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March 22, 2016

Glutathione Improves Limb Strength

“I was diagnosed with ALS in November of 2012 and started taking injectable glutathione almost immediately. It was recommended to me by someone I trust and respect and, admittedly, I was willing to try almost anything that might slow down this terrible disease. Since that time, I have become more educated about ALS and the medications, treatments, and therapies to help ALS patients have a better quality of life. What that means is I now know why injectable glutathione was recommended to me almost four years ago.

Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant and is the most powerful antioxidant for the brain and entire nervous system. It combats oxidative stress, detoxifies the body, supports the immune system, and assists in cell function and repair. Oxidative stress and the associated cell death have long been implicated in ALS as have deficiencies in immune system function and cell energy production.

My best advice in this fight we are in against ALS is to always stay positive and do not focus on the negative. Use common sense and avail yourself of treatments that are based on sound science and can improve your quality of life. I believe one such treatment is glutathione. I know it has helped me."

Keith Johnson
Louisiana, USA

Glutathione is an important yet little known simple molecule that prevents aging, cancer, heart disease, dementia and more. It is one of the best known antioxidants, keeps the immune system healthy, and is involved in tissue building and repair. The human body produces its own glutathione, but poor diet, pollution, toxins, stress, infections and more can deplete normal levels, leaving the body open to infection. Chronically ill patients have this deficiency, which is why it is being recommended for those with ALS/MND. This video shows Dr. Oz and Dr. David Katz of Yale University discussing glutathione.

Glutathione injections can rid the body of toxins and recycle antioxidants, detoxifying the system. It is good for improving limb weakness and spasticity/rigidity symptoms. These injections, along with a healthy diet and appropriate exercise, can improve the quality of your days.

Many compounding pharmacies worldwide can produce injectable glutathione. We often recommend Hopewell Pharmacy in Hopewell, New Jersey for their compounding excellence, competitive price, and impeccable service. Hopewell provides 4x 30mL vials for $240 that will last two months, which is an appropriate time to determine its efficacy.

Care and usage instructions:

Glutathione should be compounded at a concentration of 200mg/ml.  Using a 20 cubic centimeter (cc) syringe, draw-up 7cc of the glutathione solution. This provides 1,400mg of glutathione. In the 20cc sterile syringe, also mix the glutathione with 5cc of sterile water. The solution is then injected through a 23- or 25-gauge butterfly infusion catheter intravenously over a 20-minute period. Injections should be done twice weekly in either arm, for best effect. 

A local nurse or physician should perform the injections until it’s determined that the patient family is capable of doing the injections themselves with ongoing instruction or supervision as needed. Usually, only 1-2 oversights by a nurse or physician is required before the patient family feels self-sufficient. Order syringes online through East Coast Medical Supply at http://www.eastcoastmedicalsupply.com/butterflywingedinfusi…, or Amazon at http://www.paramedsupply.com/Butterflies_c17.htm….

Compounded glutathione has a 3-month expiration and should be refrigerated at all times to protect against light and heat until immediately before injection. The solution should be allowed to get to room temperature in a catheter before administration (usually 10-15 minutes). As with all medications and suggestions for which a prescription is required, please discuss the use of compounded glutathione with your physician or neurologist before beginning treatment.

While there has not yet been a clinical trial of glutathione completed for ALS/MND patients, there are inextricable links between both the causation of ALS and Parkinson’s and the symptomatic treatments for ALS and autism. More information is available at the following links:

Vitamins and Supplements

National Library of Medicine