SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- "In Your Right Mind," a weekly behavioral health radio program that features in-depth roundtable discussions of today's behavioral health headlines, aired an informative show, "Sugar: The New Addiction," on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Talk Radio 790 AM KABC in Los Angeles. The broadcast discussed how sugar has become a new addiction; the connection between sugar, cocaine and alcohol; and how the brain reacts to sugar. The show was co-hosted by Program Producer Kristina Kuestner and Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign Health, Dr. Tonmoy Sharma, who provided in-depth medical and clinical expertise.
One of Sunday's panelists was Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, Ph.D., a professor at UCLA and the director of the Neurotrophic Research Laboratory with secondary appointment in physiological science. Another panelist was Selena Bartlett, Ph.D., a group leader in neuroscience and obesity at the Translational Research Institute and a research capacity building professor in the School of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Health at Queensland University of Technology.
"Dopamine is a neurochemical in the human brain that makes you feel great," says Dr. Bartlett. "A great example is exercising: You don't want to exercise, but when you're done, you feel great. This is because the dopamine has been released to the brain, and that's what sugar does, too – releases dopamine to the brain. When a person has a lot of sugar, their brain will need more and more to feel good, and sugar, drugs and alcohol are causing the reward circuitry to change."
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About "In Your Right Mind"
"In Your Right Mind" is a weekly behavioral health radio show that covers various topics each week, including mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and addiction/dual diagnosis disorders. Dr. Tonmoy Sharma and Kristina Kuestner are the hosts of the show. In addition, each program will feature guest speakers throughout the United States participating in a roundtable discussion about headlines in behavioral health. The mission of "In Your Right Mind" is to raise awareness about behavioral health issues that get people talking. The hour-long show airs every Sunday at 5 p.m. PST on Talk Radio 790 KABC Los Angeles. "In Your Right Mind" is produced in conjunction with Sovereign Health, a leading national provider of behavioral health treatment services. For more information, visit www.inyourrightmind.com.
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