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Therapeutic Recommendations: Nutrients

Lots of Raw Foods - Eat a well-balanced, nutrient-dense diet that emphasizes fresh, raw food, fresh vegetable and fruit juices. For example, an effective raw juice that generates the passing of heavy metals through your urine is cilantro. A researcher in Japan, by the name of Doctor Yoshiaki Omura discovered that his patients were excreting more toxic metals after consuming Chinese soup. His research discovered that it was the Chinese parsley(cilantro)in the soup that caused the excretion. Make sure your cilantro is organic and fresh before you juice. It has a very strong taste, so you might want to add another vegetable with it such as carrots to make it palatable. raw foods

For the most part, the more vibrant colored the vegetable, the more valuable they are nutritionally. Spinach, for example, is full of more nutrients than iceberg lettuce, and pink grapefruit has more phytonutrients than white grapefruit.

To make certain the most complete intake of beneficial phytochemicals, eat the broadest possible variety of organic fruits and vegetables. Specifically, try to be certain that all the “stoplight” colors are represented in your diet:

•Red- organic tomatoes, organic red bell peppers, organic strawberries, organic watermelon, and green apples

•Yellow- Organic mangoes, organic pineapple, organic carrots, organic squash, organic cantaloupe, organic grapefruit

•Green- Organic spinach, organic broccoli, organic cabbage, organic kale, organic swiss chard, organic green beans and organic artichokes

Pull out that juicer and fill your body with healing antioxidants and live enzymes, and be sure to use all organic produce!

Medical science prompts on an ongoing basis that good nutrition and good health go hand in hand, particularly when it comes to the health advantages of eating fresh, raw fruits and vegetables. Researchers continue to locate elements in fruits and vegetables—vitamins and other antioxidants, phytochemicals, minerals, enzymes and fiber—that seem to strengthen our immune systems, impede the development of degenerative diseases and the ravages of addiction and substance abuse. While there is absolutely no substitute for consuming a wide array of fresh raw fruits and vegetables, many of us find it increasingly difficult to eat an adequate amount of organic produce. For an extra boost of all the antioxidants, phytochemicals, minerals, and enzymes that busy individuals fail to benefit from on a regular basis, try Juice Plus+. Two fruit capsules in the morning and two vegetable capsules in the evening with an 8oz glass of water can compliment your quest in the benefits of raw fruits and vegetables.


No Sugar, Caffeine, or Junk Food - Avoid heavily processed foods, all forms of sugar, caffeine and junk food. These foods are a quick source of energy, but are followed by a low feeling that may increase cravings for drugs.


Vitamin C - It is considered to be one of the primary nutrients beneficial in the treatment of addiction. A study done in 1977 by Libby and Stone reported that large doses of ascorbic acid combined with B vitamins and protein allowed heroin addicts to quit with minimal withdrawal symptoms. Detoxifies the system and lessens the craving for drugs. Use a buffered form such as sodium ascorbate or ester C.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is essential for at least 300 metabolic functions in the body. We could make a list that would cover several pages, but we will a few:

•Tissue growth and repair
•Adrenal gland function
•Healthy gums
•Inhibits free-radical damage
•Helps to manufacture collagen
•Helps to protect you from abnormal blood clotting and bruising
•It aids in the production of anti-stress hormones and interferon (an important immune-system protein)
•It protects against the harmful effects of pollution
•Enhances immunity
•It can combine with toxic substances, such as certain heavy metals, and help to eliminate them from your body
•Promotes the healing of wounds and burns
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Suggested dosage: 2,000 mg every three hours.

Note: Medications for diabetes such as chlorpropamide (Diabinese) and sulfa drugs may not be as effectual if taken with vitamin C. In addition, taking high doses of vitamin C may produce a false-negative reading in tests for blood in the stool.

Caution: If you consume aspirin and standard vitamin C (ascorbic acid) together in large doses, you may experience stomach irritation—possibly leading to ulcers. So, if you have to take aspirin regularly, please use an esterified form of vitamin C, and take it separately from the aspirin. Pregnant mothers are advised not to take more than 5,000 mg of vitamin C daily. A growing fetus may become dependent on this supplement and acquire scurvy when deprived of the accustomed megadoses after birth.

Recommendation: Any esterified vitamin C is our first suggestion as we feel that it is a remarkable form of C. It is created by having the vitamin C react with a necessary mineral, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, or zinc. This produces a vitamin C that is non-acidic and includes metabolites identical to those produced by the body. Esterified vitamin C comes into the bloodstream and tissue four times faster than standard forms of vitamin C because it moves into the blood cells more effectively and also remains in the body tissue longer. The concentration of vitamin C in white blood cells achieved by using esterified vitamin C are four times higher than those attained with standard vitamin C. Furthermore, and a very important fact; only one-third is lost during excretion in the urine.


