Tuesday, 9 April 2013

CF Superhero Supplements: Selenium

"Cystic Fibrosis
Oldfield, also sighted studies speculating the 
relationship between selenium deficiency and 
cystic fibrosis. Wallach, has shown convincing 
evidence of this relationship. He reported a direct 
relationship of cystic fibrosis in the rhesus 
monkey with selenium, and zinc deficiency.
Wallach, relates a strong indirect relationship to 
cystic fibrosis in humans and selenium deficiency, 
in conjunction with deficiencies of vitamin E, and
zinc. Liver analysis of selenium in children with
cystic fibrosis showed a significant reduction of
selenium compared to normals." ~Trace Elements.com ~

Selenium. This is genuinely one of the most important medical regrets I have, but also one of the most beneficial supplements I take. The first time I heard of Dr Joal Wallach's work on Selenium I was in my late teens, I wish I had had it from an early age....

Fun fact: In Greek σελήνη Selene means "Moon". Selenium is an essential trace mineral and trace element, a cofactor for reduction of antioxidant enzymes = Glutathione an enzyme that CF patients are deficient in and desperately need. So basically Selenuim is essential helper (cofactor) for Glutathione to work, produce etc. 

Dr Wallach conducted an award winning study with Monkey's in 1978 he reversed Cystic Fibrosis. The conclusion of this study categorically showed that CF patients are deficient in Selenium and fatty acids. Some parts of his study may be offencive to the minds and hearts of those of us who have been taught and believe CF is an inherited genetic disorder (Dr Wallach does use the 'C' word (cure) in his study because he did cure it in his experience), but I would encourage you to look past this contentious issue 'the origin of CF' and focus on the result of selenium supplementation. Regardless of the origin of CF, this discovery is insightful on the deficiency we have as CF patients.

"In cystic fibrosis (CF) patients the antioxidative-oxidative balance is chronically disturbed. Free radicals were generated by bronchialpulmonal infection and additionally (there) exists a deficiency of antioxidative substances by enteral malabsorption especially (of) vitamin E and selenium. For CF patients there-fore we recommend a sodium selenite substitution therapy, best in combination with vitamin E." ~ Dr Joal Wallach ~
After reading all about Dr Wallach's work I started taking Selenium right about the time when my health picked up in my late teens. To come back from where I was looking at 3 different organ transplants took a lot of work and rebuilding. I have no doubt that Selenium played a critical role in my success. I also took extra Selenium thought all my pregnancies to prevent CF in my children, none of them have it. I understand that the earlier you start the better! As a prevention and support of the CF whole system. Over and above all else in terms of supplements I would strongly suggest you read Dr Wallach's findings and make sure if you have CF to take Selenium, Zinc and vitamin E. This is the foundation to our CF health.

Other ways to naturally boost your selenium levels is though some Selenium rich foods: 

Brazil Nuts are the highest: contain 2550μg (3642% DV) Selenium per cup

Oysters: contain 38.5μg (55% DV) selenium per oyster

Blue Mussels: 90μg (128% DV) of selenium per 100 gram

Calves Liver: 99μg (141% DV) of selenium in a 3 ounce serving

Tuna:  80μg (115% DV) of selenium per 100 grams
(fish in general also contains Selenium)

Sunflower seeds: 79μg (113% DV) of selenium per 100 gram

Oats: 45μg (65% DV) of selenium per 100 grams

Caviar: 18μg (26% DV) per ounce

Lobster (my favourite!): 50.3μg (72% DV) in a 3 ounce serving

Crab: 47.6μg (68% DV) per 100 gram serving

Other foods are Garlic, Turkey, Cod, Sardines, Salmon, Barley, Lamb, Mushrooms & Onions just to name a few!

Personally I also take a supplement. I have Selenium drops each drop contains 10mcg of Organic Selenomethionine (Selenium). One drop 2x a day. My NAC also has Selenium 25mcg per capsule. Then My colloidal minerals contain selenium too. Always make sure you take natural organic quality products and seek a health care professionals advice on dosage.

