ME/CFS patient goes into remission after taking "elixir of youth" GDF11

knackers323

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All growth factors have very specific effects, so you cannot really substitute one for another.

And a study found HGH provided no major benefit for ME/CFS patients.


Though there was once a patient on this forum who was diagnosed with ME/CFS for 10 years, but it turned out she had HGH deficiency, and all her symptoms rapidly disappeared once given HGH injections.

However, apart from that, I don't think HGH will be of any great help for ME/CFS. I tried a few short courses of HGH 1 IU daily injections a few years back, and it did not help me.
@Hip do you remember the members name that took the HGH?
 

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It's great that there are people like you out there brave enough to do such experiments on themselves and share the results. You and hamsterman should be commended for that.

We need more people like you guys. If let's say 10 different people took this drug and got cured, that would be evidence enough for others to try it as well and more importantly to convince researchers to do serious trials on the drug and hopefully get it approved as a treatment.

So good luck and keep us updated!
 

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Is this GDF11 only injectable? Or tablets as well?

It seems very interesting. From where do people get this?
GDF11 is not currently available as a licensed medicine. It is sold only as an injectable product, on the understanding that it is not for human use. Most injectable peptides used by bodybuilders are also sold on this basis, that they are not for human use.
 

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I have been asked how I prepared GDF11 powder for injection in tiny picogram doses, so I am going to detail this here. The trick with picogram dosing is serial dilution of the GDF11 protein using two bottles of bacteriostatic water, as explained below.



What You Will Need

Items you need to prepare GDF11 for injection:
  • Two 30 ml bottles of Hospira bacteriostatic water
  • A box of 1 ml sterile insulin syringes
  • A box of fine 30 gauge (0.3 mm) sterile hypodermic needles
Bottle of GDF11 powder, two 30 ml bacteriostatic water bottles, 1 ml syringe, 30 gauge needles
GDF11 injection - what you will need.jpg


You need 1 ml syringes graduated into a hundred 0.01 ml steps, as shown in the above picture, because we will be measuring out small 0.1 ml amounts of liquid. Such 1 ml syringes are called insulin syringes. In the UK you can buy these 1 ml syringes here. In the US search here.

I usually use Luer slip syringes and hypodermic needles (a system where needles push onto the syringes), rather than Luer-Lok (where needles lock on).

I use very fine 30 gauge hypodermic needles which are only 0.3 mm thick, because I am not a fan of large fat needles! You can buy 30 gauge sterile needles here in the UK. In the US search here. If you are using Luer slip syringes, make sure you get the corresponding Luer slip needles to go with them.

Hospira bacteriostatic water you can buy here in the UK (it's expensive in the UK, at £15 a bottle), and here in the US. You can get plain bacteriostatic water or sodium chloride bacteriostatic water; either is fine. You need two 30 ml bottles of bacteriostatic water. Hospira is the high quality brand of bacteriostatic water.



The Procedure for Preparing GDF11 for Injection

The 10 micrograms of GDF11 from Buckylabs arrives in a small sterile glass bottle, containing a tiny white speck of powder no larger than a sugar grain.

Snap off the plastic top protectors (shown in green in the above picture) from the two bottles of bacteriostatic water, and break off the plastic top protector from the Buckylabs bottle. This will reveal a gray rubber area in the center of a metal cap. Note that these bottles are never opened: liquid is introduced or removed from them by inserting a hypodermic needle through the rubber.

You want to clearly label one of your bacteriostatic water bottles as the MASTER, and the other bacteriostatic water bottle as the SECONDARY.

Then take a sterile needle and place it onto a syringe. Now push the needle through the rubber top of the MASTER bacteriostatic water bottle, and draw out approximately 1 ml of water into the syringe. Pull out the needle from the MASTER bottle, and then push this needle through the rubber top of the Bucklabs bottle, and inject in that 1 ml of water into the Bucklabs bottle.

