Born in 1967, Anthony is an economist, kinesiologist and also a musician with a flair for management. With a background including stints as a DJ, music festival director, night club manager, body-worker, counsellor, breath-worker and pioneering MORA color therapist, as well as many years of experience in drug and alcohol crisis intervention – in often volatile situations; negotiating, advocating and mediating between clients, judiciary, families, police, schools and social services.
Again, it appears to be simple, so for the time being, humour me. Contemplate declaring your personal war on drugs over. Declare peace. By accepting yourself as you are, wherever you are, something truly transformational can occur. By changing the way you think, space is created for change to happen. Thus relax, declare peace and become available to your own personal change. These deceptively simple exercises build a foundation for meaningful long lasting change to occur. Just contemplate and allow.
Beyond substance abusing behaviour, there is a surprising world awaiting. It is a bit like waking up. In this video presentation the very entertaining Jim Carey speaks of “waking up”. I love it. Beyond drugs you will just have to get used to the idea that you are what you are. Let free will reign supreme, let social conditioning fall by the wayside, allow the “truer” you to emerge. And it is possible that you know something about the “truer” you through substance using behaviour.
There is no rule that says humour and drug repair and recovery don’t mix. Personally I don’t remember detox to be particularly hilarious, but with hindsight I can see plenty of funny moments of the ridiculous. Bearing in mind that laughter is a great medicine, indulge in as much as you can.
Futile As It Is
“The All New Ageing Youth Powder”
Meth amphetamine is a bad drug. Young people have it and end up with brains the size of a 70-year-old’s brain, which I think is amazing. I don’t think it’s amazing that drugs can shrink your brain to the size of a 70-year-old brain but I do find it amazing that a 70-year-old human brain is smaller than a 20-year-old brain. Imagine if you had meth amphetamine when you were young and then lived to 90 years old! You’re brain would be rattling around your head like a dried pea in a umpire’s whistle or like a dropped plectrum inside a guitar-body, and if the doctors wanted to check your brain size they’d either have to blow very hard into your nostrils or pick you up and shake you until your brain fell out of your hole.
I’m glad meth amphetamine wasn’t around when I was a young person because by now I’d be spending every morning wandering around the house looking for my brain, which would again be lying on my pillow but I wouldn’t have thought to look there because I would be out of my brain, and it out of me. I’d also have to put flywire over the plughole before I did the dishes or had a shower, not that I shower in the sink but I sometimes do the dishes in the shower and, let’s face it, if I had a brain shrunken that bad from meth amphetamines I’d probably be happily doing a load of dishes in the washing machine, washing my clothes in the toilet and taking a dump while pegged onto the clothesline but only until the smoke alarm went off after my socks popped up from the toaster at which time I’d kick-back for a couple of hours and watch the microwave.
No, I don’t have to worry about the effects of meth amphetamines because it wasn’t around when I was a youngster and there’s no way I’m going to waste precious drinking time by smoking an insidious, brain-shrinking powder…that’s what cigarettes are for. The good thing about the old drug called, alcohol, is that it’s legal and, if you drink enough of it, it will pickle and preserve your brain and then you can quietly sit and watch-it watch-you from inside a bell-jar on the windowsill of your ward. The downside is I’ve drunk so much alcohol my liver has moved into a separate bedroom and my heart is taking rumba-lessons to get its timing right… but as long as it’s legal, it must be doing us good. So, 3 cheers for alcohol and let’s all drink to that, but make sure you don’t drive… unless you’re well under 70 years young… or you’ve run out of cigarettes.
You may laugh more by following the link to Vic’s website, below;
Food and your diet will play a CRUCIAL ROLE in your personal rehabilitation. So pay attention. You will need whole food You must eat whole food. Do no freak out butter is good for you. I am including a delicious recipe that FULLY OBEYS the rules of effective, post-drug repair and recovery. Discipline (= ready to learn) will be required. Are you ready to learn? Yes? Good. Start with this one
Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks with Sweet Potato Mash and Green Beans
(Serves 4 -6)
– 6 lambs shanks
– 6 cups of beef stock
– 2 cups of red wine
– 2 tablespoons of sherry
– 4 Bay leaves
– 1 large red onion
– 1 large brown onion
– 4 French shallots
– Sweet Potatoes
– 4 large gloves of garlic
– Fresh rosemary
– Fresh butter
– Cracked black pepper
– Green Beans
Step 1: Brown the lambs over a high heat and place into slow cooker
Step 2: Slice the onions and shallots into wedges
Step 3: Add all other ingredients except sweet potato and green beans and cook for at least four hours on high or until the meat falls of the bone
Step 4: Boil the sweet potato and mash with milk and butter
Step 5: Steam the green beans and serve with shanks over mash potato pour over juices and enjoy
Drug Repair & Recovery: Oats As Power Food, One Mans Testimony
Cornerstone of the chi cycle approach to rapid repair & recovery is a nourishing breakfast, closely following early morning chi focused practice. The preparation and/or cooking and consumption of oats can be harmonious and delicious. Lurking within this deceptively simple cereal grain is a power food waiting to be unleashed on a daily basis.The wild ancestor of Avena sativa, once called the oat weed, it remained amongst humans wherever possible, leading to its eventual domestication. Much like anything that hangs around us for too long. Oats are grown throughout the temperate zones and are very suitable for human consumption.
