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The First Steps
In 1997 Dr. Keller became determined to figure out a way to increase the Glutathione levelsof his patients. He developed a formulation to begin testing. He also developed a lab test so he could actually see that Glutathione levels were increasing in his patients. He presented the test at the 1998 Conference on the Laboratory science of HIV. LAB TEST ABSTRACT, pg. 4
Development of the Technology
Utilizing the lab test, Dr. Keller tested many formulations until he was satisfied that his technology did increase Glutathione levels in his patients. It was then that a patent application was filed for the technology. On July 17, 2001, a United States patent was granted to Dr. Keller for the Method of treatment of Glutathione deficient mammals.Click to view PATENTUtilizing this blood test, Dr. Keller monitored the effect of his Glutathione technology in his medical practice. Based upon this data, he presented abstracts at various scientific meetings including The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine 2008 and 2009, XVI International AIDS Conference and various other meetings. Each such abstract disclosed an increase in Glutathione levels utilizing his Glutathione technology.
World Wide Distribution
After witnessing the positive impact on his patients over several years, he became determined to make it available to as many people as possible. At that time there were several different incorporating Dr. Keller’s Glutathione technology. Meanwhile, our efforts became very focused on the ground level of the HIV epidemic in Africa, prompting us to seek a partnership to increase the distribution of our Glutathione technology. To achieve this goal, Dr. Keller reviewed all the different Glutathione that were currently in production and he arrived at what he viewed as the best of all the for wide scale distribution. This formulation, which is known as The Original Glutathione Formula, was exclusively licensed to a newly formed Multi-Level Marketing Company on September 1, 2006. Dr. Keller was elated that tens of thousands of people outside his medical practice were benefitting from his Glutathione technology.
Dr. Keller was committed to improving the health and quality of life of people worldwide.
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I’ve been reading quite a bit on different drugs andadded chemicalsto the products we buy. I’m very disappointed and downright sad about what I’ve been learning. I recently read information about a Dr. Graveline and what happened to him with Statin drugs and what he has found out since. It is pretty amazing and scary, all at the same time. I want to be sure that as many people as possible learn about this major issue in health! This is what I do and I will continue to do my mission and purpose in life! Total wellness / total health is the most important important aspect of life, in my opinion, in order for folks to enjoy their life to the fullest, especially as we age. I personally watched my Mom and my Dad suffer horribly in their last years as I took care of them. It was so sad to see them forget everything they ever knew, including people and family that they loved so dearly. It was devastating to see them lose all interest in life. I don’t want to live my last years that way and I don’t want anyone else to have to live that way either. Make your total health part of your total physical, total emotional and total spiritual health!
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Dr. Graveline is a medical doctor with 23 years of experience whose health was seriously damaged by a statin drug. His personal questions brought him out of retirement to investigate statins, which he’s been doing for the past 10 years.
As a former astronaut, he would get annual physicals at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. In 1999 his cholesterol hit 280 and he was given a prescription for Lipitor.
“When they suggested Lipitor (10 mg), I went along with it because I had no reason to be particularly worried about statin drugs,” he says. “I had used it a year or so before my retirement, but I wasn’t a big user.”
However, it quickly became apparent that something was seriously wrong.
“It was six weeks later when I experienced my first episode of what was later diagnosed as transient global amnesia,” Dr. Graveline says.
“This is an unusual form of amnesia wherein you immediately, without the slightest warning, are unable to formulate new memory and you can no longer communicate. Not because you cannot talk, but you can’t remember the last syllable that was spoken to you. So nothing you say is relevant anymore. In addition, you have a retrograde loss of memory, sometimes decades into the past.”
He “woke up” about six hours later in the office of a neurologist, who gave him the diagnosis: transient global amnesia. He quit taking the Lipitor despite the reassurances from his doctors that the drug was not of concern, and that it was just a coincidence.
He had no relapses during the remainder of the year, but his cholesterol was still around 280 at his next physical. He was again urged to take Lipitor, and he relented.
“I admit I was concerned, but I had talked to maybe 30 doctors and a few pharmacologists during the interval,” Dr. Graveline says. “They all said “statins don’t do that.” So I allowed myself to go back on statins but this time I took just 5 mg.
…[E]ight weeks later, I had my second, and my worst episode. In this one, I was a 13-year-old high school student for 12 hours… This is what convinced me, when I finally woke up, that something was wrong with the statin drugs. And yet, the doctors were, for years after that, still saying that this was just a remarkable coincidence.
This took me out of retirement and I’ve been actively involved in researching statin drugs ever since.”
“In trying to reach an explanation, I called Joe Graedon and asked him if he had ever heard of any unusual reactions associated with statins,” Dr. Graveline says of his initial investigations.
He was directed to the statin effects study by Beatrice Golomb in San Diego, California, and his story was also published in a syndicated newspaper column. Within weeks, the web site he had created received reports of 22 cases of transient global amnesia, along with hundreds of cases of cognitive damage. At present, over 2,000 cases of transient global amnesia associated with the use of statins have been reported to FDA’s MedWatch.
But cognitive problems are not the only harmful aspect of these drugs. Other serious adverse reactions include:
Personality changes / mood disorders
Muscle problems, polyneuropathy (nerve damage in the hands and feet), and rhabdomyolysis (a serious degenerative muscle tissue condition)
Pancreas or liver dysfunction, including a potential increase in liver enzymes
According to Dr. Graveline, a form of Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS may also be a side effect, although the US FDA is resistant to accept the link found by their Swedish counterpart, and has so far refused to issue a warning.
“The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on this in July 2007 when Ralph Edwards, who directs the Vigibase in Sweden (the equivalent of the US MedWatch), reported ALS-like conditions in statin users worldwide,” Dr. Graveline says.
