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Adderall Abuse

Adderall Abuse: For A.D.H.D. or Misuse?

Adderall Abuse

Adderall Abuse

Adderall Abuse For A.D.H.D. or Misuse?

Adderall abuse and or misuse usually occur as a result of treatment of A.D.H.D. Adderall is habit forming and causes dependance…This why prescribed medicines like Adderall are so dangerous. People assume that since a physician suggests it, or since it is useful to some, that it presents no threats to others.
A teen is addicted to adderall after abusing it to studyIt is true that medicines like Adderall have actually drastically boosted the academic lives of some kids and even adults correctly identified with conditions like A.D.H.D. Nevertheless, because of the severe focus and performance it gives, it has ended up being a preferred drug among teenagers and young adults that use it as a study aid..  Adderall abuse is a celebration medicine, and weight-loss drug. What most people aren’t knowledgeable about is that medicines like Adderall are extremely habit forming and could have detrimental psychological adverse effects even for those who do need them. It is is alarming to read the NY times article noting that virtually every month 14 million prescriptions of Adderall  are written by physicians for A.D.H.D for Americans between the ages of 20 to 39 in 2011 (up from 5.6 million in 2007).

Adderall Abuse can happen so easy

Some of it may be due to the current boost in recognition of adult A.D.H.D., but it could also be from a surge in teenagers and young adults faking symptoms to get prescriptions. (NYTimes: “Issues Concerning A.D.H.D. Practices and Amphetamine Obsession”).

Some sign of Adderall Abuse.

  • Panic attacks or uneasyness.
  • Uncontrollable shaking  and tremors of a part of the body.
  • Sleep disturbances.
  • Weight reduction.
  • Paranoia.

Prescription drugs like Adderall are very hazardous. Adderall is highly habit forming  and could have significant emotional side impacts for those that do not need them. That is why it is important to raise Awareness about Adderall Abuse.

Adderall Abuse For A.D.H.D. or Misuse?

Dr. Dalal Akoury

At AWAREmed Dr. Dalal Akoury employes an Novel natural Adderall Rehab program that is safe  and focus on Spirit, Mind, Body restoration. This NeuroEndocrine Restoration (NER) uses a Natural  blend of amino acids, vitamins, minerals and co-factors. This formula begins to repair the damage done to the brain as a result of chronic use of adder all.

The NER protocol is designed to restore Neurotransmitters and cell metabolism and it is administered intravenously and orally over a 10-day period.


Adderall Abuse: For A.D.H.D. or Misuse?

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Addiction In The Family Of Senator Ted Cruz

Addiction In Senator Cruz Family: Ted Cruz Shares Story Of His Sister’s Addiction

Ted CruzThe Republican presidential nominee candidate  Ted Cruz was thought to be a bright boy even during his early childhood, so it doesn’t come as strange that he grew up to become a person his family could be proud of. Cruz has great intellect and a decisive personality, which led him to one success after another – Harvard Law, the Senate of the United States and now a presidential candidate. Unfortunately, life is not always pink, which is something Ted Cruz learned the hard way in 2011 when his half-sister Miriam passed away from a drug overdose.

The senator shared this sad story at the forum on heroin epidemic an addiction held in New Hampshire this February. Miriam, the daughter from the first marriage of the senator’s father, Rafael Cruz, was nine years older than him.

‘We used to spend summers together when we were kids. Even though she was older than me, we often played together. She let me pull on her hair and I would to that nonstop. She was a very charming and beautiful woman’, said Cruz.

However, Miriam didn’t handle their fat their parents are divorced easily.

‘I remember her always being angry at everyone. She was mad at my dad for divorcing her mom and often turned her rage to everyone. She was mad at the world, at God’.

This caused Miriam to go through some rather turbulent teenage years. As Cruz stated, she partied and she partied hard. It wasn’t even uncommon to steal his allowance in order to buy alcohol and drugs. It got worse when she married a man who had violence issues and was constantly in and out of jail. Not even having a son, who was named Joseph, was motivating enough for her to battle the addiction.

‘She became a single mom a couple of years after Joey was born. Unfortunately, she got into a car accident, after which she got addicted to painkillers. Not long has passed until she moved on to even worse drugs’, the Senator continued his story.

A ‘helping hand’ on her path to hard addiction was Michael Gunning, Miriam’s boyfriend at the time. They met in a rehab center in Philadelphia. The moment they got out, they started using various drugs. In order to get the money to buy them, Miriam started shoplifting, which got her behind bars more than a couple of times.  These are just some of the troubles addiction can get people into. They will be widely covered at Awaremed Network’s Integrative Addiction Conference for which you can register HERE.

