5 Ways to Overcome Any Addiction


People can fall victim to many types of addictions, with the most prevalent being drugs and alcohol, food, gambling, social media and television, and sex. Addicts of any behavior, activity, or substance just want to experience something that makes them feel pleasure in order to escape reality.

5 Ways to Overcome Any Addiction

After feeling that “high” the first time, the person becomes hooked due to the release of dopamine into the part of the brain that registers pleasure, which also plays a role in learning and memory. So, compulsive behavior starts when the brain responds to a gratifying substance or activity by releasing large amounts of dopamine, and the reward circuit in the brain stores these memories of satisfaction, making you crave more.

While it may seem like addiction happens whether you want it to or not, you can actually overcome compulsive behavior using these simple, yet powerful methods.

Here are 5 Healthy Ways to Overcome Addiction

Seek Alternative Sources of Pleasure

You can still experience bliss in life without having to consume hallucinogens or alcohol, betting all your money at the casino, or watching mind-numbing programs on TV. Everyone wants to feel good, but unfortunately, mass media and societal norms encourage unhealthy ways of attaining pleasure. Because of social engineering, many people have become convinced that mind-altering substances, lustful relationships, material items, food, and technological gadgets will pave the way to a higher state of existence.

However, the brain receptors eventually build tolerance to these stimuli as they become overwhelmed, and they release less and less dopamine over time. Therefore, you have to ingest more of the substance, spend even more money, or seek out more unfulfilling, shallow relationships to release the same amount of dopamine. The brain then becomes conditioned to receive these rewards over and over again, and the cravings get harder to handle.

In order to truly overcome an addiction, you need to reflect deeply on your life and figure out why you choose harmful substances and behaviors to fill the emptiness. Start replacing the destructive practices with more wholesome activities or foods, like exercising and consuming more fruits and vegetables. Fill your life with a wide variety of fun, engaging activities that will make you feel satisfied and happy so that you don’t resort to quick fixes to achieve the same goal.

Most people seek outlets because they feel stuck and unhappy with their current situation, so getting active and moving your mind and body will help you feel invigorated and in control of your life. To master addiction, you need to remember that nothing outside yourself can ever match the same satisfaction you can get by fully utilizing the tools you already have within.

Harness Your Creativity

One of the main benefits of drawing, playing music, writing, dancing, and other art forms is the fact that you can do any of them without suffering from adverse side effects that drugs, alcohol, and processed foods come with. In life, we all seek spiritual enlightenment either intentionally or unknowingly, and addicts of any kind really just want to experience this higher state of being.

By getting reconnected with your creative side, you will enter a zone where everything else around you seems to dissipate as you transcend your current reality and make your way into one where life seems easier and more enjoyable. Must musicians and artists will tell you that they couldn’t imagine life without their art form because it feels like an escape to them.

Find something healthy in the realm of art that you really take an interest in, and use that as your source of pleasure when you feel a craving coming on for anything that will cause you more harm than good.

Practice Meditation

Meditation can help you overcome the duality you face each day in your quest to kick bad habits to the curb and adopt better ones. This ancient practice will allow you to silently observe your behavior, and show you that bad and good don’t really exist – it’s all just energy expressed in different forms. You might struggle with addiction now, but you can start living more effortlessly by turning your mind off for a while and simply being. Don’t worry with fighting off demons and forcing yourself to change overnight; have patience with yourself and the universe to guide you. Meditation will also invite you into a world where you don’t have to seek out anything to make you happy, because happiness is just a state of being.

Meditation is essentially a way of traveling to other worlds and helping you achieve enlightenment in the most natural way possible – without drugs or other earthly addictions. It helps you build strength and recognize the boundless potential you have as a spiritual being having a temporary human experience.

Distance Yourself from People Who Encourage Addictions

If you want to eliminate drugs and alcohol from your life, it won’t help to hang out at bars with former drinking buddies or surround yourself with drug abusers. You need to find people who value healthy lifestyles and more positive habits, like exercising, playing music, eating nourishing foods, and following their passions in life. Your current friends may not understand why you can’t include them in your life anymore, but you have to do whatever will help you break free of harmful habits. Ultimately, you get to choose your own friends, so make sure you surround yourself with uplifting people who have your best interest at heart.

