The vitamin “niacin”, which is also known as vitamin B3 deserves an entire section on its own. The reason I say this is because the co-founder of AA, Bill Wilson actually used niacin to help with many of the symptoms of alcoholism. One of the side effects of the root cause of alcoholism is also depression. Both are caused from a metabolic disorder involving the hypothalamus and neuroendocrine system.
Bill Wilson knew that something was missing even though had had not had a drink in many years. He co-founded AA and helped thousands of people stop drinking. However, he realized after some time that many of these people, although not drinking anymore, were still very miserable (including himself). Being a very smart and curious person, he did some research on vitamins. What he found was truly amazing and he put it to the test.
Bill Wilson had read about the effects of niacin and decided to take the vitamin B3 himself. This was because he was suffering from extreme depression and still struggled with alcohol cravings on a regular basis. He had a feeling that these might be related. This was in fact true because both symptoms are a result of chemical imbalances and nutritional deficiencies. In fact, the effect of niacin on the brain helps with many of the symptoms that are commonly known as the “dry drunk” syndrome. Ironically, the dry drunk symptoms are exactly the same as hypoglycemia.
Wilson started out by taking 3000 mg of niacin a day. He was amazed that after just a few weeks his depression and alcohol cravings had vanished. He was so excited that he presented his findings to his friends and got a small experiment going on his own. He took 30 members of AA in good standing and tried the same thing with them. After one month 10 were feeling better. After two months another 10 were feeling better. After three months none of the remaining 10 felt better. Still, the results very good and Bill wanted to share them with everyone.
The tragedy behind all of this is once Wilson presented his discoveries to the AA Board, they ordered him not to advocate it. They argued that he was not qualified to make the statements because he was not a medical doctor. This assertion was ludicrous and cruel. Basically, the doctors on the AA Board wanted to keep things the way they were and not admit that there was a natural cure for alcoholism. Their personal pocketbooks came before their actual concern for the millions of members of AA.
I’ve told this story because throughout this website you’re learning that in order to cure your alcoholism you’re going to have to think differently than the mainstream media wants you to. This is at times very difficult because of peer pressure and the constant bombardment of false ideas that we hear every day.
The fact is that niacin has key components that help heal the metabolic disorder that causes alcohol cravings and alcoholism. All alcoholics are usually very deficient in this vitamin and their bodies need to be replenished in order to restore proper brain function. It is very effective in helping repair the sensitive hypothalamus and has a great effect on the neuroendocrine system. Vitamin B3 (niacin) is included in the protocol that I have on this web site. I encourage you to follow these protocols very carefully especially taking plenty of niacin.
Here’s a little more to prove to you the value of niacin. A renowned doctor and Ph.D. named Abram Hoffer first started experimenting with vitamins and the relation to alcoholism many years ago. He was a close friend of Bill Wilson and one of the main people involved in helping him get the information he did regarding niacin. Dr. Hoffer not only wrote the book the “Vitamin Cure for Alcoholism”, he has also been involved in several other books that have been written including “Alcoholism: The Cause and the Cure”. This book by Genita Petralli, H.H.P., N.C., M.H. is one of the most in-depth and precise programs for regarding the cause and the cure for alcoholism that has ever been written.
Both of these books are in my book store and I suggest you add them to your library. The more you learn about the metabolic disorder that causes alcoholism, the better able you’ll be to stop it.