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Mar 29, 2016 - 7 comments

How to Naturally Increase Dopamine and Serotonin Depleted By Opioid Abuse
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The American Society of Addiction Medicine says one of the biggest reasons people fail in addiction is…

    “Addiction is not about drugs, it’s about brains.  It is not the substances a person uses that make them an addict; it is not even the quantity or frequency of use.  Addiction is about what happens in a person’s brain when they are exposed to rewarding substances or rewarding behaviors, and it is more about reward circuitry in the brain than it is about the external chemicals or behavior that “turn on” that reward circuitry.”

nuerotransmittersIf you’ve used opiates for longer than 2-4 weeks, then you’re probably lacking in natural “feel good” brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters.

Your brain has four primary neurotransmitters and each plays a critical and different role in your health and how you feel.

The four primary neurotransmitters are dopamine, serotonin, GABA, acetylcholine.

So what do they do for you?

    Serotonin regulates sleep and appetite.
    Dopamine is the feel good chemical, plays an important role in mood, energy, attitude, motivation.
    GABA acts as your calming neurotransmitter, helping you relax.
    Acetylcholine for processing information and memory.
    Endorphins are feel good chemicals our bodies release under extreme pain. They are considered the bodies own opiates.

When opioids, heroin and other prescription pain relievers are abused your brain stops producing these neurotransmitters.

And here’s why:

    Opiates release 2 to 10 times the amount of dopamine that natural rewards do.

Opioid Abuse Effect on Dopamine

Opioid Abuse Effects on Dopamine In Brain

What do you do if the volume on the stereo is too loud? You turn it down, right? Well our brain does that same thing when it adjusts to the overwhelming surges of dopamine (and other neurotransmitters) sent from abusing drugs.

To compensate for these surges your brain begins to automatically produce much less natural dopamine and other key neurotransmitters, which in turn can cause a myriad of opioid withdrawal symptoms and health problems.

When you stop using drugs your brain’s naturally occurring neurotransmitters (serotonin, dopamine, acetylcholine, GABA) are FAR below normal healthy levels.

Why?

Because opioids and all drugs pretty much destroy your body and brain’s production of it’s own natural feel good chemicals.

This creates a neurotransmitter imbalance or deficiency and depending on the deficiency it can cause a wide range of narcotic withdrawal symptoms and health problems.
The Neurotransmitter Imbalances and Chemical Deficiencies Caused by Heroin and Prescription Opioid Pain Reliever Addiction

DecreasedMetabolismWhen your brain’s neurotransmitters are imbalanced, you may feel flat, lifeless, depressed, nervous, anxious, queasy, stressed and unable to enjoy things that use to bring you pleasure in life.

Behavior like this is a common sign of a neurotransmitter deficiency or imbalance. And this deficiency often appears during and after opioid addiction.

The longer you’ve used drugs, the greater the imbalance or deficiency may be.

Dopamine deficiencies can cause fatigue, memory lose, depression, addiction, personality disorders, chronic fatigue, panic.

Serotonin deficiencies can cause constipation, nausea, blues, insomnia, addiction, depression, learning disabilities, thought confusion.

Acetycholine deficiencies can cause anxiety, stress, learning difficulties, agitation, mood swings, memory lapses, attention problems, diminished comprehension.

GABA deficiencies can cause insomnia, sleep disorders, muscle pain, muscle tension, stomach cramps, high anxiety, inability to think clearly, headache, hypertension.

Learning the hard way, costly mistakes taught me that you don’t have to suffer from this imbalance forever, because there are natural ways to raise depleted resources and nutritional deficiencies.
Natural Supplements that Can Help Boost Production of Key Neurotransmitters and Brain Chemicals

One of the easiest ways to increase brain chemicals is to take natural supplements. Because many natural ingredients have been researched and tested and proven effective and naturally raising production of brain chemicals.

st-johns-wort-for-depressionThere are natural ingredients that have shown in study after study to boost biochemicals, resulting in narcotic withdrawal symptom relief.

Easy to find vitamins and supplements are an excellent way to ensure a steady supply of nutrients essential to the production of neurotransmitters.
Supplements that Boost Serotonin

Serotonin effects your sleep, body temperature, sexual behavior and your pain sensations. It’s also a contributor in feelings like happiness and well-being.

5-HTP (hydroxyryptopan) – 5-HTP is the precursor to serotonin and helps your brain manufacture more serotonin. It is also the precursor for melatonin, the hormone involved in sleep patterns of the human body.

