Let’s talk a little bit about Glutathione therapy. We know that glutathione is a very powerful antioxidant in our body. It is one of the most potent antioxidants in our cells. It helps with the detoxification process in decreasing toxins essentially in our body by neutralizing toxins within our cells.
The way I think about glutathione is it sorts works to sweep toxins out of our cells or at least neutralizes them, making them less toxic while they are in our body. Many kids on the Autism spectrum have low glutathione. When we measure glutathione through blood tests many kids are quite low. We know that when glutathione is low you have a big problem with respects to the accumulation of toxins. So glutathione therapy becomes a very important thing that we do biomedically to resolve these problems.
There are a number of different forms of glutathione that you can get. You can get glutathione as a transdermal cream, you can take it orally as a powder or as an oral suspension or you can acquire it through in intravenous solution.
In my experience the intravenous infusion is most beneficial because basically you are bypassing the skin and bypassing the digestive tract and you are getting 100% of what you give. It goes directly into the blood stream and can be utilized by the body immediately. Some of the benefits of glutathione therapy that I have seen in children is better eye contact, better attention, less self stimulatory behavior, less sensory issues in general.
Now short of getting glutathione therapy through an intravenous infusion which is not always easy to get especially if you don’t have a doctor who is familiar with it, you can get it through an oral suspension. New Beginnings, www.nbnus.com, carries a product Lipoceutical Glutathione which is an oral suspension of glutathione. Essentially the way it is dosed is you give ¼ tsp for every 30 lbs of body weight, twice a day as a general maintenance.
This dosing schedule is mentioned on their website. This can be an effective way to implement glutathione. Glutathione taken orally, you have to be aware that it has a very strong odor of sulphur or rotten eggs. One of the things New Beginnings recommends when using orally is to put a couple of drops of Stevia in it to sweeten it a bit. You can get glutathione as a capsule, I do not like it that way very much and it is not very well absorbed anyway. So it is less effective and sometimes it can lead to problems with yeast overgrowth. Yeast will sometimes thrive on the sulphur based compounds. We don’t see that with the oral suspension as much as we do the capsules.
Transdermal glutathione can be an effective source. It is acquired through a compounding pharmacy as a prescription and that seems to work pretty well too. From my experience the IV form of glutathione is most effective.
On my biomedical website, www.autismactionplan.org, I have a section on detoxification where you can learn more about the different forms of glutathione, how they are dosed and I can answer those questions on the parent chat forum also. I also have a downloadable form for a prescription that can be taken to any doctor for their signature to get the transdermal glutathione. Glutathione is a very common and effective biomedical therapy to help with toxicity issues and to improve the overall antioxidant status in a child with Autism.
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