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World drugs problem resists all attempts to curb it, says EU report

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 18 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1122

Toxic Craving Cycle

All too often, people seem trapped in health and social problems that are
resistant to intervention. I propose that these problems are caused by a
vicious cycle of toxins and addictions, which I call the Toxic Craving Cycle.
This cycle explains how toxic and addictive substances potentiate each other
to create pandemics of sickness, addiction, conflict, and violence. Examples
are found in occupations, diet, healthcare, and war:

1)  Painters, farmers, factory workers, miners, and exterminators (who work
with toxic substances) are often addicted to alcohol and tobacco, both of
which are toxic, as well as addictive.

2)  People with "silver" fillings (which contain mercury) are often addicted to
sweets, which in turn create more tooth decay and the "need" for more silver

3)  People who take a lot of medicines (most of which are semi-poisons)
often crave sweets, which in turn create more sickness and the "need" for
more medicines.

4)  People whose symptoms are caused by toxins and addictions are often
misdiagnosed as neurotics or hypochondriacs and treated with tranquilizers,
which in turn create more symptoms and the “need” for more

5)  People in theaters of war are exposed to nuclear, biological, and
chemical toxins, all of which increase the craving for addictive substances,
which in turn lead to more conflict, violence, and war. Moreover, war
interferes with food and water supplies, which creates malnutrition and
dehydration, both of which increase the craving for addictive substances and
further aggravate the vicious cycle of addiction and violence.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

28 March 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA