Dr. Marc D. Lewis on Memoirs of an Addicted Brain

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  1. A conflict of interest within the brain is not new, nor are the type of interventions talked about; Asians have been using these concepts for centuries. But, the use of fMRI and the concept of epigenetics are new and prove old (meditation, acupuncture, self-love healing etc) interventions validate old healing techniques to encourage the healing of addictive behavior. The old interventions tend to have no side affects (like the ssri-selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) have, and can be a safe pathway to relearn how to redefine the brain via plasticity. The Hindus and the Buddhist say that desire is the main cause of (all) Man and Women's problems (in this lifetime); if you can let go of all desire's, then you become free from all addictions! Great, interesting, honest talk, many thanks.

  2. Thank goodness someone has finally got around to describing "addiction" in a way that can actually provide outcomes. Well done Sir.

  3. I like how he explained loss of self control to defiance-to make loss of control feel okay, you have to change your goal from inhibiting impulses (a losing proposition) to getting something.

  4. Geat book! Just finished reading it and I recommend this for anyone interested in this subject who wants enlightment on this difficult problem of all modern societies. I've read his other book "The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is not a Disease" and liked it very much too!

  5. When I quit cigarettes, the hardest part was seeing a pack of my former brand sitting somewhere. It took an effort to not reach for them, even when it would have been acceptable to the owner. I guess I got a squirt of dopamine.

  6. The biggest shock, to me, was Dr Lewis' admission to being a cigarette smoker, around page 270. He mentions almost setting himself on fire with a cigarette, as he nodded out. When did that start? Has it finished? Why no description of the brain's reaction to nicotine? I've paid for the book, it's on its way to me. Perhaps understanding what nicotine does in the brain, is an exercise for the attentive reader. At least, I'll pretend that was Dr Lewis' intention.

  7. I'm re-reading Anatomy of an Epidemic, by Robert Whitaker. The legal drugs seem to be even more damaging than the illegal ones. It may be how they are used. Psychiatrists prescribe meds, and the patient begins doing them 2 or 3 times a day, everyday, immediately. People seldom, if ever, start illegal drugs that way, their addiction is a much slower process. I wonder if Dr Lewis will be addressing the affects of the legal drugs?

  8. Great book. Just finished it. I'll be reading it a few more times. I'm taking it back to the library today, and buying my own copy. Useful, wow.

  9. I would certainly like to speak to Dr Lewis himself PLEASE…. my modelling between the Bio-medical "Quantum" modelling and its intellectual backup to existential "scientific" research can only work when we understand how space is spatial intelligent as to how we use its intelligent capasities… cultures and religions and philosophies have been doing this for thousands of years in fact but we have lost the capacity to sense how the organs and even the body are "sort of sacred" but also developing through different opening and closing of "radiation" even from cosmic forces as has just happened as a vacuum cleaner effect since 2012… As "healer" I am aware of this right the way through human culture now.

  10. It appears that as my own Noetic work shows that the brain is shaped and has resonance effect that are in a Universal model of resonance!… It has to go to its own body that holds within the "meridians" both its energies in a filtered form linked to the individual layering effect of the Sense organs … The question is why the "cosmic vibrations" ie Astrology and their symbols actually work as a sense filtering that works through "intellect and sight sense" also linked to colour vibration etc… oh wow…

  11. I'm currently reading his newer work, The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is not a Disease. This is exciting material. I'd like to read Memoirs of an Addicted Brain. Dr. Lewis is great. He is a scientist who understands the subjective experience of being an addict as well. Science with empathy. I love this.

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