Andre Waismann

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Born
André Waisman

(1958-09-07) September 7, 1958 (age 62)
Rio de Janeiro (state), Brazil
NationalityIsrael
Education
  • Medicine School
  • Rio de Janeiro State University
  • Teresópolis, Brazil
OccupationDoctor
Years active1982–present
Medical career
Profession
  • ANR Unit manager in Barzilai Medical Center, Ashkelon, Israel
  • ANR Unit manager in FMI Hospital, Switzerland
  • Manager at Assuta Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • ANR Unit manager in Herzliya Medical Center, Herzliya, Israel
  • Medical manager, LOGO Center for treatment of addictions, Italy
  • Medical manager, department for detoxification under anaesthesia,San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy
  • Medical Doctor, Medicine Corps, Israel Defense Forces
Institutions
  • Barzilai Medical Center
  • Assuta Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • FMI Hospital, Switzerland
  • Herzliya Medical Center, Herzliya, Israel
  • LOGO Center for treatment of addictions, Italy
  • San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy
Awards
  • Medal of Distinguished Service, Israeli Police. 1993[1]
  • Most influential figure in the medical world from the San Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy. 1996
  • Honorary Professor from the Texas Tech University. 2000[2]
WebsiteAndre Waismann’s official website

Dr. Andre Waismann (Portuguese language: André Waisman;born September 7, 1958, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is an Israelis, developer of the ANR treatment of Opiate addiction, that is currently being used at clinics in Georgia (country), Switzerland and Florida, USA. Dr. Waismann served as the head of the ANR unit at the Barzilai Medical Center,[3][4] which treats addicts from around the world. As well as Yamam Counter Terrorism Unit as a medical doctor, and he received the Israeli Police Medal Distinguished Service for saving lives during combat.[1]

Biography

Dr. Waismann was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. where he studied medicine in the Serra dos Órgãos University Center in Teresópolis[5] and was trained as a doctor in 1982. in the same year he immigrated to Israel and was drafted to a military service in the Givati Brigade, from which he was discharged in 1987 as a Major. He served as the brigade's doctor. His reserve service was with the Paratroopers Brigade, as a doctor of the brigade's paramedics. After completing his service with the Israel Defense Forces, Dr. Waismann worked as a doctor in the intensive care unit in the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon. In 1989, Waismann was drafted to the Israel Police, as a Superintendent (police), serving as the Jerusalem county doctor. The majority of his work was treating inmates addicted to street drugs, and developing alternatives to opiate substitutes. After being trained as a Yamam Counter Terrorism Unit fighter, in 1990 Dr. Waismann was appointed as a combat doctor in the unit and established a medical system fit for fighting terrorism. Waismann developed a combat theory used by the unit fighters and other special units in foreign militaries that is still being used today. In May 1992, during an operation in the Gaza Strip, he broke into a building under fire, and performed a surgical procedure in a unit soldier. This procedure saved the soldier's life and led to Dr. Waismann with the Israeli Police Medal of Distinguished Service.[6]

In 1993, Waismann developed a new method to treat aopiate addiction using a technique called Ultra Rapid Opiate Detoxification (UROD). This method was used until 1997, when Dr Waismann improved and perfected the treatment method and renamed it ANR - Accelerated Neuroregulation. The principle which ANR is based is expediting the appearance of withdrawal symptoms in the patient when he is under deep sedation to prevent any pain or suffering induced by detoxification. During that time, the medical staff accelerates the regulation between the level of endorphins and the opioid receptors until a balance is achieved - and this treatment eliminates the patient's desire to consume opiates after waking up.[7]* [8][9][10]

In 1994, Waismann established the first medical unit served to treat addiction to opiates, as an intensive care unit, performing general anaesthesia.[11] In 1995, he managed the department for detoxification under anaesthesia in theSan Raffaele Hospital, in Milan, Italy. In 2002 he went to India and helped establish a treatment centre in the ANR method in Jalandhar. In 2012 Waismann established the unit for treatment of addiction using the ANR method in the Barzilai Medical Center.[12] In 2013 Waismann opened a clinic to treat addicts in the FMI hospital in Switzerland, and in 2015, he opened an additional clinic in Tbilisi, Georgia (country). As of 2020, Waismann works in these clinics privately, while continuing his work with the Barzilai Medical Center.[13] Dr. Waismann served as a consultant in the Westmead hospital in Sydney, Australia,[14] as the honorary consultant of the ASA Bangasa foundation in Indonesia and as the honorary consultant of the Piz foundation in Israel.[15][16]

