Hypothesizing that a Pro-Dopaminergic Regulator (KB220zTM Liquid Variant) Can Induce “Dopamine Homeostasis” and Provide Adjunctive Detoxification Benefits in Opiate/Opioid Dependence

 In Opioid

Kenneth Blum1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10*, Debra Whitney11, Lye Fried9, Marcelo Febo2, Roger L Waite8, Eric R Braverman6, Kristina Dushaj6, Mona Li6, John Giordano8, Zsolt Demetrovics10 and Rajendra D Badgaiyan12

1Department of Psychiatry & McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida College of Medicine, USA 2Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine of USC, USA
3Division of Applied Clinical Research & Education, Dominion Diagnostics, LLC, USA
4Division of Neuroscience- Based Therapy, Summit Estate Recovery Center, USA

5Division of Clinical Neurology, Path Foundation New York, USA 6Division of Personalized Medicine, IGENE, LLC, USA
7Division of Molecular Neurobiology, LaVitaRDS, USA
8National Institute for Holistic Studies in Addiction, USA

9Division of Neuroscience Research and Addiction Therapy, Shores Treatment & Recovery Center, USA 10Department of Clinical Psychology and Addiction, Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary
11Division of Clinical Addiction Medicine, Pure Recovery, USA
12Department of Psychiatry, Laboratory of Molecular and Functional Imaging, University at Minnesota, USA

*Corresponding author: Kenneth Blum, PhD, Department of Psychiatry & McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL, USA, Tel: 352-294-4911, Fax: 352-392-9887, E-mail: drd2gene@gmail.com


In order to explore the initiation of detoxi cation of addictive patients to opiates/opioids (along with some other anti-withdrawal agents), we developed a protocol to be utilized in treatment centers particularly with heavily dependent opiate/opioid subjects. Out of 17 subjects, only three received Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Bup/nx) along with KB220Z. In this pilot, we rst used a dose of KB220Z of 2 oz twice daily before meals along with clonidine and benzodiazepines and other anti-nausea and sleep aids including Gabapentin. The dose of KB220Z was maintained for 6 days in ve individuals. In a second scenario, we utilized a higher dose of 4 oz every 6 hours, over a 6-day period. The higher dose was employed in another 12 patients.

It is noteworthy that only 3 people have relapsed utilizing these two protocols during the rst two weeks of the study, allowing for the remaining 82% to be maintained on KB220Z. The patients have been maintained without any additional Bup/nx for a minimum of 120 days and in one subject, 214 days. We are in the process of testing this hypothesis in multiple treatment centers across the United Sates utilizing data from the Clinical opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS) pre and post KB220Z. We are in the process of testing this hypothesis in multiple treatment centers across the United Sates.

While this does not constitute an acceptable controlled experiment, it does provide some preliminary evidence that agrees with an earlier study. Moreover, because of the utilization of standard detoxifying agents in this detoxi cation protocol, we cannot make any inference to KB220Z’s effects. However, out of 17 subjects, only three required Bup/nx suggesting an interesting nding. If further con rmed in larger studies, the utilization for opiate/opioid detoxi cation may provide a novel way to eliminate the need for addictive opioids during withdrawal and detoxi cation. This paradigm shift may translate to a reduction in utilizing powerful and addictive opioids like buprenorphine and methadone (especially in those patients a high genetic risk for addiction) as not only detoxifying agents, but also maintenance drugs. While extensive research is required, this pilot paves the way for future investigations that could assist in the reduction of addictive opiate/opioid use and

mortalities amongst both the young and old in America.


KB220Z liquid variant, Opiate/Opioid addiction, Withdrawal, Bup/ nx, Detoxi cation

Citation: Blum K, Whitney D, Fried L, Febo M, Waite RL, et al. (2016) Hypothesizing that a

Pro-Dopaminergic Regulator (KB220zTM Liquid Variant) Can Induce “Dopamine Homeostasis” C l i n M e d and Provide Adjunctive Detoxi cation Bene ts in Opiate/Opioid Dependence. Clin Med Rev

Case Rep 3:125
International Library Received: June 09, 2016: Accepted: August 13, 2016: Published: August 16, 2016

Copyright: © 2016 Blum K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Opiate/Opioid epidemic

It is well-established that dopamine signaling is important in the reward pathway and that aberrations in the reward pathway are related to addiction and that by modulating dopaminergic signaling in the reward pathway, we could develop novel treatment modalities for addiction. We are hereby proposing that one way in potentially reducing the out-of control prescribing and subsequent illicit use of opiate/opioids in America is to consider the utilization of Pro- Dopamine Regulation with a nutraceutical complex called KB220Z.

While short-term use of Buprenorphine/Naloxone (Bup/nx) may have some bene t in the maintenance of opiate/opioid dependence, it is still a powerful addictive pharmaceutical that may reduce societal harm on one hand, but promotes addiction on the other hand. ere has been a paucity of research related to opiate/opioid dependence withdrawal that evaluates non-addicting non-opiate safe detoxifying agents by promoting “dopamine homeostasis”.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is the use of FDA- approved medications, many of which are opioids, for the treatment of opiate/opioid addiction. Two major opioids used to treat opiate/ opioid addiction are methadone and buprenorphine, in which the latter has been shown to be nearly 50 times more potent than morphine. Media reports and published drug/addiction policy plans support a greater availability and use of Bup/nx combinations in addiction treatment [1]. Blum et al. have recently commented on raising the limits to 200 patients treated with Bup/nx combinations [2]. Most recently, beginning August 5, 2016, the ceiling will be li ed to 275.

ese FDA-approved narcotics in opiate/opioid addiction treatment are de nitively habit forming and consequently, addictive just like any other opiate or opioid. ey are potentially equally dangerous and capable of the same abuse as any other prescription or illicit narcotic and there is the possibility of street diversion [3].

Previous work from our laboratory found that long-term Bup/ nx use lead to blunted emotional responses in its users. Individuals reported less self-awareness of being happy, sad, and anxious. Over time, Bup/nxin e ect caused a “zombie-like” e ect on its users [4].

Moreover, Methadone was cited in nearly 13% of all the overdose deaths reported in the USA, up from about 4% ve years earlier [5]. In 2012, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) determined that Methadone was the culprit for one-third of U.S. prescription painkiller deaths. e CDC stated that while Methadone accounts for only 2% of painkiller prescriptions in the U.S., the drug accounts for more than 30% of prescription painkiller overdose deaths. Deaths from Methadone were found to be increasing as prescriptions for the drug rose [6]. e CDC also reported that in 2012, there were 41,502 deaths due to drug poisoning, or drug-overdose deaths, in the U.S.; 16,007 of these deaths involved opioids and 5,925 involved heroin [7].

