Friday, August 19, 2011

Chinese lufenuron manufacturer touts 99% purity

Application: in the control medication, and the veterinary coformulation flea control, heartworm prevention, and anthelmitic medicine.
[...]
heavy metal and Ferrous: 20 ppm max

Considering that this lufenuron is sold as veterinarian grade for
$200-400 per kilo as of this writing (August 2011), and that Sarah Vaughter has indicated that the only drawback to taking Program (lufenuron in the form of tablets for flea control in pets) is the exorbitant price, it seems to me that there should be no difficulty in obtaining lufenuron of sufficient purity for human consumption.

According to a compounding pharmacist whom I contacted, a chemical analysis, by which I assume he meant one suitable for determining purity to pharmaceutical standards, would cost about $300 (as of a few weeks before this writing).

There are probably other minor costs involved in getting it delivered from China, but the bottom line is that I don't understand why Sara Vaughter claims that it's impossible to obtain product with sufficient purity. She claims that the purity claims of Chinese manufacturers are false, but it seems to me that making claims that can be easily proven false would soon put them out of business, and they're still in business.

A note on previously-mentioned "flare-up"

Since the "flare up" which I mentioned in a previous post, I have not noticed a repeat. There are indications that Lufenuron remains in the system at levels which can prevent chitin [1] production for considerably longer than the 16 days between the loading phases in Vaughter Wellness' treatment plan. Veterinarians typically administer Lufenuron for one day and have seen results months later. So, the fact that I still have sinusitis despite starting Lufenuron treatment on July 28th doesn't mean that it's ineffective. Only time will tell. Perhaps the aforementioned "flare up" was one of the "healing crises" which are typical in recovering from a fungal infection. Right now, for example, my sinuses seem fine after quite a bit of sneezing etc. earlier.

Still, I plan to use the also-aforementioned treatment which involves thee essential (as in "essence") oils and a facial spa (Conair makes one that can be configured for facial treatment or sinus treatment). Cinnamon oil is widely reported to have anti-fungal properties. The reason I plan to do so is that fungal infections are notoriously tenacious, and I hope that this additional attack will deliver the coup de grĂ¢ce while it is vulnerable as a result of the Lufenuron treatment.

Notes

[1] Fungi, like insects, incorporate chitin into their "armor."

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Supposedly effective sinusitis treatment/cure

A supposedly effective treatment/cure for sinusitis can be found at How to "CURE" Sinusitis and Middle Ear Infections, which references the Sinus Doctor website, and suggests a less expensive variation. He claims that delivery of Sinus Doctor took 3 months, which is strange since I received Lufenuron shipped from Czechoslovakia to the western US in about a week. I'd check with Sinus Doctor on delivery time, but I'm going to try the less expensive approach first.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Update on sinusitis and Lufenuron

Further study of homeopathic "cures" for sinus infections has made me suspect that they are putting one over on us with very slickly-worded claims that split hairs and avoid saying anything definite. As soon as I ordered Sinus Pro's supposed cure for PND, they sent me a list of instructions which seemed more like a list of explanations for why it will turn out to be ineffective, such as that it should not be exposed to temperatures which are likely to occur in the course of shipping during the summer in many areas! Vaxa's website does however seem to indicate that a fungal (yeast) infection is sometimes at the bottom of chronic sinusitis.

I did not take the second course of Lufenuron, and today my sinusitis flared up. (Right now it seems to have settled down.) But my head also cleared up, which is a relief. I'll probably take the other two courses of Lufenuron when I can afford the resulting IQ reduction. Meanwhile, I might try SinuSoothe, which sounds like it might work. If it doesn't, at least I won't have wasted much money.

Sarah Vaughter has elaborated on her decision to stop selling Lufenuron (here). Perhaps the pharmaceutical companies pressured the manufacturers into stopping the production of pharmaceutical grade.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Alternate mechanism behind chronic sinusitis

I've been assuming that the Mayo Clinic's 1999 report was correct in concluding that chronic sinusitis is caused by fungal infections. I found that report by Googling "chronic sinusitis." Today, after all I've been through in search of a cure for this condition, I found the Sinus Pro website, which claims to have cures for various types of chronic sinus conditions. It bothers me, to put it mildly, that this site didn't turn up when I was searhing for information on chronic sinusitis.

Vaughter Wellness is out of the lufenuron business

Sara Vaughter has stopped selling lufenuron, supposedly because she can no longer get it with sufficient purity. She also seems to have changed her tune on its effectiveness. (However, my belief that it is effective does not rest solely on her claim.) I suspect that she just no longer wants to deal with the hassle of selling it and advising people how to use it, and wants to undermine her former competitors' business because they stole her business. But motives are notoriously difficult to ascertain, so I might be wrong.

On August 3rd, 2011, she made the following post to her forum:

Nothing can help with Candida in the gut - except "medical" antifungal medicines.

Candida on the skin can be treated with a wide variety of cheap substances such as essential oils (oil of oregano etc.)

Candida in the mucous membranes of the mouth can be treated with Cinnamon (but don't overdo it, as it is carcinogenic).

Nearly all chronic Candida is mycelial. Only thrush is yeast.

99.99% of the myriads of expensive anti-Candida products are useless. [end of post]

Note that it says nothing about lufenuron. I don't know what to make of it. I did a little research into cinnamon, and there does seems to be something to it.

