Georgia Hunter said...
That just sounds protozoal to me with both mitochondrial and Kreb Cycle issues. The most common issue for people like that is substrate deficiency. Their pathways don't function properly because there is a missing component in the formula or for some, that component is there but it can't get where it needs to go. I used to be the same. I know we're all different, but there is a combination of something that will get you better. The hard part I would assume is finding the delicate balance between detox ability and pathogen removal. The substrate levels drop to decrease oxidative stress caused by the pathogens (and what we eat.) When you supplement or increase substrate levels, your immune function comes back online and starts killing pathogens which causes issues because of limited detox abilities. Your detox abilities are down regulated through epigenetic shifts (which decreases oxidative stress.) I know you already know this but it may help someone else.
Thanks for laying that out, my good man. I have a high-level understanding, but certainly don't understand all the details that you do.
Is testing for pathogens necessary or even reliable? If so, I'd welcome any suggestions you may have on the topic. From what I've read, stool testing can be problematic. I'd also ask the same about
nutrient testing. Having been through the mill with a lot of conventional and alternative doctors, there seems to be more believing than knowing, with regard to testing and supplementing. Especially alternative practitioners. I don't think it's nefarious, I just think they make some (often well-sounding) assumptions, in an effort to help patients.
One thing I'm trying to do better with is my diet. I sorta let it slide a bit, because there were no observable changes in my health, no matter what I ate. I mean, I still didn't consume fast food, sodas, candy, alcohol, etc. But, I started eating more red meat (local, grass-fed/-finished), more starches, more nuts, more dried fruit, and less vegetables and less fresh fruit. But, we both know that less meat and more non-starchy vegetables and more fresh fruit (berries) is better. So, I'm hoping that increasing my intake of whole plant foods will help matters, even if their effects aren't necessarily noticeable. "Absence of proof is not proof of absence." I'm cutting back a bit on the fat, too.
I've also read that eating eggs may not be a good idea, if one is dealing with viruses. Though my IgM antibodies were normal, I've had really high IgG antibodies for a few viruses -- like 8-16 times the "High" range. I've heard Dr. Horowitz and another doctor (who's name I can't recall) suggest that if IgG values are 2-3 times the "High" value, that could signal a reactivation -- even if IgM is normal. I've generally had low WBC, too. Still "In-Range," according to the reference range, but certainly at the low end of "Normal." High IgG (but, normal IgM) for Mycoplasma Pneumoniae and Chlamydia Pneumoniae, too, the last few times I've checked. But, I've not had any recent testing.
I just feel like, in many cases, testing is a wild goose chase. As for supplementing, aside from a Proteolytic Enzyme, Melatonin, an Herbal Sleep Product, and Low-Dose Naltrexone, I stopped all supplements a while ago. My hope was to try and get what I need through diet. I haven't done any juicing or blending in a while, either. I sorta gave-up on things. Maybe it's time to revisit employing some strategic juicing and/or blending or vegetables.