Statistics provided by the CDC further indicate that 5,282 people died from an accidental overdose of methadone, while 5,925 died from heroin: a di erence of 643 people within the same year. Despite empirical data that supports a pattern of increasing deaths attributed to Methadone, and also evidence that demonstrates slim di erence between the number of Methadone versus heroin deaths (deaths that Methadone were said to prevent), the FDA-approved MAT narcotic is still widely prescribed, available, and deemed safe by the FDA and other advocates for treating opiate/opioid addicts with opiates/ opioids.

However, deaths attributed to Bup/nx are harder to track. According to a New York Times report in 2013, the CDC does not track buprenorphine deaths, neither do most emergency rooms, prisons, jails, drug courts, and the majority of medical examiners. A Times analysis of federal data showed that the drug was a “primary suspect” in 420 deaths reported to the FDA since its market availability in 2003. While this may not be medically relevant because of a news report, others have discussed this important issue [8].

To curtail psychoactive drug abuse and dependence, the FDA has approved a number of pharmaceutical agents that either reduces craving or suppresses the pleasurable e ect of drugs. While such agents have helped many patients, they have not prevented cravings and relapse completely. is fact is underlined by the recent ndings that used data from the sophisticated Comprehensive Analysis of Reported Drugs (CARDTM). e study revealed a signi cant lack of “compliance” to various treatment medications and lack of “abstinence” from psychoactive drug use both in in-patient and outpatient treatment settings [9].

We agree that short-term use of MAT (possibly from detoxi cation to less than 12 months), especially Methadone or Bup/ nx, may have important bene ts regarding preventing unwanted opiate/opioid withdrawal. Moreover, these potent narcotics can induce patient stability ultimately leading to reinstatement of a patient into the workforce and become a so-called “productive member of society,” and thereby, reducing societal harm. Understanding the neuropharmacology of MAT and dopaminergic mechanisms, in which blocking of dopamine induces “psychological extinction” (why use if the thrill is gone), is in our opinion, an inadequate and non-cost-e ective way to combat America’s second opiate/opioid epidemic.

Outlining bene ts of buprenorphine and naloxone combinations

Pharmacotherapy in conjunction with controlled withdrawal is currently the most reliable method of opioid detoxi cation. However, as translational medicine continues to advance and identify genomic markers for opioid sensitivity and dependence, the future holds potential for growth and change [10].

Bup/nx is an e ective maintenance therapy for opioid dependence and has similar e cacy to Methadone, although more data are needed. Less frequent dispensing of Bup/nx (e.g., thrice weekly) does not appear to compromise e cacy and can improve patient satisfaction. Bup/nx is more e ective than clonidine as a medically supervised withdrawal therapy. Moreover, Bup/nx is a well-tolerated medically supervised withdrawal and maintenance treatment. us, sublingual Bup/nx is a valuable pharmacotherapy for the treatment of opioid dependence [11].

In another study, Ling et al. [12] compared the e ects of a short or long taper schedule a er buprenorphine stabilization on patient outcomes, which were measured by opioid-free urine tests at the end of each taper period. ey observed that at the end of the taper, 44% of the 7-day taper group (n = 255) provided opioid-free urine specimens, while 30% of the 28-day taper group (n = 261; P = 0.0007) provided opioid-free samples. In addition, there were no reported di erences at the 1-month and 3-month follow-ups; the 7-day taper group resulted in 18% and 12% opioid-free specimens, and the 28- day taper group resulted in 18% and 13%, at the 1 month and 3 month follow-ups, respectively). Ultimately, the authors concluded that in individuals terminating buprenorphine pharmacotherapy for opioid dependence, there was no advantage in prolonging the duration of the taper.

While this study provides evidence for the clinical use of Bup/ nx in the treatment of opioid withdrawal, as well as favoring short- term use, concerned scientists and clinicians must realize that we are, in essence, only substituting one narcotic for another powerful narcotic. While Bup/nx is a standard in the treatment of opiate/opioid dependence, it is locking people into addiction. Understanding that Bup/nx induces severe withdrawal by itself, and possibly suicide ideation, we attempted to detoxify heavily addicted addicts without Bup/nx.

Characteristics and neuropharmacology of KB220 variants

With this introduction to the existing problem, we now carried out an experiment utilizing a well-researched amino-acid-enkephalinase inhibition therapy known [13] as Pro-Dopamine Regulator (PDR) for detoxi cation without the employment of buprenorphine alone or in

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Table 1: List of KB220Z Ingredients with targets and mechanism of action.


Therapeutic Target



Dopamine Synthesis

20% of this precursor amino-acid is converted to dopamine


Enkephalin/Endorphin Catabolism

Inhibition of the carboxypeptidase (enkephalinase); thereby, increasing opioid peptide levels in brain


Dopamine Synthesis

Rate-limiting step in the synthesis of dopamine


GABA Synthesis

Supplied in small amount to assist in balance of over-inhibiting GABA by natural opioid peptides

Chromium Salts

Serotonin Synthesis

Chromium is known to increase the sensitivity of the insulin receptor thereby, reducing the carbohydrate ratio by one-third in the blood; This effect causes gut tryptophan to increase in the brain with a concomitant increase in serotonin synthesis


Serotonin Synthesis

Involved in the synthetic pathway to produce serotonin

Rhodiola rosea

Enzyme Inhibitor Increasing Catecholamines

Rhodiola rosea has been shown to inhibit COMT activity thereby, increasing DA in the synapse as well as inhibiting MAO-A in
the mitochondria, which increases vesicular DA in pre-synaptic neuron

Pyridoxine Phosphate

Enzyme Catalyst

Assists in the synthesis of dopamine

Passion Flower

Benzodiazepine Receptor Stimulant

By stimulating the benzodiazepine receptor, there is a reduction in anxiety due to stress from detoxi cation

Abbreviations: VTA: Ventral Tegmental Area; NMDA: N-Methyl-D-Aspartate; NAC: Nucleus Accumbens; DA: Dopamine; COMT: Catecholamine-Methyl-Transferase; MAO-A: Monoamine-Oxidase A

combination with naloxone in 17 highly addicted opioid addicts. e rationale for the utilization of a KB220 nano-liquid variant is based on a plethora of literature as well as animal and human studies.

Speci cally, the patented product is comprised of the following ingredients in validated, evidence-based intake levels: iamine, 15 mg (1033% of Daily Value); Vitamin B6, 10 mg (500%); Chromium polynicotinate (as Chrome Mate®), 200 mcg (166%); a xed dose combination of amino acids and herbs called SynaptoseTM, which contains DL-Phenylalanine, L-Tyrosine, and Passion Flower Extract; a MetalloglycosideTM Complex containing Arabinogalactans, N-Acetylglucosamine, Astragalus, Aloe Vera, Frankincense Resin, and White Pine Bark Extract; Rhodiola (as RhodiGenTM); L-Glutamine; 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP); iamine Hydrochloride; Pyroxidal- 5-phosphate; and Pyridoxine HCl. e matching placebo powder is also manufactured by Cephram, Inc. (New Jersey). e resultant product utilized is an aqua, nano-liquid product developed in part by Aqua Power (Utah). e rational of the basic ingredients of KB220Z is provided in table 1.

D2 receptor activation, especially in the mesolimbic pathway, can be accomplished with “gentle” dopamine (DA) agonist therapy (PDR) involving receptor activation. One possibility is to utilize the nutraceutical complex, KB220Z (PDR), which in pre-clinical and clinical trials, has been shown to mirror the brain reward cascade to potentially induce “dopamine homeostasis.”

In an earlier unpublished, but submitted study, we observed the functional connectivity patterns between several brain structures and areas of the reward system under resting conditions in rats. Experiments were designed to test whether the observed resting state functional connectivity (rsFC) is in uenced by administration of a putative dopaminergic agonist, KB220ZTM [13].

To understand our rationale for evaluating KB220Z in the present study, we o er the following evidence for clinical bene t of neuro- mechanisms involved in producing dopamine homeostasis. KB220 variants (nutraceutical complex) have been extensively studied and tested [12]. As reported in detailed review articles [14,15], on both animals and humans to date, many references show that KB220 variants enhance brain enkephalin levels in rodents. Variants of KB220, also have the potential to reduce alcohol-seeking behavior in C57/BL mice and these variants can pharmacokinetically convert ethanol acceptance in preferring mice to non-preferring mice. In humans, KB220Z has demonstrated reduction of drug and alcohol withdrawal symptomatology (i.e., decreased need for benzodiazepines), fewer days with withdrawal tremors, evidence of a lower building up to drink (BUD) score, and elimination of severe depression on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI). In a double-blind placebo controlled study, patients in recovery treatment had reduced stress response (measured by the

skin conductance level [SCL]), and signi cantly improved Physical Scores and behavioral, emotional, social and spiritual (BESS) scores. ere was a six-fold decrease in American Medical Association (AMA) rates when comparing KB220 variants to placebo groups a er detoxi cation. One-year relapse rates, for both cocaine and alcohol abusers, faired signi cantly better than known average relapse rates for these two psychoactive substances. Healthy volunteers demonstrated an enhanced focus (Table 2).

ere is also evidence of reduced craving for alcohol, heroin, cocaine, and nicotine. Also, reductions in inappropriate sexual behavior and reduced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, such as lucid nightmares, have been reported [16,17]. Quantitative electroencephalic (qEEG) studies in humans [18] have found that KB220Z modulates theta power in anterior cingulate cortex in abstinent psychostimulant abusers [19]. In abstinent heroin addicts, a single dose of KB220Z compared to placebo in a pilot study [20] resulted in activation of the Nucleus Accumbens (NAc) as well as activation and improvement of the prefrontal-cerebellar-occipital neural network. In addition, it was found that carriers with the DRD2 A1 allele showed a signi cant Pearson correlation in terms of enhanced compliance to KB220Z treatment relative to carriers of the normal compliment of DRD2 receptors in known obese patients [21]. is further suggests the importance of low dopamine function equatingto better treatment outcome. ese studies, including double-blinded control studies and others [22-25], have demonstrated positive e ects on both craving attenuation and relapse prevention. Most recently, Steinberg et al. [26] showed increased activation of the anterior cingulate brain region using low-resolution brain electromagnetic tomography (LORETA) in attention-de cit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) patients.

In fact, it has been shown that DNA-directed compensatory overexpression of the DA D2 receptors (a form of gene therapy) results in a signi cant reduction in alcohol and cocaine craving behavior in drug-preferring rodents [27-30]. In addition, dopamine D4 receptor knockout mice also predict future alcohol intake [31]. Moreover, in vitro bromocyrptine induced D2 receptor proliferation in rats [32] causes a reduced D2 receptor density in vivo chronically.

Achieving better treatment outcomes requires an understanding that the maintenance of steady “dopaminergic homeostasis” [33- 35] is essential for achieving pleasurable experiences from ordinary daily activities and for relieving stress. Untreated impairments in the homeostatic balance of the DA signaling can facilitate aberrant substance-related disorders and process addictions [36] elucidated in former publications as Reward De ciency Syndrome (RDS) [37,38]. e scienti c research in this eld is charged with the challenge of developing non-hazardous, non-addicting agents with dopaminergic up-regulating agonistic properties.

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Table 2: Clinical bene ts of KB220Z.




Key points


Blum K, et al. [53]

Increased brain L-DOPA increases brain dopamine in mice and causes inebriated mice to sleep. Dopamine, 1-tryptophan, and alcohol work similarly in the brain.


Blum K, et al. [54]

When mice were given alcohol and 1-tryptophan or saline, the mice given 1-tryptophan went to sleep. The mice given saline did not. 1-tryptophan and alcohol work similarly in the brain.


Blum K, et al. [55]

Mice genetically predisposed to like alcohol have a measured de ciency in enkephalin. D-phenylalanine and hydrocinnamic acid are substances known to stop the breakdown of enkephalin in the brain -the amount of enkephalin available in the brain increases. When the amount of enkephalin available in the brain increases, both voluntary and forced intake of alcohol decreases. D-phenylalanine is one of the ingredients in NAAT.




Key points


Blum K, et al. [22]

First small clinical trial of SAAVE (precursor amino acid loading and enkephalinase inhibition -earliest version of NAAT). Designed to elevate levels of enkephalin(s), serotonin, catecholamines, and GABA, thought to be de cient in alcoholics. Compared to controls, those who took SAAVE had lower building up to drink score, required no PRN benzodiazepines, ceased having tremors 24 hours earlier, and had less depression.

Blum K, et al. [56]

Double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial of SAAVE of 62 people with Substance Use Disorder (SUD). Results reduced stress as measured by skin conductance, improved Physical and BESS (behavioral, emotional, social and spiritual) Scores, and had a six-fold decrease in leaving Against Medical Advice (AMA) rates.

Blum K, et al. [57]

Comparison of the effects of Tropamine [T] – (amino acid and vitamin supplement), SAAVE [S]-(a neuronutrient supplement) and no supplement [C] on a group of cocaine abusers in a 30-day hospital treatment program. AMA rate [C] 37.5%, [S] 26.6%, and [T] 4.2%. Tropamine decreased the AMA rate by signi cant reduction of drug hunger.


Brown RJ, et al. [25]

Relapse prevention using neuro nutrients SAAVE and Tropamine in DUI offenders: either alcohol or cocaine. Reduced relapse rates and enhanced recovery in 10-week outpatient setting. After 10 months’ recovery rate, was SAAVE 73% and Tropamine 53%.

Blum K, et al. [58]

Examine the effects of PCAL-103 (NAAT) on compulsive eating and weight loss in 27 outpatients attending a supervised diet- controlled treatment program. The PCAL-103 average weight loss was 26.96 lbs vs. 10.2 lbs in the control group. Relapse 18.2% in the PCAL-103 group vs. 81.8% in the control group.


Cold JA, et al. [59]

Small preliminary study of ef cacy of NeuRecover-SATM (formerly Tropamine + TM) in the treatment of cocaine withdrawal and craving. Cocaine craving decreased signi cantly in the Neu Recover-SATM group.


