From 3 hour to 2.4 hour intervals…


Today I’m completing my first round at 10 doses per day . My first four rounds were 8 doses per day which is the equivalent of every 3 hours. I made a new and much better pill container shown above.   Ten Dixie cups are glued with hot melt glue onto the wood. Then another Dixie cup is placed inside.  That way, you can lift the cup out, fold it up and take it with you when you go out, or go to bed.

For this round, I held the DMSA and ALA constant at 50 mg but increased the frequency from 3 hours to 2 hours and 24 minutes based on many comments in the forum  from people who do better with greater frequency than with higher dosages. I was concerned that I would react very badly to the greater sleep interruption,  but decided to take a chance.

So what happened? Well, I had a very hard day on Monday,  I started at 8:30 in the morning and probably by 1 o’clock in the afternoon I was feeling very fatigued and had a persistent headache which lasted until bedtime.  I became worried that I was having a reaction to the high-dose iodine I started and was beating myself up for trying too many things all at once which I know from past experience I should never do.

Logically, I decided that this felt so similar to my very first day of chelation (round one,  day one) that I should not worry and just continue everything.  That’s what I did and I woke up feeling fine in the morning after my three night doses. Can’t say I enjoy waking up every two hours and 24 minutes, but I functioned well enough during the day. So, all’s well.  My body adapts quickly to increasing intensity of chelation and I’m considering doing 12 doses next week.

 Round 5 (2.5 days) – 50 mg DMSA, 50 mg ALA every 2 hour 24 minutes, total chelation days to date: 13.5

  • Monday, April 15: headache in afternoon. Three days ago I started taking potassium iodide at about 15 mg.
  • Tuesday, April 16: started selenium and increased magnesium and vitamin E, mild headache after dinner. All things considered fatigue is not so bad.
  • Wednesday, April 17: switched to Iodoral. Wiped out with fatigue, feeling fragile and moody.
  • Thursday, April 18 (off): very tired but relaxed, omega-3 insomnia
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