Glutathione is dangerous? Show me the science!

by | Feb 11, 2017 | 8 comments

Updated April 21st, 2017

Have you ever been to your doctor and she asked you to show proof that whatever she injected you with was safe?

Weird, wouldn’t you think? A doctor would check that before she introduces a drug into your body, right?

And yet this is something that started happening ever since I began warning people about the dangers of glutathione (GSH).

Patients have been reading the many horror stories induced by GSH injections in mercury toxic people and have been presenting them to their doctors, asking for an explanation.

As a response, some doctors were asking their patients for scientific proof of the dangers of glutathione.

glutathione is dangerous? Show me the science!

So, does it exist? Is there evidence that shows that glutathione can induce dramatic side effects in mercury toxic patients?

Proof of the dangers of glutathione

1) Numerous reports of often substantial adverse reactions.

Reports of adverse reactions are the most common reason why drugs are withdrawn from the market. Every banned drug has been initially approved as safe by the FDA.

Drugs are banned not because the company which has been selling the drug for years, all of a sudden decided to fund an expensive study on its safety. Drugs are usually taken off the market because of increased adverse reports from patients and/or doctors, or because of class action law suits.

Then, reports of adverse reactions are a valid means to gauge the risk of a given drug.

Adverse reactions after glutathione administration range from:

• “feeling like dying”
• suicidal thoughts
• deepest depression
• debilitating headaches
• crushing nerve pain
• sensitivity to electro magnetic fields to the point of making it impossible to use a cell phone or a computer
• having rods in the brain
• losing ability to walk
• having a feeling of complete mental and physical devastation

2) Known contribution of thiols to the development of mercury toxicity.

Glutathione is a thiol. Thiols are a type of sulfhydryl (SH, sulfur hydrogen) group. Sulfhydryl groups are everywhere in us. Every cell in our body produces glutathione. Sulfhydryl groups can be found in cysteine, on cell membranes, on red blood cells, in glutathione, methionine and in many other compounds in the human body.

Thiol groups are found in all body cells and are indispensable for life(3, 24). Some sulfur-containing antioxidant compounds are cysteine, methionine, taurine, glutathione, lipoic acid, mercaptopropionylglycine, N-acetylcysteine, and the three major organosulfur compounds of Gallic oil (diallyilsulfide, diallyldisulfide and diallyltrisulfide)(3, 10). Proteins constitute the main antioxidant component of serum and their sulfhydryl groups are mainly responsible for their antioxidative effects. In a recent study it was calculated that SH protein groups contribute 52,9% to the measured serum total antioxidant capacity in healthy subjects(17). 

A simple automated procedure for thiol measurement in human serum samples“, Carolina M. da Costa1; Rita C. C. dos Santos2; Emerson S. Lima1


If thiols protected us from mercury toxicity, no one would become sick with mercury. And yet millions of people, do.

The underlying mechanism how thiols contribute to the distribution of mercury has been known since 1832, when it was discovered that thiols and mercury like to bond.  

thiols and mercury










Since mercury is strongly attracted to sulfhydryl groups, this is the first thing that happens when mercury enters a human body: it attaches itself to thiols. Either to thiols from glutathione, sulfhydryl groups of cysteine or sulfhydryl groups on red blood cells.

From then on it is carried throughout the body into such mercury sensitive tissue like brain, adrenals, liver, thyroid, and so on causing a wide range of debilitating and often chronic conditions.

It took me less than 30 seconds to find a paper which describes this very mechanism (forget the treatment part, what is relevant is the description how mercury toxicity comes about).

This is some basic information about thiols which your doctor should have informed herself about before administering the glutathione IV – instead of asking you, her patient, to check on the safety record of glutathione after the fact.

So is there a study?

Not that I know of. And there doesn’t need to be to show that glutathione is not safe.

Bottom line:

Most doctors these days, both conventional and alternative, are completely mercury illiterate. They do not know how to accurately diagnose, or how to safely treat mercury toxicity. Keep this in mind when undergoing any type of metal detoxification program.

Mercury is one of the most dangerous toxic metals. Any mobilization needs to happen very cautiously and in accordance with biochemical laws that govern our bodies. The only type of mercury chelation program which respects those is the Andrew Cutler method which uses di-thiols as chelators. Read more about it here.

Join the Facebook groups “Ozone, Chelation and Paleo Diet” or “Andy Cutler Chelation Think Tank” to learn more about proper chelation and the dangers of glutathione.

Recommended reading: Andrew Cutler’s book “Amalgam Illness”.


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