Selenium - This is an important antioxidant that plays a role in the body’s utilization of oxygen. Alcoholics have shown low levels of selenium. It is important that you use the most absorbable form of selenium (selenium L-methionine). It is essential for the functioning of the enzyme glutathione peroxidase, an important antioxidant whose primary role is the destruction of intracellular hydrogen peroxide and other hydroperoxides. Lastly, selenium plays a key role in metabolic pathways for excreting heavy metals from the body. This will protect your tissues from free radicals.

Suggested Dosage: Selenium can be toxic in large amounts, so about 200 mcg daily is sufficient. In addition, green leafy vegetables like spinach have bio-available forms of selenium, so eat or juice your greens.

Recommendation: Life Extension Super Selenium Complex



Zinc - Promotes a healthy immune system and protects the liver from damage. It also plays an important role in carbohydrate metabolism. If you use excessive amounts of sugar, caffeine, drugs, or alcohol, it is likely that a zinc deficiency will develop. Zinc deficiency has also been implicated in a wide variety of neuropsychiatric disorders, including dyslexia, epilepsy, mental depression and attention deficit disorder. In addition, low zinc levels can cause liver deterioration and diminished functioning of the reproductive organs, immune system and skin. Zinc picolinate is probably the most bio-available from.

Suggested Dosage: 15-20mg, once or twice daily.

Recommendation: Solgar Zinc Picolinate



S.O.D. (Superoxide Dismutase) - For recovering addicts, S.O.D. is very important, as it helps to speed the elimination of poisons and toxins from the body. It is one of the most plentiful enzymes in the body, helping the liver to break down free radicals and poisons.

Suggested Dosage: There are different types of this product such as sprays and capsules, so follow the directions on the bottle.

Recommendation: Life Extension SODzyme



Mycoceutics Mycophyto Complex - This is a ten mushroom formula that is specifically designed for individuals wanting to enhance their immune system functions. It is also beneficial for promoting heart and artery wellness by regulating blood pressure. Some components enhance the immune response to foreign invaders such as toxins, mutagens and free radicals by enhancing the liver’s detoxification cycles. This is important for recovering addicts as their liver has been severely compromised by substance abuse. Grown on a bed of organic brown rice under careful conditions, these premium quality mushrooms never come in contact with heavy metals, pollutants or contaminants sometimes found in mushrooms from other sources. Exceptional cultivation creates a safe, high-quality supply, without damaging sensitive ecological areas, which can occur with wild crafted mushrooms. medicinal mushrooms

Suggested Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily



B Complex - It is not uncommon for people to be deficient in B complex prior to establishing their addiction. It is thought by some that, as a result, part of the physiological draw to addictive substances has to do with B vitamin deficiencies. This vitamin is needed to rebuild the liver when under stress, which is the case with most addicts.

Suggested dosage: 100 mg, best taken in the morning with your meal.

Recommendation: Life Extension Foundation - Complete B Complex


DL-Phenylalanine (DLPA) - This is composed of two amino acids, D-Phenylalanine and L-Phenylalanine. DL-Phenylalanine is most useful for cocaine addicts because it helps to restore norepinephrine levels, a neurotransmitter that is depleted by cocaine use. DLPA is also a valuable tool in lessening cravings and reducing depression, pain, and irritability. Imipramine is a commonly prescribed drug for depression. In a comparison study done by Dr. Abram Hoffer, he found that the DLPA had a higher rate of improvement without any of the side effects.

Suggested Dosage: 500-700mg twice daily

Caution: Do not take this supplement if you are pregnant, nursing, suffer from panic attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure or PKU.

Recommendation: Life Extension Foundation - DLPA



Calcium and Magnesium - These two nourish the central nervous system and help to control tremors by calming the body. Consuming things like: caffeine, sugar, alcohol and drugs cause your body to eliminate calcium and magnesium. These two minerals are partners and without them, an addict is subject to irritability, muscular spasms, and pain.

Suggested Dosage: Calcium, 1000 mg. of elemental calcium per day in divided doses at the beginning of a meal. Magnesium, 500-1000 mg. of elemental magnesium daily in divided doses at the beginning of a meal. If the last dose is taken at the dinner meal, both will aid in a better nights sleep.

Recommendation: Life Extension Foundation - Calcium / Magnesium Powder



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