I would bet on l-lycine. I tried everything that my allopathic vet recommended to get rid of a really bad upper respiratory. I cannot remember the antibiotics she tried but nothing worked. Someone on this list recommended l-lycine and although it took several weeks, it did work. I also think that the supplements that I used worked as well. Since I was not using drugs or pharmaceuticals of any kind, I cannot imagine how MeMe recovered from many severe symptoms if the supplements were not improving or supporting her immune
system.
Jane

On Feb 9, 2009, at 12:07 PM, Gloria B. Lane wrote:

Interesting - we should look around for studies (in our spare time lol). One study does not the truth make, just becomes an invitation for another study. But that's very interesting.

Let's see - I think the Herpes virus is supposed to feed on L- Arginine, so increasing the ration of L-Lysine to L-Arginine is supposed to lessen the Herpes virus. So does seem to make sense. Seems to work for my cats.

Gloria



On Feb 9, 2009, at 10:32 AM, patricia.a.elk...@gsk.com wrote:

My vet opthamologist here in Philly, Dr. Glickstein, told me that he was
aware of only one
controlled study on the effects of L-lysine on herpes. He said that the
study showed that
L-lysine did keep cats from getting their first herpes infection but that
it had absolutely no
effect on subsequent infections or outbreaks. Apparently these are not
the same results
that are seen in human trials where it is belived to be effective on
continuing outbreaks.

I know that many many people believe that they have seen results with its
use in cats however
in ammeliorating a herpes outbreak.


L-lysine is not a general immune booster, it is primarily effective
against
herpes virus (which sometimes causes URI like symptoms and runny eyes) by suppressing the L-arginine that herpes virus needs in order to replicate.
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