He has since forwarded hundreds of cases to MedWatch, but the FDA still has not been moved to act, and doctors are therefore unaware of the connection between this deadly disease and statin use.
“[W]e have anecdotal evidence that if you stop the statin drug early enough, some of these cases regress. That’s why we thought it was important that FDA issue a warning, but they haven’t,” Dr. Graveline says.
Today, all of these adverse effects, including the cognitive problems Dr. Graveline warned about 10 years ago, are supported by published research. MedWatch has received about 80,000 reports of adverse events related to statin drugs, and only an estimated one to 10 percent of side effects are ever reported, so the true scope of statins’ adverse effects are still greatly underestimated.
Statins Damage Your Brain
As is often the case with pharmaceutical drugs, the side effects end up teaching us new things about how the human body works. When statins first hit the market, conventional medicine was unaware of the importance of cholesterol for proper brain function. Now, researchers believe that statins’ adverse effects on cognition are due to cholesterol insufficiency.
Research also began to emerge in 2001 showing the importance of cholesterol in the formation of memories.
“Then we have… dolichols,” Dr. Graveline says. “[W]hen a statin is used, it blocks the mevalonate pathway to get at cholesterol inhibition. It works very beautifully. But in so doing, it blocks CoQ10, dolichols, as well as other major biochemicals…
[D]olichol is one that most doctors have never even heard of before, but it just so happens that dolichols are almost as important as CoQ10 and cholesterol in cell processing.”
In fact, dolichols are vital to a number of cellular processes, including:
Dr. Graveline goes on to explain that dolichols influence all the hormones involved with your mental condition, including your emotions and moods. And if you do not have sufficient dolichol, your entire process of neurohormone production will be altered—with potentially devastating results.
“[T]here are thousands of reports of aggressiveness and hostility, increased sensitivity, paranoia, depression and homicidal ideation,” Dr. Graveline says.
There are also numerous reports of suicide.
“This whole range of what I call personality- or emotion and behavioral responses have to do with the dolichol deficiency brought on by the mevalonate blockade,” Dr. Graveline explains.
“It’s not just something that occurs in an occasional person… You know we’re all the same and yet we’re all different… You give one medicine to 10 people and if you’re really lucky, in six of them it will do what it’s supposed to do. That’s the way it is with this. I expect there are some people that won’t get any effects of dolichol suppression because they have alternative pathways. The same thing probably holds for CoQ10.”
That said, it’s important to realize that your brain also requires cholesterol in order for memory formation to function normally. In essence, statins suppress a number of vital elements for proper brain functioning, including cholesterol, antioxidants and co-factors like CoQ10, and dolichol.
At the same time, statins also create mitochondrial DNA and cellular damage, including in your brain.
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Your brain uses glial cells as factories for producing its own cholesterol on demand. Unfortunately, glial cells are affected by statins in the same way as your liver cells, or any other cell in our body. So if you take a statin, you’re also harming your glial cells and when they cease to function normally, that on-demand cholesterol capability also ceases and your brain can no longer function properly.
The Importance of CoQ10 or, if You’re Over 40, Ubiquinol
It’s now clear that if you take statin drugs without taking CoQ10, your health is at serious risk as statin drugs deplete your body of this essential co-enzyme. As your body gets more and more depleted of CoQ10, you may suffer from fatigue, muscle weakness and soreness, and eventually heart failure. Coenzyme Q10 is also very important in the process of neutralizing free radicals.
So when your CoQ10 is depleted, you enter a vicious cycle of increased free radicals, loss of cellular energy, and damaged mitochondrial DNA.
Unfortunately, the majority of people who take statins are unaware of their need for CoQ10, and physicians rarely advise their patients to take this supplement along with their statin—at least in the United States. It’s also important to supplement right from the start. According to Dr. Graveline, once the mitochondrial damage and mutations are formed they cannot be reversed—no matter how much CoQ10 you take.
So early intervention is key. (Dr. Graveline goes into further detail of how CoQ10 offers protection against mitochondrial DNA damage in this interview, so for more information, please listen to it in its entirety.) If you decide to take a CoQ10 supplement and are over the age of 40, it’s important to choose the reduced version, called ubiquinol.
Ubiquinol is a FAR more effective form—I personally take 1-3 a day as it has far-ranging health benefits. Dr. Graveline concurs with this recommendation.
As for dosage, Dr. Graveline makes the following recommendation:
If you have symptoms of statin damage such as muscle pain, take anywhere from 200 to 500 mg
If you just want to use it preventively, 200 mg or less should be sufficient
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There are no reported side effects of CoQ10 supplementation, and neither I nor Dr. Graveline have ever heard of anyone overdosing on it. The only drawback is cost.
However, if you’re taking ubiquinol, here’s some cost-saving information for you.
Certified reduced ubiquinol is only manufactured by one company in the entire world, a Japanese company called Kaneca. They own the patent. So, as long as it’s certified ubiquinol, you can buy the cheapest brand you can find, because they’re all the same.
Other Valuable Antioxidants for Optimal Health—Especially if You’re Taking a Statin
CoQ10, or preferably the reduced version, ubiquinol, is at the top of the list of important supplements when you’re taking a statin drug. But there are also other antioxidants and nutrients that can be helpful. For example, selenium is also seriously inhibited by statin drugs, and selenium, along with magnesium, are commonly involved as co-factors in a variety of biological functions. *** A glutathione accelerator is another important supplement that should be at the top of the list.***
Other important nutrients include:
Vitamin E—An emerging form of vitamin E called tocotrienol is 50 times more powerful than tocopherol, which has been used for the past 60 years. It also helps produce cholesterol and has other biochemical advantages
L-carnitine—which helps metabolize fats properly. Since about 70 percent of your muscles’ energy comes from fats, it’s important to have the ability to metabolize them.According to Dr. Graveline: “If you take L-carnitine and find that you suddenly feel much better, then you’ve just proven you need it for the rest of your life because you’re one of those people who have a dysfunction in this capability; you don’t have the means to properly burn fats at our muscle level… naturally you would then get weak when exercising. So it’s useful for making a diagnosis. If nothing happens after three months of a good dose, then I would say you can forget about L-carnitine.”
