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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

#8 Critique of Alan Lechner's (NIH), "The Hijacked Brain Hypothesis."

#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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Affidavit for judicial review of NYS Dept. of Ed.

#10 The Superstition Instinct 3/1/00

#11-Conflict of Interest in Addiction Research

#12 - Controlled Drinking Lands On Its Ass

#13 - The Kennedy Curse or Kennedy Hypoism?

#14 - The Lord's Prayer for Hypoics

#15 - Replacing Alan Leshner is the only way to end the Drug War

#16 - The Brain Addiction Mechanism and the COGA Study

#17 - Letter to the director of the National Academy of Medicine's Board on Neurobiology and Behavior Health on Addictions

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

#19 - Bush's Alcoholism and Lies

#20 - A P/R Paradigm Addict - "Cured?"

#21 - Congress Misled and Lied to by NIAAA

#22 - Special Letter to the Times on Addiction Genetics

#23 - JAMA Editor Publishes According to His Beliefs, Not Science

#24 - Smoking as Gateway Drug. I Don't Think So!


#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

#28 - A Letter To Bill Moyers, Close To Home, and PBS


#30 - Brookhaven Labs Provide More Evidence For Hypoism

#31 - Addiction Prevention Revisited


#33 - NIDA Is Close But No Cigar

#34 - Bush's Addict Discrimination and Hypocricy Begins

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

#36 - Leshner Lies To Congress

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#38 Brain tumor proves Hypoism hypothesis

#39: So-called Availability Debunked as Contributor of Addictions

#40 - Hypoism Reproduced By A Pill



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Six Dead Heroin Addicts-Enough? 10/31/99

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Hypoics are born, not made.

Dan F. Umanoff, M.D.  
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Sarasota, Florida 34241  


Hereís a letter from a methadone maintenance doctor to the NY Times. Below is my response.

To the Editor:
At first glance, most readers might find it difficult to relate to your article regarding the 1.5 million heroin addicts in Pakistan (front page, April 19), other than with a detached sense of horror.
However, America is not so very different. According to a recent statement by Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, there are approximately one million American citizens who are addicted to heroin. Over 80 percent of them have absolutely no access to treatment.
Treatment, particularly methadone maintenance, works, and is relatively inexpensive. Treatment of this kind provides incalculable benefits to heroin users and the general community.
As your article states, Pakistan is believed to have so many heroin addicts because of "geography, geopolitics, corruption and poverty." What is our excuse?
New York, April 20, 2000
The writer is president of Continuum Health Partners.

Dear letters: Re: A World of Heroin, NY Times letters, 4/25/00. The above letter was written by one of the largest methadone pushers in the country. In fact, there is a massive methadone maintenance (MM) business across the country that purports to help heroin addicts by switching them to methadone in the name of treatment and recovery. Donít get me wrong, Iím not against MM. Iím for it in the right context, the Hypoism context, not in the invalid context Dr. Newman suggests. The methadone doctors like Newman see methadone as a first step, heroin to methadone, problem fixed, rather than as the last one. He calls it treatment. He calls it recovery. This is not only wrong, itís malpractice in my opinion. Once on methadone, always on methadone (for the most part). MM may be better than using heroin on the street, but it is far from recovery. In fact, it precludes recovery. Recovery implies freedom, safety, concurrent help with all other problems addicts experience in life, not just getting off heroin. MM supplies none of this. The worst part of the MM scheme is that the addicts never get a good shot at real recovery because they get switched to methadone before recovery is even attempted. These addicts never have a chance to experience all the benefits of drug free recovery. This is because the MM doctors donít know what that is. They donít, for the most part, know anything about the disease that causes addiction in the first place nor are they recovering heroin addicts themselves. They know what the book says and what they see, but that information is fallaceous and wrong. Am I wrong? Are addictions under control like other medical conditions that are based on valid premises? Absolutely not.
MM doctors also have financial conflicts of interest. Recovery is free and unprofitable to them. Their personal perception of heroin addiction compared to MM is quite warped. Thus, they have no problem switching heroin addicts to methadone. Even the hapless addicts applaud methadone, but only because they never experienced real recovery either. I have, and I know the difference. Real recovery may be difficult to get into, but once into it, it is a quantum leap from MM.
Why is real recovery so difficult? 1) No one in the current paradigm knows what it is or consistently how to achieve it. 2) The current paradigm of addiction has no physiological basis for recovery, only "control, treatment and change," because it doesnít know what causes addiction, nor how to intervene on this unknown cause. Substitute addiction is not it. Recovery is just the opposite - surrender and acceptance - and is based on a completely different addiction formulation. (Whatís worse is that these doctors arenít interested in learning about this formulation.) The current paradigm has no conception of this process and thus, canít offer it. In fact, what treatment advocates call treatment is superstitious nonsense. This is why treatment is so ineffective. This is why MM makes so much sense to them. Their entire concept of addiction and treatment is bogus and faulty. Their solutions must likewise be bogus. Sadly, this is the case and will continue to be as long as doctors like Newman administer heroin treatment, a money making business for the doctors and the drug companies.
Under the current addiction paradigm, MM and other gastly treatments and "solutions" reminiscent of "the final solution," will continue it's "control of addicts at all costs" approach. The first step must be, instead, the development of the correct addiction paradigm. The humane and loving solutions to addiction problems of all kinds will only come from there.

