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The Effects of Nicotine: An Infographic

The effects of nicotine on the body

How does Nicotine Affect the Body?

Nicotine is a highly addictive substance that is added to tobacco. When you choose to light up a cigarette or use smokeless tobacco, one to two milligrams of nicotine is released into the body. Through cigarettes, nicotine is absorbed directly through the lungs, and with smokeless tobacco, it is absorbed through the nose. From there, nicotine will spread throughout the body, causing many harmful effects. Nicotine can cause permanent damage through the effects it has on the body.

Tobacco Use in Teens

Using tobacco is a significant problem for teens. About 1,000 teens begin using tobacco each day. That is the size of an average high school in the United States. That totals about one in four high school students. Of that number, 80 percent of those students will continue to smoke into adulthood because of the addicting effects of nicotine. Of that percentage, one in two will die 13 years sooner than other people their age.

Many tobacco users began using tobacco in years past because they were inexpensive and created a “tough” or “cool” perception among peer groups. Using tobacco could make a young person more prone to fighting and aggressive behavior. The habit is quickly accepted by other teens who use tobacco. Others smoke because they have little resistance to the peer pressure placed on them or a lack of guidance or parental involvement to discourage tobacco use. Many young people think smoking is the norm. Tobacco use in teens can also lead to underage sex, alcohol, and the use of drugs. The strategies used to prevent drug abuse in youth populations can also be effectively employed with smoking.

Age of Smokers

People who are ages 18-24 account for 21.4 percent of all smokers, ages 25-44 account for 23.7 percent of all smokers, 22.6 are ages 45-64, and only 9.3 percent of smokers are over the age of 65. These statistics total more than 45 million smokers. One in every five people smoke.
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Chemicals in Cigarettes

There are more than 4,800 chemicals in tobacco smoke, including butane, methane, arsenic, carbon monoxide, ammonia, and paint. It is proven that tobacco kills more than 20 times more people than murder, resulting in a death every 6.5 seconds. More than 88 million non-smokers are exposed to the same harmful effects from smoke, with 54 percent of them being children.
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Illnesses Caused by Cigarettes

The illnesses that will result in death from tobacco use include many types of cancer. One common type is lung cancer, accounting for 80 percent of all deaths in smokers. Other lung diseases, as well as stroke, heart attack, and cancer in other body organs are common illnesses with smokers. More than eight million smokers will contract a deadly disease from smoking each year.
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Costs of Smoking

The expense of smoking not only will affect your body and your life, it will immediately affect your finances. Smoking is expensive, not only across the counter, but also in the price of life insurance, car insurance, healthcare costs, and health insurance rates. The quality of life will decrease and become diminished with time when a person chooses to use tobacco of any kind.

How to Quit Smoking

Quitting the habit is difficult. It requires dedication, willpower, and strength to stop smoking and stay smoke free. Despite it’s legal status, smoking is an incredibly addictive behavior and also highly destructive. You can find tips to quit smoking here.

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Organic Foods vs. GMO/Conventional Foods: An Infographic


The Difference Between Organic and Conventional/GMO Foods

Everybody knows it’s important to eat healthy, but some “healthy” foods aren’t quite what they seem. What may look healthy on the surface can be a genetically modified cocktail of harmful substances. Choosing organic foods and produce whenever possible significantly decreases the chances of taking in any of the pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizer that is commonly found in conventional produce.

What are GMOs?

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are growing life forms that have had their DNA chemically altered. The most common genetically modified foods are plant products, including soybean, corn, canola, rice, and cotton seed oil. The first genetically modified food was a tomato with delayed ripening abilities, which has given rise to an entire industry of genetically modified food.

Organic Foods

In short, organic means that a food is made without any intervention from mankind or chemistry. Crops are grown separately from conventional crops using special soil, and farmers are not allowed to use any pesticides, non-natural fertilizers, or antibiotics. Buying organic is the only way to ensure that dangerous substances such as insecticides and herbicides are not present in produce.

GMOs and Food

The GMO epidemic isn’t limited to produce. More than 80 percent of packaged foods in the United States contain genetically modified organisms. They are frequently added to processed foods, as well as seemingly healthy substances such as vitamins and amino acids. Of a typical crop of soy, cotton, canola, and sugar beets, more than 90 percent of the crop consists of GMOs.

GMOs pose a risk to humans because they don’t fully allow the body to function. High levels of herbicides can lead to behavioral delays, birth defects, immune weakness, and could potentially lead to the development of cancer. Additionally, GMOs have been linked to the widespread killing of frogs, earthworms, and fisheries; GMOs have also contributed to erosion of soil. Furthermore, the genetic modification brought about by GMOs has seen plants morph into different species, the most notable example being a “superweed” that is very hard to kill.

On the other hand, natural foods pose a much smaller risk to living organisms. There is the potential for food-borne bacteria such as salmonella and E.Coli as well as fungi, but by and large organic foods provide the benefits people look for in healthy foods. Organic foods help to fight disease in humans, protect crops, preserve soil and reduce pollution.

Organic vs. Non-Organic

It’s important to note that the study of organic food in contrast to non-organic food is still ongoing. However, evidence shows that organic food is indeed healthier than its non-organic counterparts. Organic foods contain higher levels of Vitamin C, as well as minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients than conventional produce.

