“American’s brains have been hijacked, time to pivot!” –Paul Ebeling
Dr. Donna Marks, the author of Exit the Maze – One Addiction, One Cause, One Cure, claims addiction to fear is causing more suffering than the coronavirus.
Addiction is repeating the same behavior over and over despite negative consequences. There are 35-M deaths per yr worldwide from heart disease, lung cancer, and Type 2 Diabetes resulting from the abuse of alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, sugar, and trans-fats. And these are The People at highest risk of dying from the coronavirus, Dr. Marks says.
With increased isolation and crisis-filled news cycles, the majority of Americans are living in a self-imposed fear frenzy but remain oblivious to the long-term consequences. Boredom has set in, and the need to fill the void is intensifying.
Fear creates chemical releases in the body that mask the void. It´s at the root of most addictions..
Fear is a natural, built-in emotion that warns us to respond to impending danger; it is much different than the self-imposed imaginary fears of the unknown. Some people get so excited by the sensations of being afraid that they become addicted to it.
Staying tuned to MSM’s news about contracting the illness are several ways people exacerbate their addiction to fear. The higher the anxiety, the greater the need to self-medicate with alcohol, drugs, smoking, junk food, online gambling, and porn.
Fear-based decisions are rarely good decisions.
TV news programs have been reporting a significant increase in food and alcohol purchases, yet also pointing out that the vast majority of The People dying from coronavirus are diabetic, obese or have other significant health issues.
We can learn to choose love instead of fear. We can distance ourselves from bad news and move emotionally closer to our families. Preparing healthy meals together, playing games, exercising, reading, watching comedies, and engaging in old-fashioned conversations can provide opportunities for much-needed bonding.
“We can take this unique historical experience to get sick or get healthier,” says Dr. Marks.
“We can choose between destructive behavior and acts of self-love. Our brain has two channels: one with negative thoughts that fuel the flames of fear, and another with positive thoughts that make us feel peaceful. We don’t have control of outside circumstances, but we do have control over which channel we listen to and what we do with our time. The choice is ours to make: fearful or peaceful. One makes us weak, the other makes us strong. One taxes our immune system, the other doesn’t. It is up to us.“
TechNews economist Bruce WD Barren weighs in: “Fear, to me, is one of the greatest deceases in life, with the worst injury being that of being afraid of the unknown and lack of “uncontrollable” confidence – insecurity in one’s mind!
About the Author
Dr. Donna Marks believes that the current models for diagnosis, treatment, and addiction have failed. Her mission is to help save at least 10-M lives by Y 2030, through education and prevention. She has been an author, consultant, educator, public speaker, licensed psychotherapist, instructor of A Course in Miracles, and addictions counselor in private practice in Palm Beach, Florida, for more than 30 yrs.
Have a healthy, prosperous day, Keep the Faith!