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Pulsing Lactoferrin?

Discussion in 'Antivirals, Antibiotics and Immune Modulators' started by douglasmich, May 6, 2016.

  1. douglasmich

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    Hi.

    So i bought lactoferrin to try. I have never taken a pharmaceutical or herbal immunomodulator

    I initially got it for my gut which i was hoping would improve. After 3 days not only did my gut improve, all my other problems started going away. My vitality was returning, my energy and App├ętite was coming back. My chronic joint issues were fading. I was literally rediscovering my old self. Then it faded away. I tried increasing the dose to 2500mg with no results.

    I then discovered lactoferrin was an immunkmodulator and needs to be pulsed.

    Does anyone have any experience with lactoferrin, or any advice on pulsing?

    This was literally the best I'd felt in years, i really thought i was fully recovering.


    Thanks
     
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    aaron_c Senior Member

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    Can you share where you heard that lactoferrin should be pulsed?
     
  3. douglasmich

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    Hi

    It wasnt any scientific source, i just read someone here i think say it might have to be, because someone relapsed.

    ANyway after 7 days of incredible results (best ive been in years) the effect went away. I tried 3000mg with no response so i quit cold turkey.. that was 2 days ago

    i am now going through the biggest crash in months. Full blown flu symptoms, crippling brainfog etc.

    Wonder if il get a better baseline once the crash is gone..........
     
  4. douglasmich

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    Ok guys.

    First time i took lactoferrin i tapered up to 2000mg a day and felt the best i had in years. After 7 days the results went away so i quit cold turkey. Next 4 days i had the biggest crash of my life, almost like my immune system had been upregulated or something.

    I recovered from the crash and stayed off the lactoferrin. Then i started again on 750mg. After a few days the benefits returned, but not as strong as the last time. I went up to 1000mg then at day 6 i started tapering off. Today im on 250mg and will quit tomorrow.

    From tapering off im already started to feel horrific. Severe fatigue, dementia like brainfog, anixiety, depression, dry mouth etc. full blown flu symptoms

    From now on, im going to take it 5 days on at 750 then taper off slowly to try to avoid the crash.

    Nothing has helped aas much as this supplement,... but coming off it is absolute hell................
     
  5. pierreo

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    Hello,

    Dr de Meirleir has prescribed me his lactoferrin complex (lactoferrin (480 mg / day) and colostrum (240 mg / day)). Besides, he thinks I've Lyme (positive Arminlabs Ellispot).

    I read that several of you took lactoferrin for a long time and have regretted this because it lost some of its positive effects with time. Others had strong symptoms after stopping it, even by taperring it off like @douglasmich.

    Would you pulse the use of lactoferrin and / or colostrum so that it does not lose its effects ? How ?Or is this not necessary ?
    If it appears necessary, how would you taper it off ?

    Thank you for your help!!! (especially @LisaGoddard and @gu3vara if you can answer ;)
     
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  6. LisaGoddard

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    hi pierreo, hope it goes well for you on the lactoferrin and colostrum. I had an amazing experience with them. I definitely would suggest pulsing though if you are on it long term (I mean like years). During first few months of taking them at max dose, I felt great. But I decided to switch to low maintenance dose - although I didn't feel so great on the lower dose, I was still able to function for 4-5 years. Then it gradually stopped working. When I tried increasing the dose, I felt horribly ill. In the end, I couldn't tolerate either the lactoferrin or colostrum - they made me really ill. It may be that initially staying longer on the high dose, and then pulsing would have prevented this.
     
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  7. pierreo

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    thank you so much Lisa!!

    @sarah darwins @dadouv47 @Art Vandelay @Chris @JaimeS @TheChosenOne
    I 've read with interest your inputs on lactoferrin on the forum and would be really glad if you could give your opinion on this (i don't want to "spoil" this supplement by not using it properly, all the more since i've started it on tiny dose and it makes some effect)
    thank you!!
     
  8. JaimeS

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    I guess technically I'm pulsing it. I take one pill right before bed, and you're supposed to take twice that dose, twice a day. I was never successful at titrating it up; in my experience, if you do, you experience greater inflammation that becomes an issue in and of itself. However, if I go off of it, I lose a great deal of energy and focus. It's one of those 'silent' effectors that doesn't announce itself loudly, but if I stop taking it I feel hideous!
     
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    I do see articles that discuss pulsing other NK and macrophage-activating factors though, including an argument for pulsing Rituximab in lupus.
     
  10. Art Vandelay

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    I had a similar experience to Jaime in that I could only tolerate a small dose. In fact, I'd only pulse it 2-3 days per week because I found that it induced way too much inflammation if I took any more than that.

    A few years ago, I decided to stop taking it to see what would happen. My immune system actually seemed to ramp up when I was not taking it, so I have not used it since.

    (Note: one of the factors contributing to my ME/CFS is thought to be a relapsing fever form of borrelia, so my experience may be quite different to others.)

    EDIT: I was taking Apolactoferrin which is advertised as "the iron-depleted form of lactoferrin, has unique benefits and may be superior to lactoferrin for supplementation." Whether that's true or not, I can't say. ;)
    https://iherb.com/pr/Life-Extension-Lactoferrin-Caps-60-Capsules/47818
     
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    Damn...Now that I read this, I regret that I started taking Lactoferrin. I am worried that I dysregulate my body with it. Maybe the body shuts down own production when it is taken and therefore when stopping people experience the rebound... I am on day 2 and for me it causes brainfog and sinus congestion in the first hour but then it seems to start helping with joint pain, brainfog and several other things. That is a weird supplement. I do not want to get dependent of anything though. I wonder if I now should try to carefully come off it before it is too late and some permanent changes happened...:-/
     
  13. JaimeS

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    Maybe try taking it before bed, where the brainfog isn't going to be a problem and you'll still experience the benefits. It's an immune activator, so it's going to feel not so great if you already have inflammation, but may be helpful in the long run.

    As far as "becoming dependent", unless you can't afford the supplement (or fear you may not be able to do so soon) don't worry about that. Just do what makes you feel better!
     

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