Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. is a nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his internship and neurological residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. For 26 years, practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from his neurosurgical duties to devote his full attention to nutritional research. Dr. Blaylock writes The Blaylock Wellness Report newsletter and has authored four books, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, and his most recent work, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D.

Supplements Cut Inflammation

Monday, 11 Jul 2011 12:19 PM

By Dr. Blaylock

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Question: My son has been diagnosed with pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS). He also has symptoms of mitochondrial dysfunction. Do you think it’s OK to give him alpha lipoic acid and turmeric for inflammation?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

PANDAS is an immune reaction in specific areas of the brain in response to systemic infections. The evidence suggests that anything that reduces inflammation, and especially excitotoxicity, reduces symptoms.

Curcumin, quercetin, luteolin, white tea catechins, silymarin, and hesperidin are at the top of the list for cutting inflammation and excitotoxicity. As for mitochondrial dysfunction, there are a number of supplements used to treat such disorders, such as R-lipoic acid, niacinamide, thiamine, riboflavin, pyridoxine, methylcobalamin, vitamin K, magnesium, and folate. It also is important to avoid excitotoxin additives in food such as monosodium glutamate (MSG).

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