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Transfer Factor?

Discussion in 'Alternative Therapies' started by Timaca, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. Timaca

    Timaca Senior Member

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    Anyone ever use Transfer Factor? If so, which company? Did it help? Did you get any reaction upon starting it?

    Thanks in advance, Timaca
  2. SickOfSickness

    SickOfSickness Senior Member

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    I tried one bottle of it. I forget the brand, but pretty sure it was the one recommended by Dr Teitelbaum. It was one of the expensive top companies. As far as I remember no negative effects and I thought I got small positives? Not enough to keep buying more. Sorry I couldn't tell you what positives though.
  3. SOC

    SOC Moderator and Senior Member

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    I've tried ProHealth's Transfer Factor System 200 https://www.prohealth.com/shop/product.cfm/product__code/PH172 which is supposed to contain transfer factors for hhv-6, among other things. I felt that it did help, but Valcyte was better.

    I took no more than 2 caps daily and didn't notice any adverse side effects.

    It is expensive, as all the transfer factor products are. It's worth a try if you can afford it.

    PS I was Sickofcfs, but I've changed my username, so hopefully we will have no more confusion. :D
  4. Timaca

    Timaca Senior Member

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    Thanks for both of your replies. I'm glad the two of you will no longer be confused because of your names and I hope you both see better health soon!!! :D

    Best, Timaca
  5. jstefl

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    I used a product called NT factor - see www.ntfactor.com - that was recommended by Dr. Garth Nicholson. His website can be found at www.immed.org. I don't see the exact product that I took on the website, I bought mine a couple of years ago, but it was expensive enough that I couldn't justify buying more without seeing better results.

    I didn't have any reaction to it, but it didn't seem to do any good either.

    John
  6. Timaca

    Timaca Senior Member

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    Hi John~
    I ask because of our common acquaintance who seems to have made a significant turn around in his health by adding TFs into his treatment plan. It has caused me to consider adding a TF to my plan. However, he used Chisolm lab and I hesitate to use a lab that doesn't even have a website!! So, I've looked at Amazon, this website and the Pro Health website to see what people's experiences have been.

    This product intrigues me: http://www.amazon.com/4Life-Transfe...ormula/dp/B00158NQRA/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

    And I found some other interesting things:
    http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/transfer-factor

    http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-suppl...activeIngredientName=TRANSFER FACTOR&source=0

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9839657

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8993764

    Best, Timaca
  7. jstefl

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    Timaca

    The prohealth transfer factor seems quite different from the NT factor that Dr. Nicholson used. I saw Dr. Nicholsons talk at the London Invest in ME conference, and ordered the NT factor, since he recommended it so highly. NT factor is made from plants, where the prohealth says it is made from bovine colostrum.

    So, how long does a person need to take transfer factor to see a difference? I have ordered a two month supply to get me started. I will report back in two months and let you know how it is going.

    John
  8. Timaca

    Timaca Senior Member

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    From what I've read the TF made from Bovine colostrum and eggs is what should be used. Did you order the kind from ProHealth? Please post a link here of what you bought. . I'm considering ordering either the source naturals kind: http://www.vitacost.com/Source-Naturals-Wellness-Transfer-Factor or the 4life kind: http://www.amazon.com/Transfer-Fact...YAA8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328480013&sr=8-1 Read the reviews. I sent the email to your inbox that our friend sent to us previously. He didn't say how long it took for him to feel better.

    I'm also considering adding in L-lysine...you may want to try that as well to help with the herpes situation. Perhaps less valtrex will be needed with that on board.

    Also check out Manuka honey. It may help your GI tract (see reviews on Amazon for the two major brands. Also see here: http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&q=manuka honey&as_sdt=0,3&as_ylo=2005&as_vis=0

    Best, Timaca
  9. jstefl

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    I have been having trouble with the generic valtrex. I started out OK, but began having headaches after two weeks or so. I could tolerate them at first, but they got worse every day, and I had to take a break. I feel that it was helping, but couldn't tolerate the headaches. I am able to take one or two a week right now. I am wishing that I had purchased the 500 mg tablets, rather than the 1 Gram tablets, but it is too late now. I am still taking the artesunate three days a week, so I take the Valtrex on the off days.

    I ordered the prohealth product. It is expensive, due to the need for overnight shipping to keep it cool. I will see if two months worth makes any difference.

    Our friends email was extremely encouraging! It is great to hear success stories, and I wish he would share his story with everyone here. We could all do with an encouraging story.

    My GI tract has been doing much better. The combination of Equilibrant, a probiotic and generic Tagamet has really helped. I almost never need Zantac any more, where I was once using it daily. I am even able to eat Mexican or pizza once in a while.

    John
  10. SOC

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    FWIW, my doc has advised me to take only Valtrex or the Teva or Mylan (sp?) generics because his patients have not had good response to other generics.

    I break 1 g tablets in half. Can you do the same with your generic? I'm told the life of Valtrex in the body is very short (<6hrs?), so it's better to take the smaller dose more often than the higher dose only a few days a week. Of course, you have to do what's right for your body, but I figure it can't hurt to share. :D
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    I have the generic made by Cipla. I don't know if the problems I am having are caused by poor drug quality or by my bodies reaction to the effects of the drug. It does seem to be doing something, at least. I had an outbreak of cold sores in my mouth soon after I started taking it. That is really unusual for me. I also noticed that the swelling in my sinus cavities decreased a bit.

    The generics don't seem to go thru the testing that the original drug needs to go thru. It would be really nice to know that we were getting a product that was safe and effective before we spent the money. I wonder where your doctor got his information? This is the type of information that would be really nice to have.

    I made the mistake of assuming that since I had no trouble with Valcyte that the Valtrex would be even easier for my body to handle. The Cipla tablets are pretty large. I haven't tried to break one yet, but I would like to use up what I have, so I will probably try that.

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