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Mitochondrial Enzymes
Posted by: Heidi
Date: February 17, 2005 12:22 AM

My son has a genetic deletion of mitochondrial enzymes, especially dealing with the gut and brain, that are all formed on T-cells in the thymus. These missing enzymes are on chromosome 12p13. Deficiencies of these enzymes have been found to turn into Alzheimers, Lupus, muscular dystrophy, autism, cancer, leukemia, ataxia and more. He has failure to thrive, severe progressive dextroscoliosis, mental retardation and autism. Thus far, he's responded very well to an all organic diet, herbs, supplements and lots of prayers. Apparently, science knows there is an enzyme cure for some of these children's diseases, but refuses to give it, saying it's a rare enzyme and they'd rather use it for research (that they're getting funding for) and not give it away to dying children. (link to a father's story: www.prenticeminner.com/news.htm ) I've found that many of the enzymes Daniel's missing are in specific plants such as Arabidopsis leaves and wheat shoots. Is it practical to hope that organically growing and juicing these leaves and shoots might give Daniel the enzymes he's deficient in, preventing further physical and mental decay?

Also, I have considered that stomach acids will possibly destroy these enzymes. Maybe I could give the juice in an enema? I want to emphasize that I will be trying out anything I plan to give to my son on myself first. Thank you so much for any suggestions or advice.

RE: Mitochondrial Enzymes
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 17, 2005 4:02 PM

Contrary to what they used to teach in medical school, some enzymes do survive stomach acid and if taken on an empty stomach will at least partially absorb into the general circulation. We selectively use some enzymes to deal with hard to treat conditions. As to this rare condition, of course I have no experience with it, but your approach can hardly do any damage and perhaps it will help. More than anything your son needs your love and clearly he has that in great abundance.-



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