Addiction Sameness

Alcohol, Opiates, Fat and Sugar are all Addictive Substances: this blog is about that "addiction sameness".

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Parenting Techniques that Can Help Discourage Addiction

I was taken aback by the Surgeon General’s recent announcement about our country’s addiction problem. While much of what he shared is not necessarily new information, it’s quite astonishing that, according to recent data, more people suffer from substance abuse than cancer.

As a parent and substance abuse educator, I am ever-vigilant about substance abuse awareness. Though it continues to be a difficult problem to address, it seems the best action we can take is to continue to educate ourselves and our children in the hopes they will understand the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Through the Prevention Coalition, we strive to provide as many resources as possible to help teach every citizen about the effects of substance abuse. I’m impressed with your website, and I can tell we are of the same mind when it comes to prevention. Can I count on you to help me share these invaluable resources?

I truly feel that the more resources families have, the better equipped they will be in prevention efforts.

Thank you for your consideration, and if you prefer not to receive this type of communication, please let me know. Of course, if you’d like more information (perhaps through a research-based article I write for you that can be posted on your site?), let me know that, as well.


Walnut, CA 91789


The Province of British Columbia, where I reside, recorded 914 overdose deaths in 2016 during a fentanyl crisis.

914 overdose deaths in British Columbia in 2016

Fentanyl-fueled overdose crisis in British Columbia escalates with another 142 deaths in December, for a total number of 914 deaths in 2016.

Canada should declare overdose deaths a national health emergency, said British Columbia Health Minister Terry Lake.
Lake made the comment while reeling from the release of the province’s year-end illicit drug overdose statistics by chief coroner Lisa Lapointe on Wednesday.
A record-high 142 people died of overdoses in December, bringing the province’s 2016 total to a staggering and tragic 914 deaths.
Lake says the province has taken unprecedented measures to try to address the crisis, including the opening of 20 overdose prevention sites in December, but the prevalence of fentanyl and now the even more dangerous carfentanil in street drugs has continued to push the death rate up.
The crisis unfolding in B.C. and elsewhere in Canada should also spark debate about how drugs are regulated in the country, Kendall said. 
In the meantime, Lapointe is urging people dependent on drugs to access supervised services and not use alone.
All recreational or experimental drugs users are being told avoid using drugs altogether. 
Lake said almost 100 overdoses were reversed at provincially-sanctioned overdose prevention sites since they started opening last month.
Had it not been for those sites, and other initiatives in response to the crisis, “many, many more lives would have been lost,” Lake said.


Drug overdose among the top 10 causes of death in B.C.

The most common causes of death in B.C. are serious diseases and medical issues: cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung disease and others. Accidents, of all kinds, are common too.
Drug overdose first entered the top 10 in 2015, when there were 510 deaths. Assuming that the numbers of people dying from other causes have remained somewhat steady, drug overdose has moved up the list in the last year, falling just behind influenza – a virus for which the provincial government provides high-risk individuals with free vaccines.
Numbers provided by the province’s Vital Statistics Agency on accidental deaths also include drug overdoses and couldn’t be separated from non-overdose accidental deaths. This means that the number of non-drug-related accidents is likely much lower.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Various Quotes and Pictures

'Poetry can repair no loss, but it defies the space which separates... by...reassembling what has been scattered.' ~ John Berger

"Learn to watch your drama unfold while at the same time knowing you are more than your drama." ~ Ram Dass


Topography of spirit 20 Born to be wild

Photo published for In Defense of Facts

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Reasons Why Chinese Walmart Will Give You Nightmares


Reasons Why Chinese Walmart Will Give You Nightmares

Walmart stores around the world, China in particular, are unlike stores in America.

Chinese Walmart stores are shocking for what was on their shelves. While stores in countries like the United States, Canada and even the United Kingdom probably have very similar inventory, China has proven to be quite the exception.

From items that would be illegal in the United States to animals that would literally make you gag if someone dared you to eat them, Walmart stores in China are undoubtedly unique for many reasons.


While we’ve already listed some of the craziest things found in Chinese Walmart stores like dried squid, hog heads and beef bits, fresh crocodiles easily make the top of our list. 
Fox Meat

Packaged and bought just like we buy turkey or chicken in America, fox is treated as an everyday staple for the Chinese. 

The Chinese actually take their fox meat pretty seriously as the country got into a fair amount of trouble in 2014 when it was discovered that the donkey meat sold in the stores was cross-contaminated with the fox meat. 

Dried Reptile

Chinese shoppers can find a variety of reptiles in their local Walmart meat departments from fresh daily selections to dried out and pre-packaged like the squid we saw earlier on our list. Displayed much like sausage, rice and eggs are in large open bins, customers pay a pretty penny to select fresh alligator, lizard and even turtle ribs. 

Powdered Horse Milk

While cows produce most of the world’s milk, there are plenty of other animals from buffaloes, goats and sheep to camels, donkeys and horses, that produce milk that can be consumed.

China is actually the only country in the world who sells and drinks horse milk so  Chinese Walmart stores sell Golden Horde Powdered Horse Milk.

Fake Sheep Offal

China has their own version of Spam. Though this delicacy is known as “fake sheep offal”...
Offal is actually the parts of a butchered animal that are considered inedible. In other words, these are the parts of an animal that should be thrown out and never eaten. 

But  “fake sheep offal”, instead of using the actual inedible parts of the sheep, this dish is only made to look and taste like it. 

Meat Floss Donuts

 “Meat Floss” was originally named Rousong, meat floss is also known as “meat wool” and “pork floss” and is a dried meat, most commonly pork, which has a fairly fluffy texture.

People in China go nuts for meat floss and put it on pretty much everything from tofu to even pastries and donuts.

Diet Water


In China, Diet Water has you wondering:isn’t water already calorie free? Yes but, when it comes to China marketing, sometimes you have to think outside the box...

Meat Water

Advertised as dinner in a bottle, flavors include everything from Cheeseburger and Fish ‘n’ Chips to Peking Duck and Beef Jerky. There’s even breakfast in a bottle with the long awaited and much anticipated debut of Brunch Omelet. Perhaps we’ll just stick with eggs and bacon

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