Organic Farming

Organic food is not only more nutritious than typical produce, but it is also farmed in a much safer, more organized manner. Farmers keep detailed records about their organic crops, tracking the produce from their roots until they’re purchased. Buffer zones are used to ensure that no unwanted chemicals find their way into the organic farming areas. The result is the guarantee of fresh, uncontaminated produce.

Many people choose to buy their organic produce locally – that is, food that was grown in close proximity to the point of purchase. Buying locally ensures that the money stays within the community, allowing farmers to continue their work and keeping their organic farming areas clean. Local produce also means maximum freshness and a minimal amount of transportation, which hurts both the produce and the environment.

Buying Organic

Buying organic is always a good idea, but it’s more important in some foods than in others. Certain types of produce, specifically those which have little outside skin, are more prone to pesticides, and should always be bought organically. These produce items include:

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Grapes
  • Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches

On the other hand, produce items with thicker skins (or that are consumed after peeling) don’t require strict adherence to the organic form. These items can generally be bought safely in conventional form:

  • Bananas
  • Corn
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Avocado
  • Kiwi

Cost of Organic Produce

Producing organic foods can be expensive for farmers, with organic feed costing twice what normal feed costs. Additionally, most organic farms are too small to receive subsidies from the government. Because of the difficulties facing organic farmers, organic foods are commonly perceived to be more expensive than conventional foods.

However, a 2008 study showed that organic foods at Whole Foods were actually cheaper than their normal counterparts that were sold at Safeway. Items like ketchup, pasta sauce, apples, and milk proved to be less expensive in organic form than in conventional form. Though Whole Foods is perhaps the best-known retailer of organic foods, the cheapest organic produce and other organic foods are almost always found locally.

Importance of Whole Foods

As it stands now, genetically modified foods must pass safety tests, and therefore aren’t considered to be risky. However, the lack of research on GMOs means the real dangers of these foods will only be known years later. Therefore, it’s best to avoid GMOs altogether and stick largely to whole foods that are made organically.

Nutritionists recommend a diet that consists of 70 percent of whole foods, and for good reason. Buying whole foods means just that – all of the nutritional benefits of a food are present instead of mere fragments, as is the case with genetically modified foods. For instance, sweeteners such as sugar often miss out on the water and nutrients that are available in whole food form. Additionally, non-organic white rice and flour is missing fiber and nutrients that are found in their organic counterparts. This makes whole foods an essential component of a healthy lifestyle, which can help people manage diabetes and other conditions, as well as reduce fatigue and lower blood pressure.

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What is Binge Drinking? An Infographic

What is Binge Drinking?


What is Binge Drinking?

Many people assume that the definition of an alcoholic is someone who is unable to function without alcohol. However, alcohol doesn’t require dependency to create long-term problems. In fact, those who binge drink regularly are at risk of suffering serious consequences as a result of their alcohol abuse.

Binge drinking is defined as the consecutive consumption of alcohol until the drinker’s blood-alcohol level (BAC) exceeds 0.08 percent. For men, this usually means five or more drinks in one sitting; women are considered to be binge drinking if they consume four or more drinks in a two-hour period.

Binge drinking is typically associated with young adults and college students, which is true to an extent. The age group with the most binge drinkers is 18-34 years old; surprisingly, though, people 65 years and older binge drink more frequently. People who binge drink most often make under $25,000 per year, but the group with the highest number of binge drinkers is the $75,000+ bracket. While more than half of the alcohol consumed by adults and 90 percent of alcohol consumed by young adults is a result of binge drinking, most people who binge drink are not considered alcoholics. However, most drivers under the influence of alcohol do so as a result of binge drinking.

Binge Drinking Methods

Though any form of alcohol can be used to binge drink, the most common form of alcohol used by teenage binge drinkers is hard liquor. Liquor comprises nearly 44 percent of teenage binge drinking, with malt beverages at 18.5 percent and beer at 17.4 percent. Most teens start by using liquor because of its high alcohol content and its ease in mixing with other drinks, which makes it easier for beginning drinkers to swallow.

The use of liquor is also popular at bars because it is cheaper for bars to distribute liquor than it is to sell beer. Bars make more money off of a liquor drink, such as a rum and coke, than they do off of selling a beer. Since liquor represents a better cost benefit, bars can give patrons more liquor, thereby increasing the chances of those customers engaging in binge drinking.

Binge Drinking Demographics

Binge drinking in college is often seen as a rite of passage, which is backed up by the numbers. More than four out of five college students have tried alcohol, and one in every three college students admits to binge drinking. Unfortunately, binge drinking isn’t the harmless fun it’s made out to be; 800,000 college students have been victims of assault or rape as a result of alcohol, whether it be because the victim was drunk or the assailant had been drinking.

Binge drinking isn’t merely a college phenomenon, either. On average, four out of ten high school students regularly engage in drinking. Additionally, the percentage of adults who regularly binge drink isn’t as high as college students, but at least ten percent of residents of 48 US states are binge drinkers. The highest percentages are in the Northeast and Midwest. States in the Southeast report the lowest percentages of binge drinkers in their states.

Effects of Binge Drinking

Binge drinking doesn’t just end the next day when the drinker recovers from his or her hangover. There are a variety of short-term and long-term effects that come into play when binge drinking occurs.

