A powerful, legal, mood altering substance, used by millions that could be seriously affecting your health and your mental health

Why are amphetamines, cocaine, heroin and other mood altering substances illegal? The main argument given by governments is that they are bad for the health and wellbeing of the people who used them.

These drugs are ingested into the body but have no nutritional value. They cause “highs” that the user enjoys, followed by “lows” which include depression, fatigue and insomnia amongst others. This leads to the need to take more which leads to addiction and a decline in health and mental health. This in turn can lead to hospitalisation and eventually death – thereby costing the country a lot of money at the same time.

My personal stance is that these substances should be made legal and regulated and that the enormous amount of tax raised could be used for helping people get off the drugs they are addicted to. People that would come forward a lot more readily due to less stigma and consequences of doing so. But that is another blog!

What I want to know is – if drugs are illegal due to massive health ramifications then why is sugar still legal?

Cane sugar has the nutritional benefit of sucking on glass (nutrition data). It gives the user “highs” and “lows” and leaves the user wanting more and becoming addicted. It can lead to obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus which leads to a whole myriad of co-morbidities such as peripheral vascular disease, renal failure and other nasties.

Diabetes is the 8th cause of death in the world and approximately 90% of those are Type 2. Other drug related deaths don’t even feature in the top 12. Except of course, smoking and alcohol related deaths which are linked to the top 5 – Ischaemic heart disease, stroke, COPD, lower respiratory infections and trachea, bronchus, lung cancers. Cigarettes and alcohol are legal.

So there seems to be a massive inconsistency as to the reasoning behind making some substances legal and some illegal. As I have said, I think it is a more progressive idea to legalise everything, encourage open discussion, public awareness and public rehab programs. This is working with smoking with the numbers of smokers gradually declining. It largely comes back to education. Education about the substances and of course education about yourself and what makes you take them in the first place.

So here’s the education part:

Sugar kills. Slowly. Painfully.

You could end up with feet like this;

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Or be hooked up to a dialysis machine like this;

dialysis

I will be forever thankful to my Grandfather who, when I was 12 years old put a two pence piece (an old, dirty copper coin) into a glass of coke. He took it out in a few minutes and it was as shiny as new. He said “If it does that to this coin, imagine what it will do to your insides and your teeth.”

I haven’t drunk coke since.

Although it is sugary drinks and energy drinks leading the way in sugar intake, it is in so much processed foods; juice, yogurt,sauces, dips, condiments.

Education about yourself:

Self study – does sugar affect your mood? too much refined sugar can use up valuable B vitamins which help us to deal with stress effectively. There are numerous papers on sugar and its relation to mental health in the British Journal of Psychiatry

If you need help breaking the sweet stuff addiction then I can highly recommend Sarah Wilson’s words of wisdom. Her book “I Quit Sugar” helped me a lot.

And of course you must support yourself in all areas of your life in order to overcome the demons in the mind that make us need props like sugar to lean on. We have to look after our Self physically, mentally and spiritually. You must learn how to control the mind and the emotions rather then let them control you. My new book “This Giraffe can Laugh” covers ways that you can do just that.

It will be available shortly as an ebook and as paperback on this website. I’ll keep you posted.

It’s time. Take back the control.

 

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