Like an addiction to drugs or alcohol, food addicts will struggle to simply stop their addictive behavior, even when the behavior leads to weight gain, or damages relationships.
I'm not naive. I know what bureaucratic thrust drives the war on drugs and what an obstacle this represents. Yet still, everywhere I look, I also see the writing on the wall. Everyday, a growing number of states moves closer to legalizing marijuana as Colorado and Washington did on Election Day.
Here's an outrage that must be changed: Big Pharma has been systematically price-gouging the Medicare program for seniors and people with disabilities -- and raking in billions in excessive profits.
Of all the horrors associated with a conflict that has killed tens of thousands of Mexicans, the country's children and adolescents are perhaps the greatest casualty.
Here's an excerpt from Episode 155, my conversation with Lenore Zion, an author who also works as a sex therapist.
I've always been terribly insecure -- though always secure enough in myself to admit it. No matter my accomplishments, I've never been able to over...
For the men of the AIDS Generation when death was an inevitability, sex and substances provided an escape, not only from the realities of AIDS, but also from the stigma and discrimination experienced by so many of us growing up as gay men.
What could possibly be the federal government's objection to letting the public know that about the health benefits of medical marijuana?
Representative Fincher is my age (39) but as I grew up in the inner city, Mr. Fincher grew up in rural Tennessee, in a generational farm family. The Fincher family has found great assistance from the federal government to help his family in their farming endeavors.
The International Narcotics Control Board describes itself as a "quasi-judicial" group of experts charged with monitoring compliance with international drug control treaties, but the report's drug war bias and egregious omissions makes us wonder who is judging the judges.
So if you can't do away with the U.S. demand, and you can't destroy the current suppliers by legalizing the market, then what? There's a third way. Make it a lot more difficult for the drugs to enter the U.S. No, I'm not talking about U.S. military interdiction efforts.
Obama won the election, gay marriage gets approved in two states, and legal marijuana gets the nod in a few others. From my point of view, this is clearly a step in the direction of rationality. But I think there might be more to it than that.
The history between sex and cannabis extends back as far as 1000 B.C.E. when the Hindus would use hashish to achieve a state of Kama or as we know it, pleasure. So, does cannabis enhance the sexual experience? Well, it's difficult to argue with a culture that wrote the book of Kama Sutra.
One facet of the cartel's horrific system is to lie in wait for migrants and then abduct them as they are departing the train on the fringes of Mexico City. Once abducted, the ill-fated individuals are subjected to life threats, physical torture, extortion and some cases even murder.
Though external chemicals like alcohol can play a part, it's our own brain chemistry that lies at the root of every compulsion. In that sense, all addictions are chemical ones.
I found this while in a manic cleaning fit the other day, a declaration from 2006 to quit drinking the following year. Needless to say, missed the boat on that one: