Addiction & Pain Relief- 9 2/8/2018

Reagan Houston, MS, PE. Copy write and free to copy

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Introduction   This article explains both drug addiction and chronic pain control. Drug addicts often want to recover. People can stop the craving in several hours or days with vitamin C in the form of sodium ascorbate (or ascorbic acid when so labeled.) Ascorbate is the active molecule. And if they continue the vitamin C, they can end their addiction. If they start drugs again, they can recover with vitamin C.

Many people with back pain or other chronic pain could stop the pain. They can often continue the vitamin C to stay pain free. Vitamin C can be continued safely for years. Vitamin C is economical, safe, available and can often strengthen your health. It is not addictive.

Deaths from all legal and illegal drugs caused over 135 daily deaths in 2014 and probably more this year.1 Vitamin C can stop the narcotic craving, stop the pain even from cancer, and could allow a person to stop the narcotic intake without miserable withdrawal pains, although diarrhea may occur.

Doctors have not solved the drug problem and neither have the ministers, lawyers, drug companies, or the police. My aim is for ordinary people struggling with pain or addiction to solve or at least decrease the problem. If they knew a simple, economical, at-home therapy for drug addiction, many could decide to stop the craving and save much money. Drug addicts would regain control of their lives. Here’s how it has been done.

Examples In the 1980s, Ewan Cameron, Consultant Surgeon in a Scottish hospital, was treating cancer patients who had pain from cancer that was expanding within bone and were receiving narcotics.2 His treatment was sodium ascorbate as a possible cancer therapy. The patients were regularly given 10 grams (10,000 mg) per day of vitamin C as sodium ascorbate. About a week after starting the sodium ascorbate the 5 patients had little pain, no craving, and stopped asking for narcotics. The patients had no withdrawal symptoms. As long as they received sodium ascorbate they were craving-free and pain-free. Diarrhea can be a problem but Cameron’s patients probably had little or no diarrhea since Cameron did not mention diarrhea.

Vitamin C can control both pain and craving.

In 1977, Alfred Libby, MD, a family doctor and Irwin Stone, MD, a researcher of vitamin C, were treating street drug addicts. They suggested that vitamin C mimics morphine and is absorbed on the opiate receptor sites in the brain while displacing the narcotics.3 Opiate receptors are groups of protein cells on the semipermeable cell membranes that combine with opium-like compounds to provide pain relief and cause addiction. When the opiate receptors were loaded with narcotic signals, pain was much less. Large doses of vitamin C can displace both the pain signals and narcotics off of the opiate receptors. Vitamin C has controlled pain without nasty withdrawal side effects.3

Libby would start drug addicts with at least 25 grams of the sodium ascorbate in milk taken in a 3 or 4-hour period. If this did not stop the craving he would increase the first-day dose up to 85 grams or more. This dose was continued for 3 or 4 days total until craving stopped and diarrhea started. Then he decreased the sodium ascorbate to 10 grams per day or less to maintain pain control but stop diarrhea.4 Of Libby’s first 30 drug addicts, all 30 were cured of craving. L. Benade reported that if your blood has too much glucose from sugar then vitamin C cannot enter cells.4 However we can take vitamin C 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

In the 1980s, Robert Cathcart, MD, was one of the few physicians who treated his patients with high doses of vitamin C, up to 200 grams per day.5 Cathcart had pain from his eye surgery.6 As his initial narcotic was wearing off, he started taking ascorbic acid at 12 grams every 15 minutes for 90 minutes for a total dose of 72 grams. This large dose loaded the receptors with ascorbic acid. Then he had “absolutely no pain.” Next he dropped the vitamin C to a small variable dose of about 1 to 10 grams per day of vitamin C, a dose that maintained the pain control but was not enough to cause diarrhea and again he reported no pain.


Cecilia England, my friend who lives in Landrum, South Carolina, had an infected tooth with a pain level of 8 to 9 out of 10 maximum. She took no pain control, only antibiotics. Pushed by the pain, she took 70 grams of ascorbic acid pills in 90 minutes. After about 4 hours, the pain stopped but diarrhea started and lasted about 12 hours. Four hours was the time needed for ascorbate to move from the stomach into the receptors, as I see it. She has been taking 1 to 3 grams of vitamin C daily to be pain free for a month and continuing. If pain returns she can start high dose vitamin C to repeat the process.

The ascorbate saturated receptors leave enough vitamin C in the blood to cause diarrhea, a common situation. The time to saturate and then purge the receptors varies with the vitamin C dose.


Choices we can choose about 70 grams of ascorbic acid for a short time to stop the pain in 4 hours, plus diarrhea for 12 hours or we can choose about 10 grams of sodium ascorbate per day to stop the pain in a week with little or no diarrhea. Your choice:-pain or diarrhea?

Oral vitamin C controlled pain in a few hours or days.


Addiction control is simple if a person is eating a balanced diet. He or she can continue the narcotics but add 10 or 15 grams of sodium ascorbate each day in 3 or 4 spaced doses. After about a week, the craving should stop or decrease greatly. When the craving for narcotics stops, the narcotics can also be stopped. Then lower the vitamin C dose to control craving without diarrhea.

