Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- 5-HTP for Alcohol Addiction
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Book Suggestions
- Cold Shower Therapy
- Eft for Coca Cola Addiction
- General Feedback
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- L-Glutamine for Alcohol Addiction
- Licorice Root
- Mind Power
- Oil Pulling
- Prescription Drug Addiction Remedies
- Rebalancing After Addiction
- Remedies Needed
- Rhodiola Rosea
- Sexual Addiction
- Sleeping Pills
- Sun Gazing
- Supplements for Junk Food Addiction
Last Modified on Jul 20, 2014
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[YEA] 03/27/2008: Danielle from Florida, U.S.A.: "I used licorice to aid in replacing the habit of smoking. Not only did this give my hands and mouth something to do. It relieved stress. Anytime I felt the urge to smoke, I chewed on a piece of licorice. The closer to the real thing the better, steer clear of the sugar laden sort, so check the labels!!"
09/17/2010: Carrie from Dallas, North Carolina: "I'm a 25 year old who , like many in this growing pandemic, began taking prescription painkillers to get more energy and ward off sore muscles caused by over working myself, so that i'd be able to perform better at work & home, help more of my extended family, and such other reasons. This inevitably turned into an addiction, and before I knew it I was stuck! To come off the meds, u have to basically put yourself through symptoms that equal to 3x's a really bad flu! The mind starts kicking in when u start to feel unpleasant and every little feeling u have, u amplify thinking its getting worse even if its not. I finally went to a methadone clinic in my area, which I thought would help, and in some ways it did! I was finally following my prescription by Dr.'s orders, which wasn't a rush like i'd gotten somehow from taking what I wasnt supposed to! The methadone , though helpful to get over opiates, was just another dependency, and it was similar to the problem I had.
Others in my shoes couldn't go 24 hours if they had to without methadone, I could even though I couldnt go 24 hrs without painpills , because I knew the facts ( its designed to last in the system for 24-36 hours)where I didnt know as much about the pain killers, only whether or not i'd taken something. Anyway, when I was detoxing, which in my case was a 10 day gradual decrease from 70mgs, I knew in my mind i'd taken something, and I stayed busy taking care of house work and such, so I didnt sit around expecting to feel like crap or give myself free time to think about symptoms ( looking back, I'm sure they wouldnt have gone unnoticed whether or not I was thinking about them! )
When my mom started to call and check on me at day 7, she asked how I was feeling and I stopped to really think about it. At that point I began to get the hot/cold flashes, restlessness, and alot of anxiety and irritability. Then I began to look online at blogs written by others going through methadone detox, who were picking apart every symptom or fear of the process! I was freaking out by that point! But when I went to the clinic for my last dose, I asked the counselors and nurses if I should avoid the blog, if I did indeed have the worst hell to come as I had read, and they told me that, just like I had thought, looking at someone elses symptoms didnt mean I would have them, and it was putting the ideas in my head. With the mind being such a powerful thing, of course they could make me believe I was having a harder time than I was! AND, That at the same time, I could tell myself I was going to have a good day, take a shower, exercise, relax (rather than calling it fatigued) and it would help! The nurse told me that I would have a harder time in a few days when the drug was out of my system, then she said "So?! .. And you'll get through it and that will be that! Have you ever had the flu?! ... And did u get over it?! .. Its not the end of the world, and dragging it out inside ur head wont help u at all.! Just do it and be done! ".. And she was right!
Educating myself BEFORE I ever began the detox process, gave me all the info I needed to remind myself of the facts, which helped me to know what to expect. But reading everyones opinions and symptoms only scared me and put stuff in my head, WHICH MADE THINGS ALOT WORSE!! When I went through the worst and most painful breakup in my life (so far) I made myself get up and go out with friends , even though I wanted to sit by the phone and wait for a call that wasnt coming, because I told myself he was out doing the same thing! .. Going out didnt make me forget him all together, but it kept me distracted and gave me alot more smiles than I would've had! That was actually some of the BEST months I had ever lived up until then! .. When I work and I know I cant have a cigarette for HOURS, or I have HOURS left before my shift is over, I start doing more work or cleaning or something that gets alot of my attention, and it helps! If you let your mind scare u, it will, but if you make it help u out, and give your self pep talks that u find to be true, its almost like ur being ur own best friend rather than making urself miserable!
