This photograph is the vitamin container I bought from iHerb (I absentmindedly bought two, which it, serendipitously, turns out I can now plan out two weeks supplements in a row to save having to spend time each week counting out from all these bottles!); anyhow, it gives you an idea of how many supplements I’m taking each day. I’ve not counted but a wild guess would be twenty-seven or so capsules or tablets. I’ve been working up to doing the Neural Sensitisation Protocol (NSP) for more than a year. Finally, due to my budget allowing it, and my digestive and immune system tolerating it, I’m now practising this completely science-based treatment for people with chemical sensitivities.
Back in 2009, when I was the Events Organiser for the AESSRA Chemical Sensitivity Seminar ’09, I received a phone call from a gentleman called Terry who, excitingly, shared that his wife had all but completely recovered while doing the NSP. She had similar symptoms within her upper respiratory system, including headaches, sinus and eye symptoms when inhaling chemical vapours, as to what I suffer with. Back then they were all the symptoms I had. (Unlike the past three years, where it’s been food intolerances, digestive issues, fatigue, sore joints and (almost) indescribable sinus pain.) And due to truly believing I’d almost recovered, I thanked Terry for telling me about this new treatment, printed out the documents he sent me, and forgot all about it.
Here is a part of the first page:
“Chemical injury can cause chronic damage to body biochemistry. This involves a biochemical vicious cycle often called “Neural Sensitization” (as discussed below). This cycle can cause reactive airways (airway inflammation), toxic encephalopathy (toxic brain damage), and chronic inflammation to other mucosal surfaces. This is chemically referred to as the nitric oxide/peroxynitrite cycle.1-4
Unless and until this biochemistry is healed naturally, inflammation and ongoing damage will occur. Drugs cannot heal these vicious cycles.
Only science-based treatment with the proper healing substances can help control this cycle, which will otherwise cause ongoing inflammation and further organ damage.”
I’ll upload the rest of the pages as PDFs in the next few days.
The nebulizing of buffered glutathione is one of the treatments I’ve instigated and facilitated as a part of my own wellness plan: this particular one is not under the care of a doctor; however, I didn’t just make it up! It’s a part of Dr Grace Ziem’s Neural Protocol on which she collaborated with Dr Martin Pall. Pall has developed a theory called the NO/ONOO cycle and its relation to oxidative stress, and its relation to conditions such as chemical sensitivity, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), heart disease and hypertension which can be found here.
This is the nebuliser that I bought of eBay for $20 plus postage and handling. I’m pretty impressed with its efficiency; it works surprisingly well for something that feels, looks and sounds like a cheap toy. (If you’re sensitive to plastics, I’d use this without the mask attached. It’s the soft squishy type of plastic and smells plasticky even after having been outgassing on my vitamin shelf for over a year. However, I’m fine with most plastics, though.)
Back in January of this year, I wrote:
When I get sore eyes, it’s beyond painful, and I’ll try anything (almost); and obviously, I am. My nifty little nebuliser came off Ebay… The Glutathione tablets, which I bought from Theranaturals, cost twice more than the machine, itself. I don’t like nebulizing because it irritates the lining of my nose; consequently, I use only half a capsule, trying to build up to a whole capsule. Note: I only practice this technique after a chemical exposure when my upper respiratory system has taken a hit. The rest of the time I take the tablets because it’s easier and far less uncomfortable (People have told me that the body can’t absorb it this way.)
The jury in my mind is still out: we haven’t decided whether these methods, particularly the nebulisation of glutathione, are working or not. You see, when I’m in a room with people wearing a lot of fragrance, even when I’m wearing my hideous mask, my eyes sting, burn and feel as thought there’s fragrance in them; after a while I can also taste it, and my nostrils begin to burn, and that’s when I know I’m about to get really sick: massive throbbing headache, sore neck, and lately, swollen glands. For days. And then there’s the tiredness, which lasts longer now also. So, yeah, I’ll try just about anything. And yeah, I’ve been snorting Glutathione, hardcore. But only when I get sick.
Could it be that the mist helps clear my eyes or it could be the Glutathione?
The jury in my mind have decided:
- This treatment may help with inflammation of the upper respiratory system
- It may also build up glutathione levels, thus allowing us ( ‘Us’ meaning you and I, not the jury in my mind (they’ve gone home now)) to handle, and recover from exposures better
- Seeing I’ve been
snortinginhaling a mist of glutathione each day, even when I’ve not been trying to recover from a chemical exposure, I’ve noticed that it no longer irritates my nasal passages, which means I can safely do it as a part of my daily supplement regime
- The contents of Theranaturals L-Glutathione smells like a cross between sulphur from eggs and puppy farts; but that’s okay because I do believe it’s working! (I’ve blogged before about the type of symptoms (facial, sinus pain (on either side of my nose and my forehead, between and above my eyes), pulsating pain around in and around my eyes sockets that turn to bruises when relief is not found) I experience after breathing in traffic fumes, woodsmoke or fragrance, and how if this is coupled with mould exposure, it hurts to breathe even clean air—let alone an odour (natural or not!); this is still the case, however, my exposures have been far less since October last year, and thankfully, my physical reactions also. Ergo, on the days when I do have that type of pain I only take half a cap of L-Glutathione due to the pain caused when breathing in any odorous substance.)
Also, readers of my blog have also pointed out to me in the past that taking Glutathione orally is a waste of time because the body can’t absorb it. Until I started hitting the nebuliser hardcore like a kid at a club, I’d always taken my glutathione in tablet form. People could have just told me that it’s just a way of expelling really expensive farts, but they didn’t (Too polite, I guess?!). So if you’re reading this and thinking of, or are already, taking glutathione orally, I’m telling you that the only thing it does is create really expensive farts! Trust me, I’m a
wellness blogger and know this to be the truth; that’s why I’m sharing this with you.
I have a list of achievements, or rather improved markers of health, that I’ll share with you soon. I almost worry that if I blog about my health improvements I may jinx it. Kind of the opposite to magical thinking, you know? However, I’m just trying to keep a realistic view on things and do the best I can.
Due to recovering some quality of health back, I’d be ecstatic to share with you that this is the reason. However, I can’t, I refuse to hinge it on this one thing. The recovery is not huge but not being in pain 24/7, rather, only after mould/chemical exposures, does seem huge.
And I have to wonder, I am on my way out of The Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities?
The Labyrinth: More on Glutathione (including other ways to get it)
The Labyrinth: Augmenting Glutathione
Martin Pall Lecture: The NO/ONOO-Cycle: A New Disease Paradigm
Martin Pall’s Research: Science Based Medicine
Peggy Munson: Myths and Facts About Chemical Sensitivity
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