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  1. “If part of your immune response is always allocated to repairing gut irritation, you are essentially sick all the time.” -Robb Wolf
  2. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/food-addictions-in-the-br/ https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gamblinglike-food-and-dru/ https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/predisposition-for-addict/ Food addicts have fewer dopamine receptors because their brains are trying to compensate for having chronically high dopamine levels which are triggered by chronic overeating and chronic food rewards. Many assume that food, alcohol, substances are responsible for the damage they do to the brain. New scientific research says that the 'damage'- may have been there to begin with....already engineered and geared towards addiction. Many other factors enter in along with environment and genetics. The only real antidote is exercise. It won't cost you a dime if you take it back outside. Exercise is the safest way to increase dopamine levels in the brain.
  3. Yes. All of your questions can be answered by reading ISWF. If you google Whole 30 with your questions, they've all been answered on the forum, too. Meal timing, hormone healing, snacks, the Whole works, in entirety.
  4. Last call for alcohol On the train headed For nowhere fast Want to buy a ticket Creating nightmares That will forever last Trading your dreams And kids For addiction It will stick around Until the end Addiction That faithful friend
  5. Addiction Recovery comes first. You have to WANT it more than you NEED it.
  6. You're developing an addiction all along. Losing your lung and heart function or your pancreas and kidneys are knocking up against the rocks... If you're a gambler...you're looking bankruptcy directly in the eye. Like many addicts of every kind... Just deny it and put it off until it really hits.
  7. Addiction Recovery Got 2nd hand smoke in the house? The kids are smoking your cigarettes...putting them at risk for COPD. COPD...it's a helluva way to go. Patients feel like they're literally drowning in the end stages. Want to be tied to an oxygen tank for the rest of your life? You'd better lay those cigarettes down. If you can't do it on your own, find help. You don't want to go out like that.
  8. As the disease worsens oxygenation goes down and carbon dioxide levels rise. Blood gas abnormalities acutely worsen during COPD exacerbations and often worsen during exercise and sleep. Because most patients have a significant smoking history, most patients have many of the other illnesses associated with smoking, especially cardiovascular disease. These patients also have high risk for smoking related malignancies. Poor lung function often interferes with or prevents treatment of the other diseases.
  9. More than 80% of patients with COPD have a history of cigarette smoking. A few patients have it because of chemical inhalation exposure. Weight loss can also occur in severe COPD and is a sign of severe disease with a poor prognosis. At one time, we distinguished different types of COPD, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. All patients with COPD have an element of each, although one component will usually predominate in the individual patient. Chronic bronchitis is defined by a chronic cough that produces sputum. Emphysema is defined by enlargement and destruction of the airspaces in the lung. When the physician examines a patient with very severe COPD one finds decreased breath sounds, wheezes, crackles at the lungs, and distant heart sounds. The patient's diaphragm in limited in movement, meaning the patient cannot take in deep breaths. In extremely severe disease, the chest size is increased. Patients lean forward to use all the muscles of the chest and neck to bring air in. COPD can progress to cause heart failure, as the right side of the heart cannot pump blood into the damaged lungs.
  10. Addiction Recovery Oooo, don't be so hard on yourself. Go ahead and give yourself permission to keep on smoking and drinking and eating multi-crap. Making excuses and massive rationalization, that's addiction. Go ahead and keep spending yourself into the ground, racking up debt on your credit cards. You deserve that new boat or recreational toy. Buy all of it. Amass that debt, there's always tomorrow. Gamble it all away. That's addiction.
  11. Out of much love, I can get a water hose and put that cigarette out for you. Got COPD? How long after smoking are you safe from COPD? Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Dr. Ronald Crystal, Pulmonary Disease Specialist say Dr. Gupta: Is there any point where you can say, “Okay, you haven’t smoked for 25 years, 30 years, whatever it may be. You are in the clear”? Dr. Crystal: You are never in the clear. It depends very much on how much you smoked. So if you smoked, you know, one cigarette a day for maybe a year, probably your risk is very little. But if you smoked a pack a day for 20 years, then 20 to 30 years later you are still at risk. Dr. Gupta: So once you have COPD, you kind of have it. This is going to be a diagnosis that you carry for the rest of your life? Dr. Crystal: It's a diagnosis you carry for the rest of your life, but what you would like to do is if you stop smoking, is be able to stay at that level and not progress. Choices and Consequences "You're developing COPD all along, and losing lung function and, like many patients, just deny it and sort of put it off until it really hits."
  12. Looking back, there's more work to be done. Addiction Recovery is never done. Think you've got all of the answers and tools? Pride comes before a fall. Just when you think you're inches from a clean getaway, life pulls the props out from underneath you. Going back to our original factory settings. That yellow-bellied lily-livered sapsucker gets in there and starts messing with the dials while you're sleeping. He never lets sleeping dogs lie. Keep one eye wide-open. Be a watchman on the wall.
  13. Temporary weight loss success is amazing until it isn't. Food Addiction Relapse