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Studies determine sugar, saccharin more addictive than cocaine

11/3/2014 - Millions of prohibitionist-minded Americans have been exposed as complete hypocrites by research proving that refined sugar is more addictive than even hard drugs like cocaine. A compilation of scientific evaluations looking at both sugar and synthetic sweeteners reveals that these omnipresent substances...

Science reveals sugar is as addictive as major illegal drugs

2/13/2014 - What if you discovered that a food you were consuming had the same effects on your body as a highly illegal drug and could lead to addiction, cravings, bingeing, chronic degeneration, and even death? In depth studies show that consuming sugar has the same effects on the body as taking heroin and cocaine. Heroin...

Surgeon General, scientists agree: Cigarettes are more addictive and deadly than ever before

2/5/2014 - So the Surgeon General, with several supportive scientists, has publicly announced that cigarettes are worse than ever. But the attention was mostly on the nicotine content of tobacco throughout the bulk of the almost 1,000-page report. Although several studies and epidemiological reports confirm the...

Sugar named 'most addictive and dangerous substance' of our time, worse than cigarettes and alcohol

9/25/2013 - While the rest of the world is busy obsessing over the dangers of cigarettes and alcohol, the head of Amsterdam's health service in the Netherlands is trying to raise awareness about a much bigger and more pervasive health threat: sugar. According to Paul Van der Velpen, sugar is the most dangerous...

Researchers propose that sugars be taxed like other harmful and addictive substances

8/21/2013 - The results of research findings over the past 20 years have scientists urging governments to tax sugar in the same way as other harmful substances like tobacco and alcohol are. These addictive substances have high abuse potential, and any amount of their consumption is associated with an increase in...

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....

Is ice cream really as addictive as cocaine?

9/29/2012 - In March 2012, the British news source, Daily Mail, ran a story that stated ice cream was as addicting as cocaine. The article quoted the well-respected American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which had published a study performed at the Oregon Research Institute just days before. The clinical study...

Addictive painkiller OxyContin being tested on U.S. children

7/10/2012 - Purdue Pharma LP, the pharmaceutical company responsible for developing the highly addictive painkiller drug OxyContin (oxycodone), is so desperate to retain exclusivity on the soon-to-expire patent rights for its drug that it has decided to conduct clinical trials with OxyContin on young children....

New study finds social media is more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol

2/15/2012 - Do you consistently decline getting involved with Facebook, Twitter, or any other other social network scheme? Don't let others make you feel guilty. You may be relieved to know you've made the right decision about refusing more social obligations than are worth handling. A new study has discovered...

Studies show junk foods change brain chemistry and are addictive like cocaine

12/24/2011 - Is gorging on a bag of nacho cheese-flavored corn chips, for instance, the same as snorting a line of cocaine? A number of scientific studies, many of which were conducted within the past year, have found that junk food addiction is essentially the same as cocaine addiction, at least as far as the brain...

Addictive behavior may be modified with homeopathic and natural treatments

6/8/2011 - An addiction can be described as a craving for or dependence on a substance, usually alcohol, nicotine or drugs. Addictions to physical substances should always be treated by a registered practitioner. This article examines some of the natural, alternative remedies that may be prescribed by a homeopathic...

Junk food as addictive as street drugs

12/23/2010 - Scientists are increasingly becoming convinced that junk food can be just as physically addictive as street drugs like heroin. Researchers at Rockefeller University have found that foods high in fat and sugar cause the brain to release many of the same pleasure chemicals that produce drug addiction,...

Everyday Painkillers Become Addictive After Just Three Days of Use

12/31/2009 - Over-the-counter painkillers that are widely popular in the United Kingdom can become addictive with as little as three days of use, the country's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has warned. "We are really pleased that the MHRA are now sitting up and taking notice," said...

Kentucky Sues Maker of OxyContin over Marketing Deceptions, Addictive Qualities of "Hillbilly Heroin"

2/1/2008 - The state of Kentucky and several counties in that state have filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of prescription painkiller OxyContin. The lawsuit alleges that the company has engaged in deception over the addictive and potentially harmful nature of the drug, and seeks reimbursement...

The unauthorized history of Coca-Cola (satire)

1/14/2005 - Coca-cola was originally promoted as a drink "offering the virtues of coca without the vices of alcohol." Until 1903, a typical serving contained 60mg of cocaine. Today, it still contains an extract of coca leaves. The Coca-Cola Company imports eight tons of coca leaf from South America each year --...

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