By Jane Velez-Mitchell
American citizens are being lured into dependancy. And what we are addicted to is not unavoidably unlawful or maybe difficult to come back through. Prescription drugs are making us excessive. speedy foodstuff is making us fats. the web retains us continually distracted with every little thing from playing and porn to compulsive social networking. tv bombards us with glamorized violence. From billboards, to on-line pop ups, to ads. . . we are seduced into deciding to buy extra stuff we do not want whereas we drown in starting to be debt. giant earnings fill the wallet of a handful of 'pushers' on the rate of everybody else. organisations, executive, and the media are developing the semblance that the extra we have now, the higher we're, and so we crave no matter what they're promoting and turn into hooked on their items within the procedure. americans are being seduced into self-destructivebehavior on a mass scale. it is time to take our strength again. In her trademark no-holds-barred type, Jane Velez-Mitchell asks, 'Do you really need to be a slave, current simply to make another individual wealthy and powerful?' If the answer's no, then learn this publication. Addict state is our blueprint for swap, yet first we needs to see what's quite happening. this is often an intervention!
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