Despite a strong lobby in favor of an inherent biological “loop” in the brain that makes people with the defect inevitably become addicted to certain substances if by chance they should try them, there is a body of opinion that relates an increased probability of drug use to the experience of prior trauma and abuse, particularly when introduced during the period of early infant development.
People who relate illicit drug use to early childhood trauma see drug use as a self help remedy to deal...
Apr 14th, 2012
Krokodil, the drug, is a highly toxic, synthetic opioid, said to have been used “recreationally” in Russia since around 2002. As an opium derivative, Krokodil is powerfully addictive.
The Western world is currently gaping in horror at internet images of the physical damage that Krokodil inflicts on users. Some of the images displayed have had over a quarter of a million views.
Apr 8th, 2012
The history of ibogaine use goes back for centuries in Africa.
Uwe Maas and Suster Strubelt completed one of the first studies of ibogaine as a drug, while researching ancient African rituals, that involved music, that brought healing, and spirituality. Low doses of igbogaine were used in the context of shamanic rituals, that would enhance “trancelike” states that together with music, dance and...
Apr 6th, 2012
People in Canada today might think the question - is sugar an addictive drug? – to be intended as a joke – as they stir more sugar into their tea - black, or white with milk.
Meanwhile they are putting, onto their plate, a white flour bun filled with strawberry jam and margarine, that is topped with aerosol whipped cream, and doused with icing sugar. It will give them pleasure to eat it.
Apr 1st, 2012
Earlier this month the controversial C10 bill that increases mandatory minimum sentencing for marijuana offences was passed as law - bringing up voices of complaint that the law is far too harsh.
Such people as former Supreme Court Justice, Louise Arbour say that Canadian law where marijuana is concerned shows a “disconnect” with social reality.
That cannabis users only do harm to themselves,...
Mar 29th, 2012
At a time when First Nations people are asking for government assistance to run alcohol and drug maintenance programs, it is reported by the North West Territories chief coroner that alcohol and drugs are a factor in most unexplained and accidental deaths. We need to find answers, a solution to the problem – what has happened in the North West to the traditional culture of First Nations people and...
Mar 28th, 2012
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Mar 23rd, 2012
The University of Victoria, Center for Addictions Research of British Columbia (CARBC), on its website features a debate that appears in the British Medical Journal – in which CARBC scientists and others respond with a letter to a well known article published last year in the BMJ that extols the benefits of moderate alcohol drinking.
The CARBC letter effectively says that the research is flawed - the...
Mar 21st, 2012
How to help drug addicts recover is the question of our times. Do we just give them lifebelts – or do we teach them how to swim??
John Hopkin’s University School of Medicine recently published the results of an investigation that they conducted of 243 opioid addicts, primarily heroin users, discovering that for at least about 6 months after treatment with traditional short term drug...
Mar 17th, 2012
An article published in Macleans.ca March 15 2012, cites the work of Dr Mary Lynch in support of a continued, and publicly funded opioid drug administration for people who complain of “chronic pain”.
The article is intended to win support for those who see, in drug use and medication, an easy way to deal with pain that people feel that they cannot otherwise manage, or control.
Mar 15th, 2012
Phthalates are esters of phthalic acid, used in the plastics industry to make poly vinyl chloride (PVC, vinyls) more flexible and soft.
Phthalates are toxic and known to cause disruption to the balance of biochemicals and hormones in the body.
Phthalates are to be found in the great volume of plastic, and other commercial products that we use today in the home, use as children’s toys, and find in...
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