Kosair Children's Hospital and the University of Louisville are planning a study of the use of glutathione, an amino acid that neutralizes harmful molecules. The study, as reported by WHAS11News and Reporter Joe Arnold will involve providing glutathione to 50 autistic children.
Dr. Stephen Wright, the Kosair Medical Director, says he has seen "remarkable" progress in two of three children to whom he has provided glutathione treatment after considering the experience of the Riggle family and reviewing research presented to him by the family. The Riggles saw dramatic improvement in their autistic son after some glutathione treatment. According to Mrs. Riggle the glutathione treatment helps boost a child's' own natural glutathione production and reduces oxidative stress rendering the child less combative.
Dr. Wright expresses some guarded optimism for the treatment (not cure) potential of glutathione based on the Riggle family experience with their autistic son, his own observation of their son after a few treatments and Dr. Wrights observation of the three children to whom he has provided the treatment:
“If we find out this is as good as Mrs. Riggle thinks it is, in what we've seen, then it will be a huge impact,”
The study itself will take some time to unfold as the research team is still writing the research protocol. Glutathione has been advocated as a naturopathic treatment for a variety of disorders including Alzheimersm, dementia, stroke etc. As with any autism treatment parents would be wise not to put too much hope until and unless any touted benefits are confirmed by proper medical and scientific research. The Kosair study may confirm or refute the Riggles belief that glutathione has helped treat their autistic son.
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What is Glutathione?
Glutathione is the most abundant anti-oxidant in the body. It is a tripeptide, made up of cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine. It is the cystine part that donates the sulphur containing sulphydral group that is important in chelation. Glutathione is special in that it is fat soluble and water soluble, therefore it has anti-oxidant activity throughout the entire body.