It works in the way that it helps the body to produce serotonin. 5-HTP is effectively used today for many ailments including weight loss, treating depression, fibromyalgia, migraines and it is said that it helps in treating Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, down syndrome, alcoholism, opiate withdrawal, PMS and menopausal symptoms and many other symptoms we face.

It’s thought to improve mood, help you sleep, and instill feelings of relaxation and calmness.

St. Johns Wort – An anti-depressant herb that is commonly used for its positive neurological effects on mood and attitude.
Supplements that Boost DopamineL-Theanine for Rest and Relaxation

Dopamine boosting supplements are very important after addiction. Because these levels are directly impacted by prolonged opiated abuse.

Mucuna Pruriens (extract) – A deficiency of norepinephrine and dopamine in the brain can result in depression, sadness, lack of focus and low motivation. Fortunately if these levels are low, mucuna pruriens can help rebuild depleted neurotransmitters norepinephrine and boost dopamine. This improves mood and makes more chemical messengers that act in the brain to produce mental alertness and energy. Mucuna Pruriens can rapidly replenish depleted dopamine stores.
Supplements that Boost GABA

GABA supplements can calm the brain and keep you on even keel. They also reduce stress, ease anxiety and promote sleep.

GABA – Gamma-Amino Butyric Acid, or GABA is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain – in the central nervous system. As a supplement GABA is commercially sold as a natural tranquilizer for the neurotransmitter effects. In other words, GABA is used to help people relax, calm down, relieve anxiety and sleep.

Glutamine – Helps decrease symptoms of anxiety, relieve muscle spasms, muscle tension

Melatonin – Controls sleep functions and awake sleep cycles.

B-Complex Vitamins – Produces a calming, relaxing effect by activating GABA and cyclic adenosine monophosphate.
Supplements that Boost Acetycholine

Acetycholine is responsible for thinking functions, such as comprehension of language, intelligence, and attention.

Phosphatidylserine – An impressive volume of research shows that phosphatidylserine, another modified amino acid, benefits acetylcholine deficiency. Recommended for memory disorders and depression.

N-acetyl-cysteine – an amino acid that helps detoxify many chemicals and is a strong antioxidant.

Huperzine-A – Preserves acetylcholine, which helps neurons process memory without losing speed.
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Natural Ways to Boost Endorphin Levels At-Home

Ways to Release “Feel Good” Brain Chemicals At-Home

    MUSIC – Music is powerful and can move you emotionally. When you’re coming off opiates you’re body probably feels like it’s thawing out. Your bodies probably more sensitive to touch and sound. Good music can absolutely help your mood and get those brain chemicals working again. Try and listen to mostly upbeat music.
    MEDITATION – Meditation helps the nervous system operate at its best; when done properly this produces optimum levels of serotonin and endorphins.
    LAUGHTER – Watch a good comedy movie or have a laugh with friends to release endorphins.
    SUNLIGHT – bright light increases the production of Serotonin in the body. Spending time in the sunlight can absolutely improve your mood and also soothe muscle aches. Tanning beds can be helpful if no sun is shinning.
    SEX – is a powerful producer of endorphins. A long session can dramatically increase endorphins. When you’re in withdrawal sex can be a very nice escape.
    ACUPUNCTURE – acupuncture increases circulation and stimulates the release of endorphins. If you haven’t looked into acupuncture while in withdrawal – you might want to try it out, it can be VERY helpful during healing.
    MASSAGE – stimulates the release of endorphins. Massaging your own scalp and shower massager’s can provide an affordable alternative to expensive treatments. Massage therapy can feel wonderful.
    HERBS/SUPPLEMENTS – St John’s Wort, 5-HTP and L Tyrosine all can increase serotonin, dopamine and in the brain. Thus easing withdrawal symptoms and shortening withdrawal duration.
    EXERCISE – is one of the best natural ways to produce both serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. Vigorous exercise is best because the stronger the physical demand you place on your body, the greater the release of endorphins. You should try weight training and high and low intensity exercises. Work out as long as you can.

What Foods to Eat to Increase Neurotransmitter Production in the Brain

You can replenish neurotransmitters in the brain by eating the right foods.

