Home | Classifieds | Place Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Kudos | Obits | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | Villager | Health Directory | Contact Us
The Verde Independent | Cottonwood, Arizona

home : opinions : opinions May 25, 2016


7/24/2014 1:53:00 PM
Letter: Bad connections to alcoholism

Editor:

The recent article on alcohol related deaths in Arizona ("Arizona ranked in top five for alcohol-related deaths") brought attention to a serious health and social problem. Having worked with large numbers of alcoholics, drug addicts, ACOAs, and co-dependents in my psychology and counseling practice until I retired to Cottonwood 13 years ago, I was particularly interested in what was covered in the article. Some interesting perspectives were presented from an epidemiological view, a treatment view, and a public health view. CDC data were presented. Deni Carise said "there is no one cause" of alcoholism." Cory Nelson viewed alcoholism as a public health issue that might be prevented with the right kinds of programs targeting youth.

However, what was conspicuously absent in the article was any mention of the relationship between magnesium deficiency and alcoholism. In the 1980s and 1990s, E.B. Flink, MD, PhD wrote at least 12 published articles relating magnesium deficiency and alcoholism. Alcohol is a sugar and it needs magnesium to break it down and metabolize it. It is a well-established fact that alcohol intake depletes magnesium and contributes to a vicious cycle involving magnesium deficiency that affects blood sugar regulation and addictive cravings. Magnesium supplementation helps to support treatment and sobriety.

A related problem is that many young people in college today are taking stimulant drugs like Ritalin and Adderall along with alcohol consumption. That combination accelerates the depletion of magnesium and feeds addictive cravings. Another new important factor is that high fructose corn syrup in so many foods and beverages today will further deplete magnesium. Educating young people about the relationship between stress, magnesium deficiency, and health problems - mental, physical, and addictions would be a big step in the right direction.

Rick Malter, Ph.D.

Nutrition Counselor

Cottonwood


    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Police soon will have one more reason to pull you over (4526 views)

•   'A Great Celebration' -- Mingus seniors prepare for graduation, commemorate scholarships and awards (3578 views)

•   What's hot in Verde Valley job market? (2837 views)

•   Cornville man charged with child molestation seeks plea (2761 views)

•   Still no final answer on Prop. 123 (2281 views)



Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Article comment by: One good thing has happened in Colorado since MJ was legalized.

Beer sales are down 12% since more people have access to MJ. And at least marijuana doesn't cause any of the problems you describe and is non addicting.



Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Cottonwood, AZ
Click for weather forecast


Submission Links
 •  Submit your feedback about our site

Find It Features Blogs Celebrate Submit Extras Other Publications Local Listings
Classifieds | Place Ad | Galleries | Kudos | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | e-News | RSS | Site Map | Find Verde Jobs | Contact Us
© Copyright 2016 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Verde Independent is the information source for Cottonwood and Verde Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Verde News Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, verdenews.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Verde News Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved