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#1 Hatred, #2 The Words: Opinion, Belief, and Knowledge, #3 Hate Addiction

#4 The Drug War War, #5 Evolution vs. Creationism Revisited for Addictions

#6 American Society for Addiction Medicine Statement for Recovering Physicians

#7 Issues Peculiar to the Disease of Addictions

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#8a. Update!! Dr. Leshner recently makes a change

#9 MY STORY - The Doctor Drug War - Wrong and Wasteful p.1, 1/6/00

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#12 - Controlled Drinking Lands On Its Ass

#13 - The Kennedy Curse or Kennedy Hypoism?

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#18 - Is Addiction Voluntary, A Choice, as Leshner and NIDA Insist?

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#25 - One Less Heroin Addict. But At What Cost?

#26 - An Open Letter to the Judge who Sentences Robert Downey, Jr.

#27 - Letter To Schools About The Pride Program Against Drugs

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#30 - Brookhaven Labs Provide More Evidence For Hypoism

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#33 - NIDA Is Close But No Cigar

#34 - Bush's Addict Discrimination and Hypocricy Begins

#35 - Maya Angelou's, "Still I Rise."

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Dan F. Umanoff, M.D.  
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Today's Times science section, 5/16/00, has two articles about cybersex addiction that disclose a key addiction concept - that behavioral addictions cause release of endogenous neurotransmitters to which the person gets addicted, exactly as in exogenous drug addictions. In fact, all behavioral addictions work this way, as I've been attempting to disclose to you over the last eight years. You are discovering the same addiction concepts one by one that I've been telling you about. More importantly, why some people, using the same drugs and behaviors, get addicted and some not is also answered by my hypothesis: genetic diversity of the system dealing with human instincts, including the sex instinct. The solution to this entire jigsaw puzzle of drug and behavioral addictions is solved by Hypoism, including the actual causative neurobiological mechanism that must be intervened upon to effect recovery from these addictions. The understanding of this system will also lead to major changes in public attitudes, beliefs, and policies concerning addictions. Don't you think it's time to study and report to your readers about the Hypoism addiction hypothesis? It's infinitely more important than your detailed report on the genetic hypothesis of left handedness that was presented in the same issue.
Although Dr. Steven E. Hyman, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, says there is "no reason based on biomedical or behavioral science why mental disorders should be treated differently from any other medical disorder," Many Employers Found to Violate Law Requiring Parity for Mental Health Coverage By ROBERT PEAR, NY Times, 5/18/00, he is speaking out of both sides of his mouth. People don't want parity for mental illnesses they perceive as being caused by the patient. The NIMH still puts the onus of the mental illness on the patient in many cases, especially in addictions. The NIMH paradigm of addictions, The Hijacked Brain Hypothesis of Dr. Lechner, begins with the caveat, quite wrong in my opinion, that the addict takes the first drug voluntarily, then the drug hijacks his brain and he becomes an addict. In fact, most mental illnesses are blamed to some extent on the patient, so-called "environmental" causes under their control. Under this concept, why should someone who voluntarily caused his addiction or mental illness deserve or get mental health parity? Mr. Wellstone, a recovering addict himself, probably believes Lechner's definition of addiction and thus undermines his own position, despite his fight for parity. Until the NIMH and addictionologists define mental illness the same way we would define leukemia or diabetes, as diseases that happen to the patient, not caused by the patient, as I do in my Hypoism hypothesis, we will continue to differentiate, stigmatize, and discriminate against mental illness in all ways, not just with health insurance.
The article, Lawmakers Urged to Fund More Study of Behavioral Drugs, NY Times, 5/18/00, presents the reader with an unrealized paradox. The current mental illness paradigm, quite wrong in my opinion, demands treatment of hyperactive kids (ADD) to turn them into manageable, conforming, and "acceptable" people. This paradigm is all about changing and controlling the kid. The Hypoism paradigm of illnesses like ADD that are due to the effects of inherited hypoactive alleles of genes leading to so-called behavioral diseases, many of which are precursors of various addictions in adult life, allows for recovery from these diseases through surrender and self-acceptance, without changing or medicating the patient and is based on the complete neurobiology and the behavioral implications of these entities, not just their neurotransmitter deficiencies. This is diametrically opposed to change and control. Hypoism recovery allows for freedom from having to act out the otherwise inevitable behavior seemingly caused by these deficiencies without changing or medicating the the person into someone more acceptable to the general population. The article should be entitled, Lawmakers Urged to Fund Studies into the Actual Mechanism of Behavioral Diseases and its Recovery Implications, because the current paradigm of these "diseases" is wrong and is injuring too many kids already.
The three letters in today's paper for and against the repeal of the Rockefeller drug laws demonstrate the polarized opinions (two from the left and one from the right) that are each consequences of the current incorrect psychological/moralistic paradigm of drug use and addiction. Keeping or changing the drug laws for the wrong reasons, those mentioned in the letters, won't lead to the desired results. Only seeing drug use and addiction as manifestations of the disease that causes this inexorable behavior, Hypoism, will lead to correct changes in recovery and policy (laws). Hypoism, based on how the brain actually works, leads to correct understanding of the behavior and results in emotionally neutral policy rather than the emotion laden policy that exists today for the only medical disease still misperceived as sin, willful misbehavior, wickedness, social defection, evil, and criminal. Until the paradigm is changed, this misperception and its deadly consequences will continue even if some laws are modified. See the article entitled, The Drug War War at http://www.nvo.com/hypoism/articlesbyandforhypoicspage2/ for a discussion of this conundrum.
