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Dr. Donald Hilton delivered this Keynote address at the Utah Coalition Against Pornography Conference in Salt Lake City in March, 2014.
Pornography has become the new religion for millions, who worship its power. Its ability to effect chaos rests in its role as a solvent. A solvent is chemical that dissolves things. Pornography is an emotional solvent; it dissolves relationships of all kinds, and dehumanizes and commoditizes people. It is addictive, and I do not use that word lightly. It has the power to affect the brain’s reward center in a profound and very biologically fundamental way. Those who have become addicted will value other human interactions less, not only relationships with spouses and children, but professional focus and friendships as well.
Dr. Hilton is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio and serves as director of neurosurgical training for the residency program at the Methodist Hospital rotation. He travels and speaks nationally and internationally, and has published book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, with special interest in minimally invasive spinal surgery and in neural mechanisms involving addiction and recovery, including the book He Restoreth My Soul.
He is currently listed in Best Doctors in America, is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
He serves on the board of directors of The National Center on Sexual Exploitation and on the board of advisors of S.A. Lifeline foundation.