Can vitamins cure alcoholism?
Some consider vitamins as a great ally to combat problems of alcoholism.
It is a pleasure for me to present a new section on our blog: "Stories and Inspiring Books". Once a month we will have bibliographical references with topics of health, science, dissemination, nutrition, among other topics that we hope are to your liking. This time it is the turn of a very interesting book that aroused my curiosity. Its title is:
"Can vitamins cure alcoholism?"
A very popular book by renowned biologist and writer Andrew Saul, who is also chairman of the journal "Psychology Today" or "Psychology and Wellness" in Spanish.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages is a very important factor in most violent crimes and at least one third of suicide cases. Drug and alcohol use is directly related to the individual's social situation and is often considered an incurable disease.
Fred and Edith. These are two of the many cases presented in this book. Both considered alcoholics for at least 15 years; Presented both social and health problems. After two weeks of giving them large amounts of vitamin C and vitamin B3 they stopped suffering from the absence of alcohol. Both claim they recovered with this therapy.
But how do we define an alcoholic? It is very common to hear the term "social drinker"; We separate those who drink large quantities casually from those who drink, albeit in smaller quantities, in a more frequent and routine way.
Addictions begin at an early age. Think of a child who feeds daily with his bottle, who becomes addicted to a seemingly innocent substance: cow's milk. The sweet taste of milk becomes your first addiction. Sugar is the main addictive substance, and many children are as addicted to sugar as alcoholics are to alcohol. In fact, alcohol is a very simple carbohydrate, similar to sugar.
Conventional medicine does not get the idea that food can be addictive, but Dr. Abram Hoffer invites us to look at the alcoholic with the same eyes as the soda addict, the milk addict, the junk food, and To sugar in general. Nutrition is the key. It is necessary to improve the quality of the food, therefore, a healthy diet is the first step to stop the addiction.
We all have one enemy in common: sugar.
We all have a common enemy. A toxic, addictive and violent enemy; But attractive, sweet and delicious: sugar. There are several types of sugars. The most important is glucose, which is curiously found in food, since carbohydrates are broken down into glucose, absorbed and metabolized. Glucose is the least toxic of sugars.
On the other hand we have fructose, the most dangerous of them all. That, although its name indicates, comes from the fruits, in fact today we consume more of the processed foods, like the junk food, soft drinks and goodies.
None of the sugars are really food. They do not provide a single nutrient, only calories. A good diet is based on vegetables and large quantities of fresh vegetable juices; More fiber and complex carbohydrates; Less sugar and fat: so simple. No more junk food!
Like smoking alcohol can cause lung cancer and various types of oral, esophagus, larynx, tongue, throat and more. It is clearly a substance that damages our health, particularly the liver and brain.
When talking about nutrition and alcoholism, it is like asking yourself the question of what went first, the egg or the chicken. Does heavy alcohol use cause malnutrition, or does malnutrition cause alcoholism? Although it has been discovered that a person is more likely to be an alcoholic if there is a family history, a vitamin deficiency during childhood may predispose to alcoholism in later stages in life.
If it is known that such a relatively simple and economical treatment as providing vitamins can alleviate the life of an alcoholic, why have they taken so long to give prominence to this amazing knowledge?
Doctors have reservations because of the number of side effects that occur during this vitamin treatment. That is why we recommend you look for other sources of information and ask for advice from a professional before making the decision to follow this therapy. Although, on the other hand, virtually all drugs have side effects, that is, they produce other effects (including those that are adverse and serious) other than the desired ones
Remember the message with which we started this program? Let us say that there is a blind person who assures us that, in order to quit alcohol, it only takes will power; On the other hand we have another blind who assures us that you only need to follow a healthy diet, as well as vitamins and nutritional supplements. Is it possible that both are right? From their own experience both personal and professional both could testify the results of both practices, but that does not devalue any of the arguments.
Although most medications prescribed by doctors may seem to eradicate a disease, many of them only relieve the symptoms or pain associated with the disease. For example, the most popular medication for asthma, consisting of the inhalation of beta antagonists that relax the muscles of the airways. It helps asthmatics breathe easier, but does not eliminate asthma. The person will still need to be given that medication.
Medicines that slow the spread of invading germs, such as bacteria and viruses, actually achieve their goal, but not without damaging the body.
The vitamins despite their side effects have proven to be totally safe, and in any case, when presenting complications, it is only recommended to reduce the dose until accustomed and from there. Of course, it should be a health expert who tells you which dose is appropriate for your condition.
Alcoholic beverages contain ethanol, a simple carbohydrate very similar to sugar, which provides a lot of energy but no nutrients. Thiamine is necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates. Therefore an additional amount of carbohydrates, in this case coming from alcohol, require additional amounts of thiamine. If in the process of assimilation of carbohydrates we exhaust our resources of thiamine we become a person prone to fatigue, anxiety and depression. So we can assume that a thiamine supplement could help an alcoholic with their depression problems and cope with this much more stressful situation in a happier, family way, and perhaps overcome the problem in less time.
Can vitamins cure alcoholism? As we have seen so far, we can compare addiction to alcoholism with addiction to sugar; There is a record of people who have alleviated the suffering of recovery following a therapy based on vitamin C and vitamin B3; Also, it has been mentioned that depression, anxiety and fatigue are a symptom of malnutrition that can be alleviated with a diet rich in vegetables and low in sugars; The fatal consequences of alcoholism include lung, throat and stomach cancer; And lastly we mention the common side effects of a vitamin therapy that could cause fear when the benefits and benefits of the vitamins are unknown.
The fifth chapter of our book today has as its title: "Results of vitamin treatment". As indicated, here are different case studies with their clinical results. If I mention one of the most interesting, at least from my point of view, it would be the following:
"One of my patients was alcoholic and schizophrenic, but whenever I stopped drinking with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous, I began to suffer from violent auditory hallucinations. When he drank again the voices disappeared. He was facing a terrible dilemma: either to remain an alcoholic, or with all that implies, and thus cease to hear the voices, or remain sober and suffer. I tried abstinence several times but without any result. I started treating her with niacin and a few months later, when I stopped drinking, the voices disappeared. After that, he became a highly valued member of the first group of Schizophrenics Anonymous to organize in Saskatoon Canada. "
It is said that it is the children who usually pay for the sins of their parents. This applies, at least, particularly to fetal alcohol syndrome. This occurs when the mother drinks during pregnancy. The metabolic disorder caused by alcohol is not limited to the body of the mother, we will surely see damages also in the fetus, which acquires a very important problem for which there seems to be no effective treatment: the syndrome of fetal alcoholism.
Dr. Andrew Saul successfully treated several of these children using mainly niacin, or vitamin B3 as we usually know. It gives us details of a particular case: a girl neglected by her parents, whom her aunt had to take care of. The child suffered from slow learning and drastic mood changes; With his younger sister was very aggressive, even to the physical degree. The aunt, before knowing the treatment proposed by Dr. Andrew Saul, tried several drugs with no result.
Ten months after a dairy-free diet and a vitamin-based therapeutic process, narrated in detail in the content of this book, the small return to school in a special education center. The patient felt joyful, relaxed and on the way to a complete recovery.