|The Myth of Drug Addiction
The idea that drug addiction is just the result of addictive chemicals is based on an experiment done in the 1970s, in which rats were put in bare cages with two water bottles, one with normal water and the other containing an addictive opiate. The rats would inevitably get hooked on drinking the water with the drugs in it, becoming addicted and eventually dying from malnutrition. These studies led to the concept that, once drugs are consumed on a semi-regular basis, addiction is unavoidable, and this material was used in part to justify the “war on drugs”.
Shortly after this study came out, another scientist, Bruce Alexander, looked at it differently.
He believed that keeping rats in uncomfortable cages, without any stimulation, would motivate them to becoming addicted to the drugged water, and he tried a variation on that experiment. He created a large rat home with plenty of other rats and stimulating items, as well as clean food and water, with the option of the same drugged water. Then he took rats that had been addicted for about 2 months and put them in this new environment. In this more natural environment the addicted rats started to reduce their use of the drugged water, eventually stopping it altogether. This has been observed with humans as well; if they come home addicted after war, and they have a safe environment with a social structure, they usually have no problem breaking a drug addiction.
As well, when severely injured patients are given powerful and addictive painkillers, they normally have no problem coming off of them, once returning to the comfort of their own home and surrounding themselves with family and friends.
See a quick animated overview of the above rat studies called: Addiction and the Rat Park Experiments
How Not to Die
According to Dr. Michael Greger, nutrition expert, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org, the vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle.
In his book, How Not to Die, he examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America – including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure – and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can often surpass the medical approach to treating these ailments.
In addition to showing what to eat to help treat the top fifteen causes of death, How Not to Die includes a list of the twelve foods we should consume every day, and is full of practical advice and cutting edge nutritional science.
HOW NOT TO DIE: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease, by Michael Greger