Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Speech Issues and the Glutathione Component

I've been wondering about my son's glutathione levels lately. We had run out of glutathione cream, and hadn't reordered it to try to see if it actually did anything positive for Caleb. He was off it for about 3 weeks, and his speech progressively got worse, less defined, less spontaneous. Finally, I had some old Kirkman's glutathione, and I put some on my son to see if we could find something to improve his speech. Truly, within 20 minutes, his speech was much clearer and spontaneous. I then decided I needed to up the glutathione to twice a day if it is helping that much. That's where we're at now. I'm upping it to twice daily to see if improvements are noted.

You know, if it ends up helping, what's to prevent me from putting it on 3 times, then 4 times a day, etc. It got me thinking about how to raise glutathione. I know that vitamin C and N-A-C (n-acetyl-cysteine) both are supposed to be precursers to glutathione. But, since Caleb does NOT do well on vitamin C, I'll have to try the NAC. Also, I know that a new study came out (I'll have to see if I can find it for the website) about how chelation with DMSA raises glutathione for weeks by just one round. So.....until I start the NAC, I'm doing another round of chelation for which Caleb already seems happier at least. Is it the glutathione from the DMSA or something else??? I also know about the glutathione IV's, but it just isn't practical for us since the nearest DAN is over 3 hours away.

As I sit here researching glutathione, I see that whey in milk is a precurser. Now that is not possible with most autistics, since a strict GFCF is key. However, my son is actually on milk products, just not straight milk, and not a lot per day. Wheat has always been his major "no-no", not so much milk. One day last summer during a post-tball celebration, after allowing my son to have an icecream cone, he acted so normal and was playing tag with the other t-ball kids. I wondered what could this be. I now wonder if it didn't have something to do with glutathione. Not quite sure I want to increase his milk intake, but I'll have to think some more about it. Now if I could get my hands on that raw milk.....!

For now it will be glut. cream, try NAC, and more regular chelation. Hopefully, it will improve speech!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Raw Milk Debate

I've been doing a lot of thinking about raw milk recently. Anybody have any thoughts on it? I just read an article about the link between pasteurization and colitis/Chron's disease. I've always known that the hormones and antibiotics fed to the cows gets through to the milk, just as a mother would give these things to her breast-feeding child if she took them. However, I never realized all that pasteurization did to the milk. Even homoginization apparently isn't too good either. Please read these sites:

I'm seriously thinking about buying a share of a cow and getting the raw milk. I'm sure my husband and my kids will truly believe I've gone off the deep end! Maybe I have :)

Friday, January 4, 2008

How I love homeopathy! It should be called hopeopathy :) Caleb's anxiety was again getting out of control. The only thing that seemed to help was the supplement GABA, 1000mg at a time (twice daily). I'm glad it helps, but must we rely on this everyday now? Low and behold, Caleb's constitutional remedy lycopodium finally helped a bit (only now in a larger dose of 200c). It made his return to school after the holidays somewhat bearable. No one sent me notes about his that's a positive thing :)
The reason I knew to try GABA was because GABA often balances excitotoxins in the brain from excess glutamates. Some glutamate sources are calcium and folic acid, many foods like wheat and milk, and I'm sure others. For Caleb, we had been trying Calcium for a while, and it had seemed to help at first. Then we hit the wall..... Instead it raised his glutamates (or so I supposed) and made GABA necessary. He's extremely good on GABA, but just quiet & not as fiesty (which I like him to defend himself and have opinions...just in smaller doses). Caleb has needed folic acid before for clearer speech, but it also often ends up fluctuating his body to excitotoxin mode. For him, we see "screaminess" over every little thing, and weeping over nothing. He also gets a bit OCD. Anyhow.....lycopodium has helped for these past few days. Thank you Lord for that!