**P. S. ** I also gain weight easily and love sweets, so if I keep reminding myself that the sweets are whats causing my weight gain and unhappiness, they stop looking so tempting!"Replies
10/05/2010: Lena from Gaston, Sc replies: "Wow. Thank you for posting this. I am going through the EXACT same scenario as you did. Tomorrow is my first day without methadone and I was terrified, but after reading situation I feel a million times better!! Thanks for giving me the strength to do this!"
07/09/2011: Kendra from Phoenix, Az replies: "I'm going through a pain killer addiction and not taking them for 2 weeks can be somewhat ok (of course the nausea), but the weeks after I go through a very emotional time and end up relapsing. I have also been diagnosed Bipolar and their medication doesn't seem to help, BUT when I take Ultrams, my depression completely goes away, but now I'm more angrier now and don't have insurance or money to get help. Are there any suggestions for me???"
[YEA] 01/05/2009: Leighroy from Stockport, Cheshire: "Having spent the whole of the festive period wallowing in my own self pity due to a severe case of the flu, which I shared with the rest of my family, I was fortunate to find your website in the search for a remedy for my affliction.
I became engrossed in reading at least 10 pages of post's relating to "oil pulling" and its benefits. Being probably as sceptical as most are when they told that a tablespoon of oil swilled in the mouth for 15 minutes could change your life. I decided that I had nothing to lose and that I might even benefit.
Wooooooooow!!! the following day, my fever had subsided leaving me with just the "snotty congested remnants" of the flu - I kept an open mind as I had consumed several cloves of garlic that night and had enough "flu remedy tablets" to put a whale to sleep. The following day however I felt optomistic about the whole affair and pre breakfast treated myself to another bout of OP.
THe reason for my post is to give a huge thumbs up for the benefits of this treament which if nothing else has boosted my enthusiasm for life. More importantly I gave up smoking after my second treatment due to the fact that the taste of the tobacco was no longer pleasant. I have managed to remain a non smoker for the last seven days which is the longest I have been without tobacco for 27 years. Prior to OP I had absolutely no inclination to quit and rather enjoyed it smoking at least 10-15 per day.
I am in no way saying that OP will make you stop smoking .......but for at least 7 days it has been the driving force behind my new found love of fresh air. Each morning I use 1 tablespoon of cold pressed olive oil as I cant seem to source sesame. I swish for 20 minutes before rinsing out with a solution of 1tps rock salt/1tps bi carb soda and 8 oz water taking care to lightly brush everywhere.
As such I would recommend OP to everyone and have done so. I would be interested to know if there are any other documented cases where OP has directly contributed to a smoker giving up. Thanks again and yes my teeth are whiter but that may just be the absence of tobacco. I have also found that I need less caffein and have hardly touched alcohol but again this may be due to the flu residue or just the fact that sub conciously I am making a real effort to stay healthy.
Whatever.... OP for life"
EC: More on oil pulling here: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/oil_pulling.html
[YEA] 04/01/2009: Ken from Philadelphia, PA replies: "Yes! it worked for me. 1 tbsp of sesame oil each morning. It absolutely clears all cravings for things you don't want to do, except spurred on by bad choice of food, hence watch your food at least for two weeks, that is if you really want to/ (just) 'want' to quit smoking/ addiction. Because oil pulling does 3/4 of the work. The only problem i encountered was the thought of cigarettes, especially when i see others smoke. In my thinking thats an iota of the real struggle people lament about in dealing with old habits.
You see this was even the first time i tried to quit and it made it feel so easy. In short, i think oil pulling corrects abnormalities in your body and makes you normal. Big two thumbs! up to Earth clinic. I don't know what the big companies are really doing, when the amazing medications lie in the very simple things of life. Thank you for your service on behalf of the world."