Here are some links to articles on Selenium, Glutathone, Vit E & CF:

So there you have it Selenium our CF Super Supp, I hope you learn more (that's important!) about it and chose to start supplementing for your CF. I can tell you that I am very glad I did!! I reiterate I do understand that Dr Wallach using the phrase "cure" is offencive to some in the CF community, but please look past that: the objective fact is Selenium helps CF!
Take Care xo


  1. I'm terribly nervous to read all this but I absolutely will save it and read this evening when all the kids are sleeping (!). I have an 18 year old son with CF (DDF508)and a 1 year old daughter (5 more in between).

    Thank you very much.

    1. Thank you for your feedback Allison. I totally understand how you feel, I was the same when I first came accross this information, but eventually I was very happy to know there is someting out there that will help naturally support the underlying defect of CF. It is confronting, however I hope you will feel optimistic about it after learning more about it. It's never to late & never give up!!
      Kind regards,

  2. "Two cases of selenium ingestion in children are described; one child with severe cystic fibrosis died. Both children had cystic fibrosis and both had low serum chloride in association with selenium usage. Neither child was exposed to excessive heat or cold weather, factors known to salt-deplete children were cystic fibrosis, although one child was dehydrated during a summer month on initial presentation. One child had protein-calorie malnutrition, a condition known to enhance selenium toxicity in animals. We conclude that selenium is a potential hazard in its use as a health food fad for children with cystic fibrosis and in overdose ingestions. Thus selenium supplementation may have contributed to the morbidity and mortality reported here."


    Be careful with what you recommend...

    1. I find your comment to be offensive. She is not recommending that you try selenium, she is simply telling people what she has done and what works for her. If you are an adult reading this page it is up to you to do the research and discern whether or not you would like to try it.

    2. Firstly, the inference by the writer was simply to do research and come to your own conclusions. You are implying that she was saying to do this. She was only advocating looking at additional information. There is NEVER anything wrong with broadening knowledge.

      Secondly, you suggest a problem with her suggestion from the point of view of a scarcely related abstract. You cannot reliably infer anything from an abstract, especially not such an ambiguous abstract. Or did you simply not read the part (you quoted) where it said specifically "MAY have contributed" (as opposed to "DID" contribute), while the abstract additionally failed to directly address WHAT killed them (no definitive statement on causation is listed in the abstract). Meanwhile both children had listed predisposing factors.

      Thirdly, this is TWO people. TWO. If we were to say that the results of TWO people having a negative reaction or dying from something is an indictment against something in its entirity, then we would have to admit as a country that we cannot do vaccinations anymore, because there are numerous CONFIRMED cases (court and autopsy confirmed) where a vaccine directly caused death (encephalopathy - intracranial edema). And yet we continue to vaccinate globally. Why? Because one or two cases of "MAY HAVE" does not stop anything, especially if there is a supposed greater good. This is a micocosm example, as virtually every single drug can have the same thing applied to it. Take too much tylenol, and you die. Do we tell people not to take tylenol? No. This was an apparent overdose case of selenium according to extract and the nature of the journal it is published in. The comparison I'm making here is direct and just. By your position, we should no longer tell people to take tylenol because two people have died from its overdose (when, in reality, thousands have died by tylenol overdose, its probably the most commonly overdosed medication, both intentionally and unintentionally, that leads to liver failure and death in the United States). This case is an apparent overdose of selenium, and your position is that we should not recommend people even read about it, because of an abstract about two people that died and it MAY have been related to an overdose of selenium. Your position is very foolhardy and ill-thought.

      Lastly, take note of the abstracts source. The abstract referenced was from the journal of clinical toxicology. They had nothing to do with whether selenium worked, reversed, treated or cured CF. They are strictly a toxicology journal looking into overdoses and toxicity of medications and their pathological effects. You are trying to debunk someone pointing at a potential cure or effective treatment by referencing an ambiguous abstract dealing with a potential overdose which may have had nothing to do with the deaths published in a journal which does not by its very nature investigate the legitimacy of medical treatments.

      How about you think through what you are posting next time.