Believe in Yourself

It might seem obvious, but many people forget to actually have faith in their ability to overcome obstacles. They admit defeat before they even try, believing that they have no way out of their current mindset or situation. In order to beat addictions, you have to first trust in yourself that you can indeed win the battle. You have to make a pact with yourself that you will never give up on you. After all, you are your own master, so you get to decide what kind of person you want to become. You CAN live a healthier life and leave self-harming addictions in the past; you just have to believe that you can get there, one step at a time.

(Bonus): Practice self-control

One of the most important ingredients in overcoming addiction of any kind is to simply know when enough is enough.  Knowing where to set healthy boundaries for yourself will keep your own conscious mind at the steering wheel, and provide you with a more balanced life overall. When you draw a line in the proverbial sand, you begin to draw a picture of what you truly want in your life.  You deserve to be in control. You ARE enough.

Fighting an uphill battle


Dr Rob Fowler is a Canadian critical care physician from Toronto who was recruited by the World Health Organization in August 2013 to work with the Pandemic and Epidemic Diseases clinical team. When the Ebola outbreak was confirmed in late March 2014, Rob was part of the first clinical response team to deploy to Guinea. In the months to follow, Rob worked at an Ebola treatment centre, focusing on treating dehydration, organ dysfunction and shock to drive down mortality rates.

Conakry, Guinea, 2014: Before entering the hospital, people wash their hands with a solution of chlorine and water to avoid spreading the Ebola virus

“I was in Geneva at WHO, when the first case of Ebola was confirmed in Guinea. From that point I knew that in a few days I would likely be part of the first WHO team on the ground.

My first entry into the ward was at Kipé Hospital in Conakry where there were a number of Ebola patients – most were health care workers. Other patients had already left the hospital in fear. There was only one nurse in the ward at a time and few doctors were left, uninfected. No one had the luxury of prior infection prevention and control training for Ebola and the result was devastating. So my first reaction when entering the hospital was grave concern and no small amount of fear that anybody working in the ward was at risk.

Those first weeks were a continuous cycle of long hours of clinical care in the cobbled together Ebola Treatment Unit on the grounds of Donka Hospital, while simultaneously providing clinical advice at WHO Ebola response coordination meetings each morning.

Few beds, treatments, doctors or nurses

The early days in Conakry, for me, were the most challenging because of the lack of resources – lack of beds, medication and personnel. When I first arrived there were about four Guinean doctors and nurses and four international physicians and nurses caring for patients in the capital. There were too few clinicians to provide medical care to infected patients.

Many of the national staff, without sufficient prior infection prevention and control experience, had become infected and this decimated the clinical workforce. We had over 100 patients and some days, only a couple of doctors and a couple of nurses. It is so very hard in that environment where staff is getting sick.

There were so many challenges with this outbreak. The affected countries had not previously experienced Ebola before therefore the basic procedures in handling an Ebola outbreak were not in place. In prior years, there were periods of civil unrest, government instability, and health care infrastructure challenges that lead to an inability to meet the basic public health and acute health needs of the population. The Ministries of Health and national healthcare workers do their best, but they are working in a system with insufficient support.

Rob Fowler, a critical care physician from Canada, working in West Africa on Ebola outbreak 2014

The importance of prior infection prevention and control training and expertise in keeping healthcare workers, patients and the public safe — this cannot be over-emphasized in my mind. So, any outbreak in this environment was going to be a tough one.

This is also the first time that Ebola hit urban centres and has travelled from one location to another with so much ease. Usually the outbreak is geographically distinct, isolated and often in a remote area. Soon, there were not just one, but many, outbreaks; many fronts to fight simultaneously.

Setting the tone for good clinical care

The clinical care of patients is a tiny piece of the response. However, I think it is a very, very important one. When mortality is very high, and Ebola treatment centres function more to isolate people than to provide care to patients, the population is reluctant to voluntarily seek care due to fear.

