April 25, 2020
If you've been following me for any time at all, you know I call myself the "Glutathione Girl!"
The "Glutathione Girl" in my soul...
Introducing My Guest Today!

I first met pharmacist and naturopath Ted Keller at a PCCA ( Professional Compounding Centers of America ) in the fall of 2010.

My father, George Roentsch , was attending the event, where he was going to be personally presenting the first...

George Roentsch Scholarship Award.

This was remarkable, because the award was originally intended to be a memorial award. I called one of the pharmacists planning it and asked,

"Doesn't 'memorial' mean you're dead?"

"Well...er... um... yeah..."

You see, following a heart attack, emergency placement of five stents, and diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis, we had been urged to choose a day to have him removed from his ventilator.

We refused.

He finally came back home, but most people clearly read that as...

"coming home to die"

However, one of his close compounding pharmacists friends in Ohio -

sent me two bottles of...


The instruction was to give him 300 mg for a few days then bump the dose up to 600 mg daily for one month, then back down to 300 mg.

Just four weeks after beginning this regimen, my dad's pulmonologist was amazed that his ESR (measure of inflammation) was down from 55 to 8.

(55 indicates significant inflammatory disease, while 8 is within normal range for a man under 40 with no inflammatory illness!)

At that time he was on prednisone, but in the four weeks after beginning glutathione therapy, I had weaned his dose down by half.

The pulmonologist said,

"Well, you might as well keep weaning him off."

We did. AND... he also was eventually able to come off oxygen therapy.

So.... that within one year, the George Roentsch Memorial Award was now the...

George Roentsch Scholarship Award

And... he flew to Houston to present it himself!

Today, I am honored to have with me on my radio program

Ted Keller , Rph, compounder, naturopath, and...

...one of the inventors of the aceylated form of glutathione....

...easily taken in capsule form and better absorbed the glutathione delivered by IV infusion.

"You go, Dad!"

The George Roentsch Scholarship was established in 2010 and is given annually to an up-and-coming independent pharmacist and PCCA member who embodies Roentsch’s innovative and sharing nature in the pharmacy compounding community.
Since that time, I have been using glutathione in supplement form myself and have recommended it to countless clients, family members, and friends.

Glutathione has been called the "Miracle Molecule," and with very good reason...

"Recent statistics have good news for us. Centenarians are the fastest growing age group in America. What’s the secret to a long and healthy life? And, what can you do right now to ensure you will one day take your place in the ranks of vibrant 100 year olds?
The answer can very well be found in the presence of a small but potent molecule made in every cell of your body called glutathione. While glutathione may not have the same notoriety as other more high profile nutrients such as vitamins C and E, it certainly is a miracle molecule.

Glutathione levels of 41 centenarians between the ages of 100-105 years old were compared with people between 60-79 years old.  

They found that the mean glutathione activity was significantly higher in centenarians than in the group of younger elderly subjects, and that centenarians with the best functional capacity tended to have the highest glutathione activity. 

The study concluded that high glutathione levels are associated with increased survival. 

 In a later study, glutathione levels were evaluated in 87 women in excellent physical and mental health ranging in age form 60-103. The scientist found that all women had very high blood glutathione levels. They followed these women for five years, and concluded “high blood glutathione concentrations….are characteristic of long-lived women." 

"What is glutathione, anyway...?"
glutathione [ gloo-t uh - thahy -ohn ]
noun   Biochemistry .
a crystalline, water-soluble peptide of  glutamic acid , cysteine, and glycine, C10H17N3O6S, found in blood and in animal and plant tissues, and important in tissue oxidations and in the activation of some enzymes.
When it comes to pathogens, including viruses... Glutathione shines!
"Glutathione has potent anti-viral properties - if you raise the glutathione level you can stop the replication of most any, at least, intracellular pathogen....but glutathione deficiency produces a pro-viral effect."

Dr. Paul Cheney, transcribed from a workshop presentation on the clinical management of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Glutathione a Tiger Against Viruses

Glutathione is the most important cellular defense that allows the body to prevent and fight infections and disease. Gutathione plays crucial roles in the immune response, DNA repair, and the detoxification process that neutralizes drugs, chemicals, radiation, metabolic wastes, beats down viruses, bacteria and reduces toxins and carcinogens that are increasingly present in our environment.

