by Mikhail E. W. Plettner, Ph.D., M.Sc., L.Ac.

Most psychoactive drugs (especially those used on the club scene) are toxic to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system.  While infrequent use of these drugs may pose little threat to the healthy person, repeated exposure over a period of time can have long term consequences.  Unfortunately, the toxic effects of such drugs may not be apparent for months or years after the damage is done.

Perhaps the best overall detoxification program for drug toxicity is ozone therapy.

The following protocol is intended to offer the regular drug user the best protection possible from toxic damage to vital organs and systems:

Recreational Drug ToxicityOzone Therapy and Detoxification

Perhaps the best overall detoxification program for drug toxicity is ozone therapy.  This therapy has proven itself effective in dealing with the highly toxic effects of cancer drugs.  While ozone is most effective when administered intravenously or by rectal insufflation, the daily use of Homozon is the easiest way for an individual to use the benefits of ozone to improve the oxygen gradient of the blood.

Homozone is a powdered magnesium ozonate which may be taken orally to inactivate toxic chemicals before they can do damage.  By enriching the oxygen content of the cell, it improves the cell’s ability to withstand toxic assualt and repair itself.  There are many additional benefits to the use of ozone therapy that are to numerous to mention in this protocol.

The liver is the most frequent target of free radical damage due to toxic drugs as its major function is to clear toxic residues from the blood.  Many psychoactive drugs pose a heavy burden to the liver which is increased even more by the ingestion of alcohol.  Three substances in particular may be used to protect the liver and assist its function of detoxifying the blood.

Milk Thistle Extract (Silybum Marianum – Jarrow brand Silymarin 80%) protects the liver from free radical damage and boosts the body’s immune response. Alpha Lipoic Acid (Jarrow brand – Alpha Lipoic Sustain 300) is so effective at protecting the liver and other tissue from free radical damage that it is called the universal antioxidant.  It also improves sugar metabolism and energy production.

N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (Jarrow brand – N-A-C) is an amino acid which is a precursor to the critical antioxidant glutathione.  As such, it is very important in the support of liver function. When drug use is more frequent than once a week, these nutrients should be taken daily. These substances are especially beneficial if taken at maximum dosage before and during a weekend of drug use.

The kidneys are the main organs of clearance of a smaller number of psychoactive drugs which effect them with toxic overload.  Among the psychoactive club drugs which produce kidney damage most often is MDMA or Ecstacy.  Just as Milk Thistle protects the liver, the herb Pellitory-of-the-Wall (Paietaria officinalis – available as a loose herb at Tenzing Momo in the Pike Place Market, Seattle) protects the kidneys from damage.  Again this herb should be encapsulated or made into a tea and used just before and during weekend drug use.  The frequent consumption of water or fruit juice is also recommended to flush the toxic materials through the kidneys.  Research suggests that N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (Jarrow brand – N-A-C) may also be effective in protecting the Kidneys from damage due to toxic drugs.

The central nervous system suffers both short and long term damage from many psychoactive drugs.  The most common symptoms of toxic effects are memory disorders, irritability, anxiety, mood swings, depression, disturbance of sleep cycles, jitters, and muscle tremor.  As the central nervous system is more complex, it is harder to protect.

Methylcobalamin (Jarrow brand Methylcobalamin Methyl B-12)  is a superior form of Vitamin B-12 which protects nerve tissue and brain cells and promotes healthy sleep.  This should be used before and during a weekend of drug use.  Homeopathic Nux vomica  is extremely useful when taken in the evening just before bedtime on the day of drug use as it antidotes the toxic effects of a wide range of vegetable and mineral drugs while toning up the nervous system.  While it is preferable to use the 01/LM potency as this is harder to antidote, the 30c potency is more readily available at health food stores.

The Brain Tuner

Perhaps the most useful intervention is the Beck cranial electrical stimulation device known as the Brain Tuner (the blue box).  The current model is the BT-6 marketed by SOTA (www.sota-inc.com) in Vancouver, B.C.  This unit puts out a multiplex of 454 therapeutic frequencies which rebalance neurochemistry, stimulates repair and growth of neurons and dendrites, supports the neuroglia, cures headaches, reduces tension, boosts IQ, reduces withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings (especially useful for that messed up feeling), and effectively treats many forms of insomnia.

Weekend drug users should use this unit for 1/2 hr. to 4 hrs. on the day after recreational drug use.  The unit should then be used 1/2 hr. a day, three times a week or more frequently as needed.  Persons with drug cravings or withdrawal symptoms should use this unit for one hour several times a day as needed.  This unit is entirely safe and may be used for 3 – 4 hours at a time if desired.

Frequent users of club drugs tend to have diets which are deficient in nutrients.  Yet, their frequent periods of strenuous  physical exertion (i.e. dancing) coupled with stress and lack of sleep utilize nutrients at a greater than normal rate.  It is highly recommended that one take a daily therapeutic level vitamin and mineral complex (Mega  Foods brand Alpha or Jarrow brand Multi E-Z powder).

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