In the meantime, everything was going well for Ted Cruz. In 1997, he managed to join a respectable law firm in Washington D.C. and was on his way to success. However, he always found time to keep tabs on his sister and her son. This is why he and his father decided to drive to Philadelphia one day to try to make an intervention, leaving all their valuable stuff back at Washington in order to avoid any potential bad stuff happening at the shady motel Miriam was living in.

Unfortunately, the talk didn’t help too much, so the senator knew what he had to do. He decided to max out his credit hard to help his nephew and soon Joey was sent to a military boarding school. Cruz believed this will help Joey get some order in his life and set him on the right path.

In the senator’s book ‘A time for truth’, it was mentioned that Miriam was aware she was not in a great situation to support her son and was thankful that Ted is getting him through school. Although he left the school only after a year, Joey and his mom reconciled their differences and started living together again. Miriam showed some real signs of wanting to progress and battle with addiction prior to this happening. She even decided to go into a rehab center. Everything had seemed back on its course, it was Joey that found Miriam dead one day in January 2011.

‘We just got a call one day, telling us that Miriam is gone’, remembers Mr. Cruz.

The Republican president candidate is very aware of this problem, which is exactly why he chose to share his experience in New Hampshire, place famous for its drug problems. There’s another addiction story in Mr. Cruz’s family, this one with a different outcome than Miriam.

Rafael Cruz was an abusive drinker and this was the reason behind him leaving Miriam’s mother, as well as leaving Ted and his mom for some time. Religion is what helped Rafael turn his life around and make this a happy story.

“My father hasn’t had a drink for 40 years now. There are addiction stories with happy endings”, stated Cruz.

The senator is right. In order for people to fight the problems with any kind of addiction, they will need a strong will and motivation, as well as great help from family and friends. Awaremed Network is organizing Integrative Addiction Conference. You can find more details and sign up for the conference here.


Protecting yourself from effects of tobacco addiction

Protecting yourself from effects of tobacco addiction: The duty of care we owe to one another

Protecting yourself from effects of tobacco addiction

If you are struggling with substance abuse, then you will need to seek experts opinion towards protecting yourself from effects of tobacco addiction. We all need a helping hand in this struggle.

While the authorities who are supposed to be protecting their subject from the effects of cigarette addiction are busy licensing more tobacco manufacturing firms and their distributors in the market, the common and very innocent consumers of the substance continue to suffer and wallow in disease and sickness across the globe. The question I ask therefore is for how long shall we be in this bondage of addiction? Must we out of addiction introduce our children to the drug by sending them to the shops for our supplies? Is it fair for our mothers to intoxicate their unborn children with nicotine while still in the womb? What about the association we have husbands and wife where one is smoking and the other is not should we be intimate, by way of kissing and risk contracting complications out of secondhand smoke? Ideally there are very fundamental questions that we must address boldly collectively and individually if you want to succeed in protecting yourself from effects of tobacco addiction in the current generation.

How then should we begin? We sought the expert opinion of professionals from the home of addiction solutions at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury (MD) and also the founder of the facility. Doctor Akoury says that when it comes to all addictive substances and particularly the cigarette addiction, the only way to fully protect yourself and your loved ones from the dangerous chemicals in both the actual cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke is through embracing absolute100 percent smoke-free environments. In one of the forums when lecturing some clients, one of them asked, how possible is that? From an addict point of view this could be a challenge, however professionally this is possible you could start by opening the windows for easy circulation of air; sitting in a separate area with smokers and avoiding designated area for smoking; or using ventilation, air conditioning, or a fan these strategies however will only succeed in reducing the concentration of the cigarette smoke but may not necessarily eliminate secondhand smoke exposure completely. It therefore means that if you are a smoker, the single best way to protect your family is by quit smoking.

Protecting yourself from effects of tobacco addiction: Latest Research
Addiction is a developmental disorder that begins in adolescence, and sometimes as early as childhood. Recent advances have provided more insight into why teens put themselves at risk for addiction through risk-taking and thrill-seeking behaviors. These behaviors are likely to happen due to the fact that the part of the brain responsible for judgment, decision making, and control of emotional responses the prefrontal cortex is the last area of the brain to mature. But there may be other factors. Dr. Dalal Akoury and her team of experts from the home of addiction solutions (AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center) have established that a chemical in tobacco smoke, acetaldehyde, may play a role in addicting adolescents to smoking. In the study, adolescent laboratory rats increased their intake of nicotine when it was combined with acetaldehyde while the adult rats did not.

