IV Glutathione to help detox from herxing...

Discussion in 'Lyme Disease Archives' started by victoria, Aug 26, 2007.

  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    My son did this, and it really helped him, his LLMD charged only about $50... he could definitely feel the effects within a few hours, and had a lift for a whole week! His doc said to do it only about every 4-5 weeks or it would have the opposite effect.

    So some of you haveing difficulties might want to inquire about having your LLMD do it...

    And, anyone else here doing this???

    I'm also wondering how those who have experience with it IV or with a nebulizer would compare the 2?

    Here's also an interesting article from prohealth on it:

    The Detox Drip with Glutathione: A New Approach to Healing From Chronic Illness



    By Michelle Alpert, D.O.

    The world we’re living in today is a toxic minefield — from vaccines to pesticides to antibiotic-laden foods to mercury-poisoned fish to pollution both indoors and outdoors. It’s no wonder so many people are suffering from fatigue and chronic illness, as well as chronic infections with viruses, bacteria and fungi. In order to detoxify, I recommend a very effective detoxification “drip” to my patients. My patients know I believe in it, because I get it myself. On long, busy workdays, I can often be found at my office desk, conducting consults with an IV drip that is helping heal my body even as I help heal my patients.

    This specialized “detox” intravenous drip is one that has helped patients of mine with chronic fatigue syndrome, lyme disease, multiple sclerosis and Guillain-Barre syndrome. It contains typical vitamins and minerals like Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, B5 and B6, but more importantly, it contains precursors to glutathione, as well as glutathione itself. The precursors include two amino acids, glycine and cysteine. Together with glutathione, they pack a powerful punch that truly assists the body in meeting the demands of modern life.

    There is a remarkable amount of evidence that glutathione is hugely important in detoxification, and has so many benefits that it can help patients with a range of conditions. Glutathione is found in every cell in your body. Glutathione scavenges free radicals, detoxifies heavy metals, helps ferry amino acids into the cells, helps in bile production, and much more.

    Because of all its capacities, glutathione is crucial in maintaining immunity. We don’t get a lot of glutathione in our diet and even then, not much is absorbed directly into the blood. Glutathione is synthesized by our bodies from amino acids. If our bodies cannot make enough glutathione to keep up with the chronic toxic load from infections and poisons, we may end up with immune dysfunction. Stress can also deplete glutathione, because increased adrenaline suppresses glutathione production.

    In animal studies, glutathione has been shown to protect against liver cancer; it has also been used in humans to protect them from kidney damage from chemotherapy drugs. It protects kidney function in patients undergoing bypass surgery. In aerosol form, glutathione quenches inflammation in cystic fibrosis patients. This wonderful substance has even been shown to increase insulin production in older individuals who have impaired sugar metabolism. Glutathione also seems to inhibit herpes viruses and has been shown to help reduce viral load in hepatitis C patients.

    David Perlmutter, a Florida neurologist, found that intravenous glutathione helps relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Glutathione increases sensitivity to dopamine, which is depleted in Parkinson’s. It may also protect against neurotoxins that may be implicated in the disease. Dr. Perlmutter gave 1400 milligrams of intravenous glutathione three times a week to his Parkinson’s patients, whose symptoms improved, while they were able to reduce the amount of their drugs.

    Similarly, Dr. Patricia Kane and Dr. Neil Speight believe they have developed an effective approach to chronic fatigue, lyme disease and neurological illnesses by detoxifying the body with intravenous glutathione and intravenous lipids. As they write in the Townsend newsletter, “GSH infusion by fast intravenous push has been a remarkable tool to unload the body burden of heavy metals and neurotoxins in both pediatric and adult patients.”

    In my own practice, I add glutathione as a “chaser” (at the very end of a detox drip, to help prevent any oxidation—since glutathione oxidizes easily when exposed to air or in the presence of certain minerals). I have given this to patients with multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, HIV, lyme disease, Guillain-Barre syndrome, hepatitis C, or just garden variety stress and fatigue. One hepatitis C patient’s liver values returned to normal and she resumed a full teaching schedule at her university after a series of detox drips. Another patient with chronic lyme disease finds that weekly detox drips with glutathione improve her neurological symptoms of buzzing, burning and fatigue. My own nurse uses glutathione in fighting off colds.

    Because oral glutathione is not well absorbed, I have also begun to experiment with nebulized glutathione, which patients can take at home between detox drips. According to a study in Alternative Medicine Review in 2000, nebulized glutathione has had remarkable success in emphysema and other lung disorders such as asthma and bronchitis. It appears that inhalation may have a systemic effect. Some patients are having even greater success with this combination.

    Michelle Alpert can be reached by emailing her at drmichellealpert@yahoo.com or calling her office at 212-675-9343.

    Where to get glutathione:

    Preservative-free intravenous glutathione is available from Wellness Pharmacy in Alabama, (800) 880-5882. Wellness Pharmacy also offers glutathione in nasal sprays and oral formulations.

    For those who do not have access to treatment with intravenous glutathione, whey protein has been found to increase cellular glutathione.

    Sublingual glutathione is available, and although there are no solid studies proving its effectiveness, it may be helpful.

    Nebulized glutathione can be used at home under your doctor’s guidance. Key Pharmacy (800-878-1322) can provide glutathione in this form, along with a nebulizer, both by prescription.



  2. munch1958

    munch1958 Member

    I get my nebulizer glutatione from Bellevue Pharmacy Associates in St. Louis, MO. It comes packed in 8 small screw top vials of 250 ml each.

    I open the vial, dump it in the cup and add a squirt of Broncho Saline. There must be 3 ml of fluid to nebulize. It takes 20 minutes twice a week. I pay a $25 copay and my insurance pays the balance of $350 per month.

    I used to get it from Medaus Pharmacy. They charged more for shipping and it was packed in one bottle. I had to draw it up with a needle and squirt it in the cup.

    When I was going to the Detroit FFC, I got a syringe of gluatathione pushed in at the end of the IV. I'd like to find somewhere to get glutatione infusion therapy in the Chicago area. Anyone know of a Illinois doctor?
  3. redsox10

    redsox10 New Member

    My daughter just started suing a derma glutathione form Wellness. I will let you know how well it works. She has on IV dose in the office with some positive results but not what we hoped for. We are trying the cream first. It runs about $100.00 a month.
  4. victoria

    victoria New Member

    My son got his 2nd IV glutathione combined with B12 (the non-cyano kind) and had some kind of weird reaction within a minute or 2, had to quit, took him weeks to recover just from that...

    nobody understands it since it was from the same Wellness Ph...

    the only thing different of course was the B12, but it is so weird he could react to that. The doctor here has never had anyone react to it. Anyone ever heard of that?


  5. redsox10

    redsox10 New Member

    How much IVG did he get. There is someone on lymenet that had a reaction like that recently.
  6. victoria

    victoria New Member

    the first time was 1,000 mg., and no problem.

    The 2nd time it was supposed to be the same amount, but he only got a tiny bit since it only lasted maybe 1-2 minutes.

    I'll have to go over there and read up on what happened... I should go there more often I know, but... when he's in a sort of holding pattern with treatment, it's hard to keep reading (for me at least).

    best, Victoria

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