More people died from fentanyl overdose than coronavirus in San Francisco last year

More people died from fentanyl overdose than coronavirus (COVID-19) in San Francisco last year, a microcosm of a larger nationwide problem coinciding with the pandemic. Data from San Francisco’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner shows that 708 people were killed by fentanyl in 2020, an astonishing 118 times more since the introduction of the drug in … Continue reading More people died from fentanyl overdose than coronavirus in San Francisco last year

Under pressure: Doctors are pressured to recommend opioids when asked much later in the day

Patients may be more likely to receive prescriptions for opioids when they come in for checkups and appointments later in the day — even when they don’t really have a need for the drugs. According to the researchers, this could be linked to the daily pressures and time constraints that doctors face, which could interfere with their … Continue reading Under pressure: Doctors are pressured to recommend opioids when asked much later in the day

Death toll from drug overdose soars during pandemic

With normal and healthy people turning to drugs to combat depression during the seemingly endless lockdowns caused by the pandemic, the number of deaths from drug overdose have soared to an all-time high according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC’s provisional data shows more than 81,230 people died from a drug overdose … Continue reading Death toll from drug overdose soars during pandemic

Nicotine vs. Dopamine – The chemical messenger war and why people who try to quit nicotine keep failing

Over 95 percent of people who quit nicotine without help return to the habit within 6 months. How could that be, when the true nicotine physical addiction wears off after just 3 to 4 days? It boils down to the fact that nicotine is a short-term stimulant, but a long-term depressant. Plus, much of the … Continue reading Nicotine vs. Dopamine – The chemical messenger war and why people who try to quit nicotine keep failing

Nicotine’s “Kryptonite” – A beautiful, velvety bean that grows in tropical climates

You probably remember “Kryptonite” from the Superman movies. It was that greenish-hued crystal that drains Superman’s powers, while being harmless to humans. Now think of how powerful the nicotine addiction is, well that is, until it “meets” mucuna pruriens, an amazing bean that grows on planet Earth, that actually drains the power of the addiction, by raising dopamine levels … Continue reading Nicotine’s “Kryptonite” – A beautiful, velvety bean that grows in tropical climates

Down a Path of Epigenetic Destruction: Smoking Cigarettes Adjusts Critical Marks on DNA

You can now add “harmful changes to your DNA” to the long list of reasons to quit smoking cigarettes, along with lung cancer, coronary heart disease, increased risk of death, stroke, chronic lung disease, decreased immune function, infertility, and the fact that smoking harms nearly every organ in the body. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer … Continue reading Down a Path of Epigenetic Destruction: Smoking Cigarettes Adjusts Critical Marks on DNA

VAPE WARNING: If you vape, you could be leading your health down a dark road, but there is a “light” at the end of the tunnel

If you quit smoking to vape, you just gave up some of the most toxic ingredients in anything humans “consume,” so good for you. The FDA will say you made a mistake, and that vaping is just as bad for you as cigarettes, but that’s a total crock. But, if you want to quit nicotine … Continue reading VAPE WARNING: If you vape, you could be leading your health down a dark road, but there is a “light” at the end of the tunnel

The stigma around mental health is KILLING men: How to care for someone who is struggling with mental illness and addiction

According to Mental Health America, at least six million men in the U.S. are affected by depression annually. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports that compared to women, men died by suicide at a rate of 3.54 percent higher in 2017. In the same vein, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism notes that 62,000 men die due to alcohol-related … Continue reading The stigma around mental health is KILLING men: How to care for someone who is struggling with mental illness and addiction

Exercise May Offset Drinking’s Harmful Epigenetic Effect on the Brain

Drinking alcohol on a regular basis, even in moderation, can cause damage to the brain. Physical activity, however, has been reported to protect cognitive function. So, could exercise counteract drinking’s harmful effects on the brain? In a recent study conducted at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, KY, a group of researchers decided to … Continue reading Exercise May Offset Drinking’s Harmful Epigenetic Effect on the Brain

How Understanding an Individual’s Epigenetics Can Help Measure and Treat Addiction

For a long time humans have wondered if chemicals causing drug and alcohol addiction could be active in the genes and potentially passed on to the next generation. Although this was not scientifically proven until recent years, the fear of suffering from addictive diseases led children of addicts and former addicts to avoid alcohol and … Continue reading How Understanding an Individual’s Epigenetics Can Help Measure and Treat Addiction