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Four Approaches to Life

                                                            4/23/14  

What I Have Learned in the HAM Programs, the High Gain Project

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 In this essay I compare four approaches to recovering from alcoholism, approaches that I have been living, and highlight what each seeks to accomplish: The first is the Hospital experience, the second is the Morgue experience, the third is the High Gain Project, and the fourth takes up the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

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Team teaching the UCLA SUMMER SESSION

  I have learned from all of them on how alcoholism must be viewed from all of these vantage points, as we all seek to find a solution to the terrible societal problems caused by the excessive use of alcohol and other drugs.   Personally, I have learned how to implement my decision (made during my Metro Court date January 22, 2014) to stop drinking. Fortunately I was sentenced to become seriously involved in the four programs above, and sine that date, I have not had even one drop of alcohol. Sadly, some in AA state that it is ok to drink but not to exceed one drink. But I argue that even a thimble full of alcohol can start a drinking binge, a fact which I have had seen in my own case.   What I learned from the Hospital experience was excellent, as we were exposed to brain biochemistry and such neuro-transmitters as Glutamine and Gaba. These two major neurotransmitters are greatly affected by even a small amount alcohol, Creating an over-abundance of Gaba will slow our motor abilities, too often leading to horrific consequences– Dr. Troy, aptly demonstrated how neurotransmitters are linked to alcohol and drugs usage.   The second Program, the Morgue, at first I thought it was highly objectionable because of the way corpses were handled and treated, blood was spilled at my feet. The smell was overwhelming and I was in complete shock for two days after viewing the scene at the Morgue. I now realize that I was privileged to be able to see the reality of the autopsy and to have the forensic actually introduce me to the idea of Glutamine and Gaba balance.   At the Hospital Program, Dr. Troy followed up in depth on the electro-chemical system in the human body. He also analyzed the physical consequences of the speeding automotive impact if see belts are not used for safety.   In the High Gain Project I attend every week group and private meetings with Sarah Wisdom (who is highly disciplined, and suggests substitution of activities and talks on major topics in our lives, such as (a) the why of drinking and (b) how to change that dynamic by substitute useful activities to improve society. I especially appreciated Dennis Kenmore’s interesting explanation on how power and control drives us to do the wrong things in life, especially when we should DRIVE Sober, and have a meaningful life. The High Gain Project is a “boot camp” that helps us acknowledge the damages of drugs and alcohol in the human body. He supplements his lectures with interactive discussions and media.   The 100 + Alcoholic Anonymous meetings creates what I call “a non-alcoholic social group” where all addicts share their experiences in trying to stay sober. The AA people are in a sense wrong to encourage any consumption of alcohol at all. They are teaching us that we are forever alcoholics. I personally consider myself an alcoholic in long-term recovery, which is not the same idea that the fellowship is articulating.   In these programs I have learned how to be responsible for my actions, be of service and be dependable. I also have a daily blog on the national Movement against alcohol and drugs on http://olgalazin.wordpress.com a Blog dedicated to eradicate this societal problem.   In Conclusion, drawing from these four vantage points, I can clearly see a fifth path, or approach, based on preventive nutrition. Rationality does not exist for the alcoholic because even one thimble of alcoholic drink can twist the alcoholic’s brain. No program alone can solve this problem, but if the fifth approach were expanded by Dr. Troy that further help us solve this long-term mental-health disease. It is my considered opinion that alcohol is a dangerous chemical neurotransmitter that should be banned.          The Hospital Program (with expanded focus on nutrition to help prevent cravings, the Morgue Program, the High Gain Program, and the AA meetings should be introduced to youth before they drive, not only after they drive drunk and effectively “ruin their life.”     Olga Andrei     Signature                                 4/23/14 What I Have Learned in the HAM Programs, the High Gain Project, and the Alcoholics Anonymous Experience By Dr OLGA ANDREI In this essay I compare four approaches to recovering from alcoholism, approaches that I have been living, and highlight what each seeks to accomplish: The first is the Hospital experience, the second is the Morgue experience, the third is the High Gain Project, and the fourth takes up the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. I have learned from all of them on how alcoholism must be viewed from all of these vantage points, as we all seek to find a solution to the terrible societal problems caused by the excessive use of alcohol and other drugs. Personally, I have learned how to implement my decision (made during my Metro Court date January 22, 2014) to stop drinking. Fortunately I was sentenced to become seriously involved in the four programs above, and sine that date, I have not had even one drop of alcohol. Sadly, some in AA state that it is ok to drink but not to exceed one drink. But I argue that even a thimble full of alcohol can start a drinking binge, a fact which I have had seen in my own case. What I learned from the Hospital experience was excellent, as we were exposed to brain biochemistry and such neuro-transmitters as Glutamine and Gaba. These two major neurotransmitters are greatly affected by even a small amount alcohol,, Creatimg an over-abundance of Gaba will slow our motor abilities, too often leading to horrific consequences– Dr. Troy, aptly demonstrated how neurotransmitters are linked to alcohol and drugs usage. The second Program, the Morgue, at first I thought it was highly objectionable because of the way corpses were handled and treated, blood was spilled at my feet. The smell was overwhelming and I was in complete shock for two days after viewing the scene at the Morgue. I now realize that I was privileged to be able to see the reality of the autopsy and to have the forensic actually introduce me to the idea of Glutamine and Gaba balance. At the Hospital Program, Dr. Troy followed up in depth on the electro-chemical system in the human body. He also analyezd the physical consequences of the speeding automotive impact if seae belts are not used for safety. In the High Gain Project I attend every week group and private meetings with Sarah Wisdom (who is highly disciplined, and suggests substitution of activities and talks on major topics in our lives, such as (a) the why of drinking and (b) how to change that dynamic by substitute useful activiites to improve society. I especially appreciated Dennis Kenmore’s interesting explanation on how power and control drives us to do the wrong things in life, especially when we should DRIVE Sober, and have a meaningful life. The High Gain Project is a “boot camp” that helps us acknowledge the damages of drugs and alcohol in the human body. He supplements his lectures with interactive discussions and media. The 100 + Alcoholic Anonymous meetings creates what I call “a non-alcoholic social group” where all addicts share their experiences in trying to stay sober. The AA people are in a sense wrong to encourage any consumption of alcohol at all. They are teaching us that we are forever alcoholics. I personally consider myself an alcoholic in long-term recovery, which is not the same idea that the fellowship is articulating. In these programs I have learned how to be responsible for my actions, be of service and be dependable. I also have a daily blog on the national Movement against alcohol and drugs on http://olgalazin.wordpress.com a Blog dedicated to eradicate this societal problem. In Conclusion, drawing from these four vantage points, I can clearly see a fifth path, or approach, based on preventive nutrition. Rationality does not exist for the alcoholic because even one thimble of alcoholic drink can twist the alcoholic’s brain. No program alone can solve this problem, but if the fifth approach were expanded by Dr. Troy that further help us solve this long-term mental-health disease. It is my considered opinion that alcohol is a dangerous chemical neurotransmitter that should be banned. The The Hospital Program (with expanded focus on nutrition to help prevent cravings, the Morgue Program, the High Gain Program, and the AA meetings should be introduced to youth before they drive, not only after they drive drunk and effectively “ruin their life.” Dr Olga Andrei Signature Dr LAZIN S OFFICIAL WEBPAGE Team teaching the UCLA SUMMER SESSION  

