Twelve pills for Christmas…

This Christmas I sent a care package of various supplements to a CFS friend that is on SSI and having been having increasing problems. He is interested in my gut-bacteria model of CFS as well as needing neurological improvement.

Before sending the pills, I told him that he must run them past his medical professional before starting. There are always drug interactions etc. that are risks…

Often medical professional have no idea of what sequence to add various pills in. I tend to keep to the “no more than one new item every day (or even three days)” philosophy.  To assist his medical professional, I put together the sequence that seems to make the most sense (and why) below. It may be of interest to other readers’ discussions with their medical professionals. The goal is to have high risk of herx items later in the list and items likely to reduce inflammation (degree of herx) earlier in the list.

Day Supplement Why
1 Prepare water using chlorine water purification tablets. (i.e.NaDCC) It will reduce several over growths. Some CFS patients have found it effective to reduce symptoms
2 Boswellia Reduce inflammation, improves blood flow, protects brain
3 Piracetam Improves blood flow, protects brain
4 Olive Leaf Extract Protects brain, will impact some gut bacteria
5 Licorice (in milk) Anti-inflammatory, alters gut bacteria
6 Aswanganda Anti-inflammatory, protects brain, reduces some gut bacteria
7 Magnesium Malate Encourage growth of some low bacteria, reduce inflammation
8 EDTA Breaks down biofilms
9 NAC Breaks down biofilms
10 Tulsi Effective against one of the overgrowth bacteria
11 Neem Effective against another of the overgrowth bacteria
12 Grape Seed Extract Reduce coagulation

I expect him to have a good headache and other signs of herx as he goes through the list (after approval by medical professional). When that happens, it is often best to stop adding more stuff until the herx ebbs.