The Sad Truth: Even Your Doctor has Been Mislead About Cholesterol
That said, aside from taking CoQ10 if you’re on a statin, your diet really should be your primary source of nutrients. (For vitamin D, you’d ideally get it from sun exposure.) Supplements are just that; supplemental to an otherwise healthy diet.
“I think that when you have a statin associated muscle or nerve or even brain dysfunction, this is where you’ve got to go because that’s where the trouble is,” Dr. Graveline agrees.
“[I]f it’s cholesterol inhibition, you just eat more eggs… I can’t believe I went 17 years and never ate an egg. I can’t believe how gullible I was. I was this young medical doctor; I marched to that band of the cholesterol-causation people… I did everything I was supposed to do, and it was all wrong. I can’t believe that I was led astray, maybe for 25 years of my practice! It’s so bad to have to look back and realize you’ve been treating cardiovascular disease erroneously because you were doing what you were asked to do.The sad truth is that cholesterol, our supposed enemy for 35 years, has nothing to do with cardiovascular disease. it is the most important biochemical in your body.
… We all listened to what amounts to brainwashing. The brainwashing that we got from 1955 on, to just recently… They have liberalized the diet stuff recently though, so people are back to eating eggs and drinking whole milk and eating butter. I went around recommending margarine for so long, and margarine is what’s causing disease—butter is what’s helping to cure it. It’s incredible!”
Dr. Graveline covers a lot of information in this interview, so I highly recommend you listen to the entire interview, or read through the transcript. You can also find more information on his web site: www.SpaceDoc.net .
Dr. Graveline’s site serves both as a tool for reporting statin complications, and a database of adverse effects, which are then forwarded to the appropriate agencies.
*** Comments and information input by Connie Clark***
I have suffered from Clinical Depression all of my life. Over the years, I have found several helpful and natural methods to aid in lifting moods and decrease the debilitation of Depression. I personally use essential fatty acids in supplement form, plenty of selenium in supplement form, a really good B complex vitamin supplement, an awesome glutathione accelerator supplement and magnesium with Calm Natural. We can achieve greater health and be so much closer to total wellness!
Fight Depression with Fatty Acids
The incidence of depression has been increasing at an alarming rate over the last 60 years or so. Like many of the other emerging health problems we’re facing, the increase in depression can be linked directly to our diet. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, there’s an extremely good chance that it may be a result of a long-term deficiency in unsaturated fatty acids.
Cross-cultural studies have shown that a country’s level of depression has a strong link to the overall amount and kind of fatty acids being consumed. Research has revealed that countries with the highest consumption of fish have the lowest rates of depression, and vice versa. For example, individuals living in New Zealand eat an average of 40 lbs. of fish each year, and 6 percent of their population suffers from depression. On the other hand, individuals in Japan consume an average of about 140 lbs. of fish a year, and less than 1 percent of their population suffers from depression. In countries where our Western diet, high in processed and fried foods, has been introduced, the incidence of depression goes up correspondingly. (The Lancet 98;351:1213)
Much of your brain and other nervous tissue is made up of fats. In fact, the cell membranes of nerves contain 20 percent essential fatty acids. In order to build and maintain these cell membranes, you need to be consuming adequate amounts of essential fatty acids.
To the dismay of pharmaceutical companies, there have been a few studies that have shown that fish oil supplements can dramatically improve depression and many of its accompanying symptoms, such as mood swings, insomnia, etc. There are many clinical trials testing the effectiveness of fish and other omega-3 oils in treating problems like bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder, and schizophrenia.
Fight Depression with Selenium
Another substance that helps ward off depression and other mental problems is selenium. Brazil nuts are one of the richest — if not the richest — natural sources of selenium. There are many doctors and dietitians who have their heart patients avoid nuts because of their high fat content. Study after study, however, has shown that adding nuts to one’s diet can dramatically lower the levels of harmful cholesterol (the LDL-form), while increasing the beneficial form of cholesterol (the HDL-form). Almonds, peanuts, pistachios, walnuts, and hazelnuts can all help lower cholesterol and other harmful blood fats. Fresh, whole nuts should be your first choice, followed by lightly salted or dry roasted nuts.
Other Natural Depression Remedies
Here are another 6 natural and herbal remedies that are used for depression.
1) St. John’s Wort
The herb St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) has long been used in folk medicine for sadness, worry, nervousness, and poor sleep.
Today, the results of over 20 clinical trials suggest that St. John’s wort works better than a placebo and is as effective as antidepressants for mild to moderate depression, with fewer side effects.
Studies suggest that St. John’s wort is not effective for major depression.
It’s available at health food stores, drug stores, and online in the form of capsules, tablets, liquid extracts, or tea.
St. John’s wort may take 4 to 6 weeks to notice the full effects. Side effects may include dizziness, dry mouth, indigestion, and fatigue. St. John’s wort increases photosensitivity, so extra caution should be taken to protect skin and eyes from sunlight.
Although St. John’s wort appears to be reasonably safe when taken alone, it can interfere with the effectiveness of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, such as antidepressants, drugs to treat HIV infections and AIDs, drugs to prevent organ rejection for transplant patients, and oral contraceptives.
St. John’s wort is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, children, or people with bipolar disorder, liver or kidney disease.
