Calcium in alcoholism drug may be what prevents relapse | Science News

Calcium in alcoholism drug may be what prevents relapse | Science News.

The value of this article goes far beyond the interesting research demonstrating that the Calcium may be more effective than the pharmaceutical in the “treatment” of alcohol. From an integral perspective we notice the exclusive focus on the upper-right exterior quadrant: ie brain chemistry with little mention of psychological, emotional, socio-economic, cultural, etc. factors. However, what this does hint at is the potential for proper nutrition as part of an integrative approach to addiction. What happens when their is sufficient focus on a “brain healthy” diet, along with nutrition and supplements for stress-management and decreasing the inflammation (implicated in so many health conditions including depression). The article hints that at least in this case the pharmaceutical provides no extra benefit to a calcium supplement! This leads us to think that addiction treatment and prevention of relapse ought to include nutritional counselling alongside psychotherapeutic and other approaches (12 steps, etc). Wouldn’t this be cheaper, and more empowering than a pharmaceutical “solution?”

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About owenokie

I'm a Clinical Herbalist, Wilderness Therapist and HeartMath Provider living in Scotland and am also studying Buddhist Psychotherapy.
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