The immune system cannot function properly without plentiful glutathione and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E rely on it to function properly within the body. Glutathione (GSH) and the GSH-replenishing enzymes keep the antioxidant status of normal cells at a level where they can avert oxyradical-derived mutations. When we talk about sulfur pathways and sulfur sufficiency we are at the same time touching on glutathione because  glutathione is a sulfur enzyme . [1]

Glutathione is manufactured by every one of our trillions of cells, and the level of glutathione in our cells is predictive of how long we will live. Without the cleaning and chelating work of Glutathione (magnesium and sulphates needed) cells begin to decay as cellular filth and heavy metals accumulate – excellent environments to attract deadly infections. Without sufficient GSH, the body accumulates toxins and acid residues, degenerates rapidly, ages prematurely and dies more easily from viral and bacterial infections.

GSH protects us from viruses, such as the  herpes virus , flu viruses, and probably from Ebola as well. Our white blood cells are cells help fight off viruses. They need an abundant supply of glutathione to be able to effectively protect us from invading micro-organisms and viruses. Inhibition of cellular respiration,  oxidation of glutathione  and induction of apoptosis have been reported in epithelial cells infected in vitro with influenza A virus (IAV). [3]
And...glutathione helps explain the "Covid-selenium" connection...
" Glutathione requires selenium for its production .

Selenium is a trace mineral that the body incorporates into proteins to make over 25 different selenoproteins including the enzyme glutathione peroxidase.

Researchers working with the flu virus discovered that animals deficient in selenium were more susceptible to infectious diseases. Animals with a selenium deficiency, when contaminated with the flu virus, the flu virus mutated into a far more virulent form when it was passed on to the next animal.

The AIDS infection rate is highest in those African countries with low levels of selenium in their soil."
And why I take MSM - organic sulfur - in addition to glutathione...
Sulfur - Synthesizing important metabolic intermediates, such as glutathione — one of the most important antioxidants that your body produces — SAMe, taurine and NAC 22

Detoxification 23  â€” Without sulfur, glutathione (your body's built-in detoxifier) is rendered ineffective
In my opinion, an excellent protective "package"
OptiMSM Powder

Raw material - organic sulfur - start with 1/8 teaspoon and work up dose to about 2-3 heaping teaspoons; that's what I do, anyway...

Typical dose is 100 mg/50 lb body weight; more if treating ed
Thorne Basic Nutrients 2/Day

Contains the vitamins A, D, C; active form of folate and other B vitamins; 200 mcg of selenium, 15 mg zinc...
And perhaps the cherry on top...
Brocolli sprout sulforaphane...
One of the main health benefits of broccoli is the ability of broccoli phytochemicals to affect glutathione levels. One of them is  sulforaphane , a organosulfur compound belonging to the family of isothiocyanates. Sulforaphane is produced upon chewing broccoli (and other cruciferous) when the compound glucoraphanin is transformed into sulforaphane by the enzyme myrosinase. Young broccoli sprouts have an estimated 10-50 times more glucoraphanin and thus sulforaphane than mature broccoli florets.

Sulforaphane has been shown to upregulate the activity of all three crucial antioxidant and phase II detoxification enzymes of the glutathione system:

My own morning regimen includes:
  • 1 teaspoon microgreen powder
  • 3 heaping teaspoons MSM powder
  • 300 mg s-acetyl-l-glutathione
  • Thorne Basic Nutrients 2/Day - 2
Foods rich in sulfur & glutathione...
  • meats
  • poultry
  • organ meats
  • traditionally prepared bone broths
  • gelatin
  • collagen
  • fish and sea food
  • eggs
  • raw milk
  • yogurt
  • cheese
  • undenatured whey protein

Note vegans & vegetarians - you will have some problems here. Garlic and onions are high in sulfur, but if you eat this way, I highly recommend supplementing!
Cooking reduces glutathione content in foods, so do the length and conditions of storage and farming practices.

Only uncooked raw vegetables, fruit, raw eggs, raw unpasteurized milk and dairy, raw or rare meats are rich in glutathione.

Cooked, pasteurized and processed foods contain far less glutathione or none at all.
The superiority of the acetylated form of glutathione...
Can oral glutathione beat IV therapy?(Report)
Townsend Letter: by Michael Ash, BSc, DO, ND, F.DipION, and by Marty Jones, PharmD
What's the difference between NAC, reduced glutathione, acetylated glutathione, and does it matter?
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