DeFrance JF, et al. [60]

Cognitive processing speeds in normal young adult volunteers were measured before and after 28-30 days of supplementation with a combination of amino acids (NAAT), vitamins, and minerals. Cognitive processing speeds were enhanced by a statistically signi cant amplitude of the P300 component of the Event Related Potentials (ERPs). Focus improved.

Blum K, et al. [61]

Of 247 outpatients in a very-low-calorie fasting program, 130 who were having dif culty attaining their desired weight or maintaining their desired weight, constituted the experimental group who took PhenCalTM and of the rest, 117 took vitamins and 117 were the control group. The PhenCalTM group compared to the control lost twice as much weight, regained 14.7% of the weight, while the control group regained 41.7%, decrease in food cravings for females 70% and males 63%, and decreased in binge eating for females 66% and males 41%.


Ross J, et al. [62]

Preliminary evaluation of six randomly selected former eating disorder female clients (three were also chemically dependent), contacted at 9 months, and 3 years of treatment with amino-acid precursor and enkephalinase inhibition therapy. All 6 reported initial bene t, one relapsed at 6 months, the other 5 all sustained, and in some cases exceeded expectations. 98% of 100 patients similarly treated and evaluated reported signi cant improvement in both mood and reduced substance craving.


Chen TJ, et al. [63]

A combination of Trexan (a narcotic antagonist) and amino-acids was use to detoxify either methadone or heroin addicts. Results were dramatic in terms of signi cantly enhancing compliance to continue taking Trexan. Trexan alone for rapid detoxi cation, the average number of days of compliance calculated on 1000 patients is 37 days. 12 subjects tested, receiving both the Trexan and amino-acid therapy, taking the combination for an average of 262 days. Suggests coupling amino-acid therapy and enkephalinase inhibition, while blocking the delta-receptors with a pure narcotic antagonist as a novel method to induce rapid detox in chronic methadone patients and prevent relapse, and testing this hypothesis with the sublingual combination of the partial opiate mu receptor agonist buprenorphine.


Blum K, et al. [64]

Consumption of large quantities of alcohol or carbohydrates (carbohydrate bingeing) stimulates production and usage of dopamine within the brain. Obesity is due to the need to make up for inadequate dopaminergic activity in the reward center of the brain. This has been called reward de ciency syndrome (RDS) used to categorize such genetic biologic in uences on behavior. RDS must be addressed at the same time as behavioral modi cations are implemented to adequately treat obese patients. In this small observational trial, 24 individuals completed a survey on which they documented 15 categories of bene t during their experience with a GenoTrim, a NAAT formulation customized to DNA. Statistical analysis of the survey results demonstrated that stress reduction lead to improved sleep, enhanced energy, and improved focus and performance, reduced appetite, loss of unwanted weight, decreased body inches, and enhanced well-being.


Chen TJ, et al. [65]

1-year prospective study that evaluated the effects of taking Haveos (SynaptamineTM) on 61 compliant patients in a comprehensive outpatient clinical program. Results after 12 weeks include signi cant decrease in craving. Results after 1 year include building up to relapse scores and ability to refrain from drug-seeking behavior both signi cantly improved. The dropout rate for alcohol users 7% and psychostimulant users 73%.

Blum K, et al. [66]

In an open clinical study, Amino-Acid Enkephalinase Inhibition Nutraceutical improved symptomatology of 600 recovering Alcoholics. Emotional and behavioral recovery scores signi cantly improved after administration of oral and intravenous Synaptamine. Mean reductions for craving, depression, anxiety, anger, fatigue, lack of energy and crisis were all signi cantly greater than 50% (p < 0.001).

Chen TJH, et al. [67]

Chromium Picolinate (CrP) was tested against placebo in groups of obese patients tested for the Taq1 Dopamine D2 Receptor Gene. In carriers of the DRD2 A2 genotype, weight loss and other changes in body composition were signi cant. They were not signi cant for patients with the A1/A1 or A1/A2 allele. These results suggest that the dopaminergic system, speci cally the density of the D2 receptors, confers a signi cant differential therapeutic effect of CrP in terms of weight loss and change in body fat.

Blum K, et al. [68]

Preliminary investigational study to evaluate the impact of polymorphisms of ve candidate genes on treatment for obesity with NAAT. The formula for each patient was customized based on their genetic results.


Blum K, et al. [69]

A novel experimental DNA-customized nutraceutical, LG839. Polymorphic correlates were obtained for a number of genes (LEP, PPAR-gamma2, MTHFR, 5-HT2A, and DRD2 genes) with positive clinical parameters tested in this study. Signi cant results were observed for weight loss, sugar craving reduction, appetite suppression, snack reduction, reduction of late night eating, increased energy, etc. Only the DRD2 gene polymorphism (A1 allele) had a signi cant Pearson correlation with days on treatment.

Blum K, et al. [21]

Hypothesized that genotyping certain known candidate genes would provide DNA-individualized customized nutraceuticals that may have signi cant in uence on body re-composition by countering various genetic traits. Genotyped for the dopamine D2 receptor (DRD2), methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), serotonin receptor (5-HT2a), Peroxisome Proliferator Activated Receptor gamma (PPAR-γ), and Leptin (OB) genes. Systematically evaluated the impact of polymorphisms of these ve candidate genes as important targets for the development of a DNA-customized nutraceutical LG839 [dl-phenylalanine, chromium, l-tyrosine other select amino-acids and adaptogens] to combat obesity with special emphasis on body recomposition as measured by Body Mass Index (BMI). In the 41-day period, we found a trend in weight loss, whereby 71.4% of subjects lost weight.

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Blum K, et al. [70]

Brain dopamine has been implicated as the so-called “anti-stress molecule.” The present study investigated anti-anxiety effects of Synaptamine Complex [KB220], a dopaminergic activator, in a randomized double-blind placebo controlled study in alcoholics and in polydrug abusers attending an in-patient chemical dependency program. Patients receiving Synaptamine Complex [KB220] had a signi cantly reduced stress response as measured by SCL, compared to patients receiving placebo.


Braverman ER, et al. [71]

Case study evaluating sustained weight loss with Synaptamine complex in conjunction with Diethypropion (Tenuate ®), hormonal repletion therapy, use of the Rainbow Diet®, and light exercise. After one year, the 58-year-old patient’s BMI decreased from 32 to 25.4 kg/m2 representing a 6.9 kg/m2 reduction. His body fat composition decreased from 36.91% to 17.8% as measured by the Hologic DEXA scanner.

Miller DK, et al. [24]

Intravenous Synaptamine complex in protracted abstinence from alcohol and opiates analyzed by qEEG. Report that the qEEGs of an alcoholic and a heroin abuser with existing abnormalities (i.e., widespread theta and widespread alpha activity, respectively) during protracted abstinence are signi cantly normalized by the administration of 1 intravenous dose of Synaptamine Complex Variant KB220TM.

