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8/25/09 2:24 P

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I just took mine and thought, "Why do I take this?".

I can't remember what prompted me to get it in the first place...

So I have to read this post I guess...lol

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8/25/09 2:35 A

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I took my L-carnitine yesterday and today. Thank you for the info and reminder Margie.
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8/23/09 5:40 P

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Very interesting info...since I have both Celiac and CFIDS...thanks!

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8/23/09 12:06 P

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Hush-hush sweet Charlotte
(Here is a study done 10 years ago! Are you familiar with the principles this medical article is proving? Are you aware of the pain and other symptom relief this offers? Yes these are basic vitamins and minerals the body has been denied from modern processed foods and natural body aging from time and extreme stresses like surgery. This research is only one of the success stories for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetics, Bipolar Conditioned persons, and the often too common GI diseases and discomforts, as well as the dreaded Heart Disease. Other tests have great results when the care program is combined with CoQ10 and essential and depending on your body type some non-essential (the body used to make enough but is missing building blocks and is too tired to make great ones; these supplements need to be consumed daily to compensate for the body stress-scars-inflammation-and repair the body needs today. CoQ10 is consumed with food see a specialist to determine how much you may personally need and how often, common practice can be up to 3 times a day; too much of anything all at once is a stress to avoid and often not is discouraged by doctors.)
Study Finds CFIDS Symptoms Improve With L-Carnitine Supplementation
The nutritional supplement L-Carnitine appears to be a promising treatment for chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS), according to an article published in the medical journal Neuropsychobiology (1997; 35:16-23).
Dr. Audrius V. Plioplys, of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Center and Department of Research at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, authored the article. He conducted a crossover study examining the prescription anti-viral drug amantadine and L-Carnitine treatment of CFIDS and found that L-Carnitine yielded the best results of the two. "L-Carnitine was found to promote statistically significant clinical improvement in 12 of 18 chronic fatigue patients," Dr. Plioplys reports. "L-Carnitine is a very safe and very well-tolerated therapy which improves the clinical status of CFIDS patients," he says. "Along with helping to reduce physical fatigue, our study showed that L-Carnitine also helped aspects related to depression as well as mental fatigue."
According to Dr. Plioplys, it has been scientifically established that orally administered L-Carnitine is an effective therapy in treating the fatigue seen in a number of chronic neurologic diseases. "Perhaps the L-Carnitine helps provide the cells of CFIDS patients with a useful energy source," he ventures. "Further study is warranted."
While L-Carnitine markedly improved a constellation of CFIDS symptoms, amantadine was tolerated quite poorly by study participants. In fact, only 15 of the 30 individuals taking it were able to complete eight weeks of treatment; the other 15 had to stop taking the medicine due to side effects. In those participants who completed the treatment, there was no statistically significant difference in any of the clinical parameters that were followed. "We were surprised to see how badly people did on amantadine," says Dr. Plioplys. "Amantadine is one of the most effective medicines for treating the fatigue seen in multiple sclerosis patients, but it did not help CFIDS patients in our study."
CFIDS is a disorder of unknown cause for which no effective treatment exists. The incidence of CFIDS, as diagnosed using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria, is greater than one half a million cases in the United States, and could be much higher. About 80 percent of reported cases are women. The multitude of CFIDS symptoms includes persistent, disabling fatigue which causes a substantial reduction in activity level. Other symptoms include recurrent infections, sleep disturbances, neurocognitive dysfunction or "brain fog," flu-like episodes, muscle pain and weakness, low-grade fever, sore throat, headache, swelling and tenderness of lymph nodes, and bowel disorders.
Patients in the trial ingested one gram of L-Carnitine in tablet form three times a day for eight weeks. As the greatest improvement in patients took place between the fourth and eighth weeks of L-Carnitine treatment, "...it follows that individuals should take one gram of this supplement, three times a day, for at least eight weeks to see if it helps their condition," says Dr. Plioplys. "Make sure that you always take L-Carnitine, and never any other form of carnitine, such as the D form, which can be toxic when taken in large amounts."
L-Carnitine is synthesized in the human body, mainly in the liver and kidneys, from essential amino acids, lysine and methionine. Carnitine's main function in the body is to transport long-chain fatty acids into the mitochondria, which serve as the metabolic furnaces of the cells. Given that fatty acids are the major sources for production of energy in the heart and skeletal muscles, it's easy to understand why L-Carnitine may literally stoke up the body's energy reserves. "Previous research investigations have reported decreased carnitine levels in CFIDS patients," says Dr. Plioplys. "Disturbance in mitochondrial function may contribute to or cause the fatigue seen in CFIDS patients."
According to Sheldon Hendler, M.D., PhD. writing in The Doctor's Vitamin and Mineral Encyclopedia, carnitine is a vital energy source for the muscles and increases the use of fat as an energy source. By helping burn fat, carnitine helps prevent fatty build-up in the heart, liver, skeletal muscles, and other areas. Carnitine can be made by the body only if the necessary amounts of iron, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), and the amino acids lysine and methionine are present.
Carnitine synthesis also depends on there being appropriate vitamin C levels in the body. Deficiencies in any of these nutrients can result in a carnitine deficiency. Carnitine can also be obtained from meat and other foods of animal origin. In addition, carnitine has been proven to lower health risks caused by inefficient fat metabolism associated with diabetes. L-carnitine has also been reported to lessen the risk of heart disorders, by inhibiting alcohol-induced fatty liver.
Because L-Carnitine yielded such positive results in his research trial, Dr. Plioplys is planning a placebo-controlled, double-blind trial that will further study L-Carnitine supplementation in CFIDS patients. "Our grant proposal is under review," he says. "We're hoping that the study will be carried out in the near future." (Circa 1997)
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(This amino acid supplementation should be taken without food about an hour gapping between meals or snacks as the best absorbed pattern. In fact most amino acids should be consumed without food. A regiment for 1 gram of vitamin C stretched over the course of the day is implied but personal needs could be a lot higher in total daily amount for some. A full set of multivitamins with multimineral supplementation is a most effective program; including Boron, Molybdenum, and Vanadium which do not have a FDA guide for recommended daily amounts and best in citrate chelation form. Vitamin B is taken as a multi-complex of the majors 1-12 (as just B1, 6, and12 alone is not enough. You will want these too; Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacinamide Biotin, Pantothenic acid, PABA, Choline, Inositol. Also all food intolerances and true allergies must be pin pointed and avoided to encourage healing and faster recovery. But the doctor that would be happy to sell you 'a drug' instead of a vitamin guide will not share this with you!)Imagine what they know today 12 years of research later!

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