On Saturday, I showed you evidence that Tylenol, also known as acetaminophen, is a major cause of asthma. And I promised to show you how to treat asthma in this issue.
To understand how to treat asthma, especially if acetaminophen is the cause, you need to know why the drug causes the condition. Research shows that the painkiller lowers blood levels of a natural compound called glutathione. Glutathione has an antioxidant effect in the body, particularly in the lungs. When your glutathione levels plummet, your risk of developing a chronic lung disease, such as asthma, goes up significantly.
Unfortunately, you can't just go out and buy an effective glutathione supplement. You see, stomach acid destroys glutathione, so your body won't absorb any of it. So what's the best way to increase your body's levels of glutathione and beat asthma? There are two ways.
The first is to directly inhale glutathione into your lungs. In order to do this, your integrative doctor has to mix (or have a compounding pharmacy mix it) 300 mg (tell your doctor it requires 1.5 cc of standard compounded solution of 200 mg/cc) glutathione plus one-tenth of an ounce (3.5 cc) saline solution.
Take this mixed solution and put it in a nebulizer. Inhale this over 5-10 minutes. The nebulizer will turn the solution into a mist you can inhale directly into your lungs. Nebulizers are relatively inexpensive as far as medical equipment goes, often less than $50. You can find them online.
However, if you can't find a doctor who can give you the solution, there's another option. You can take NAC (N-acetyl cysteine). I mentioned NAC a few weeks ago as a powerful antidote for acetaminophen poisoning. Hospitals commonly use it for that purpose. And it's a supplement that raises glutathione levels. For those who have asthma, NAC is a good choice because in addition to protecting the lungs by raising glutathione, it also thins the mucous in the bronchial passages.
I would suggest 400-1,200 mg daily of NAC for anyone who has a long history of using Tylenol or other painkillers with acetaminophen. I also recommend it for anyone who has breathing difficulties. You can find NAC in most health food stores.
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Feel free to take the NAC and the glutathione inhalant together, but ask your doctor if you should use a lower dose. Both are very safe, so it's unlikely.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.