Monday, September 24, 2012

Can Vitamins Help Alcoholics?

The spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak. 
Matthew 26:41  

One of my favorite sites to visit is DoctorYourself.comSM by Andrew Saul, PhD. Dr. Saul is the editor-in-chief of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service. While working for the State University of New York, he taught health science, nutrition and cell biology. Dr. Saul has won honors and accolades for his knowledge of clinical nutrition, is featured in the movie Food Matters and was named one of the seven natural health pioneers in Psychology Today. So, what I’m trying to say is that Dr. Saul knows his stuff; no quacking here.

In Food Matters and DoctorYourself.comSM , Dr. Saul discusses Abram Hoffer, M.D.’s work with Bill W., the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Bill W. told Dr. Hoffer that there are three components to alcohol treatment:spiritual,mental and medical.

AA helps with the spiritual aspects of treatment, but it sometimes isn’t enough for everyone who battles the addiction. Atlanta drug abuse rehab centers and others around the nation can help with the medical and mental aspects of treatment. At the suggestion of Dr. Hoffer, Bill W. found that niacin (Vitamin B-3) was helpful with his journey.  

According to Dr. Saul, Roger Williams, PhD, the former president of the American Chemical Society and chemistry professor at the University of Texas, proved that mega doses of Vitamin C and a B-vitamin complex were an effective natural treatment for alcoholism when combined with L-glutamine, an amino acid.  Alcohol causes a thiamin (Vitamin B-1) deficiency, especially if you don’t have a well-balanced diet. Because alcohol damages the liver and brain, the need for nutrients increases to help repair the organs. See Dr. Saul’s vitamin-related recommendations for the treatment of alcoholism here and here.
As with anything related to your health, talk to a physician before treating yourself with vitamins for any ailment. If you’re in an Atlanta alcohol rehab or Atlanta Drug Rehab and natural remedies interest you, show your doctor the pages about alcoholism on DoctorYourself.comSM to see if this would be a good option for you. 

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