[Ibogaine] Barcelona Ibogaine session set for InternationalHarm Reduction Conference

Steve Coss coss at blodgettsupply.com
Sun Feb 10 12:36:58 EST 2008


I have to tell you that I am beside pissed that this would happen. You don't know me from Adam or Stephen (those are my sons names)!!  But I have to say that this is where I just have to say that it is time for those of us that have received the benefit of this miraculous drug to scream from the rooftops that it is now and we aren't going to take it any more. Trust me when I say  am as far from a activist as one can get. Although I was a product of the sixty's  I somehow became immersed in the business climate and instead of marching for peace I was marching for the dollar sad to say. But that was then and it is time for the masses (what few we are that have taken Ibogaine) to get out and make sure that you talk to EVERY single person, that you write to the papers, that we start making some noise. I got to tell you it doesn't take lot of noise now a days to catch on and catch on it must!.  Sorry for that rant I just have had enough. I am sitting in my bed crashing from  opiates and feeling really sorry for myself and I should of course know better but hey WTF I guess I am destined to ride the extremes. It kind of sucks when it is a down time but unfortunately I still enjoy the up time. Woe is me , such is the life of a addict. I hope you keep on fighting the fight. I will do my best from the sidelines up here in Vermont. More power to you.



From: ibogaine-bounces at mindvox.com [mailto:ibogaine-bounces at mindvox.com] On Behalf Of Dana Beal
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Subject: Re: [Ibogaine] Barcelona Ibogaine session set for InternationalHarm Reduction Conference


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" effects. 


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."






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 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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