Feeling "normal" again

Scabies mites can drive you nuts until you kill them off, but even afterwards you might have a lot of problems. Scar tissue from scratching that can take months to heal. Left-over dead mites, eggs, mite poop and saliva all combine to cause an allergic reaction and itching which can linger.

One thing I noticed even after a couple months was that I didn't feel "normal". I didn't have much energy or zip. My suspicion was that my immune system was simply not functioning very well.

I'm the sort of fellow who reads and studies a lot and I tripped over a small study which found wounds healed faster when taking a supplement called NAC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine) plus vitamin E. You can buy NAC from Amazon here. This is the NAC that I bought and am taking.

As you may have observed, bacteria form a "slime" or biofilm which protects them from our immune system or antibiotics. The study showed that NAC + vitamin E helped to break up the biofilm and clear out the harmful bacteria.

What is NAC?
NAC is short for "N-Acetyl-Cysteine". Your body uses amino acids like building blocks to make various proteins. The "C" in NAC stands for "cysteine" which is one of these building blocks. Human hair and skin contain approximately 10-14% cysteine (hair is made of protein). Wikipedia says, "Acetylcysteine is the N-acetyl derivative of the amino acid L-cysteine, and is a precursor in the formation of the antioxidant glutathione in the body." So NAC is an altered form of an amino acid.

Long story short: I started taking a 600 mg NAC pill twice a day and started feeling more energetic…not wiped out all the time. In fact, I cut back to one NAC pill a day because I found I was having more vivid dreams. Not "bad" dreams, just more colorful, more realistic…like HD instead of low res. My dreams are plenty realistic already so now I just take one or two NAC pills in the first half of the day (in the morning or mid-afternoon). I have had no other side effects that I can tell.

Anyway, it sounds odd to say it, but I feel "normal" again! Not full of extra energy, not dragging around, but simply normal.

The other plus is I don't get colds or the flu anymore. It used to be any time kids visited they brought whatever was going around in school, we'd catch it too. Now I just don't. My mate, Fran doesn't take any suplements. Fran has had a few whopers of colds and I don't have any symptoms at all. At they credit NAC as "increasing immunity to flu and H1N1 (swine) flu". There's a theory one actually still "gets" the cold or flu, but NAC regulates one's immune response so there are simply none of the awful symptoms we associate with them. No cough, no aches, no fatigue, etc. It just may be the symptoms are the immune system over-reacting.

NAC is a pretty cheap supplement…around $11 with free shipping for 100 capsules. The NAC I bought and took is available from Amazon here. I have not seen it in any stores.

The study on NAC did not specify how much vitamin E they gave, so I just took one or two 400 iu capsules. Vitamin E is available all over, but you can click here to buy a highly recommended brand.

NAC is used by doctors as an antidote to acetaminophen poisoning (Tylenol). Apparently acetaminophen can cause liver damage and NAC counters that. I only mention this so you know NAC isn't some obscure supplement, but rather an accepted supplement with many uses.
Click here for a simple explanation of how acetaminophen poisoning is handled involving NAC.
Click here for a very detailed example of using NAC for acetaminophen poisoning (warning: lots of medical terminolgy!).

This is the brand I use
(100 capsules)

This is the brand I use
(300 capsules, a better deal per capsule due to free shipping)

I have not personally tried this, but gets a lot of positive reviews