The Bible warns, "Be not drunk with wine…"
5:18) "Woe unto them that…follow strong drink…"
God told Moses that when some one takes the "vow of a Nazarite
to separate himself unto the Lord", he shall separate himself from wine and
(Num. 6:2,3). "It is good neither to ... drink wine, nor anything
whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak"
The Sacred teachings sent from the Creator to the Native American
peoples warn of alcohol, they called it the "mind changer", and ask the people
to pledge never to touch it
(Articles of Kariwiio).
The Baha’i Scriptures said "It is
forbidden for an intelligent person to drink that
which deprives him of his intelligence... The
drinking of wine is the cause of chronic diseases,
weakens the nerves, and consumes the
p27) And the Baha’i Scriptures also
forbade other intoxicating drugs because of the
damage they do to our health and particularly to
the brain. "Experience hath shown how greatly the renouncing of
smoking, of intoxicating drink, and of opium, conduces to health and vigor, to
the expansion and keenness of the mind and to bodily strength."
p156) Baha'u'llah said in His Book of Laws: "Beware of using
any substance that induceth sluggishness and torpor in the human temple and
inflicteth harm upon the body".
Understanding & Overcoming Addictions
by Laurie Lynch, ND.
There have been extensive volumes of scientific documents published
on the harmful effects of alcohol, even in small quantities, on the brain, the
liver, the kidneys, the immune system, the behavior, the length of life, etc.
"It has been well established that persons who smoke or drink have a
higher incidence of cancer. A chemical, acetaldehyde, found in
cigarette smoke and made in the liver from alcohol, is known to be a carcinogen
and a free radical producer. It also destroys cysteine, an antioxidant."
(Nutrition Almanac, p132)
first step in overcoming any problem or illness is a thorough understanding of
the problem and its causes.
Addiction can be defined as any physical or psychological dependence which
negatively impacts a person's life."
(Alternative Medicine p. 485)
An addiction to a substance is a chronic, strong, irresistible craving for that
particular substance, where one taste can trigger the uncontrollable desire
for that substance, and withdrawal from the
substance can cause harmful effects.. "Addictions may be mental or emotional. We may suspect addictions
when there are repeated foods or substances we feel our body has to have at all
(Tenney, p 76)
According to James Braly, M.D., Medical Director of Immano Labs, Inc. Florida,
"fundamentally all addictions are biochemically the same...addictive
substances become a necessary ingredient of body chemistry, so that withdrawal
occurs when the substance is withheld. Addiction means that the body has made
an unhealthy adaptation that must slowly be reversed...Until then nerve impulses
are confused and biochemically scrambled". .
Use of an
addictive substance such as alcohol, drugs, sugar, tobacco, or caffeine, creates
"a nutritional problem,.. that robs the body of its store of B vitamins and
minerals...and can impair liver function. And the liver is the main organ
The degree and affects of addictions vary with individuals. An example of
the strength some addictions can hold over the addict is shown by a study done
with monkeys. Sidney Cohen explained, "monkeys will self administer
cocaine by ..." pressing down a lever" for it until they die... In one
study, primates bar-pressed 12,800 times in order to get a single dose of
cocaine. They will work for cocaine in preference to food even though they
are starving. They will continue to bar press even though a receptive
female is in their cage. They will prefer an electric shock in order to
obtain a large dose of cocaine despite the fact that they could have received a
lesser dose with out a shock"
(Ghadirian,. p 24).
THE MOST COMMON ADDICTIVE SUBSTANCES?
The most common addictive substances include sugar, caffeine, salt, animal fats, nicotine, alcohol, medicinal and narcotic
drugs, as well as anything you feel you need to
consume every day..
