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ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID (ALA): A POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANT

Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant used in Europe to restore liver health. It confers protective benefits against oxidative processes involved in degenerative diseases. It is more potent than vitamins C, E, and Co-Q10, and according to Dr. Ester Packer, professor of molecular biology at UC Berkley, alpha-lipoic acid may be the most important antioxidant ever discovered:

Vitamins C, E and glutathione work together to deactivate and prevent free radicals from causing uncontrolled damage in the body. But at this stage we run into a limiting factor regarding availability of glutathione, which is an important free-radical deactivator offering protection against cataract formation, as well as immune enhancement, liver protection, cancer protection, and heavy-metal detoxification.

When taken orally like Vitamins C and E, glutathione is broken down in the stomach before it reaches the bloodstream. What does end up being absorbed can raise serum levels, but the effect inside of the cells is minimal.

Alpha-lipoic acid is the missing link. Not only is ALA a powerful antioxidant in its own right, but it also regenerates glutathione, giving cells a double dose of antioxidant protection. In addition, it is easily absorbed when taken orally, and once inside cells it is quickly converted to its most potent form, dihydrolipoic acid, which is an even more potent free-radical neutralizer than ALA. Because both alpha-lipoic acid and dihydrolipoic acid are antioxidants, their combined actions give them greater antioxidant potency than any other natural antioxidant now known.

Scientists have also found that lipoic acid can inhibit replication of HIV-1 and other viruses through its ability to bind directly to DNA. (47)

Dr. Packer and Chandan K. Sen, a researcher from Finland, have described how alpha-lipoic acid regulates aspects of the immune system, and in particular, immune cells called T-lymphocytes. These two researchers, along with other scientists, have reported how alpha-lipoic acid may help people with HIV:

ALA inhibits growth of HIV more effectively than NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) .alpha-lipoic acid completely inhibited activation of a gene in the AIDS virus that allows it to reproduce.

Early in 1995, shortly after my diagnosis of hepatitis C, I was consulting my brother Dwain about my will. Dwain exists in Oregon in a somewhat unusual way. Apparently he has a radio, for it was Dwain who told me he was listening to a doctor on a talk radio program out of Seattle, who was treating hepatitis C with 50,000 mg. injections of Vitamin C twice daily in combination with alpha-lipoic acid. ALA is a co-factor in the multi-enzyme complex that catalyzes the last stage of the process called glycolysis.

Please keep in mind, I'm not a doctor. I am a patient, who was very disappointed after spending a fortune trying to get information from doctors, and who then set out on my own to save my life. I'm sure many readers won't realize what a horrendous quest this was or how devastated I was by what I discovered about our institutions.

I may write things you find offensive, while others may find them quite hilarious. I don't mean to transmit any insults; this is just the way I see it. Being at the "DOOR OF DEATH" is very different than merely contemplating it.

Truth is stranger than fiction. This book is about truth. It's about me. I'm well; I tested negative for hepatitis C on April 10, 1997. My last test was on October 5, 2001. The results were as follows: PCR HCV RNA QUANTA-TATIVE NON-DETECTED. ALT 13; AST 17.

The remedy I put before you worked for me, and it has proven to be successful on several hundred others. Healers have used many parts of this remedy all over the world since ancient times. A very small segment of health care professionals - including naturopaths, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and other kinds of holistic healers - have also learned things beyond what the FDA allows.

Alpha-lipoic acid occurs naturally in potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, yams, and red meat. I take additional alpha-lipoic acid every day, and know it has been vital in my battle and success with hepatitis C.

During my treatment I took:
Two 100 mg. lipoic acid capsules two times per day.
Today, I suggest taking one 200 mg. lipoic acid capsule three times per day.

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