I will report the result of my attempt to cure an apparent candida sinus infection with lufenuron, although it will hardly qualify as medical research, mainly because I'm not certain that the infection is candida, although it's the only thing that makes sense to me now.

Watch out for lufenuron-induced fatigue/lethargy

If you Google "lufenuron fatigue" or "lufenuron lethargy," (without the quotation marks), you will find that fatigue and lethargy are typical side effects of lufenuron. In my case, it seems to manifest itself as a certain dullness in my thinking, which at times borders on confusion or disorientation, and a certain lack of motivation. But I've noticed that a few hours after having coffee, fatigue sometimes sets in with an intensity to which I am not accustomed, and I become quite lethargic. So, I think that this has to be considered when deciding when to use lufenuron, assuming it is necessary.

If you would rather avoid these effects if possible, it would probably be best to get a definite diagnosis to be certain that the problem is fungal in nature before using lufenuron. Vaughter Wellness' website has information on getting tested. I didn't get tested because of the costs of the tests [1], and because I'd had the infection for months and had undergone two courses of broad-spectrum antibiotics, making it unlikely that a viral or bacterial infection was causing the symptoms. So, I concluded that my infection was fungal, and that lufenuron treatment was the next logical step.

However, considering that lufenuron (combined with other factors which Vaughter Wellness recommends [2]) seems to be the only truly effective way to get rid of candida and other types of fungal infections, and that over the long term, fungal infections can become systemic and life-threatening, the current choice (assuming you have a fungal/yeast infection) seems to be between dealing with lufenuron's side effects, or something much worse.

Notes

[1] I understand that physicians are reluctant to order these tests because they have no cheap and effective ways to treat fungal infections. So, even if you have health insurance, you might have to go to a specialist to get tested, and cover the entire cost yourself.

[2] Vaughter Wellness recommends various supplements, including heavy-duty probiotics, because she takes antibiotics to suppress lyme disease. However, yogurt with immune-supporting strains of bacteria, in addition to the basic strains, seems to be doing the job in my case. I use Mountain High brand yogurt, and I gather that there are a few other brands that incorporate immune-boosting probiotics.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Video statement provides confidence in Lufenuron's effectiveness against candida

One of the more convincing claims I've seen about Lufenuron's effectiveness against candida is a video statement found here.

Although the video's web-page indirectly refers viewers to Candida Away, and this might be a good source for lufenuron, I think that Vaughter Wellness deserves the business and the recognition, since they discovered this cure as a result of a lot of suffering and effort, and they made it available to the public in a pure and affordable form. Their competitors just copied the results of their work, and supposedly sell lower-grade lufenuron. (I didn't notice any purity claims on Candida Away's site, and the email address they provided to contact them didn't work.)

Vaughter Wellness' lufenuron is not encapsulated as of this writing, but it's a simple matter to measure the volume of the supposed 15 grams in each ziploc with measuring spoons, and divide it into 15 equal doses to be taken with meals (each containing at least 10 grams of fat to facilitate absorption) over the course of 5 days. I found that 15 grams of Lufenuron has a volume of about 3.5 tsp (US tsp), so that each dose would be 0.23 tsp, i.e. slightly less than 1/4 tsp. However, to be certain in each case, I suggest measuring it yourself. Measuring spoon sets of sufficient accuracy for this purpose are cheap and readily available.

Mayo Clinic "revelation" intended to suppress awareness of lufenuron?

The Mayo Clinic's supposed discovery that chronic sinusitis is a fungal infection is reported in Mayo Clinic Study Implicates Fungus As Cause Of Chronic Sinusitis.

The Mayo Clinic's report was released in 1999, a few years after lufenuron's 1995 introduction (mentioned here) Intriguingly, I have been unable to find the history of lufenuron's development. I've read that its effects on fungal infections were discovered as a result of giving it to dogs to eliminate fleas.

I suspect that the Mayo Clinic's study and report were intended to head off a threat to the pharmaceutical industry's profits, by giving the impression that the researchers are on our side, and that they knew for a fact that there were no effective treatments at the time, although it's likely that lufenuron's effectiveness against fungal infections was just starting to gain recognition. (Note that the article doesn't mention lufenuron, although it does state that Mayo was working with the pharmaceutical industry to develop drugs to treat fungal sinus infections. I suppose these would be patentable forms of lufenuron.) Not even lufenuron's manufacturers tout its usefulness as a candida treatment, although according to Sara Vaughter, a member of Novartis' manufacturing staff said he recommends it to his family and friends for fungal infections, or at least candida infections.

The Mayo report also stated that sinusitis is the result of "an immune system response" to fungal infections, as if we'd be better off without any immune system. The problem is that the immune system, although sufficient to keep it within certain limits (at least at first), is inadequate to eliminate the infection completely. Even with the assistance of lufenuron, eliminating candida isn't easy for it.

Candida can become life-threatening if not eliminated, although it typically takes years for it to get to this stage. However, I suppose it might progress to this stage more rapidly, so it might be a mistake to assume that you can delay treatment. It's also more painful to treat it in a more advanced stage. If caught early (as I apparently have), treating it causes no pain, although I have noticed that lufenuron seems to cause intense fatigue at times, and lethargy and a lack of focus on a more continuous basis. (I've noticed that my writing, if I can call it that, has suffered as a result.) This effect (lethargy, not bad writing) is reported here.