SAM-e, pronounced “sammy”, is short for S-adenosyl-L-methionine. It’s a chemical that’s found naturally in the human body and is believed to increase levels of neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine.
Several studies have found SAM-e is more effective than placebo.
In North America, SAM-e is available as an over-the-counter supplement in health food stores, drug stores, and online. It should be enteric-coated for maximum absorption. Although it’s one of the more expensive supplements, it remains popular as a remedy for depression and osteoarthritis.
Folic acid, also called folate, is a B vitamin that is frequently deficient in people who are depressed.
Folate is found in green leafy vegetables, other vegetables, fruit, beans, and fortified grains. It’s one of the most common vitamin deficiencies because of poor diet but also because chronic conditions and various medications such as aspirin and birth control pills can also lead to deficiency.
Besides food, folic acid is also available as a supplement or as part of a B-complex vitamin.
Researchers at Harvard University have found that depressed people with low folate levels don’t respond as well to antidepressents, and taking folic acid in supplement form can improve the effectiveness of antidepressants. For more information, read Low Folate and Vitamin B12 Linked to Depression.
5-HTP is short for 5-hydroxytryptophan. It’s produced naturally in the body and is used to make the neurotransmitter serotonin. Although taking 5-HTP in supplement form may theoretically boost the body’s serotonin levels, many experts feel there is not enough evidence to determine the safety of 5-HTP. It should not be combined with antidepressants.
Glutathione is a major defense against illness and aging. It is a vital tri-peptide consisting of Cysteine, Glycine, and Glutamine. These amino acids are naturally manufactured in every cell of your body with high concentrations in the heart, lung, liver, spleen, brain, muscle and skin tissue. Glutathione functions as both an antioxidant and an antitoxin for your body, attracting free radicals and toxins like a very powerful magnet. Glutathione boosts the immune system and fights off the damage of free radicals on your cells.
Although Glutathione is naturally prevalent in every cell of your body, starting in your early 20’s your body’s natural production of glutathione starts to decline by as much as 10% – 15% every decade. Additionally, stress, exercise, infection, injury and environmental toxins can also reduce your body’s glutathione levels. To increase your body’s natural defense against aging and cellular damage you must increase your glutathione levels. I use the original glutathione formulation from Dr. Robert Keller.
Reduce your intake of sweets
Sweets temporarily make you feel good as blood sugar levels soar, but may worsen mood later on when they plummet.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol
Caffeine and alcohol both dampen mood. Alcohol temporarily relaxes us and caffeine boosts energy, but the effects of both are short-lived. Both can worsen mood swings, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Vitamin B6 is needed to produce the mood-enhancing neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. Although deficiency of vitamin B6 is rare, a borderline deficiency may occur in people taking oral contraceptives, hormone replacement therapy, and drugs for tuberculosis.
Magnesium Most people do not get enough magnesium in their diets. Good sources of magnesium are legumes, nuts, whole grains and green vegetables. Like vitamin B6, magnesium is needed for serotonin production. Stress depletes magnesium. Or you can try Peter Gillham’s Natural Calm, a relaxing magnesium supplement. It is sometimes called the Anti-Stress Drink. You can visit: Calm Natural Limited at http://www.calmnatural.com or call 1-800-961-4623. It is gluten-free with a vegetarian formula.
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This article spoke to my heart since it is why I do what I do…. thank you Ben Stein! Life Is Too Short! Enjoy!!!
For many years Ben Stein has written a biweekly column called ”Monday Night At Morton’s.” (Morton’s is a famous chain of Steakhouses known to be frequented by movie stars and famous people from around the globe.) Now, Ben is terminating the column to move on to other things in his life. Reading his final column is worth a few minutes of your time.
Ben Stein’s Last Column…
How Can Someone Who Lives in Insane Luxury Be a Star in Today’s World?
As I begin to write this, I ‘slug’ it, as we writers say, which means I put a heading on top of the document to identify it. This heading is ‘eonline FINAL,’ and it gives me a shiver to write it. I have been doing this column for so long that I cannot even recall when I started. I loved writing this column so much for so long I came to believe it would never end.
It worked well for a long time, but gradually, my changing as a person and the world’s change have overtaken it. On a small scale, Morton’s, while better than ever, no longer attracts as many stars as it used to. It still brings in the rich people in droves and definitely some stars. I saw Samuel L. Jackson there a few days ago, and we had a nice visit, and right before that, I saw and had a splendid talk with Warren Beatty in an elevator, in which we agreed that Splendor in the Grass was a super movie. But Morton’s is not the star galaxy it once was, though it probably will be again.
Beyond that, a bigger change has happened..? I no longer think Hollywood stars are terribly important. They are uniformly pleasant, friendly people, and they treat me better than I deserve to be treated. But a man or woman who makes a huge wage for memorizing lines and reciting them in front of a camera is no longer my idea of a shining star we should all look up to.
How can a man or woman who makes an eight-figure wage and lives in insane luxury really be a star in today’s world, if by a ‘star’ we mean someone bright and powerful and attractive as a role model? Real stars are not riding around in the backs of limousines or in Porsches or getting trained in yoga or Pilates and eating only raw fruit while they have Vietnamese girls do their nails.
They can be interesting, nice people, but they are not heroes to me any longer. A real star is the soldier of the 4th Infantry Division who poked his head into a hole on a farm near Tikrit , Iraq . He could have been met by a bomb or a hail of AK-47 bullets. Instead, he faced an abject Saddam Hussein and the gratitude of all of the decent people of the world.
A real star is the U.S. soldier who was sent to disarm a bomb next to a road north of Baghdad . He approached it, and the bomb went off and killed him.
A real star, the kind who haunts my memory night and day, is the U.S. soldier in Baghdad who saw a little girl playing with a piece of unexploded ordnance on a street near where he was guarding a station. He pushed her aside and threw himself on it just as it exploded. He left a family desolate in California and a little girl alive in Baghdad ..
