[Ibogaine] Barcelona Ibogaine session set for International Harm Reduction Conference

Dana Beal dana at phantom.com
Sat Feb 9 19:17:36 EST 2008

This actually NOT a followup to the Ibogaine Forum next weekend,  
because the information on Ibogaine efficacy that me and Dr. Ken will  
be presenting has been GUTTED from the panel, and REPLACED by an  
Ibogaine Opponent who's PROUD that he is completely unfamiliar with  
ibogaine, because he KNOWS  it must be a fraud. Here's what he's saying:

> Since the tragic experience of thalidomide some decades ago,  
> medicine has been based firmly on scientific evidence. All  
> interventions are assumed to be ineffective, unsafe and cost- 
> ineffective until proven otherwise. Harm reduction is also based  
> firmly on scientific evidence while conventional drug policy  
> relying heavily on supply control has a weak committment to  
> evidence. Theoretical justifications for interventions are of  
> interest but they are no substitute for rigorous scientific  
> evidence of effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness. For  
> example, oral naltrexone has been strongly advocated by critics of  
> harm reduction as a treatment for heroin dependence on the basis of  
> attractive theory. However, empirical studies showed that clearly  
> naltrexone is ineffective, unsafe and cost-ineffective as a  
> treatment for heroin dependence. Published evidence for Ibogaine as  
> a treatment for heroin dependence is unimpressive. Persistent and  
> sincere advocacy for ibogaine is no substitute for rigorous  
> evidence. 'Evidence' means several rigorous scientific trials  
> published in reputable peer-reviewed scientific journals  
> demonstrating major benefits consistently and in the absence of  
> unacceptable side effects. Evidence of effectiveness preferably  
> (but not necessarily) requires randomised controlled trials where  
> this is possible. 'Evidence' is not a strong theoretical rationale.  
> Advocates for Ibogaine and harm reduction clinicians and scientists  
> will be brought closer together when all agree that all prevention  
> and treatment interventions have to be based on rigorous scientific  
> evidence of effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness.

The are no randomized trials for medications used to treat acute  
opiate withdrawal because of a) the difficulty of eliciting a placebo  
effect in some one who's kicking dope, b) the extreme unlikelihood  
that folks wouldn't notice they did or did not take a psychedelic  
drug, and c) the ethical impossibility of not unblinding the trial  
once the clinician sees the robust ibogaine effect against frequently  
fatal addiction to heroin and others drugs of abuse.

Remember, in FACING THE HABIT, 3 out 4 of the characters are dead of  
heroin overdose by the end of the film.
There are published studies, but as I suspected, when I met Wodak in  
New Orleans, he had never read them. One of the first things I saw  
was email from him saying that there were "more important things to  
discuss." It is also somewhat disingenuous to demand results from  
clinical trials after years of lobbying against clinical trials, on  
the grounds that there's not enough evidence to justify doing a  
clinical trial to begin with. The action by IHRA in forcing an  
opponent onto the panel shows that their trashing of ibogaine with  
the Iranians after Dimitri Mougainis introduced it to them in Warsaw  
represents a consistent policy that is probably responsible for ibo  
being dropped by the Australian media after being in vogue a few  
years back.

After all, they went to the experts, who said that it didn't  
work--"no evidence."  Alex Wodak is the former head of the  
International Harm Reduction Association.

The comparison to thalidomide is especially offensive because  
Ibogaine was in medical use as lamborine for 40 years before it was  
banned as a psychedelic, and any really serious but unsuspected  
effects comparable to babies being born with seal flippers instead of  
arms would have emerged during that time. And the comparison to UROD  
(naltrexone) cannot be sustained on the grounds that a kappa opioid  
agonist is comparable to an mu opioid blocker, when acute alpha3beta4  
nicotinic antagonist (like Welbutrin) and serotonergic effects may  
actually be more responsible for addiction interruption, while there  
is no indication whatsoever that UROD switches on a neurotropin  
(GDNF) that regrows dopamine neurons and self-replicates, so that you  
don't have to keep taking ibogine to get the longer-term "curative"  

I was booted from the panel because Stijn, the head of INPUD, said I  
was interfering in his panel scheduling by asking that Wodak respond  
specifically to the ibogaine information instead of hiding behind  
generalities, and requesting some one who could present on safety  
issues. Unbeknownst to me, he was overruled on the second point  
anyway because IHRA had no other place to put Perez Alonso after  
accepting his abstract--which gives you some idea of who is actually  
in charge, even though Stijn says he did all on his ownsome it in a  
fit of pique.

It was OUR panel before that, preferred by a majority of users'  
organizations as one of two "users' choice" sessions. I left New  
Orleans believing that I was still on it and that things with Wodak  
could be worked out with the eventual outcome of even having clinical  
trials in Australia.

Instead participants WILL NOT GET information that contradicts Wodak.  
Instead I am excluded to an exhibition hall where I can stand next to  
a poster of my slides, clearly implying that my information doesn't  
cut it, that it hasn't made the grade, that it has no basis in  
science. That's interesting, inasmuch as it is somewhat duplicative  
of the presentation Dr. Ken is giving next Saturday morning in  
Washington, D.C.

