The Holistic Sanctuary Emphasizes ‘Healthy Halloween’ by Challenging Connecticut College Study That Oreos May Be As Addictive As Cocaine

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Permanently and Safely Ending Cocaine Addiction and Other Chemical Dependencies

It is morally irresponsible to compare the addictive properties of cocaine with Oreos. It is also demeaning to the people who lost their lives to cocaine addiction, and it is hurtful to the relatives of these victims, to make such a comparison.

The Holistic Sanctuary announces its emphasis on enjoying a Healthy Halloween, while taking issue with a recently published study from Connecticut College, which asserts that Oreo cookies may be as addictive as cocaine.(1) This report, in the expert analysis of the healing professionals at The Holistic Sanctuary, minimizes the seriousness of cocaine addiction, the overdoses and deaths linked to this drug, as well as the toxic treatments used to address this problem.

The study, which continues to generate media coverage from TIME and other news outlets, includes a quote from Professor Joseph Schroeder, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at Connecticut College, in which he says (in the aftermath of his work on lab rats): “I haven’t touched an Oreo since doing this experiment.”(2) And yet, the statistics involving cocaine addiction are more extensive, exhaustive and clear. For example: In 2010, for which the most recent data is available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report 40,393 persons died of drug-induced causes in the United States.(3) Alongside these numbers, there are an estimated 3 million individuals in the United States with serious drug problems or addictions to illicit substances.(4)

The Oreo-cocaine comparison further collapses because, one, there are no reports from the CDC or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about “cookie-induced” fatalities. And secondly, since cocaine addiction is a legitimate – and quite often lethal – problem, the numbers should speak for themselves. For example: Approximately 5,000 people die annually from cocaine overdose.(5) And secondly, cocaine abusers – unlike consumers who binge on Oreos – are at an increased risk for contracting such infectious diseases as human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and viral hepatitis. This risk stems not only from sharing contaminated needles and drug paraphernalia but also from engaging in risky behaviors as a result of intoxication.(6)

This information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse is another illustration of the complications associated with cocaine addiction. There is a law enforcement angle to this condition, too, resulting in 197,050 people incarcerated (under federal jurisdiction) for drug offenses.(7) Under state jurisdiction, there are 225,242 inmates serving time for drug-related crimes, of which cocaine is one of several substances connected to these statistics.(8) Based on research commissioned by The Holistic Sanctuary, there is no corresponding data for people convicted and imprisoned for the commission of a felony, from behavior induced by an addiction to Oreos. On the other hand, the National Institute on Drug Abuse states that, based on the most recent information, cocaine accounts for about 13 percent of all admissions to drug abuse treatment programs. Among these individuals (72 percent) who seek treatment for cocaine abuse, there is also an addiction to or use of crack; and thus these people are likely to be polydrug abusers, or users of more than one substance.(9)

And, despite the fact that there are more than 14,500 drug treatment facilities in the United States, which claim to provide counseling, behavioral therapy, medication, case management and other types of services to patients with a dependency on cocaine or other drugs, addiction remains an epidemic impacting medicine, the judicial system, politics, economics, culture and other institutions.(10) According to the New York Times: “Every year, state and federal governments spend more than $15 billion, and insurers at least $5 billion more, on substance-abuse treatment services for some four million people.”(11)

For Johnny Tabaie, “Johnny The Healer,” (see also the Founder of The Holistic Sanctuary, these studies and statistics underscore his mission to permanently end addiction. Through his safe (as substantiated via double-blind studies), effective and all-natural solution, known as the Pouyan Method, he successfully pinpoints and reverses the principal causes of addiction, repairing brain cells damaged by cocaine addiction and other forms of chemical dependency.

Most importantly, Johnny does not classify addiction as an incurable disease or as a condition requiring the use of prescription medications. His inspiring video testimonials from guests highlight this commitment to healing, demonstrating there is an alternative to conventional drug rehab centers and the exhausting relapse-to-rehab carousel of pain. People can view these powerful stories at:

“Cocaine addiction is a national epidemic, compounded by traditional rehab facilities with their outdated and toxic ‘therapies.’ Indeed, the reliance on various mixtures of prescription drugs – each with their own set of significant or irreversible side effects – is the customary brand of treatment at these places, which is tantamount to no treatment at all. Therefore, it is morally irresponsible to compare the addictive properties of cocaine with Oreos. It is also demeaning to the people who lost their lives to cocaine addiction, and it is hurtful to the relatives of these victims, to make such a comparison. This Halloween, an Oreo is a customary indulgence. Cocaine, in contrast, is nothing of the sort. Let us never forget that difference,” says Mr. Tabaie.

Prospective guests can see the indisputable documentation of The Holistic Sanctuary’s efforts involving the repair, restoration and rejuvenation of the areas damaged from addiction by clicking Pouyan Method Brain Scans (

About The Holistic Sanctuary

The Holistic Sanctuary is the home of the exclusive, all-natural and proprietary Pouyan Method, which enables patients to permanently end a variety of addictions. Unlike conventional drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, which have rates or failure or relapse among patients, The Holistic Sanctuary offers a customized protocol with the amenities of a 5-star resort. We seek to stop addiction without prescription medication or the use of 12-step programs. Nor do we classify patients as victims of an incurable disease. Our therapies focus on healing the brain, so a patient can heal their life. For more information about our innovative techniques, founding principles and testimonials from former patients, please visit

1.; Connecticut College News ("Student-faculty research shows Oreos are just as addictive as drugs in lab rats"), October 15, 2013.
2.; TIME ("Oreos May Be As Addictive As Cocaine"), October 16, 2013.
3.; National Vital Statistics Reports ("Deaths: Final Data for 2010"), May 8, 2013.
4.; JAMA ("Actual Causes of Death
in the United States, 2000"), May 10, 2004.
5.; CDC ("Unintentional Drug Poisoning in the United States"), July 2010.
6.; National Institute on Drug Abuse ("Are cocaine abusers at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B and C?"), September 2010.
7.; U.S. Department of Justice ("Prisoners in 2011"), December 2012.
8.; U.S. Department of Justice ("Prisoners in 2012 - Advance Counts"), July 2013.
9.; National Institute on Drug Abuse ("What treatments are effective for cocaine abusers?"), September 2010.
10.; National Institute on Drug Abuse ("Drug Addiction Treatment in the United States"), December 2012.

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