The stars who deserve media attention are not the ones who have lavish weddings on TV but the ones who patrol the streets of Mosul even after two of their buddies were murdered and their bodies battered and stripped for the sin of trying to protect Iraqis from terrorists.
We put couples with incomes of $100 million a year on the covers of our magazines. The noncoms and officers who barely scrape by on military pay but stand on guard in Afghanistan and Iraq and on ships and in submarines and near the Arctic Circle are anonymous as they live and die.
I am no longer comfortable being a part of the system that has such poor values, and I do not want to perpetuate those values by pretending that who is eating at Morton’s is a big subject.
There are plenty of other stars in the American firmament…the policemen and women who go off on patrol in South Central and have no idea if they will return alive; the orderlies and paramedics who bring in people who have been in terrible accidents and prepare them for surgery; the teachers and nurses who throw their whole spirits into caring for autistic children; the kind men and women who work in hospices and in cancer wards.
Think of each and every fireman who was running up the stairs at the World Trade Center as the towers began to collapse. Now you have my idea of a real hero.
I came to realize that life lived to help others is the only one that matters. This is my highest and best use as a human. I can put it another way. Years ago, I realized I could never be as great an actor as Olivier or as good a comic as Steve Martin or Martin Mull or Fred Willard–or as good an economist as Samuelson or Friedman or as good a writer as Fitzgerald. Or even remotely close to any of them.
But, I could be a devoted father to my son, husband to my wife and, above all, a good son to the parents who had done so much for me. This came to be my main task in life. I did it moderately well with my son, pretty well with my wife and well indeed with my parents (with my sister’s help). I cared for and paid attention to them in their declining years. I stayed with my father as he got sick, went into extremis and then into a coma and then entered immortality with my sister and me reading him the Psalms.
This was the only point at which my life touched the lives of the soldiers in Iraq or the firefighters in New York … I came to realize that life lived to help others is the only one that matters and that it is my duty, in return for the lavish life God has devolved upon me, to help others He has placed in my path. This is my highest and best use as a human.
Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will.
By Ben Stein
I sincerely hope that this article spoke to your heart in some way, as it did mine! Thanks much for subscribing and reading my blog!
Here are some great solutions for toxic overload which is so important for great health! Toxic Overload contributes to disease in our bodies and must be eliminated if we are to be healthy and happy for enjoying our life and world in the best way. Glutathione is the master anti-oxidant which controls all the other anti-oxidants, causing them to work and function properly, contributing to Total Wellness.
Additionally, the following natural remedies assist tremendously in detoxifying our bodies so that we can enjoy the best health possible. I highly recommend these solutions for Total Wellness!
Aloe vera gel (Aloe vera) has been found to help heal burns more quickly by its content of biogenic stimulators that encourage skin repair.
Burdock root (Arctium lappa) helps to neutralize and remove toxins from the body. During the Industrial Revolution, burdock was recommended as medicine to help people cope with the increased pollution.
Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale) improves the function of our body’s organs elimination process. Consider how this plant has done a good job for itself adapting to environmental pollutants..
Eleuthero herb (Eleutherococcus senticosus) can help alleviate fatigue, ameliorate symptoms from chemical toxin exposure and lessen the effects of stress.
Ginseng root (Panax ginseng) helps one to decrease the side effects of toxins and recover more quicklyfrom their exposure.
Green and black tea leaves (Camellia sinensis) are antioxidant, immune stimulant, and contain toxin protective agents.
Milk thistle seed (Silybum marianum) helps protect the body from chemical exposure, environmental illness and liver damage.
Nettles herb (Urtica dioica) cleanses and strengthens the kidneys as it builds the blood.
Peppermint leaf (Mentha piperita) can reduce nausea from toxin exposure.
Red clover blossom (Trifolium pratense) improves health in general, helping all the organs of elimination function more optimally.
Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) have been found to bolster the immune system after toxin exposure.
Yellow dock (Rumex crispus) improves the function of the kidneys, liver, lymphatic system, intestines and skin thus aiding the body’s natural cleansing process.
Supplements to help one better cope with environmental pollutants include antioxidants. Vitamin A and beta-carotene improve tissue strength and decrease wound healing time. The B complex can improve stress and fatigue. Vitamin C gives protection against a wide range of pollutants, reduces allergy symptoms, improves healing time and promotes detoxification. Strontium-90 competes with calcium in the body and depletes vitamin D supplies in the body, so vitamin D supplementation may be helpful. Selenium, helps protect one from heavy toxicity (and is found in Brazil nuts, garlic, green and black tea). Zinc is needed for B and T cell production. It also helps in the elimination of aluminum, cadmium, copper and lead. Glutathione is very protective against environmental pollutants. L-cysteine helps the liver breakdown chemicals. Calcium helps protect the body from absorbing toxic materials and magnesium helps prevent the uptake of strontium 90. Bee pollen is extremely nutritive and reduces the side effects from radium and cobalt 60. Zeolite clay helps to remove heavy metals and radiation, binding to toxins in the bloodstream and helping them to be eliminated.
Epsom salt baths (2 to 3 cups per bath) can also be used to help draw toxins out of the body.
Epsom salts are good for relaxing muscles and drawing toxins from the body. Epsom salts—made of the mineral magnesium sulfate—are also a sedative for the nervous system. When magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, such as in a bath, it draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, is a natural emollient, exfoliator, and much more.
Get a water filtering system for the entire household.
Houseplants that are used to reduce indoor pollution include Chrysanthemum, Golden Pothos and Mother-In-Law Tongue, English Ivy, Gerber Daisy, Peace Lily, Spider plants, and Janet Craig.
