Is Addiction a Brain Disease?

AA Apostate

The opioid abuse epidemic is a full-fledged item in the 2016 campaign, and with it questions about how to combat the problem and treat people who are addicted.

At a debate in December Bernie Sanders described addiction as a “disease, not a criminal activity.” And Hillary Clinton has laid out a plan on her website on how to fight the epidemic. There, substance use disorders are described as “chronic diseases that affect the brain.”

The National Institutes for Drug Addiction describe addiction as “a chronic, relapsing brain disease.” But a number of scholars, myself included, question the usefulness of the concept of addiction as a brain disease.

Psychologists such as Gene Heyman in his 2012 book, “Addiction a Disorder of Choice,” Marc Lewis in his 2015 book, “Addiction is Not a Disease” and a roster of international academics in a letter to Nature are…

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Goddess Ain’t Happy With You All and She’s Showing It!

Mama Goddess is not happy about what has happened to da Black Queens and Her Princesses. Until She has retaken her rightful place upon not only Her “Throne” in Africa but Her place of EQUALITY right here in amerikka there will be no end to black men being oppressed by da white man! HerStory was not only hijacked by Europeans and others. It was FIRST stolen by many envious, prideful arrogant treacherous African males whom couldn’t bear da thought of having to acknowledge female leadership let alone a female deity! They’ve not only over thrown her leadership. They’ve sold her and her children into SLAVERY! Until then, there will be NO peace or harmony between the black female and male. Because when that first slave ship left the shores of the Motherland that bond was forever severed and da trust breached. Is it possible to repair the breach? Yes, its possible. Only if da Blackman submits his ego to da Her gentle hand of humility. From Africa to Amerikkka Black men must FIRST admit the role that their male ancestors played in da oppression and abuse of Black women and girls. Until then da black on black crime rate will only escalate. Last year’s Chicago’s crime wave was nothing, da violence will spread across da land, da police shootings will increase, da poverty rate will increase expontetially. Minister Farrakhan, Revs Jesse Jackson, Al “da Shark” Sharpton, even Bishop Dr. Yvette Flunder can’t help ’em. More famous people suddenly passing away. Da crazy weather patterns will become more unpredictable, more Her-rricanes, wildfires, and tornados, interruptions in da World Wide Internet and banking systems (this time blame China & Russia, North Korea), suddenly an hour or more of wintery cold in da summer, summery hot in da winter, flash floods, farmers losing crops to pestilence, Amerikkka will be trying to buy grain from other countries but NO deal, unrest with North Korea, Iran, Russia, Iraq, and a few others will declare war against Trump, strange diseases cropping up, no cures for the ones they already have! People suddenly going berserk in da streets, at the workplaces, church houses, men killing their entire families, mass unemployment, fights breaking out on da buses, planes, shops, and on da streets, Wall Street takes a brutal hit and never recovers, people cracking under da stress and anger. Civility will giving way to down-right nastiness. Vigilantism will be the new rule of law in some parts of da country. Mama will wipe ’em ALL off from da face of da earth if She must! All of sudden there will be a slow down in new technology, science, medicine, and innovations here in Amerikkka. It will be a DARK PERIOD akin to the Dark Ages. Read your HisStory books every worm MUST turn. To DIE is to be Reborn. Da circle must complete itself, amerikkka You are NOT exempted from that process! Every nation has experienced it BUT amerikka! Now because of your jack-booted egregious actions throughout da world and da horrific abuse of even its own citizens, Black slavery and continual oppression of Black people, corporate corruption, unimaginable sexual depravity including human trafficking and prostitution (NOT speaking of LGBTQI folks), Frankenstein food that killing da people instead of nourishing them, raping da Earth, First Nations geniocide, abuse of women, Elders, and children, … She now has amerikka by da throat and is slowly squeezing. This country will become da mockery of da world. Soon White Amerikkkans will be embarrassed to travel abroad because they will be openly ridiculed. Because other Brown and Black folks will assume that ALL white people are guilty of voting for Trump. She’s extremely angry with the Catholic Church! Their time is coming when they MUST open the vaults. The mysteries of Africa are in those vaults! She isn’t pleased with preachers and clergy playing god, church, and being gatekeepers because such foolish behavior She’s been shutting down places of worship turning and them into libraries, restaurants, museums, and night clubs. Because da clergy has shut Her out! They’ve literally erased Her out of their liturgy, their minds, hearts, and Souls and songs. They’ve tried to turn Her into some crone-like cartoon caricature depicted slanging bloodied severed chicken heads and headless chickens while chanting some congered up spooky shit standing over a huge black boiling caldron with flames licking up its bulging sides! That bullshit started in your corrupted book of lies da torah! We shall discuss that at another time. Da hour is late. The next 33 months will be very busy indeed! Those 33months will be only da Preamble … to a MAJOR SHAKE UP.