All the rats were placed in cages where they could poke their noses through holes and receive nicotine, saline, acetaldehyde, or a mixture of acetaldehyde and nicotine. Over five days, with increasing frequency, the adolescent rats showed a preference for the acetaldehyde-nicotine combination. The adult rats did not show any preference. Therefore from that study it was established that acetaldehyde at the same relative concentration found in cigarette smoke, dramatically increases the reinforcing properties of nicotine. Furthermore, the effect is age-related, with adolescent animals far more sensitive than adults.

Protecting yourself from effects of tobacco addiction: Overcoming tobacco addiction
From the professional point of view, it will interest you to note that quitting cigarette smoking has direct and immediate health benefits in many ways. Like for instance, each times smokers choose to quit smoking and in just under 24 hours of quitting, all the complications that are associated with blood pressure go down and chances of heart attack decreases immensely. Besides the immediate benefits, we also have the long-term benefits of quitting which may include lower risk of stroke, lung and other cancers, and coronary heart disease. This can only mean that if you are struggling with this kind of addiction, then the best thing you may consider doing is to seek for immediate professional help by reaching out for doctor Dalal Akoury to schedule for an appointment so that you could have your addiction condition dually addressed professionally.

Protecting yourself from effects of tobacco addiction: Treating withdrawal from nicotine
Nicotine withdrawal symptoms include irritability, craving, cognitive and attention deficits, sleep disturbances, and increased appetite.
• To reduce the symptoms, nicotine replacements gum, patches, sprays, and inhalers are used. Another medication works on other areas of the brain to control craving.
• Newer medications under study act on nicotine receptors directly. Studies have also shown that medications have better and long-term success when combined with behavioral treatment.

Finally dear reader, it is never too late to seek for help if you have been struggling with this problem of addiction. Actually you may have been in greater denial over the past years but this should not be reason for you to shy away from seeking for help. Remember that doctor Dalal Akoury cares a lot for you to the point of creating a medical center whose main objective is to transform each individual’s life through increasing awareness about health and wellness and by empowering individuals to find their own inner healing power. Dr. Akoury’s practice focuses on personalized medicine through healthy lifestyle choices that deal with primary prevention and underlying causes instead of patching up symptoms. Therefore be encouraged that you are not alone and by calling doctor Akoury on telephone number 843 213 1480 to schedule for your appointment with her and all your addiction concerns will be dealt with professionally.
Protecting yourself from effects of tobacco addiction: The duty of care we owe to one another


Cortisol Connection and weight management tips

Cortisol Connection and weight management tips: The role stress play in weight complications

Cortisol Connection and weight management tips

Cortisol Connection and weight management tips are very important in the elimination of all weight related complications

In our previous article we dwelt much on the significance of cortisol in stress management and now we want to focus our discussion on the cortisol connection and weight management tips that will be useful for all of us in keeping fit. With the help of experts from AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center a facility founded by doctor Dalal Akoury (MD). This is a discussion we want to invite you to be part of specifically to eliminate any ignorance that is likely to cause us to lose the focus of eliminating all the complications that are associated with weight complications in our lives. Doctor Akoury from her over two decades of professional practice is looking at the happenings of today’s society and she is very much concern with the kind of commercials that tout the effectiveness of supplements like Cortislim ™ and Relacore ™ that propose to help people lose weight and feel less stressed by inhibiting the effects of cortisol. Some of these commercials do not fully inform the general public effectively about some of the following:

  • The function and importance of cortisol for bodily function.
  • The potential link between cortisol and obesity.
  • The potential link between stress, cortisol, and appetite.
  • The harmful health effects of stress-induced obesity.

Therefore to bridge the gap, we want to shade more light on the above omissions so that together we can walk along in this worthy course of proper weight management.

Cortisol Connection and weight management tips: Where does cortisol come from and what is its purpose in the body?