    Eat carbohydrate rich meals and lots of vegetables. Healthy choices include whole grain breads, whole grain pasta, rice, brocolli, spinach lettuce, etc. Eating fat processed foods will do the opposite. Eat better and improve how you feel. (now to contradict myself)
    Eat sweet foods like chocolate (sparingly), only a couple squares of good quality chocolate with a high percentage of Cocoa in it can raise these chemicals.
    Serotonin is naturally occurring in foods like pineapples, bananas, nuts and plums.
    Get an adequate supply of B vitamins, folic acid and vitamin C because these vitamins play a role in transmitting brain chemicals.
    Spicy foods like Chile’s, peppers and jalapenos. The heat triggers the release of endorphins, so the spicier the better.
    Weight bearing activity builds dopamine and releases endorphins. Try lifting weights or doing a difficult workout, many begin to feel very good and amped up.

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Jan 23, 2016 - 8 comments

First, I want to tell Glenn Frey (RIP).. I THANK him with all of my Heart and Soul for finding one of the Hottest Bands in the 70s and a great come back in the 90s. I have every one of your albums from the first one to the last CD that was made. All of you have had the BEST harmony ever together!

Even when Joel Walsh was with them, he too went into a treatment for Alcohol & Coke. He came back to play and did NOT think he could do it without the substances. They said he sounded better then ever, but it took him a good year to find his own balance. Glenn & Don tired to have a come back way later in the 70s-80s but just could not get it right. They tried again in the later 90s and what a come back. They did tours for a few years and Everybody just Loves them..

"No More Walks in the Woods". That whole CD is a bit different then there other ones, but the Harmony is just unreal. Some of the Eagle members got involved in keeping them from destroying the Woods in this one town. He said he read this book and got real involved in saving this area. This book gave him so much comfort during some hard times and so fourth.

I have always been a Artist and make crafts, sew, draw and paint. When i was in my teens I had did a pencil drawing of the four of them. I could not get Randy M right (base player). I found out that he had left them just a few months later. Wow go figure. I sent them this drawing and thought nothing of it, because I know they get lots of fan mail. Well, after Hotel California I got curious about what some of these songs meant. I wrote a letter and got a letter back from Don Henley..They were in this town doing a concert and he wrote me back on the letter head paper he got from the room. I know it was from him because I had it checked out. It was NOT from anybody but him. The Eagles had wrote many Love songs, but they also are known for there songs about Life alone and People, Places and Things. I had asked him what these 3 songs where about and this is what he wrote back to me stamped April 28 1977. I was living on N Shore in Lake Tahoe for yrs..lol
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Dear Hill Person--

"The Last Resort" is about the destruction of America--all of it.

"Wasted Time" is not about Stevie Nicks, & "Pretty Maids All In a Roll" is about anybody who ever grew up & didn't really want to--(which is just about everybody.

O.K.?

Don Henley
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It sure looks different in writing and took up most of the page..Ha!

I have the envelope and letter together and I am going to put it in a better frame. I will miss Glenn Frey and his AWESOME Voice and Songs he wrote for many others too. The new base player has the highest sound that comes from his voice. He sings many songs on that New CD I got many yrs back. EAGLES "Long Road Out Of Eden". I watch a program about them today and it was just SO good. This is why I decided to say my good byes to Glenn Frey..May you Rest in Peace and NOW you are pain free. THANKS for all the HOT music and words over these years, that I have been able to listen to on this Earth. Been with you guys all the way, as I too, grew up with all of you.

Bless the Eagles that Fly High in the Sky.
Vickie

HOW FAR????

Jan 11, 2016 - 9 comments

Blessed to be Clean & Sober for many yrs now but this still hurts and I just want to know..Ha!

  
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"Heaven" lyrics
LOS LONELY BOYS LYRICS
"Heaven"

Vamanos!

Save me from this prison
Lord, help me get away
'Cause only you can save me now
from this misery

I've been lost in my own place
and I'm getting' weary
How far is heaven?
And I know that I need to change
my ways of livin'
How far is heaven?
Lord, can you tell me?

I've been locked up way too long
in this crazy world.
How far is heaven?
And I just keep on prayin', Lord
And just keep on livin'.
How far is heaven?

Lord, can you tell me?
How far is heaven?
'Cause I just got to know how far, yeah?
How far is heaven?
Lord, can you tell me?

