What if sugar were illegal?  It would probably be the hottest drug on the market.  People would be strung out all over the place, crawling on their knees on clandestine trips to the inner city for cookies.

On the other hand, what if heroine was legal?  In a way it is, in the form of the wildly accepted prescription drug, OxyContin. Your neighbor may be a closet heroine addict and not even know it!  From that page:

What is OxyContin?

OxyContin (“Oxy” or “OC” on the street) is a time-released pain medication. It was developed in 1995 for people needing around-the-clock pain relief, so they don’t have to take pills as often. OxyContin contains oxycodone, which is an opioid drug, like morphine, codeine, heroin and methadone.

WTF?  And we wonder why our screws are loose in this country?

Let’s face it, we are vulnerable and addictive creatures, but I still think the fact that “drugs” are illegal in this country is comical.  I especially enjoy the buildings that proudly raise the sign, “Drug Store” above their bricks.

“But those drugs are good for you!”

That is some funny shit!  But, like they always say, “Follow the money trail.”

At the core, this is all about stimulation.  We need energy and stimulation to feel good!  And who am I to argue with that shit?

Is feeling good too much to ask?

Think about it, alcohol is basically sugar and alcoholics tend to replace their drinking with pies, candy bars, and cake.  Who can blame them (me)?  It feels good.  It fills a void.  It numbs the pain.

drug
drəɡ/noun 

“a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body.”

Everything is a drug!

In a way, drugs are simply energy (good and bad).

Cold water on a hot day.  Good news otherwise introduced into your body by a cell phone. Negative thoughts under a blazing sun during an Ironman.  And cotton candy.

I guess it all comes down to drawing the line.  Understanding how to corral destructive behavior.  Stopping when we’re ahead.

I often think about life as a series of transitions.  Getting out of bed, into the shower . . . into your car for work . . . getting to the next mile marker.  Each one of those actions takes energy and motivation has to come from somewhere.  Mostly, I think the best solution is getting your body and mind in a place that understands your purpose and passion.   If that foggy-headed transition needs an occasional bump of sugar, so be it.

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Sugar Is A Tasty Drug

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  • July 10, 2016 at 5:17 pm
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    Dude, heroine is completely legal and generally appreciated. Think Wonder Woman or just your general lady officers in the police and military.

    But in all seriousness, I teach biochemistry. I completely acknowledge that we don’t know everything about metabolism, but we know a lot. More than we know about, say, cancer. Or Alzheimer’s disease. Let me tell you…we need some sugar. Also, your body doesn’t recognize a difference between the sugar you get from that cookie (sucrose with some starch and glucose) and the sugar you get from a sweet potato. The trouble occurs when you overeat sugar or when you start messing with the ratios of different types of sugars, but that is also true for proteins (think BCAA supplementation or maybe demonizing MSG, both are amino acids from proteins) and fats (omega-3 vs. omega-6, saturated vs. unsaturated). In those cases we are beginning to recognize that the dose makes the poison. The same is true for carbs.

    • July 19, 2016 at 12:05 pm
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      Don’t get me wrong, I love me some heroine! ha… But, yeah… I just generally look at things as substances and “try” to control my intake, whether it sugar, carbs, protein etc… Regarding metabolism, I generally believe what we eat doesn’t matter nearly as much as hydrating enough to handle it… Thanks for reading and the input!

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