Short-Term Effects

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • High blood pressure
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Injury

Long-Term Effects

  • Liver damage
  • Brain damage
  • Heart problems
  • Sexual problems
  • Workplace problems
  • Cancer
  • Alcoholism

Getting Help for Alcohol Abuse

People like to write off binge drinking as “not a big deal.” However, the potential effects of binge drinking can be disastrous. If someone is binge drinking too often, they need help. Treatment programs, interventions, and rehabilitation are all effective tools in helping people to stop binge drinking and get their lives in order. These methods should be seriously explored before it’s too late. You can contact us today if you, or someone you know, has a problem with binge drinking.

Candifiend Interviews Per Wickstrom

Alice An of Candifiend interviews Per Wickstrom of Best Drug Rehabilitation and Cygalle of Cygalle Healing Spa.

Video transcription below:

Alice: Hi guys; how are you today?

Per: Excellent

Alice: Can you just briefly tell our audience who you are and what your business is, and what your promotion is?

Cygalle: I am Cygalle Dias from Cygalle Healing Spa. I have a holistic luxury lifestyle firm. I have another firm which is a marketing firm, and I combine these two companies to do special events like mobile spa like we have here today. We really support this, you know, approach, and we want to get it out there, and that is why we’re here today with Per, actually.

Per: My name is Per Wickstrom and I am the CEO of a company called Runwaytosuccess.org which represents five different treatment modalities or systems, and we developed a more holistic approach to fight different addictions, different problems people have in life.

Alice: That’s interesting.

Per: And we have five buildings and an average of 50,000 square feet of location, and we have one detox center that’s strictly holistic, so instead of replacing or doing replacement therapy, if somebody has a problem, we use natural holistic methods to get them off drugs and keep them off.

Alice: When you guys say ‘holistic,’ can you explain exactly what holistic means?

Cygalle: Organic and steroid-free, and no chemicals. I, like a lot of other people you know, it’s growing in interest and popularity, to not put chemicals in your body or on your skin, and to eat healthy and to use true holistic products that go into your skin, like mine, and your blood and vice versa. So, it’s a combination holistic lifestyle and that’s what we support which is a mind, body, and spiritual thing. It’s just no chemicals.

Per: Yeah, her face creams are all 100 percent natural, and it’s kinda like the water industry we have now. Who goes to the tap and drinks tap water now? Nobody, nobody. You drink bottled water because of the chemicals that they add, and not only in that. I mean the average apple has 67 pesticides in it. Why do we want to eat that stuff?

Alice: 67, that is.

Per: In an apple, a non-organic apple, so we’ve combined up, in my viewpoint, we’ve combined up a lifestyle change for people that don’t want to live life in a chemical oriented society and are actually going to make a change in what we’re dealing with now.

Alice: Cygalle, you were saying that you want to help people bring their lives to a different place, a different level that maybe they didn’t even know could happen. Could you kind of delve into that for me a little bit further?

Cygalle: Yeah, over the past 17 years that I’ve personally observed and practiced using an organic approach which is basically being more cautious of what you eat and what you put on your skin, so what you put in your body and on your skin, it’s like that’s how you feel you’re gonna look, so the whole philosophy of changing your lifestyle is that you have to be cautious and more careful if you want to because there’s a lot of people that are starting to do it and they are starting to feel like the benefits of these healing ingredients. So, you know I have organic (inaudible) and his partner here and they’re going to give you an example. You know, they make their juice, so then they give it to you so all the enzymes are in it still. Then they give it to you, and that’s how you get more benefits of these healing ingredients.

Per: And that’s the same day.

Cygalle: The same day.

Per: They give it to you the same day.

Cygalle: Yeah, they have a date on it.

Per: Yeah, they don’t do it the next day stuff.

Cygalle: My products are the same thing; like the customer orders it; we make it. We don’t take it from the inventory. It doesn’t have a lot of chemicals ’cause other companies have to put the chemicals in it to keep it fresh.

Per: To keep it fresh. That makes sense.

Cygalle: People do that with food; people do it with many things in our environment that we live in and you know, it’s like with Per’s approach to you know, our busy you know, days that we have. We all work very hard I’m sure and we’re always busy. So, you know, there’s things you can do with fitness and dieting, spiritual coaching. There’s many different ways and treatments that you can have actually whether it’s like my (inaudible) body scrubs, or it’s what Per does, you know. There’s things you can do to make your life more, I don’t know, more energy to bring to yourself physically for more clarity of mind, I guess. There are so many ways, and we’re here like a lot of people that are more today, you know, than ever before, I mean like I’ve seen it double more than half.

Alice: More than half?

Cygalle: People are now switching and are more conscious that….

Per: to the organic methods.

Cygalle: I want to be more healthy and I wanna look good and feel good and live longer, and this is definitely working, and here we are.

Per: And her skin looks great, you know she does. She looks great. (Laughing)

Cygalle: (laughing) Today it’s not great. Fashion Week is taking a little

Per: That’s the 16-hour days we work.

Cygalle: (touching face) I’m sure I look a little……..

Alice: You look great. (Turns to Per) You look great too. Very good skin, smooth.

Cygalle: I know, he has beautiful skin; I keep telling him that.

Per: I use her products. (pointing to Cygalle) That’s a good thing. Yep, it’s her products, you know.

Cygalle: And I love Per. He’s a really good supporter and that’s why we’re a really good synopsis.