[YEA] 02/06/2008: Tina Fina from San Juan, Puerto Rico: "Hola! My name is Tina. I've been a fashion model for years, a smoking fashion model, that has quit drinking alcohol but hasn't dropped the cigs. I did the oil pulling for the first time with E.Virgin Olive Oil and whoever came up with this' technique is a genius! I did it for 20 minutes no problem (tasted the nicotine and the toxins emerging) It is imposible to take one drag off a cig all day. I keep tasting the nicotine coming out! I think i've found the ultimate solution! Can't wait to share it with my family and friends ! Thank you ARYUVEDA and DEIRDRE! GREAT SITE *MY FAVORITE! T."
12/13/2013: Gina from Chicago Ill: "A friend who is addicted to Prescription Drugs:
Hello..My name is Gina and I have a question that I hope you may answer for me. I have a dear friend that I have known for over 30 years. She is taking these prescription meds that do not seem to help her in the least. One is Carbidopa Levodopa. She is told that she has a form of Parkinson's but I think it all reality it is all in her head. These doctors keep prescribing different drugs for her but to me it is all about the money and not about the human being. She is on 2 other medications that do not seem to work either. I keep telling her to find a natural cure. Something that is not filled with harmful chemicals. These drugs are messing up her mind and body. Please can you help me? I want her to get better so much and I worry that these drugs will kill her eventually. Thank you very much."Replies
12/14/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Gina: Buy her a copy of the book What the Drug Companies Won’t Tell You and Your Doctor Doesn’t Know. Here's http://doctormurray.com/what-the-drug/ a link to the author's website."
01/11/2012: Cf from Delaware, Usa: "I stopped smoking on Sunday, 1/8/12, and haven't gotten a decent night's sleep since then. I can fall asleep easily enough, but wake up about every 1-2 hours during the night, completely alert. I have never had sleep issues before, and have made no other changes in diet, routine, etc. Any thoughts?"Replies
01/11/2012: Cecile from Cape Town, South Africa replies: "Nicotine is the opposite molecule of niacin (nicotinic acid).... You will battle to relax without your addictive fix... Get yourself some niacin... Get the no-flush... Niacin or niacinamide now needs to replace the nicotine. Also try an epsom salt bath before you retire at night. BEST WISHES and well done for quitting smoking!"
01/11/2012: Maria from Gippsland, Vic, Australia replies: "If nothing else has changed then it may be that B-3 is needed. You could try the B-3 form of niacinamide as it can help sleeplessness."
01/12/2012: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "CF, here is a list of herbs/supplements all good for sleep disorders. Any or all will help rebalance your nervous system. Magnesium, Valerian, Passion Flower, Melatonin, 5 Hydroxytriptamine (5HTP), and Gamma Amino Butyric Acid (GABA). Take as recommended on labels.
Hope this helps"
01/04/2011: Connie from Slc, Ut: "Hello Troy, You've made a practical choice to give up the beer and weed; they aren't good substances for long-term wellbeing. There are better ways for you. Nausea and low appetite usually indicate low stomach acid and digestive enzymes. I suggest a good B-Complex and pancreatic enzymes for this. B-1, B-3, B-5, B-6, and B-12 are instrumental in forming HCL. Salt pickled ginger may also help nausea. These nutrients are also great for moods. B-3 and B-6 are good for anxiety as they help the body form GABA, a relaxant neurotransmitter. B-5 is good for appetite and energy.
Good digestible amino acids are needed for rebuilding, and for creating the body's own natural pain relievers. Endorphins and other peptides are formed from chains of amino acids, such as glycine, tyrosine, and phenylalanine. The protein molecule, casein, found in dairy foods, when fermented and broken down with enzymes, becomes an opioid compound with pain relieving properties.
