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  • Rats that binge on sugar, show neurochemical changes in the brain similar to cocaine and nicotine


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    Friday, July 16, 2010 12:04 pm Email this article
    Rats that had been taught to binge on sugar, show "neurochemical changes in the brain that appear to mimic those produced by substances of abuse, including cocaine, morphine and nicotine" according to research from Princeton professor Bart Hoebel and his team from the Department of Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute in Princeton, New Jersey, USA.

    "Hoebel and his team also have found that a chemical known as dopamine is released in a region of the brain known as the nucleus accumbens when hungry rats drink a sugar solution," notes the press release related to this study. Dopamine Release

    Sugar-bingeing causes dopamine release

    “This chemical signal is thought to trigger motivation and, eventually with repetition, addiction.”

    “Hungry rats that binge on sugar provoke a surge of dopamine in their brains.”

    “After a month, the structure of the brains of these rats adapts to increased dopamine levels, showing fewer of a certain type of dopamine receptor than they used to have and more opioid receptors.”

    “These dopamine and opioid systems are involved in motivation and reward, systems that control wanting and liking something.”

    “Similar changes also are seen in the brains of rats on cocaine and heroin.”

     

    Additional Study Info

    Additional information about the studies posted here

    Additional information about sugar addiction are posted here.

    REFERENCE

    Hoebel B, Avena N, Rada P. Sugar can be addictive, princeton scientist says : Animal studies show sugar dependence. Press Release from Princeton University. 2008 Dec 10, http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-12/pu-scb120908.php.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Bart Hoebel
    Department of Psychology
    Princeton University
    Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
    (609) 258-4463 phone
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    Alcoholics Must Avoid Sugar

    Alcoholics must avoid sugar according to Joan Mathews Larson, PhD

    Joan Mathews Larson, PhD, an addiction specialist, treating people for alcohol and drug addiction, anxiety and depression for 30 years, has said that it is absolutely essential for alcoholics to avoid sugar and other refined carbohydrates.

    Sugar initially raises blood sugar, but then blood sugar falls, a concept known as “reactive hypoglycemia”.

     

    Alcoholics Drink to Raise Blood Sugar

    Alcoholics drink in order to raise blood sugar and feel better

    She notes that alcoholics drink alcohol as a reaction to the hypoglycemia, that is low blood sugar, in order to raise their blood sugar and feel better.

    She says that alcohol raises blood sugar faster than anything else.

    In other works, alcoholics drink alcohol as a way “self medicating” to correct their low blood sugar to feel better.

     

    Alcoholism is a Physical Disease, Not a Psycholical Disease

    Dr. Larson has figured out, as Roger Williams, MD figured out a long time ago, alcoholism is a physical disease—a biochemical problem—not a psychological problem.

    Alcoholism and drug addiction are not caused by a lack of will power.

     

    Books by Dr. Larson

    Books by Joan Mathews Larson, PhD

    Dr. Larson is the author of the books

     

    I Highly Recommend Dr. Larson

    I highly recommend Dr. Larson and her books

    Anyone who has a problem with alcoholism, drug addiction, anxiety or depression, I strongly suggest they read these books, and contact Dr. Larson for additional help.

    She treats people with these conditions without using prescription drugs or “talk therapy”, which, in the case of alcoholism, she notes does not work, but instead she does lab tests to determine biochemical problems, and treats people with nutritional supplements to correct these problem.

    I cannot stress how strongly I believe in her approach.

     

    Contact Info

    Contact information for Joan Mathews Larson, PhD

    Joan Mathews Larson, PhD
    Health Recovery Center
    3255 Hennepin Av S
    Minneapolis, MN 55408 USA

    1-800-554-9155 phone toll-free
    (612) 827-7800 phone
    (612) 827-1948 fax

    Hours: 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM (CST)
    Monday thru Friday

    http://www.healthrecovery.com/
    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

     

    Audio and videos of Joan Mathews Larson, PhD

    Videos of Joan Mathews Larson talking about Addiction and Depression

    A one-hour video of Dr. Larson giving a speech about treating alcohlism and addiction can be purchased for $5 here.

    A 53 minute video of Dr. Larson giving a speech about treating anxiety and depression, which she calls “Dual Diagnosis” can be purchased for $5 here.

    A 34 minute audio interview of Dr. Larson can be purchased for $3 here.

    I have nothing to do with these videos or audio, but I have watched them, and read her book “7 Weeks to Emotional Healing” and find the information absolutely fascinating.

    If you think prescription drugs are the answer to anxiety and depression, or think that “talk therapy” such as Alcoholics Anonymous is the answer to addiction, watch these videos and listen to her interviewed. You will change your mind.

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