Over the following month, I think this team helped to set the tone for a style of clinical care – early aggressive rehydration, antibiotic and antimalarial treatments, and point-of-care laboratory directed treatment of metabolic and electrolyte abnormalities that has generally been adopted across West Africa.

It is not so common for WHO to send in clinicians – doctors and nurses – to assist Ministries of Health to provide direct clinical care; however, during this start of the outbreak, the need was too great and assisting with the care of patients became one of our priorities – out of necessity.”

By December 2014, Rob had deployed four more times starting in Guinea in March, Sierra Leone in July, Liberia in September, and Sierra Leone again in December.

Find Out How Polio Is Being Used to Treat Cancer


The potentially deadly polio virus could be used to save brain cancer patients, according to scientists at Duke University Medical Center.

Researchers and physicians at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center are now in the first phase of testing the polio virus in patients with brain tumors.

Justin Caba, with the Medical Daily Reporter, explained that the researchers re-engineered polio into a new virus that replicates within cancer cells, corrupting those cells.

“Cancer is so notorious to treat because it all comes equipped with a protective barrier that basically hides it from the immune system,” Caba explained. “This new polio virus, which is now a vaccine, is coming in and lifting that barrier and [allowing] the immune system to come in and attack.”

Caba revealed that they are still testing the virus, but they are already treating some patients with glioblastoma, one of the deadliest and most aggressive types of brain cancer. So far, they have four patients in remission, which is very encouraging.

Caba added that this eventually could be used to treat other forms of cancer, such as breast cancer and lung cancer.

PCPs Need to Push Colorectal Cancer Screening


Prevention begins with primary care support, says the AAFP.

Every year, more than 140,000 U.S. adults have newly diagnosed colorectal cancer, the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer deaths. Those statistics are startling enough, but what makes them even more troubling is that all over the country, patients miss out on potentially life-saving screenings.

Primary care providers know that screening can detect colorectal cancer in its earliest stages and that it can prevent cancer through the detection and removal of precancerous polyps. Sadly, about one in three adults between 50 and 75 years old are not getting screened as recommended.

The American Academy of Family Physicians has long recognized the importance of colorectal cancer screening. We recommend screening for colorectal cancer using fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy, in adults, beginning at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years.

We view colorectal cancer as a major public health problem, and we’re not alone. Last year, the AAFP joined dozens of organizations in support of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable’s (NCCRT) 80% by 2018 initiative, which seeks to increase the percentage of adults ages 50 and older who get screened for colorectal cancer to 80% by 2018.

Earlier this month, I participated in an event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the NCCRT that looked at the progress we’ve made with the 80% by 2018 initiative. It was a good reminder of how far we’ve come and a great way to celebrate Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March. Although screening rates have risen, there is still work to be done.

I’m optimistic about the role that primary care, and specifically family physicians, can play to reach the 80% goal. Approximately one in four office visits are made to family physicians. That’s 214 million office visits a year. Because of our ability to treat a patient over the entire lifespan, we’re able to forge a continuous, trusting bond with our patients. We build relationships and trust over time. By making a recommendation for screening and providing reminders, we can help achieve this important, life-saving goal.

These conversations require a level of sensitivity. Although some patients are hesitant to have a colonoscopy, they may agree to do a take-home test. Remember that a typical series of take-home stool tests does qualify as screening and should be done annually. However, a one-time, in-office stool test does not adequately screen for colorectal cancer.

We also have to be sensitive to health disparities. According to the NCCRT, Hispanics, Native Americans or Alaska Natives, rural populations, men, those 50 to 64, and those with lower education and income are less likely to get tested. In my practice, I discuss the importance of colorectal cancer screening with all of my patients ages 49 to 75. I find that many patients aren’t aware of the different screening options. During these conversations, I do a lot of listening. I want my patients to understand my recommendation and, conversely, I want to understand their concerns. These initial conversations aren’t always successful, but they’re too important to discontinue.

So I follow up with patients. I send reminders, and I encourage other healthcare providers to do the same.

Increasing the screening rate requires extra effort by a lot of different groups. But it’s life-saving work, and it’s worth doing.

Pregnancy and dialysis.


Survey results suggest lack of clear guidelines leads to uncertainty.

