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Slowing Lou Gehrig's Disease

Monday, 24 December 2012 09:51 AM

My sister is 72 and has advanced ALS. You wrote that vitamin D3 in high doses might help such a condition. How high do they have to be? What other supplements might help?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

I pray for your dear sister. ALS (also called Lou Gehrig’s disease) has been shown to be an immunoexcitotoxic disorder — meaning that it is caused by a combined interaction between chronic smoldering inflammation and excessive stimulation of glutamate receptors.
High dose vitamin D3 (10,000 IU a day) reduces both the inflammation and excitotoxicity. Vitamin C (2,000 mg four times a day taken on an empty stomach and with mixed tocopherols) also reduces progression of ALS in some studies.
Curcumin is very protective against this damage — as are quercetin and luteolin. The doses of curcumin and quercetin are 1,000 mg three times a day, taken with food. The luteolin is not sold as a pure extract, but is abundant in artichoke extract. The dose is 600 mg three times a day. Coconut oil has also been shown to slow the disease in experimental animals. You can mix the curcumin and quercetin with this oil, and it will enhance absorption.

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