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"The more rapid the heart beat or pulse was, the more accentuated these feelings of depression are, which follow as an inevitable consequence." "Every stimulation or overactivation of the heart must be followed by a corresponding rest - every high must be followed by a corresponding low."

The Energy Causes of Addiction to Habits
The Stimulation - Depression Mechanism
from "Overcoming Compulsive Habits"

The Secret of Habits
Whenever we change a long-standing habit, a new pattern is at first unpleasant. After short time it becomes tolerable. After we become accustomed to it, it becomes enjoyable.
Finally, after a time, the new habit becomes dispensible and as strong and habitual as the placed previous undesirable habit was.

The Stimulation and Depression Mechanism
The key which unlocks the mystery of why most habits are difficult to break lies in the understanding of the stimulation and depression mechanism. Once this is thoroughly grasped, we are greatly strengthened to cope with the reactions and feelings which occur as soon as we begin to try to change a habit.
Coffee Addict
As an analogy, let us take a look at what happens when a coffee addict tries to give up this habit.
He arises in the morning, feeling tired and sluggish. Without the cup or two of coffee, his "eye opener", nothing feels right. He just doesn't feel quite "himself". Why does he feel so letdown? If he doesn't have his "fix" within a couple of hours, he may feel a headache coming on. Why is this happening?

Caffeine Elimination Battle
The explanation is as follows:
Whenever any poison is ingested into the body - in this instance it is the caffeine in the coffee - the presence of this dangerous enemy in the vital domain is spotted by the autonomic nervous system. The nervous system sends a warning signal to the appropriate brain center, which tells the body that an enemy has invaded the household and to prepare for battle.
Since the caffeine is a poison and can damage the body, the brain center which is concerned with the survival of the body against internal enemies sends a signal to the heart, telling it to pick up speed so that the blood will circulate more rapidly to the organs of elimination and thus discard this caffeine as soon as possible to avoid internal injury.
When the heart beat (or pulse) accelerates in tempo, this increases the blood circulation and it registered in the mind as a feeling of exhilaration or wellbeing, such as the excitement we experience when we engage in sports or any vigorous exercise. This "high" feeling is enjoyable and exciting and quickly becomes addictive and we crave its repetition more and more often.

The Trap - Fatigue
Now here is the catch or trap:
In its struggle to cast out the enemy, the body (through its increased heart and circulatory effort) has expended an enormous amount of nervous energy which it subsequently attempts to recuperate in order to preserve life. The heart which was overactivated now slows down, the blood circulation decreases and the nerves begin to rest. This registers in the brain as fatigue, weariness and mental depression. The more rapid the heart beat or pulse was, the more accentuated these feelings of depression are which follow as an inevitable consequence.

Rest Must Follow Overstimulation
Every stimulation or overactivation of the heart must be followed by a corresponding rest, if life is to continue - every high must be followed by a corresponding low. Just like the pendulum of a clock - the further it goes to the right, the further it must go to the left until the body is fully recharged and equilibrium or a state of normalcy is reached.

After Stimulation - Depression
The physiological law which is involved is called the Law of Dual Effects, which states that "all agents which are taken into the body or which come in contact with it from without occasion a twofold and contrary action the secondary action being the opposite of the primary one". (If the primary action is stimulation, the secondary effect is depression).

Hangovers and Fatigue
It is supposed by Hans Seyle and Randolph who wrote on stress, that the stimulated alert state results from the release of stimulating adaptive adrenal hormones. As fatigue or the wearing out of the adrenal responses makes the hormones less available, hangovers (letdowns and loss of energy) begin to predominate.

Children get overactive - adults get depressive
Children and adolescents when adapting show mainly the overactive, stimulated side of the reaction presumably because their hormonal adaptive responses are more vigorous than those of older people, in whom the picture of failing adaptation is more depressive, dopey and withdrawn.


(1) Stimulated, alert
(2) Active, keyed up, nervous, irritable, clumsy, panicky
(3) Overactive, intoxicated, negative
(4) Uncontrolled, wildly excited

(A) Tired, absentminded, sniffy, itchy, queasy
(B) Mentally fatigued, achy, puffy, wheezy, may have rashes
(C) Confused, dopey, morose, withdrawn or panicky
(D) Depressed, disoriented, amnesic, or stuporous.

