Last Modified on Jan 25, 2016
A particularly progressive and debilitating condition, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS is a particularly aggressive condition. While doctors normally don’t give very positive prognoses to individuals diagnosed with the disease, natural treatments can help improve the quality of life for individuals with the condition. In addition to traditional treatment, we suggest that you try vitamins and supplements including vitamin C, vitamin B complex, and vitamin E to better support your ALS treatment plan.
What Is ALS?
ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disease that targets the central nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The condition causes the slow demise of these cells which typically leads to diminished physical and mental functioning as the specific cells involved in the condition are the motor neurons.
While the progression of the condition varies slightly for different individuals, ALS causes the gradual disabling of anyone affected. Over time, common tasks including walking, speaking, eating, swallowing, and even breathing becomes difficult for individuals.
How is Lou Gehrig’s Disease Usually Treated?
An ALS diagnosis can be very scary for anyone, but the good news is there are often a variety of treatment options provided. While some of the “typical” treatments for the disease are more invasive, many involve holistic practices. Physical and occupational therapy are common, as is speech therapy. Additionally, many individuals are provided with supportive devices and equipment to help them cope with everyday tasks more easily. Other more aggressive treatments include medication, feeding tubes, and breathing devices; however, these options are generally for more developed cases of the condition.
Are There Any Natural Remedies I Can Try?
We believe a balanced approach to treating this condition is best – one that utilizes traditional treatments paired with natural supplements to support overall health. That being said, a few of the most effective natural treatment supports include vitamin C, vitamin B complex, and vitamin E.
1. Vitamin C
As ALS effects the functioning of the entire body, vitamin C is a particularly important treatment support. Vitamin C helps strengthen the immune system as well as the connective tissue in the body to prevent deterioration.
2. B Complex
Vitamin B complex is a combination of the essential B vitamins. This complex helps support energy levels as well as muscle and nerve function.
3. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is another important supplement as it helps support muscle and nerve function as well. Taken as a daily supplement, vitamin E also helps prevent deterioration of the muscle function.
While nutritional supplements are an important support to ALS treatment, a variety of other natural treatments help as well. Read below to gain additional information from our readers as well as one of our regular contributors, Ted from Bangkok, Thailand.
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TO MR TED, I am treating a case ALS presently and I found at many sites on the web the coconut oil ( or MCT OIL) are very helpfull with many positives results. You write on your pages to do not us ANY OIL ??
What do you think about theses very good results and are you encouraged to use it ?? Your opinion will be very appreciated.
Also from all informations you put on yours pages in regard with the colitis ulcerous , please be informed I treated 4 cases with 100% success without any recidive. Thank a lot to you.
Waiting yours comments,
Jacques from Canada
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Alon Shomer B.sc. N.d. (Jerusalem, Israel) on 02/02/2015
[YEA] I treated a person that came to me several years ago.
He complained that he is progressively losing control over his legs making it difficult to walk, and that he has lots of muscle twitching in his left shoulder.
Since I believe that most of the CNS diseases are caused by funguses, I treated him for candida:
Mainly - no sweet beverages or drinks of any sort ( including fruit juices) at any time.
Large amount of probiotics. Very little sugars including fruits.
Diet: as much as he wanted vegetable salad with olive oil.
Semi hard yellow cheese or camembert (made with rennet and bacteria). Green drinks (green vegetables with one carrot only). Rice (small portion). Meat that was cooked or grilled for about two hours (moderate amounts). Eggs - two to four a week. Almonds soaked in water over night. Miso soup with wakame. Nuts and seeds
Supplements: (5-6 days a week all supplements) multivitamin and minerals. + zinc picolinate 10 mg + fish oil (3 times more EPA then DHA) 300 to 500 mg + vitamin E 200 mg mix tocopherols +1000 mg lecithin + B12 (4000 microgram a week) + vitamin C 500 mg + probiotics several strains, 2 capsules 4 times a day.
(He was instructed to wear copper bracelet, but today I will replace it by using on top of the one mg of copper in the multi, 3 mg of copper twice a week separated from any other supplement).
Exercises - at least 20 minutes a day, whatever he wanted to do in order to burn up calories, preferably before going to sleep.
