Morphine epidemic

In the late 1800’s many Union and Confederate soldiers became addicted to morphine, stemming from the usage of the beneficial pain-killing effect of the medicine. Could this have set up our generation with an epigenetic predisposition for addiction to the drug? Is the problem “nature” or “nurture” based?

The Interaction between Epigenetics, Nutrition and the Development of Cancer

Genetic switch involved with cancer metastasis

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  1. The article regarding cancer was very interesting. I had to share this article with my sister (she is in the health care field). I keep saying one day there will be a cure for cancer. In the last ten years, I have known so many people that have or had cancer. Some are still around to tell us their story, but most of them have lost the battle. Our healthcare researchers will make a huge break-through one day. Look how far they have come now!

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  2. It is possible due to genetics that a person is more prone to addiction. In my opinion, addiction can form in two ways: from medical treatment and from street drugs. I believe there are some physicians prescribe certain pain medications in too high of a dose and for too long. Why not prescribe something in a lower dose and if that is not controlling the pain then up the dosage until the pain is under control. Once someone is giving a high dosage of pain medication for too long then yes, the addiction has set in. On the other hand, street drugs I believe is more of a problem in the world today. It is everywhere even if you don’t see it. I read a poem the other day on Facebook from a very young girl I would like to share:

    “I AM METH”
    This was written by a young girl who was in jail for drug charges, and was addicted to meth. She wrote this while in jail. As you will soon read, she fully grasped the horrors of the drug, as she tells in this simple, yet profound poem. She was released from jail, but, true to her story, the drug owned her. They found her dead not long after, with the needle still in her arm….

    Please understand, this thing is worse than any of us realize…

    My Name Is “Meth”
    I destroy homes, I tear families apart, take your children, and that’s just the start.
    I’m more costly than diamonds, more precious than gold,
    The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.
    If you need me, remember I’m easily found,
    I live all around you – in schools and in town.
    I live with the rich; I live with the poor,
    I live down the street, and maybe next door.
    I’m made in a lab, but not like you think,
    I can be made under the kitchen sink.
    In your child’s closet, and even in the woods,
    If this scares you to death, well it certainly should.
    I have many names, but there’s one you know best,
    I’m sure you’ve heard of me, my name is crystal meth.
    My power is awesome; try me you’ll see,
    But if you do, you may never break free.
    Just try me once and I might let you go,
    But try me twice, and I’ll own your soul.
    When I possess you, you’ll steal and you’ll lie,
    You do what you have to — just to get high.
    The crimes you’ll commit for my narcotic charms
    Will be worth the pleasure you’ll feel in your arms,
    your lungs your nose.
    You’ll lie to your mother; you’ll steal from your dad,
    When you see their tears, you should feel sad.
    But you’ll forget your morals and how you were raised,
    I’ll be your conscience, I’ll teach you my ways.
    I take kids from parents, and parents from kids,
    I turn people from God, and separate friends.
    I’ll take everything from you, your looks and your pride,
    I’ll be with you always — right by your side.
    You’ll give up everything – your family, your home,
    Your friends, your money, then you’ll be alone.
    I’ll take and take, till you have nothing more to give,
    When I’m finished with you, you’ll be lucky to live.
    If you try me be warned – this is no game,
    If given the chance, I’ll drive you insane.
    I’ll ravish your body, I’ll control your mind,
    I’ll own you completely, your soul will be mine.
    The nightmares I’ll give you while lying in bed,
    The voices you’ll hear, from inside your head.
    The sweats, the shakes, the visions you’ll see,
    I want you to know, these are all gifts from me.
    But then it’s too late, and you’ll know in your heart,
    That you are mine, and we shall not part.
    You’ll regret that you tried me, they always do,
    But you came to me, not I to you.
    You knew this would happen, many times you were told,
    But you challenged my power, and chose to be bold.
    You could have said no, and just walked away,
    If you could live that day over, now what would you say?
    I’ll be your master, you will be my slave,
    I’ll even go with you, when you go to your grave.
    Now that you have met me, what will you do?
    Will you try me or not? It’s all up to you.
    I can bring you more misery than words can tell,
    Come take my hand, let me lead you to hell.
    If you care enough, please forward this profound poem and share the deadly outcome of this drug that is killing our young kids young and old…
    please look at my picture what it did to me!!!

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    1. This was eye opening. This addiction disease is to be taken seriously. It is not mind over matter, rather a chemical imbalance.

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  3. I read the article about the “Genetic switch involved with cancer metastasis,” and I appreciated how informative it was. It definitely brings awareness to this issue, and made it easy to understand.

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