ANR Method for Treating Opiate Addiction

The ANR method for treating opiate addiction that was developed by Dr. Waismann is designed to treat people who are addicted to opiates, to include various prescriptiondrugs and painkillers. In both cases, whether street drugs are used to generate euphoria and blur reality, or prescription pills are used to manage pain, the result may be similar. The body develops dependency and the users become addicted to these substances. The narcotic substances contain opiate (derivatives of opium) that act on the nervous system and are addicting.[17] There are natural opiates produced from the poppy plant (opium) such as morphism and codeine,[18] and also chemically altered opiates, from which drugs such as heroine and methadone are produced. These opiates also exist in painkillers such as Percocet, OxyContin, Acamol Forte, that are prescribed by a doctor and may be used daily.[7]

The withdrawal from opiates is a difficultand painful process for the patient. During the first stage, the patient experiences severe physical detoxification symptoms. The principle on which the ANR therapy is based is the acceleration of the withdrawal symptoms in the anaesthetised patient, to prevent redundant pain and suffering as a result from these withdrawal symptoms. During this time, the medical staff accelerates the regulation between the levels of endorphins and the opioid receptors until achieving a balance between them.[19] Thus, this therapy eliminates the patient's desire to consume opiates after he wakes up. During the treatment, the patient is subject to deep sedation and does not feel the withdrawal symptoms and pain.[20] When the patient is under anaesthesia in a unit which is similar to an intensive care unit, specific drugs are used to block the receptors that generate the craving for the drug in the brain. The treatment takes approximately four to five hours.[21] After the anaesthesia, the patient receives a pill that blockage of the drug receptors, until they are gone, and within a few months, the patient can go off this pill and carry on his normal life routine. The treatment restores the balance of the number of endorphins and the receptors and treats the addiction this way. The treatment is individual, personally adapted to any drug addict and different from the regular method of using methadone in a rehab centre. In Israel, the treatment in this method is conducted in the ANR addict caring unit in the Barzilai Medical Center.[22][23]

International Acknowledgement

Dr. Waismann is a consultant and lecturer for detoxification and the ANR treatment in medical centres and many academic and research facilities around the world. Among others, he served as consultant for this area in the Westmead Hospital in Sydney, and as a consultant for the Southeast Asia branch of the World Health Organisation in New Delhi. Dr. Waismann also served as the medical director for addiction treatment in the LOGO centre in Italy and in the unit for detoxification under anaesthesia in the San Raffaele Hospital in Italy. Waismann also provides private consultancy services and guidance about addiction to opiates and their treatment in many countries including: Germany, the Netherlands, India, South Africa, Finland, Hungary, Czechia, USA,[24] Brasil, Australia, England, Bulgaria and others.[25]

Dr, Waismann performs treatments of addiction withdrawal in Arab states and Muslim states, including ones that do not hold diplomatic relationship with Israel, such as Indonesia.[26] In March 2000 he was named an honorary professor from Texas Tech University.[2] In October 2018 Waismann was invited to speak at the United Nations human rights convention about methods to cope with the international opiates crisis[27] Since the end of 2018 Dr. Waismann lives in the United States,[28] where he teaches American medical teams about ANR treatment.[29][30]

Studies and Conventions

Conventions

  • Seminer on Opiate Dependency, Tel Aviv University Neuropharmacology On Rapid Opiate Detoxification, 1994. Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Annual Medical Meeting - Present and Future on Opiate Dependency Treatment, Bergin Pines Country Hospital, 1995. New Jersey, USA
  • Seminar On Opiate Dependency, Budapest Medical School, Hungary Anesthesia And Opiate Dependency Treatment Techniques And Propofol Management, 1997. Budapest, Hungary
  • Congress of Neuro Anesthesia, 1997. Brussels, Belgium
  • Meeting On Opiate Dependency– Opiate Withdrawal Management in Intensive Care Unit, Indonesia University, 1998. Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Jakarta's 1999 Seminar On Substance Abuse Opiate Withdrawal Management On Polydrug Abusers, 1998. Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 23rd Australian and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting on Intensive Care, October 8-11, 1998. Adelaide, South Australia
  • 10th European Congress of Anaesthesiology, June 30th- July 4th – 1998. Frankfurt, Germany
  • 6th Dr. Stella M Traweek visiting professor in Geriatric Pain Department of Anesthesiology, Texas Tech University, Health Science Center, 20 March, 2000. Texas, USA
  • Drug Policy and Sustainable Development Goals – United Nation's 73rd General Assembly session, October 2018. New York, USA

Personal Life

Waismann lives in Moshav. Married to Efrat Waismann and father of six children.


