From: Samra, Dr George (2002), THE HYPOGLYCEMIC CONNECTION II, One Stop Allergies, Sydney, Australia (Dr George Samra’s Books)
On Alcoholism and Drug Addiction and Shoplifting
A major aim of treatment is to cure addiction to drugs and alcohol. Drugs include caffeine, marijuana, all forms of narcotics and even sugar. Hypoglycemic patients, because of their frequent mood swings and in particular, depressive moods, are more likely to become addicted to drugs that make them feel good and also to drugs that make them ‘forget themselves’. Hypoglycemic disease usually occurs first and eventually the depressive state may become constant, if exposed to addictive drugs a preference for these drugs may follow.
Alcohol addiction occurs in all types of Hypoglycemic diseases. Most interestingly, when zinc deficiency is present (type 6 Disease) the individual’s response to alcohol may in fact be quite different to normal individuals, in as much as an ‘energy outburst’ may be experienced soon after alcohol consumption. This is because in zinc deficient people, alcohol metabolism bypasses Pyruvate to form Acetyl-CoA with rapid energy output. In the conversion of Glucose via Pyruvate to Acetyl-CoA, zinc is a necessary coenzyme. In people with zinc deficiency, Alcohol metabolises to Acetaldehyde and does not require zinc as a coenzyme. This is an energy-releasing step and accounts for an energy burst experiences by zinc deficient individuals. The addiction to alcohol may be explained not necessarily in terms of enjoying being in a drunken stupor but more in terms of enjoying the rapid energy burst that alcohol affords them.
This may in part be attributed to the impairment to brain function; in particular, intellectual impairment and memory impairment that occurs with Cerebral Hypoglycia. Hypoglycemic patients are likely to be shoplifters who repeat their crimes despite a proper understanding that stealing is bad. Hypoglycemics are bad thieves – they usually get caught. This is because the crime usually occurs while they are experiencing a ‘sugar dip’, and there is a lack of cunning that a true thief possesses. For example, one female middle-aged patient walked out of a clothing boutique carrying a dress on a coat hanger with the price-tag showing making no attempt to conceal the article. She claimed that she felt very vague and bewildered when she was caught. Interestingly, the dress was the wrong size for her.
Because drug and addiction occurs so frequently in Hypoglycemic diseases, drunk-driving, drug possession and drug related offences, are obviously more likely to occur amongst the Hypoglycemic population.