Withdraw the needle, and give the Bucklabs bottle a vigorous shake for about a minute, to make sure all the GDF11 protein in the tiny white speck dissolves in the water. When the speck can no longer be seen, then all the GDF11 will be dissolved in the water.

Now re-insert the needle back into the Bucklabs bottle, and draw out every last drop of the water into the syringe, and re-inject that syringe full of water back into the MASTER bacteriostatic water bottle.

Once you have done this, without pulling out the needle, give the MASTER bottle a brief shake, and then draw out about 1 ml of water from the MASTER bottle into the syringe, and then immediately re-inject that water back into the MASTER bottle; this is done in order to wash out the needle and syringe of any high concentration liquid. Repeat this wash out step a few times. Then withdraw the needle.

Give the MASTER bottle a good shake for 15 seconds to mix it thoroughly.

So now in the MASTER bottle you will have 10 micrograms (10,000 nanograms) of GDF11 dissolved in 30 ml of bacteriostatic water. Which means that in 1 ml of water from the MASTER bottle, you will have 10000 / 30 = 333.3 nanograms of GDF11. And in each 0.1 ml, you will have 33.3 nanograms of GDF11.



Right, so now we are going to draw out some liquid from the MASTER bottle, and inject a precise 0.1 ml amount into the SECONDARY bottle of bacteriostatic water. So insert the needle into the MASTER bottle, draw out approximately 0.2 ml, and withdraw the needle from the bottle.

With the syringe held vertically and the needle pointing upwards, flick the syringe sharply with your fingernail to get out any air bubbles from the liquid in the syringe. We are going to inject a precise 0.1 ml amount into the SECONDARY bottle, so we need to remove out any air bubbles, otherwise it will affect our measurement of the 0.1 ml amount.

With the syringe still held vertically, press in the plunger and squirt out some of the liquid from the end of the needle, until the rubber bottom of the plunger lines up with the 0.1 ml mark on the syringe. Thus now we have precisely 0.1 ml of liquid ready to inject into the SECONDARY bottle. So now you insert the needle into the SECONDARY bacteriostatic water bottle, and inject in the 0.1 ml of liquid. It is important that you inject in precisely 0.1 ml, no more or no less. Withdraw the needle and give the SECONDARY bottle a good shake for 15 seconds.

That 0.1 ml of liquid you injected will contain 33.3 nanograms of GDF11, so that means in the SECONDARY bottle we now have 33.3 / (30+0.1) = 1.1 ng per ml, and thus 0.11 ng of GDF11 per 0.1 ml.

So finally we end up with the SECONDARY bottle containing 0.11 ng of GDF11 per 0.1 ml of water. Or equivalently, we can say:

There are 110 picograms of GDF11 in each 0.1 ml of liquid drawn from the SECONDARY bottle

So if you are aiming for a GDF11 dose of say 220 picograms administered once every two days, you would draw out 0.2 ml from the SECONDARY bottle, and inject that subcutaneously every two days.



Storing Bacteriostatic Water Bottles in the Fridge

Bacteriostatic water bottles must be stored in the fridge, and only taken out when you want to perform an injection. Be very careful not to mix up the MASTER and SECONDARY bottles. When injecting, you only want to draw from the SECONDARY bottle. The concentration of GDF11 in the MASTER bottle is far too high for injection purposes. You might want to wrap your MASTER bottle with clingfilm or aluminum foil to prevent you accidentally mistaking it for the SECONDARY bottle when you are going to inject.

Once your SECONDARY bottle runs out, you can buy a fresh bottle of bacteriostatic water, and create a new SECONDARY bottle by again injecting 0.1 ml from the MASTER bottle, using the steps above. Each time you create a new SECONDARY bottle, you will only draw out a tiny amount from the MASTER, so the MASTER bottle should in principle last indefinitely.

However in reality, bacteriostatic water bottles are only supposed to last for 28 days once you have started using them, at least according to the manufacturer's instructions, and after that the levels of bacterial growth in the bottle may increase. Though I have heard that those injecting GDF11 keep their bacteriostatic water bottles for a year in the fridge before throwing them away. Whether it is safe to keep them that long, I am not sure. It might be possible to keep them longer than 28 days, but I am not so sure about a year.

