Re: Why is Cutler so against supplemental glutathione?
'Remember that for Cutler, redistribution of Hg to more vulnerable parts of the body is enemy #1.' Joegrane
"Then I guess he chooses to ignore studies that show lipoic acid does just that."
If you actually understood Cutler you'd know that he designed his chelation protocol so that we could minimize redistribution.
The Gregus double blind study showed that *improper* use of lipoic acid can cause a net movement of Hg into the brain. This is Cutler's response and explanation.
"As Powertool and others have said above, his logic just DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. "
It is more likely that you don't understand the chemistry.
"Glutathione does indeed help the body remove heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxins. There are multiple studies out there to prove that, but Cutler has none to disprove it,"
He agrees that glutathione is involved in removing HMs and other toxins. He also encourages us to promote production of glutathione; however he does not want us to do it in a dangerous way, in a way that tends to kick up (mobilize) Hg and have it end up in some hormone receptor or other part of the body that holds onto Hg very tightly. You could end up like the mice in the Gregus study, with much less Hg in the body but more Hg in the most vulnerable areas of the body.
The following is an extreme example of redistribution. Your dining room table is dusty and needs to be cleaned. You could get a nice dust cloth and carefully clean it. Alternatively you could get from your garage your very powerful leaf blower. It will indeed remove quite a bit of the dust; however some of that dust will end up on your beautiful chandelier where it looks even worse and is much harder to remove.
"...except perhaps some snide comment if you don't happen to agree with him."
Yes, that is, or perhaps, was his personality. He clearly has mellowed over the years. Remember he was Hg toxic himself. Recall that the "Mad Hatter" had Hg poisoning and is a good example of the personality of an Hg poisoned male.
I think Cutler has mellowed over the years as he has healed. He is more often gentlemanly now, even when people disagree with him. This recent post is an example. It is in response to someone who thinks she overcame bipolar and an extremely long list of symptoms in only 6 months of Cutler Protocol chelation. Notice how gentle he is with her. http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/frequent-dose-chelation/message/73447
I think it is Cutler's view that glutathione taken orally is not absorbed intact. I think he mentions this in this audio interview with Dr Dan Pompa.