Retraining the limbic brain?

I’ve put forward a physiological hypothesis to explain the psychological Opponent Process theory, which I call the Receptor Control Theory. In essence, our pleasure set point or baseline “happiness” is determined by the density and sensitivity of dopamine receptors in the brain (and elsewhere). In this view, obesity and addiction result from a process of “dopamine resistance”, whereby receptor down-regulation impairs satisfaction and drives cravings. Conversely, high receptor density and sensitivity promote satisfaction and dampen cravings.

Phone use can easily be a literal addiction. (That’s not a conclusion from the quote, just a statement of fact. You can become addicted to anything that causes dopamine release.) I used to think that wasn’t true. Then I tried to put my phone down for an entire day.

Then I set about separating using my phone as a tool—which I can do a lot without it being addictive—from my phone’s use of me as a tool.


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Glad you brought this up. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately in terms of teens and video addiction, and adults and screen (of any kind) addiction. Is there any science that leans in this direction? And what are ways we could test this? What if you led us, your community, in a friendly little competition/trial where we all test out X for a week and see what that does for our dopamine…

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There’s a lot of research and publication in this area. This seems to be an interesting review. There’s a reasonably short conclusion near the bottom. (Just before a crazy number of references that the reviews draws from.)

I’m not in search of more science or evidence. I’m interested in helping others, who wish to change their behavior, to change their behavior. I know my life is vastly better with more focus/less-distraction, more real-reading[digital or paper]/less bite-sized/social-fluff, and so on.

I’m not a teacher or a coach. If people have questions, I’m happy to share my thoughts, my experiences and any evidence/references I’m aware of. If someone has an idea for something [anything, not specifically this ‘project’] I’m always interested in hearing what people cook up to challenge themselves. Sometimes I’m even interested in doing it myself. (e.g.§3-strategy/ are all originally someone else’s idea.)

To my mind, the interesting question for anyone here in the community is:

Is there an aspect of your current behavior that you feel is unhealthy, or is something you’d simply prefer to try changing?

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Indeed, I’d really like to try IF but I think I shouldn’t b/c when my blood sugar drops I get violent mood swings, which are dangerous to self and others. So I don’t do it. But I’d really like to, for the health benefits.

My understanding is that’s a common concern. Presuming your liver functions well, it regulates your blood sugar by adding glucose to your blood in concert with your pancreas. My experience is that once I was re-accustomed to normal eating, rather than the abnormal behavior of eating constantly while awake, my blood sugar is fine. (I’m not dead, I’m not in a coma, I can perform better physically when fasted, etc.)

There’s a ton of links about glucose here:

…but this one in particular is a good start,

There’s also a bunch of links about fasting here,

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Thanks - theres a lot here to dive into. I’ve bookmarked them all and will slowly make my way through them. Hopefully I’ll run into some answers.

Here’s a freshly published article, notably written by a woman,

(Note, anything Dave Asprey’s Bullet Proof… empire publishes will always have a product from the Bullet Proof brand tied into it. There’s nothing wrong with that. I just want to be clear that I’m endorsing the ideas and knowledge they are propagating, not their products.)

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Thank you. Nothing I didn’t know, unfortunately. Experimenting with protein shakes currently to help move me toward the 3 meal a day plan instead of the current many snacks/meals a day.

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