  • Medpage Today

A third of nephrologists reported being somewhat to very uncomfortable caring for a pregnant patient on hemodialysis despite a growing number having to do so, said researchers here.

A small mailed survey found that 43% of nephrologist respondents have cared for a pregnant patient on dialysis, and in 32% of those pregnancies, dialysis was started during the pregnancy. Half of all the pregnancies were complicated by preeclampsia, and 23% of the reported pregnancies did not result in a live birth, said researchers, led by Mala Sachdeva, MD, at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Health System in Great Neck, N.Y. She reported her results with her colleagues at a poster session during the spring clinical meeting of the National Kidney Foundation.

“We had actually noticed that we were caring for more and more pregnant patients on dialysis, and we had a couple of successful pregnancies and we wanted to see what the U.S. experience was,” said Sachdeva in an interview with MedPage Today. But she said the team was surprised by the outcomes. “They were not great, though there were no reported maternal deaths. It tells us that we need something to work on,” she said.

Data were taken from a survey sent out in May 2014 with 23 questions about the experience of pregnant women on dialysis, fetal outcomes, and current clinical patterns associated with pregnant patients on dialysis. Seventy-five nephrologists responded.

More than 59 pregnancies were reported in the last 5 years, and in 32% of the reported pregnancies, dialysis was started during pregnancy. In 58%, the pregnancy occurred within the first 5 years of being on maintenance dialysis.

Half of the nephrologists or a member of their staff had to counsel a female dialysis patient about contraception, the study found. And three-quarters of respondents didn’t have access to fetal monitoring during dialysis for the patient.

Most of the nephrologists had their pregnant patients on 4 to 4.5 hours of hemodialysis for 6 days a week, and two-thirds of nephrologists targeted a blood urea nitrogen (BUN) of less than 50mg/dL. But there are no clear guidelines on how to dialyze a pregnant women, said Eileen Miller, MD, medical director of dialysis at North Shore-LIJ, toMedPage Today.

The lack of guidelines accounts for a part of why many nephrologists reported being uncomfortable dialyzing a pregnant patient said Miller. Another reason is that pregnant women on dialysis were relatively uncommon. “But as dialysis has gotten better, we’re seeing more of it, and we need better guidelines so people will feel more comfortable. The last studies done looking at pregnant patients were more than 15 years ago,” she said.

HAPPY EASTER TO THE WORLD OVER!!


HAPPY EASTER … EVERYONE…..
May all be blessed with infinite love and harmony.
Everyone is LOVE…
Celebrate the greatness and true symbolic meaning of Easter…
Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus…
Jesus represents the core being the pure consciousness..

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Celebrate the resurrection of ALL perfected beings anywhere in the world….
All who TRULY follow the path of TRUTH and LOVE…the one who lives for ALL…the one who considers NO 1 an enemy….the one who thinks speaks and does no evil, the one who realizes …ALL are ONE… the one who dares to BE THE PUREST OF THE PURE ….WILL BE RESURRECTED…regardless of faith /religion nationality, gender…colour ..
This is the order of the day.
For those who believe, it is not possible to be resurrected..you must know the truth …Jesus came to ‘show the way’…but man’s evolution was /remained low and so could not perceive Jesus’s birth purpose..He was of tremendous evolution hence he was chosen and chose to play out this MAGNIFICIENT COSMIC ROLE so that man may awaken and learn to be truthful and just.
Many great souls have appeared on earth since then to reiterate the message of truth…but man always killed him..to later… ‘revere him’ …funny isn’t?

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Today in ‘our time’ of evolution we are ALL being given the chance to embrace greatness.
You too can be resurrected …if you followed the path truthfully with Yoga thrown in.
Jesus studied intense Yoga in India in the Himalayas. …..
The best way to honour Jesus,(pure consciousness’) is to opt for resurrection yourself…that would be truly following the master.
Start with YOU….YOUR resurrection….to merge with Christ/ pure consciousness .
Praise…. Jesus.
I offer healing love to everyone …every and anywhere in the world … wherever there is suffering…grief…loss….tragedy…..

Please join me in the same on this day and every day .

 

Dr Chandan

Administrator of this blog page.