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British Soccer Star Swaps Scotch for Shoebury

British Soccer Star Swaps Scotch for Shoebury

  Alcoholism can be a life-threatening disease, and that is why British soccer legend Paul Gascoigne has decided to do away with all of his booze. Affectionately known by fans as Gazza, the 45 year-old has taken drastic measures to rid his pantry of all beer and booze. However, Gazza’s fans should be aware that their favorite soccer star has only pulled a switcheroo. Yes, it is true because now all that space that used to house … Read entire article »

Filed under: Celebrity News, Recovery

Defining Addiction

Defining Addiction

  We hear people say all the time how they are addicted to a certain substance, person or act, but what really defines an addiction?  Traditionally, the term addiction had been limited to drugs and alcohol.  Nowadays however, it seems as though people can be addicted to just about anything.  The New York Times recently reported major addictions that are a little out of the ordinary including video games, watching television, and junk food (Peele). With these … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Conditions and Disorders

Poor Pregnancy Diet Linked to Children Becoming Junk Food Addicts

Poor Pregnancy Diet Linked to Children Becoming Junk Food Addicts

  Almost all pregnant women need to get more protein, more of certain vitamins and minerals such as folic acid and iron, and more calories (for energy).  But adding calories doesn’t mean “eating for two.”  If you start off at a healthy weight, you need no extra calories during the first trimester, about 300 extra calories a day in the second trimester, and about 450 extra calories a day in the third trimester.  Many pregnant women … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Eating disorders

Fat and Sugar Addiction Similar to Drug Addiction

  Binging on unlimited quantities of food that are high in fat and sugar for only six weeks then returning to a more balanced diet is enough to cause anxiety, intense cravings, and other withdrawal-like symptoms in mice. There have been numerous studies in the past decade on the addictive nature of junk foods.  A new study conducted by Stephanie Fulton, a neuroscientist at the University of Montreal, adds to this research on sugar and fat addictions. Some of the first studies on food addiction suggested simply that, when sugar is taken away from rodents, the rodents go through withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety, depression, and tremors.  Additional studies found that those symptoms accompany changes in dopamine and opioid systems in the brain, two types of neurotransmitters that are involved in cravings and withdrawal.  … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Research

Fast Food Addiction: The Big Mac and the Damage Done

Fast Food Addiction: The Big Mac and the Damage Done

  Words often take on multiple meanings over time as they become absorbed by large and widespread populations.  Some words that have cut and dried definitions in one era evolve double entendre definitions with subsequent generations, eliciting giggle fits if used unwittingly.  Other words seem to have the same connotation regardless of what they’re attached to.  Thus, it would seem no mere coincidence that the word “junk” is both slang for heroin and unhealthy foods … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Conditions and Disorders, Eating disorders

Possible New JFAA Fellowship – Junk Food Addicts Anonymous?

We all know bacon drenched in gravy and a side of biscuits probably isn’t your healthiest breakfast choice. However, when we bought the container of bacon at our local Stop ‘n Shop, would we have thought twice about buying it if the package had contained a warning indicating the addictive potential of the bacon? Scientists’ emerging research shows a parallel between the brain’s reactions that occur with substances such as morphine, cocaine and heroin and reactions that occur with junk food such as candy, chips, sodas, fast foods — anything that tastes really, really delicious and releases dopamine in the brain upon consumption. Scientists used rats to study affects on the brain when junk food such as icing, chocolate, and sausage were eaten. The rat’s resulting brain were almost duplicates … Read entire article »

Filed under: Addiction, Eating disorders, Latest News

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