If you are going to try to extent the lifespan of these bacteriostatic water bottles in the fridge, I would suggest placing them in the coldest part of the fridge, where the temperature is below 5°C (below 5°C bacteria grow much more slowly). Next to the cooling element at the back of the fridge is typically around 5°C. But I would try to make sure the liquid does not freeze, as perhaps this could be harmful to the GDF11 protein (you can freeze the dry lyophilized GDF11 protein, but once it is reconstituted by dissolving into water, my guess is that freezing the water might stress and damage the protein).

I bought a digital fridge thermometer with maximum and minimum temperature recording to ensure that the temp in the area I placed by bacteriostatic water bottles was below 5°C, but remained above 0°C.

Another way to help reduce the bacterial levels in the bottle is to disinfect the rubber stopper with alcohol just before you push the hypodermic needle through the top. That helps prevent bacteria entering the bottle via the needle. I always disinfect my rubber tops in this way before pushing in the needle.



Steve Perry also provides some GDF11 preparation instructions in this document, but they are a bit complicated, so hopefully the instructions I provided above will be simpler.

Remember that GDF11 is not sold for human consumption, and clinical trials of GDF11 on humans are planned soon but have not yet taken place, so at this stage, if you want to experiment with this, you are doing so at your own risk.
 
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I know a third forum member who has just now purchased some GDF11 and will be trying it shortly, so that's another ME/CFS patient whose outcome we can follow.
@Hip how far in are you with this, did you reach month 2 yet?

I've had a ton of success for BPC-157(overall) and LL-37 healed all my stomach issues completely, now I just need to work on the energy increase to get me to 90% recovered and I'm eyeing this GDF11 as well
 

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@Hip how far in are you with this, did you reach month 2 yet?
I've had to take a week's break now due to agitation / anxiety / overstimulation / anger / irritability side effects that GDF11 was causing me. I've heard this side effect is not uncommon with GDF11.

I started taking GDF11 on 13 March 2020, and so that's 48 days so far, but minus the 7 days break, which is 41 days. I am not seeing any substantial improvements to my ME/CFS so far. But when I do take GDF11, it tends to cause this agitated aggressive driven state of mind, which feels like I am more motivated an energetic, but it's more like a stimulant effect than true energy.

GDF11 also seems to improve mood a bit, perhaps because of this angry driven state it creates. But I don't like that mental state; it's perturbing and does not let you relax.

At present, I've reduced my GDF11 dose level down to 100 picograms every 4 or 5 days, to try to minimize the agitation side effect. And I might go even lower soon.

Steve Perry suggests after the initial 3 to 6 weeks on high-dose GDF11, you should cut down to only 10 to 20 picograms once a week. I may not go that low yet, but I might aim for say 50 picograms per week soon.



I've had a ton of success for BPC-157(overall) and LL-37 healed all my stomach issues completely
Very interesting. Can you say which of your symptoms BPC-157 and LL-37 have addressed, in addition to your stomach symptoms?

I've tried BPC-157, and found it also caused some agitation and anxiety side effects, which is why I did not pursue it. But have not tried LL-37 myself yet.

I've read good things about LL-37 on Reddit, where it's reported to fix SIBO. So it seems effective for the gut.


The interesting thing about LL-37 is its connection to the Marshall Protocol (MP). The MP stimulates the release within cells of two types of antimicrobial peptide: LL-37 (aka: human cathelicidin), and beta-defensins. These two antimicrobial peptides then fight pathogens within the cells.

But possibly LL-37 could be a superior and more effective than the Marshall protocol, at least in the gut area anyway.
 