Be part of the solution for a cleaner, safer and less polluted world!
Before I try to explain the basics of glutathione production, I want to tell you a very personal story. My youngest son, Matthew, is alive today because of a glutathione accelerator supplement called MaxGXL/MaxOne. He has been extremely ill for almost 3 years and his doctors tried all kinds of treatments and antibiotics, BUT nothing worked. He lost 40 lbs, his liver and kidneys were severely damaged, he was in severe pain throughout his body and in his joints, he could not absorb nutrients from food or liquids and we were scared to death for him. His doctors had him on special liquids and a 5000 calorie diet to try to get at least a 1000 calories in to his body. They could not come up with a diagnosis and finally removed all treatments and antibiotics. However, early in his treatments, I had sent his doctors documentation of glutathione accelerator supplementation. They agreed that it certainly couldn’t hurt him and may well be of help to him. To make a long story short, his doctors expected major decline (life-threatening major decline) when they next checked him out. To their great surprise, he had not declined. They sent word to me through my son that the only thing he was taking that could be sustaining his life was the glutathione accelerator supplement. Hooray for MaxGXL/MaxOne!!!
I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am that Matthew had the time so that the doctors could continue to look for a diagnosis and treatment that would help him.
What if you aren’t getting enough free radical protection, despite consuming all the high antioxidant foods and some of the best antioxidant supplements available? How could that be? Don`t ignore this vital nutrient for your health and your life. How it could be is that your glutathione levels are too low. This is a very common situation with all the oxidation stress our toxic environment provides, along with a little help from our own personal stress.
Oxidative stress represents an imbalance between the production of reactive oxygen species (free radicals) and the body’s ability to detoxify the reactive intermediates and repair the resulting damage. High levels of unmanaged oxidative stress accelerate aging and disease formation. Anti-oxidants are a primary defense against the damaging effects of oxidative stress. Glutathione is the major antioxidant that our cells produce. Higher levels of glutathione are associated with great health and anti-aging effects on the body.
A chain reaction occurs as atoms robbed of an electron become free radicals and continue the oxidation process, robbing electrons as needed from other sources. This changes the identity and function of those atoms as they combine in unnatural ways, leading to cellular and DNA damage. And eventually, of course many health issues and disease will occur freely.
Moreover, the air we breathe is loaded with toxins and heavy metals (www.naturalnews.com/026258.html) as well as in many of the foods we eat (www.naturalnews.com/026216.html), and any pharmaceuticals that may have been taken. These toxins create more free radicals while burdening our bodies with toxic material. Our immune system becomes damaged from psychological and physcial stress with our modern lifestyle and the chaos around us. It is quite astonishing that many of us are still able to walk and talk!
But we need as much protection from all this to stay out of hospitals in the meantime. So whatever can neutralize the free radical oxidation process while eliminating toxins is necessary. Enter antioxidants, including the most overlooked yet most important one of them all: glutathione, the key to maximum oxidation protection and detoxification while creating a strong immune system.
It is called the master antioxidant. It is an intracellular antioxidant essential for maximum antioxidant activity from all other antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin E, CoQ10, and many others. It removes toxins from cells, and protects against radiation.
Unfortunately, buying anything that says it is glutathione is a waste of pill popping money. The body`s digestive system is very poor at taking glutathione into where it needs to go. Fortunately, there are other ways to accelerate the body`s glutathione, which are talked about in this Post.
It is the body`s intracellular function to produce glutathione in the liver from three amino acids, cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycene. Enough is needed to catalyze and maintain all the antioxidant`s you consume for your protection. It even acts as insurance to prevent antioxidants from becoming free radicals themselves, regenerating and recycling them. As you get older, your body`s ability to produce glutathione decreases.
Many now consider decreased glutathione production as the root cause of accelerated aging and ailments that are considered “normal” from aging, including Alzheimer`s, inflammatory conditions from allergy to arthritis, asthma, COPD, Parkinson`s Disease, and coronary and autoimmune diseases. DNA damage resulting from free radicals often leads to cancer. This is a very basic foundation that goes astray as we age. If one can enhance internal glutathione production, the empowered immune system will create a bedrock of good health regardless of age.
Glutathione in our bodies can become inactive when it is saturated from doing it`s work, but it tends to regenerate itself. Under ideal environmental conditions, 10% of the glutathione remains inactive, or oxidized, while the other 90% is active, or reduced, and continues to balance cell molecules and other antioxidants, as well as remove toxins. This is the function of normal metabolism`s waste removal of free radicals by glutathione. But the barrage of additional toxins from our environment is too much to maintain that 90/10 ratio.
As the active glutathione drops below 90% and allows the inactive to increase beyond 10%, the battle for optimum health becomes a losing battle. It becomes more and more difficult to remove toxins naturally. As they build up, the active glutathione decreases even more. When GSH falls below 70%, troubles begin to work on one`s health.
For long term protection, it`s necessary to introduce precursors that stimulate the cells to create their own GSH glutathione, as needed internally, via the liver.
So it`s important to feed the body GSH precursors. Of the three amino acids that generate GSH (active glutathione) in the liver, cysteine is considered the most vital link. It has been discovered that cysteine, balanced properly with glutamic acid and glycene, stimulates GSH production.
There are very few whey protein products that promote GSH production with cysteine. The processing of those whey products is delicate and precise; therefore, the products themselves can be costly, as high as $66 USD for a month`s supply. Usually they are in powder form. It is much easier and convenient to take a nutritional supplement, specifically a glutathione accelerator, to provide the body with the necessary precursors so that the body can produce its own glutathione within every cell.
In addition to the supplementation you wind up using, or in lieu of using a supplement, here are some foods that are beneficial toward the GSH, glutathione circulating process. It is important to consume organic foods as the toxins added to conventional foods minimize the GSH levels.
