Guest Heretic Psychiatrist Anna Lembke, author of Drug Dealer, MD


Anna Lembke on the Nutrition Heretic podcast We all experience pain at some point, but is eliminating all pain the right thing to do? Dr. Anna Lembke is the author of Drug Dealer, MD, a book that explores the many surprising factors that contribute to the current epidemic of opioid abuse in America. In today’s episode of the Nutrition Heretic Podcast, we’ll learn why patients become addicted, how drug companies contribute to the problem and how doctors have gotten caught up in the system.

Dr. Lembke received her undergraduate degree in Humanities from Yale University and her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in Psychiatry, and a fellowship in mood disorders, both at Stanford, and is currently Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and commentaries, and is author of the book: Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop.

Highlights from today's episode:

  • 05:07 ~ Who is responsible for America’s addiction to opioids?
  • 06: 37 ~ A typical doctor's training in pain management and managing professional patients.
  • 11:48 ~ Health benefits of experiencing pain.
  • 13:46 ~ Problems with switching from one addiction to another.
  • 16:35 ~ How the body’s reward mechanism encourages addictive behaviors.
  • 28:08 ~ How poverty, disability and other social structures contribute to addiction.
  • 39:38 ~ The making of professional patients.
  • 45:42 ~ The people who really suffer because of addicted patients.
  • 56:42 ~ Approaches to helping patients overcome addiction.
  • 59:10 ~ Why education may not prevent addiction and what to do instead.
  • 1:05:25 ~ Dr. Lembke’s work training other physicians.
  • 1:10:50 ~ How standard methods of assessing pain may discourage patients from feeling better.
  • 1:12:05 ~ The power of being a “the last of the great warriors"

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Kaizen, Hormones in Harmony, and The Definition of Health With Guest Heretic David Benjamin of Healthy Wild And Free


David Benjamin, Definition of Health, Nutrition Heretic Podcast This week we query the current definition of health.  How can you be considered healthy when you have a disease?

Adrienne's guest is David Benjamin from Healthy Wild and Free.  They chat about when David found health and what it looks like.  How members of his family were adversely affected by birth deformities due to pharmaceuticals and how he saw his mother and grandfather battle cancer and how his own health concerns led him down the road of Kaizen.

What was the catalyst for David's own road to balance and health?  Why is he dedicated to helping people improve their own lives?  Learn about what to watch for to keep your hormones in harmony, and learn about why David believes you must have a healthy body in order to have a healthy mind.

David also believes in finding out about what works for you.

The Truth About Cancer is coming out this month and David encourages you to watch this extremely valuable 9-part series, which is free to watch.  For more information, watch this (affiliate)clip:

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Surprising facts about St. Martin


Because people had always touted the beauty of St. Martin, I always thought it would be a lush island with lots of natural resources. Instead, we found out that the island has virtually no natural water source. Without a natural source of water, there is no local food. Sure you might find the odd cow, goat or chicken as well as some coconut palms, but there were basically no farms on the island. Everything is imported.

The French side imports everything from France, the US and the other French Caribbean islands like Guadeloupe and Martinique. The French side is actually considered part of Europe meaning that it abides by all French laws including those of sanitation. So you might want to bear this in mind if you have serious concerns about hygiene when shopping in certain markets.

The Dutch side is not actually part of the Netherlands, but still seems to rely on the mother land for certain benefits under the crown. It seems that they are seeking to become part of some sort of Caribbean Union, but haven’t decided if they are ready to go it alone yet or not. From the food standpoint, they also must import everything, but it seems most goods come from the US, the Netherlands and some the Dutch Antilles.

While I knew that people loved the island for buying cheap booze, I had no idea that cigarettes and hard drugs were really cheap and easy to get as well. In fact, it seems that people, especially kids in their late teens and twenties who come there to work, routinely get hooked on drugs because it’s actually cheaper than food! The local police say that there are so many speedboats that come in each night with them that they can’t keep up.

Pretty depressing to think about all these kids getting hooked on drugs to the point that they get fired because they can’t do their jobs anymore. Most shake out of it, but many do not and their lives are ruined.  And so it goes on. I guess there is no paradise where one can escape social ills after all.

About Adrienne Hew


Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.