For the longest time, I was brainwashed like so many other people that “Alcoholism” was a disease. I became convinced that in order to overcome this incurable demon I had to attend daily meetings of AA and would forever be in “recovery”. This really started making sense when I learned that I could blame all of my terrible choices and predicaments on the whole disease concept.
The AMA and the mainstream media were entirely supportive of me because their financial interests were at stake. I had to believe this lie (as the majority of people do) for their multi-billion dollar business to continue to thrive. And thrive they do on countless victims of blind propaganda directed to people who are hurting and in need of real, genuine help. Instead, the rehabilitation factory works as a revolving door backed by huge amounts of financial assistance through insurance companies which pay for most of the enormous costs of these so-called “treatment” programs.
If you knew the truth about “alcoholism”, you would understand that the whole concept of labeling it as a disease started a long time ago. It was done with no truthful research and for the sole purpose of making money, not curing anything. Come on…if your going to fabricate a “disease”, at least come up with a cure! Oh yea, that’s right – there is no such thing as cure for alcoholism. Or is there?
Since this so-called disease is actually a physical metabolic disorder and, for the most part, it can be treated naturally. The most searches on my site are always about “how to stop alcohol cravings” – these are not “mental” thoughts, but emanate from the “body”. For the person suffering from these horrendous cravings they seem almost overwhelming. This is because they are! Physically, when a person encounters these alcohol cravings it affects regions of the brain related to the “fight-or-flight response“. This is essentially where the individual’s conscious thinking is overridden by their natural human instinct to survive. There is really no “thinking” involved in this situation, but a physical reaction of the body.
Ask any alcoholic after a relapse to drinking why they did it. Most often their response is that they have no earthly idea how it really happened. This is even mentioned in the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous, written by its co-founder, Bill Wilson. Also, in the “Doctors Opinion” section of the Big Book there is commentary by his doctor, William D. Silkworth, M.D. In it he states “I do not hold with those who believe that alcoholism is entirely a problem of mental control.” He further discusses cases regarding his patients where he writes “they were drinking to overcome a craving beyond their mental control”.
Sound crazy? Well, ask anyone who has gone through some serious alcohol cravings and they will all agree…Nothing is more important at that moment than stopping the craving because it truly “feels” like you are going to die. It’s not so far-fetched when you combine this with rrsearch which shows that most every alcoholic is “hypoglycemic”. The craving they experience is in essence caused by an overabundance of insulin in the bloodstream. This is what is caused by hypoglycemia in which a person’s pancreas produces an abnormally high amount of insulin (the opposite problem of a diabetic). The result, an overwhelming desire to quench the craving with the thing the insulin is looking for – SUGAR!
Or even better…fermented sugar in the form of alcohol. This solves the problem more quickly and effectively than anything else. The alcoholic intuitively knows this but at most times he or she is simply not thinking straight when the alcohol cravings become intense. The “fight-or-flight” animal instinct short-circuits the normal cognitive function of the brain resulting in yet another vicious cycle of drinking.
The fact that most alcoholics are hypoglycemic also supports the evidence that many of them have never really suffered from a hangover. Their pancreas is way too efficient at processing the alcohol (which is simply fermented “sugar”) which results in a craving rather than a hangover. This whole phenomenon is detailed in an excellent book on this subject, “Seven Weeks to Sobriety: The Proven Program to Fight Alcoholism through Nutrition” written by Joan Matthews Larson, Ph.D. She was inspired to research and write the book after her teenage son committed suicide after completing a three-month alcohol rehabilitation program. She even opened a facility to help people with this approach called the Health Recovery Center.
Yes, at the heart of it all, sugar is really the #1 offender when it comes to alcoholism. It also happens to be America’s #1 addiction thanks to a lot of people who love making money more than they care about human lives. The sugar industry is not only very powerful, but also a very big part of the reason why the United States pales in comparison to the world with regard to our overall health. But, this is getting into a whole other area we could discuss at length.
Getting back to the does “Alcoholism = Disease?” question, there is plenty of great evidence out there which you can review to see exactly how this whole fiasco came about. Take a look at the following articles for more information about the truth:
Starting to get the picture? There is a much more to this than meets the eye. The surprising thing is that neither of these two very informative articles provide a solution. The media has done such a great job in suppressing the truth because they know that it will set you free. The result would be a reduction in profits for the addiction rehabilitation business and the alcoholism business in general.
This is what this post and website are about – providing you with facts that could actually save your life. And, potentially save you thousands of dollars in needless trips to therapy and rehab facilities. These things just don’t work… To make matters worse, when a person completes the so-called medical “program”, they are sent to AA because they are subsequently labeled as being “in recovery” for the rest of their life. This ends up being a prescription for relapse in most every case.
In fact, AA is hard-pressed to come up with a 3% success rate for anyone to stay sober for anything like a year. This well-hidden statistic was derived from a very in depth study by the Alcoholics Anonymous General Services Office in 1990 (Kolenda, 2003, Golden Text Publishing Company) – “…the total averages of sobriety for the total AA membership become 3.7 percent for one year [of sobriety], and 2.5 percent over five years.” See the article above by the Baldwin Research Institute for the whole story.
So, to sum everything up, you have come to the right place. This site’s goal is to communicate the truth about “alcoholism” and help you in your efforts to be successful in overcoming it. It takes diligence to change your ways (especially your “Standard American Diet”), but the rewards are outstanding. You will start to recognize over time that you are what you eat. And you will truly believe what Hippocrates said – “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
The truth is that your alcohol cravings can be controlled by the proper diet and nutrition. The concept that alcoholism is a disease is simply a myth designed to keep you in bondage for the rest of your life. Don’t let this happen to you without exploring the facts about alcoholism.
Remember, the “Truth Will Set You Free”!