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Re: D (not L) Phenylalanine to augment ADs? mogger

Posted by bleauberry on July 28, 2018, at 9:32:14

In reply to Re: D (not L) Phenylalanine to augment ADs? bleauberry, posted by mogger on July 26, 2018, at 15:14:40

I'm a fan of the supplements that cover a wide range of mechanisms, symptoms, syndromes, diseases, whatever. I think the shotgun approach works better than the precision approach simply because our wisdom and science on everything is so much in its infancy we just don't have the precise knowledge we need to be able to do that. Shotgun covers everything we don't know, everything we can't explain.

For example the adaptogens. The top ones would be Eleuthero, Ashwaganda, Rhodiola, Cordyceps. There are maybe a dozen or so good ones. It's just a matter of experimentation individually at first, and then combinations after getting familiar with how they feel. My regimen includes daily rhodiola, cordyceps, and ashwaganda. Eleuthero has always rubbed me the wrong way - and that's what I mean about experimentation. Books will tell you how great Eleuthero is. And it is. But for whatever reason my body disagrees.

The others took a while to get on. They tend to shake things up at first and I was sensitive. So I started at tiny doses with no time frame in mind and gently worked up as each new dose became invisible.

I also like the antimicrobials and the anti-inflammatories which are often the same herbs.

Antii-toxicity supplements are good because I think most peoples' symptoms come from the toxicity of their disease, not from the disease itself. For example in Lyme you've got spiral shaped bacteria drilling holes in tissue. While that sounds nasty, I think the symptoms primarily come from the toxins of that destruction, the stray protein fragments and the immune reaction to them, not from the actual holes.

To help with toxicity I take N-Acetyl-Cystein. I should also be on Alpha Lipoic Acid but I'm not. Liposomal glutathione is great but very expensive. NAC helps the body make more glutathione, which cleans out toxins.

I think gluten free, non-genetically-modified, and full spectrum digestive enzymes are worthy of 2 week trials - separately - to see if they impact symptoms at all. They probably do, more than suspected, with most people, I think.

And of course the basics such as a professional multi vitamin that has the good cofactors in it - such as the methyls and picolinates and p5ps and such. I'm a fan of Vitamin D for a lot of diseases and symptoms regardless of sunshine. I'm a fan of medium to high dose vitamin C.

I also like targeted herbs for specific reasons. For example I take Hawthorn and Co-Q10 for heart support. Milk thistle for liver support. Vinpocetine for memory and brain fog. Arginine and pine bark extract for sex. Fish oil for general purpose.

And I'm always trying something new or dropping something that has served a purpose but seems done. For example I am weaning off the particular lyme protocol of herbs I've been on for a long time and weaning on to a whole new protocol of herbs.

Most of the herbs and supplements I've mentioned have multiple mechanisms and purpose. Many of them cross-over into being anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, pro-immune, and anti-toxicity, all in one.

Currently adding Walmart Spring Valley brand of St Johns Wort. It has 2% hypforin, better than most generic brands. Been on 150mg for 2 weeks, increased to 300mg a couple days ago, goal is eventually 900mg in a few months. No hurry. I'm taking it mainly because it is one of those herbs that covers very wide spectrum - anti fungal, antiviral, antibiotic, anti-inflammation, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, anti-depression, anti-anhedonia, anti-ADHD, anti-cancer, and scientific studies are showing it to be helpful in preventing or improving symptoms of dementia and Alzheimers. All of these things are wonderful for lymies like me. I'm sensitive though so it takes a while.

I think overall the main thing I would say is that the orchestra approach works way better than the solo approach. If I need help with sleep or anxiety, just one example, lemon balm helps with that, Passion flower helps, American skullcap helps, valerian helps, but any combination of 2 or 3 of them works way better than any of them on their own.

> Thank you everyone for your thoughts. I am worried it will cause anxiety as dopamine and norepinephrine dont do well with my ocd. I liked the endorphin attribute that the D-Phenylalanine seems to have. Bleauberry what supplements if any do you think go well with pharmaceuticals? I remember you being a fan of rhodiola. Are you still a fan? Many thanks,
> Mogger




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