Dear letters: The Murderous Era of George C. Wallace, NY Times, 4/26/00, invokes a principle concerning the deadly effects discrimination has on the lives and deaths of those discriminated against. The statement, "He was also a chief law enforcement officer whose public comments incited violence and whose years in office produced a string of political murders -- many of them unsolved and unprosecuted," currently applies in a parallel fashion to the politics of the war on drugs and addicts and the politicians who support it to stay in power. It is based on the same principle of group ostracism and genocide enlivened with blood thirsty and irrational dogma supported by pseudoscience and superstition. We are currently living in a time when most common folk are murderous addict-racists and believe they are justified just like the past lynchers of the racist south. The most astounding fact is that the addictionology and recovering addict communities, like the past and present bigoted academics and uncle Toms of the south, support this genocide with their silence and passivity. The national acquiescence to this addictophobic slaughter will someday, I hope, be replaced, as it has with blacks, with pleas for global forgiveness when the biological realities of addiction are realized by those duped by the addict-racist's propaganda. We don't seem to learn from the past. When an entire group of people who exhibits a feared and hated characteristic such as addiction are decimated (even in the name of helping them such as Dr. Newman's letter yesterday), that's paternalism, that's jim crow, that's racism.
If Gore's tough on crime drug proposal makes sense, A Get-Tough Gore Focuses on Drug Tests, NY Times, 5/3/00, then why not expand these tests to all people, not just prisoners and parolees? It seems like twice a week drug tests for everyone and automatic jail time for a failed test would be a good way to prevent drug use, addiction and all sorts of crime. This proposed policy would also be fair, nondiscriminatory, and even handed. Moreover, a minimum sentence of five years and mandatory in-jail drug treatment would ensure low recidivism. I would also add alcohol, SSRI's, and nicotine to the list of tested drugs. This addition would put an end to drunk driving, depression, lung cancer and chronic lung disease. While we're at it, we can add sugar, red meat and ice cream to prevent heart disease and diabetes, two diseases that cause society much harm due to personal irresponsibility. Add pornography, prostitution, TV and video games to likewise prevent rape and violence. But please, keep guns legal. You never know when you might need to defend yourself from governmental removal of individual rights.
The teacher, Jane Doe, mentioned in Release of Addicted Teacher's Records Sought, NY Times, 5/4/00 has been addicted for 15 years and hasn't had a problem with her job. Lack of job impairment is the rule in addicts rather than the exception. Because some "therapists" decide she's dangerous to her students because they don't like her attitude about her treatment, she's about to have her trust and confidentiality broken? This is not responsible behavior by the Gracie Square detox personnel, but revenge disguised as "public safety" for not following their treatment program. If the court allows this breech of confidentiality, it will be another nail in the coffins of many current addicts who are already afraid to go for treatment for this reason and will set back addiction treatment a hundred years. Shame on those therapists and Gracie Square Hospital for even thinking about turning her over for discriminatory treatment by the Board of Education. This is another example of the addiction witch hunt based on the outdated but current moral paradigm of addiction.
Study Says Physicians Often Miss Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse, NY Times 5/11/00, defines the issue,† but misses the problems and their cause. One problem is the patient's embarrassment and shame for being an addict leading to denial of the addiction. Another problem is the doctor's fear when faced with confronting the addict (may lead to loss of the patient) in the face of their impotence to help him/her. The origin of these problems is stigmatization of the addict and ineffective available treatment for the addiction caused by the incorrect addiction paradigm. Even if 100% of doctors could correctly diagnose addiction in their patients these two problems would still essentially rule out their ability to successfully intervene. The key to addiction recovery is the addict's self-diagnosis, a rare phenomenon in today's atmosphere of self-stigmatization derived from the moralistic connotations of the prevailing addiction paradigm. The problems of stigmatization and fear are caused by the same incorrect addiction paradigm that says it wants to help addicts. Quite a paradox. When the paradigm is wrong, everything that follows therefrom is wrong, and, thus, ineffective. The Hypoism paradigm of addiction is scientifically and medically valid, morally neutral, just like all other major medical disease paradigms, destigmatizes addictions, and provides a realistic basis for recovery - four critical issues that don't exist today. Until the correct paradigm is acknowledged and accepted, all problems with addictions will continue.
The editorial, New York's Harmful Drug Laws, NY Times, 5/12/00, was nice to read but will change little if anything because it only deals with policy, not ideas. Only ideas (right or wrong) change policies. People are hysterical, fearful and hateful of addictions and addicts based on the current conscious, immoral, choice, demonization of drugs and addicts (wrong) ideas promulagated by the current invalid and incorrect paradigm of drug use and addiction. Only the correct (right) paradigm (idea) about drugs and addictions will change attitudes and beliefs that currently mandate rediculously harsh and inappropriate drug laws. When the idea is wrong, as it is today, everything that follows from it will be wrong and damaging. Moreover, right policy based on the wrong reason (idea) will yet perpetuate the overall mess. Take a look around you. Isn't this clearly the case? Wrong policy is always symtomatic of wrong ideas and beliefs as it is with woman, black, homosexual, and fat people beliefs and public behavior.

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

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