Nuts and seeds soaked overnight in sea salt water, then placed in oven at lowest temp. For 12 or more hours retain nutrients and enzymes, and provide easily digestible amino acids. (Sally Fallon's recipes for "crispy nuts". ) Almonds and sunflower seeds are very high in potassium and magnesium, good for anxiety. Pumpkin seeds are a great source for tryptophan. Gelatin is a great source for glycine and proline, to rebuild damaged tissues all round; stomach lining, organs, skin, capillaries, etc. Milk thistle, dandelion root, turmeric, beetroot, etc. , are good to promote the flow of bile for digestion. Good to all, Connie"
01/03/2011: Troy from California, Usa: "Hi, I desperately need help... I have been a chronic marijuana smoker for over 6 years (all day long smoker), and also abused alcohol (daily 6-pack drinker at night time) and 10 days ago I was finally able to quit. This has been the longest I have been ever since without using either. The first 3 days was the worst: my mood swings were unreal, I was crying one minute and laughing out-loud the next. Insomnia was also bad but all that is gone now and I'm finally starting to feel better, but little by little.
However, I simply cannot eat. I'm not only not hungry, but I'm also nauseous and can't keep food down. Even fruit/vegetable juices and soup will make my stomach turn... Please help... I feel very weak, have lost a ton of weight. I tried going to a big food court to see if something would interest me, but the smell of food makes me sick. I'm a vegetarian but would be willing to eat meat if that's what took it, but so far the only thing I want to do is lay down all day and rest. I'm going insane! I feel like my brain is screaming trying to figure out how to restore its natural balance. Miraculously I do not have the desire or urge to drink or smoke (THANK GOD), but I wonder how much longer I will have to put up with this. It's affecting work and I can't get anything done. Please help and please pray for me, this is though. I need something else other than patience."Replies
01/04/2011: Brendan from Adelaide, South Australia replies: "Hey Troy, I was in a similar position about 2-3 yrs ago. I had smoked weed every day for approx 5 and half yrs, and I mean a lot, as weed in Adelaide is cheap, like at least half of what youd pay in any other state of Aus and the laws here are crazily slack. I also drank plenty too. I quit cold turkey in early 2008, I dont remember having appetite loss to the point of what you have but I had plenty of other weird side effects including being sent to the hospital for a suspected heart attack, at age 22, which scared the shit out of me. It turned out that it was just my heart spasming because it was missing the thc so much, thats what the docs said anyway. I did have some loss of appetite but nothing like what you describe but I guess everyones different.
All I really wanted to say was, Stick with it coz I swear to god getting off weed and drink was the best thing I ever did, probably the hardest too, but the most rewarding. It takes a long time before you really feel changes (maybe a year or more) but after being off for 3 years, I have gone from being very depressed, reclusive, anxious, angry, irratic, lazy, demotivated, suffering bad memory loss and recall. I am now feeling better than ever, im more outgoing, rarely anxious or nervous, so much more happy, motivated, and just loving life so much. Mentally, I feel like a kid again, something I never thought I would get back. Drugs are shit and they stop real happiness, getting off them was the best thing ive ever done and I wish I could grab every kid that is like I was, shake the shit out of him and tell him to put down the bong and the booze. I had a bit of councelling too which I think helped so you might benefit from that, usually there would be free drug councilling but I dont know about where your from. Anyway, good luck dude, I really hope you stick with it coz it's so so worth the crap your going through. Good luck, Brendan"
01/04/2011: Mike from Montreal, Quebec, Canada replies: "I think the best way to avoid a potential health problem as a result of trying to get rid of your addictions is to drink fruits and vegetable juices until your body begins to accept solid food. The worst thing you can do to your health is not consume anything at all!!! Otherwise the fact that your are not taking in any nourishment for your body would only worsen your condition."
01/04/2011: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "I have used a device called the Radiac for over 15 years and have found that it helps with everything that you have been going through. I have never got the Wet Cell, but I had a client of mine get it and she reported amazing results. Here is a link on a number of people that manufacture these devices that rebuild the body through electricity. Research the devices and choose the one that you feel would benefit you best, also I get the solutions that go with it.
01/07/2011: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "Here is a great link for the device that I told you about. It really helps with a lot of different ailments. Do your research though on where to buy it. Some people say that the extra charcoal one is the best. I do not have that one - if the internet was around when I bought mine, then I would have gotten that.