YOU KNOW IF YOU
not think you are addicted- few people do. If, however, under normal
circumstances, you cannot control when you start or stop an activity, consider
your self addicted"
(Saifer, p. 97).
you've tried doing without the substance before and found it impossible, then
you are addicted"
possible addictions by giving up, one at a time, the things you feel you would
not like to give up, and then watch for symptoms. Symptoms may occur
immediately or take up to a week to manifest. A list of common withdrawal
symptoms appears on p. 102 of DETOX, by Phyllis Saifer, M.D.,M.Ph.
CAUSES PEOPLE TO USE ADDICTIVE SUBSTANCES?
SEARCH FOR PLEASURE
alcohol and certain drugs can stimulate the pleasure mechanism in the brain to
cause pleasure, repeated use of artificial stimulants actually begin to dull
this mechanism, then more and more of the substance is required to produce
the same amount of pleasure, until the mechanism is worn out and the person
becomes sensually deprived. Then the normal activities that usually bring
pleasure, such as creativity, social interactions, sports, and accomplishments
produced by effort also cease to produce pleasure. And the pleasure so
much sought after is replaced by depression, pain, and apathy. So knowing
this, pleasure is not a logical reason to drink or use addictive substances.
"One reason that alcoholics drink- and keep on drinking- is to stave of f those
awful shakes, sweats, nightmares and hallucinations that result from
So addictions actually cause more pain!
Alcohol, tobacco, sugar and caffeine damage the pancreas and the adrenal
gland (the stress gland), thus cause greater stress in the long run.
FROM FEAR & INHIBITIONS
Hypnosis works better at eliminating fear and inhibitions with
out the harmful side effects.
REBELLION, FREEDOM FROM PARENTAL RESTRICTIONS
You loose your freedom of choice and lifestyle when the addiction
When addiction sets in, apathy and boredom increase.
UNDERLYING CAUSES OF ADDICTI0NS?
cause underlying all the rationalizations is physical. "Long perceived as
a problem of weak will power, substance abuse is now considered by most
researchers in the field to be a 'disease, similar in development to diabetes'
Medicine p. 485).
METABOLIC/BIOCHEMICAL IMBALANCE -
alcoholic has a metabolic problem akin to sugar addiction. He suffers from
a real craving for alcohol that is the result of a biochemical imbalance"
(Dr. Atkins, p
such as a deficiency or excess of specific
neurotransmitters that act as mood enhancers or pain killers, stimulants or
relaxants may cause cravings for the artificial stimulus of addictive
substances, according to Dr. Chaitow, N.D., D.O.
Keller Phelps, M.D., author of THE HIDDEN ADDICTION AND HOW TO GET FREE FROM IT,
asserts that addiction stems from individual biochemistry and unique genetic
makeup. She believes there is a difference in addictive bodies from birth
an that an addictive body may be evident in childhood by the presence of colic,
hyperactivity, loss of sleep, irritability, crying, and learning disabilities.
..'Long before a child can get involved in drugs and alcohol, he's often
gotten very addicted to sugar' "
DesMaisons, M.Ed., President of Radiant Recovery in
Burlingame, Ca., believes that many addicted people have an
actual biochemical flaw in the way they process sugar
and carbohydrates. This flaw in metabolism causes an addict to respond to
sugar as if it were alcohol and to white flour products as if they were sugar"
is a major factor in alcoholism and other addictions. Hypoglycemia is a
blood sugar disorder that occurs when a malfunctioning pancreas over produces
insulin, thus depleting the glucose from the brain. "The most commonly
used substances capable of shooting your blood sugar level up are sugar
itself, alcohol, caffeine (found in coffee, tea, cola, and chocolate) and
tobacco. People with hypoglycemia have a tendency to get hooked on one or
more of these substances, which they use to bolster their falling blood sugar.
Although such remedies can yield temporary relief, they set up a vicious cycle
that perpetuates and in the long run worsens the condition"
(AM p.486). "Sugar
is the underlying basis for all addictions"
HEREDITY can be a factor that influences the tendency toward addictions.
