The Science of a Heroin Overdose: When the Brain Stops Saying "Enough"
The pleasure center, increasingly hard to satisfy, is screaming "More!" But primitive centers that control breathing and heart rate are not building up tolerance at the same pace and are whispering "Enough."
"A heroin overdose happens because use of the drug alters the neurons within every addict's brain—but the alterations occur in different parts of the brain at varying rates of speed."
So explains Susan Brink in National Geographic, in debunking some of the common misconceptions about the kind of overdose that likely killed the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. An accidental overdose, in fact, is not as simple as an addict simply consuming too much.
"The pleasure center, increasingly hard to satisfy, is screaming "More!" Brink explains. "But primitive centers that control breathing and heart rate are not building up tolerance at the same pace and are whispering "Enough."
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In the video below, professor Carl Hart talks about the right way and the wrong way to define a drug addiction.
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A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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