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William Philpott, M.D., a psychiatrist practicing in Oklahoma City, presented a talk at the 133rd Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in May 8, 1980. He discusses biochemical mechanisms which he believes play the primary role in various forms of addiction and ecological illness. He states that frequent contact with foods, chemicals and inhalants will stress the body chemistry. When the biological limits of tolerance are met, the body undergoes an adaptive mechanism, whereupon it becomes addicted to the substance.