According to Leon Chaitow, N.D., D.O., "A genetic predisposing condition
is usually present that is triggered by familial, environmental, societal, and
(Alternative Medicine p. 485).
or brain sensitivities can also cause cravings for addictive substances. As the
addictive substance gradually builds up in the brain, sensitivity begins to
develop, and as the substance begins to be depleted from the brain, a strong
craving develops for the substance causing the sensitivity, and "they may even
experience symptoms of withdrawal whenever they do not ingest it. And the
symptoms of withdrawal can be worse than the symptoms caused by the intake of
the addictive substance itself"
Braly, M.D. explained "We become addicted to foods as a way of adapting to
allergic reactions to them, and we tend to crave foods we're allergic to because
we need them to keep withdrawal symptoms at bay"
According to DR. Chaitow, "by constantly exposing themselves to
addictive substances, addicts prevent themselves from experiencing
the more violent displays of allergic symptoms -the substance
'masks' the allergy...Any food or drink which is commonly consumed or
craved, may, in fact, be an allergic substance for an individual if withdrawal
from it makes one feel unwell... An addict's withdrawal symptoms are almost
identical to the symptoms which occur when an allergic substance is removed from
LIVER DAMMAGE is another link in this viscous cycle. Addictive
substances can damage the liver, while a malfunctioning liver can be a
contributing cause of addictions.
are another cause of cravings that lead to addictions. An over proliferation of
fungus in the body produces a damaging poison, acetaldehyde, and robs the brain
of needed glucose just as alcohol consumption does, and can be a cause of strong
cravings. Fungal infections can be caused by certain drugs such as antibiotics,
anesthesia, birth control medication, some arthritis medications, as well as
sugar, alcohol, and other addictive substances. Fungal infections and
hypoglycemia both are a cause of addictions and can be caused by addictive
substances, so a vicious cycle is set in motion. And both diseases are
major epidemics in this continent due to our modern diets and drugs.
MALNUTRITION is a major contributing cause as well as a direct result of use
of addictive substances. A typical breakfast of coffee and doughnuts adds
calories but depletes the body of many needed vitamins and minerals, and
actually amounts to negative nutrition. Alcohol is also high in calories
and can satisfy the desire for food, but it too depletes the body of
example of how poor nutrition can lead to alcoholism was shown by a study done
in London with a group of rats. The rats were fed a diet of whole grains,
vegetables, and fruits and were offered a choice of water or bear to drink.
The rats invariably chose the water. But when their diet was changed to
our typical diet of sugar, white flour, caffeine, and prepared foods, the rats
chose to drink the beer.
Several preliminary studies suggest that alcohol craving is
associated with poor nutrition. Relatively healthy
people placed on a diet particularly high in
raw foods began to spontaneously avoid alcohol (and tobacco), while chronic
alcoholics placed on a nutritious diet along with a multivitamin supplement did
far better at follow-up in abstaining from alcohol than did controls. Studies
with rats have had similar results: In one study, a 'junk food' diet, especially
when coffee was included, led to increased alcohol consumption. Other studies
have found that the animals increased their alcohol consumption when they were
made deficient in the vitamin B complex or zinc.
stimulate alcohol consumption, while alcohol consumption can induce
Animal Experimental Study (C):
One group of rats which was fed a typical teenage
"junk food" diet continuously increased its alcohol consumption during the
study, while another group which received a well-balanced control diet
maintained a low level of alcohol intake. When supplemented with either caffeine
or coffee, both groups significantly increased their alcohol intake. Results
suggest that "metabolic controls to drinking exist which are sensitive to
dietary factors" (Register ).
Experimental Study (C):
32 hypertensives ingested an average of 62% of their
calories as uncooked food for a mean of 6.7 months. 80% of those who smoked or
drank alcohol abstained spontaneously (Douglass)
CAN ADDICTIONS BE PREVENTED
has shown that conventional treatment methods had "less than a 15 to 20% rate of
As in any disease the first step is to eliminate the root causes of the disease,
and then repair the damage. So we need to eliminate from the diet all
addictive substances. Therefore the following more successful alternative
approaches deserve serious consideration:
substances containing sugar, white flour, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, inorganic
chemicals and other addictive substances.
