Addiction (to hand phone) – a cover up for pain?

I would like to relate an example of ‘extreme’ addiction to the mobile phone – One Sunday, a mother together with three of her teenage children walked into a church for religious service. One of her girls started to surf using her mobile. She continues to do this throughout the service without paying attention to the sermon. Alright, never mind. After communion (which is a very sacred moment for Christians), instead of spending time in reflection or even a short period of prayer, she immediately surf again.

Similarly, are your children talking to you during dinner time or busy with their phone?

We may feel disappointed with their behavior. However, there may be an underlying cause for this addictive behavior.

From a nutritional biochemistry’s perspective, any form of addiction ( whether is alcohol, mobile phone or even busyness) is associated with lower endorphin level in our blood and the brain. Endorphin is a natural pain killer; a kind of ‘high’ you may experience after a workout.

Therefore addictive behavior like the one described may be a cover up for pain. Life is too painful and too stressful. We don’t want to resolve our pain but to cover up with alcohol or what most people in Singapore do – sink ourselves into a world of fairy tale dramas, heavy metal music and information overload. It is well noted that obsessive compulsive behavior is a sign of addiction.

Is this healthy for your mind, body and soul? As long as we don’t resolve our pain, we experience it in other ways – chronic allergies, insomnia, anxiety, depression, suicidal tendency, inflammation, skin diseases, digestive disorder, heart attack etc.


About Sebastian Liew

Matthew Wood, the renowned American herbalist described Sebastian as ‘one of the most unique and talented practitioners of natural healing and herbalism.’ The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew 'The Medicine Man'. Indeed, Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist (accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia), with a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and is known to popularize phytotherapy (Western herbal medicine), European traditional medicine, and St Hildegard medicine (Germany) in Singapore and probably in Asia. Sebastian has 20 years clinical work experiences and treated numerous patients with different medical conditions from all age groups in his Singapore clinic. Sebastian authored the book, Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living a Healing Life, which set the fundamentals for healthy aging and the prevention or treatment for almost all diseases. Please visit website
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