Articles

In The Media

                    

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Notice about providing Andre Waismann with the medal of distinguished service
  2. 2.0 2.1 6th Dr. Stella M Traweek visiting professor in Geriatric Pain Department of Anesthesiology, Texas Tech University, Health Science Center, 20 March, 2000. Texas, USA
  3. Hospital Doctors, Barzilai Medical Center Website
  4. Dr. Waismann Andre - Optimal Pain Treatment Methods, Barzilai Medical Center Website
  5. Dr. Waismann's Story, ANR Clinic Website
  6. Notice about providing Andre Waismann with the Medal of Distinguished Service
  7. 7.0 7.1 Uri Pasovsky, The Profit is Painful: What Massive Addiction to Painkillers Looks Like, Calcalist Website, February 25, 2017
  8. The ANR Treatment, Fox News, 2007, video from YouTube
  9. Annual Medical Meeting - Present and Future on Opiate Dependency Treatment, Bergin Pines Country Hospital, 1995. New Jersey, USA
  10. Tom Sawicki, The Miracale Cure?, The Jerusalem Report, 13 July 1995
  11. Seminer on Opiate Dependency, Tel Aviv University Neuropharmacology On Rapid Opiate Detoxification, 1994. Tel Aviv, Israel
  12. Barzilai Medical Center website, Dr. Andre Waismann developed a unique method for severe addiction detoxification, Barzilai Medical Center website
  13. Barzilai Presents: Treatment for Withdrawal from Addictive Drugs, Behadrei Haredim, June 22, 2015
  14. 23rd Australian and New Zealand Annual Scientific Meeting on Intensive Care, October 8-11, 1998. Adelaide, South Australia
  15. Meeting On Opiate Dependency– Opiate Withdrawal Management in Intensive Care Unit, Indonesia University, 1998. Jakarta, Indonesia
  16. Jakarta's 1999 Seminar On Substance Abuse Opiate Withdrawal Management On Polydrug Abusers, 1998. Jakarta, Indonesia
  17. Dr. Andre Waismann, Hope Beyond Heroin, USA Today, September 2000
  18. The Solution for Heroin, ABC Australia, 1997, video from YouTube
  19. Can this man really cure drug addiction over night?, The Independent, 2 October 2008
  20. Meet the Miracle Doctor for Drug Withdrawal, Mako, 10 October, 2009
  21. Barzilai Presents: Treatment for Withdrawal from Addictive Drugs, Behadrei Haredim, 22 June, 2015
  22. Yasmin Lidsky, Drug Withdrawal in a Single Day: Why Isn't It Subsidized?, Ynet, 25 March 2012
  23. Dr. Andre Waismann, Mission Impossible; Heroin Hope at Last, Australia Women's Weekly, 26 Septamber 2019
  24. Shannon Davis, HSC to open new, advanced detox center, the University Daily, Vol 75, Issue 116, Texas Tech, 29 March 2000
  25. Karni Eldad, Drug withdrawal in four hours, Makor Rishon, October 31, 2018
  26. Thousand Nights Tales: An Israeli Doctor Detoxified an Arab Leader, Channel 10 , 28 October, 2010
  27. Drug Policy and Sustainable Development Goals – United Nation's 73rd General Assembly session, October 2018. New York, USA
  28. Dr. Andre Waismann UN speech treatment of narcotic drug addicts, 2018, video from YouTube
  29. Doctors Only, A New Method for Drug Withdrawal developed by an Israeli Doctor to be presented in the UN today, Doctors Only, 26.09.2018
  30. Meshi Aid, International Honor, The Israeli Doctor that Succeeds in Healing Addicts - to speak in the UN, Ynet, September 25, 2018

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