Lipstick Addiction and Lithium

And no, I am not speaking about something in a tube that ends up on your face. I am however speaking of acceptable addictions. Addictions that our society have for whatever reason found to be acceptable in a social environment. Unlike some of the other less savory ones that have 12 step programs. Why the difference? Why look down on one and not the other? One simple answer would be harm.

Therefore, Lipstick Addiction.


As someone who has spent many years as an addict of many things, I am only recently better understanding some of what I believe are the foundational roots of our addictive behaviors. Or addictive responses.

In one sense addiction is me repeatedly giving in to something within me that says, ‘hey, I want Skittles!’ when something else within me says, ‘hey man, that’s probably not a good idea!’ But there I am swallowing my first mouthful of juicy rainbow flavored delight while I work out the recent dilemma.

How about that favorite soda or coffee of yours? Or my favorite nicotine…8). I spent a lot of my life loving nicotine. But I really did force myself to use restraint there, for the most part. That and a ten year break in there somewhere left me feeling relatively unscathed by tobacco products. Fingers and toes crossed with eighteen months free of any nicotine containing products.

As a recent health struggle has allowed me a plethora of time to study and ask Google a ton of questions I have come to some novel ideas about where the seat of addiction lies within us.

I am going to suggest that it is our gut microbiome primarily that houses the factors that make it possible for us to have and maintain addictions.

Commonalities of a diseased state. Low bone density[osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis]. Hypothyroidism. Under-nourished.

Boron – Antimicrobial – Body asking for produce.

Iodine – Antimicrobial – Body asking for produce – Food addictions.

Niacin(nicotinic acid) – Antimicrobial – Body asking for grains, nuts, seeds and meats – Nicotine addiction.


Alcohol consumption causes niacin deficiency.

Nicotine(cigarettes) tell your body it is getting enough of what it is deficient in, niacin(nicotinic acid).

Add a big bowl of popcorn to that diet every night and you’re just asking for pellagra. See following article called, ‘Vitamin B-3, Popcorn and Recovery.’

Linus Pauling Institute – Niacin

Lithium Orotate

[TO BE CONTINUED] Just wanted to get this started before I lost any thoughts. I’ll be back…8)

Vitamin B-3, Popcorn and Recovery

what is addiction to me

I had an addiction problem that landed me in daily meetings with like minded people. I met a very serious and robust systemic illness and discovered the source of my true addiction in the sugars I had to give up.

It took 9 months of simple sugar abstinence to fully appreciate what it meant to be sober minded rather than just sober.

My true vice was sugar and alcohol was just the most potent form. But when that became a detriment I switched to Skittles and meetings…8)

And it worked because I was still feeding my muse. Just a slower uptake. Which led me back to where that addiction started and there I was starring at a picture, looking back at my first birthday cake and the ice cream suit I so proudly wore with a smile.

It is unfortunate for sure, but we do this to our kids just as it was introduced to us. And what should be a life of ease becomes one of disease and viola…Alcoholism and over-eating really is a disease. One that we strapped on.