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Zencat 03-14-2011 05:42 PM

Science articles and research links 2 (compressed edition)
Here's the original thread with all the original contributors:

Here's a permalink for this post only:

Limbic System

Post Acute Withdrawl - Relapse Prevention Specialists - TLC The Living Center

Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS) — Why we don’t get better immediately) Digital Dharma

Biological Effects of Alcohol Use, Michaele Dunlap, Psy.D

How We Get Addicted.

From PBS Online: Moyers on Addiction, Close To Home.

Receptor Variant Influences Dopamine Response to Alcohol, May 18, 2010 News Release - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Alcohol and GI Tract

The University of Michigan Drug use "sensitizes" the brain, making recovering addicts vulnerable to relapse.

The Physiological Basis of Addiction &
Understanding how to Defeat Urges and Cravings:
The Limbic Lizard

A article I found interesting about Learned Helplessness with regards to addiction.

Alcohol's Impact On Kidney Function;
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Candida and Alcoholism:
Nutrition and alcoholism

In Clue to Addiction, Brain Injury Halts Smoking.

"The Brain That Changes Itself", by Norman Doidge, about neuroplasticity.

Changing Your Mind : The Nature of Things with David Suzuki : CBC-TV

David Perlmutter, M.D.: Neurogenesis: How to Change Your Brain

Addiction as Disease: Policy, Epidemiology, and Treatment Consequences of a Bad Idea

This series of experiments

Alcohol, Chemistry and You
Effects of Ethyl Alcohol on Organ Function

The craving brain: a bold new ... - Google Books

Prelude to Passion: Limbic Activation by “Unseen” Drug and Sexual Cues

G. Alan Marlatt on Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention

Murray4x5 03-14-2011 06:32 PM

Time well spent!

Now if we can keep this thread for just the links and not allow people to natter on endlessly about what colour of lint is in their navels today or what their doctors receptionists brother-in-law said about kicking his addiction it would...ummmmmm...D'OH!


Zencat 03-14-2011 08:50 PM

Ha, that is why I have a permalink ( the first post. A good bit of info to link too. Then as time goes on and more links are posted, I compile that in a updated thread: Science articles and research links 3 (compressed edition).

LaFemme 03-15-2011 12:02 PM

So do we post here r the old thread?

Thanks for doing this Zen!

Zencat 03-15-2011 03:19 PM

Originally Posted by LaFemme (Post 2898872)
So do we post here r the old thread?

Ha, I didn't think that far ahead. Ahaa either or will do I guess :)

recycle 03-18-2011 11:40 AM

Originally Posted by Zencat (Post 2899107)
Ha, I didn't think that far ahead. Ahaa either or will do I guess :)

Oh good so we can natter freely. Murray I thought you were making that word up, but by dangy it is in the dictionary. Must be Canadian aye?

BTW mine is mostly grey with a faint blue-green cast today. Just to keep it all sciencey: Austrian chemist, has found a type of body hair that traps stray pieces of lint and sucks them into the navel To think of all the years I wasted drinking - sigh.

AmericanGirl 06-16-2011 02:16 PM

Ah, today I came across an article that made me look for this thread (and Murray's first one). From the Atlantic: The Brain on Trial. Addiction isn't the primary focus, but it is in there, and it's interesting stuff.

Also, did someone here post about the monkeys on St. Kitts and how their rates of alcoholism are similar to human ones? Here it is, sorry if it's a repeat: YouTube - ‪Alcoholic Vervet Monkeys! - Weird Nature - BBC animals‬‏

LaFemme 06-16-2011 10:44 PM

Thanks AG...this thread needs the occasional bump:)

I will check out the link:)

Murray4x5 06-17-2011 06:21 AM

Thanks for the bump AG :)

Interesting how the ratio of teetotallers, occasional drinkers, and "drink to the last drop" drinkers is the same for the monkeys as it is in humans.