The "Power" of Habit Explained
from "Overcoming Compulsive Habits"

Dr. Herbert Shelton quotes
Relative to this subject and of great value to our understanding of how the stimulation and depression mechanism works, I quote the brilliant Dr. Herbert M. Shelton in his "Human Life, Its Philosophy and Laws" :

"This Law (Law of Dual Effects) explains the power of habit. The temporary "relief" from symptoms and the short period of exaltation are followed by worse symptoms and depression, so that the individual resorts to the drug for more relief and more exaltation. He cannot tolerate the depression of power that inevitably follows the added impulse of power induced by tea, coffee, tobacco, alcohol, opium, or other drug.

"The heightened sensibilities, pleasurable sensations, joyous emotions induced by opium soon pass, leaving the terrors of hell in their wake. The "brilliancy" of thought and intellect and ecstacy of enjoyment give way to languor, stupidity and horror unutterable. The user resorts again to his drug to revive the former state.

"His body does not need and does not demand more opium. It needs and demands rest. But he craves more opium as a means of temporary "relief" from his intolerable suffering. The "relief" produces more suffering, which calls for more relief" which produces more suffering which calls for more relief and so on until death brings complete and lasting relief. As the drug habitue becomes weaker and more nervous, he requires more frequent doses, or stronger doses of his poison.

"A striking confirmation of this view is supplied by the recently discovered fact that when there is no awareness of pain, there is no "craving" for morphine. Vandalistic neurologists have recently devised an operation which they call prefrontal lobotomy, which consists of removal of a portion of the nerve fibers of the forehead to "relieve" unbearable pain. They find that when awareness of pain ceases, the "craving" for morphine also ceases and there are no "withdrawal symptoms", except a transient mild tremor. I interpret this to mean that when there is no consciousness of pain, there is no mental desire for the accustomed means of "relief". I would interpret the so-called "withdrawal symptoms" in the same way. They grow, not out of lack of morphine, but out of fear of pain.
"Relieving" morphine-induced pain with more morphine is the height of medical insanity.

"What temporarily strengthens permanently weakens. Tobacco steadies the nerves only to produce unsteadiness of them; alcohol weakens permanently because it temporarily strengthens; tonics produce temporary strength and permanent debility; a cup of coffee relieves a headache only to fasten the headache upon the user; it relieves depression of spirits only to double the depression when it "wears off". This is the reason cathartics, that seem to strengthen the bowels weakens them.

"Let any habitual user of any drug discontinue his drug for a few days and he will experience in their fullness all the secondary effects - only to find that these may all be made to disappear by a return to its use. Coffee "cures" the headache it has caused; whiskey restores the feeling of strength it has wasted; tobacco the steadiness of nerves it has destroyed."

Stimulants activate and depress
To explain this in other words - All stimulants activate the body initially but depress it ultimately. All stimulants pick you up. Any ingested stimulant which causes the heart to beat faster is a physiological poison and should be shunned like a plague.
In this case, when coffee is given up, the headache symptom which follows is due to the pain felt in the head from the congestion in the brain caused by the presence of the caffeine which is transported by the blood as it makes its circulating rounds through the body to eventually reach the organs of elimination, whence it is discarded.

Now, all addictive habits and compulsions are due to their stimulating character and the more stimulating they are, the more addictive they are and the more they draw us into ever-increasing bondage. The cycle becomes more vicious as the habit is continued.
As stimulation is repeated, in frequency, more recuperation is required than the body is able to receive in a night's sleep, so, in order to get the same feeling of exhilaration or "high" as he received before, the addict feels impelled to increase the frequency of his stimulant. Next, he feels that he needs to increase the amount of the dose.

The more stimulant - the more rest needed
But each increase in dosage leads to a further expenditure of energy, thus necessitating a greater need for recuperation or rest. As the deficit in rest accumulates mote rapidly, this inexorably leads to a greater let-down, thus forcing the addict to increase the amount of the dosage more and more until the whole body - mind system collapses from exhaustion. This is why it is so difficult to give up an addiction. No one likes to go through the feeling of "down" with its attendant depression.
Yet, it is during this recuperation or "down" phase that the body, nervous system and brain, recharges with energy. It is absolutely essential that we realize that this stage MUST be gone through if we are to restore structural, physiological and vital integrity to the body - if we are to restore our feelings, emotions and mind to a state of normal tone and wholeness.

The Law of Vital Accomodation
Continuing with Dr. Shelton, another closely related law follows which is called the Law of Vital Accomodation - "Nature's Balance Wheel" which states that:
The Law of Vital Accomodation
"The response of the vital organism to external stimuli is an instinctive one, based upon self-preservative instinct which adapts itself to what ever influences it cannot destroy, or control, or avoid".
"Serious misinterpretation of the fact of toleration has led to grievous errors in practice. Because a habit does not seem immediately destructive, we must not be deceived into believing it is non-injurious, or even beneficial. The steady non-violent resistance to nicotine, for example, that the body must keep up, when tobacco is used, constitutes an equally steady drain upon the vital resources and keeps the user always below par."

