Sugar is as addictive as cocaine!

In new studies, sugar, more specifically fructose, has been found to promote disease and metabolism destruction.

weight-lossAround 30 years ago saturated fat, became the “enemy” for those on a diet. Food manufacturers, doctors and marketing specialists began to advocate “low fat” diets. Manufacturers added sugar to low-fat foods to make them more appealing.

Our population, especially those on “diets” began sometimes unconsciously consuming more sugar. Addiction and obesity soon became an American epidemic.

 NoSugarOf the 600,000 items in the average American grocery store, 77 percent are spiked with added sugar. According to data from the U.S. in 2008, people are consuming more than 60 pounds of added sugar per year and this does not include fruit juices.

In 2008 the average intake was 76.7 grams per day, which equals 19 teaspoons or 306 calories. How many grams are you consuming each day? Start counting and try to limit yourself to under 20 grams.

Caution: If this is really hard, you are addicted to sugar! 

I should know… sugar is my heroin!

Here’s a few tips that may help:

Start using stevia instead of artificial sweeteners in coffee and recipes, and stick to low sugar whole fruit like apples and blueberries instead of fruit juices. Choose foods with less sugar and more fiber.

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IMPORTANT DEMENTIA INFORMATION:

Dementia infographicAuthor Alice Lucey at http://www.beindependenthomecare.ie/

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Our changing view of addiction and treatment

Yesterday I saw the film “The Days of Wine and Roses” from 1962.

Days of wine and rosesThis film was considered a breakthrough piece when it came to confronting alcoholism in American culture. What struck me was:           “We’ve come a long way BABY!”       We knew almost nothing back then about how addiction works, and how to make rehabilitation effective.

Check out the scene in an AA meeting when the main character played by Jack Lemon finally stands up and admits he is an alcoholic. Did you notice the room was FULL of cigarette smokers? Oh well, one addiction at a time I guess, but back then they didn’t even think smoking was bad for you.

When Kirsten, played by Lee Remick in the “Day of Wine and Roses,” refuses to admit she’s an alcoholic, she says she simply cannot live without alcohol.  She says, “I can’t get over how dirty everything looks.” I found this an interesting assessment of life without drugs.

Today drug treatment has improved markedly. We have learned so much more about the brain and how addiction works. Our methods are so much more effective once the addict accepts their need for real change.

Need to learn about your drug rehab options?

Go here for a Behavioral Health Guide to Drug Rehab

Learn how to choose the correct program that fits you personally and addresses your needs for conquering addiction, learn your options for insurance coverage, and what exactly to expect when you enroll-in and enter into drug rehab.

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Need help taking your daily meds properly?

Then do not miss THE NEW MEDCENTER SYSTEM: 

The Med Center

The MedCenter is a monthly talking system for remembering your daily medications using the date of the month. This system emphasizes the “Date” rather than the “Day of the Week.”

The “Date” is located on each Pill Box and Pill Cavity, as well as a visual clock display and audibly during the alert messages.  This repetition of the “Date” helps ensure proper medication compliance, even when the user is unsure whether it is Monday or Tuesday.  The daily med boxes also are divided into AM, PM, evening, and night sections.

Simply load the entire month’s meds into the (31) Daily Pill Boxes and place them into the Organizer with their Green ends up, showing they are full.  Set up to 4 Daily Alarms to alert you when your medication is due.

 Then at the beginning of each day, take the correct Pill Box out of the stand and place it into the “Today’s Pills” tray on the front of the Organizer Stand.   A repeating friendly reminder notifies you of the time, the date and which daily dose to take. “Good morning! Please take your morning pills for the 20th.”

 Press the red “Alarm Acknowledged” button to confirm compliance and the Med Center Talking Alarm Clock tells you when the next daily dose is due.  At the end of the day, return the Pill Box to the stand with the Red end up to show the day’s pills have been taken.

Press the green “Talk / Time” button at any time for an audible notification of the current time and date.   Press the blue “Alarm Check” button at any time for an audible notification of the upcoming alarms.   

The clock also features an easy to operate, talking, set procedure for all four alarms, the time and date.

The MedCenter System has a suggested retail price of $69.95 with the talking LCD clock and $34.95 without it.  Other products include: the Monthly Mini Monthly Organizer ($24.95), Traveler Weekly Organizer ($19.95), Daily Pill Organizer ($18.95), Daily Pill Organizer with Alarm ($28.95), and 5-Alarm Sport Watch ($24.95). More products can be seen here: http://www.medcentersystems.com/Store.html.

 

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How do you spell toxic brain chemicals?

Go read: The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains

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Is eating meat healthy?

Here’s an excellent article to read before you go have another hamburger!

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Want to learn a bit about meditation?

Start by Softening Your Belly! 

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The 50+ Diet

An article well worth reading!  I agree with most of it, and I just started using Gymnema as recommended.  I could swear it’s working!

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Are you overmedicated?

Better living through chemistry… or what?

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Tired all the time?

Here’s a few tips to figure out why your energy is so low!

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