05/28/2012: Gettingoldertoo from Chico, Ca replies: "Hello - re: the Radiac. How does this compare with Don Croft's Zapper? (Some EC entries have discussed the Zapper, possibly search "Zapper" and one can find these. ) Link for Zapper info: http://www.worldwithoutparasites.com/index.html
Online info for the Radiac isn't terribly reader friendly, can someone give me a straight forward opinion re: Radiac vs the Zapper? It seems both use a low dose of electricity to assist the body's immune system. One can buy a Zapper (no wire hookups, just place it against your skin) for about $130 and the Radiac (with hookups and different solutions -- this is where things get complicating and confusing) runs $250 /-.
The Zapper seems to kill parasites which balances the body in many ways. The Radiac is associated with Edgar Cayce and is marketed to have similar health benefits as well as the ability to enhance one's psychic and spiritual levels.
Dunno! Any thoughts would be appreciated. :)!!"
05/29/2012: Steve from Las Vegas, Nevada replies: "I would go with a zapper as they seem to have more of a proven track record in eliminating parasites, bacteria, infections etc. I recommened the zapper z4ex about $60 on ebay, it's reliable and has several frequencies for healing."
07/16/2014: Ed2010 from Canada: "Hi this question is for TED, Bill or anyothers who have any suggestions.
Is it possible to treat Alcohol Addiction (Liquor, Brandy, Whisky, Beers)? Addiction has become epidemic among the youths in the State of Tamil Nadu, India. It is 3 Billion Dollar industry run by the government itself. The neighbouring states Kerala, Karnataka is suffering the same.
07/16/2014: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "Ed2010, An interesting concept with a reported high rate of success for alcoholism is called the Sinclair Method. It uses full dose Naltrexone at 50 mg taken ONLY before drinking. Here's the link:
A google search brings up many other articles about this. Naltrexone can be purchased in any drug store in India OTC without a prescription and is inexpensive. Best wishes."
07/19/2014: Meeya from Sunnyvale, Ca replies: "http://www.naturalnews.com/042722_vitamin_therapy_depression_cure_Andrew_Saul.html
Vitamin B3 therapy cures alcoholism, anxiety, tension and, even, schizophrenia
Back in 1960, 'Bill W.', co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill Wilson) met Abram Hofer, M.D., Ph.D. - who introduced Bill to the amazing healing potential of mega vitamin therapy. Dr. Hofer had lots of success treating schizophrenic patients - who also suffered from alcohol addiction and depression. Naturally, Bill W. was very curious - to say the least - and started to take 3,000 mg. of vitamin B3 per day.
After a few weeks, the fatigue and depression that plagued Bill W., for years, was gone. To make a long story short, Bill W. gave 30 of his close friends in Alcoholics Anonymous the same therapy and, within 6 months, he was convinced vitamin B3 would be very helpful for alcoholics. Unfortunately, as I'm sure you could guess by now, many of his appointed 'medical experts' did not like his excitement over a vitamin therapy to treat health problems and, to this date, vitamin B3 therapy remains a 'secret' to millions of needy individuals."
07/20/2014: Timh from KY replies: "The mineral Zinc at 50mg daily goes very well w/ Niacin to restore depleted alcohol detox thus reducing toxicity and all the bad side effects. Omega 3 Fatty Acids or EPA's are also depleted in alcoholism so is important to eat cold water fish like Salmon, Mackerel, and Sardines or take the Oils as supplement which would also include the now popular Krill. Occasional Cod Liver Oil is good source of Omega 3's as well as replenishing depleted Vit-A&D."