To quote Dr. Shelton further, on page 148 he states...

"It is now easy to understand the phenomenon of depression. It is merely the lessened activity or inactivity, the fatigue, of an organ or an organism that is exhausted from previous activity, particularly from over-activity. The over-activity may be that of intensity or that of duration."

Also read:
How to Overcome Temptation Instantaneously - "The very moment you realize that an undesirable craving has entered your consciousness, DON'T struggle with it. Absolutely REFUSE to consider its existence."

Also read: The Relation Between Energy And Feeling And Thought - about how high energy is related to happiness, and low energy to depression.
In which case are brain-cells recuperating energy?

How much weight-loss per day can I expect on raw juices vs. water fasting?
Read Q&A about juice fasting (juice diet), water fasting and weightloss.
How do juice and water fasting compare?

Also read at this website:  
How Diseases are Cured by Herbert M. Shelton
The Time-Factor in Recovery by Dr. Herbert M. Shelton
About the "Laws of Life" by Herbert M. Shelton

"amazing long-lived natural doctor!"


My First Water Fast
I was startled by the statement that all colds, fevers and influenzas were nature's attempt to free the body of disease. I devised an experiment to test this - click here
Fruit - Friend or Foe?
He lived on nothing but grapes - By the 32nd day, his gum was bleeding - one of his teeth fell out. He exclaimed: My God, I am detoxicating my teeth - click here
Symptoms to Expect when Improving Your Diet
This initial letdown lasts about ten days, and is followed by an increase of strength, a feeling of diminishing stress and greater well-being. - click here
How Diseases are Cured
Dr. Shelton: - It is high time to learn about the causes of disease and of the "complications" that so frequently develop under regular care - click here
The Time-factor in Recovery
Dr. Shelton: - Why do we expect to get well in a hurry of a condition that requires a life-time for its development? - click here
Sequential Eating
Any quick digesting foods must wait till the slowest digesting foods leave the stomach - a process which can take up to 6 or 8 hours. - click here
How Important is Diagnosis?
Once the truth of how to live is understood, the process of illness can be reversed more or less painlessly by intelligent living - click here
How to Live 100 Years
If you follow a minimal diet you can achieve super nutrition. Let's look at Luigi Cornaro, who at age 35 was weak, sick, and dying - click here


How to Solve Problems
The following method, ancient in its origin, has been practiced by several civilizations dating back for thousands of years. - click here
Causes of Addiction to Habits
The key which unlocks the mystery of why most habits are difficult to break lies in the understanding of the stimulation and depression mechanism. - click here
How to Overcome Temptations
The very moment an undesirable craving has entered your consciousness, DON'T struggle with it. Absolutely REFUSE to consider its existence - click here
Attentive Eating
A subject which can radically change a person's life in all of its aspects - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. - Attentive eating. - click here
Energy in the Body
The lift we get from drinking coffee, or the expression of strong emotions - is the expenditure of energy, not its accumulation - click here
Energy, Feeling and Thought
The person who feels depressed or negative most of the time is low on the energy level scale and needs to increase rest and sleep - click here
The Energy Principle in Healing - New Concepts
All healing and regeneration is in ratio to the amount of energy which is available - the more energy, the more detoxicating healing - click here


Three Generations of Hygienists
These children, the skeletal development wasn't right, the dental arches were not well-formed, teeth came in crowded - click here
In Search of the Ultimate Diet
I put a group of mice on a fruitarian diet. But they didn't seem to be eating very much fruit, and they certainly weren't crazy about it - click here
The Ideal 100% Raw Diet
My aim here was to try to find a diet of 100% raw foods that mice and equally humans could live on, with all the factors needed for excellent health - click here
Vegetarian Diet & Food Plan
Dr. Cursio: - it represents more than 55 years of this brilliant nutritionist's experience as one of the greatest teachers in the field of Natural Hygiene - click here
Vegan rats die early & have low energy
When the vegetarian male died it was 22.8 months old. The omnivorous male had accomplished the same amount of work when it was but 6.9 months old. click here


