Ibogaine Deaths of 1 per 427 treatments is a LIE — Drug Expert Debunks Ibogaine Propaganda


You may have read there is 1 ibogaine-related fatality per 427 treatment episodes. I will prove this is a lie and an obvious attempt to discredit the addiction-busting miracle plant, Iboga.

There are currently dozens of Ibogaine clinics worldwide who individually administer over 400 Ibogaine treatments per year without a single death.

My Ibogaine Treatment facility has treated close to 100 addicts and alcoholics without a single medical emergency. The truth is there have been no deaths attributed to Ibogaine alone.

All reported Ibogaine related deaths have always been attributed to drug use during treatment or serious underlying medical conditions prior to being dosed with Ibogaine. Ibogaine is currently the safest drug addiction treatment known to man.

The new science shows addiction is a temporary brain disorder that does not have to be fatal. Through the use of Ibogaine and proper life-coaching, I have personally been cured of two hard-core addictions and have witnessed scores of others being cured of this brain disorder.

I am a drug expert of almost twenty years and a current provider of Ibogaine so I became horrified and angry at the deliberate anti-Ibogaine propaganda campaign that recently infected the Internet.

Upon entering the search term, "Ibogaine deaths"  in the Google search engine, the article "Is Ibogaine Therapy Safe? - The Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance"  appears in the number one spot on the first page.

Because I know it is not true that 1 out of 427 people die from Ibogaine related treatments, I was mortified when I noticed the tag line:

"That is 1 ibogaine-related fatality per 427 treatment episodes. In Australia between 2000 and 2003, 282 fatalities met the criteria for methadone-related death occurred in 102,615 TEs, which is 1 methadone-related death on 364 treatment episodes."

The recently published “study”  by the Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance uses statistical fallacies to trick the “casual reader”  into believing Ibogaine is deadly. I will quote from the report then follow with my expert propaganda debunking rebuttals.


Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance published this statement:


“In 3,414 Ibogaine treatment episodes reported between 1989 and 2006, 19 resulted in fatality. That is one Ibogaine related fatality per 427 treatment episodes."

The author not only committed fraud by citing a source that does not substantiate the claim but he also used a common propaganda technique to trick his audience. The author misused statistics to “assert a falsehood.”  Wikipedia provides an excellent explanation of this damaging statistical fallacy:

“Statistics are supposed to make something easier to understand but when used in a misleading fashion can trick the casual observer into believing something other than what the data shows. That is, a misuse of statistics occurs when a statistical argument asserts a falsehood.

In some cases, the misuse may be accidental. In others, it is purposeful and for the gain of the perpetrator.

The false statistics trap can be quite damaging for the quest for knowledge. For example, in medical science, correcting a falsehood may take decades and cost lives.

Misuses can be easy to fall into. Professional scientists, even mathematicians and professional statisticians, can be fooled by even some simple methods, even if they are careful to check everything.

Scientists have been known to fool themselves with statistics due to lack of knowledge of probability theory and lack of standardization of their tests.”

We can conclude the author at the Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance deliberately tricked the reader because the fallacy is so obvious.

Although there were thousands of Ibogaine treatments between 1989 and 2006, the author cherry-picked a batch of treatments that included 19 supposed deaths to make us believe 1 out of 427 people will die from Ibogaine treatment. The author should have included data from a much larger number of treatments along with more recent data compiled between 2007 to 2018.

The author continues the hocus-pocus by fraudulently citing their source as Treatment of Acute Opioid Withdrawal with Ibogaine  which is a study published in 1999 by the American Journal on Addictions.


By Marco Schmidt[1] [CC BY-SA 2.5], from Wikimedia Commons


Upon reading the entire eight-page report the reader will discover there is absolutely nothing in the study to substantiate GITA'S claim that 1 in 427 persons have died from Ibogaine treatment. In fact, there is no mention of 3,414 Ibogaine treatments between 1989 and 2006 nor is there any mention of 11 deaths. This is an example of using improper and fraudulent citing of a source to purposely mislead the reader.

Only one Ibogaine related death is mentioned in the study where the patient died 19 hours post treatment. The coroner ruled "no definitive conclusion regarding the probable cause of death"  because heroin smoking paraphernalia was found in her room. It is believed she overdosed on heroin after her treatment.

As a former narcotics investigator who was once considered one of the best in the world, I know how to investigate a crime. I exhausted every attempt to contact the Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance.

Their website's contact form is broken and will not allow the sending of messages. Their Facebook page points to the broken form on their site. All of my backchannel sources reported the GITA members have no way of contacting the heads and must wait until they are contacted through private messages on Messenger.

This bunk organization who published the damaging article is causing more damage to the Ibogaine movement than the laws that prohibit the wonderful plant.

It is my expert opinion GITA was created by the government as a false pro-Ibogaine organization for the purposes of gaining credibility in the Ibogaine community so they could sabotage Ibogaine with propaganda. I suspicion the billion-dollar per year addiction treatment lobby in the United States is the culprit.

Ibogaine is a plant considered a psychedelic that can cure addiction. Greedy, ignorant, and government funded “addiction experts”  continue to claim there is no cure for addiction. This is not true.

Drug rehabilitation centers profit billions of dollars each year through propaganda, medical malpractice, and by repeating the antiquated eternal damning phrase, “Once an addict, always an addict.”

I want the reader to rest assured that there is a safe cure for addiction and it is the proper administration of Ibogaine.

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