In few months all his symptoms disappeared and all functions became normal.
I am unable to say for sure that it was the beginning of ALS but it is definitely worth the try.
Posted by Reflectivegypsy (Sicklerville, New Jersey) on 01/04/2015
Hi, Ted. I was diagnosed with ALS almost two years ago and I'm trying to find things to help me get better. I have a few questions about hyaluronic acid. On 6/6/14, you told one poster that you recommend "a small amount of hyaluronic acid .5 grams to 500 cc to water mix with sea salt 5 grams also." Did you mean to say we should use 5 grams of hyaluronic acid, not .5 grams? And how many times a day should this be taken? Thanks!
BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS (1) 50% WARNING! (1) 50%Posted by Heather (Sudbury, Ontario, Canada) on 10/22/2009
[WARNING!] Many people who are on a combination of diabetic medications and cholesterol medication find that they develop symptoms that mimic Lou Gehrig's Disease. I know of at least 5 women in my town who have been mis-diagnosed by their doctors. One had gotten to the point of all her muscles collapsing and her lungs and heart were stopping working. Luckily, a new young surgeon at the hospital's emerg. department realized what was happening and took her off the cholesterol medication. She went from almost comatose to up in a wheelchair in 3 days, and walking by day 5. Apparently diabetic medications or cholesterol medications by themselves are fine, it's the combination that's terrible.
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Posted by Mr Don (Gold Coast Australia) on 01/14/2014
My 70 year old wife has ALS for at least 8 months she is finding it hard to talk now and has trouble eating and sometimes breathing She is also losing strength in her arms She has herpes virus for many years. What can you suggest as a treatment I have been told that rhinacanthus root powder can reduce the amount of glutamate your body produces. Is this correct? Where can I purchase this product? It is widely used in the Bangkok uni. Regards Mr Don
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Ted's Remedies for ALS
01/30/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "ALS - response to someone who wished their ALS case details to remain private.
The two major supplements that is required to stop further deterioration caused by advancing viruses, and this seems epidemic, is the lysine and threonine. It is taken at 1/2 teaspoon each hourly for four hours for about a month. Thereafter to prevent them, or at least suppress them is to take them, at about four times a day, most for convenience purposes. I haven't perfected a remedy needed to kill them completely, but this is to keep them at bay. It is most important that this is done, otherwise a major respiratory failure is a good possibility. There are other symptoms not stressed in present literature, such as in some cases difficulty swallowing, lack of energy to breathe, or inability to breathe fully, especially exhaling and ability to speak loudly. These major symptoms are not to be ignored, because they are signs of advancing respiratory failure. It is already epidemic here in Thailand, but as governments go, they will only pay attention if everyone knows about it, including the media. I can't afford to wait like this and just last week alone, I have seen one cases of death from respiratory failure from ALS. The condition is not rare, but they are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Even if they are diagnosed correctly, they haven't find the remedy needed to stop them.
The other supplements helpful I believe is tryptophan, such as 50 mg a day, vitamin C 1000 mg three times a day. I am also currently looking into tyrosine as ALS seems to destroy the tyrosine by nitrating them causing a severe deficiency leading to in some cases of ALS, premature white hair, as tyrosine are precursors to hair pigmentation and melanin. Hence, the body needs to utilized tyrosine and this is why vitamin C and tyrosine are taken together. The dose appears to be 500 to 1000 mg of tyrosine and vitamin C at least 1000 mg three times a day at least, preferably I prefer five times a day. I don't have that many clients needed to perfect the remedy, but this should generally buy you plenty of time. Remember that nitrating tyrosine, excitotoxins can further accelerate the ALS condition, much like Parkinson's disease. Obviously the use of Splenda, aspartame, diet coke, sugar, fructose, sweet fruits are out, and autoimmunity causing wheat products can worsen the problem. Inhibitory amino acid, such as taurine, or other ones as in glycine and GABA maybe protective. I used taurine, such as 1/2 teaspoon three or four times a day. The inhibitory amino acids are neuroprotective against further damage.
