Glutathione? Maybe/Probably Nope

Last Monday, I did talk to my PCP about glutathione. I emailed him a couple of links including this one. He reserved his comments until he could look at them. Taking a deep breath, I told him when I was in Seattle, my headaches hadn’t gotten any better and there was the troublesome tremor. I briefed him on what the doctor out there suspected—chronic carbon monoxide poisoning—and he asked what my H&H was. I didn’t remember except it was high. He told me to sign a release so he could get my records.

Then he gave me my B-12 injection and complained about my going over there to get them. He said it was ridiculous for me to pay him $10 every time when the vials are so cheap. He wanted to know if there isn’t someone who could do it outside the office. I told him no. What about one of the nurses at the hospital? No one there can do it unless it’s dispensed from the pharmacy. Self inject? No. I wouldn’t make a good junkie. Well, it was going to run into some money coming over there once a week to get them. I corrected him and said it was twice a week. That was worse! On Friday, I had a heart to heart with him and now he is convinced my getting the shots there is the best plan.

I’ve been in touch with my doctor in Seattle and he said to keep taking the l-glutamine since I can’t find anyone to do the glutathione IV push. He isn’t licensed in the state of Tennessee (and he isn’t likely to be since his specialty is illegal here) so he can’t prescribe it for me.

When I was finding the link for the first paragraph, I found that asparagus is high in glutathione. One site says it has to be cooked. Another says to eat it raw. I don’t know which direction is right so I don’t know that I’ll do anything about asparagus. I know I used to love it cooked but only fixed it once when I liked it raw. I haven’t been able to duplicate that feat. I’ve heard it can be fermented but I wonder if that would destroy the glutathione. Guess I have some more research to do.

Well-meaning people still try to give me advice. I had an email saying “I really think you’re going to a lot of trouble and some expense to get treatment for a diagnosis that has not been confirmed. I wish you would at least get a second opinion, or better yet, the scan that would prove or disprove it. I don’t think one scan would do you in. At least give it some thought.”

Now, I thought a second opinion is warranted if the first isn’t working. And, if the diagnosis were confirmed, it wouldn’t change the treatment. It would just make it even more expensive. As for a scan, I’ve never had one and I don’t want one. If it’s only to satisfy people’s curiosity, they can stay curious. They wouldn’t be the ones absorbing the radiation. That’s an older article but you can Google newer ones.

I think the email came from someone who was still under the impression that the doctor thought I might have early Parkinson’s. I went into the conclusion he came to here. There’s a simple blood test for CO poisoning but it probably wouldn’t show anything now and, once again, it wouldn’t change the treatment.

The other day, merm and I were chatting on Google Chat and he asked me if I thought the fava beans are working. I told him I can pretty much hold a mirror in my left hand and look at the back of my head with very little shaking now. I couldn’t do that in early June. His response? “wow, that’s great.” Nice to have someone on my side who is positive!

Early enough to beat the heat, I plan to be walking tomorrow morning. That, in itself, is quite an accomplishment. A few months ago, I couldn’t get myself to commit to doing one lap around the buildings. I was too tired and weak. Now, I do two miles without stopping and then do a lap around the buildings if there’s time. I know that isn’t much but it’s progress. Isn’t progress what this is all about?

6 Responses to Glutathione? Maybe/Probably Nope

  1. Denise August 2, 2010 at 11:32 pm #

    I needed some glutathione supplements. This is where I got mine.
    I can’t guarantee it is raw or even vegan.

    • Tommie August 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

      I’m taking l-glutamine but the IV push glutathione is much more effective. The oral is tricky to take, too. It has to be taken between meals. It would be much easier if I could take it with a meal. Thanks for the info, anyway.

  2. Raw on the River August 5, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    Glutathione or glutamine? Two different proteins.

    • Tommie August 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm #

      Glutathione is what I need and haven’t been able to get. l-glutamine is what I’m taking. Doesn’t do a whole lot of good to take glutathione in an oral form, I understand. I’m getting glutathione from some of the food I eat but, since I need to do some serious detoxing, I need the IV push.

  3. Raw on the River August 5, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    N-acetylcystine is the oral form.

    • Tommie August 5, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

      Can’t that be risky to take?

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