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Liberation

HAVE YOU TAKEN YOUR RECOMMENDED DAILY DOSE OF VITAMIN G THIS MORNING?

Gratitude gives me a dopamine rush FROM PREVENTION.COM: “Studies have linked living a thankful life to fewer aches and pains, better sleep, and more. “Making gratitude a daily practice is like taking a vitamin,” says David DeSteno, PhD, a professor of psychology at Northeastern University in Boston and author of the book Emotional Success. He’s not being hyperbolic: He…

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Liberation

A Hungry Ghost is Never Satisfied

Drug Addicts, Behavior Addicts, Bloggers BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D.  Drug addicts have a limited stock of substances to choose from. A limited repertoire. Drug addicts have fewer escape routes than those available to behavioral addicts. How is the choice made? Why am I…

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Education

Your Brain Releases Dopamine from Hugs or Drugs

Dope is the solution to dopamine deprived childhoods If we receive proper maternal nurturing as infants, our brains develop normal dopamine receptors. When we are unconditionally loved & engage in eye contact and intimacy with our caretakers, we get high from our own endorphins. (Internal morphine). We learn to experience social engagement and personal intimacy…

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Education

EXTREME CIRCUMSTANCES BREED EXTREMIST BRAINS

Adverse Childhood Experiences Will Create Adversarial Children. BOOK REVIEW NUMBER TWO: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D.  Adverse Childhood Experiences greatly increase the risk of the early initiation into drinking beer and smoking marijuana. Our caretakers create our adult stress regulation apparatus “A child’s capacity to handle…

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Community

ADDICTION BEGINS DURING CHILDHOOD

BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D. “The basic cause of addiction is predominantly experience-dependent during childhood, and not substance dependent. The current concept of addiction is ill-founded” -Dr. Felitti Lack of proper mothering is the main cause of addiction The mammalian brain develops largely under the…

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Health

HOW DRUG ADDICTS ARE MADE

Inadequate parents create inadequate children. BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D. If parents are emotionally unavailable, endorphins won’t be released, and the child will be left to his own inadequate coping mechanisms. For example, rocking or thumb-sucking as ways of self-soothing or tuning out…

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PHYSICIAN, HEAL THYSELF

No External Remedy BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, M.D. No external remedy improves our condition without, at the same time, making it worse. When the brain is diseased, the functions that become pathological are the person’s emotional life, thought processes, and behavior. And this…

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Liberation

IN THE REALM OF THE HUNGRY GHOSTS

The question is never why the addiction? The question is why the pain? BOOK REVIEW: In the Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction, by Gabor Mate, MD. The hungry ghost of Buddhist lore has a huge mouth and belly but his tiny throat prevents the ghost from ever being satiated. The hungry…