The single most telling symptoms is not really the weakness of the arms and the legs. For some reason it effects the speech (as in speaking loudly) then followed by a gradual weakening of arms, or legs, which ever they attack the motor neurons.
I don't know what these research foundations are doing spending millions and finding no single remedies in sight, but what I do know is the condition mentioned here is the most telling symptoms of the ALS, which is somewhat different from the current literature. I guess they didn't look at field cases, which tells a very different story.
It is currently widespread and for some reason, those who has ALS, has a high probability that their relatives will be also effected, rarely in the same time. It has not exactly to do with the genes per se, but there are certain weaknesses of the nervous system that allows for certain family members to be most vulnverable, especially with surgery in the spinal areas. Most virus of this nature resists common antiseptic procedures that uses alcohol and aldehyde (glutalderhyde). Most virus, however are vulnerable to peroxides, such as hydrogen peroxide, iodine, and acetic acid, but is not generally used in the hospitals as most antiseptic procedures are aimed at killing bacteria, rather then a viruses. Hence, antiseptic procedures has been geared against bacteria ever since Louis Pasteur times, to today, but no major antiseptic procedures are geared against pathogenic viruses and fungus (as in mycobacterium and mycoplasma). Hence, the possibility of infection from surgery from certain viruses can result in those conditions. From the point of view of bioweapons using virulent strains, militarily, the motivation not to find a cure also remains a slight possibility.
I haven't as yet identify how the infection has occurred, but one single factor I can be sure of is that it came from surgery and the viruses are infected via that route to those with a history of operations in the area of the gut and the spinal area. It is the same area that adenoviruses that are infected in majority of the ALS patient, first identified by a neurosurgeon in Montreal Canada about 30 years ago.
10/14/2010: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "This motor neuron disease first made its presence sometime in the early 2009 here in Bangkok and can appear as or diagnosed as ALS or a more general term Motor Neuron Disease is now currently a worldwide epidemic. I have delayed such posting until I am sure. One hospital in Bangkok got 400 patients in just one day, and in another about 50% of the hospital bed filled with this condition. The doctors here don't know what it is, but it is a Motor Neuron disease, in another it is called a ALS or Amylotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
From my point of view, it is just a virus, or possibly an adenovirus. It works similarly like a polio, only that it doesn't show as inflammation but works quietly by loosing control of arm and leg movement. When you allow it to spread, it will prevent you from speaking with a loud voices. This virus can be infected in a couple of ways. One common one I have seen is from surgery. Antiseptic procedures don't kill viruses. The method of treatment I used is clove oil, methylene blue, lysine, glutamine, threonine, and tryptophan as a major remedy. If none of these supplements are available then just the aspirin may do. The dose is 500 mg hourly for 4 hours for three days, at the very least to kill roughly 90% or more of the virus. The aspirin however, requires that 500 mg is dissolved in a cup of warm water, or a half cup, if too much water. This way the aspirin won't cause stomach upset.
As for the more complete remedy, the clove oil is applied lightly to the back neck area as frequently as possible, but at least applied it 3 or 4 times to the area of back neck and arms and feet. This allows transdermal absroption and clove is antiviral. Clove oil maybe taken internally at 5 to 10 drops in a cup of water four times a day at least. As for the amino acid, the amount is roughly 1/2 teaspoon of lysine powder, 1/2 teaspoon of glutamine powder, 1/4 teaspoon of threnonine and 1/8 teaspoon of tryptophan. It's taken at the following newer schedule as follows:
It's not the time to take it that makes the difference, it is the spacing of the supplements to take that matters. Hourly dose is taken hourly for first three doses. Then it is spaced equally apart at 4 hours interval until 10 p.m. Then we repeat this again for the next 2 days. The virus may usually be dead by at least 95% on the third day. A maintenance dose is possible, but is taken only twice a day, such as 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. So this is 12 hours apart.
