Friday, January 19, 2018

Tom Petty: What's the Rest of the Story? Truth about His Death -- Is It Acute Chronic Alcoholism.

Alcoholism is a genetic illness.#tompetty Tom Petty is dead, but his overdose was only a dramatic symptom of his illness. Don't be fooled. There is more to the story that you are not reading about. After researching his psycho-social history, I have learned, as suspected that Tom Petty very likely had a biogenic, hereditary illness called acute chronic alcoholism.

He inherited susceptibility to this disease from his father who was an out-of-control physically abusive alcoholic who did not approve of his child's interests in the arts. His mother is what saved him, but later, as result of his illness, he became a drug addict like many alcoholics--nearly a walking medicine cabinet within him of cross tolerant, cross addictive drugs (with alcohol.) An overdose, inevitably killed him like so many other people, including rockers.

There is nothing unusual about Tom Petty's story, except his ability, like Michael Jackson and Prince, to access whatever drugs he wanted.

Don't let the media's glorification of Tom Petty allow you to miss the simple basics -- this drug death is a manifestation of an illness that about 1 out 10/11 drinkers acquire out of no fault of their own whatsoever--who start drinking for same reasons as most people do.

Unwittingly, they are sitting ducks because the earliest symptoms are nothing more than the ability to drink more than most people and feel great, not get drunk, drink more frequently, and have little effects--for years while you acquire tolerance to ethanol metabolization. You will also feel more euphoric than your light weight social drinking friends. You will therefore hang out with folks more likely to drink like you do. You will slowly acquire a definition of alcoholism that does not include yourself. And you will change that definition over time to eliminate the new symptoms you acquire. This is the nature of denial. It's insidious as hell.

There is nothing mysterious about the origin of this disease. You can't even get research dollars anymore to study genetics unless it is really unique in its focus. But proving alcoholism is genetic -- old news.

The media, myths, and misconceptions, and thousand years of competing bogus theories before effective genetic research arrived still breed horrible confusion about this disease. And all of us are victims of this confusion, much of which is linked to economics because different professions both compete for the treatment of people with alcoholism or livelihoods linked to some model of understanding of the illness.

There really is no such thing as prevention of alcoholism unless you simply do not consume alcohol, or consume it so infrequently that you do not tax your genetic susceptibility to it, if in fact your are susceptible to it. That's a tall order for a universally accepted consumer product 80% of the population enjoys. Correction, make that nearly impossible.

Are you the next Tom Petty? Take this quiz--and if you score about 10 points, you get a gold opportunity to save your life.…/…/Mast.pdf

- or give to a friend -- then print this handout: - keep them in your medicine cabinet.

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