9/18/2012 2:00:12 PM - Refined sugar is a drug that is similar to opiates in its power to become addicted to it. The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs stated in a study published in 2010 that sugar releases euphoric endorphins in some people's brains in a manner very similar to that of certain drugs which are commonly abused. "Sugar...

Auricular (ear) Acupuncture proves effective in addiction and detoxification treatment

5/5/2012 - In 1972, a Hong Kong neurosurgeon, Dr. H. L. Wen, discovered that the acupuncture he used on a surgical patient for analgesic purposes also diminished the patient's opium withdrawal and cravings. Dr. Wen was using auricular or ear acupuncture, where needle points are routinely used for diminishing pain...

Canadian addiction experts call for national strategy to tackle prescription drug addiction

2/29/2012 - With addictive painkiller OxyContin being phased out in Canada, health experts are calling for a national strategy to confront prescription painkiller abuse. OxyContin is the most well known form of the narcotic painkiller oxycodone (technically, oxycodone hydrochloride). Like other opioid drugs...

Whitney Houston yet another victim of pharmaceutical drug industry (UPDATE 2)

2/12/2012 - The regretful passing of an American entertainment icon -- Whitney Houston -- marks yet another sad milestone in the devastating body count of the prescription drug industry. TMZ is now reporting that Whitney Houston was found not with illegal drugs, but prescription drugs that may have killed her or...

Amino acid therapy for depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction and more

11/2/2011 - I've recently learned a lot about amino acid therapy from the medical director of Ranch Creek Recovery, a holistic drug and alcohol recovery facility located near San Diego, CA. Ranch Creek Recovery offers long-term residential treatment for severe addictions and amino acid therapy plays an important...

Stop food addiction in its tracks with these three steps

7/19/2011 - In spite of increased awareness of the role of food and lifestyle in chronic, degenerative disease, Americans continue to eat junk like there is no tomorrow. For some, chronic food indulgence can rightly be called an addiction. What do we do when we can't stop eating food that will kill us in the end?...

Junk food cravings trigger same brain activity as drug addiction, suggests study

5/2/2011 - The brain's response to the tempting appeal of a sugary, fatty milkshake or to a bag of salty, greasy snack chips appears to be the same response a drug addict's brain exhibits when anticipating the next "hit," suggests a new study published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry. Ashley Gearhardt...

Alcohol addiction treatment - Learn these five tips and support recovery process naturally

1/12/2011 - One third of Americans will experience some form of alcohol use problem during their lifetime. Christmas is a time of cheer and parties but for some the accompanying drinking can be more of a problem than fun. Alcohol can damage the liver, weaken the immune system, slow healing and impair bone formation....

Social media addiction can ruin your health

9/28/2010 - Constantly updating your Facebook status, Twittering your every move and spying on your friends, relatives and coworkers who are doing the same things, can increase stress levels, ruin sleep patterns and even degrade meaningful personal relationships, according to a new study out of Harrisburg University...

Junk food-addicted rats chose to starve themselves rather than eat healthy food

8/5/2010 - A diet including unlimited amounts of junk food can cause rats to become so addicted to the unhealthy diet that they will starve themselves rather than go back to eating healthy food, researchers have discovered. In a series of studies conducted over the course of three years and published in the...

Detoxify Naturally from Methadone

1/8/2009 - There are many reasons why a doctor may prescribe a strong pain killer to manage a patient's pain. Injuries, strained muscles, arthritis, cancer, or even recovery from surgery are all situations where a patient may be prescribed strong prescription pain relievers. Unfortunately, it is all too common...

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