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Subject: OT: Sugar withdrawl causes depression Date: 12/15/2012 12:00 AM
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http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/diet-depressed-2129006...

They found that the brain chemistry of the mice eating the unhealthy diet actually changed over time and concluded that, should the mice shift to a healthy diet, they would likely experience withdrawal symptoms, depression, and a greater sensitivity to stressful situations.


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Subject: Re: OT: Sugar withdrawl causes depression Date: 12/15/2012 1:01 AM
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Wonder how much of that is just aggravation because all of a sudden his menu got switched?

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Subject: Re: OT: Sugar withdrawl causes depression Date: 12/15/2012 8:10 AM
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probably a die off of yeast and fungus when you switch food sources would do it.

http://intestinalgardener.blogspot.com/2011/04/flora-helpers...

here is a study done on honey about the flora.

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Subject: Re: OT: Sugar withdrawl causes depression Date: 12/15/2012 8:37 PM
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Wonder how much of that is just aggravation because all of a sudden his menu got switched?

That's what I'm thinking - going "cold turkey" no matter what the item is usually causes somekind of withdrawl symptoms - even if just "psychological" instead of "physical" (like video game addiction versus addictions where something is ingested).

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Subject: Re: OT: Sugar withdrawl causes depression Date: 12/15/2012 10:51 PM
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<That's what I'm thinking - going "cold turkey" no matter what the item is usually causes somekind of withdrawl symptoms - even if just "psychological" instead of "physical" (like video game addiction versus addictions where something is ingested). >

Both video games and sugar target dopamine in the brain's reward center in susceptible individuals. The withdrawal symptoms of both are caused by dopamine deficiency even though they seem so different.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dopamine
http://www.utexas.edu/research/asrec/dopamine.html

The key is the brain's reward center. Most people probably won't experience withdrawal pangs if they (say) stop eating spinach or listening to muzak because these aren't terribly exciting and don't trigger dopamine in the reward center in most people's brain.

Wendy

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Subject: Re: OT: Sugar withdrawl causes depression Date: 12/16/2012 11:59 AM
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The key is the brain's reward center.

Which is why I made the distinction between something ingested/physical versus something that's more of a "psychological" addiction.

Marijuana isn't considered a physically addictive drug - but some people do become psychologically addicted to it (how scientists describe it). So their brain chemistry is "rewarding" them somehow eventhough the drug itself doesn't contain physically addictive ingredients the way opiates do.

Similar to sugar or video games - for those have a strong reaction to them.

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