All meats are high in cysteine, but unless you can go truly organic, the hormones and toxins will virtually neutralize GSH. Watermelon, walnuts, avocado, asparagus, broccoli, and tomato are good choices for glutathione enhancement, as are many dark green leafy vegetables. Ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, wheat germ and oat flakes round out this list. However, you would need to eat a lot of these foods in order for the body to product its own glutathione.
The research and discovery of glutathione`s importance, and the process to manufacture it within the body for proper circulation is relatively recent. Its awareness has straddled both alternative and mainstream medicine. GSH glutathione`s importance as an essential antioxidant is indisputable. The health ramifications for just this one single agent, internally promoted by proper precursors, are comprehensive and encompassing.
This Post explains the differences between externally administered glutathione and glutathione produced within the body’s cells, and how to increase that production.
The IV injections are very costly, and one must get weekly injections because it quickly dies off. Actually, this type of treatment may inhibit the body’s ability to create and circulate GSH. It’s like constantly refilling the gas tank when your car quits running.
Another external method is inhaling GSH through a nebulizer. This works well for victims of emphysema, COPD, and other lung disorders. However, it is not recommended for asthmatics.
And there are even prescription only suppositories that increase serum level glutathione. Emergency rooms use NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine) to counteract toxic reactions from acetaminophen, found in many over the counter pain killers and prescription drugs. This pharmaceutical quickly produces a quick fix of glutathione, but it’s not recommended for regular use.
Once again, you will ultimately need to refill your gas tank!
Fixing the GSH Gas Tank Naturally
There are nutritional supplements called glutathione accelerators available, which simply have the necessary precursors in capsule form. It is a very convenient way to support the body’s structure and allow it to produce its own glutathione within your body’s cells. This is completely natural and allows the body to heal itself as it was meant to do.
Two food sources for GSH production are unadulterated, undenatured whey and colostrum. They are both from bovine sources that are grass fed and not hormone or antibiotic injected. Colostrum is raw milk from the mother cow’s first feeding of calves, which is converted into a powder. Personally, I would prefer that my body produce its own glutathione as it was designed to do.
The same for whey, which is converted to powders from milk solids. Disregard denatured or pasteurized whey that is sold as a protein source for body builders and athletes with claims of being unadulterated. They are denatured (pasteurized) and flavored, which contradicts unadulterated claims. Those wheys won’t do much for GSH production.
Other GSH Boosters
As mentioned previously in this Post, foods need to be raw and organic; dairy or meats should be from grass fed sources. Meat is not so great eaten raw. Raw eggs can be put into your blender with a protein mix. Organic walnuts, broccoli, asparagus, watermelon, garlic, spinach, tomatoes, avocado, turmeric, and ricotta cheese all contain or create the needed precursors for intracellular GSH creation. But it can take a lot of food in order to produce enough glutathione.
And now the liver herb milk thistle has been discovered to boost GSH. Glutathione is extremely important as an essential antioxidant, detoxifier, and immune system booster.
Alternative Health Consultant
Chiropractic therapy is one possible solution that provides Multiple Benefits.
Chiropractic therapy directly addresses nerve system functioning and improves the mechanics of the musculoskeletal system. Frequently the result of such wide spread improved functioning is a reduction in a person’s chronic pain, if it is present. Chronic pain relief is often of great benefit to those living with clinical depression.
The improved and enhanced nerve function provided by chiropractic therapy forms the basis for total wellness and well-being. By focusing on biomechanics, your chiropractor helps your body to begin healing itself across a wide range of systems.
As chronic pain begins to fade and resolve, significant pressures are reduced in your brain and other components of your central nerve system. Associated psychological pressures may also be relieved and chronic depression may be lifted as a result of decreased biomechanical stress and decreased physical pain.
Depression is often thought of as a psychological condition. The causes of depression are often sought in the person’s childhood or in her personal circumstances as an adult. But within the last 10 or 20 years, depression is more frequently being evaluated within a physiological context. Various disease states and physical disorders are being recognized as significant contributors to depression. This viewpoint is empowering to people with depression and often provides a way forward when progress has been minimal or absent.
Those with depression may experience both physical and psychological pain. It is well-documented that chronic physical pain can lead to depression. Also, it is very well-known that depressive states can cause physical pain. A feedback loop (vicious cycle) is frequently created in which physical pain makes a person’s depression worse and the person’s depression makes the physical pain worse.
In addition, changes in brain physiology can cause a person to be depressed. In other words, abnormal electrical activity in the brain – which, of course, is not under the person’s conscious control – may result in depression. The brain’s electrical activity is evaluated by a method known as quantitative EEG (QEEG).1 For those with clinical depression, the QEEG often demonstrates too much slow-wave activity in the left front brain (prefrontal cortex) and too much fast-wave activity in the right prefrontal cortex.
Being a person with chronic clinical depression all of my life, I am personally able to share that for those with clinical depression, the light of the world is considerably dimmed. The mood of a depressed person is low and he loses interest in normally pleasurable activities. Depressive disorders interfere with a person’s work and/or school activities, family life and social life, and overall health. Lack of energy, lack of appetite, and decreased physical activity are all associated with clinical depression. I have experienced all of these symptoms from time to time.
An access to relieving chronic depression may be found in encouraging the person to begin to engage in physical activity.2,3 Such activity may be difficult for those who are severely depressed, and yet all persons with depression should attempt to work with this form of therapy.
Additionally, chiropractic therapy may be of great benefit for those with clinical depression. The pain relief and improved musculoskeletal function afforded by chiropractic therapy may help reduce the physical component of ongoing depression. It definitely has helped me to some extent and I would recommend this therapy for people dealing with ongoing depression.