Per: Yeah, we work really well together. You know we’re all in a field where we want to have a better lifestyle. You know, we wanna have more fun in life. You know, where we live and what we do. You know, New York never sleeps at night. There’s always something to do in New York.

Alice: Yeah, New York.

Per: Why would you have to go use something to have a fun time?

Alice: So, last question. It is very go go go here in New York City. Can you give me three things that all our fashion and beauty ladies can do this week to bring themselves to another level, to learn to relax just for a few moments of the day?

Cygalle: Oh, I have a good one; I have a couple, but I’ll give you one. Soak in water ritual because I believe in rituals, and you can do it at home. So, what you do is, you can do it, in the bath is preferable; so you make it very hot and you fill it up with Epsom salts.

Alice: Epsom salts? Like you buy in the drug store?

Cygalle: Yeah.

Per: Exactly.

Cygalle: And it’s not expensive. Put a lot of that and then soak in it like 15 to 20 minutes and it takes like the toxins out, the salts, and you can put like a little lavender in it, and it’s very relaxing, and that, I think, would be a really good thing. And then when you get out, you can put like coconut oil on too which I think is really fabulous. And then your skin will be glowing. Your whole body will feel relaxed and you will feel good. So, that’s one thing that you can do.

Per: And then a real one, after you take that bath, if you put on some shorts and a tee shirt, just real casual; then take a walk.

Alice: A walk?

Per: A walk before you go to bed. It’s the greatest way, and look. Walk around and look at different things. Look at trees and, wherever you are, you could be in your apartment walking. It’s kind of like extroverts you and you take a nice long walk and then you go up and hop into bed and go to sleep. No TV.

Alice: No TV?

Per: No TV. Go to sleep; go to bed.

Alice: A lot of people fall asleep with the TV on.

Per: Yeah, I understand.

Cygalle: I know.


Erickson Beamon Interviews Per Wickstrom

Per Wickstrom of Best Drug Rehabilitation sits down with Karen Erickson of Erickson Beamon for a quick interview after the show at New York Fashion Week.

Below is the transcribed interview.

Karen Erickson:

I think what you do is really important.

Well now you’re working on helping people conquer their addictions. I study Kabbalah, and what we learn in Kabbalah is that we come into this world with a sense of “lack”. We were in the endless world where we had everything, so everybody is addicted at birth because we want everything. So we come into this world with lack, and some people feed it with negative things.

And so what I think a person like you needs to do is help the world feed their lack with light. And that way you can stop addiction – at its root cause. So what you’re doing is one of the most important things that anyone can do: saving lives, saving families, saving people.

Fusicology Interviews Per Wickstrom

Kathleen Adams of Fusicology interviews Per Wickstrom of Best Drug Rehabilitation to talk about his company, his motivation for starting a rehabilitation center, and how he overcame his past struggles.

Video transcription below:

Kathleen Adams of Fusicology interviews Per Wickstrom of Best Drug Rehabilitation to talk about his company, his motivation for starting a rehabilitation center, and how he overcame his past struggles.

Video transcription below:

Per: Hi Fusicology. My name is Per; I’m with Best Drug Rehabilitation.

Kathleen: Okay Great!

Per: And you are?

Kathleen: I’m Kathleen.

Per: Hi Kathleen.

Kathleen: So, tell me a little bit about yourself and about Best Drug Rehab.

Per: Well, what happened was, when I was a young man, I actually had my own struggles with addiction. And I decided to change what was going on in my life, so I made that change and I looked at the area that we live in, and I looked at my friends and my relatives, and I found out, you know 30 to 40% of the people I knew were on some kind of a substance to get by in life. And that’s not really a good holistic viewpoint to live life by ‘cause life is fun. If you eat right, you still can play hard and you don’t have to use a drug to afford to live it. So I decided to help change it, and that’s why I formed Best Drug Rehabilitation.

Kathleen: So, tell me about your program and about your facility.

Per: Well, what we wanted to do, Kathleen, is we wanted to take more of a holistic approach. You know more and more people give drugs to come off drugs instead of like, going maybe there’s an alternative. You know, like a lot of people are eating organic now. You know, they don’t smoke cigarettes…there’s a big one! People, actually cigarettes have cut down in the last 20 years when they were on the upswing. So I decided to open a facility that had a more holistic viewpoint to treatment. So, let’s not treat the symptom of addiction with a drug. Let’s treat the symptom of addiction by finding out what’s going on with underlying issues, and actually getting the person off of all drugs, and using vitamin, mineral, and amino acid therapies, and you know, acupuncture and things like that; and then, of course, great counseling, you know, so you can get honest and straight.

Kathleen: So, tell me about your location.

Per: Well, we actually have five locations.

Kathleen: Okay

Per: We actually are in, we’re located in, our main center is Manistee, Michigan. We also have one in…Everyone’s heard of Grand Rapids. We have one in Grand Rapids that’s just opening right now. We have one in Battle Creek, and that one’s on a private lake.

Kathleen: Wow!

