End of Day 42
Well, I survived day 42. Barely. Shit I am tired and tonight I am feeling like I need more kratom. Took a dose of gabapentin about an hour ago but it takes 2 to kick in. Sitting here thinking about taking some clonidine early and see if this helps the symptoms. I felt FINE all day. Get home and want to chill and I feel like shit.
Anyhow, need to distract my ass so let's talk about nutrition. I have been focusing most on foods. Tonight I thought I might teach you about a spice called turmeric.
Turmeric is from a root, is golden yellow in color, and is an additive found in curry powder. It has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese medicine and by Indian healers. Why? It contains a compound called curcumin. The spice actually only contains about 3% curcumin so in this case you might want to consider buying a extract with more potent levels. If you take the supplement, swallow the pills with a few whole black peppercorns as these contain a substance called piperine which increases absorption of the curcumin by almost 2000%!!!
Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant. How powerful? Some researchers think is as effective at treating pain as ibuprofen and without the side effects. This stuff is amazing. Not only does the reduction in inflammation reduce pain, it reduces the incidence of all chronic diseases caused by inflammation such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. It also reduces large numbers of free radicals...those nasty buggers that float around and destroy your good cells.
It also increases something called Brain-derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF). BDNF is a growth hormone that literally helps the brain heal itself and grow new circuits. This is a VERY helpful thing for addicts. We need anything that helps repair our opiate abused brains. Also helps with memory and depression.
Curcumin is strong enough to also TREAT cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, depression, and arthritis. There is also research out there that suggests it is a powerful anti-aging serum. One study showed that this supplement, if taken with black pepper, is as effective as a statin at reducing inflammation (statin drugs are not given just to reduce cholesterol...they are given to heart patients to reduce inflammation but they have serious side effects such as memory loss).
So anyhow, add Turmeric to your food and perhaps consider adding this supplement to your arsenal to help your brain heal during and after detox.
Love to you all. Keep kicking opiate ass my friends. WE WILL DO THIS!!!!
Jungledog added 10 Minutes and 0 Seconds later...
Again, thanks for the love. Yes, I see the value in helping others. I guess I do that everyday at my job but this is different. I know what this shit has stolen from me and what it has stolen from everyone here who is posting or lurking. I have some good medical knowledge and sound knowledge of nutrition. I figured why not put them together and help people help themselves.
I will do this. I have to...I have too much to lose to not make it to the other side. My life, my very life! My marriage, my kids, my job, everything I have ever worked for. I will NOT lose this stuff to a bottle of pills that some asshole in a lab created to hook people on so they could make gigantic profits. Screw that. Screw big pharm.