Friday, June 7, 2013

We All Have Addictive Personalities

We All Have Addictive Personalities

by Andrew Rader, LAc, MS

So don't use it as an excuse to not change a habit.
Sorry to be harsh, but when folks say they have  "addictive personalities" it is really a way for them to hide under the covers and pretend that they are unable to change a habit that doesn't serve them anymore. The addiction treatment industry has allowed the definition of the  word "addiction" to take on broader and more universal meaning than from the days when it was restricted to the realm of chemical dependency.

Addiction today is used to refer to everything from facebook  to heroin. Clearly, a facebook habit is not the same as an addiction to heroin. Crystal meth addiction and food addiction? Please.  We need to lose the word "addiction" when we are talking about habitual behaviors that do not involve the intake of non nourishing substances. 

Food is something that humans, over our entire evolutionary history, have been hardwired to go for. Never before in human history have we had to consciously deny ourselves food that was in front of us that wasn't rotten, rancid or otherwise inedible. Food was always scarce and we never had a reason to reject it. Since  the mid 20th century, in the industrialized world, cheap calories and synthetic foods have become abundant. We are now faced with the unique moment in human evolution where we have to use our frontal lobe to say "No", when our reptilian brain is saying, "let's eat!"

Gambling, texting, shopping, surfing the web, entertainment in general, have all become pastimes that, if taken to certain points may lead to compulsiveness that no longer serve us. These are habits. Habits are behaviors that we repeat enough so that they become automatic. We can do them unconsciously.
Habits are generally useful and necessary for survival. Walking, driving, and  hygiene, serve us. It would not be useful or safe to need to think about how we start the car and back out of the driveway every time we get into the drivers seat.  

So, yes, we are "creatures of habit" and it is a damned good thing. It is a modern problem that we have learned to acquire habits that don't serve us- usually around modern technologies and behaviors that could not have been possible before the last 200 years. Our technological prowess has exceeded our  capacity to use such technologies wisely. Imagine a four year old with an automatic weapon.

Let's recognize that we naturally form habits when we associate pleasure around a certain behavior. The next step is to realize that sometimes the pleasure may not necessarily lead to a positive outcome if we let it get away from us. In the natural environment from which we came, we evolved to receive signals from our senses that let us know the difference between what would harm us and what would nourish us. Food tastes and smells  good. Poison tastes and smells bad. The opportunity to find something that would fool us into feeling good when in fact we were being harmed was quite rare if basically non-existant. Today, life isn't that simple.

The message here is that we do have frontal lobes and we can use them to override and recreate new behaviors and habits that can work for us. If you are struggling with a habit that you would like to change there are new and powerful strategies and methods based on merging recent neurobiological discoveries with ancient wisdom traditions. 

Get relief now and take action by calling 415-488-0201 for a free phone consult.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Resolution Interruptus

OK it is now a week into the New Year. How’re the resolutions you have made working for ya?
Have you made any? Have you started them?

It has been found that those who make resolutions are much more likely to achieve their goals than those who don’t. Makes sense. Pat yourself on the back if you have and are pursuing them now.

If you find yourself resisting your efforts, with “should” and “need to” resounding in your head, than there is an unresolved belief that may be inhibiting your best efforts. If that belief is not addressed, chances are the struggle will continue.

There is an easier way. Eliminate those beliefs and watch the ball roll down hill. Hypnosis is one of the most effective ways to address those beliefs. Call 415-488-0201 and get the ball rolling.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Mammograms Don't Save Lives

If you are a woman you might want to question your relationship with mammograms. The latest nail in the coffin of the efficacy of mammograms just came through the New England Journal of Medicine.   The conclusion is that mammograms do not make a significant difference in saving lives.  Strangely this is not new news. It is old news. The problem is  that this juggernaut is a hard thing to stop. Medicine is an industrial complex and is loosely associated with science. Once a practice becomes entrenched, often not based on rigorous science, and many people's livelihoods depend on it, the truth becomes very inconvenient. In addition to the lack of effectiveness, there is also the very real fact that mammography is radiation, and  it is increasing the risk of the very same disease it is purported to reduce. Every exposure to radiation is cumulative and matters. Women might want to start looking at Thermography, which is harmless and more sensitive, thus more effective at picking up early changes in breast tissue.

Now you can show your doctor why you question mammography without being made to feel like a simpleton. Use the link to the actual study or the well written NY Times article about the topic by David Newman,  M.D.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Acupuncture and Recovery

Acupuncture Turbocharges Recovery

Acupuncture has long been the most effective adjunctive modality in detox and recovery settings.

A Yale study Published in the August 14, 2000 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine found that nearly 55% of cocaine addicts who received acupuncture  tested clean at the end of the program compared to 23.5 percent of those that didn’t receive acupuncture. Another study published in 2006, in the Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 2006, vol. 2, no4, revealed that 61% of those who received acupuncture treatments completed their treatment program, in contrast to 32% of those who were not treated with acupuncture.

Discover how acupuncture can enhance your life.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Dissatisfied with Being Dissatisfied?

Sometimes a picture, with a caption, can be worth countless words.
Often, in our culture, we seek a  quick solution to our pain and suffering. Usually it is simply mild discomfort that we are trained to avoid at all cost. Our unconscious mind is trained to monitor and then avoid all unwanted experience.
 Try this; simply sit still, with your eyes closed for at least 1 minute. Within that time, notice how often a thought, or impulse,  to not do what you are doing, occurs. For instance, wanting  to shift or move position, wanting to scratch an itch, wondering how much time has elapsed, wondering if this exercise is"worth it", thinking about what's for lunch, thinking about what you need to do that day, or  thinking about anything other than what is happening in the present moment. Multiply this by a gazillion and you have an experience of life that is dissatisfying,  complete with real health issues. The good news is that there are fun, exciting and easy ways of changing old habits or patterns of dissatisfaction.
Learn more by visiting or by calling 415-488-0201.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Big Money, Big Tobacco Spending, Hoping and Praying You Vote Down Prop 29

If you are a voter in California, do us all a favor and vote yes for Prop 29 on June 5th.
Simply by making smoking more expensive, fewer people will smoke. This has been  proven out by other states doing the same thing. Just follow the money and see where the funding is coming from to fight Prop 29. This would be a great time to quit if you are on the fence. 

Call me now  877-283-4137 and become a non-smoker for good. You don't need to be spending more money each day on this habit that you want out of your life. Discover the power of your own mind and make the decision now.

"California Prop 29 Pits Lance Armstrong Against Big Tobacco"