Blum K, et al. [19]

Protracted Abstinence in Psychostimulant abusers. qEEG analysis in DRD2 A1 allele carriers. Compared to placebo, Synaptose Complex KB220ZTM induced positive regulation of the dysregulated electrical activity of the brain in these addicts.


Blum K, et al. [72]

Synaptamine Complex Variant [KB220]TM as an activator of the meso-limbic system and administration signi cantly reduces or “normalizes” aberrant electrophysiological parameters of the reward circuitry site. Based on our qEEG studies presented herein, we cautiously suggest that long-term activation of dopaminergic receptors (i.e., DRD2 receptors) will result in proliferation of D2 receptors leading to enhanced “dopamine sensitivity” and an increased sense of happiness. Oral KB220 showed an increase of Alpha activity and an increase low Beta activity similar to 10-20 sessions with Neurofeedback.


Chen D, et al. [73]

This study examined the effects of combined administration of tyrosine, lecithin, L-glutamine and L-5-hydroxytryptophan (5- HTP) on heroin withdrawal syndromes and mental symptoms in detoxi ed heroin addicts. The results showed that the insomnia and withdrawal scores were signi cantly improved over time in participants in the intervention group as compared with those in the control group. A greater reduction in tension-anxiety, depression-dejection, anger-hostility, fatigue-inertia and total mood disturbance, and a greater increase in their vigor-activity symptoms were found at day 6 in the intervention group than in the control placebo group.

Miller M, et al. [14]

In 129 patients, a combination of IV and oral NAAR therapy (generic KB220) were assessed for Chronic Abstinence Symptom Severity (CASS) Scale over a 30-day period. Three scales were constructed based on this factor analysis: Emotion, Somatic, and Cognitive. All three scales showed signi cant improvement (P = 0.00001) from pre- to post-treatments: t = 19.1 for Emption, t = 16.1 for Somatic, and t = 14.9 for impaired cognitive. A two-year follow-up in a subset of 23 patients showed: 21(91%) were sober at 6 months with 19(82%) having no relapse; 19 (82%) were sober at one year with 18 (78%) having no relapse; 21(91%) were sober at two-years post-treatment with 16 (70%) having no relapse. Note: these results of cause do not re ect any other recovery skills utilized by the patients including 12 steps program and Fellowship.

Blum K, et al. [74]

New De nition of Addiction by American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) is based on concepts related to Reward De ciency Syndrome (RDS). Brain Reward Cascade (BRC) Impairment leads to aberrant craving behavior and other behaviors such as Substance Use Disorder (SUD) due to a “hypodopaminergic” trait/state. Any impairment due to either genetics or environmental in uences on this cascade will result in a reduced amount of dopamine release in the brain reward site. After over four decades of development, neuro-nutrient therapy has provided important clinical bene ts when appropriately utilized.


Blum K, et al. [1]

A case study of a 35-year-old female in the lm industry with a history of chronic pain from re ex sympathetic dystrophy and bromyalgia. Total monthly prescription costs including supplemental benzodiazepines, hypnotics, and stimulants exceeded $50,000. Withdrawal symptoms were carefully documented when she precipitously stopped taking buprenorphine/naloxone. At 432 days post Suboxone® withdrawal, the patient is being maintained on KB220Z, has been urine tested and is opioid free. Genotyping data revealed a moderate genetic risk for addiction showing a hypodopaminergic trait.


McLaughlin T, et al. [16]

Lucid dreams may be associated with psychiatric conditions, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Reward De ciency Syndrome-associated diagnoses. We present two cases of dramatic alleviation of terrifying lucid dreams in patients with PTSD. The medication visit notes reveal changes in the frequency, intensity, and nature of these dreams after the complex putative dopamine agonist KB220Z was added to the rst patient’s regimen. The second PTSD patient, who had suffered from lucid nightmares, was administered KB220Z to attenuate methadone withdrawal symptoms and incidentally reported dreams full of happiness and laughter.

McLaughlin T, et al. [17]

Lucid dreams could be unpleasant or terrifying, at least in the context of patients who also exhibit characteristics of Reward De ciency Syndrome (RDS) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We present eight clinical cases, with known substance abuse, childhood abuse, and diagnosed PTSD/RDS. The administration of a putative dopamine agonist, KB200ZTM, was associated with the elimination of unpleasant and/or terrifying, lucid dreams in 87.5% of the cases presented, whereas one very heavy cocaine abuser showed a minimal response. These results required the continuous use of this nutraceutical. If these results, in a small number of patients are indeed con rmed, we may have found a frontline solution to a very perplexing and complicated symptom known as lucid dreams.

Blum K, et al. [20]

Willuhn et al. reported that cocaine use and even non-substance-related addictive behavior increases as dopaminergic function is reduced. Chronic cocaine exposure has been associated with decreases in D2/D3 receptors and was also associated with lower activation of cues in occipital cortex and cerebellum, in a recent PET study by Volkow et al. KB220Z induced an increase in BOLD activation in caudate-accumbens-dopaminergic pathways compared to placebo following 1-hour acute administration in abstinent heroin addicts. Increased functional connectivity was observed in a putative network that included the dorsal anterior cingulate, medial frontal gyrus, nucleus accumbens, posterior cingulate, occipital cortical areas, and cerebellum. Results suggest a putative anti-craving/anti-relapse role of KB220Z in addiction by direct or indirect dopaminergic interaction.


McLaughlin T, et al. [75]

The four patients initially reported a gradual but, then, complete amelioration of their long-term, terrifying, lucid dreams, while taking KB220Z. The persistent amelioration of these dreams continued for up to 12 months, after KB220Z. These particular cases raise the scienti c possibility that KB200Z increases both dopamine stability as well as functional connectivity between networks of brain reward circuitry in both rodents and humans. In order to attempt to understand the possibility of neuroplasticity, we evaluated the effect of KB220Z in non-opioid-addicted rats utilizing functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging methodology. While we cannot make a de nitive claim because rat brain functional connectivity may not be exactly the same as humans, it does provide some interesting clues. We did nd following seeding of the dorsal hippocampus, enhanced connectivity volume across several Regions of Interest (ROI), with the exception of the pre- frontal cortex. Interestingly, the latter region is only infrequently activated in lucid human dreaming, when the dreamer reports that he/she had the thought that they were dreaming during the lucid dream.

Harriet Beitscher- Campbell, et al. [76]

While there are still a number of scientists that would argue the commonality between these two seemingly diverse substances, the eld is rift with many neuroscience imaging studies that show a neurochemical commonality as well as other genetic studies showing a hypodopaminergic trait. While we did not provide evidence showing any potential difference among those with anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, sub-threshold bingeing, we are reporting at a minimum co–morbidity with eating disorders and SUD. Here we show fty case reports derived from two independent treatment centers in Florida, that suggest the commonality between food and drug addiction.

Bruce Steinberg, et al. [26]

Attention De cit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often continues into adulthood. Recent neuroimaging studies found lowered baseline dopamine tone in the brains of affected individuals that may place them at risk for Substance Use Disorder (SUD). This is an observational case study of the potential for novel management of Adult ADHD with a non-addictive glutaminergic-dopaminergic optimization complex KB200Z. Low-resolution electromagnetic tomography (LORETA) was used to evaluate the effects of KB220Z on a 72-year-old male with ADHD, at baseline and one hour following administration. The resultant z-scores, averaged across Eyes Closed, Eyes Open, and Working Memory conditions, increased for each frequency band, in the anterior, dorsal, and posterior cingulate regions, as well as the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex during Working Memory with KB220Z. These scores are consistent with other human and animal neuroimaging studies that demonstrated increased connectivity volumes in reward circuitry and may offer a new approach to ADHD treatment. However, larger randomized trials to con rm these results are required.

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As has been proposed previously, activation, rather than blocking, mesolimbic dopaminergic reward circuitry in the long-term treatment of RDS is the preferred modality even in treating hypersexuality [39,40]. Although, the acute treatment should consist of preferential blocking of postsynaptic NAc DA receptors (D1-D5), the long-term mesolimbic activation of the dopaminergic system should involve the release and/or activation of DA at the NAc site. ere must be focus on balancing the interaction of D1 and D2 receptor signaling.

is theory suggests that excessive craving behavior can be attributed to reduced number of DA D2 receptors, an e ect of carrying, for example, the DRD2 A1 allelic genotype; whereas a normal or su cient density of D2 receptors, including other normal genetic expressions such as Orexin and Pro-opiomelacortin (POMC),results in reduced craving and relapse and normal sleep patterns [41,42]. A goal, in terms of preventing substance abuse, could be to induce a proliferation of D2 receptors in individuals who are genetically vulnerable. While in vivo experiments that use a typical D2 receptor agonist induce down-regulation [43], in vitro experiments have shown that in spite of genetic antecedents, constant stimulation with a known D2 agonist, bromocriptine, results in signi cant proliferation of D2 receptors within the DA system, but chronic treatment of another D2 receptor agonist, quinpirole, results in down-regulation, instead of up-regulation or balance proposed for KB220Z and that is a reason for failure in treatment [44].

Based on the current literature, new strategies are needed to treat RDS since the traditionally used therapeutic agents have had limited success in treatment of psychoactive substance abuse and relapse prevention and may require genetic testing leading to personalized medicine [45].


As denoted above, we were compelled to design the current case series and we were optimistic because previous work in our laboratory suggested potential positive clinical outcomes. For example, in 1988, we found improvement in a double-blind evaluation of the nutritional supplement KB220 variant, in a 30-day inpatient alcohol and drug rehabilitation center [22]. e KB220 variant is uniquely designed to elevate levels of enkephalin (s), serotonin, and catecholamines, while balancing GABA, which are believed to be functionally de cient in alcoholics. Twenty-two patients were studied. e KB220 variant patients, as compared to the control group, (a) had a lower BUD score (1 vs. 2); (b) required no PRN benzodiazepines (0% vs. 94%); (c) ceased tremoring at 72 h, as compared to 96 h; and (d) had no severe depression on the MMPI, in contrast to 24% of the control group. ese preliminary data suggest that KB220 variant is a valuable adjunct to therapy by aiding the patient’s physical adjustment to a detoxi ed state, while facilitating a more positive response to behavioral therapy.

e second article that provided rationale for this experiment involved withdrawal from Bup/nx and maintenance with the putative dopamine agonist KB220 variant. Speci cally, it was found that at 432 days post Bup/nx withdrawal, the patient was being maintained on KB220 and had been urine tested and was opioid free [1]. Genotyping data revealed a moderate genetic risk for addiction showing a hypodopaminergic trait [1]. is preliminary case data suggest that the daily use of KB220 could provide a cost-e ective alternative substitution adjunctive modality for Bup/nx. e authors encouraged double-blind randomized placebo-controlled studies to test the proposition that KB220 may act as a putative natural opioid substitution maintenance adjunct. More importantly, it is unknown if the KB220 variant could actually be used as a front-line detoxi cation agent.

Preliminary evidence of KB220Z liquid as an opiate/opioid detoxi cation agent

Certainly, there is a great need to nd a way to detoxify patients addicted to opiates/opioids, without utilizing either methadone or any other opiate/opioid, including Bup/nx or buprenorphine alone. e main premise here is to detoxify these highly opiate/opioid addicted

patients, who are possibly genetically prone to addictive behaviors, by providing endorphinergic-glutaminergic-dopaminergic balance [46] by employing KB220Z liquid variant.

In order to explore the possibility of initiation of detoxi cation of addictive patients to opiates/opioids (along with some other drugs), we developed a protocol to be utilized in treatment centers with heavily dependent opiate/opioid subjects. e experiment was approved by the PATH Foundation NYIRB committee, and consent forms were lled out by each patient enrolled in the study.

It is to be noted that a treatment center in Los Angeles, CA was selected for this pilot experiment. e center has detoxi ed many addicted patients and the sta utilizes a number of pharmaceuticals to assist in the detoxi cation process including: Buprenorphine alone, and in the combined form with naloxone in a 4:1 ratio; Escitalopram: Ondansetron, Gabapentin: Trazodone, Hydroxyzine: Duloxetine, Risperidone: Methocarbamol, Lamotrigine: Quetiapine, Lorazepam: Bupropion, Ketorolac: Clonidine. e doses of these drugs di ered across the 17 patients. To determine if KB220z could replace Bup/nx in their regimen, the center carried out detoxi cation on a number of patients without the administration of Bup/nx by substituting KB220Z.

Out of 17 subjects, because of patient demand, only two received Bup/nx along with KB220Z. In this pilot, we rst used a 2 oz dose of KB220Z twice daily before meals along with clonidine and benzodiazepines. e dose of KB220Z was maintained for 6 days in ve individuals. In a second scenario, we utilized a higher dose of 4 oz every 6 hours over a 6-day period. It was noted that the intensity of withdrawal symptoms as measured by the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS) was reduced was reduced with the use of the higher dose. e higher dose was employed in additional12 patients.

It is noteworthy that only 3 subjects have relapsed utilizing these two protocols during the rst two weeks of the study, allowing for the remaining 82% to be maintained on KB220Z. e subjects have been maintained without any additional Bup/nx for a minimum of 120 days. However, one patient, a 21-year-old female addicted to methadone and amphetamines, has now been maintained on just KB220Z for about 7 months (Table 3). A er 120-day period, the other subjects were no longer followed up, so we are unable to determine how long they have remained on KB220Z. We are in the process of testing this hypothesis in multiple treatment centers across the United Sates.

e following demographics are provided for the initial ve patients taking the lower 2 oz dose of KB220Z twice daily, and then maintained on 1⁄2 oz of KB220Z twice daily for at least 120 days. e importance here is that during the detoxi cation period of 6 days, none of these patients required Bup/nx. e center reported that the withdrawal symptomatology was not intense for any of these ve patients (Table 3). Unfortunately, these patients have not been followed for the past 120 days, except for the patient cited above. e intensity of withdrawal was assessed by the attending sta and self- reported as well. In a follow-up study we will be able to quantitative the severity of withdrawal symptoms on a larger cohort compared to patients undergoing opiate/opioid withdrawal without KB220Z variant. Until this additional required study is performed we must cautiously interpret this pilot experiment.

As we mentioned the dose for anti-withdrawal pharmaceuticals varied with each patient and to address this issue the following dosage is provided for the ve initial participants. Similar dosage was obtained for the additional 12 participants:

Patient #1:

21-Year-old female: Detoxing from Amphetamines and Meth- Bp 115/60 P 55, Bp 106/75 P 82, Bp 115/78 P 72. Client was taking Synaptamine 2oz once a day, Lamictal 200 mgs once a day, Quetiapine 50 mgs once a day at night for insomnia, Lamotrigine 200 mgs once a day at night for anxiety, Gabapentin 600 mgs four times a day for anxiety, Seroquel 50 mgs at night. Detox was not intense required no Suboxone.

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Table 3: Demographics of ve poly-drug abusing patients detoxi ed with KB220Z without Bup/nx.

Drug Dependence Type


Age (Years)

KB220Z detoxify dose 2 oz twice daily with other drugs

Withdrawal Intensity

Minimal Days Maintained on KB220Z at 1/2 oz twice daily

Amphetamines & Methadone



Quetiapine Lamotrigine Gabapentin

Not Intense


Cannabis, Benzodiazepines & Oxycodone



Escitalopram Gabapentin Ondansetron Trazodone Hydroxyzine

Not Intense


Methadone & Opioids



Duloxetine Gabapentin Trazodone Clonidine

Not Intense


Heroin & Methadone



Risperidone Methocarbamol Gabapentin Bupropion Lorazepam

Not Intense





Bupropion Trazodone Clonidine

Not Intense


Patient #2:

32-Year-old male: Detoxing from THC, Benzos, and Oxycontin- Bp 128/88 P 90, BP 137/91 P 90, Bp 145/78 P 86, Bp 149/111 P 84, Bp 129/97 P102, BP 139/84 P85, BP 117/99 P 90, Bp 138/80 P 108, Bp 127/98 83 Bp 153/89 P 83- Client was taking Synaptamine 2 oz two times a day, Lexapro 40 mgs once a day, Zofran as needed for nausea, Gabapentin 600 mgs 1-2 tabs at night as needed for sleep, Trazodone 50 mgs-100 mgs 1-2 tabs at night as needed for sleep, Vistaril 25 mgs – 50 mgs every 4 hours as needed for nausea/vomiting/anxiety. Detox was not intense required no Suboxone.

Patient #3:

37-Year-old female: Detoxing from Opiod and Meth -BP 139/82 P 83, 78/59 P93, Bp 128/72 P 80, Bp 136/92 88, Bp 113/89 P 79, Bp 120/88 P80, Bp 110/78 P 86-Client was taking Synaptamine 2 oz every morning, Cymbalta 30 mg every morning, Trazadone 25 mgs-50 mgs every night, Clonidine 0.1 mgs once a night, Gabapentin 300 mgs two times a day, Toradol 10 mgs two times a day as needed for pain. Detox was not intense required no Suboxone.

Patient #4:

experiment, it does provide some preliminary evidence that agrees with our earlier case study as previously discussed above, where by utilizing KB220Z in the nano pill form in a female patient who was maintained opiate/opioid free as measured by a drug-urine screen for at least 432 days [1]. In this earlier study, we could not provide the patient with KB220Z because unlike the liquid form, the patient could not tolerate the pill during intensive withdrawal.

While these results are somewhat encouraging, they do not provide adequate information concerning the real bene t of KB220Z in its liquid form, other than it was safe and easy to take during drug withdrawal when compared to previous tablet forms. Moreover, because of the utilization of a number of standard detoxifying agents utilized in this detoxi cation protocol, we cannot make any inference to KB220Z’s e ects. However, out of 17 patients, only two required Bup/nx suggesting an interesting nding, whereby if further con rmed in larger studies may provide a novel way to eliminate the need for addictive opioids during withdrawal and detoxi cation followed by maintenance with KB220Z. is must be considered as a pilot and we caution against any interpretation of these preliminary results.


is is the rst case report concerning liquid KB220Z and detoxi cation of known opiate/opioid dependent individuals. In the current study, we decided to evaluate the e ect of KB220Z in a nano-liquid with regard to opioid withdrawal symptomatology in 17 patients with a primary diagnosis of drug addiction to opioids or amphetamines/methamphetamine or a combination thereof. e intent of this pilot study was an attempt to withdraw these patients without the use of buprenorphine alone or in combination of naloxone (Bup/nx).

We are cognizant of the important utility of Bup/nx in the short- term treatment of opiate/opioid addiction. It is well known that Bup/ nx is a partial μ-opioid agonist combined with the opioid antagonist naloxone in a 4:1 ratio. According to some [47], this combination is safe and bene cial to treat illicit and prescription-opioid dependence. Bup/nx has a lower abuse potential, carries less stigma, and allows for more exibility than methadone. Bup/nx is indicated for in-patient, ambulatory medically assisted withdrawal (acute detoxi cation), and long-term substitution treatment (maintenance) of patients who have a mild-to-moderate physical dependence. A stepwise long- term substitution treatment with regular monitoring and follow-up assessment is usually preferred, as it has better outcomes in reducing illicit opioid use, minimizing concomitant risks such as human

30-Year-old male: Detoxing from Heroin and MethBp 130/90 P 103, Bp 130/83 P 85, Bp 130/83 P 86, Bp 115/80 P 80, Bp 108/66 P 75, Bp 174/95 P 84, Bp 115/90 P 100, Bp 137/83 P 80, Bp 140/102 P 105, Bp 130/85 P 88. Client was taking Synaptamine 2 oz twice a day, Risperdone 1 mg once a day, Robaxin 500 mgs – 1000 mgs four times a day, Gabapentin 300 mgs four times a day, Ativan 0.25 mgs-0.5 mgs every 4 hours, Suboxone 2 mgs/0.5 mgs twice a day for 3 days, Wellbutrin 300 mgs once a day. Detox was not intense required no Suboxone.

Patient # 5:

34-Year-old male detoxing from meth: Bp 125/88 P 104, Bp 100/70 P 75, Bp 120/70 P 100, Bp 120/80 P 110, Bp 130/60 P 105, Bp 140/104 P 84, Bp 121/77 P 98, Bp 135/102 P 111, Bp 140/98 P 95 Client was taking 2 oz of Synaptamine every morning along with Wellbutrin 150 mgs every morning, Clonidine 0.1 mgs four times a day and Trazodone 50 mgs at night. Detox was not intense required no Suboxone.

