Food, drinks being used to treat addiction

by NICOLE TRUGILLO/Editor-in-Chief

There is nothing better than sitting down, having a big appetite, and biting into food that smells and tastes delicious.

Mostly everyone thinks we eat food just to survive, but that’s not the case. Food is being used in ways that people couldn’t imagine.

Dr. Keith Kantor, CEO and Founder of the NAMED Program, frees people from addiction through nutrition.

“I specialize in two areas,” explains Dr. Kantor. “I use natural methods, mostly foods and drink, to help people have a higher percentage of successful withdraw from drugs and alcohol and lower the relapse rate.”

Dr. Kantor works with the top dozen mental illnesses, using food menus and drinks to lower the mental illness effects. He does this by suppressing, or not stimulating, the opiate receptors.

He holds a PhD in Nutritional Science, a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, and a doctorate in Business Entrepreneurship. He explains that one day his friend was in the process of starting some rehabilitation centers for substance abuse.

“To make a long story short, a little over a year ago, I had to stop working out of the house because I was sick,” says Dr. Kantor. “My blood pressure went up drastically, and I found out my back was hurting really bad and my body was releasing so much of a chemical called chlordiasil.”

At the age of 60, Dr. Kantor had high blood pressure, which he never experienced before. He says that his blood pressure was so high that the doctors couldn’t treat it with chemicals. So he had to get a back operation last February.

“Now I have to stay home for another year to recooperate,” explains Dr. Kantor. “That’s when my friend asked me if I would look over or do the food menus for the rehabilitation centers, because he knew I had a Ph.D in Nutritional Science. I told him I would, and when I started to do the research, I saw that nobody has really done this because there wasn’t enough money in it at the time.”

According to Dr. Kantor, when his friend started the rehabilitation centers, there were less than 4,000. Now there are 15,000.

“If you were going to do any research on the opiate receptors, which is cells in our bodies that make sure you don’t stimulate,” says Dr. Kantor, “you did it for the other diseases.”

Dr. Kantor did more research, finding out more about the opiate receptor, which releases chemicals to give people their urges.

“But there are others that stimulate it, like sugar, gluten, dairy, nicotine, and even caffeine,” explains Dr. Kantor. “Those make us stimulate the opiate receptors and give our body urges. We don’t know what those urges really are for. I decided for his clinic to make menus that don’t stimulate the opiate receptors and suppress them.”

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According to Dr. Kantor, somebody who goes to a rehabilitation center for a long period of time doesn’t help stimulate the opiate receptors.

“There’s a reason why we have a 95 percent relapse rate in the United States,” explains Dr. Kantor. “Because even though we kept them away from the drugs and alcohol, we just transferred the addiction.”

Dr. Kantor says if somebody isn’t having problems with drugs or alcohol, and they don’t have good self control, they’re most likely having problems with food.

“Those people gain weight, which is a big problem in this country which leads to diabetes type 2,” says Dr. Kantor. “If you’re obese, it increases many other diseases, like heart disease. The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta says that over 75 percent of all chronic diseases are nutrition related.”

Dr. Kantor says anyone could go to his websites http://www.namedprogram.com and get a free menu for seven days for substance abuse. He has another website, http://www.drkeithkantor.com, which has a lot of recipes for general health reasons.

“They can email me if they have questions, and they can’t beat the prices because it’s free,” Dr. Kantor says with a laugh. “Also, with these recipes and just every day, I suggest you drink half of your body weight in ounces a day. You should drink alkaline water, which you can find at the store.”

Dr. Kantor says doing research on foods and drinks that suppress the opiate receptors has produced great results.

“The word is starting to spread around, and it looks like we’re starting to help a lot of people, which is a great feeling,” says Dr. Kantor.

Author: Plainsman Press Staff

The student newspaper of South Plains College.

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