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Monday, January 27, 2014

Massachusetts Derails Revolution In Addiction Medicine While Drug Abuse Soars

Here's one example where state government does not have the best interests of its citizens foremost and wields its bestowed power in convincing manner that special interests prevail. 

By Martin G. Selbrede – bio
Part 2 in a series about the pioneering work of Dr. Punyamurtula Kishore

In the previous article, we examined the revolution in addiction medicine set in motion by Dr. Punyamurtula Kishore and how the state of Massachusetts wielded its prosecuting power against him and his clinics, which have consequently been shut down.

Naturally, some readers were tempted to do Internet research on Dr. Kishore and found they weren't prepared to read the countless evils attributed to him by the media campaign to vilify him. Over the course of this second article and those that follow, we will dissect, point by point, all the nonsense currently parading as journalistic fact in the media. The reality distortion field fostered by both state and media defies explanation.

But there are some medical truths about Dr. Kishore's holistic treatment program, known as the Massachusetts Model, that have been as completely erased as his Wikipedia page was the day he was indicted. The kind of "memory war" being waged against Dr. Kishore has been nearly total in extent. As he regards the GPS ankle bracelet that restricts his movements, speaking of the relentless pressures being applied against him by the Attorney General, he ably captures his personal situation with a single word: Kafkaesque.

As noted in the first article, there are competing treatment models for drug addiction. There are what Dr. Kishore calls "the fragmented approaches," such as those that substitute methadone or Suboxone® for the abused substance. Under these scenarios, the addict has replaced one dealer (his pusher) for another (the state) with dependency on narcotics as active as before (albeit in a regulated program using prescribed narcotics). With such "replacement therapies" being a billion-dollar business, it isn't surprising to see media concern over the growth of "methadone mills." The state does one better than the local pusher: it pays for bus and taxi vouchers to get the addicts to the methadone.

Now pay close attention: when we read about the "consensus" of medical experts concerning how addiction treatments should operate, or how frequently drug tests should be administered, the hidden assumption is that the experts are right. Confidence in the consensus of enforced orthodoxy rules the roost.

But recall the point made in the first article in this series: the proper yardstick to measure success in addiction medicine is sobriety. Modern medicine isn't interested in objective measurement because it would expose the disaster that current paradigms inflict on people.

Strong words, yes. So it is now time to back them up with clinical evidence: evidence that blows the orthodox approach out of the water, and puts modern medicine on trial.

The Elephant in the Room

If you assumed that Dr. Kishore's approach was better merely because it was holistic, or non-narcotic, or integrated, but otherwise came pretty close to conventional addiction medicine in terms of measured results, you're in for a shock.

In the previous article, we pointed out that under conventional treatment programs, only 20% of those entering those programs are still sober after the first month. What's the situation after an entire year of conventional treatment? Out of 100 people entering such conventional programs, how many are sober after one year? Between 2% and 5% are sober after one year. And that higher 5% number is a "soft" statistic, because a significant number of those individuals comprising that 5% are self-reporting their sobriety: their sobriety isn't the result of an objective test. So, the conventional medicine of the "experts" cited in the government documents of Massachusetts gets no more than 5 out of every 100 entering addicts through to sobriety after a full year of treatment. This is the world that these "experts" know, the miserable reality that they accept as inevitable.

Compare those dismal statistics to Dr. Kishore's Massachusetts Model. For every 100 addicts entering his program, 37 are sober at the end of one year. That 37% success rate is a "hard" statistic as it is established with actual testing (blood, urine, saliva, sweat, hair), not self-reporting. There is objective proof for that 37% success rate. The best the standard treatments achieve is returning 5 out of every 100 addicts back to society. Dr. Kishore delivers 37 out of 100 back to society: his approach is 7 to 18 times more effective in treating addiction.

So, what do the medical experts say about those 32 people out of every 100 entering their conventional treatment programs that they fail to help over the course of a year, people that Dr. Kishore does deliver from the life-destroying power of substance abuse? Finish Reading>>