a Matter of Biology, Not of Psychology
From Desires to
Demands to Demons
Majid Ali, M.D.
Alcoholism begins as a desire for
something without knowing what is desired. It
usually starts in early life. Not understanding what
is desired creates a negative sense. A child bullied
at home or school senses that something is not quite
right but often is unable to describe what the
negative sense might be. Simple stated, Alcoholism
at this level is separation from self. To cite one
specific example, for an Aspergerís child, this
separation would be lack of structure in life.
Alcoholism deepens as episodes of
separation from self recur with increasing frequency
or takes different shapes. Deepening Alcoholism then
unmasks itself by its physical attributes, such as
undue tiredness, rapid heart rate, cold hands,
irritability, sleep difficulties, visible and
unexplained sadness, and others. Coexisting issues
of sugar and antibiotic abuse, undetected and
untreated food and mold allergy, and issues of gut
fermentation add to the biologic burdens. All these
elements, pof course, create and/or worsen the
degrees of anxiety, which feeds into alcohol
addiction. I consider this state of being as
increased but unrecognized evolutionary demands on
various body organs.
From desires to demands.
Alcoholism is a condition in which 50 billion or so
cells in the brain hold as hostage 50 trillion or so
cells in the rest of the body. The more body cells
cry out for escape, the tighter the clutch of the
brain cells. The "Head-cells" thrive on recycling
past misery. When that is not enough they precycle
feared future misery. The "Body-cells" desire to be
freeóbreathe their own air, so
to speakóbut do not quite know
what they desire or where the escape hatches might
Evolutionary Demons of Alcoholism
More time brings more recycling
of past misery and precycling of feared future
misery. There are more episodes of desiring what
remains unrecognized. The cells find it hard to
breathe their own air. The overdriven adrenal and
thyroid glands struggle to cope with incremental
demands from the pituitary and hypothalamus.
Cellular abuse spreads throughout the body. Driven
to despair by evolutionary demons, some people are
rushed to hospitals where they are given the
diagnostic label of panic attack.
Evolution is a hard taskmaster.
It has its own order of energy economy of the body.
It is morality-neutral and is intolerant of silly
notions of clever-thinking to salvage exhausted and
and msickened cells. Evolutionary demons once
unleashed follow their own destructive impulses.
A Tale of Two Twins
I tell the tale of two thirtee-year-old
twins to illustrate how desires progress to
alcoholism demands and later demands morph into
demons in the development of deeply entrenched
alcohol addiction. One twin is a perceptive,
sensitive, and considerate. The other is brash and
devil-may-care type. Both see parental discord but
are affected differently. The first twin senses the
desire for calm at home but quite does not know what
he can do about it. The second is oblivious to the
home situation. At school, the twins also react
differently when a teacher is impatient with a
challenged in the classroom or when some older boy
bullies younger ones. The things-being-not-quite-
right senses of the first twin deepen. The second
twin simply shrugs at such things.
Both twins have mold and food
allergy. They suffer frequent colds and are given
antibiotics. The first twin begins to suffer
headache. The second does not. At the onset of
menses, both twins develop abdominal cramps with
periods. Only the first twin becomes moody and undue
cold sensitivity. His mother wonders whether she
should take her to a therapist.
Two years later, the second twin
experiences stomach troubles and develops facial
acne lesions. Hhe gets upset and becomes rude at
home and at school. He receives antibiotics which
initially reduce facial inflammation. He became
angry when her wight increased, and angrier with
each additional pound. Months later he freaked out
when hair appeared on her face, then on her breast
and thighs. His doctor diagnosed GERD and irritable
bowel syndrome. He did not order tests for blood
neither for insulin nor for testosterone. He
devloped mood swings and later episodes of amxiety.
He starts drinking alcohol. His rudeness at home and
school tuns into shouting obscenities at minor
provocations. His parents consider sending her to
psychiatrists to control her temper tantrums.
During the following fifteen
years later, both twins were extensively
psychoanalyzed, given prolonged behavior
modification therapy, were taking anti-anxiety and
sleep drugs. The second twin was on antidepressants.
Both went throughbroken marriages. They had no time
for spiritual healing.
None of their many specialists
found it necessary to test either for impaired
mitochondrial ATP generation, abnormal insulin
signaling, adrenal dysfunction, blocked liver detox
pathways, and functional nutritional deficiencies.
They never studied fermentation in the gut and so
did not have any reason to test for that either.
Neither received any oxygen therapies.
Their alcholism demons were in
full swing for both.
Alcoholism Demons Are Demons
Cocaine addicts are not
interested in taking about cigarette addiction, nor
anxiety addicts interested in Benzo addiction (Benzo
drugs include Ativan, Xanax, Klonopin, and related
drugs in thee benzodiazepam family). It is the same
way with anxiety addiction.
Alcoholism demons keep the person in the clutches
of recycling and precycling what causes them
anxiety. In another article in my anxiety library of
articles, I explain why I strongly urge paeople with
addictions to attend Al Anon meetings (Google for Al
Anon groups in your area).
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