I had an email the other day. It came through my contact form and the name given was Anonymous, with a fake email address. So I have no idea who this person is, whether this person is even a man or a woman, or location of said person. I’m going to selectively quote and paraphrase it here.
I owe you a massive thank you.
He (or she) goes on to say that he was close to being bed ridden and was suicidal. He had tried some things I suggested on this blog, presumably for depression, such as light therapy and magnesium, and while he still uses these, the effects were not terribly dramatic. Then he read my post, N-acetylcysteine treats fatigue and ADHD in lupus, reduces DNA damage, and is dirt cheap compared to normal medication, and said that it changed his life.
He had had undiagnosed celiac disease for many years, and dozens of doctors had been unable to help him, and were starting to say that he should consider that he might have to live the rest of his life utterly handicapped, “a cripple”. Then, after reading the post, he started taking n-acetylcysteine at 1800 mg a day. He now says that he can exercise, the suicidal thoughts are gone, he’s in a great mood, and that he’s “just plain feeling great”.
Thank you so much. You really saved me.
I’ve bought all your books and will continue to follow you religiously.
That, as the reader may imagine, is very gratifying to hear. Sometimes I think that some of the things I write about are either too academic, on the one hand, or already well-known at least in our neck of the woods, on the other.
In that post, I referred to a couple of studies that showed that NAC significantly improved the symptoms of lupus, and at a cost miles below that of conventional meds. The cost is one reason you won’t hear much about this treatment, since there’s no huge profit for drug companies to grab. Another reason is that NAC is over-the-counter, so the doctors’ gatekeeping and fee-collecting function is bypassed.
Celiac disease involves a pathological intolerance to gluten, and it can be without symptoms, so that damage accumulates and people do indeed end up bedridden and in wheelchairs from it. High levels of oxidative stress and inflammation characterize this disease. Oxidative stress causes low levels of glutathione, the internal antioxidant that is responsible for controlling this stress. In effect, oxidative stress depletes glutathione, and without proper nutrition, it remains depleted, causing more oxidative stress in a vicious cycle. You may recall that glutathione is a tripeptide, that is, it’s composed of three amino acids, and the bottleneck, the rate-limiting amino acid, is cysteine. If cysteine can be supplied, along with adequate protein, then glutathione can be restored and oxidative stress brought under control. N-acetylcysteine supplies cysteine.
Another aspect of n-acetylcysteine is that it can help control the intestinal barrier function. This is important in celiac, as well as chronic fatigue and depression.
Giving the body the tools to heal itself can be powerful.