Per: That’s a really nice facility, and we’ve opened up a holistic detox too where we use the medical western doctors with more of the eastern philosophies to get people off of all the medications they take. So, if somebody is on, you know, a sleep aide and they can’t get off of it, they can come and see us and we can get them off of it, detox them off it. Let’s say, if they aren’t addicted, per say they don’t have an addiction, but they’re still addicted to the painkiller or the sleep aide. And you know we use things like Dr. Price’s sleep aides to help us sleep, and we have massage therapy we use… This is Prologel; it actually takes, we talked about a little about pain. It takes away pain to help the person so they don’t have a necessity to want to do the drugs again. So we use the holistic, get them off the drugs. And then we just bought a facility; everybody’s heard of Notre Dame University. We just bought a facility in South Bend, Indiana, so we’re all Notre Dame fans now.

Kathleen: That’s great! That’s great! So how, what is the success rate?

Per: Well, success rates are kinda hard to follow because the fact is, if you’re gonna get a real real 100% success rate, you would actually have to go to the individual’s house and have to do a hair test on the individual to get actually the truth. We do a year follow-up; it’s called “a year of aftercare” included in the program. We follow up with the parents, the spouses, the sons, the daughters, the brothers, the sisters, and of course, the individual that wants to come into treatment. And we run about anywhere from a 64 to a 72% success with the program. But again, that’s only one year. And you know you’re kinda on the phone and you know if something goes on and your brother knew you were doing something wrong, he would tell us; but still, I’m not at your house. I’m not drug testing you there so that’s why success rates are really hard to say, “Oh we have 100% or 90% or 80%.” It’s really hard to justify, so you know if you’re above 50, you’re great in this industry.

Kathleen: And what about your financing options for treatment?

Per: Well, you know the biggest problem people have nowadays, well with the economy and with jobs and all that other good stuff, is actually the expenditure to help their loved one. We offer financing, of course based on credit, you know like buying a car, but we also take all insurance policies.

Kathleen: Oh, that’s great!

Per: Yeah, so if you have like Blue-Cross Blue-Shield from Aetna, you know you can get in next to nothing to get in to find some help for your loved one.

Kathleen: That’s great! That’s great!

Per: Yeah, it actually works out pretty good.

Kathleen: So, thanks so much for speaking with me today, and I look forward to following your company and seeing everyone’s success stories online, and also hope we will be helping our audience at Fusicology as well; so, Fusicology, definitely check it out.

Per: Yep, I sure appreciate your time, and if anybody needs help or wants help, remember just ask for it, cause that’s the quickest way to get it handled.

Getting Help

As Per says, the quickest way to get help is to ask. Contact us today to get help for addiction.

Per Wickstrom Interviewed at New York Fashion Week

Per Wickstrom of Best Drug Rehabilitation was interviewed at New York Fashion Week about his company, his motivation for starting a rehabilitation center, and how he overcame his past struggles.

Video transcription below:

Interviewer: Here we are at Fashion Week with…

Per: Per Wickstrom

Interviewer: Who has the most wonderful thing imaginable, a holistic rehab. What exactly is holistic rehab?

Per: Well, what we’ve done is we’ve found that people get put on drugs to come off of drugs. People use drugs to try to get better, and usually, the fact of the matter is finding something holistic is something different. So what we’ve done is, we’ve combined a lot of doctors, and we’ve discovered that there are certain products that will help you sleep, help you get over pain, and of course, you still have to confront underlying issues, but help people in a holistic viewpoint that is all natural. Instead of like using a sleeping aide to sleep, why don’t you find something that will actually work that’s a natural type of thing?

Interviewer: And that’s Dr. Price’s Sleep Vites, right?

Per: Yep, Dr. Price’s Sleep Vites, and one thing about this is it’s all natural; it doesn’t have any drugs in it.

Interviewer: So no addiction and best of all, this is what I love about all this, no side effects for people like me; I can’t take any drugs at all. I always get the side effect. So this way you don’t have to worry about it.

Per: You don’t have to worry about it because it’s all natural. It’s all vitamins and it’s things that come in food that we normally eat every day. And the biggest thing about it is people, especially in our industries in our fast paced lives, whether it’s fashion, or whether it’s sports, we’re on the go constantly. So what we do is we use these to help us.

Interviewer: And then you have this other wonderful stuff for pain, and let’s say you have arthritis, or a backache, or whatever. Again, you don’t have to worry about those awful creams or awful dreadful drug stuff. This, again, is holistic.

Per: This is called Prologel, it’s all natural. And what again, what we find is we hurt ourselves. We’re going to the gym, we’re at work, we’re stressed out from our jobs. What happens when we’re stressed out from our jobs? We have neck and back pain, right? Everybody probably watching this has neck and back pain. This guy’s discovered a gel; it’s called Prologel that takes it away, and it’s all natural.

Interviewer: Especially for you actors and dancers out there, this is fantastic.

Per: Yep, it is.

Interviewer: So how did you come up with all this, and especially I want to go back to the drug rehab; where can you go for all this?

Per: Well, we have five centers based in Michigan and Indiana; we’re in the Midwest. And most centers don’t do what we do. We use holistic viewpoints to try to help people instead of replacing, like I keep talking about replacement drug therapy. We use vitamin, mineral, and amino acid therapy. Why put somebody on some kind of a drug? Let’s find out what’s wrong and let’s handle the guy.

Interviewer: And that’s bad for an addicted person to begin with.

Per: So right!

Interviewer: And we can’t get addicted to a vitamin; it’s not a drug you know.