11/13/2011: Tamra from Central Point, Oregon: "I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to get off a nasal spray addiction. I have been addicted for 15 plus years and I believe it is now affecting my smell and taste. I have tried going cold turkey, zyrtic, antihistimines and prescribed nasal sprays with no avail. As of now I am doing half saline an half spray mixture that I found on another site but it seems that I have to use it more often now so I don't think it's working. I have found a lot of great useful info from this site and hope someone out there can help me with this problem. thank you."Replies
11/14/2011: Blanche from Iberia Parish, Louisiana replies: "I was once addicted to nasal sprays too. I had to have one in my purse, car, and just about every room in the house. What got me over the hump was that I only used it in one nostril at a time, letting the other one heal and just enough that I could breathe at night. Also made myself wait to take the dose until I couldn't stand it. Then after a couple of days, I switched to the other nostril. If I had known about neti pots in those days, I would probably have used that too."
05/27/2010: Kate from Wilmington, De: "Addiction: I am dealing with a very serious, non prescribed medication abuse and withdrawal that I can't really find much about on the web. My boyfriend is getting clean from adderoll, typically he used between 100- 200 mg a day of the medication for the last 10 years, increasing each year.... He is now ready to come clean. Other than the obvious healthy eating, exercise, B-12 and ginseng, got any remedies. HELP! I really love him! I've started with Apple cider vin drink and garlic to get him cleaned out....
What else can he try?
05/27/2010: Elizabeth from Nashville, Tn replies: "I would suggest calcium bentonite clay taken internally. This attracts all toxins while it travels through your intestines. I've also heard great things about soaking in a bathtub of clay water to draw toxins out via the skin. I would keep drinking the ACV to help balance the ph. I hope he feels better soon!"
05/27/2010: Rob from Manhattan, New York replies: "milk thistle will help with his liver & detox.. also NAC N-acetyl cysteine is often used as a detox for drugs, like cocaine or tylenol toxicity..(acetoaminophen)
It helps protect the liver as well..more info... http://www.raysahelian.com/acetylcysteine.html
It is recommended that it be taken with a large dose of vitamin C."
05/28/2010: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca replies: "Hi Kate,
That's fantastic that he's now willing to come clean! If you work together it makes it easier. In addition to the recommendations by fellow EC'ers, start by adding in lots of greens. They will help to alkalinize his body. That will help re-balance him. Also, remember the liver loves bitter so, dandelion greens, broccoli rabe, collard greens in addition to milk thistle. If you can start making green juices that will help immensely. As he detoxes, he may experience flu-like symptoms which can be difficult to cope with but remind him that we have to go through those to get to the other side- back to our true health. You can slow down if it gets to be too much but work to eat foods "close to the earth" which is how I like to think of it. Food is medicine and eating right can heal the body.
I wish you the very best and the strength to endure.
10/01/2012: Calgary_rip_off from Calgary, Ab: "Last saturday I took a break from the one capsule of Rhodiola that I normally take in the morning from(unnamed British Columbia supplement maker), because I found the 250 mg tablet was making me too relaxed. I decided to take a break, given that I had taken Rhodiola daily for the last year. I noticed distinctly when not having it in my system that it had healed something from damage I had created.
In March-September of 1993 I got addicted to pseudoephedrine and caffeine pills. I was in my early 20's, naive, and depressed University of Washington Seattle student. 600 mg of caffeine pills(3 vivarins) and 90 mg sudafed(3 pseudoephedrine pills), per day spaced throughout the day and probably 10 cups instant coffee on top of that. With this amount of stimulants in my system, I ran literally each day for 4 hours. I believe that I did some serious damage from these amounts of stimulants. When I stopped the pseudoephedrine and continued drinking coffee(but no caffeine pills) that september I felt severely depressed. The depths of depression and felt very off.
Apparently, with the Rhodiola this has more or less been healed. I highly recommend Rhodiola to ex addicts as it is very very healing.
I am not sure about the dosage recommendations, that is individual. As my neurotransmitter system probably is altered, I notice that with the (unnamed B. C. Supplement maker) Rhodiola, low doses(250 mg with 1% active components) I get more tired than stimulated. So I decided to triple the dosage about 3 hours ago before the weight workout and I notice a dose related effect: A heavier dose and more of it leads to more stimulation, not less, apparently the opposite as noted on some threads.