Da Black Woman holds a Sacred space with Goddess Fuck with Her you are trifling with something WAY Bigger than her.

Here are a couple of reading suggestions: “Mami Wata Africa’s Ancient Goddess Unveiled” Vol l & ll by Mama Zogbé.
“The Great Cosmic Mother” by Barbra Mör (this book is from a Latina & European perpective but it execllent writing. These two books will help set da record straight!)

GODDESS IS RISING. She isn’t taken anyone along for da ride!

They Have Names 


Susie Jackson, 87

Ethel Lance, 70
The Rev. Clementa Pinckne, 41
Tywanza Sanders, 26
Cynthia Hurd, 54
The Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45
The Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74
Myra Thompson, 59
Let us NOT forget them. Let not their untimely deaths be in vain. It’s way past time for White America to come to terms with the unabated racism which permeates the very soul of this country. 
Thank you to the right-thinking white folks, on Facebook, who took a stand against one of their own on my behalf. After going back and forth with with a white male who allowed his white male privilege do the talking, but getting nowhere fast, I had to step back and just rest. Its refreshing that right thinking white folks are willing to come to the table and have heartfelt platitude-free discussions. It takes courage to call out one of your own when they’ve allowed their white (often male) privilage get the best of them. Thank you all for putting that arrogant white male in check. Its more effective when a white person calls out one of their own on their racist bigoted behavior and/or attitudes.   
It really grieves me to know that in 2015, we black folks, especially women and girls, aren’t safe ANYWHERE from the angry white male’s hate-filled murderous vitriol. Those beautiful souls weren’t murdered in a juke joint, crackhouse, or on a corner, but slaughtered in their house of WORSHIP WHILE they WERE PRAYING by a rage filled dysfunctional young white male who purposely selected THAT particular church to wreck his carnage. The church especially for us Black women, is a place of succor, safety, and community where, away from the oppressive eyes of the white male, we can gather and nurture each other, organize community events, and share community news. What’s really sad is one of those killed Susie Jackson was an 87 year old woman who lived through; Jim Crow, segregation, lynchings, riots, Klu Klux Klan, unabated police brutality, K-9 dog attacks, high pressure fire hoses, … just be butchered in her house of worship in 2015! 
That particular church, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal, was a MAJOR gathering place for Black civil rights warriors during the civil rights movement. Hence Roof knew EXACTLY what effect his murderous actions would have upon Black folks. He wanted to rip out our hearts and in his words “start a race war” but Providence had other plans. His pernicious actions were the catalyst which is bringing about SERIOUS heartfelt discussion with “race” as the topic, such as what we are having across social media, coffee houses, at water coolers, living rooms, at dinner table, and all over the world.  
Hence i am ready to come to the table and have heart-to-heart race-related discussions, with other like minded folks to begin the dialogue. Thank you to all right-thinking white folks for extending the hand of healing and peace. Its long overdue but never too late.  

Book review of “Complications: A Doctor’s Love Story” by Linda Gromko MD

It doesn’t get any “realer” than this.  Dr. Gromko has bared her heart and wrote from her soul.  

I cried and laughed as i read the book.  Dr. Gromko doesn’t just write; she uses words as an artist would use paints to create a masterpiece which drew me in … I feel I was there with her, Steve, Brita, Carole, Barb, Tim, experiencing their triumphs, fears, stress, self-doubts, unbridled love, joy, … as they “rode the mad roller coaster” of end stage renal failure.  
She has de-mystified kidney disease making it easy for the lay person to understand, by taking us with her and Steve behind the scenes of doctor appointments, kidney dialysis centers, emergency rooms, and ICU (intensive care unit).
In the midst of their struggles I experienced the humanity, strength, loving devotion, and vulnerability of all those involved in this memoir.
If you aren’t moved by this sincere work to take better care of yourself then I don’t know what else will do. 
After I finished reading I was moved to make a few changes in regards to my health.  Hence I’ve quit drinking, increased my exercise, and reduce my sodium intake.  
I hope that after reading this book that those of you whom are living with diabetes, high blood pressure, or kidney disease will do the same.  Please go see your primary care provider and get help.  You are not alone, your health care providers are there to help you to manage those illnesses.
And please consider becoming, either a living donor or indicate on your driver’s license or state issued ID that upon your death that you want your organs donated.  In doing so you will be making a beautiful different in someone’s life. 
For more information on kidney disease please call The National Kidney Foundation at 1.800.622.9010
or on the web at 
The book can be purchased online at Amazon. 
Thank you for reading.