Drug addiction is a terrifying condition. Victims feel hopeless and abandoned since the common therapies of methadone or “cold turkey” are almost as bad as the addiction. In one test, vitamin C gave a temporary cure to 30 out of 30 drug addicts taking several types of drugs. Vitamin C gives an easy, quick, and painless remedy. Even better, it is safe, especially when it helps a drug addict stop an unsafe lifestyle.
In 1977, Alfred Libby and Irwin Stone (1, 2) realized that addiction is both a disease and also poor nutrition. Addicts are very sick people. Having lost their appetite, they are deficient in vitamin C, (ascorbic acid) other vitamins, minerals, and protein. Defective genes, or bad lifestyle may have contributed to the disease, but therapy is almost useless until their health is restored by good nutrition. They knew that Ewan Cameron (3) had had cancer patients on heavy doses of morphine-type painkillers. When vitamin C stopped the pain for five cancer patients, the patients wanted no morphine and little or no analgesic-type pain control. Importantly, they had no withdrawal symptoms.
Stone suggested that ascorbate mimics morphine and probably fits into the opiate receptor sites. Ascorbate apparently displaces the opiate molecules adsorbed into brain sites. Based on the limited tests to date, patients and their friends should work with a qualified dietician or family doctor. Libby and Stone used the regimen in Table 1.
Table 1. Regimen for Drug Addicts
· Stop intake of drugs or Methadone.
· Fortunately, all types of drugs were treatable.
· Dissolve 25 to 85 grams (2-1/3 to 8 tablespoons) of sodium ascorbate powder in milk and have the patients drink it during the day.
· If patent is unconscious give 30 grams of sodium ascorbate by IV,
· Adjust dose up or down according to the estimated drug intake. An over-dose is much preferred to an under-dose, which may be useless. Continue to adjust dose to almost cause diarrhea.
· Give one or two good multivitamin tablets, 2 vitamin B-50 tablets, a mineral tablet, and 400 mg of vitamin E containing d- alpha tocopherol.
· Give nine tablespoons of predigested protein such as PHH Pro liquid protein, from Bronson Pharmaceuticals or Prevenix Pharmacal Co. Other types of liquid protein from a health food store should also work. Hold protein in mouth as long as comfortable since digestion is upset at first. Stop protein when eating is normal.
· All doses are widely variable and adjusted for each patient.
· The vitamin C is started as soon as possible in divided doses through the day. Other items are also given in divided doses.
· Continue full dose for 4 to 6 days and then slowly decrease the vitamin C down to 10 to 30 grams/day. Also drop other doses accordingly. Continue the lower doses indefinitely or as needed.
· If withdrawal symptoms recur, increase vitamin C dose.
Table 2. What Happens to Patients after Starting Vitamin C?
· One incoherent patient received 30 grams of vitamin C. In 45 minutes he could hold a normal conversation!
· After 12 to 24 hours, appetite begins to return, mental alertness and visual acuity are improved.
· Patient is often amazed that treatment is working without another narcotic.
· After 2 or 3 days, patient feels fine, and he or she can sleep.
· One patient took 45 grams of vitamin C in milk. Then, 5 hours later, he took a heavy dose of heroin but felt no effect! Vitamin C stops the desire for drugs! (1)
Libby and Stone have demonstrated a simple but effective method of temporarily curing 30 out of 30 drug addicts regardless of the type of drug. Their cure is temporary since patients could be followed for only about 30 days. This did not give time to evaluate and treat the basic causes of the addictions. However treatment for the basic cause can proceed with greater expectation of success since the patients have become properly nourished.
Table 3. Advantages of the Libby/Stone Regimen
· Addictive substances of many types when taken in excess can accumulate in the opiate receptors in the brain.
· Accumulated substances, AS, can cause pleasure, pain, sleep, sleeplessness, demand for more, and side effects.
· Adequate vitamin C relieves pain, constipation, sleeplessness, and most side effects.
· AS can be displaced from the brain typically in a week or less without a hangover.
· Damage caused by AS can often be repaired by proper nutrition. Vitamin C and nutrition may have to be continued indefinitely but at lower dosages.
· The addiction therapy of Libby and Stone is widely applicable to hard drugs, (1) alcohol, (4) tobacco, (5, page 154) caffeine, (5, page 98) anesthesia, (1) and sugar. (5, page 153)
One alcoholic was able to free herself from addiction so that she could have an occasional cocktail without having a second one! (4)
With anesthesia, vitamin C may be discontinued a few days before scheduled surgeries and anesthesia. If not, extra anesthesia is required to displace the vitamin C from the opiate receptors. When surgery is finished, 30 to 50 grams of sodium ascorbate might be administered to remove unneeded anesthesia and often waken the patient while still in the operating room.
- Libby AF & Stone I. The Hypoascorbemia-Kwashiorkor approach to drug addiction: a pilot study. Orthomolecular Psychiatry. 1977; 6(4): 300-308. To download article, Google “Libby Stone drug addiction.”
- Stone I. The Healing Factor – Vitamin C against Disease. 1972, New York, NY:Grosset and Dunlap.
- Cameron E & Baird GM. Ascorbic acid and dependence on opiates in patients with advanced disseminated cancer. Letters to the Editor. J International Research Communication. 1973; 1(6):33.
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