Chemo Therapy Side Effects

Side effects after chemotherapy are not uncommon. One of the more common side effects is "chemo brain" and fatigue. These are usually residual effects of the chemotherapy due to the body's inability to clear the toxins from the body due to a lack of adequate levels of glutathione. This collection is intended for use after chemotherapy is completed or between sessions of chemotherapy, not during chemotherapy.

Please note raising glutathione during ongoing chemotherapy can interfere with chemotherapy. Therefore, it is important to work with both your oncologist and a physician trained in integrative cancer care, if glutathione is being given during chemotherapy.  Glutathione can be very helpful in reducing side effects, but the timing is important. 

Glutathione is the body's primary detoxifier and some people just don't produce enough glutathione to meet their bodies daily needs and the extra glutathione needed to clear the chemotherapy toxins. Most chemotherapy agents are poisons, which are designed to kill the more rapidly growing cancer cells, but also have effects on normal cells as well.

Patients with MTHFR may have significant problems with chemotherapy agents due to lower glutathione levels that are common with this genetic condition.

The fastest way to get this problem under control is with IV glutathione. I have seen this condition improve overnight with the administration of IV glutathione. However, many people do not have access to a physician trained in the administration of glutathione.

The next best solution is to raise your own glutathione levels by taking an absorbable glutathione and/or feeding the chemical pathway in the body that makes glutathione.

Glutathione is not easily absorbed by the body, so it has to be modified in order to be absorbed. The body can also make glutathione from NAC (N -acetyl glutathione).

The products listed here are designed to raise glutathione.

Testing Glutathione Levels!

How can I find out if my glutathione levels are low? There are two laboratories we use for measuring glutathione levels: European Laboratories and Genova Labs. These tests will require an order from your physician.  Based on my experience I would expect that less than 1 in 10 people with cancer or other chronic illness will have adequate levels of glutathione, which is one of the reasons they are ill in the first place.

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