Heroin Addicts & Constipation

One problem that many heroin addicts have is constipation. The reason is heroin affects the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for most functions that are automatic, such as control of digestion, control of heartbeat, control of organ functions, and so on. The small intestines are part of the autonomic nervous system and are greatly affected by heroin use. The small intestines often do not work optimally in heroin addicts and this results in poor movement of feces along the small intestine. The reduced efficiency and function of the small intestines is what can lead to constipation in heroin addicts.

It is important for heroin addicts to improve this condition for many reasons. The feces, when rid from the body, are at least 40% composed of dead bacteria. The feces also contain bile that rids the body of toxic fats and other substances. The feces are basically eliminating toxic substances from the body. Constipation slows down this elimination process and backs everything up in the small intestine. Toxic substances are remaining longer in the body and some of these substances may be reabsorbed back into the body, other substances may break down further and become more toxic, and other problems resulting from the longer time of elimination. This stresses the immune system, this stresses the detox aspects of the body, this stresses organs such as the liver, and other stresses.

There are many excellent reasons to remain not constipated. Dr. Bob is mentioned many times on this web site. He was a M.D. internal medicine, orthomolecular doctor, M.D. psychiatrist, chiropractor, and healer 65 years. He was a diabetic who lived to 108 years with only 1 side effect 2 years before he passed away. Dr. Bob treated addicts for 7 decades, starting in the 1930's. The following are his recommendations for treating the problem of constipation in heroin addicts.

For immediate relief Dr. Bob advised the following orthomolecular idea called 80 per cent bowel tolerance Orthomolecular medicine is a system of medicine that uses natural substances that are non-toxic and safe in a wide range of dose. The main substances are vitamins, minerals, and herbs. For immediate relief of constipation Dr. Bob advised taking 8 grams of vitamin C buffered powder. If this does not give immediate relief than take 2 grams of vitamin C powder every 15 minutes until you get a bowel movement. Dr. Bob recommended you use an ascorbate C powder that has a mix of minerals such as
calcium and magnesium. Large doses of vitamin C, including doses above 100 grams in a 24-hour period, have been shown not toxic in humans. The idea of bowel tolerance is the body has many uses for vitamin C and when the body has enough vitamin C for all its uses, excess vitamin C is eliminated through bowel movements. This is what is meant by bowel tolerance, the amount of vitamin C you can take until you get a bowel movement.

However, 80 per cent bowel tolerance is for immediate relief. You need to consider long term methods. What Dr. Bob had heroin addicts do for constipation is add 5 grams of multi-fiber at every meal and drink lots of distilled water. This would add fiber to the feces and help propel it along. The body uses many types of fiber and this is why Dr. Bob recommended multi-fiber. If the addition of 5 grams of fiber at each meal did not fix the problem, then after 1 week Dr. Bob increased the multi-fiber to 10 grams per meal. If the addition of 10 grams of fiber still did not fix the problem, then increase the fiber to 15 grams per meal. Also you drink a lot of water when increasing fiber. Dr. Bob recommended only distilled water, it is pure water. Spring water, mineral water, tap water and other such water is not pure. Heroin addicts have enough stress and do not need stress from toxic substances in water. So drink distilled water to get pure water into your body.

WARNING - Before you begin adding fiber you must clean out your insides. You should have at least 5-10 days of rapid bowel evacuation before you begin adding fiber. To make this rapid bowel evacuation period easier, Dr. Bob also advised 3 grams of vitamin B-5 and gram of magnesium on an empty stomach. The B-5 and magnesium will have the same effect as the method 80% bowel tolerance using vitamin C. You can choose whatever method works best. Do not start adding fiber until you have had regular evacuations for at least 5 days. When you are constipated and add fiber, you can create a greater amount of constipation than previously. So start adding fiber after you have unplugged yourself with at least 5 consecutive days of rapid bowel movements. Also, sometimes vitamin B-5 is acidic in the stomach. You can eat a few crackers to neutralize the acid.

It is important that heroin addicts understand the great value in having regular bowel movements. Constipation is not just an issue of discomfort; it is also an important health issue. Proper bowel movements can aid the health of a heroin addict and improving the health can help recovery. Dr. Bob often said, " go with the flow and the music of the motion."


Note – 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. Bob’s approval. Since he passed away we have attempted to keep the same high standards.

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