Of Rats, Cocaine and Addiction Mysteries By ERIC NAGOURNEY, NY Times, 6/6/00, discusses well known information gleaned from animal addiction experiments that completely debunks the Hijacked Brain Hypothesis of Dr. Lechner of the NIH, a part of the current and completely incorrect addiction paradigm. Animals and humans get addicted due to their genetic biological differences existing prior to use of the addictive drug, not due to their brains being hijacked by the drug. The meaning of this information, synthesized and summarized in my book, Hypoic's Handbook, is that there exists in addicts to be a genetic neurobiology that inexorably leads to addiction of one sort or another long before they experience the addictor(s). The implications of this information, long hidden from the public, is that there is a disease causing addictions, Hypoism, present at birth that is completely unrelated to any interaction with the addictor. This disease is caused by the inheritance of a particular and nonspecific combination of alleles of genes making up the evaluator for the decision-making apparatus. Hypoics are born not made. Addictors don't cause addictions. The current paradigm puts the blame on the drug and the addict, stigmatizes the addict and rationalizes the drug war. Hypoism removes blame, ends stigmatization, ends the drug war, and implies that the disease of addiction can't be prevented but necessitates early recovery as the only means of preventing later addiction and its consequences, exactly what we all are attempting but failing to accomplish under the current incorrect paradigm. Only when the Hypoism paradigm is appreciated and discussed will any changes occur in addiction in this country.
My only rational response to today's letters, "Treatment, Not Jail," that discuss the failure of the drug war to alter drug availability and amount of addiction, and its simultaneous success at destroying the lives of countless addicts and their families is that the drug war is not motivated by its purported motives - to rid the country of drugs and addiction - but is motivated by the unspoken desire to ostracize, punish, discriminate, and destroy addicts. Isn't this obvious yet? The latter motive is even seen in people who claim they are desirous of helping addicts. The obvious unspoken drive behind this hypocracy, addictophobia, is not only seen in our policies but also, and most importantly, in the prevalent etiologic theories of addiction that unanimously and inherently blame the addict for his/her addiction. This kind of mixed motive is based on deep seated xenophobia that exists even in the seemingly most liberal addiction advocates, not unlike other forms of xenophobia such as racism, religious persecution, and homophobia. Until the addiction etiologic theory is changed to the correct neurobiological theory, Hypoism, that sees addiction as not being caused by the addict's antisocial defection but rather by inexorable biology much like other real medical diseases of the brain and body, and thus nonstigmatizing, we will continue to produce policies that injure instead of help addicts. Effective and truly helpful policy will only follow from the correct addiction etiology, not the reverse.
The only thing wrong with the new legislation to punish hate crime, Federal Law on Hate Crimes Is Scheduled for Vote in the Senate, NY Times 6/20/00, is that it leaves out hate crime against addicts. One might ask, "where's the hate crime against addicts?" Answer: One million addicts in jail (drug war against addicts), thousands killed each year by preventable overdose or infections associated with drug use (including AIDS), inaccessible, ineffective or abusive treatments, and a biased and invalid paradigm of addiction causation maintained and supported by the US Government agency (pays for 85% of all addiction research and has a massive media propaganda machine), National Institute of Drug Abuse, and its head Alan Leshner, that ensures the destruction of all kinds of addicts across the country. Let's not leave out the pervasive job and social discrimination of addicts, a result of this biased paradigm, that keeps them impoverished. If this is not hate crime, what is? Addicts are the only minority group against which legal discrimination and hate crime are not only allowed but encouraged, publicly and privately.
RE: Plan to Offer Drug Program in Lieu of Jail Is Questioned, NY Times, 6/24/00. Although I'd like to agree with the program, I don't. The cart is being put before the horse. First, treatment doesn't have 70% success. This number is way too high. Next, most addicts in recovery relapse. This is normal, but in the suggested program they get extra jail time for relapse. This like putting a leukemic in jail for a relapse. Instead of making a program based on saving court time and state jail money, we ought to have a program based on what's best for addicts so they won't need to commit crime either to support their addiction or because the addiction made doing a crime seem OK. The vast majority of addicts are good people and deserve help long before they get involved with crime. This can't and won't happen until the current paradigm of addiction which is responsible for addiction denial and the hiding of addictions due to self-stigmatization and ostracism is replaced with the actual paradigm of addiction that naturally destigmatizes addictions, removes denial, allows early entry into recovery, and makes recovery infinitely more effective because it will be based on the actual cause of addiction rather than on superstition. This is the only way to prevent and reduce crime and other nonsense caused by addictions.
Drug Plan Is Clear-Cut, in Theory, NY Times, 6/26/00, isn't, in fact, based on a correct theory. The main reason nothing is changing in addiction policy is that the prevailing theory of addiction causation is wrong. The simple equation is, wrong theory-wrong perception-wrong beliefs-wrong policy. Even though Judge Kaye's policies might be helpful to a few addicts, the legislature won't entertain them because their and the populous' minds have been warped about addictions by the current addiction paradigm devised by the biased and controlling addictionology community. The current paradigm rather than being motivated by and a manifestation of good science is devised and intended instead to produce massive fear of drugs and addicts among Americans who have responded with addict ostracism and harsh punishments, no different from the Salem witch trials, racism and homophobia, and with the same result. This has been the case for so long that no one even questions its lack of scientific validity. First things first. First get the paradigm right. Realistic and humane policy will automatically follow.

You can take the addiction out of the hypoic, but you can't take the Hypoism out of the addict.

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