Phone, Alcohol & Food Addiction Recovery Tips w/ Paul Thomas, MD

Dr. Paul Thomas is back on the show to discuss ways to ditch addictions; wether it be alcohol, social media or drugs. He’s been sober for over 15 years now and …


  1. Great interview. Dr Thomas seems like a caring, compassionate practitioner and human being. His thoughts on Marijuana do seem a little odd, given how many people smoke/ingest without much issue (or so it seems), but his context and viewpoint is obviously much different given the nature of his job.

    I do hope he dives deeper into the the literature of psychedelic therapy. He said he takes the time to read new research daily, so it seemed odd that his opinions on psychedelic assisted therapy were shallow. Given how many people are struggling with depression, anxiety, feelings of disconnection, etc, I think plant based medicines used under the guidance of a skilled therapist is the one glimor of hope we have.

  2. Yet another interesting interview, but I feel like for an addiction expert, Dr Thomas generalizes a bit too much grouping all illegal drugs into a single category. Mike, your question around hallucinogens is a good one, and I find it disappointing that it wasn’t mentioned that some of these drugs have a seratonin-based mechanism as opposed to a dopamine one, which makes them very different in addiction terms. While I generally agree that less drugs are probably better, drugs are a highly complex and specific subject that must be considered on a case by case basis. Lumping them together into the category of “drugs are bad” is detrimental in my opinion, as it is a form of misinformation as opposed to further investigation and clarification of their effects, mechanisms, and consequences.

  3. Great tips, thank you, Dr. Thomas and Mike! I've tried the "road-rage" meditation Mike has described and found it has helped me stay calm while commuting. And like Dr. Paul said, stay calm, focus on your breathing and let the other drivers around you rage and you will show up, pretty much, right on time but less stressed.

  4. Dang. I want a concussion now. School is pretty stressful and we’re expected to do and be so much. I’m 15, addicted to my phone, somewhat depressed, and stressed. A month off ALL screens and school would change my life. Amazing video!! I’m super aware of my phone usage now and I need to start meditating and taking time to just be.

  5. Well honestly, it's sad to hear the story in the beginning, since there are actually simple ways out there to solve this kind of problem. Not everyone might be as skilled as Tony Robbins, but even his 19-year-old self would be able to enter a room with the girl, and after 5 minutes, solve the problem. Mantaining the change is a whole different story, but seeing medication being prescribed is just one of the lousiest ways to go about helping over the long-term.

  6. omg Paul Thomas YESSSS. I love him and his book. He is allegedly more antivaccine these days than his book lets on, which is awesome. He knows what up. Wish he went into Al nanoparticle kinetics in his book but at least he is talking about the problem

  7. A Harvard professor just busted the myth that coconut oil is good for you, calling it 'pure poison'
    Business Insider DeutschlandValentina Resetarits, Business Insider DeutschlandAug 20, 2018, 11:12 AM ET
    coconut oil
    Flickr/Meal Makeover MomsAdding coconut oil to everything won't make it healthier.
    A Harvard professor made some controversial comments concerning coconut oil in a lecture posted on YouTube.
    The video, which has garnered 400,000 hits, comes after the American Heart Association advised people to avoid coconut oil.
    In the talk, titled "Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors," professor Karen Michels described coconut oil as "pure poison" and "one of the worst foods you can eat."

    A 50-minute German lecture becoming a viral hit on YouTube might sound unusual, but the title of the talk by Karin Michels, the director of the Institute for Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology at the University of Freiburg and a professor at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, has caused a bit of a stir online.

    During the lecture, titled "Coconut Oil and other Nutritional Errors," Michels has made herself very clear with regard to dietary recommendations, and underlined that coconut oil is not healthy.

    Its superfood status had already come under scrutiny last year after the American Heart Association (AHA) updated its guidelines, which recommended that people avoid the saturated fatty acids found in coconut oil.

    'Coconut oil is pure poison'
    Michels went a step further than to recommend avoiding the foodstuff, saying "coconut oil is pure poison" and "is one of the worst foods you can eat."

    There's no study showing significant health benefits to coconut-oil consumption. And, according to Michels, coconut oil is more dangerous than lard because it almost exclusively contains saturated fatty acids, ones that can clog the coronary arteries. You can identify fats that contain large quantities of saturated fatty acids by checking to see whether they remain solid at room temperature, as is the case with butter or lard.

    Based on the fact that they contain a lot of unsaturated fatty acids, experts recommend olive or rapeseed oil as an alternative, and while it can't be used for cooking, flaxseed oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and is just as good for the body.

    While Michels doesn't describe other "superfoods" like acai, chia seeds, or matcha as harmful, at most she considers them ineffective because, in most cases, the nutrients they're touted for are available just as readily in other foods that are more easily accessible such as carrots, cherries, and apricots.

    "We are well and sufficiently supplied," she said.

    ShutterstockLast year, the AHA updated its guidelines, to recommend people avoid the saturated fatty acids found in coconut oil.
    Are saturated fats really that unhealthy?
    Most researchers agree that olive oil or linseed oil can form an important part of a healthy diet. While the scientific world is still debating whether saturated fatty acids really are the work of the devil, others say with certainty that that's the case.

    However, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicated that people who routinely consume cheese, whole milk, and other high-fat dairy products – in essence, products high in saturated fatty acids – are at no higher risk of dying from a heart attack, stroke, or other illness than those who avoid such products.

    Another study using data from 135,000 people in 18 countries and published in The Lancet, found that high fat and low carbohydrate consumption were associated with a 23% lower risk of death. And, even more exciting, the positive effect still stands, regardless of whether saturated or unsaturated fatty acids are being consumed.

    So what's the actual verdict on coconut oil? Most international dietary guidelines recommend enjoying saturated fats in moderation. As the saying goes, the dose makes the poison, so if you do have a soft spot for coconut oil just take care not to overindulge.

    Read the original article on Business Insider Deutschland Copyright 2018

    Need your input on this I just want to know what you think about this.

  8. Watching Jaron Lanier's ted talk and interviews on social media's fatal flaw is something I think could be helpful for all. I found it as I'm launching a niche social network myself, but ultimately as I'm sure isn't surprising, social media has an immense power to do good, chiefly hindered by the current business models wherein users are the product instead of the customer. With that incentive structure to maximize engagement, there is brought along an entirely unnecessary pile of drawbacks.

  9. I dont like the Part wehre he compares alcohol to marihuana. I think alcohol is simple toxic means death and marijuana can be part of a healthy lifestyle even enhancing it
    Cheers guys
    Greetings from alice’ wonderland

  10. Love the content that covers more than diet and exercise! …a note on my own experience: i was labeled as an alcoholic and did AA for 3 months. Although it can save lives in dire straits, i noticed very quickly how unhealthy the program's ideals and culture is. Very rarely is there actual healing and there is rampant fear based mentality. I actually drank more while doing AA than around the months after i stopped going. I definitely felt like they were programming themselves to conflate their identity with drinking, that no wonder relapses are the norm. But, once i got to the root cause of my addiction, which was trauma and disconnection, alcoholism is not an issue. That being said, i did switch to different forms of self medication (screens and food and information)…thats just a testament to the fact that im still addressing the root causes and it's not so much that im a life long alcoholic. Honestly that mindset of "forever in recovery" creeps me out and keeps people scared and disempowered.

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