Primitive Man - His Diet and Health
The duration of life is long, the people being yet strong and vigorous as they pass the three score and ten mark, and living in many cases beyond a century. click here
Vilhjalmur Stefansson: Adventures in Diet
I have lived in the Arctic for more than five years exclusively on meat and water ... I tried the rotten fish one day, and liked it better than my first taste of Camembert. During the next weeks I became fond of rotten fish. click here
Aajonus: Primitive Diet Example
After 12 years eating raw meat and never having had any more than a little diarrhea, I learned to relax and not fear raw foodborne bacteria and parasites. click here
Dr. Shelton: How Much Protein?
There is a delicate balance between carbohydrates and proteins, to which we have to conform - disease and degeneration resulting from failure to conform. click here
Drs. Eades: High-Carbohydrate Problems
An anthropologist examining skeletal remains of early man can tell immediately whether the bones and teeth belonged to a hunter-gatherer (mainly protein eater) or a farmer (mainly carbohydrate eater)..." click here
Dr. Rosedale: Insulin's Metabolic Effects
The actual rate of aging can be modulated by insulin... We should be living to be 130, 140 years old routinely. click here  
Insulin's Crucial Role: insulin article 2   What is mTor? insulin article 3
Cancer & The Warburg Effect
The theory is simple: If most aggressive cancers rely on the fermentation of sugar for growing and dividing, then take away the sugar and they should stop spreading. click here
Swami Narayanananda: Food And Drink
Many sects and people have very crude ideas about food and drink. In India, some narrow-minded and bigoted people have much hatred for non-vegetarian diet. click here


The Ten Health Commandments
Thou shalt lift thyself up through obedience to all of Nature's laws, and help thy brother to attain the same. click here
The Truth Behind All Religion
God is not punishing us with illness and disease. Our suffering is due to our ignorance of food's relation to health and happiness. click here
Practicing with Certainty
People who are told they have emotional problems are suffering from thinking problems. Their emotions are working fine. click here
Vivekananda: Man's True Spiritual Nature
Let positive, strong, helpful thought enter into their brains from very childhood. Lay yourselves open to these thoughts, and not to weakening and paralysing ones. click here



If you are sick, read:
How Diseases are Cured
The Time-factor in Recovery
How Important is Diagnosis?
How to Live 100 Years
What Symptoms to Expect when Improving Your Diet
My First Water Fast

If you have a hard time changing habits, read:
Causes of Addiction to Habits
The Power of Habit Explained
How to Overcome Temptations

If you are suffering from depression or low energy, read:
Energy, Feeling and Thought
Energy in the Body

If you are trying to overcome an addiction, read:
Causes of Addiction to Habits
The Power of Habit Explained
How to Overcome Temptations
Energy, Feeling and Thought

If you are trying to lose weight, read:
(about low-carb + raw diets as the correct strategy:)

The High-Carbohydrate Diet and Related Health Problems
Insulin's Metabolic Effects (Why eat less carbohydrates?)
How much weight-loss on raw juices vs. fasting?
Preventing Cellulite - the Diet Solution
(about overcoming the physical 'sugar' craving:)
Causes of Addiction to Habits
What Symptoms to Expect when Improving Your Diet
(about the emotional battle:)
Attentive Eating
How to Overcome Temptations
Energy, Feeling and Thought

If you don't want to change your diet, but still become healthier, read:
Sequential Eating
How to Live 100 Years
Energy, Feeling and Thought
Energy in the Body

If you are looking for the ultimate vegetarian diet,
- or have been damaged by veganism - read:

With Three Generations of Vegetarian Hygienists
In Search of the Ultimate Vegetarian Diet
Fruit - Friend or Foe?
The Ideal 100% Raw Diet
Natural Hygiene Vegetarian Diet & Food Plan
Sequential Eating
What Symptoms to Expect when Improving Your Diet

If you are looking for a non-vegetarian diet that will give superior health:
Primitive Man - His Diet and Health
The High-Carbohydrate Diet and Related Health Problems
Insulin's Metabolic Effects (Why eat less carbohydrates?)
New Concepts in Nutrition, Health and Rapid Healing of Illness
Primitive Diet Example
Sequential Eating
What Symptoms to Expect when Improving Your Diet

If you expect or have children, read:
Birth Defects can be Avoided!
What You do when You Vaccinate
How Diseases are Cured

If you want a better sex-life, read:
Energy-Karezza - fascinating & powerful sex
Enjoying Superior Sex Your Entire Life - radio interview
Energy-Karezza book excerpt

If you are new to Natural Hygiene, read:
How Diseases are Cured
The Time-factor in Recovery
How Important is Diagnosis?
My First Water Fast
New Concepts in Nutrition, Health and Rapid Healing of Illness

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