Meanwhile, I am informed that Stijn wants INPUD (International  
Network of People who Use Drugs) to represent the hard drugs users,  
and ENCOD, the group putting on the Vienna UN protest March 7 - 9 to  
stick to representing cannabis users. Which is consistent  with the  
mandate of the British Govt Department for International Development  
to fight AIDS among IDUs, leaving 80 % of users who just use cannabis  
or psychedelics outside of any legal or administrative protections  
they manage to wrangle for their clients/patients.

One of the issues of ENCOD vs INPUD is the right to use without being  
automatically considered a patient, with the restrictions that  
implies for civil rights.

Stijn may say that he's only trying to arrange a dialog between  
proponents and opponents, but Wodak is already somewhat notorious in  
harm reduction circles for opposing provision of narcan to addict  
activists for overdose prevention, on the grounds that there's "no  
evidence of efficacy," even though the stuff is routine medication  
for EMS techs who show up (usually too late) at the scene of the  
overdose. Interesting, Wodak is trying to get a clinical trial going  
for dex-amphetamine maintenance for meth-heads, while Stijn has  
managed to get himself a prescription for speed of some kind. So I  
can't help but feel they're still trying to keep ibogaine from being  
studied as an alternative to heroin and amphetamine maintenance (how  
about low-dose ibogaine vs. speed?). And, based on the ambivalent  
reaction I got at the INPUD meeting in New Orleans to my challenge to  
join with the Worldwide Marijuana March in a united front, that this  
is a deliberate action to alienate the pot movement by refusing us a  
seat at the table.


On Feb 5, 2008, at 11:45 PM, Howard Lotsof wrote:

> The agenda for the Ibogaine session for International Harm  
> Reduction Conference in Barcelona has just been set.
> The session will take place Monday, May 12, 2008, at 6:00 PM  
> (18:00) during one of the special Evening sessions or six o'clock  
> shows.
> Host: Alan Clear
> “Users Choice: Ibogaine”
> Howard Lotsof, 559 Ibogaine Treatment For Substance Dependence:  
> Historical and Future Perspectives.
> Wodak Alex, 1192 The lack of evidence for Ibogaine as a treatment  
> for heroin dependence
> Perez Alonso, 1351 The Safety and Screening of Ibogaine in a Mexico  
> Clinical Setting
> Dimitri Mugianis, 397 Underground Ibogaine Treatment and Drug User  
> Activism
> 6 O’Clock Shows
> To end the day on Monday 12th May and Tuesday 13th May, there will  
> also be some early evening sessions called the ‘6 O’Clock Shows’.  
> These sessions are great opportunities for open debate and  
> discussion on contentious or lively topics. They normally consist  
> of four 15-minute presentations followed by around 30 minutes for  
> discussion and questions, and are available in English only.
> Information on the evening session can be found at http:// 
> www.ihra.net/Barcelona/ProgrammeAbstracts
> The program agenda is attached.  Easiest way to find the ibogaine  
> session is to search for the term, "ibogaine."
> <HR2008_Programme.pdf>
> This session will be an international follow-up for the 5th Annual  
> Ibogaine Forum, Washington DC 2008.
>> On Feb 5, 2008, at 3:57 PM, Dana Beal (dana at phantom.com) wrote:
>>> This schedule is subject to last-minute changes. Please get all yr
>>> people to come.
>>> 5th annual ibogaine Forum, Washington DC 2008
>>> The location: 1020 U St.
>>> Dates: February 16 to 18 (President's Day).
>>> 11 am to 6 PM Daily.
>>> Dana/cnw
>>> dana at phantom.com
>      1-212-677-7180 cures-not-wars.org
> This schedule is subject to last-minute changes. There is community  
> housing, but we can also arrange hotel accomodations. But we need  
> to know right away, before everything is booked.
> DAY 1--Saturday
> Keynote w. Aton Edwards
> Medical Panels
> Dr. Ken Alper     Survey of worldwide use
> Dana Beal      Mechanisms of Action
> Clare Wilkins           Ibogaine Asssociation Safety Procedures
> Dr. Anwar Jeewa     Ibogaine in a Conventional Treatment Setting
> Howard Lotsof       Ibogaine in treatment of hepatitis C
> MIchael Cardin      Cornell ibo/hep C study
> Ibogaine and Black Community's Quest for Alternative Treatments
> Dhoruba bin Wahad        Former Black Panther
> Rommel Washington       Social Worker, Accupuncturist
> Alan Frimpong                 Grass Roots Malcolm X Movement
> DAY 2--Sunday
> Traditional Use in Africa
> Dr. Anthony Andoh Northscale Institute
> Dimitri Mougainis   (newly initiated in the Bwiti religion)
> Charles Rossouw (on S. African use as traditional medicine)
> Comparative Use w. Other Plant Sacraments
> Patrick Kroupa  Ibogaine Plus Other Sacraments
> Makhi Erdely     on Peyote and  Ayahuasca in treatment of addiction
> Philip Fiuty (former head of New Mexico Bureau of Infectious Diseases)
> Marc Cocoran    on Kratom, burprenorphin and low dose ibogaine
> DAY 3--Monday
> Legislative and Regulatory Considerations
> Doug Greene         original scheduling of ibogaine
> Bill Piper                  legislative affairs, Drug Policy Alliance
> Howard Lotsof        History of Ibogaine Development
> The scene w. Venezuela and S. America
> Dhoruba bin Wahad    Former Black Panther
> Dra. Zulema Cendon   Venezuelan Psychiatrists
> Dra. Rosalía Dávalos                    in the Drug Treament Field
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