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POTATOES Versus PROZAC, Beta-Endorphines & Serotonine Make You Feel Happy Forever

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http://olgalazin.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/beta-endorphins-make-you-happy-along-with-serotonin-potatoes/

Potatoes, Not Prozac (1999) By Kathleen   Maisons

BOOK REVIEW BY DR OLGA M. LAZIN

In Potatoes [symbolizing complex carbohydrates], Not Prozac [symbolizing drugs & alcohol],  Dr. DesMaisons makes her clear convincing case that persons who fear that they are self-indulgent, undisciplined, or lazy, may be in reality among the billions of people who are  “sugar sensitive.”

Many people who suffer from sugar sensitivity don’t even know it; they continue to consume large quantities of sweets, breads, cookies, cakes pasta, alcohol or drugs.

These products trigger feelings of exhaustion and low self-esteem because their biochemical impact makes sugar-sensitive people crave these unhealthy products even more.

This vicious cycle of ever deepening cravings can continue for years, leaving sufferers addicted to being overweight, fatigued, depressed, and lost in alcohol or drug binges.

The Kathleen DesMaisons approach to preventing these unhealthy addictions involves preventing the imbalance of 3 factors:

1. volatile blood sugar level (shifting between low and high levels caused by unhealthy reaction to “simple carbohydrates,” which need to be replaced by “complex carbohydrates,” such as potatoes baked in their own skin;

2. low serotonin level (brain chemicals) that needs to be raised to stop impulsive addictive behavior and encourage feelings of calm confidence, well-being, self-esteem, and happiness;

3. low beta endorphins (the strongest of four endorphin brain chemicals) that need to be raised to counter addictive impulses of temporary euphoria that soon shift to exhaustion, depression, and often angry rants/tears, as well as feelings of failure and social isolation. Unhealthy levels of endorphins in the brain may be changed only seemingly for the “better” by taking sugar and a number of drugs such as alcohol, anabolic steroids, heroin and other opiates. Do not engage in dangerous sugar and drug “highs” that result in physical and psychological “lows” caused by damaging biochemical reactions to body and mind.

The raising of beta endorphins releases natural pain killers, ends feelings of shyness, and creates feelings of “connectedness” and self-esteem, as well as “healthy excitement” about life in general.

Further, according to http://altered-states.net/barry/newsletter260/index.htm :

endorphins are most heavily released in the human body during or in moments of great pain or stressful events….. Also endorphins may be triggered by the consumption of certain foods, such as chili peppers, “which have been utilized in various kinds of medical treatments, especially as part of therapy for chronic pain, and are sometimes considered an aphrodisiac.

Potatoes vs Paxyl
How to stay fit eating your potatoe a day.

Certain kinds of physical activity have been associated with endorphin [release] in recent years as well. Undergoing massage therapy or acupuncture, for example, is believed to stimulate endorphin release, and the natural painkillers may be responsible for the euphoric feelings known as ‘runner’s high’ and ‘adrenaline rush.’”  E-mail for questions: olazin@ucla.edu  or olgalazin@gmail.com

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