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