If patients are malnourished, they may not be able to digest a regular diet of carbohydrates, fat, and protein. They may need the routine used by Dr. Libby described above or down loaded from reference.3 Archie Kalokerinos, MD, recommends help from a suitable professional so patients can learn to eat a balanced diet and receive proper vitamins, minerals, and training in healthy eating.7


Pain Control  For chronic or extreme pain, vitamin C as either ascorbic acid or sodium ascorbate can often stop the pain. Vitamin C can be given at about 70 grams per day as pills in liquid (or sodium ascorbate powder, 8 tablespoons in milk) consumed in 2 hours. About 4 hours later pain may stop and diarrhea may start. Diarrhea can last 12 hours. After diarrhea stops, the vitamin C can be lowered to 1 to 3 grams per day of vitamin C or more. Pain relief may last a month or more. If extreme pain returns, the procedure can be repeated. Must the extreme pain be allowed for 4 hours? Ask your doctor for enough narcotics or other pain medicine to decrease the pain for 4 hours. Patients may try 25 grams of vitamin C instead of 70 but response times will vary for each individual and each vitamin C dosage.


Discussion   Dr. Libby suggested that about 30 grams of sodium ascorbate be administered to the patients by IV near the end of surgery to waken the patient in the operating room.3 Addiction can be controlled short term by stopping the narcotic intake and letting the body slowly clear the opiate receptors, a highly uncomfortable, lengthy “withdrawal.”


To help drug addicts, methadone is available as a legal narcotic to replace illegal narcotics. In practice, methadone has side effects as bad as other narcotics and may leave patients anxious to get a shot of regular narcotics.3 Methadone has not been helpful at stopping addiction. Attempts to lower the number or strength of narcotic doses has not solved the US drug problem.


Your doctor may be uncomfortable with high doses of vitamin C. Most doctors are never taught how to use vitamins for therapy, including vitamin C. The FDA recommends 2 grams (2,000 mg) per day as a normal maximum for people. I wish the FDA would recommend the proper doses for sick people. Two grams of vitamin C per day does not heal addiction. Dr. Cathcart gave some of his patients 200 grams per day of vitamin C.5


Vitamin C treatment for addiction can be used no matter how long the person has been a drug addict or the types of drugs used. People can save their marriages and jobs. They can take better care of their children. They can even save their friends. Since narcotics harm the body, addicts might also improve their own health with vitamin C. Patients are in charge of their health.


If my back had chronic pain so that narcotics helped the pain but added the well-known side effects of constipation and fuzzy thinking, I would take vitamin C.

With the present US drug addiction problem, vitamin C could be a great help in decreasing the number of drug addicts. Easy, economical, control of chronic pain and addiction could lower the cost of health care and possibly lower our national debt. Vitamin C can provide relief for many with chronic pain. With pain under control, narcotics may be used less and for shorter intervals. Pain may stop being a cause of addiction.


Disclaimer. This article is a compilation of scientific studies and papers describing research and opinions on the health benefits of vitamins and nutritional supplements in the prevention and treatment of various health conditions. This article is educational and is not intended as medical advice, as the author is not a physician. This article contains certain of the author’s opinions and is not intended as a substitute for recognized treatment modalities or the advice of your physician. The author’s objective is to provide readers with a summary of certain scientific literature so they can consult their doctors and draw their own conclusions concerning the role of vitamins in the treatment and prevention of their health issues and concerns. Every individual’s physical condition and response to vitamins is unique. The opinions contained in this article have not been evaluated the U. S. Food and Drug Administration.


Reagan Houston, MS, PE. a professional chemical engineer at age 95, lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA. When diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer 21 years ago, he controlled the cancer with vitamins and some hormones. He never needed nor had surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. With vitamins, diuretics and a pacemaker he controlled his congestive heart failure. He has published two books on cancer and health. His blog and web site is He can be reached at He is hard of hearing, so please use email.


  1. Annual Causes of Death in US. Drug War Facts, 2014. Downloaded 2/13/2017.
  2. Cameron E & Pauling L. Cancer and Vitamin C. 1993, Camino Books. Philadelphia.
  3. Libby AF and Stone I. The Hypoascorbemia-Kwashiorkor approach to drug addiction: a pilot study. Orthomolecular Psychiatry. 1977; 6(4): 300-308.
  4. Benade L, Howard T, and Burke D. Synergistic killings of Ehrlich ascites carcinoma cells by ascorbate and 3 amino-1, 2, 4-triazole. Oncology. 1969; 23:33-43, at the National Cancer Institute.
  5. Cathcart, Robert. Vitamin C, Titrating to Bowel Tolerance, Anascorbemia, and Acute Induced Scurvy. Medical Hypotheses, 1981.7:1359-1376. Downloaded 4/12/2017.
  6. Cathcart, Robert, Vitamin C in high doses provides significant pain relief. Date unknown. He died in 2007. Downloaded July 7, 2017.
  7. Kalokerinos A, Dettman G. Orthomolecular Treatment of Drug Addiction, A First Australian

Report, 1953.


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