Balance your Serotonin, Dopamine and Endorphins with Happy foods

dopa ser.JPGPain and itch are influenced by two chemicals , Serotonin and Dopamine. Eat the following whole foods to balance Serotonin, Dopamine and Endorphins and do get a hug too.  Hugging can increase the production of dopamine in your brain.  Endorphins are endogenous opioid neuropeptides and peptide hormones in humans and other animals. They are produced by the central nervous system and the pituitary gland.  Scratching an itch causes minor pain, which prompts the brain to release serotonin. But serotonin also reacts with receptors on neurons that carry itch signals to the brain, making itching worse.  It has been observed that the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine stimulates this brain center to feel pleasure in “peak experiences,” such as from solving a difficult problem.

Raw pumpkin seeds
Raw spinach
Sesame seeds
Raw almonds
Raw dried dates
Sunflower seeds
Pumpkin leaves
Turnip greens

All of the above are geared toward a vegan diet and they all offer the perfect balance to help enhance your mood through the natural production of serotonin.

Non-vegans may add:

Cottage cheese

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My 82 yr old mom asked for pain killer and her doctor prescribed Tramadol

My own strategies for Combating the Opioid Crisis: Intervention and Prevention at the Community Level

  1. Education
  2. Empowerment with personalized, holistic , functional and integrated approach

I believe in health education and providing the knowledge that is personalized and integrated to combat the opioid crisis in this country.

When my 82 yr old mom asked for pain killer and her doctor prescribed Tramadol, I told her doctor that I know one senior who died of Tramadol addiction. So, we went home without the Tramadol prescription. My mom is only taking one prescribed med, an anti-hypertensive med. In the past when she takes a prescribed anti-arthritis med, she has so many side effects that she discontinued taking the med.

So, I coaxed my mom and her doctor to use other non-narcotic and safer pain killers.

When we went home, I massaged my mom, provided whole foods and she continued use of her Zyflamend or Wholemend with turmeric, ginger and oregano capsule. And when the pain is not bearable, she takes Tylenol or Aleve.

What is your strategy to combat the Opioid Crisis?

Connie Dello Buono



Deaths by Opioids, doctors must recognize addiction and stop it early


My senior client with Parkinson at age 79, demanded Tramadol even when she is not in pain. In front of the doctor, the doctor obliged with no plan for curving future addiction.

In the fields, high school students in Central Valley mixes over the counter meds to be high, get addicted.

Many families were broken from addiction caused by pain killers listed in the graphics above.

Avoid the following when taking medications since they double the potency of meds: alcohol and grapefruit.



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Responding to Opioid Crisis, FDA Puts More Restrictions on Imodium

Responding to Opioid Crisis, FDA Puts More Restrictions on Imodium

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Increasingly, people addicted to opioid painkillers are using dangerously high doses of the diarrhea drug Imodium (loperamide), either to get high or to help ease withdrawal.

So, on Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it’s putting new restrictions on the packaging of the medication, dubbed by some as “the poor man’s methadone.”

“When higher than recommended doses are taken we’ve received reports of serious heart problems and deaths with loperamide, particularly among people who are intentionally misusing or abusing high doses,” FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said in an agency news release.

Because opioid abusers are using the drug in greater numbers, the FDA is requesting that makers “change the way they label and package these drugs, to stem abuse and misuse,” Gottlieb said.

The FDA already slapped a warning on OTC loperamide labeling in the spring of 2017, cautioning users about the dangers of misuse.

The latest changes relate to the drugs’ packaging.

Specifically, packaging of Imodium should now only “contain a limited amount of loperamide appropriate for use for short-term [‘Traveler‘s’] diarrhea according to the product label,” Gottlieb said.

For example, that might mean a package would only contain eight 2-milligram capsules of the diarrhea drug in a blister pack, the FDA said.

The new rules will also seek to eliminate the sale of loperamide in large bottles — sales that typically occur via the Internet, Gottlieb said.

“The abuse of loperamide requires the purchase of extremely large quantities,” he noted, and “today’s action is intended to change how the product is packaged, to eliminate these large volume containers. We know that many of the bulk purchases of these large volumes are being made online through major online web retailers.”

One busy emergency room doctor said he’s witnessed the problem firsthand, and “applauds” the FDA’s latest move.

“I most often encounter patients who abuse loperamide either to get high or to self-treat symptoms of opioid withdrawal,” said Dr. Robert Glatter, of Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “Many people view it as low risk since they think it’s only medicine to treat diarrhea.”

“But those who abuse it to get high are gambling with their life, in essence,” he said. “Simply put, escalating use may place you at risk for an overdose. An overdose of loperamide can make you stop breathing, drop your blood pressure, or even cause a fatal heart arrhythmia.”

But Glatter said even more can be done to curb this new danger.

“It also starts with education, and informing parents and teens via social media platforms of the dangers of loperamide abuse,” he said.

— E.J. Mundell

Love and the μ-Opioid Receptor

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