As for the symptoms of a motor neuron disease or even ALS, the relative infection rates is low from person to person, but accelerates greatly during the "flu season" and during the "vaccination season". So the adenovirus may exist in vaccination as contamination, or the virus that causes this is symbiotic with the H1N1, or other flu strains. The symptoms are straight forward, once it is advanced enough, you loose control of either leg or arms, or both. The condition is restored relatively quick in early stages, such as 5 days of the above supplementation, but most of the virus will go away on the third day, on fourth and fifth are precautionary. Taking it thereafter, is usually maintenance dose of two dose 12 hours apart. The other symptoms is mouth and speech becomes slurred or not clear, mouth muscles cannot stay straight is another possible symptoms. I had one case that could not walk at all after this sort of epidemic came within just 2 weeks, some takes awhile longer up to 2 years, due to very good immune system. So younger people can have a condition longer, while older people it can agressively take over. The one precaution is surgery tends to cause motor neuron disease because sanitation procedures doesn't kill virus. Alcohol gels only kill bacteria, but not viruses. Viruses are weakened or killed in hydrogen peroxide, clove oil, vinegar, and peracetic acid. Aspirin liquifies these viruses, especially their lipid envelopes, it is this aspirin, I believed, that stopped the Spanish flu viruses. It's also what cured my measles when I got it at a young age, but the proper use is in powder form. It works best when taken together with vitamin C, which some drug stores sometimes don't carry, but aspirin nearly every drug stores does. As for the amino acid is the ones I used to get rid of motor neuron disease and ALS, as they are viral in nature, including Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer. If viral, and condition is not serious the chance of recovery is good. I have received reports of motor neuron disease, already in Australia, UK, and other countries, including Thailand. As for the numbers and percentages, it appears to be an epidemic.
01/16/2010: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "For the last couple of weeks, I was not able to have time to answer earthclinic questions as I am currently dealing with ALS (Amylotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - or Lou Gehrig's disease), which is typically a virus (usually enterovirus, or adenovirus) that is found in most of the people who died from ALS, which is 15 out of 17 patients. They also have higher percentages of mycoplasma, but not along the spinal column, which typically lowers the immune system.
The viruses of the spinal column works like a polio viruses (I am referring to the ALS case) which effects the motor neurons, which is how they are infected. When I first got the case of a woman at a local Thai hospital, she was already in coma, non responsive to any stimuli. Therefore to get her out of the coma, clove oil was first applied near the lower neck, which is where the cerebellum is located. It's ideal to apply thinly clove oil, at least diluted, to the spinal column as it is antiviral.
As mentioned before BHT was taken at once a day. However, ALS is scary in that the patient has no energy to speak or even breathe, - that's the hard part. It works its way up the spinal column (the virus) and eats away the cerebellum, thus killing the patient by respiratory failure or heart failure.
The one I got had both, interestingly her relatives, who also live in the same house, two of them in fact also had the ALS, which is viral and has a relatively low infection rate, but is very high if the house is very old, musty, near a sewage, high in mycoplasma and fungus which lowers the immune system allowing either the enterovirus or adenovirus to enter the system.
As for the woman I have met, it started entering her system (the virus) through either the nose, or the mouth, and somehow showed up as a cyst on the shoulder or growth, before going into the spinal column, going down to lower back, causing a weakening of the legs the moving up the spinal column, affecting the breathing, heart and the speech (she has no control of the upper lips) and you can't hear her talk, there's not enough energy.
The supplements I used to kill the viruses in addition to those mentioned as she also had a fever, was an hourly dose of 600 mg of lysine for 24 hours, plus in addition L-threonine, which are both antiviral in nature. Methylene blue drops of 0.1% concentration 2 drops was given every four hours to get her out of the coma too. I overshot myself and the woman did wake up but was unable to sleep for the next 48 hours and hence the dose was lowered to just 2 drops twice a day, before increasing further to 2 drops three times a day when the condition did not improve.
The most interesting discoveries out of all this, which could potentially help other people with motor neuron disease such as those found in Stephen Hawkins, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, polio was the powdered humic acid, which I obtained from a certain Chinese supplier that I used as a cure for aspartame poisoning that caused urinary urgency in both men and woman from consumption of Sweet n' Low, Coke zero, pepsi max, and MSG consumption which tends to make ALS deadly.
