Q. Is the Deanna Protocol pure and natural?
The Deanna Protocol is a mix of nutrients naturally found in the body (Arginine, Alpha-ketogluterate, and gamma-Aminobutyric acid) in a proprietary ratio that studies have proven most effective. The Deanna Protocol product that we sell also contains all natural flavoring that has been taste and sensitivity tested by Deanna and others, to ensure that the flavoring is easy on the stomach and the tastebuds! The Deanna Protocol is also pure. There are no fillers, excipients or other substances in the Protocol that we sell other than the active ingredients and the flavoring. The flavoring is added in addition to the Protocol, so it does not compromise the purity of the product. For example, a one scoop measurement of the Protocol is measured based on the amount of active ingredient you get in that scoop. Any flavoring present in that scoop is not included in the dose measurements.
Q. Do you sell the Deanna Protocol without flavoring?
No, not at this time. The flavoring of this combination of active ingredients is extremely bitter and very strong. Most people do not want to have to taste that strong bitter taste multiple times a day every day. The flavor fixes that problem and we have not had many requests to manufacture without flavor, so that isn’t a priority at this time.
Q. What quality control standards do you use in manufacturing?
Our products are made in a facility that abides by the FDA’s CGMP (Current Good Manufacturing Process) standards. The facility where we manufacture also tests all raw ingredients for purity, the presence of bacteria and viruses, heavy metals and any other substances that should not be present in the raw materials. After manufacturing, the facility also tests the finished products again to make sure they meet the same standards as the raw products. They test every batch and provide us with certificates of analysis for every batch tested. Additionally, the manufacturing facility washes equipment down after every batch, using food grade cleaners on the equipment. Then, the equipment is washed down again with water to remove the cleaners from the equipment. The manufacturing and storage facilities are also temperature and humidity controlled to ensure that the active ingredients retain their shelf life. We also manufacture in small batches, to avoid having to keep inventory on the shelves (which wears out shelf life).
Q. What research exists to prove the Deanna Protocol’s effectiveness?
See our research page
Q. What are the risks of taking the Deanna Protocol?
The substances in the Deanna Protocol are naturally found in the body. They are not pharmaceutical drugs, like Riluzole/Rilutek, and are not foreign chemicals being introduced into the body. Taking them at the published doses should not be harmful, provided that you do not have any other medical issues that would make you sensitive to any of the substances or a combination of them and provided that there are no contraindications with substances or drugs you are already consuming. You should check with your doctor to ensure that following Protocol is safe for you, specifically.
Q. Will my neurologist approve of me taking the Deanna Protocol?
Most are neutral toward the Protocol
Neurologists who have heard of the Protocol usually will not object to their patients following it, but they will not officially recommend it either. Why? Physicians expose themselves to legal liability if they recommend ALS treatments, therapies, or plans that are not already widely known and accepted in the medical community and have not undergone formal organized human clinical trials. Therefore, officially recommending the Protocol could put him/her at risk for lawsuits. Regardless of doctors’ inability to recommend the Protocol, most doctors do not object to patients following it if their patients choose to.
Many neurologists have not heard of the Deanna Protocol yet. If your neurologist has not heard of it, one reason is because it is relatively new. Another reason your doctor may not know about the Protocol is because it is a group of supplements, not a pharmaceutical drug. Supplements receive much less attention from the medical community than pharmaceutical drugs do. One could argue that supplements receive almost no attention at all. Therefore, even some of the most renowned neurologists in the country may not have heard of the Protocol.