Per: So, if you wanna, you wanna actually look, it’s www.bestdrugrehabilitation.com. They can actually look at the website and learn what we do, and combine everything to get everybody help.

Interviewer: That’s wonderful! But how did you think about this in the first place, because I can get nothing like this anywhere else?

Per: I had my own bouts with addiction when I was younger, um and decided that I needed to find some other form to handle it. And it isn’t just the Sleep Vites and the Prologel. It goes deeper than that; it goes into finding bigger games to play, more purpose in life. You know after you handle those underlying issues, you still have to go have fun. The problem is we forget about that as adults; we forget. Remember when you were children, we played kick the can, or you played hide and seek? You don’t do any more of that when you’re an adult. You forget the game has to be fun.

Interviewer: Yeah, and coping too.

Per: And that’s some of the holistic stuff we teach people. Yeah to play! Let’s go play tonight.

Interviewer: Express your inner child.

Per: Exactly!

Interviewer: Well it sounds like so much fun; I mean I’m not even an addict but I want to become an addict so I can go to one of your facilities. (Giggling) Well, thank you very much.

Per: Thank you for your time; I appreciate you.

Style Cartel Interviews Per Wickstrom of Best Drug Rehabilitation

Charlotte Smith of Style Cartel interviews Per Wickstrom of Best Drug Rehabilitation to talk about his company, his motivation for starting a rehabilitation center, and how he overcame his past struggles.

Video transcription below:

Charlotte: Hi, you’re here with Charlotte from Style Cartel, and we are at the Empire Hotel for spa day on the third day of Fashion Week. I need it so bad. We are doing the four cities; we’re doing New York, London, and Malone and Paris, and this lovely man is gonna get us ready for those four cities.

Per: How are you?

Charlotte: I’m fine. Who are you and how are you?

Per: My name is Per Wickstrom. I’m actually from a little town near Detroit, Michigan, and I’m here on Fashion Week, and we’re trying to put the holistic venue to treatment for everybody that’s here, and we’re also trying to spread our message, and that is that we, as Runwaytosuccess.org and Best Drug Rehabilitation, have a different approach to making people feel better.

Charlotte: So, tell me more like who, what, why, when, where?

Per: Well, addiction touches our life, touches everybody’s life. This is not just here at Fashion Week. This is the worldwide problem that I think we have, and we all know we have, in the United States and in the world. So what I did, I had my own problems when I was younger, and um, I actually went to more of a holistic based program, not one that’s AA or NA based, and I got some good treatments and some good reasons that we don’t feel good about ourselves, and I was actually able to make some changes.

Charlotte: Okay

Per: And so I decided to, instead of being a businessman, I decided I wanted to devote my life to helping people, so I came up with this whole venue and as any industry in the world, whether it’s fashion, whether it’s bankers, whether it’s stockbrokers, or whether it’s just a regular guy that builds cars, we all have addiction. It touches our family and it touches our hearts, and we have to fix it. And the way we’re fixing it now is by giving people more drugs. You know the other thing that I stress is the sleep powder; most people don’t sleep. Well, what do they give you when you don’t sleep, sleeping pills, yeah? They’re quick to say “Here, well wait a minute; take some of these and call me later.” And why mask something artificially when you can find something holistic to take care of yourself?

Charlotte: How do you talk to someone to help them to get over their addiction without being like, “You know you’re an addict. I think you’re an addict, and you need to stop.”

Per: Those are pretty forceful questions, and when you hit someone with force, what do they do? They hit back, so you don’t want to use force. So, what you want to do is you wanna come in with maybe you and maybe another girlfriend, or another loved one, and maybe sit down and just get in a good two-way communication and say “How is life going, okay? Are you trying to solve any problems? Do you have any problems right now you want to fix?” And usually the person will open up when you start talking about problems you know, like relationships, there’s a big one; jobs, there’s another big one; family, another big one. Usually, there’s an undercutting issue to the situation to where the person’s going out partying to try to mask what’s going on. Just get in good like we’re talking right now.  Just say “Hey, what’s going on; what’s up?  What are you trying to fix by going out and getting lambasted?”

Charlotte: That’s a really good point, and that’s a really good strategy, and I’m actually, I’m gonna, I have like two people I need to talk to.

Per: And if you want more information, okay, you’re welcome on   www.bestdrugrehabilition.com; um, there’s phone numbers you can call us. I will leave you with one of my cards. We have a whole pamphlet we send out. It’s called ’Intervention’ and we’ve all heard that word. Intervention, woo, and I hate to scare people like that, but it’s a reality. Sometimes you got to sit down and say “Hey are you gonna change, or do we have to disconnect from you?”

Charlotte: Wow!

Per: Yeah, that’s where it comes to when it gets really bad, probably where the person stops calling you, stops being your friend, and then you start to recognize the communication…

Charlotte: Or, they just get angry at you for nothing.

Per: Well, that can happen too; yeah, but you see what I mean. So, we do have help, the step by step guides that we can send out to you that are free. They don’t cost any money, and they can help you get that person the help they need, if they need it.

Charlotte: Okay

Per: The quickest thing somebody does is to say “You’re not well.” Okay a doctor, or a psychiatrist, or a psychologist says “You’re not well.” It’s great getting counseling. I’m all for somebody being able to talk, like if you and I went into the other room, we could talk about, you know a little bit more in depth privately. But, there’s natural medications out there. There’s medications like 5-HTP which is basically…..you know when you eat turkey?

