Saturday, May 23, 2015

doubling down

Not in the casino:  I was disappointed to discover a couple of decades ago that there's a vice that doesn't really do much for me!  I strongly prefer gluttony and sloth, and a few others of the "deadly sins."  ;-)

It's glutathione that I decided to increase my dosage of (please pardon my bad grammar). 

Any book that's worth reading at all is worth reading multiple times.  This goes IN SPADES* for Datis Kharrazian's "Why Isn't My Brain Working."  It occurs to me that this may be the single most USEFUL book I've read in the past few years!

Sure, "Good Calories Bad Calories" was great, but more explicatory than prescriptive.  Dr. Yasko's books are full of suggestions for improving health too, but not as user-friendly.  Lots and lots of other books I've read on nutrition and well-being have been great contributions to my knowledge-pool without being iconic.  But at this point, DK is ahead by more than a length (whew -- we've left the card-table and are now dallying with the gee-gees).

Although he points out that oral glutathione is poorly absorbed, I found a few years ago that it improved my energy SO rapidly and well, my body had to be drinking it in like Nick did cocktails in "Shadow of the Thin Man."  During a particularly stressful afternoon a few days ago, I took Kharrazian's advice and got some GABA agonists, which I found notably helpful.  I read in his book also HOW the valerian I started using recently is beneficial to my stress-hormone levels.

Interestingly, in discussing some nutritional supports, he doesn't often suggest specific quantities of the supplements he recommends for particular uses;  he frequently just uses the adage "start low, and increase till you see a difference." 

Years ago, I started at the ordinary dosage amount of glutathione, and it worked so well I didn't even think of increasing the amount.  Now, i'm thinking that more might be even better.  He reports, "Glutathione depletion is also a major contributing factor to leaky gut, a leaky blood-brain barrier, and even leaky lungs.  As I discussed in previous chapters, many other dietary and lifestyle factors can break down these immune barriers, increasing the risk for both loss of chemical tolerance and autoimmunity."  Aging and stress are two prime reasons for such depletion.

Is the current "epidemic" of autoimmune disease partially driven by lack of glutathione in its sufferers?  I suspect there might be something in this possibility.  At any rate, I think it worthwhile to test my hypothesis. 

When you think of all the celiac disease, hypothyroidism, autism, MS, and other gluten-influenced problems proliferating nowadays, it's tempting to place the whole blame on modern wheat, but we know an awful lot of illnesses are multi-factorial.  One factor could easily be glutathione depletion.

*  uh-oh, another card-playing analogy -- what is this telling me?  ;-)

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