I've only had time to read some of the first article, but it fits well with the monkey video and goes a long way to supporting my limbic system/brain stem physiological underpinnings of alcoholism. The difference between monkeys and us is we have wads of brain matter capable of logic and reasoning piled over top of those areas generating the urges to drink excessively.

In the end it doesn't matter if my theory is right or wrong, as long as it keeps me from having that first drink!

LaFemme 06-17-2011 09:30 PM

If I believed walking in a circle backwards for three rotations every morning at precisely 7:23 am kept me sober...then that would be the right thing to do:)

AG...found the article interesting and scary....I found myself feeling really bad for the first guy...the shooter from Texas.

LaFemme 06-17-2011 09:56 PM

This isn't a science article but I didn't know where else to put it and I bet if I took a minute I could find an article to go with it:)

Back when I was drinking I took my mom to a Chinese doctor for her RA ...while waiting the doctor asked to see my tongue....after looking at it she asked if I smoked and drank ...I answered yes...a little (hahahaha)...she told me to stop.

The Chinese can tell your basic health from your tongue...I always remembered that I got worse my tongue looked worse no matter what I did. Its now jpink and healthy looking...but sometimes when I am talking to someone I will notice their tongue looks like mine used to and I will wonder about them.

Zencat 06-17-2011 10:13 PM

I think theres something to ancient traditional healing practices of the Chinese. But modern medical science is my choice in treatments, then if that fails, I not beyond seeing a Shaman for herbal and whodoo healing.

AmericanGirl 06-18-2011 06:57 PM

What did your tongue look like then, LaFemme? I never noticed anything funny about mine . . except that it was often stained purple!

LaFemme 06-18-2011 08:51 PM

Thick coatings of white...pronounced bumps...thicker on the edges. I found an article but can't post from home...I will try and link it on Monday.

As for Chinese medicine has a 5,000 year track record so I'm pretty comfortable with it. One of my Chinese friends...her dad practices Westerns medicine and her step mom practices Chinese...guess which one was able to fix her chronic stomach problem;)

AmericanGirl 06-18-2011 09:13 PM

I do actually remember white junk. Always thought that was a cold. Hmm. Do send it along if you find it, please! Thx

oak 06-19-2011 01:14 AM

This is not directly related to addiction, but a good website about neuroscience is Dr. Dan Siegel - Home

Look at the 'Free Resources' link along the top row of links.

LaFemme 06-23-2011 11:11 AM

An article about Chinese medicine and I mentioned...a Chinese doctor could tell I had a drinking problem by looking at my tongue...

Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine (TCM)

BackToSquareOne 06-23-2011 04:13 PM

Here's a life extension forum in case anyone wants to live longer.

Life Extension Forums

Terminally Unique 06-23-2011 04:48 PM

This one, on Kindling is good too:

Kindling in Alcohol Withdrawal

Also, here is a cleaner link to that NY Times article:

In Clue to Addiction, Brain Injury Halts Smoking

Murray4x5 06-24-2011 12:30 AM

Here's the forward to AVRT's 'Kindling' link above;

"In many alcoholics, the severity of withdrawal symptoms increases after repeated withdrawal episodes. This exacerbation may be attributable to a kindling process. Kindling is a phenomenon in which a weak electrical or chemical stimulus, which initially causes no overt behavioral responses, results in the appearance of behavioral effects, such as seizures, when it is administered repeatedly. Both clinical and experimental evidence support the existence of a kindling mechanism during alcohol withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms, such as seizures, result from neurochemical imbalances in the brain of alcoholics who suddenly reduce or cease alcohol consumption. These imbalances may be exacerbated after repeated withdrawal experiences. The existence of kindling during withdrawal suggests that even patients experiencing mild withdrawal should be treated aggressively to prevent the increase in severity of subsequent withdrawal episodes. Kindling also may contribute to a patient’s relapse risk and to alcohol-related brain damage and cognitive impairment."

I'll be reading this one tomorrow. Thanks!

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