This is me, thinking out loud- and I just discovered a key problem I had not considered with killing Lyme co-infections...ammonia...and why I had a reaction from adding Glutamine, after being off of it for 2 months. Amino Acid imbalance--or reaction to Ammonia?
Has anyone had the Plasma Amino Acid Analysis I'm reading about in Cutler's book? (pg 95)
He also says:
>>>Like all laboratory tests, the amino acid test is a way to get additional useful information. It is NOT a substitute for paying close attention to how you feel or what signs you have of problems. Many things can be figured out from signs and symptoms alone.<<<
I'm a bit ticked at myself for not paying closer attention to the ingredients in the Liver detox powder I've been taking for the past couple of months through the ND, working on to get the Liver detox pathways working as they should be. I set one of the products aside several months ago, that I realized was giving me headaches from the ALA that was in it--800 mg per day. I've just realized what has been missing in this product is Glutamine (and Ornithine)
It dawned on me this past week, that my liver had been doing better prior to this, when I was taking a different Amino D-Tox supplement--same company, but a different product. I decided to individually increase specific amino's I know are needed for Glutathione production, just to see if maybe the amounts I have been getting in the powder haven't been enough of a dosage.
It caused me to feel noticably worse within a short period of time. I then reread where Newport said NAC stirs up Lead (which showed high in me), so I thought that probably was what had happened, too much NAC...maybe, maybe not.
Two scoops of the powder has 100 mg of NAC. Right now I've been taking 4 scoops per day- so, 200 mg. The one individual tablet I added, is 600 mg= 800 mg.
Cutler says (pg 159) NAC 500-4,000 mg
The powder has 200 mg of Taurine in 2 scoops- so 400 mg of Taurine, I added 1 G. with one tablet.= 1,400 mg
Cutler says (pg 163) 500-3,000 mg...
however, he also says it should only be supplemented if needed, that some mercury victims have defective amino acid metabolism that elevates taurine in which case supplementation might be harmful. Others have defective metabolism that doesn't make taurine and supplementation is essential. Taurine stimulates insulin production and lowers blood Sugar
which can be a problem for hypoglycemics.
The powder is higher in Glycine--2 scoops has 1500 mg--so 3,000 mg-- the one TMG tablet added 500 mg (right, it's glycine?)= 3,500 mg.
Cutler (pg 155) says 1-3 Grams per day will reduce nausea. 2-10 GRAMS assists in healing the digestive tract. 2-20 Grams may also reduce tremor. It is also one of the amino acids in glutathione, and those who need to boost their glutathione can best do this by taking:
FOUR parts NAC, to TWO parts GLUTAMINE, to ONE part Glycine between meals.
HOWEVER--The Liver Detox powder has no Glutamine in it.
The one Glutamine, individual capsule I took, is an "Easy-Solv" tablet, fast activating -- 1,000 mg
Cutler (pg 154)
Glutamine 1-4 GRAMS helps keep the brain functioning, and is effective in suppressing "feeling crazy" (emotional problems or personality disorders) from mercury toxicity in people who are low in glutamine. It may also help heal the intestinal tract in "leaky gut" and keep bacteria and yeast from getting loose into the rest of your body. It feeds the immune system cells called macrophages and lymphocytes. It is used by the liver to make blood sugar. It is also one of the amino acids in glutathione, and those who need to boost their glutatione can best do this by taking 4 parts NAC, to 2 parts Glutamine, to 1 part Glycine between meals.
I did NOT know until this morning...that the powder has NO Glutamine in it! I took for granted that any amino acid liver supplement would, of course, have glutamine in it. Not! I haven't had it with the other amino acids, for over 2 months now. But...good thing, or bad thing? From everything I've read, Glutamine is important for the Glutathione production.
However, I just figured out, from experimenting through a process of elimination--that the 3 times of taking the Glutamine tablet individually, is what has caused the reactions, not in the liver--in the brain.
I had been taking it for some time prior to going on this powder I assumed had it in it. I've never had a sensitivity to it before this.
OH OH! Newport! Is this NOW the rest of the story too??? Hitting Lyme's with the homeopathic series this past month, Beck, BE 2 hours daily, sometimes BE 2x a day---the OTHER Amino Acid supplement I haven't been on for 2 months, also had ORNITHINE in it, to go with the Glutamine!!
>>>Glutamine should not be taken by those who have elevated blood ammonia. Those with notable liver problems should ask their physician about the likelihood they have elevated blood ammonia before taking it.<<<
>>>If you feel bad after taking glutamine or creatine you may have problems with the bacteria and yeast in your intestines making too much ammonia.<<<
Ammonia comes with killing pathogens, we know that, I don't have to ask a physician :(
Cutler doesn't say anything in his book about Ornithine, but I just remembered that I have a bottle with a few left, and it says on the bottle:
"L-Ornithine is a non-essential amino acid that is an important intermediate in the urea cycle, functiong along with Arginine to rid the body of ammonia, a byproduct of protein metabolism.
And now the rest of what Cutler says too, and what I thought was going on, but I'm now sure it's the ammonia/glutamine...and not Amino Acid Imbalance.
Mercury poisoning impairs the body's ability to regulate the level of amino acids appropriately. It is very likely that giving you some supplementary amino acids will make you feel a LOT better, and that knowing which amino acids are available in what amounts will allow other biochemical abnormalities to be identified that can be treated.
The plasma amino acid (AA) analysis is used to determine which amino acids to supplement (or increase through dietary modification) and which to reduce by looking at which ones are relatively high or relatively low compared to the others.
THIS IS NOT DONE BY CHECKING WHICH ONES ARE OUT OF THE NORMAL RANGE! NORMALIZING THE AMINO ACID *BALANCE* GENERALLY RELIEVES SOME SYMPTOMS AND LEADS TO AN INCREASED FEELING OF WELL BEING.
This is *balancing* the metabolism.
I'm now understanding things in a whole different way--I never considered ammonia with Lyme's! The reaction to the Glutamine is ammonia.