What is it? GcMAF stands for Gc protein Macrophage Activating Factor. Quite a mouthful I know. It was discovered by Dr. Yamamoto from Japan in the 1990’s. Up until recently it has been used predominately for treating HIV and pancreatic cancer with some very promising results in these areas. It is now also being applied by a number of CFS/ME specialists in various countries around the world.
Why should I inject into my body? The idea is that by taking GcMAF you will stimulate your immune system into some serious action. The injections activate the Macrophages (the Field marshals of your immune system) which then begin identifying and attacking bacteria, virus, fungi and cancer cells.
How much should I take: There are varied opinions on this but word on the grape vine is that effective treatment for CFS/ME requires between 10 to 20 injections administered over a period of 6 months. However in my experience predictions such as these are often conservative so I’d triple that number and imagine it would then be closer to the truth. A number of doctors also suggest combining GcMAF with Nexavir (another immune modulating pharmaceutical) in order to maximise its potential. Combining these two drugs will bump up the cost and needle pricks significantly but may also increase your likelihood of success.
My Experience: (26/5/11) I’m yet to try GcMAF but I’ve already conducted a genetic test to determine if I would be a responder to the treatment and it appears I could be potentially giving it a shot in the next couple of months. I’m excited, though wary as the world of CFS/ME treatments always seems to have a ‘next big thing’. Either way I’m looking forward to giving my little macrophages a loving yet firm kick up the ass. I’ll keep you posted.
(12/9/11) My Doctor is still having issues getting GcMaf into the country. I could fly overseas and purchase it directly if I wanted but don’t have this level of enthusiasm right now.
(21/11/11) My GcMAF plans are on hold for now as I investigate other more natural alternatives. However if I’m still unwell and the results for people with CFS/ME turn out to be fantastic and lasting I will most likely give it a shot.
Links: More technical explanations can be found in this forum and on this website. Early reports from around the web suggest a mixed bag of responses. Some very responding very well, others not so well and some feeling much worse. Get educated and talk to an open minded specialist if it feels right.