What's so interesting is that the N Acetyl Cysteine sold in Thailand typically do not label that they added the aspartame in many of the effervescent medicines, but I found out because these products cause extreme urinary acid pH typically at a pH 5.5 or below, which is metabolic acidosis caused by aspartame broken down into methanol poisoning. Typically these virus breaks down the nerves by producing some sort of aspartate or glutamate which kills the neuron cells and for some reason or another the humic acid, which is 1/8 teaspoon of humic acid in 500 cc of water actually improved the conditions dramatically overnight.
Edgar Cayce once mentioned that the long term causes of MS, but this includes viruses along spinal column and ALS, also that certain nutrients, to be lacking due to digestive problems, incomplete, as in autism and ADD and ADHD, poisons the system and the humic acid helps digesting more complete thus neutralizing the aspartame and other excitotoxins via that pathway.
In any case, the client was most helped with humic acid, lysine, clove oil, l-threonine, which quickly improves day by day. The breathing also improves, but currently still need a respiratory whose frequency of breathing was initially 6 breaths per minute, increasing to second day to 8, then 10, 12, then it jumped to 16 with the humic acid. Hence humic acid can be safely used to detoxify but also help digestion more complete and is used relatively safe. I can't say for other sources of humic acid since I never tried, I only tried this particular one because it worked so well against urinary urgency (pee every 15 minutes) for both unknown reason or even from aspartame caused urinary urgency, but it helped tremendously improved ALS, and I am currently testing on Parkinson's disease. Interestingly all these motor neuron disease typically respond well to antiviral remedies such as lysine and l threonine, and both of these are involved in immune system.
One possible supplements to do against viral spinal column of course is the L arginine, but I believe the L citrulline may work better, but I can't obtain that one and currently looking for a complete cure against viral infected spinal column. Hence most amino acid mentioned here are considered natural supplements and I believe it can be safely used during pregnancy. As for magnesium, if it is normal dosage, and proper form this may also be taken safely also.
P.S. I am trying to get the woman out of the ICU right now. Her breathing now is 21 breath per minute. Tomorrow the hospital is going to remove the respirator machine to see if she can breathe on her own. Her two relatives already died of ALS, and I am hoping so far so good, that her ALS will be cured or at least extend her life considerably."
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Dear Ted, my father is diagnosis ALS. He is 68 lives in India .now he is unable to walk and talk. Doctors says there is no treatment of ALS. Pls help us
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Posted by Sarah (Carlyle, Illinois ) on 04/10/2013
My father-n-law has recently been diagnosed with ALS. We are having a really hard time to figure out what to do to help him. His progression is coming way to fast he is really having a tough time sleeping, problems with saliva, constipation and he is also very depressed. He has doctor appointment this Friday at the ALS clinic in St Louis. Ted, I need your help.
Posted by Angela (Modesto, Ca) on 04/05/2013
Hello all! This question is for Ted
It's been a while since I posted, I have been busy with the care of my dad who is healing from als. He is being called the 'new' miracle man. Ted has been of major and effective assistance in this arena and my family and I continue to be grateful for his contributions. I wanted to ask Ted if he knew of any side effects of branch chained amino acids for someone like my dad who is not on any medications - except for acid reflux and constipation which are both PRN. He breathes room air (never been on oxygen) and continues to seek natural ways to help his muscles repair and rebuld themselves. What is your opinion on BCAA's positive and not-so positive?
