Sunday, September 23, 2012

Alcohol will suppress the secretion of vasopressin from the pituitary gland.

Alcohol will suppress the secretion of vasopressin from the pituitary gland. Lack of vasopressin in circulation will translate to general dehydration of the body—even in the brain cells. Now, a previously slight and easier-to-adjust-to dehydration will translate to a very severe drought in the "sensitive cells" of the brain. To cope with this "stress," more of the various hormones are secreted, including the body's own addictive endorphins.

Thus, prolonged use of alcohol may be instrumental in promoting addictive tendencies to endorphin secretion in the body— triggering the secretion of excess endorphins. Women, because of their natural tendency to increased endorphin production to cope with childbirth and their monthly menstruation, seem to become addicted to alcohol more readily than men. It seems that women become addicted to alcohol in about three years compared to men, who may become compulsive drinkers in about seven years.

Figures 10 and 11 will explain some of the possible contributory factors to the development of chronic fatigue syndrome during an expanding chronic dehydration. It can occur from the regular intake of caffeine-containing and alcoholic beverages in place of water. Vasopressin receptor is naturally designed to keep the waterways in the nerve systems fully topped up. Naturally, in dehydration of the nerve system, the energy and volition to do new work is drastically reduced.

In severe dehydration, produced by the habitual intake of alcohol and caffeine, when water has to be urgently pumped into the "waterways" in the nerves, more blood circulation has to be brought alongside the nerves. The process will involve the release of histamine from the cells in the lining that cover the nerves. This will, at some point, cause an "inflammatory" situation that will eventually damage the lining of the nerves in the vicinity—at a pace faster than they can be repaired. The outward manifestations of such a "regional" process have been labeled as different nerve disorders, including multiple sclerosis (MS). Now, their prevention and treatment become clear. I have seen it work in MS. See John Kuna's letter on page 70.

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