Drug Addiction Driven By Brain Cells That Control Hunger

A recent study conducted at Yale University reported that drug addiction may be driven by the same neuron in the brain that controls hunger.

In summary, the researchers zeroed in on a set of nerve cells in a part of the brain called the hypothalamus that is linked with hunger and overeating.

The study was done using mice, so it is yet to be determining whether or not this applies to humans, as humans are obviously much different than mice. However, from a purely physiological standpoint, by knocking out various functions of that portion of the brain, they determined that someone who craves food less, and is therefore thinner, may be more apt to novelty and trying drugs such as cocaine. Whereas someone who has a stronger desire to eat will have less of a desire for novelty and using drugs. The results of this study are still not conclusive as only mice were used in the experiments and the mental function of mice is not exactly the same as that of a human being.

Some Other Thoughts On The Matter

It has long been known that nutritional deficiencies in the body create non-optimum symptoms in people. These symptoms include stress, anxiety, odd aches and pains and other minor discomforts.

A person’s metabolic rate has a lot to do with how rapidly these symptoms can kick in. We’ve all known someone that has such a high metabolism that he has to eat more than your standard three meals a day; he is keeping the body going by giving it something to burn. When the food and energy is not there for this person to burn; anxiety, sore muscles, and headaches can sometimes result. It is not a surprise that the recent Yale study conducted by Tamas L. Horvath, professor of biomedical research, found that hunger drives addiction.

It’s been long known that drugs such as cocaine have a tendency to bypass energy producing mechanisms in the body. In layman terms, drugs like cocaine simply fool the body into believing that it is being “fed”. Cocaine tends to give the person’s body a burst of energy, but what’s really happening is the person has an apparent energy but in actual fact is destroying more of the basic nutrients in the body. It’s an interesting trap because the person now uses the drug to numb his body and rid himself of the stress, anxiety, etc, that he has created in his own body. Many of these studies seem to search for the “magic neuron” or type of brain cell that is causing this or that symptom. There is probably some truth to these studies but it is almost common sense when you understand that the human body functions and runs correctly when given the proper vitamins, minerals and food.

Autopsies on the bodies of cocaine users have reported the bodies as thin and malnourished, this is correct. But not necessarily because of any other reason than the person on cocaine or similar drug is using the drug as a replacement for actual nourishment, giving it a false sense of being “fed”. This may be a simplistic view of it but is also a theory that can be backed up with simple science.

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