[Spanish:]
Tú que estás en alto cielo,
Échame tu bendición
[English translation:
[You, who are in high heaven,.......(This is my PRAYER! Vickie)
Send me down your blessing]

'Cause I know there's a better place
than this place I'm livin'.
How far is heaven?
And I just got to have some faith
And just keep on giving.
How far is heaven?
Yeah, Lord, can you tell me?
How far is heaven?
'Cause I just gotta know how far, yeah?
How far is heaven?
Yeah, Lord, can you tell me?
how far is heaven?
'Cause I just gotta know how far?
I just wanna know how far?


Thanks to llbgal01, Aerdna24, katcat66 for correcting these lyrics.

    A-Z Lyrics L LOS LONELY BOYS Lyrics

"Los Lonely Boys" (2004)

  

I have been walking outside and talking to my God as I look up at the stars. Been 2 yrs for Dad & Father-in Law..and 2yrs this month for my Boy and 2yrs next month for my Mom and yrs yrs for many others too. I KNOW WE ALL GRIEVE FOR OUR LOSSES! I just wish I could take the Stairway to Heaven for the day to say High!!!!

RIP..I SO Miss U ALL! I miss talking with you and ALL of your smiles and friendship. Whiteface,....Summerain misses you so much she has lost part of her Spirit since you went on. I keep telling her that ALL OF YOU are with God now and some day we will see each other again. Just SO SO SAD for me right now..This will ease in TIME..Been through it SO many times but not like this. It only makes us Stronger to go on!!!!!

I STILL LOVE YOU ALL FOREVER!!!
Mom remember what we talked about? I sure wish you can send me another message!!! I need one now and you know my hearts questions.
  

The Moosey R Back!! Oh! Deer!!!

Jan 03, 2016 - 4 comments

I was looking up if the Moose get along with the Whitetail Deer and this came up with some cute pics but they did not show up..Daaaaa!!  I have many Deer in the yard that I feed. Oh, did I open up a can of worms! No! Just the same ones come in & out. Today I had seen my first Big Moose besides the Mama & Baby I had seen a few months ago.   I had not seen my Deer standing out by the trees this morning, so I was looking to see if the Moose might have scared them, but I guess not because they all came in awhile ago when I fed them. Only doing this in the Winter, they can go out on there own in the Spring. The Snow is deep and it is Colder then ??? The Deer eat the branches of these Trees too. So look out here comes all the Horney Ones..LOL..Mostly have the Mama & Baby Deer's. The Bucks intimidate the little ones. SO I do not want any of the mean horney Males around..Ha!!  I have a few that got to know me and they do not run far when I come in to feed them. I was able to get some really good Close ups of the Deer without even zooming in. Real Close and I put some Pics in here,  but have so many more. Got to stop taking these pics, or I wish I could get paid for watching them and how they act around each other..Very entertaining and I have learned some new things about these critters. ..Vickie...........................................................................................................................................................-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Meet the world's largest deer.

Look who’s on the loose: a moose. And this bull (male) is wearing some serious headgear! Face it, this huge deer— which can tower over a grown man—is one funny-looking animal. Check out that bulky body sitting atop those way-too-skinny legs. And what’s with the goatlike beard dangling from that horsey muzzle? As you’ll soon see, this mish-mash of silly parts works amazingly well for a moose!

Moose, Ranger Rick magazine, August 2009
BAGGY BELL

That flap of skin hanging from a moose’s throat is called a bell. Its purpose? Scientists aren’t sure. Most likely it helps a bull attract a mate. Bulls have larger bells than cows (females) do. Why would a cow need one, then? Guess you could say that the bell remains a bit of a moose-tery.
AWESOME ANTLERS

A bull moose’s rack can be more than six feet wide! Cows don’t have antlers. The bull grows new antlers each spring and sheds them in the winter. His antlers attract mates and, like giant satellite dishes, channel sounds to the bull’s ears. Antlers have other uses, as you’ll
soon find out.
NEAT NOSE

The moose’s nose is great at sniffing out predators or potential  mates. And the nostrils close when the moose dips its head underwater!
LONG LEGS

Long legs help a moose get through the drifting snow of its northern woodland home. They also let the moose wade deep into ponds and lakes where it often hangs out.
HEFTY HOOFS

A moose’s sharp, split hoofs and dewclaws (small, extra “toes” on its legs) work as snowshoes. They spread out to support the animal as it walks on snow or muddy ground. The front hoofs deliver nasty kicks to attackers, too.

Moose, Ranger Rick magazine, August 2009
MOOSE MUNCHIES

“Mmmm. I sure love those lily padshhh!” That’s what this bull could be saying while chewing some water lilies. To reach such foods, a moose often wades far out into a pond.