Cortisol has become a ‘prime’ hormone of fascination, discussion and confusion within the consumer and fitness industry, due to misleading television commercials and advertisements. It is a steroid (compound based from a steroid nucleus) hormone that is produced in the cortex of the adrenal glands located on top of each kidney. Fasting, food intake, exercising, awakening, and psychosocial stressors cause the body to release cortisol. Cortisol is released in a highly irregular manner with peak secretion in the early morning, which then tapers out in the late afternoon and evening. Energy regulation and mobilization are two critical functions of cortisol. Cortisol regulates energy by selecting the right type and amount of substrate (carbohydrate, fat or protein) that is needed by the body to meet the physiological demands that is placed upon it. Cortisol mobilizes energy by tapping into the body’s fat stores and moving it from one location to another, or delivering it to hungry tissues such as working muscle. Under stressful conditions, cortisol can provide the body with protein for energy production through gluconeogenesis, the process of converting amino acids into useable carbohydrate (glucose) in the liver. Additionally, it can move fat from storage depots and relocate it to fat cell deposits deep in the abdomen. Cortisol also aids adipocytes (baby fat cells) to grow up into mature fat cells. Finally, cortisol may act as an anti-inflammatory agent, suppressing the immune system during times of physical and psychological stress.

Cortisol Connection and weight management tips: The potential link between cortisol and visceral obesity   

Cortisol directly effects fat storage and weight gain in stressed individuals. Tissue cortisol concentrations are controlled by a specific enzyme that converts inactive cortisone to active cortisol. This particular enzyme is located in adipose (fat) tissues. Studies with human visceral (fat surrounding the stomach and intestines) and subcutaneous fat tissue have demonstrated that the gene for this enzyme is expressed more by obese conditions. It has also been demonstrated in research that human visceral fat cells have more of these enzymes compared to subcutaneous fat cells. Thus, higher levels of these enzymes in these deep fat cells surrounding the abdomen may lead to obesity due to greater amounts of cortisol being produced at the tissue level. As well, deep abdominal fat has greater blood flow and four times more cortisol receptors compared to subcutaneous fat. This may also increase cortisol’s fat accumulating and fat cell size enlarging effect.

Cortisol Connection and weight management tips: What is the potential link between stress, cortisol, and appetite?

Animal and human studies have demonstrated that cortisol injections are associated with increased appetite, cravings for sugar, and weight gain. Epel et al. demonstrated that premenopausal women who secreted more cortisol during and after novel laboratory stressors chose to consume more foods high in sugar and fat. It has been thought that cortisol directly influences food consumption by binding to receptors in the brain (specifically, the hypothalamus). This can stimulate an individual to eat food that is high in fat and/or sugar. Cortisol also indirectly influences appetite by regulating other chemicals that are released during stress such as CRH (corticotrophin releasing hormone), leptin, and neuropeptide Y (NPY). High levels of NPY and CRH and reduced levels of leptin have been shown to stimulate appetite.

Cortisol Connection and weight management tips: Harmful health effects associated with stress-induced obesity

Chronic stress can contribute to several harmful physiological events. When body tissues are exposed to high levels of cortisol for extended periods of time, some cellular and tissue alterations may occur. High levels of cortisol cause fat stores and excess circulating fat to be relocated and deposited deep in the abdomen, which left unchecked can develop into or enhance obesity. In addition, hypertension (high blood pressure), hyperlipidemia (elevated lipids), and hyperglycemia (elevated glucose) have been linked to elevated cortisol levels. Individuals with a high waist-to-hip ratio (which identifies visceral obesity) are at a greater risk for developing cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes mellitus, and cerebrovascular disease.

Are there any practical assessment tips for the fitness professional to utilize? To help identify clients with a potential risk for the diseases described above (which are associated to stress-induced obesity) and distinguish any patterns of fat distribution, fitness professionals can utilize a waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) measurement or waist circumference measurement. The WHR is the circumference of the waist divided by the circumference of the hips. The waist measurement is at the narrowest part of the torso between the ribs and iliac crest. The hip measurement is around the buttocks at its maximum posterior extension.

Cortisol Connection and weight management tips: The significance of cortisol in stress management

Finally professionals should ensure that their clients are aware of the links between stress and abdominal obesity. Cortisol is a necessary hormone that is responsible for fuel regulation and is released while exercising, eating, awakening, and psychosocial stress. However, if there is too much cortisol in circulation, abdominal obesity can develop. This type of central obesity is linked to developing cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes mellitus, and cerebrovascular disease. An effective and regular exercise and stress management program may be a key to reducing and or preventing stress-induced obesity.

Cortisol Connection and weight management tips: The role stress play in weight complications



The aftermath of smoking risks after recovery

The aftermath of smoking risks after recovery: What next after smoking cessation?

The aftermath of smoking risks after recovery

The aftermath of smoking risks after recovery can be felt even up to one year latter after quitting. the heart is the most vulnerable of all the organs.

