Patient discussion about chocolate

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Q. Is it possible to be addicted to chocolate?

I love chocolate and eat at least a bar a day. Does this mean I am addicted to it?
A1few of my friends are addicted to dark chocolate, the really dark once. But I do believe its easy to quit (if you can resist that good taste), one of my friend eat dark chocolate just to help her fall asleep, which is very weird. But after she cured her sleeping problem she stopped eating.
A2Here is an article I found about chocolaholics that you might like:
http://www.chocolate.org/addiction.html
and a movie about chocolaholics that might interest you: http://www.5min.com/Video/Chocoholic-on-a-Diet-30427447
A3as far as i know no one is sure, that's because in chocolate there are a lot of other materials, depending on the quality of it. there is a theory that people who has low levels of serotonin in their brain eat more chocolate and by that increase the amount of serotonin in the brain(serotonin plays an important role as a neurotransmitter in the modulation of anger, aggression, body temperature, mood, sleep, sexuality, appetite, and metabolism).
some people say there is a psychological addiction to chocolate.
but as far as i know no one proofed coco as an addictive material.

Q. my friend ate a bar of chocolate and now her left neck gland is swollen any ideas why?

no other symptoms
A1it can be an infection -just like brandon said- or although this is rare, it can also be an allergic reaction.
if it is an infection, you can usually find such other infection symptoms like : fever, pain in that swollen area, increased white blood cells (in blood work test), etc.

if it is an allergy, usually it will fade away itself in couple of days, or you can just try to consume anti-allergic drugs, such as : loratadine and maybe combined with dexamethasone.

Good luck, and stay healthy always..
A2if you mean the lymph nodes - lymph nodes swell when there's an infection. when something penetrate the body and survive the first attack of the immune system, the immune system in the lymph nodes near the infection get activated. but i don't see a connection between eating a chocolate bar and that...unless there's something i don't know about chocolate and lymph nodes.

Q. What is good about having chocolate and what is bad as I heard it effects to our joints…?

Hi, I am a chocolate lover and wanted to know what is good about having chocolate and what is bad as I heard it effects to our joints….?
A1i love chocolate. i especially like dark, concentrated chocolates. so i looked it up to find some medical info about it. i encountered this article in pubmed:
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/121490920/PDFSTART

i'm not sure you'll have access to it but it generally gives a list of beneficial virtues of chocolate- increase cell survival and such . but all this experiments done on rats and with a great amount of chocolate.
A2Chocolate, specially the dark ones have antioxidant which is good for your health. It has so many extra calories that the lovers of chocolate have it a lot because of its taste and forgets to limit on it and so gets overweight. This overweight may have problem related to your joints but not the chocolate.
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