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Archive for ◊ June, 2010 ◊

• Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

As with so many other conditions, alcoholism can be directly linked to malnutrition . . . specifically, to the insufficiency of certain vital nutrients in the brain.

Here’s a message from Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D.:

“Ever since I met Bill W, the cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous and we became close friends, I have had a personal interest in the treatment of alcoholism. Bill taught that there were three components to the treatment of alcoholism: spiritual, mental and medical. AA provided a spiritual home for alcoholics that many could not find anywhere else and helped them sustain abstinence. But for many AA alone was not enough; not everyone in AA had achieved a comfortable sobriety. Bill recognized that the other two components were important. When he heard of our use of niacin for treating alcoholics, he became very enthusiastic about it because niacin gave these unfortunate patients immense relief from their chronic depression and other physical and mental complaints.

“Niacin is the most important single treatment for alcoholism, and it is one of the most reliable treatments. And it is safe, much safer than any of the modern psychiatric drugs. Niacin does not work as well when alcoholics are still drinking but in a few cases it has decreased the intake of alcohol until they were abstinent. This conclusion is based on the work my colleagues and I have done since 1953.

“I know of many alcoholics who did not want to stop drinking, but did agree to take niacin. Over the years, they gradually were able to reduce their intake until they brought it under control. Some alcoholics can even become social drinkers on a very small scale. I have not found many who could. But I think that if started on the program very early, many more could achieve normalcy. I suspect that treatment centers using those ideas will be made available one day, and will be much more successful than the standard treatment today. This all too often still consists of dumping them into hospitals and letting them dry out, with severe pain and suffering. When they are discharged, most go right back to the alcohol, the most dangerous and widely used street drug available without a prescription.

“Orthomolecular treatment is the treatment of choice. The following protocol for alcoholism outlines the importance of the nutritional factors that have been shown to be very successful on treating this condition. The treatment can be used alone but is best combined with dietary advice and additional nutrients.”

The late Dr. Roger Williams, a chemistry professor at the University of Texas and former president of the American Chemical Society, also wrote extensively on the alcoholism.[1] Dr. Williams recommended large doses of vitamins and an amino acid called L-glutamine.

What should the alcoholic do to help stop drinking and return his or her body to normal functioning? Supply the following nutrients to the body:

1. Vitamin C to saturation (on the order of 10,000 to 20,000 mg per day and more). High doses of vitamin C chemically neutralize the toxic breakdown products of alcohol metabolism. Vitamin C also increases the liver’s ability to reverse the fatty build-up so common in alcoholics.

To titrate to saturation, take 1000 mg of vitamin C every hour. When saturation is reached, there will be a single episode of diarrhea; then reduce the dosage to 1000 mg every four hours.

2. A B50-complex tablet (comprising 50 mg of each of the major B-vitamins, 6 times daily).

3. L-Glutamine (2000 or 3000 mg.). L-Glutamine is an amino acid that decreases physiological cravings for alcohol. It is one the two primary energy providers that burn glycogen to provide fuel to the brain and stimulates many neurofunctions. L-Glutamine is naturally produced in the liver and kidneys. Alcohol harms the kidneys and liver, thus supplementation is vital (concurrently reducing cravings for sugar and alcohol).

4. Lecithin (2 to 4 tablespoons daily). Provides inositol and choline, related to the B-complex. Lecithin also helps mobilize fats out of the liver.

5. Chromium (at least 200 to perhaps 400 mcg chromium polynicotinate daily). Chromium greatly reduces carbohydrate mis-metabolism, and greatly helps control blood sugar levels. Many, if not most, alcoholics are hypoglycemic.

6. A good high-potency multi-vitamin, multi-mineral supplement such as QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements, containing the antioxidants carotene and d-alpha tocopherol.

7. Magnesium (400 mg daily).

In summary, the alcoholic’s body needs the proper nutrients in adequate quantities to return to normal metabolic functioning. The above nutrients are safe, effective, inexpensive and available from discount stores or health food stores without prescription.

There is not even one death per year from vitamins. Pharmaceutical drugs, even when properly prescribed and taken as directed, kill over 100,000 Americans annually. Hospital errors kill still more.

Most illness is due fundamentally to malnutrition. This not only includes the chronic diseases, but also viral and bacterial acute illness, which are greatly aggravated by inadequate nutrition.

Supplements are not the problem; they are the solution. Malnutrition is the problem.

• Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

The concept that supported the development of QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements is evidence that people who suffer many of the Central Nervous System Disorders (CNSD) are depleted of the brain chemicals necessary to make them feel “normal.”

These chemicals are many times stronger than strong street drugs like heroin. In fact, like street drug addiction, your body has to have them and you cannot function without them. Depression, tension, irritability, anxiety and cravings are all symptoms of a brain that is deficient of these essential calming, stimulating and mood enhancing chemicals.

The depletion of the biochemicals result from one or a combination of reasons. And in turn there are many common problems that can result from being depleted.

You may have inherited your lack of brain chemicals. Every day science learns more about the genes that determine moods and traits of personality. We know that some genes program the brain to produce certain quantities of mood-enhancing chemicals. However, many people have inherited genes that undersupply some of these vital mood substances. Obviously, this is why some people are not as balanced emotionally as others. The family members of these people often seem to possess the same emotional traits, so parents who are low in the naturally stimulating and sedating brain chemicals often produce children who are depressed or anxious.

Prolonged stress can cause the body to deplete huge amounts of natural sedatives, stimulants and pain relievers. This is amplified if the body has inherited only marginal amounts of mood enhancing chemicals to begin with. The reserves of precious brain chemicals can be used up if the body continually needs to use them to calm itself down. Eventually the brain cannot keep up with the demand and it has become deficient of the nutrients needed to be stabile.

The regular use of refined sugar and flours, regular use of alcohol or drugs, including some prescribed medications, have all been proven to inhibit the production of natural brain chemicals that cause pleasure. Any one of these substances can engage your brain and fill the deficient spaces . . . called receptors . . . that normally natural brain chemicals . . . the neurotransmitters . . . should occupy. So the brain senses that the receptors have been filled and consequently further reduces the amounts of neurotransmitters that it produces. As it does this, the amounts of brain chemicals decline.

In order to compensate, more and more alcohol, drugs and drug-like foods that stimulate or sedate are craved to fill the “empty spaces” in the receptors. This game of nutritional musical chairs continues until the artificial brain chemicals can no longer meet the requirements of the receptors. Now the brain’s natural mood resources, which were inadequate as a result of inherited deficiencies or prolonged stress, are now depleted more than ever. And the body continues to crave mood enhancing drugs, whether it is sugar, alcohol, cocaine or certain prescription drugs.

As Ned Bishop, QuietMinds founder, studied the drugged reactions to bipolar affective disorder medications by his wife Elaine and daughter Kassidi, it became apparent that chemical deficiencies and excesses affected their moods and temperaments. What resulted was the creation of a formula that supplements most of the elements missing in the diet of most CNSD suffers, most of the time. Containing vitamins, minerals and amino acids in mega dose amounts, QuietMinds has received hundreds of reports of amazing and spectacular results.
Whatever mood-enhancing brain chemicals you have in short supply, those excited reports adamantly insist they can be replenished quickly, easily and safely with QuietMinds Nutritional Supplements.