In the summer, a moose may totally submerge itself in the water for a while — not just to feed, but also to escape a wolf pack or pesky flies, or to just plain chill out.

A moose’s height and flexible upper lip give it a chin up when grabbing overhanging crabapples (photo 1).

The tree in photo 2 shows teeth marks made by a moose that stripped and ate the bark.

Bet this Alaskan moose (3) is asking, “Could I get fries with that?” Who knew moose went for fast food? ( there is a pic of a Moose in Alaska, that went right up to the drive through window at McDonald's).

The word “moose” comes from the Algonquin word for “twig eater.” And it’s true, moose do find twigs tasty. They also peel off and munch tree bark. In fact, moose are big-time plant-eaters, downing leaves and buds from trees, shrubs, and low-growing plants. In the summer, moose often feast on water plants such as grasses and pond lilies.

Come fall, a moose scarfs up lots and lots of these moose-ly meals. That helps it put on a layer of fat. The fat will supply the moose with energy during the long winter months when food is scarce.

Moose, Ranger Rick magazine, August 2009
MAKING MORE MOOSE

If you were in “moose country” in the fall, chances are you’d hear some moose, even if you never saw any! Fall is moose mating season, called the rut. Grown moose, which are solitary most of the year, now call for mates. Cows make deep moans. Bulls grunt back.

Adding to all that moose-ic, bulls come together and noisily compete for mating rights. One bull may warn a rival with loud snorts. The two may get into a click-clacking, antler-shoving match. Most fights end quickly — and often with no harm done. The winner gets to mate with nearby females.

In the spring, a cow gives birth. Mom gently licks the baby and lets it nurse her rich milk. The calf grows rapidly, gaining nearly three pounds a day. Before long, the calf is following Mom everywhere, watching and learning all it needs to. Two rival bulls battle it out during mating season. A calf follows its mom into a creek. At a month or so of age, the baby is already nimble on its feet and a strong swimmer.

By the time the baby is a year old, Mom drives it away just before her next calf is born. That may seem like a moosetake, but the youngster is now ready to survive on its own. And this way, a mama moose can give the newborn her full attention.
Moose, Ranger Rick magazine, August 2009  

Moose normally have to defend themselves against wolves, mountain lions, and bears. These predators usually go after calves and weak adults. Most likely the moose in photo 1 was a sickly one.

But these days, moose face new threats. That’s because moose numbers are growing. And more people are living in moose country, too. That can spell trouble. For instance, moose often wander onto roads. Because a moose’s eyes are on the sides of its head, it has a blind spot in front and often can’t see an oncoming vehicle until it’s too late. Both moose and driver can be seriously injured — or even killed. Signs along many highways warn drivers to be careful (2).

Things aren’t all bad for moose living among people. The animals have plenty of backyard shrubs, trees, and gardens to feast on. And there are often fewer moose predators around. That may explain why so many
moose have made themselves at home in places such as Anchorage, Alaska (3).

While moose are usually gentle creatures that mind their own business, they can attack when threatened. So most people who live around these awesome animals give them plenty of space—while enjoying them as the mighty and marvelous creatures they are!)

This article originally appeared in the August 2009 issue of Ranger Rick magazine. Download the full PDF of the article Mighty Moose!



Moose

Moose Fast Facts
Moose are pretty amazing animals! Check it out here.

Moose as celebrity!
The moose is famous! It's the official state animal of Maine. And many places are named after this animal including Moose, Wyoming and Moose Lake, Minnesota.

Moose as cow?
When a moose is done eating, as a cow does, it brings up a cud - a bit of partly digested food which it chews on for a while. Then it swallows its cud and fully digests it.


Moose and her calf

Moose as lunch-waah!
Because moose calves are easy prey for hungry bears, wolves, and cougars, more than half of them don't survive their first year of life. This is true despite the best efforts of the calves' mothers to fiercely protect their babies against these predators.

Musical moose.
Moose have many different calls, including squeaks, bleats, whines, claps, wails, hiccups, snorts, and roars.

Moose Humor

You can't moose-take these for facts.

    If the plural of "goose" is "geese," why don't we say "meese" for more than one moose?
    What did the wolf say to the moose? "Catch you later!"
    What has antlers and ***** your blood? A moose-quito.
    Where did Mr. Moose kiss Mrs. Moose? Under the moosletoe.

(Originally appeared in the August 2009 issue of Ranger Rick magazine.)

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