ARE SUGAR AND FOOD ADDICTIONS REAL?
"It’s still too premature to have food addiction in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders). It’s not even been 15 years ago that scientists first started studying at food addiction in rats. Only in the past five to six years have we started to see clinical studies. So far, results are consistent that food addiction does exist but, as with all science, we need time to flush out details before we can call it a disorder. But just because we don’t call it a disorder doesn’t meant it’s not a disorder." Dr. Nicole M. Avena, a Princeton-educated Neuroscientist at the New York Obesity Research Center of Columbia University, as quoted in K. Aleisha Fetters May, 11 article on Yahoo Health (Is Food Addiction Real?)
Remember the article I recently wrote about the fact that there are still those who deny NON-CELIAC GLUTEN SENSITIVITY exists? That's right' as crazy as it sounds to you who are in the know, and despite any amount of evidence to the affirmative, there are also large numbers of people who believe SUGAR AND FOOD ADDICTIONS don't exist either (see the article title at the top of the page). Much of this has to do with a 2012 study from Nature Reviews Neuroscience (Obesity and the Brain: How Convincing is the Addiction Model?) that concluded that the "sugar is addictive" model had, "several fundamental shortcomings, as well as weaknesses and inconsistencies in the empirical support for it." Sorry; I'm not buying this, especially considering the abundance of "evidence" to the contrary. For example, HERE, HERE, and HERE. There is also a great deal of anecdotal evidence (experiential evidence), which many of you will vouch for.
Every time I have a patient with a THYROID, FIBROMYALGIA, BLOOD SUGAR REGULATION, or OBESITY, issue, I ask a simple question: Do you crave sugar, junk food, or refined / processed carbohydrates to the point it could be called a pathology, disease, or addiction? Nine times out of ten --- particularly when it comes to females --- the answer is yes. It is my opinion, that in order to be able to claim Sugar Addictions don't exist requires one to ignore mountains of evidence. Speaking of "EVIDENCE", let's take a moment and look at a few recent studies --- studies published within the past year.
BREAKING ADDICTIONS, WHILE TURNING
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).