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What did LL-37 do for you? How did it heal your stomach? I didn't think it worked on the gut in anyway.
On reddit there's a peptides sub, and saw a few people talk about their gut issues disappear using LL-37 as well as athletes foots and any fungal issues. I have had 10 years recurring athletes foot that produced painful cracks skin on my pinky toe fold/crease (where it meets the rest of the foot). So I bought it specifically for the athletes foot issues (tried everything and it never went away). Surprisingly it fixed my IBS, leaky gut issues, and also my stomach was super sensitive and wrecked from 4 years of pain killers from CFS/Fibro nerve pain.

3 months later, all my stomach issues are gone and athletes foot entirely gone. BPC-157 and LL-37 have been absolutely miraculous for me, I'm now working part time after 10 years bed bound and on good days I hover around 80-90% healthy. Now I just need something to bring my energy levels back to normal.

I should also add that before I did the peptides, I did an 8-month long ABX treatment according to Dr. Brownsteins's protocol for CFS/Fibro, and also low dose Potassium Iodide and Selenium have had a tremendous impact on my healing, as well as low dose Metformin 125mg daily to fix the nerve sheath coverings.

I will be writing an extensive protocol report that combines Dr. Brownstein's Protocol with Peptides and diet. (Gluten free was major for me) as well as Metformin, however this is after ABX therapy. And the final part I am trying to solve is the energy issues
 

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Thanks @beatsmyth for replying. I'm interested in it because I'm huge into peptides after Thymosin Alpha-1 and Beta-4 have been game changes for me. I kind of just want to try every peptide out there! Also I've heard about LL37 as being offered as a product to combat COVID.

And I'm revisiting my gut right now after discovering I'm iron deficient and hypomagnesemic. Also a year ago I tested borderline on SIBO breath test but decided against SIBO treatment. I've been gluten free for 9 years but cheat every now and again. But there's a lot more research on non-cecliac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) than there was 9 years ago. I'm shocked gut could still be an issue for me because I thought I fixed it.
 

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I'm now working part time after 10 years bed bound and on good days I hover around 80-90% healthy.
That's incredible! So would you say that after 3 months, the combo of BPC-157 and LL-37 has taken you from severe to mild, on the ME/CFS scale of: very severe, severe, moderate, mild, remission?

What actual doses of these products were you taking during the 3 month period? And do you find that you have to keep taking them to prevent the ME/CFS symptoms returning? Or has their beneficial effect been semi-permanent?

Would you happen to know which pathogens your ME/CFS is associated with (eg, coxsackievirus B, echovirus, Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, HHV-6, etc)?
 

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On reddit there's a peptides sub, and saw a few people talk about their gut issues disappear using LL-37 as well as athletes foots and any fungal issues. I have had 10 years recurring athletes foot that produced painful cracks skin on my pinky toe fold/crease (where it meets the rest of the foot). So I bought it specifically for the athletes foot issues (tried everything and it never went away). Surprisingly it fixed my IBS, leaky gut issues, and also my stomach was super sensitive and wrecked from 4 years of pain killers from CFS/Fibro nerve pain.

3 months later, all my stomach issues are gone and athletes foot entirely gone. BPC-157 and LL-37 have been absolutely miraculous for me, I'm now working part time after 10 years bed bound and on good days I hover around 80-90% healthy. Now I just need something to bring my energy levels back to normal.

I should also add that before I did the peptides, I did an 8-month long ABX treatment according to Dr. Brownsteins's protocol for CFS/Fibro, and also low dose Potassium Iodide and Selenium have had a tremendous impact on my healing, as well as low dose Metformin 125mg daily to fix the nerve sheath coverings.

I will be writing an extensive protocol report that combines Dr. Brownstein's Protocol with Peptides and diet. (Gluten free was major for me) as well as Metformin, however this is after ABX therapy. And the final part I am trying to solve is the energy issues

great to hear you are feeling so much better! what’s your source for LL-31? Thanks
 

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I was thinking about the lab in Germany quoted on this thread. I live in uk and was wondering if it would be worthwhile to have blood tests done over there. Might they spot things that are missed on the NHS in UK.