There is no doubt that up on quitting smoking health improvement takes place almost immediately and for sure people who quit cigarette smoking at whatever age or stage of life are expected to feel significant and remarkable benefits within a few minutes, hours, days and weeks from their last puff of cigarette. However, it is equally important to note that even though the benefits will be realized almost immediately, the effects of smoking can still be felt even after one year of smoking cessation. Doctor Dalal Akoury (MD) and founder of AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, says that, with smoking the vein health may still not return to normalcy thereby increasing the possibility of a failed heart bypass surgery and that is why we want to focus our discussion on the aftermath of smoking risks after recovery. It will interest you to note that according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, coronary artery bypass grafting surgery is the most common type of open-heart surgery performed globally. Professionally this is primarily done to patients who have severe heart problems, or those whose major arteries have been blocked and damaged making them susceptible to heart problems. This procedure involves connecting (or grafting) a blocked artery to a healthy one so the blood can bypass the damaged artery and flow freely through the other one. Success rates of coronary artery bypass goes beyond grafting surgery which are considered high among non-smokers.

Experts are working round the clock to reduce the aftermath of smoking risk after recovery and according to a study published in the journal The Annals of Thoracic Surgery it was established that the damage caused by tobacco use to the veins may not be fully reversed even after one full year of smoking cessation. It therefore means that smoking has very long term effect on your health that even after quitting you will still be at certain risk according to the study. And like we had mentioned previously, heart disease is the number one killer in the world and it is strongly facilitated by smoking and the nicotine in the tobacco smoke. Along with improper diet, obesity, high cholesterol and inactivity, smoking is still a major risk factor for cardiovascular problems. From the discussion so far it is becoming clear that even though quitting smoking now is the best thing to do since doing can reverse many of the side effects of tobacco use, it is equally important to appreciate the fact that it will take some time before the other damages can be reversed completely. Doctor Dalal Akoury is reaffirming that since no one really knows when he or she will be in need of coronary artery bypass surgery; therefore, the best approach to this problem/habit is to stop immediately and preferably in your youthful age. This is very important because the heart problems and complications often deteriorate and get more obvious in old age says doctor Akoury. For better understanding of the magnitude of this problem, let us consider the following smoking risks on other medical procedures as follows:

The aftermath of smoking risks after recovery: Smoking poses health risks to any kind of surgery

While all smokers are urged to quit, doctor Akoury is of the opinion that individual smokers who are scheduled for surgery must be highly encouraged to quit as soon as possible if they want to escape the scathing consequences of the problem at hand. The contents of cigarettes which include among other things nicotine and carbon monoxide are so destructive and will impact negatively by blocking the smooth blood flow to different parts of the body thereby impairing the healing process.

The aftermath of smoking risks after recovery: Smoking increases risk after colorectal procedures

According to the findings of a given study published last September in the Annals of Surgery journal revealed that smoking boosts the risk of infection, pneumonia, blood clots and kidney failure after colorectal procedures.

The aftermath of smoking risks after recovery: Smoking makes cancer treatments less effective

Cancer is one of the most frustrating illness and cancer patients will confirm to you the agony they go through during treatment. Cigarette smoking is a serious threat to cancer treatment for varies many reasons and therefore all cancer patients are highly discouraged to desist from smoking because it hinders their body from effectively cooperating with the treatment. It is also important to note that besides lowering their immune responses, experts have establish that smoking can increase the risk of risk of heart and lung complications including problems related to general anesthesia.

The aftermath of smoking risks after recovery: Smoking impacts the body even during less invasive surgeries

The best way of avoiding all these complications is not just stopping but choosing not to be lured into smoking in the first place. Those who do not smoke at all have less risk considering all the health complications that are associated with smoking. Doctor Akoury advices that if you are schedule for any surgery regardless of whether it’s a major or minor surgery, the professional advice from experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center is that patients must endeavor to stop smoking way before the scheduled date of their procedure to ensure success of the treatment. There is no two way about it any patient schedule for surgery must quit smoking.

The aftermath of smoking risks after recovery: Continuing to smoke after surgery causes serious complications.

Finally in one of the studies, more than half of patients who continued to smoke after surgery developed complications compared with less than 20 percent of those who quit. Lighting up also increases the risk of death after surgery. Doctor Akoury parting short is that there’s no way in which tobacco use will help in easing the process of any medical treatment or procedure. With that in mind smokers who have health problems or are undergoing treatments MUST make the decision of quitting a priority. Otherwise, they could be facing serious, long-term consequences.

The aftermath of smoking risks after recovery: What next after smoking cessation?