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About Dr. Paul Thomas:
Dr. Paul Thomas, M.D., F.A.A.P., received his M.D. from Dartmouth Medical School. He is a board-certified fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He taught residents and medical students from 1988 to 1993, and has practiced pediatrics for over 30 years. In 2008 he opened Integrative Pediatrics, where he currently serves over 13,000 patients, and in 2009 started his Fair Start clinic where he has helped over 500 patients with opiod addiction, in the Portland, Oregon, metro area.
He is the Founder of PHOI (Pediatric Health Outcomes Initiative). He is a Founding Director of PIC (Physicians for Informed Consent).
He is the author of The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul's Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health–From Pregnancy Through Your Child's Teen Years (with Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D.), and The Addiction Spectrum: A Compassionate, Holistic Approach to Recovery.
He is the father of nine, three biological, six adopted. Join the over half a million other subscribers who follow Dr. Paul on YouTube
02:02 Dr. Thomas is an alcoholic in recovery for 15 years.
06:00 Many adolescent patients with ADD, ADHD, anxiety or depression tend to self-medicate, so Dr. Thomas started an addiction clinic.
06:28 Teens do not need to be put on long-term medication.
08:48 Addicted teens and young adults have difficulty with 12 step programs.
13:26 Addiction is a spectrum. You can move yourself to safety by doing certain things.
15:50 Little or random use of marijuana triggers schizophrenia, psychotic behavior or paranoia for some of us.
16:22 Those of us who drink heavily and do not detox can trash their bodies to the point of death in 3 to 5 years.
16:34 People who use meth age decades in just years.
18:48 Dr. Thomas prefers to treat with natural treatments.
19:41 About 1/3 to ½ of Dr. Thomas’ patients who are meth or heroin addicts are former ADD/ADHD kids. Many were never treated.
22:30 Screen addiction: You receive constant fight/flight triggers from your screens. It’s frying our brains.
27:19 We trade addictions.
32:11 It took 5 years for Dr. Thomas to be around alcohol without it bothering him.
35:41 Support systems are important to sobriety and maintaining sobriety long-term. Dr. Thomas still goes to meetings.
38:08 Treatment saves lives.The addict must want sobriety.
43:01 A ketogenic diet normalizes the GABA to glutamate ratio and lessens cravings.
51:26 The book Knowing How by JulieValenti contains 20 concepts for rewiring your brain to new pathways, releasing you from old maladaptive pathways.
54:03 Alcohol is an addictive poison.
55:55 There are 115 deaths per day from opiate overdose.We have no solution.
57:44 Dr. Thomas has a 13 point plan in his book.
01:02:22 Dr. Thomas’ desert island nutrient for addiction is vitamin D.
01:04:07 Dr. Thomas’ recommended morning routine for addicts is to stay off cell phone and email. Drink a tall glass of water and meditate.
01:08:25 Dr. Thomas’ approachto an addict involves sharing his story to find common connection. Be vulnerable. Be authentic.