Harness the power
The following twisted testimony is one mans encounter with the humble OAT.
As always, re-printed without regard to copyright, permission of any sort, or indeed the writers dignity.
Rolled oats are good for constipation… but who wants constipation? But seriously, I have muesli with raw-wheatgerm every morning and it goes through you like a run away train. I’m too scared to leave the house until I’ve been to the toilet coz one morning I left the house before going to the loo and ended up having breakfast twice, once in the kitchen and once in the car seat, if you know what I mean. I ended up having to turn my wipers on, I didn’t really need to turn my wipers on but, somehow, it made me feel better.
I recently visited an old mate of mine who’s just built one of those fancy new age houses. He’s put in all the latest European-appliances like a dishwasher that looks like a TV and a TV that looks like a laundry cabinet. I called out from his loo the other day that I couldn’t find the flush-setting, and he yelled back, “That’s the kitchen.” So I switched it to, ‘Slow-Roast’, and told him it was my shout for dinner.
Pure gold, rolled. Vic Plume is the author of the above story.
You can visit his treasure trove giggle fest at the following address:
Is the best anti-depressant to be found in the many pharmacotherpay’s available?
Evidence suggests in the short term some benefit, in the medium, questionable and not really in the long term.
What about the illegal drugs? Same as above really. And all drug users know that they will have to give them up one day. What then? How do we get on top of depression post drugs?
Simple as that. And I hear you asking, why?
First lets take a look at the endo-cannabinoid system operating inside of your body.
Now if you have the time, an article I lifted and edited. My comments are in bold.
“Phys Ed: What Really Causes Runner’s High?”
FEBRUARY 16, 2011, AUTHOR, GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
For decades, endorphins have hogged the credit for producing “runner’s high,” that fleeting sense of euphoria and calm that many people report experiencing after prolonged exercise.
Endorphins, for those who know the word but not the molecules’ actual function, are the body’s home-brewed opiates, with receptors and actions much like those of pain-relieving morphine. Endorphins, however, are composed of relatively large molecules, “which are unable to pass the blood-brain barrier,” said Matthew Hill, a postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University in New York.
Now an emerging field of neuroscience indicates that an altogether-different neurochemical system within the body and brain, the endocannabinoid system, may be more responsible for that feeling.
Any pot users “feeling” this argument?
The endocannabinoid system was first mapped when scientists (American ones) set out to determine just how cannabis, a k a marijuana, acts upon the body. They found that a widespread group of receptors, clustered in the brain but also found elsewhere in the body, allow the active ingredient in marijuana to bind to the nervous system and set off reactions that reduce pain and anxiety and produce a floaty, free-form sense of well-being. Even more intriguing, the researchers found that with the right stimuli, the body creates its own cannabinoids (the endocannabinoids). These cannabinoids are composed of molecules known as lipids, which are small enough to cross the blood-brain barrier, so cannabinoids found in the blood after EXERCISE could be affecting the brain.
Since 2003, a flurry of research has been teasing out the role that endocannabinoids play in the body’s reaction to exercise. Other researchers have found that endocannabinoids may be what nudge us to tolerate or enjoy exercise in the first place.
Whether this accumulating new science establishes, or ever can establish, definitively, that endocannabinoids are behind runner’s high, is uncertain. Still, endocannabinoids are a more persuasive candidate, especially given the overlap between the high associated with marijuana use and descriptions of the euphoria associated with strenuous exercise.
“Pure happiness, elation, a feeling of unity with one’s self and/or nature, endless peacefulness” and “inner harmony.” Ahhhh.
You can read the whole article if you wish at the following address
I love it, on so many levels. As a meditation, this is a deadly insight into the subjective nature of mind. Truth moves.
If you are currently taking drugs, then this statement, “truth, is whatever works best” is simple, straight-forward and correct on a daily basis.
If you are currently giving drugs up and are caught in the ambivalence of relapse, then “truth, is whatever works best” is the way your mind is oscillating between behaviour’s. An insight into the nature of your “brightness self” in stark, unpleasant contrast to your “darkness self” is possible. Truth is more than one “thing” at the same time.
If you are living free of drugs and reading this, then “truth, is whatever works best” becomes a meditational medium by which transformational intelligence can be experienced.
A thousand and one ways do I love the Buddha. But I am not a Buddhist.
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