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April 1, 2011

WHO Review Finds Pleasure Addictive

Filed under: Uncategorized — paragardener @ 11:37 pm

GENEVA (Reuter’s): Last night, the World Health Organization released new guidelines dealing with addiction and compulsive behavior. After extensive review of the medical literature, WHO’s Mental Health Programme reached startling and broad conclusions regarding the human experience of pleasure.

“Pleasure” describes a wide range of mental states which humans find positive or desirable. Unfortunately, “pleasure appears to stimulate the release of dopamine in the brain, specifically in the mesolimbic pathway, the same neuro-reward circuit activated by drugs of abuse such as heroin and cocaine,” according to Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization.

The concept of addiction had, by the 1960’s, narrowed to include only substance abuse issues. However, since that time, gambling, sex, eating, exercise, shoplifting and other thrilling behaviors have been found to activate the release of dopamine in the mesolimbic pathway of the brain, the known physical mechanism of cocaine addiction. In the course of WHO’s latest review, it was discovered that all pleasurable behavior gives rise to the same mentally-enslaving loop in the brain.

In one study, British researchers were shocked to find three and four-year-olds at a daycare squander their entire free period on pleasure-seeking behaviors. “These young children were completely obsessed with socializing and playing with toys,” said Dr. Hillary Mann, “even fighting over blocks just as we have seen laboratory monkeys fighting over cocaine.”

According to WHO, the cycle of chemical dependency begins any time a pleasurable behavior results in a sensation of reward. A feeling of reward means dopamine is being released into the mesolimbic pathway, much as happens after a snort of deadly crystal meth. This sensitizes the pathway into a demand for more dopamine, and compels its victim into seeking more of the original pleasure.

“If you find yourself trapped in a cycle of pleasure-seeking behavior, you need to seek professional help and medical attention,” said Director-General Chan. “A dear friend of mine seemed happy with his life and family, he was wealthy and healthy other than his pleasure addiction. This man would spend inordinate amounts of time seeking out new kinds of food and music, traveling the world and talking to different people. Besides habitually imbibing Dos Equis beer, he was essentially addicted to the entire spectrum of pleasurable behaviors. Naltrexone and varenicline (Chantix) were prescribed, which succeeded in ending the addiction. Tragically, side effects of the medication resulted in the patient’s suicide. People need to recognize pleasure-seeking behavior as a serious disease before they are too far gone and this happens to them.”

Next month, WHO will bring a draft International Pleasure Control Treaty before the U.N. General Assembly.

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2 Comments »

  1. Love this!!!!

    Comment by freelearner — April 2, 2011 @ 3:06 am

  2. April Fool’s Day!

    Comment by estraven — April 5, 2011 @ 9:44 am


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