Demographics on the additional 12 patients are available from the treatment center and could be retrieved on request by contacting the corresponding author of this article.


While this does not constitute an acceptable controlled

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immunode ciency virus and hepatitis C transmission, retaining patients in treatment, and improving global functioning. While this seems like a very plausible treatment option approved by the FDA, it is ri with long-term problems as outlined by a number of reports [1,3,15,48-51].

Medically supervised opioid withdrawal is a complex and constantly evolving exercise in multimodal therapy that draws from the expertise of a variety of clinical specialties. In a number of studies to date, it has been reported that acute substitution and weaning o of opioids has been performed utilizing opioid agonists, partial agonists (e.g., buprenorphine), mixed agonist/antagonists (e.g., Bup/nx), and α2 adrenergic agonists with some success.

While thousands of patients are being treated with these ‘classic’ opioid-withdrawal techniques, traditional treatment approaches are being challenged by the emergence of innovative techniques based on an understanding of the neurochemistry of addiction [49,50,52]. Most importantly, Blum’s earlier experiment showing a signi cant reduction of alcohol withdrawal in a residential United Sates recovery and treatment center has been further validated in this pilot study [22].


In this pilot observational study, it is noteworthy that only 3 people have relapsed utilizing these two protocols during the rst two weeks of the study, allowing for the remaining 82% to be maintained on KB220Z. e patients have been maintained without any additional Bup/nx for a minimum of 120 days and in one subject, 214 days. We are in the process of testing this hypothesis in multiple treatment centers across the United Sates utilizing data from the Clinical opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS) pre and post KB220Z. We are in the process of testing this hypothesis in multiple treatment centers across the United Sates.

In summary, it is our hypothesis that future steps to overcome the current opiate/opioid epidemic in the United States claiming at least 127 people dying every day from narcotic overdoses must consider newer and better ways to not only detoxify individuals from prescription opioids like methadone and buprenorphine, but induce “dopamine homeostasis” as a maintenance goal free of any opiates/opioids. This is easily said, but may be difficult in practice. In this regard, we encourage additional research in this most perplexing area.


e authors are grateful to Margaret A. Madigan for her expert edits. We are also appreciative of the sta of the treatment center in Los Angeles, CA as mentioned in this paper.


Marcelo Febo is the recipient of NIDA NIH DA038009 and Rajendra D. Badgaiyan is the recipient of NIH grants: 1R01NS073884 and 1R21MH073624.

Con ict of Interest

Kenneth Blum, PhD, is the inventor of KB220Z and his company Synaptamine holds a number of U.S. and foreign patents that have been licensed to LaVita RDS. Drs. Blum (Chairman), Febo and Badgaiyan is on the Scienti c Advisory Board of LaVita RDS. ere are no other con icts of interest to report.

Author Contribution

KB and DW designed the study. e rst dra of the paper was written by KB, DW, ML, and KD. e detoxi cation information was gathered by DW. e clinical aspects of detoxi cation were checked by LF and JG. e discussion section was vetted by ZD, MF, and RDB. RDB helped write the discussion section. ERB added clinical comments to the manuscript and assisted in development of the IRB.


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46. Blum K, Febo M, Fahike C, Archer T, Bergren U, et al. (2015) Hypothesizing balancing endorphinergic and glutaminergic systems to treat and prevent release to Reward De ciency Behaviors : Coupling D-Phenyalalnine and N-Acetyl L-Cysteine [NAC]as a novel therapeutic modality. Clin Med Rev Case Rep 2: 076.

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48. Badgaiyan RD, Sinha S, Blum K (2015) Do We Really Need to Continue Pharmacotherapy for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Inde nitely? J Reward De c Syndr 1: 16-19.

49.Blum K, Oscar-Berman M, Jacobs W, McLaughlin T, Gold MS (2014) Buprenorphine Response as a Function of Neurogenetic Polymorphic Antecedents: Can Dopamine Genes Affect Clinical Outcomes in Reward De ciency Syndrome (RDS)? J Addict Res Ther pii: 1000185.

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58. Blum K, Trachtenberg MC, Cook DW (1990) Neuronutrient effects on weight loss in carbohydrate bingers: an open clinical trial. Curr Ther Res 48: 217-233.

59. Cold JA (1996) NeuRecover-SATM in the Treatment of Cocaine Withdrawal and Craving: A Pilot Study. Clinical Drug Investigation 12: 1-7.

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62. Ross J (2001) Amino-acid precursor and enkephalinase inhibition therapy: evidence for effectiveness in treatment of “Reward De ciency Syndrome (RDS) with particular emphasis on eating disorders. Mol Psychiatry 6: S1-8.

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64. Blum K, Chen TJ, Meshkin B, Downs BW, Gordon CA, et al. (2006) Reward de ciency syndrome in obesity: a preliminary cross-sectional trial with a Genotrim variant. Adv Ther 23: 1040-1051.

65. Chen TJ, Blum K, Waite RL, Meshkin B, School eld J, et al. (2007) Gene\ Narcotic Attenuation Program attenuates substance use disorder, a clinical subtype of reward de ciency syndrome. Adv Ther 24: 402-414.

66. Blum K, Chen TJH, Downs BW, Meshkin B, Blum SH, et al. (2007) Synaptamine (SG8839), TM An Amino-Acid Enkephalinase Inhibition Nutraceutical Improves Recovery of Alcoholics, A Subtype of Reward De ciency Syndrome (RDS). Trends in Applied Sciences Research 2: 132-138.

67. Chen TJH, Blum K, Kaats G, Braverman ER, Eisenberg A, et al. (2007) Chromium Picolinate (Crp) A putative Anti-Obesity Nutrient Induces Changes In Body Composition As Function Of The Taq1 Dopamine D2 Receptor Gene. Gene Ther Molbiol 11: 161-170.

68. Blum K, Chen TJH, Williams L, Chen ALC, Downs William B, et al. (2007) A short-term pilot open label study to evaluate ef cacy and safety of LG839, a customized DNA directed nutraceutical in obesity: Exploring Nutrigenomics. Gene Therapy and Molecular Biology 12: 371-382.

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73. Chen D, Liu Y, He W, Wang H, Wang Z (2012) Neurotransmitter-precursor- supplement intervention for detoxi ed heroin addicts. J Huazhong Univ Sci Technolog Med Sci 32: 422-427.

74. Blum K, Oscar-Berman M, Stuller E, Miller D, Giordano J, et al. (2012) Neurogenetics and Nutrigenomics of Neuro-Nutrient Therapy for Reward De ciency Syndrome (RDS): Clinical Rami cations as a Function of Molecular Neurobiological Mechanisms. J Addict Res Ther 3: 139.

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76. Beitscher-Campbell H, Blum K, Febo M, Madigan MA, Giordano J, et al. (2016) Pilot Clinical Observations Between Food and Drug Seeking Derived from Fifty Cases Attending an Eating Disorder Clinic. Journal of Behavioral Addictions.

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