I am happy there is a feedback page such as this one, and hopefully someone can benefit. This post is designed for those searching for something to help their synaptic systems if they have been damaged.
If you live in a cold climate you can grow your own too, without naming sources and introducing bias to this post, there are resources for Rhodiola growers here in Alberta, Canada you just have look online for them. I did and am growing Rhodiola in my backyard. Now I just have to wait until 2017 before I harvest the roots and make a Vodka tincture."
06/17/2009: SunflowerBliss from New York City, New York: "An old friend of mine from college called me yesterday to tell me that her marriage had just fallen apart. Her husband, it turns out, is a sex addict and had been one for years. You name it he did it: online porn, real-life affairs with their (her!) friends, co-workers, massages. To help my friend, I started researching sexual addiction today and came across an article that people might find interesting from Elle magazine. It came out in January 2009: www.elle.com/Beauty/Health-Fitness/Sexy-Beast
If anyone has any remedies to treat sex addiction, please let me know. According to this article it takes 3-5 years of therapy to change the pattern. But since we are dealing with chemicals in the brain like dopamine, maybe there are supplements that can speed along the process. Sigh."Replies
06/25/2010: Kayla from Ma, Usa replies: "I have done research and found that with sex addictions, the sex addicts have low levels of seratonin. That's why a side effect of SSRIs is low libido as those raise seratonin levels. There are a lot of dangerous side effects with those though. 5-HTP also raises seratonin levels and lowers libido naturally. I know a couple of people this has worked well on. It doesn't completely take away their sex drive but it does lessen it considerably so that it's no longer an obsession/compulsion. Just thought I'd share what I've discovered. I hope it helps with others as well. The people I know took 200 mg before bed, it helps you sleep better too, puts you in a good mood and even helps some lose weight. You can get it at any health food store or online."
07/11/2011: Ti from Houston, Usa: "I have been on Lunesta and Ambien (prescription sleep medication) for over 15 years now. I really, really need advice on how to come off of them and use natural ways to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you all :)"Replies
07/12/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Ti, I can't give you much advice because this is not something I have ever dealt with. I occasionally take a sleeping pill if I really can't sleep but would never take them on a regular basis. I have seen what they do to people.... But I would say that you can try to lower the dose slowly in a way that you are not stressed about it and your body doesn't react too badly. Then you also have to try to understand that a lot of people have times when they sleep better, times they sleep less well.... That is normal, I feel! I have that myself. After having been a person who could sleep all day and all night in my youth I now, at almost 54, don't sleep go well anymore. Sometimes I don't even know why there are periods when I do sleep well and others when I don't.
Some things help me, reading a book before going to sleep or in the middle of the night if I wake up, watching a of TV if I can't sleep (the computer makes it worse for me), drinking a camomile tea before going to bed. Milk seems to help as well but I don't drink milk. Warm milk with honey. If I wake up in the middle of the night going to the bathroom also helps me, no idea why because often I don't even need to go, maybe a habit? Right temperature in bed, not too cold and not too hot. When I was younger turning on my stomach helped me fall asleep really fast but I can't do that anymore because of my back. Just try what works for you! There are many suggestions on this site.... And.... Sleep tight! By the way, there are also yoga exercises and if nothing else works.... Count sheep!"
[YEA] 12/06/2006: K.L. from Dallas, TX: "Sun gazing cured cured caffeine addiction, insomnia, and helped depression! Suffering from insomnia and depression, I had gone to a natural physician who suggested I stopped drinking coffee and replace the coffee drinking with sunshine in the morning by looking almost directly at the sun for a minute or two every morning. He said the effect would be much the same as coffee as far as waking up the body goes.
This physician didn't lie. For the past 2 years I go out every morning upon waking, either on the balcony or if not just through my window and look up for a minute or two towards the direction of the sun. There is an almost immediate energizing of the body. I no longer have any need for caffeine. After 15 years of coffee, I don't crave it at all. I sleep with no sleeping aids (the result of no more caffeine) live a much more peaceful life without all those stimulants, and from my half hearted effort at this "sun gazing" practice, my depression is definitely manageable."