Charlotte: Um, hum

Per: You know how you get tired after you eat turkey?

Charlotte: Right

Per: Tryptophan, it’s based on Tryptophan. It’s a natural medication that takes anxiety and (pushing hands down) schewwwww.  Now why wouldn’t a doctor say, “Hey, don’t take some Zoloft; why don’t you take some Tryptophan?”

Charlotte: Well, we won’t get into that; we won’t get into that. (Laughing)

Per: (laughing) But you know what I mean. So right, your niece and nephew being in that game, you can say, “Hey, try some of these.” Hey you know, and it might work and it might not be a 100 percent; nothing’s a 100 percent.

Charlotte: Right

Per: Maybe that will help you a little bit.

Charlotte: So, what am I in for after I leave you? What are you gonna pamper me with this morning?

Per: We’re gonna take that neck and we’re gonna crack it, and we’re gonna move it around, and we’re gonna make it feel so good, and you don’t need a facial. You’re gorgeous, so that’s easy; yeah, you don’t need that. And we have the massage chair, and I really do want you to rub some of this cream in with the girl that does the massage on you, and then come back and see me in about 20 minutes when you’re done. And you will go “Where do I get it at?”

Charlotte: Okay

Per: It’s that good, and we’re gonna pamper you too.

Charlotte: Thank you

Per: And some pictures, we’re gonna get some pictures.

Charlotte: I need to be pampered; thank you so much. I just wanted to say as well, when I got the press release, that’s why I wanted to come because I work in fashion and I know everybody has addiction, and I know everybody’s stressed, and I know people that are addicted, and I think what you are doing is wonderful because I totally believe in holistic medicine. I’m not a pill popper; I hate pills. I’d rather keep my cold and let it die than…

Per: Than to take a bunch of Benadryl.

Charlotte: Exactly, so thank you for having us.

Per: Very nice, very nice; thank you.

Charlotte: Stop it! (Laughing) Thank you!

Per: Thank you very much!

That Girl at the Party Interviews Per Wickstrom of Best Drug Rehabilitation

Courtney Henley-Anderson of That Girl at the Party interviews Per Wickstrom of Best Drug Rehabilitation to talk about his company, his motivation for starting a rehabilitation center, and how he overcame his past struggles.

Video transcription below:

Courtney: Hi, this is Courtney Henley-Anderson. We’re here with Per Wickstrom and we’re talking about Best Drug Rehabilitation.

Per: Hi Courtney; it’s great to be here and thanks for coming. Any questions for me?

Courtney: Yeah, tell me about what your company does.

Per: Well, what we’ve done is, we found addiction is kinda on to more of a drug format and people got away from holistic. We’re all trying to eat organic; we’re all trying to live better lives. Well, if we have a problem, whether it’s we hurt our foot, or whether we hurt our back, or whether we have a little emotional stress ‘cause we all do, why are we gonna run out and do drugs? So let’s find a holistic method to get off drugs. And, of course, there are always underlying issues we have to handle because we have issues in life. If there wasn’t, it wouldn’t be life.

Courtney: Now, will you talk a little about your pain relief cream? What’s in this and why is it different? (Pointing to Prologel)

Per: Well, this is called Prologel and what Prologel is, it was invented in 1946, but it was used as an injectable therapy that they put in under your skin. Well, a doctor in California figured out how to put it in a gel form, and it actually takes away pain.

Courtney: Okay, what are some of the properties in it?

Per: Dextrose

Courtney: Okay

Per: We’ve all heard of…it’s a sugar-based formula. Vitamin D is one of the forms you can get it in, and of course, you have the different gels to get the formula, to get the formula to get into your skin to come down. Well, what it does, the actual therapy is based on the sugar because it tricks the body into thinking you’re injured, and it rushes all the good stuff your body has to heal the injury.

Courtney: Awesome

Per: Yeah, so it’s awesome, awesome!

Courtney: Obviously, New Yorkers don’t get enough sleep because we’re all running our businesses: we have second jobs and third jobs and fourth jobs. You want to tell me a little about sleep vites?

Per: Sure, you probably are like most of us and don’t sleep either, do you?

Courtney: No

Per: No, no; we work 16-hour days and we get about four or five hours a night.

Courtney: Yes

Per: Me too. So, we got together with a doctor, and we use this in our treatment. You know for people who have addictions, of course coming off drugs they’re not getting the right kind of sleep. So instead of looking for something natural, they go to the doctor and he gives them some form of western medicine which is a drug. You know, and that doesn’t help because it’s just a replacement; it’s replacement therapy. It’s not getting something that’s gonna work. So Dr. Price came up with a sleep package, as we call it, that puts a lot of holistic like Tryptophan, Melatonin, Magnesium. If you don’t know what Magnesium is, it’s what your back produces when you sleep at night, and calcium together in a powder and you take it like a fizzy. You pour the powder in warm water, and you drink it down, and this also comes with a guarantee. And if you take this, take a walk before you go to bed, come back, half hour you’ll be asleep.

Courtney: I will?

Per: How does that sound?

Courtney: Awesome!      (Inaudible)

Per: It introduces you more holistically to something besides taking drugs, and that’s what we’re all about.

Courtney: Okay, and also tell me about…are you seeing an increase in prescription drug addiction? What are the major addictions that people have now?

