Addiction Our Major Issue! Right now we are facing a mounting opioid crisis, daily some 100 North Americans die after overdosing. misuse and addiction opioids, particularly in form of pain relievers, despite pharmaceutical companies in the late 1950s reassurance that patients would not become addicted! Result: greater and widespread prescription and mounting misuse. 2015 more than 33,000 Americans died result of opioid overdose including prescription, heroin, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl a powerful synthetic opioid. Imagine the numbers today and those hooked with substance abuse!
Have always had a profound respect for Dr. Robert Lustig, who wrote ‘Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease’. He has now written ‘The Hacking of the American Mind; The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains’. Both are excellent reading and really informative. Lustig is an emeritus professor of pediatrics in the division of endocrinology at the University of California. He states: ‘As I was researching the data for ‘Fat Chance’ four years ago, it became very clear that the data had come in on the role of diet and behavioral health…we also now had neuro imaging studies…I realized …this issue dopamine and serotonin was actually at the core of what had now become our depression and opiate crises…
In summary we have three sources for this result: first: pharmaceuticals now widespread second: processed foods…sugars and particularly High Fructose Corn Syrup. third: other addictions such as chronic use of social media, believe it or not, with concurrent release of dopamine, fueling ‘addiction’ states and thereby depleting seratonin, in turn risk to fueling depression..Addiction Our Major Issue!
How to raise Seratonin levels..to quote Dr. Mercola…’Raising your serotonin level increases…happiness….four ways to increase serotonin…all are free: making human connections, contributing to a larger cause, coping with stress and cooking real food.’ Could not be said better! Remember Facebook is not a connection…as Dr. Lustig points out; it’s ‘Eye to Eye’…Addiction Our Major Issue!