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Raster, thanks so much for your reply. I really appreciate your help.

There is a possibility you have h. pylori, SIBO, and/or parasites and this could contribute to your woes. These problems need a different treatment. If you have a thyroid issue (people on west coast get way more radiation from fukishima than east coast) this can complicate things.

So how do I know if I have any of these? And how do I go about treating it? Should I discontinue the probiotics? I don’t live on the west coast. Like I said though, this thyroid issue new, so I wonder what’s actually causing it. I was researching a little, and I read cruciferous vegetables should be avoided. So if that’s correct, that really limits what I can eat. Does anyone have any experience with this?

I would also try out HCL and this should either increase or decrease your acid problems. Another thing that helps with acid problems is other acids such as SF722 and apple cider vinegar.

On and off throughout the protocol I’ve been drinking a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice with meals. Is apple cider vinegar more effective? I have used it in the past.

Does anyone have any input on the HCl supplement I linked to? Has anyone taken it?

I don’t understand why I’m having reflux first thing in the morning before I even eat anything. Actually, it’s constant throughout the day, and I go to sleep feeling bad. And why do things that are supposed to be naturally soothing and anti-inflammatory causing more irritation? Things like ginger, turmeric, peppermint and the herbal teas I mentioned above, as well as the probiotics? I feel like everything is affecting me. Any thoughts on this?

A great source of vitamin D is fermented cod liver oil which contains natural ratios of vitamins A and D. You need to take vitamins A and D together to get maximum absorption, the only problem is that no one knows what the healthiest ratio is. I think natural sources contain healthy ratios.

Since I don’t consume animal products, the cod liver oil isn’t an option. I purchased the vitamin D (2400 IU) in the link last week, and I’ll see how that goes. And summer’s coming, so I’ll be getting my vitamin D from the sun.

The multivitamin I linked to has 5000 IU of vitamin A, and I was taking these together. I know multivitamins aren’t recommended on the protocol, but I just find it cost prohibitive to purchase separate vitamin and mineral supplements. Is it absolutely crucial to my recovery? If so, I’ll have to consider it.

High cholesterol levels can be attributed to liver issues just by itself. If you cleanse your liver, it should improve your cholesterol levels.

I was drinking tons of tea with milk thistle and calendula, so I don’t know why my cholesterol is higher. It’s not dangerously high, I just noticed that my levels were higher than last time. I have whole milk thistle seeds and calendula flowers. Would it be more beneficial to powder them and ingest them instead of preparing a tea?

I’d consider bitters or digestive enzymes. Bitters cause the body to produce many enzymes naturally and digestive enzymes only contain a few types of enzymes.

The only thing that concerns me about taking Swedish bitters is that the one I linked to, Flora, warns about taking if you have diarrhea, loose stools or abdominal pain. It was the only one I could find that didn’t contain alcohol. Can anyone chime in on what brand they use?

Vitamin C is very important so I would take something like 1500mg at first.

Great, I’ll pick this up right away.

I have a feeling if you healed your liver you would feel a lot better. This can affect so many things in the body, its not even silly. A good naturopath can do this.

Unfortunately I don’t have money to see a naturopath or all the additional supplements, plus I’m a little leery since so many people haven’t experienced great luck with them.

If you are not eating meat, I would try to get this into your diet as well. Protein is very important on the diet and are a good source of minerals.

This isn’t an option for me, as I haven’t eaten meat and decades. I believe I’m getting enough protein, and was regularly eating spirulina but have been slacking because the taste makes me gag. But I’m going to reintroduce it. Actually, I’m going to start incorporating green smoothies into my diet, so I’ll add the spirulina to the smoothies. This is how I’ve taken it in the past.

Thanks again!