I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that most diseases/illnesses are associated with inflammation and toxins within our bodies, even depression. I am in line for Alzheimers and Dementia through family genes, but I firmly believe that we should be responsible for our own health and can change those family hand-me-downs. One of the greatest health solutions for inflammation and toxins within our bodies is glutathione. We cannot take glutathione directly because its molecule is too large to enter our cells; also it is destroyed within the digestive system before it can significantly reach the necessary organs of our bodies.
Scientists and doctors have been researching and looking for a way to introduce glutathione into our bodies for a very long time since it is so necessary for total wellness and life itself. Also, glutathione production in our bodies begins to decrease at the age of 20 years old and continues to decrease significantly due to stress, environmental pollutants, cigarette smoke, diet, exercise, chemical toxins, illness and aging. So you should be able to see that it is very important to our total wellness, aging process and life itself.
Fortunately, a renowned doctor and scientist working on the same research for glutathione production in our bodies for the past 25 plus years were able to provide a solution to this much needed glutathione in the body. It was not brought to the pharmaceutical world because so often, they bury significant discoveries in order to retain their bottom line of making money. Instead, this discovery/solution was brought to men who recognize unique, breakthrough products and who had plenty of financial backing to bring this discovery to the world. That product is MaxGXL (1st generation of product) and/or MaxOne (2nd generation of product) and the product supports our body’s structure and function so that the body can perform as it was made to do and heal itself. It allows our body to produce its very own glutathione and recycle it, as well. Nothing else out there can do this. Inflammation and toxins are a thing of the past with glutathione. It is also a mood lifter for depression.
We are born into this world with glutathione and we die without glutathione. A powerful antioxidant, it is called the Master Antioxidant by scientists, it is working hard to keep every cell in your body safe from free radical damage and oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been associated with more than 74 major diseases and disorders. It is produced naturally in our cells if the required building blocks are available. Among its many functions, it strengthens the immune system, detoxifies the body, fights intracellular inflammation, and neutralizes numerous types of free radicals. Do not be without this greatest discovery for total wellness in our lifetime.
Although we cannot cure or treat any disease or illness, we can and do say that this glutathione accelerator product does support the structure and functions in the body. Therefore, the body can then heal itself, which it was created to be able to do. When we load it with so much chemical toxins, pollutants, stress, illness/disease, in addition to the aging process, the body is so burdened that it can no longer do what it was created to be able to do with the power it used to have. Thus, that is why this glutathione accelerator product is so important for total wellness, aging and life inself.
1Hargrove JB, et al: Quantitative electroencephalographic abnormalities in fibromyalgia patients. Clin EEG Neurosci 41(3):132-139, 2010
2Gill A, et al: Clinical Inquiries: Does exercise alleviate symptoms of depression? J Fam Pract 59(9):530-531, 2010
3Uebelacker LA, et al: Hatha yoga for depression: critical review of the evidence for efficacy, plausible mechanisms of action, and directions for future research. J Psychiatr Pract 16(1):22-33, 2010
I was recently talking with a good friend who is also my business coach, Travis Greenlee. I realized as we talked that I needed to really connect more with my readers and subscribers. Obviously, if I am going to give you the right information to help each of you the most to improve your health, then I must find out what it is that really concerns each of you. The only way to do that is to have you tell me more about you so that I can best respond to your concerns. So here goes!
I have 2 very important questions for you:
1) What are your biggest challenges in health? 2) How committed are you to clearing up these challenges?
I hope that you will respond in the comment section of this post. If you don’t share your health concerns then it is very difficult to provide solutions. I am truly looking forward to getting to know you better and to give you the information that can provide you the solutions that you are looking for. I want to also let you know that I have direct contact with some of the most amazing doctors and they can help me in providing you the proper information for your challenges.
I would like to list here some of the information from Dr. Daria Davidson that just might fit your very own challenge and give you some great information:
“How to support a robust immune system with glutathione”
“Heavy metal toxicity”
“Vitamins – Full Spectrum Cellular Defense!”
“Trisomy 21 (Down’s Syndrome)”
“Chronically sleep deprived.”
“The effect of environmental toxins on maintaining healthy glutathione levels.”
“Chronic fatigue syndrome.”
“Effects of Telomeres on aging”
“Cellular inflammation and Aging”
“Eczema & Psoriasis”
“Health of the G.I. tract”.
“Athletic performance and recovery”
“An overview of glutathione supplementation”
“The Liver and Glutathione”.
“Health of our eyes.”
“Autism and Low Glutathione.
“Detoxification reactions that sometimes occur with glutathione” (Very, very important information!)
“Dr. Daria discusses the nutritional side of making glutathione: “Can’t I just eat right?”
Background BIO of Dr. Daria Davidson
Dr. Davidson has been in healthcare for over 30 years. She began her healthcare career as a registered
nurse, specializing in pediatric intensive care. She is double board certified in Emergency Medicine and
Holistic Medicine. During her 20 years as an emergency medicine physician, she spent 11 years working in, and running, a Level One Trauma Center. By the time she retired from emergency medicine in 2003 she had personally treated over 70,000 patients. In addition to her busy lecture and consulting schedule, Dr.
Davidson maintains a private practice in Bellevue, Washington. In 1992, at the age of 41, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She coauthored the book Breast Cancer? Let me check my schedule! and has spoken to audiences in countries throughout the world on various aspects of cancer. In 1995, Dr. Davidson began looking into the scientific basis of nutritional supplementation. With 13 years of experience, she is now convinced there are simple and very effective strategies to stay or become healthy. Dr. Davidson has been working in the industry of nutritional network marketing since 1995. Her part-time network marketing income exceeded her full-time medical income in just 29 months. Dr. Davidson has become a strong advocate for the industry when truly unique products are being offered.