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The Holistic Sanctuary Rebuts Boston University Advocating the Use of Naloxone to Combat Heroin Addiction
Date:11/27/2013

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 27, 2013

The Holistic Sanctuary announces its analysis and critical review of a Boston University (BU) funded study advocating the use of naloxone to treat heroin addiction. The report ("An Overdose Lifeline: Med Prof's Controversial Plan Reduces Opioid Overdose Deaths”) from BU Today features the work of Alexander Walley, a BU School of Medicine assistant professor and the medical director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Pilot Program.(1) The profile of Professor Walley notes that, at BU, more than 100 researchers have been awarded over $130 million in addiction-related research and services grants since 2006, and faculty currently direct over 50 funded addiction-related research projects.(2)

The two-part online series about Professor Walley’s work, which emphasizes the use of Narcan (which is a trademarked version of naloxone) as the principal means of treating heroin addiction, has, in the judgment of The Holistic Sanctuary, a possibly devastating oversight: There is no mention of the fact that naloxone contains suboxone; the latter consists of four parts buprenorphone and one part naloxone.(3) Failure to disclose this fact, in the expert opinion of The Holistic Sanctuary, overestimates the efficacy of naloxone while neglecting the toxic and potentially deadly threats associated with suboxone, as revealed last week by the New York Times.(4) The drug is now the 26th most prescribed medication in the United States, with sales (as of 2012) of $1.55 billion.(5)

By claiming to “literally bring people back to life” with Narcan, Professor Walley makes no reference to the dangers of suboxone, nor does he acknowledge international criticism relating to Narcan in general.(6) According to Dr. Alex Wodak, a retired addiction specialist who worked with drug users in Sydney, Australia, for 30 years, there is insufficient and very questionable information about any positive benefits of Narcan. He states: “The evidence so far is very weak. We have a large number of studies of poor quality – just observational studies looking at what is happening.”(7)

In addition, Professor Walley does not address this lack of oversight, which is one of the chief complaints from Dr. Wodak, nor does he reveal that 5.3 million Americans currently suffer from addiction to suboxone and other opiates, based on studies performed by McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, within relatively close proximity to BU, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).(8)

Other extensive studies, including one performed by the National Institutes of Health, confirm there have been several reports of abscesses, soft tissue infections, emboli, acute limb ischaemia, endocarditis, sepsis, and HIV and Hepatitis C infection associated with injection of buprenorphine or use of suboxone.(9) Other related problems include nausea (feeling sick), sweating, chronic headache and severe withdrawal syndrome.(10)

For Johnny Tabaie, “Johnny The Healer,” (see also http://www.johnnythehealer.com/) the Founder of The Holistic Sanctuary, permanently ending addiction and eradicating dependency on suboxone and other drugs is a top priority, courtesy of his exclusive and natural solution known as the Pouyan Method. This treatment targets the origins of addiction, rejuvenating and restoring brain cells to their pre-addictive state.

Most importantly, Johnny does not classify or treat addiction as a lifelong, incurable disease, which requires daily consumption of several prescription medications (which have never been tested as a single unit, in their combined formulation), enrollment in 12-step programs, belittling duties like mopping floors or reliance on other antiquated and ineffective techniques. His inspiring video testimonials from guests are independent proof of his achievements. People can watch these powerful stories at: theholisticsanctuary.com/Ibogaine-Videos/

“Suboxone is an extremely dangerous, hard-to-eliminate addiction, which is much more resistant to treatment than dependency on heroin. For Professor Walley not to disclose the naloxone-suboxone connection, and to then suggest his protocol brings people back to life, is a serious act of omission. He has a moral responsibility, or at least an ethical one as an academic and a researcher, to tell the whole story. Overlooking the lethal threat of suboxone calls into question his report and his assertions,” says Mr. Tabaie.

Prospective patients can also see the undeniable evidence of The Holistic Sanctuary’s success involving the healing of the brain by clicking Pouyan Method Brain Scans (theholisticsanctuary.com/Brain-Scan/).

About The Holistic Sanctuary
The Holistic Sanctuary is the home of the exclusive, all-natural and proprietary Pouyan Method, which enables patients to permanently end a variety of addictions. Unlike conventional drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, which have rates or failure or relapse among patients, The Holistic Sanctuary offers a customized protocol with the amenities of a 5-star resort. We seek to stop addiction without prescription medication or the use of 12-step programs. Nor do we classify patients as victims of an incurable disease. Our therapies focus on healing the brain, so a patient can heal their life. For more information about our innovative techniques, founding principles and testimonials from former patients, please visit http://www.theholisticsanctuary.com.

1. bu.edu/today/2013/addiction-research-alexander-walley/; ("An Overdose Lifeline: Med Prof's Controversial Plan Reduces Opioid Overdose Deaths”), November 18, 2013.
2. Ibid.
3. nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a605002.html; ("Buprenorphine Sublingual"), November 15, 2012.
4. nytimes.com/2013/11/17/health/in-demand-in-clinics-and-on-the-street-bupe-can-be-savior-or-menace.html?hp; ("Addiction Treatment With a Dark Side"), November 17, 2013.
5. Ibid.
6. bu.edu/today/2013/addiction-research-alexander-walley/; ("An Overdose Lifeline: Med Prof's Controversial Plan Reduces Opioid Overdose Deaths”), November 18, 2013.
7. abc.net.au/news/2013-08-26/drug-users-trained-to-inject-life-saving-medication/4906376; ("Drug users in Australia being trained to inject life-saving medication Naloxone under new scheme"), August 30, 2013.
8. finance.yahoo.com/news/reckitt-benckiser-pharmaceuticals-inc-receives-070000040.html; ("Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc. Receives FDA Response to Citizen's Petition"), February 25, 2013.
9. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3154701/; ("Buprenorphine and Buprenorphine/Naloxone Diversion, Misuse, and Illicit Use: An International Review"); March 1, 2011.
10. ema.europa.eu/ema/index.jsp?curl=pages/medicines/human/medicines/000697/human_med_001067.jsp&mid=WC0b01ac058001d124; ("Suboxone buprenorphine / naloxone"), October 9, 2013.

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