Regenerate weak glands and organs with the right nutritional supplements; a
Wellness Consultation with Laurie Lynch, ND can show what needs to be regenerated and the specific
food combining, good nutrition and digestion are important since indigestion can
produce alcohol in our bodies and contribute to addictions.
A Wellness Consultation with Laurie lynch,
N.D. can give a good idea of the
underlying causes for each individual, and information on the
specific (non-fattening) foods and herbs that can remedy these causes.
Regulate blood sugar levels. The secret to breaking addictions is to keep that blood sugar
regulated by eating small amounts of healthy food every 2
or 3 hours. A breakfast of whole grains
makes the whole day go better. Whole grains help the body produce the type
of sugar it needs when it needs it over a several hour period, which can prevent
the cravings for addictive substances, increase energy, and improve moods. One
of my favorite recipes to help regulate blood sugar levels is fast and easy to
make, and easily portable.
THERMOS COOKED OR RAW SOAKED WHOLE GRAINS
whole grain (spelt, or kamut, or amaranth, or raw buckwheat, or quinoa, or whole
oat groats), add twice as much boiling water in thermos and let stand over
night, or add cold water and soak for 24 hours, to retain more of the nutrients.
Add raw nuts or seeds (that have been soaked in water 24 hours); sweeten to
taste with raw honey and cinnamon. Raw honey (in moderation) does not
damage the pancreas or negatively influence blood sugar levels as sugar does; it
is almost a perfect food.
Dr. Laurie's Overcoming Additions Program
includes: (1). A list of the underlying physical causes that
pertain to the individual, along with the specific foods, herbs, and nutritional
supplements that eliminate these causes, help the individual break the
addiction, and nourish the body back to health. All suggested remedies have been
used safely and effectively throughout the ages, with no harmful effects.
(2). 30 pages of healing food recipes. And, if desired, (3).
Hypnotherapy, instruction in self-hypnosis, relaxation, and stress reduction
techniques to help remedy the psychological and circumstantial causes of
Laurie Lynch is a Naturopathic Doctor, Master Herbalist, Wellness
Consultant, Nutrition expert, and a Certified Hypnotherapist. For more
information and help in implementing the best program for you, call her at the
Living Well Health & Education Center, 3342
Legion Rd., Hope Mills, NC- (910) 426-5159
a few greedy, selfish people that have taken a substance that once was used on
special occasions with out harm to the body or mind, such as tobacco
for example, and chemically altered and developed that substance into something
very addictive and damaging to both body and mind. Why? So they can get
rich from the pain and suffering of others!
use alcohol, sugar, caffeine, and other addictive substances, our brain
chemistry is altered, the glucose is depleted from the brain, upsetting the
function of endorphins, enzymes, neurotransmitters, etc., and we are no
longer in control of our thoughts, our behavior, or our physical bodies.
We are being controlled by our addictions, we are being controlled
by the greedy people who are getting
rich off our poverty and suffering. Are we going to continue to allow this
injustice to be perpetrated on us, on our children, and on our children's
children? Wouldn't it be better to abstain completely from these addictive
substances and help put those greedy people out of business?
Louise Tenney, M.H.,
NUTRITIONAL GUIDE, Woodland Books .
2. The Burton Goldburg group, !994, Alternative Medicine, The definitive
Guide, Future Medicine publishing, Inc, Washington
3. A.M. Ghadirian,1985, In Search of Nirvana, George Ronald, Oxford
4. Robert C. Atkins, M.D.
Dr. Atkins' Nutrition Breakthrough
5. Register UD et
al, 1972, Influence of nutrients on intake of alcohol, J Am Diet Assoc
6. Douglass J et al. Effects of a raw food diet on hypertension and obesity.
South Med J 78(7):841, 1985).
by Phyllis Saifer, M.D.,M.Ph.
Causes of Illness