“What the **** is Glutathione?” That is what I asked my husband the night my floxing kicked in. We were not browsing the internet, we were desperately scouring it for HELP! We wanted to find any one person, anywhere on the earth, who had recovered from this insidious disease. The words were so scary to us… Cipro Toxicity… Suicide… Liver Failure… Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome… Peripheral Neuropathy… Paralysis… Death… Wheelchair… Blindness… INSANITY!!!… and then… Glutathione?
Well, I can’t say that I figured out what Glutathione was that night, I just figured out where to get it. I had read an obscure little blurb about a guy who suffered FTS for three years and then finally recovered after taking intravenous Glutathione. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew I wanted it. And two days later, I had a needle in my arm. Ahhhhh. The moment it hit my blood supply my right hand and wrist (which were killing me and kind of numb at the same time – and if you are a regular person you will think that sounds crazy, but if you are a floxy you will know exactly what I am talking about) got hot, then the pain subsided, and then normal feeling. I still felt terrible all over my body, but at least something was happening. I just needed SOMETHING to happen. And this seemed like it might be taking me in the right direction.
So, what is this stuff?
From Sandy Halliday’s article: Glutathione – The Miracle Detox Nutrient , “Glutathione (pronounced gloota-thigh-own) is a powerful antioxidant and a key nutrient for the detox process. It is found in virtually every cell in your body and without it poisonous toxins that you take in every day would have a devastating effect on your liver cells. Glutathione is made in the body from the amino acids glycine, cysteine and glutamic acid which you get from protein foods in your diet… It is found in high levels in your liver, kidneys, spleen, pancreas, stomach lining, the organs that are most likely to be exposed to toxins. It is also high in your eyes where it protects the lens. Stress, excessive exercise, poor diet and toxic overload cause deficiency of this vital substance…The amount you have in your body gets less as you get older and many diseases including cancer, liver disease, cystic fibrosis, heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and HIV/AIDS have been linked with low glutathione levels…Sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Lyme Disease have been helped by increasing their glutathione levels.”
From Dr. Michelle Alpert’s article, The Detox Drip with Glutathione: A New Approach to Healing From Chronic Illness: “Glutathione is found in every cell in your body. Glutathione scavenges free radicals, detoxifies heavy metals…a remarkable tool to unload the body burden of heavy metals and neurotoxins in both pediatric and adult patients.”
Of course, as with all treatments for Cipro Toxicity or Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Syndrome, there have been no studies to prove whether or not Glutathione is helpful in reversing the adverse side effects of Cipro. The only evidence is testimony from other FTS sufferers and their doctor’s accounts. There are many different ways to take Glutathione, but for FTS, it seems that intravenously is the way to go, and it also seems that other methods of delivery may not be effective at all. If you would like to talk to someone about whether or not Glutathione can help you, you should find a doctor who administers it intravenously and get a consultation. You might have more success with a Naturopathic Doctor, since they are more commonly the doctors specializing in this form of treatment. I will warn you that anytime you “detox” you should expect to feel a bit run down for a while. Detoxifying the body takes a toll. When your liver and other flushing organs are busy flushing toxins or waste products, the rest of your body feels heavy and tired, just like when you are fighting off a cold or flu. My doctor would commonly tell me that the worse I felt after a treatment, the harder my body was working to get the poison out, and that helped me stay committed to my goals.
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