and someplace susan little writes about what happens if a cat doesn't get
enough arginine--it dies, if i recall the bottom line, and there was some
question about whether giving lysine interrupted the absorption of arginine
(but as cats die without the former, it was decided that clearly it
didn't.....)

thanks, gloria--i'll add this to my list of references, because altho i've
seen the arginine mentioned before, it was only that once, and i've never
seen this explanation before!

see, together, we're a formidable resource!

MC

On Sat, Aug 2, 2008 at 11:23 PM, Gloria Lane <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> Lysine counters the Arginine that Herpes needs to replicate -
>
> ...from veterinarypartner.com...
>
>        • Oral Lysine
> Herpes viruses as a group are highly dependent on the presence of an
> amino acid called arginine. Without arginine, Herpes cannot reproduce.
> The amino acid lysine is taken up by the virus in favor of arginine.
> We can take advantage of this situation by saturating the virus with
> lysine and thus suppressing the virus' ability to replicate. Lysine is
> readily available in most health food stores as a tablet or capsule.
> One should be sure that the formula used is free of the preservative
> propylene glycol as cats can have blood reactions against this
> compound. A month or so of supplementation is required in order to
> determine if supplementation has been helpful.
>
> Gloria
>
>
>
>
> On Aug 2, 2008, at 6:11 PM, Sally Davis wrote:
>
> > Hi Wendy
> >
> > Since the feline herpes virus is fairly common in cats then I
> > believe the
> > addition of L lysine would be of benefit to cats with FELV
> > especially if
> > they are exhibiting cold-like symptoms. Semantics aside as to
> > whether it
> > boost the immune system or has some other mode of action, giving a
> > cat that
> > does not have the herpes virus L lysine will not do it any harm. I
> > gave
> > Junior lysine due to symptoms that would have indicated he had the
> > herpes
> > virus as well as FELV. Anything to help him fight off the secondary
> > infections. I think you have a point about it's usefulness whether
> > you are
> > able to articulate as well as MC. I do not feel that this was meant
> > to be
> > inaccurate information. It certainly is not harmful information IMO.
> >
> > I also used Transfer Factor in Junior. It was not cheap and I am
> > uncertain
> > how much it helped. I was no longer able to afford the good stuff
> > and I
> > think his health slid a bit when I switched to a cheaper brand. If
> > you are
> > going to use Transfer factor be sure you get the 4Life formula. It has
> > changed formulation but is it the plus form.
> >
> > Mary Christine you are a wonderful source of information and so
> > passionate.
> > Everyone here has been so kind to me and helped me keep Junior going
> > far
> > longer than the vet would have given him. They advised euthanizing.
> > He lived
> > another year and a half. Most of it good, Some not so good. It got
> > real bad
> > very quick and the decision then was easy. I stay in the group in
> > case I can
> > help. I know I would certainly do things a bit different now. I hope
> > I am
> > not put to the test again.
> >
> > Sally
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