Monday, October 20, 2008

America's Most Unusual Addictions

America's Most Unusual Addictions - 2 - Addiction - MSN Health & Fitness: "'One of the most unusual issues I've treated is a reading addiction,' says psychiatrist Dr. Harold Levinson, M.D. Surprisingly, an inner- ear disorder can lead to this addiction. The inner ear fine-tunes the brain's concentration and sensory systems. A dysfunction in the inner ear leads to scrambled signals and impaired concentration, which disrupts the normal reading process. This can lead to reading problems, anxiety, restlessness and even phobias.

After treating the inner ear disorder, the reverse can happen: people become addicted to reading because they can now read clearly and easily—and they love it!"

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