The stage of recovery immediately after stopping the use of heroin is often known as detox. Detox is necessary because the effects of heroin are strong in the body and results in stress in the person who has just stopped heroin use. The detox period is used to decrease stress in the heroin addict. Actual recovery is usually 3-6 months or longer, but detox is usually the 3-4 week period of time right after stopping heroin, when it is the most stressful.
Buprenex can make the detox period less stressful because it has the ability to stop withdrawal symptoms of opiate addiction. Buprenex is an analgesic and has low level abuse potential. Buprenex is still not FDA approved but the company that makes it, Reckitt and Coleman, says FDA approval may be soon. Buprenex has several trade names. In the United States it is called Buprenorphine and has been used for decades as a painkiller. The trade name Buprenex will be for the use to stop opiate withdrawal symptoms.
Buprenex can make detox a lot less stressful by stopping withdrawal symptoms. The stress of withdrawal, aside from being painful, creates many negative effects in the body. When repeated heroin use is stopped, without using Buprenex, various systems in the body become over-stimulated, no longer inhibited by heroin. This creates many reactions in the body that continue until the body is exhausted and the withdrawal pain subsides. Heroin addicts are already handicapped by many problems of addiction and severe withdrawal pain is an additional load of stress to the body.
Dr. Bob is mentioned many times on this web site. He was a MD of internal medicine, orthomolecular doctor, MD psychiatrist, chiropractor, and healer for 65 years. He was also a diabetic who lived to 108 years with only 1 side effect 2 years before he passed away. He began treating addicts in the 1930's and continued to treat them into the 1990's. The system of medicine he practiced is called orthomolecular medicine, the use of natural substances that are non-toxic and safe in a wide range of dose. Dr. Bob said Buprenorphine, although not completely an orthomolecular substance, was as close as you can get to orthomolecular and its benefits far outweigh its low toxic level. After 65 years of treating addicts during the detox stage, Dr. Bob said the best way he found to decrease stress in a heroin addict was large doses of buffered vitamin C powder. The doses are 30 grams or more spread out over 12 or more hours each day. Vitamin C powder comes in different forms such as calcium ascorbate, magnesium ascorbate, and other ascorbates. Dr. Bob liked to mix up the different minerals to balance the vitamin C effect in the body. Also, he preferred calcium because it has a calming effect, and magnesium has a stimulating effect.
Vitamin C has many uses in the body, such as it is a major component of collagen, it is the main vitamin that runs the immune system, it is an important part of the detox system, and many other vital attributes. In relation to detoxing the body, it is an electron donor. The body repairs and detoxes itself mainly by the use of antioxidants. Antioxidants work by giving away or losing electrons. Vitamin C is involved in many detox aspects by supplying extra electrons so the detox can continue longer. In other words vitamin C refuels the detox system. If a car runs out of gas, it can be in perfectly fine condition, but it can no longer run and this is the same idea of how vitamin C works to aid detox. Vitamin C refuels the detox system when it becomes depleted of electrons and this allows the detox system to work harder and longer.
The dose of vitamin C Dr. Bob used is called 80 per cent bowel tolerance, a concept in orthomolecular medicine. The body works by pathways. As long as the body needs extra electrons for detox, more vitamin C is needed. When the detox system has enough electrons and it no longer needs vitamin C as an electron donor, it sends vitamin C into metabolic pathways, not detox pathways, and only small amounts of vitamin C are needed in the metabolic pathways. When too much vitamin C is in the metabolic pathways, the body gets rid of it in the form of watery stools or diarrhea. Therefore you can find your vitamin C dose by taking constant amounts of vitamin C every couple of hours until you get watery stools. As long as you do not get watery stools the body is most likely using vitamin C in the detox pathways. When you get watery stools this probably means the detox pathways have enough vitamin C and now the excess vitamin C is being moved to the metabolic pathways. When you get watery stools this is called bowel tolerance. For more information on 80 per cent bowel tolerance, the entire method is explained in the article on this web site, "Overlooked Cure for Terminal Illness." Usually a person only needs small amounts of vitamin C for usual functions, however vitamin C is important in detox in the body and due to great stress from heroin use large amounts of vitamin C can be used to donate electrons to the body. Healthy people can usually only take small amounts of vitamin C until they experience watery stools. Dr. Bob had some heroin addicts, who are usually very sick, using 50 grams of buffered vitamin C powder or more a day. When I had a kidney infection, I used over 50 grams of vitamin C powder for many days. I felt almost no pain and I was able to go to work and I felt this was due to the high dose of vitamin C.
Furthermore, a great deal of detox in the body is accomplished by antioxidants, the substances the body uses to repair and heal. The main ones Dr Bob recommended during the detox period for heroin addicts, are 600 grams a day of alpha lipoic acid a day in divided doses, 800-1600 I.U. of dry vitamin E a day in divided doses, 150 mcg of selenium a day, preferably selenomethionine, and 30 grams or more a day of vitamin C, spread out over a 24-hour period. Dr. Bob felt this was the optimal method to use to detox from the great stress of heroin addiction. Dr. Bob also advised 60 mg of CoQ10 a day for women and 100 mg for men. Although CoQ10 can work as an antioxidant in the body, the main reason Dr. Bob included it as part of detox, is it boosts energy at the cell level and to resist stress the body needs as much energy as it can get.
In conclusion, detox is necessary to relieve stress from
heroin addiction. After 65 years of experience, Dr. Bob felt that the fastest
method to reduce stress from repeated heroin use was to use Buprenorphine, use
30 grams or more a day of buffered vitamin C powder using different mineral
forms such as calcium ascorbate, use antioxidants, and use CoQ10. The faster you
eliminate stress from the body the faster is your recovery. The better your
recovery the greater are the chances you can resist relapse. Therefore treat the
detox period wisely as an opportunity not just to stop heroin addiction, but
also as a time to repair and heal the body. Dr. Bob often said, "good luck
and may heaven's blessings be yours."
Note Ė In order for these anti-aging ideas to be successful, you must use supplements of the highest quality. Dr. Bob often said, "almost all supplement companies produce poor quality." You can consider the product page of this web site. Almost all the products met Dr. Bobís approval. Since he passed away we have attempted to keep the same high standards.
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