Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis

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The content of this article is from the book “The Comprehensive Guide to Glutathione”
by Dr. Jimmy Gutman MD FACEP

Cystic fibrosis affects many organ systems, the lungs in particular. It’s also called mucoviscidosis because it secretes a sticky mucus which neither lubricates the nose, throat, airways and intestines, nor flows freely. Cystic fibrosis is one of the most common inherited diseases in North America and affects some 30,000 people. Survivors live to an age of about 28 years, depending on the extent of pulmonary involvement.

Cystic fibrosis is most often classified as a disorder of the exocrine glands, and primarily affects the pancreas in fibrocystic pulmonary mucus production in mucoviscidosis. The problem stems from an inherited defect in the gene responsible for secreting certain fluids from these glands.

The disease often appears early in life Cystic fibrosis babies have very frequent digestive difficulties since their pancreas doesn’t make enough digestive juice. This leads to malabsorption (poor ability to use nutrients and malnutrition. Their skin loses large amounts of salt and they may sweat profusely. The lungs secrete a very thick (viscous) mucus that can obstruct airways, causing coughing, wheezing, and recurrent lung infections. omprehensive and intensive therapy with health workers specialized in nursing, nutrition, physical therapy and respiratory therapy is essential. Dr. Larry Lands, director of the cystic fibrosis clinic at McGill University in Montreal, aptly points out that inflammation is central to cystic fibrosis, that inflammation always precedes lung infection, and that lung infection almost inevitably follows severe inflammation. Continued inflammation depletes even more antioxidants and glutathione, resulting in a vicious circle.

The loss of glutathione in cystic fibrosis is noticeable in the fluid lining of the lungs (epithelial lining fluid), and also in blood serum, red blood cells and esewhere. All indications are that ongoing oxidative stress depletes the entire body Cystic fibrosis patients are at further risk of antioxidant depletion because they also suffer from impaired pancreatic function, leading to bad digestion and poor absorption of essential nutrients. Many researchers are investigating the use of supplemental antioxidants in this disease. Lands’ team is investigating a whey-based, cysteine-rich glutathione precursor. NAC has long been packaged in an aerosol form to break down mucus accumulation in cystic fibrosis patients. It can be used in the same way for asthma, bronchitis, COPD, emphysema, pneumonia and other situations where thick secretions impair pulmonary function.

Case study

Eight year-old Zach, a cystic fibrosis patient, loved baseball. He was smaller than the rest of the kids but it was shortness of breath and recurrent respiratory problems, that kept him off the team, not his height. He took care of his nutritional needs and was good about taking his additional vitamin and antioxidant supplementation. His parents learned how to provide him with home aerosol treatments by mask. He has been using both oral and nebulized (by mask) Mucomyst (N-acetylcysteine). Although he’s mainly a “bench-warmer” Zach is back on the team. An impressive amount of research has clarified the critical importance of antioxidants and glutathione in all these pulmonary diseases. Unlike most other tissues, the lung can use glutathione as-is-through direct contact rather than having to first absorb the ingrediand then make it. There are many ways to deliver glutathione to the lungs, including oral, intravenous and inhaled therapies. In the next few years even more products will begin to raise glutathione levels in acutee, chronic and critical care patients.

The immune system coordinates a variety of specialized cells to fight off infection and other threats. The healthy growth and activity of these cells depends upon the availability of glutathione. Glutathione is at the heart of most immune functions, explaining why low levels are seen in many diseases. This is best exemplified by AIDS, which is characterized by a severely compromised immune system. 

Raising and maintaining glutathione levels can minimize the risk of these diseases. Although only very ill people are severely deficient in glutathione, those in good or fair health will benefit from glutathione supplementation, especially considering the environmental toxins and

drug-resistant bacteria we’re exposed to these days. 

The use of glutathione supplementation fights all kind of diseases from respiratory to auto immune to degenerative diseases.

Without question, the best type of preventive medicine is an optimized immune system, and a critical means to optimize it is by feeding it glutathione.

Glutathione as a dietary supplement.

We must first clarify an important, frequently misunderstood part of the glutathione story.

Upon learning about glutathione for the first time, many people go to their health store, buy it, and start dosing themselves. However, while glutathione is freely available in this form, this sort of oral, ingested glutathione will have negligible effects on your health. The product decomposes rapidly in the digestive system and is quickly removed from the gut. Apart from a few very specific instances, glutathione cannot be introduced into the body in this way. It must be made within your cells -which is where it’s naturally found. The effective way to stimulate the production of glutathione is to provide your body with the basic elements it needs to make glutathione by itself. Some pharmaceutical medications, such as N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), have been developed to provide these precursors. There are also natural ways to increase glutathione levels, in particular the use of denatured (bioactive) whey proteins.

These are discussed throughout this website.

Drugs NAC and OTC can raise glutathione levels, but their effects are short-lived. These pharmaceutical drugs also have little nutritional value. Whey proteins have excellent nutritional value but usually lack glutathione precursors. The ideal source of dietary cysteine should be natural, nutritional, bioactive, and undenatured and As many of you are aware, whey protein, especially whey protein isolates (over 90% protein), are sometimes referred to as the “perfect” proteins because they contain all the essential amino acids required for your body’s protein synthesis.

The use of glutathione supplementation fights all kind of diseases from respiratory to auto immune to degenerative diseases.

Without question, the best type of preventive medicine is an optimized immune system, and a critical means to optimize it is by feeding it glutathione.

This is not the same glutathione that you see at the health food store. This is glutathione precursor. It’s very different because glutathione must be made inside your cells and the precursor is the food your cells   require to make its own glutathione as nature intended. That is the most natural and effective approach to boost your immune system.

It’s all natural with NO side effect. 

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