Addictions - Part 2
Factors that lead to addiction, and how to heal
In our previous article on addictions, we discussed the two principle factors that stand behind all addictions – Glucose and adrenaline. Our bodies run on glucose, and in order to function properly, we need a steady supply of good quality glucose, supplied by fruit and starchy vegetables.
Adrenaline, a hormone that is essential for our survival, is produced by the adrenal glands, and is an extremely addictive compound. Adrenaline surges play a major role in many addictions such as addictions to drugs, alcohol, sugar, and extreme sports. Negative feelings, such as fear and frustration, can also create adrenaline surges, leading to a long line of emotional addictions. As we become more aware of the role glucose and adrenaline play in creating addictions, we are able to resolve these addictions, with more ease than ever before.
It is important to remember when dealing with addictions, reaching out and receiving help is imperative. Knowing how to accept help is instrumental in creating change, and this coupled with dietary changes, can turn things around.
Anorexia and bulimia
90% of those who suffer from anorexia and bulimia have a high presence of heavy metals in the body, which interfere with neurotransmitters in certain parts of the brain, setting the stage for the eating disorders. The Heavy Metal Detox is a first important step to take when seeking to heal from anorexia and/or bulimia.
In the case of anorexia, as soon as the addict sees food, they experience a surge of adrenaline, shutting down the appetite, while a bulimic will binge on foods, and then purge themselves. A split second before the purge, the body produces extremely high levels of adrenaline, creating an euphoric state, similar to what people experience when taking drugs. In both of these situations, often the initial trigger is emotional trauma that occurred at a young age. It is important to remember that emotional circumstances are an important trigger, but the true cause of the addiction is the adrenaline surge that accompanies the behavior. When seeking to support a body that has become atrophied, avocado and banana "milk" are a great way to replenish the body with what it needs to heal
Most alcoholics suffer from a severe depletion of glucose reserves within the brain, and the alcohol supplies the brain with the much needed sugar. However, this comes with a price; the methyl-sugar found in alcohol reaches the brain immediately and causes tremendous damage. Alcohol acts as a preservative and actually “pickles” the brain.
The first step in breaking free of alcoholism must be accompanied by adding lots of fruits to the diet. It is often helpful to start with the particular food the alcohol is composed of - grapes for wine, potatoes for vodka, and so on. Often alcoholics are not hungry, due to the high calorie content of the alcohol, so it can be challenging to start eating healthier foods. It is imperative to eat glucose-rich fruit like dates, dried mango and fresh papaya, as well as leafy greens, which add much needed mineral salts to the body, assisting in recovery.
Those suffering from drug addictions are most likely suffering from a glucose deficiency coupled with an adrenaline addiction. When dealing with opiates, we need address the addiction to the opium as well. Addictions to opium or amphetamines can be particularly challenging, due to the extremely high levels of adrenaline produced when the addict uses. In this case, a diet rich in the mineral salts found in leafy greens, vegetables and certain fruits is extremely important. An easy and important addition to any diet in this case, can be made by adding a bit of lemon juice to water, and drinking a few glasses a day. Another important food for drug addicts to drink daily is celery juice, which creates a gentle yet powerful detox. Fruits and starchy vegetables that add glucose to the body are also essential. Recommended fruits include: wild blueberries, apples, melon, mango, papaya and honey.
When dealing with drug addiction, a proper diet is critical. An addict needs food every hour or hour and a half. It is also important to support the liver, and I recommend reading the chapter on Liver Health. Another important thing to remember when dealing with drug addiction, is that a qualified experienced healer is instrumental, and needs to be part of the healing process.
Chocolate as an important tool
All said and done, chocolate is a food that can save an addict's life, especially in the case of opioid addictions. When working to stay drug free, periodically eating chocolate can help prevent the addict from turning back to the destructive substance. Chocolate is also an important tool for those who which to quit smoking.
Many people are sensitive to chocolate and chose to avoid eating it, while others love chocolate and see it as a healthy food. What many people do not realize, is that chocolate contains neurotoxins that negatively influence our nervous system. Anyone dealing with neurological issues such as confusion, foggy brain, neurological tremors, neurological aches and pains, tingles, numbness, migraines, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, headaches, dizziness, vertigo, ringing in the ears… should stay clear of chocolate.
While nicotine is known to be addictive, most cigarette addictions are the result of elevated adrenaline that floods the body every time a smoker thinks about his next cigarette. Due to the high amount of adrenaline, most smokers don’t eat as well as they should, often creating a depletion of glucose reserves as well. When we stop smoking, and adrenaline levels stabilize, often our appetite returns. This is the reason many people feel an increased appetite when they quit smoking. If we eat a healthy amount of high quality glucose and mineral salts, in the form of fruit and vegetables, our appetite will calm down over time.
Another important, yet less known aspect of cigarette addiction is the alkaline hit. This occurs when fresh tobacco turns into burnt tobacco, creating a chemical compound that goes straight to the brain and gives you a brief alkaline hit that is highly addictive. Unfortunately, following this short wave of alkalinity, the body becomes incredibly acidic, causing us to crave another cigarette to receive an additional alkalizing hit.
How can we kick the habit?
There are a number of tricks we can use to help lower the need for cigarettes. The first and best option is to take two packs of cigarettes and empty one pack entirely, and fill the second pack with a some cigarettes - a bit less than you would normally smoke. In the empty pack place pieces of a high-quality chocolate bar. As soon as the urge to smoke comes on, take a piece of chocolate that has soaked up the nicotine aroma, and put it in your mouth – do not chew or swallow the chocolate right away. You want to keep in your mouth for as long as possible. This soothes the nicotine addiction.
Another helpful strategy is taking a walk outside whenever you smoke. This helps to burn off the extra adrenaline and because of the physical activity, you will most likely take less drags of your cigarette, which means less nicotine intake. Walking also increases the amount of oxygen we breath, which calms us down. In addition to all this, the challenge of walking while smoking makes us less inclined to want another cigarette.
Additional tools/remedies/supplements to support the smoker’s body include:
The Heavy Metal Detox (Hawaiian spirulina, barley grass juice extract powder, atlantic dulse, cilantro and wild blueberries), California poppy, Pharma GABA, magnesium threonate, lemon balm, passionflower, 5 HTP, and ALA.
The spiritual side of addictions
While a change in diet is important in overcoming all addictions, we must address emotional, mental, and spiritual issues as well. In order to fully resolve our destructive habits, we need to expose the mechanisms and beliefs that stand behind our decisions and behaviors. Overcoming an addiction can be challenging, and it is critical that we better understand what is happening within our subconsciousness. It is important to recognize the beliefs that have created the addiction, and replace them with new beliefs that reflect what we wish to create. New beliefs lead to new choices, and new choices create new realities.
With much love and support,
Information in this article is based on Anthony William’s work | The Medical Medium
For more on spiritual support and healing go to | The Cosmic University