There is a pain in my torso as I write this. Last week, one of the liver support supplements I take ran out before I ordered a new jar. “It’ll be fine,” I thought to myself. I was wrong.
As I placed my order online, I realized that this thread of recovery regarding my liver perfectly reflected the overall tapestry of my experience with Chronic Fatigue.
First nobody knew what was causing the pain in my side. Then a doctor in 2008 figured out that it was my liver. Looking back I realize that when I was on a daily regimen in 2006 which included inhaling glutathione and N-Acetyl-Cysteine as prescribed by Dr. Young, this must have really helped my liver. But after keeping up being on a nebulizer every day for over a year, I couldn’t make myself go back.
One doctor tried glutathione capsules with mixed results. I think it gets broken down by the body and so it’s difficult to deliver the required dosage to the liver. Also, the digestive system doesn’t work well when the body is shut down by CFS. Inhaling a liquid mixture of glutathione and NAC from a nebulizer had bypassed these issues. Where oral supplementation is concerned, taking NAC is a more effective way to boost glutathione levels than taking glutathione directly. NAC is a precursor to glutathione.
When I discovered the SHINE protocol by Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., I found out that Alpha Lipoic Acid is recommended for protecting the liver (in addition to NAC). So I tried that and it helped somewhat. Then I happened to have a conversation with Kent Holtorf, M.D., and he suggested taking Liv.52 by Himalaya at higher than recommended doses. After some experimentation, I discovered that the combination of ALA and Liv.52 got rid of the pain altogether.
I expect my new jar of Liv.52 to arrive this week. Once I’m back on both supplements the pain will be gone again and I will know that my liver is fully protected while I continue my journey to full recovery.
There have been many threads like this in my CFS experience. Over the next few weeks, I hope to share them with you. Maybe the results of my various experiments will be helpful to you in some way. Or maybe your reading this and understanding more about my recovery journey will help CFS patients in general. Bye for now.