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Posted by Heather C. Williams at Jul 30, 2012 01:04 AM |

The word 'addict' comes from the Latin word, 'addictus" which means, "given over to another as a slave".

Deirdre Barrett, author of Supernormal Stimuli, says, "The most dangerous aspect of our modern diet arises from our ability to refine food. This is the link to drug, alcohol and tobacco addictions. Salt, fat, sugar and starch are not harmful in their natural contexts. It's our modern ability to concentrate things that turns them into a menace that our bodies are hard-wired to crave."

Our brains have evolved over thousands of years, from the lizard brain (safety, sustenance sex), to the Old Mammalian brain (social instincts), to the neocortex (making meaning), and finally to the prefrontal cortex (discerning true from false and overriding the older instinctual drives). Today we live in a technological world full of alluring stimulants but our brains have an assortment of mismatched instincts.

Michael Dowd Ted video:

One good tool to re-identify as Essence rather than separate ego: