How About a Natural High to Save Money and Lives?

Why don’t more people look for a natural high? Alcohol and drug abuse are costing the country money and lives. Estimates quoted in AMA MorningRounds indicate that 79, 000 people die in this country each year related to binge alcohol drinking. Binge drinking cost society nearly $224 billion in 2006. And society is increasingly supporting marijuana use legalization. About 50% of Americans favor legalizing pot. Believe it or not, in 1969 only about 12% of Americans favored it.

There are probably many motivations for the apparently endless search for mind-altering chemicals. Some people could be self-medicating mood and other psychiatric disorders. Some young people are experimenting and struggling to define themselves on their own terms or fit in socially. Others may be genetically predisposed to addictions.

Can Americans get interested in a natural high? And what would forms could a healthy natural high take?


Author: Jim Amos

Dr. James J. Amos is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the UI Carver College of Medicine at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Amos received a B. S. degree in Distributed Studies (Zoology, Chemistry, and Microbiology) in 1985 from Iowa State University and an M.D. from The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 1992. He completed his psychiatry residency, including a year as Chief Resident, in 1996 at the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa. He has co-edited a practical book about consultation psychiatry with Dr. Robert G. Robinson entitled Psychosomatic Medicine: An Introduction to Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. As a clinician educator, among Dr. Amos’s most treasured achievements is the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

2 thoughts on “How About a Natural High to Save Money and Lives?”

  1. As your PowerPoint emanates music, it is well projected the suggestion that ethereal waves perceived and transformed in our nervous system, and if these energies are congruent, synchronized with our hormonal’s waves should affect positively our mood.
    I, for one am very sensitive to the rhythm, tone and timing of instrumental music; some cheer me up, other relaxes and other sadness me.


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