Per: The major addiction in the, in my market place since 2006, and I’ve been in this business for 12 years, is going to Oxycodone, probably heard of those, Xanax, probably heard of that; of course, those are the two biggest. It seems to me, you know, we have pain and instead of handling our pain, like there’s other things like acupuncture, massage; you know Cygalle’s got the massage going on right now. Get a nice massage, there’s the gel. Instead of handling those pains, we’re trying to mask them. And then what happens after you’ve taken drugs so long?  Your body starts to build up a resistance; then it becomes an addiction. And when it becomes an addiction, then you have to come see me. And you don’t want that to happen.

Courtney: Okay, and then also I’m really concerned about children living with this.

Per: Yep

Courtney: I find people with the ADD thing; it’s exploded. The kid’s a little active; suddenly he needs to be drugged.  Are we seeing a lot of people like that, that were drugged as teens 10-15 years ago now addicted to other things?

Per: Well, our society has become, and you probably know this; we all want to get fixed as fast as possible. Right? When you get a cold, you go to the doctor; you want the doctor to fix you right away. You don’t want the doctor to take time and actually …you know, I want my cold fixed, or you go and you have a broken leg; you want the leg to heal. Or you hurt your foot; you want it to get better. You want it as fast as possible. The problem with young people is, and the problem with Ritalin; Ritalin is a class II narcotic. It’s a derivative based simply almost like cocaine. And they give it to kids under ten years old. But, weren’t we all kinda rowdy when we were young?

Courtney: Right! Yeah!

Per: Yeah, I can tell you were rowdy, and I was rowdy definitely. Why are we trying to put them on drugs? Let’s find out what their underlying issues are, and let’s handle the individual. If he is rowdy, let’s give him more games to play. Let’s not try and make him go sit in the corner. ‘Cause what happens when you wanna run around and they make you sit in the corner? You get anxiety, then you go see the doctor. Well then you’re back. They form this as badness, and it’s not bad, to be rowdy and to have fun. Isn’t’ that what life really is?

Courtney: Right!

Per: So yes, you brought up a major concern. We have over 10 million kids on Ritalin and it’s not the fix to the problem. The fix is to make them have more fun, work harder, and you know there’s natural things out there they can take, like the Tryptophan, like ah 5HTP. 5HTP is a natural medication to deal with the stresses of life.

Steve Machat and His Daughter

Hi, my name is Steven Machat. I’m a citizen of the United States, and I met Per because he runs a drug rehab – it’s called Best Drug Rehab.  I was in need of trying to find an alternative method of helping my daughter.  I learned the hard way all these answers, when my daughter became inflicted with the need to do drugs.  She’s been in almost every (whatever you want to call it), I call it prisons, but she’s been in almost every one of these drug rehab prisons because they make a lot of money out of you.  And what they do is a pharmaceutical game – they put you on these pills and then you have to come back to get the pill.

So I love my daughter, and I’ve suffered, and she’s been looking to figure out what is her reason to be.  Hopefully, Margo will rebound and become the light  for people that are looking for a reason to be.

A mutual friend of ours, Per’s and mine, said “Steven, I may have the answer for your daughter.  This is a company that does not allow them to take pills.”  So when Margo had her latest breakdown, because she’s been on the path and she’s trying to get it together, and she’s so bright, but she fights that bright with darkness because she’s scared of who and what she can be.  But sooner or later I pray every day that she’ll step into her shoes.  And so, I met Per and Per said to me, “There’s no drugs here,”
[one_half] So with Per, my daughter went to his place, I’ll say February 1st, and she graduated from his course.  She was off drugs, and it was a very happy time when I went there in May and she was working with him.  I ran around Michigan; it was lovely; I love Michigan, I had never been to Michigan.
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She was off drugs, and it was a very happy time

So I thought Per’s company would help Margo with love, but Margo has demons – we all have demons.  And she fell into her demons again.  And she escaped from reality and she ran off and ended up in Charleston, West Virginia, and it broke my heart.  So I ended up, I ended up getting her back to Per so she could detox.  And she went back to Per, and for whatever reason the personalities and everything at this place didn’t work; or maybe Margo was basically cured.

So Margo got angry; she had to be there because I know one truth: when you’re ready to stop living on drugs, to put shadows on your lights with ceilings, you don’t need anyone.  And maybe my daughter at that moment in time was really ready, so she escaped.  With anger she was striking out that she was there.  She wrote things that one day she’ll regret, because I believe my daughter needs to live in love.

Right now she’s in LA  – I was visiting with her.  I believe, and I’m a father so besides believing, I’m hoping it to be true – I believe she’s ready to move forward. And if my daughter can teach the lessons of the misery caused by drugs, making no thought except being an animal – drugs make you an animal because you have no love, it shuts it off.  They end up robbing you; they end up stealing from you, and they end up piercing your heart.

My daughter right now, and I thank Per, because you know something?  We learned it in mathematics: a negative and a negative can make a positive.  I believe my daughter is clean: she’s at home, she’s working, she’s talking, she’s reading, and she’s engaging with me.  And I hope it’s alright, and I thank Per.

Things don’t turn out rosie, but if they turn out in light, then there’s brightness.  I’ve no problem with Per; I have no problem with what he did, and I’m speaking as the father of the Machats.

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