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Posted by Carolyn (Simpsonville, South Carolina) on 12/22/2012
Dear Ted I was diagnosed with als in January 2012, right now all I have is severe weakning of the legs and arms is there anything I can do to help the weakness. And the vitamin D3 for muscle atrophy is it 20, 000 IU a day for a month or 20, 000IU in one month look forward to hearing from you
Posted by Janice H (Eastaboga, Alabama, Usa) on 10/10/2012
Ted, I followed your guidelines on the mixture of enzymes for my brother-in-law who was recently diagnosed with ALS after a process of elimination for other causes of MND. He said his kidneys seem to be overactive and after 5 days of treatment he was exhausted from sleep deprivation due to trips to the bathroom all night and day. He was drinking fluids yet still feels dehydrated. Is this normal when starting enzyme-treatment? Other concerns: He was water skiing (on one/two ski) this time last year, and rode his bicycle 500 miles in Jan (2012) when he had lower back pain & knee pain; his doctor recommended a regimine of 3 epidurals beginning in Feb (2012). Immediately after the first epidural he had severe muscle cramps and pain; his doctor recommended potassium and continued with the other 2 epidurals. Soon after he began to stumble and fall; loose strength and use of his hands. He continues to have pain in limbs, and recently fell injuring his shoulder; so he doesn't have paralysis; he just can't control his limbs. He has no problems eating or talking. His doctor refused to connect the epidurals with his sudden loss of control of his limbs. Recently there has been a recall of medication used in epidurals for back pain due to contamination resulting in "fungal miningitis epidemic" in the USA. NO DOCTOR WILL ADDRESS THIS ISSUE WITH MY BROTHER-IN-LAW; he has always felt this sudden onset of MND is related to the epidurals. What would you suggest his next approach in this matter? Thanks so much, I read all you material! Janice H
Posted by Mahesh Thapa (Kathmandu, Nepal) on 08/26/2012
Hello Ted, I am Mahesh Thapa from Kathmandu, Nepal. I was diagnosed MND 10 years ago when I was 25. Actually I have 11 years of history. I used Vitamin B complex, Vitamin E & Calcium for few years but there was lots of wounds like bigger pimples came to face because of its side effect & I stopped it. I used other available alternative treatments for 2 years & since then I haven't used any treatment and medicine except using free homeopathic medicine from a government hospital. I haven't checked up for 7 years.
I can stand for few minutes & few steps on my own but need support to walk, can't speak properly (unclear & nasal voice), fasciculation & cramping on muscles in most part of body, muscle loss in hand & shoulder resulting minimal movement in both hands, I use on screen keyboard to type. I need support to use toilet & bathroom but I strongly believe that I can overcome this disease. doctors had given me around three years of prognosis & asked that I will have to use feeding tube within 6 months but it didn't happen.
Now I don't have any problem in respiration, lungs & heart. I can eat normally & use all types of food as normal person & don't have digestive problem. I can sleep well. I can sit & work on computer for hours. I have good memory. I am good player of chess at national level, have got FIDE chess rating 3 months ago.
Please suggest me your remedy in detail. is it MND or I am misdiagnosed? Is there any pathological test needed before using your remedy?
Thanks, Mahesh mthapa9(at)outlook.com
Posted by Stephen (Sydney, Australia) on 08/05/2012
Hi Ted, I read your coments and sugestions with interest re. this disease, which my wife suffers from, and we are keen to start trying the suggested treatment, a couple of questions re. some of the products, Firstly, humic acid seems hard to find except for agricultural use, will keep trying to source it. Also I have only found threanine in an amino acid complex, is it ok to use this until I can locate some? Thanks Ted, Stephen.
Posted by Chris (Pueblo, Co) on 06/09/2012
[WARNING!] I have been helping a friend with ALS/Lou Gehrig's through the treatment recommended starting with the Lysine and Threonine as foundation. The Threonine dramatically increased mucous production in my friend and her breathing, which was strong before, had suddenly become labored. I did some more research on the Threonine and discovered on the WebMD site's description of Threonine side effects stating:
"Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease): There is some concern that threonine might decrease lung function in patients with ALS. In one study, ALS patients taking 4 grams of threonine per day had significantly reduced lung function compared to patients who did not receive threonine..."
And this is exactly what we saw. With all the symptoms of ALS she showed, the reduced lung function has not yet been one of them. But the introduction of Threonine directly coincided with a dramatic affect on her breathing. She said it felt like an elephant sitting on her chest.
On the positive, she previously had a clenched feeling in her throat that was pinching and really wearing her down. Since taking the Threonine, this has noticably relaxed and made it much easier to bear. But the thick mucous increase and belabored breathing is a bit scary, especially since many ALS sufferers die from this aspect. We are stopping the Threonine in hopes that her breathing will return to normal. If it doesn't I may counteract it with arginine, but I know this supports the possible viral function that we are attacking with Lysine. So I want to be careful and take it one day at a time.
I just felt it important to share this experince in case it is of help to anyone else out there.