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When writing, Exit the Maze — One Addiction, One Cause, One Cure, I discovered something so stunning, I could hardly believe my eyes. Statistics from the World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, National Institute for Health, and others, revealed the facts I’d always suspected, but never knew for sure. For years, we’ve been hearing that the three major causes of death are heart disease, cancer, and accidents, followed by lung disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Pneumonia, Nephritis, and suicide. But, unfortunately, we’ve been hoodwinked into a big illusion, and now I’ll explain why.

While it’s true that heart disease is the number one cause of death, what isn’t emphasized is the actual causes of heart disease. And poor diet, smoking, lack of physical activity, caused by ingesting excessive amounts of sugar and fast foods, and toxic substances, which causes the symptoms; clogged arteries, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc., are what cause the deadly illnesses. In other words, people are eating, drinking, smoking, and ingesting chemicals and foods to the extent that they are fueling their own heart disease without any conscious awareness!!!

But let’s not stop there, let’s keep going down the list. Cancer, lung and respiratory failure, Diabetes II, stroke, kidney failure — the research is the same: food, smoking, and substances, and lack of activity are the major causes. Accidents — many due to impairment or addictive texting. Suicide: substance abusers are at the highest risk.

Are you getting the picture? An addiction is anything that a person keeps doing in spite of negative consequences. Almost all illnesses are caused by behavior that continues in spite of negative consequences (an addiction). And, ALMOST EVERYONE who is ill or dies from these top major illnesses, doesn’t even realize that addiction is what caused their deadly disease.

The time has come for us to Exit the Maze of denial and embrace the freedom of truth. Blame serves no purpose, but we can join together and save lives. Now is the time for freedom and the happiness and good health that we were born to have. Take hold of the truth that is available to you and choose love instead of all the many things we’ve substituted for IT.


If you want to connect with Dr. Donna Marks, and find out about her tools and programs on how to Reclaim Your Power Over Addiction, visit her website

About the Author — Dr. Donna Marks is a licensed psychotherapist and an addictions counselor in Palm Beach, Florida. She has worked with over 6,000 clients. Donna became interested in working with addiction because she had to overcome her own addiction and couldn’t find the proper help. Eventually, she learned that rather than trying to “get well,” she had to learn to love herself. This realization completely turned her life around. In 1989, as part of her award-winning doctoral degree, Donna developed a chemical dependency training program at Palm Beach Community College, which has grown into a four-year degree. She is a certified Gestalt Therapist, Psychoanalyst, Hypnotist, and Sex Therapist. For 30 years, she has also taught A Course in Miracles.

Donna is the author of two books: LearnGrow, Forgive: A Path to Spiritual Success and Exit the Maze: One Addiction, One Cause, One Cure.

Donna is a public speaker and has shared her methods with hundreds of thousands of listeners on podcasts and radio shows. 561–436–9360

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