Hidden Addiction

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The startling news of the Hidden Addiction is that all addictions are rooted in the same genetic flaw in your body. Dr. Phelps explains that addiction does not result primarily from emotional stress, lack of willpower, or some other psychological factor. It is a concrete physiological condition that can be addressed, and a detailed treatment program is provided in this book.
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Overview

The startling news of the Hidden Addiction is that all addictions are rooted in the same genetic flaw in your body. Dr. Phelps explains that addiction does not result primarily from emotional stress, lack of willpower, or some other psychological factor. It is a concrete physiological condition that can be addressed, and a detailed treatment program is provided in this book.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The authors, both medical doctors, maintain that four out of 10 people are addicted to sugar, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and some prescription drugs because they are born with a metabolic or genetic predisposition. Phelps and Nourse here offer a program for fighting such addiction that involves heavy doses of vitamin and mineral supplements, exercising, developing new routines, consulting with a physician or therapist and and the temporary use of anti-depressant drugs under medical guidance. Unfortunately this book does not address the complex psychological problems that accompany and often predate addiction. Moreover, most experts agree that the biggest hurdle to overcoming a bad habit is wanting to give up the habit. The Sugar Syndrome is aimed at those who have already won half the battle. (April)
Library Journal
This intriguing little book will shake up many readers' thinking on ``addiction.'' Dr. Phelps defines it as the ``compulsive and out-of-control use of any chemical substance that can produce . . . withdrawal symptoms'' and includes caffeine, nicotine, and sugar with the usual substances. She suggests that addictiveness is hereditary, and that depression can play a large role. Phelps offers a treatment program based on abstinence, nutrition, exercise, and new activities. If you've ever tried unsuccessfully to quit smoking or found yourself eating a whole plate of cookies, this book is for you. It's also for those working in the addiction field, and should spark some interesting discussions. Francia Schultz, Alcohol Certification Training Program, St. Herman's Seminary, Kodiak, Alas.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780316704700
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/1986
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 250

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