I just finished my 8th Pulse a few days ago (Monday, Sept. 23rd). I did this pulse early because I am traveling at the end of the week, and just wanted to have it done and the psychological effects of the Tinidazole out of my system.
Overall, it was a fairly easy pulse: some mild fatigue, but not enough to send me to bed (like the crashing fatigue I’ve had in past pulses). I do feel blue when I am taking Tinidazole…. Sometimes it’s a deep dive---feeling really down, but this pulse it was just one day of feeling kind of low.
I continue to take the proteolytic enzymes Nattokinase and Serrapeptase, and between the 7th and 8th pulses I added Lumbrokinase. I am hopeful these might help with fibrosis (Scleroderma).... How can I tell that they work? I can’t. I am working on the assumption that Scleroderma causes fibrosis and vasculopathy, and these enzymes might help with the breakdown of them.
I continue with all B-vitamins… high doses of Biotin (for Partial Biotinidase Deficiency), and extra Methylfolate, Methylcobalamin (B12), and also Riboflavin (B2) during the pulses. I try to be constantly mindful of all the damage that Cpn has caused in my body, and that I need to work very hard to re-build my body…. And while I firmly believe that our bodies are marvelously resilent, I also think they need help to rebuild….hence the constant inflow of all basic vitamins and minerals.
I continue with Lycopene (and Dark Chocolate) to help with gut bacteria …. At least I hope it does. Lycopene does function as an anti-inflammatory among its other benefits, and I feel this is beneficial. Of course, you can easily get lycopene from tomatoes, but since I am on a Ketogenic diet, my vegetable/fruit eating is quite limited.
Between the 7th and 8th Pulse, I introduced a senolytic (Fisetin). Why? Well, I am 56 and I want to encourage optimal apoptosis of old cells. I am hoping Fisetin will help with healing from Cpn. I Pulse Fisetin. When I finish a Cpn Pulse, I do 5-days of high-dose Fisetin (each dose preceded by Bioperin to help in absorption). This is all an experiment. It’s hard to tell if anything is helping/working. My first Fisetin pulse was quite interesting, I had a great improvement of mood + a huge surge of energy on the third day.
Scleroderma: Continued recession of excess collagen. I am really feeling like I am in the middle of a marathon as I want the progress to be quicker. Mentally, the protocol is beginning to wear on me. I remind myself constantly of where I was right before the start of the protocol: the pain, the stiffness, the hardened skin… etc. I remind myself that I have come a loooong way in just 9 months. So, I slog on.
Ankylosing Spondylitis: No pain. Every once in a while I have a quick, effervescent pang right at the base of my spine… there and gone. I have had some stiffness in hands and feet in the morning between the last two pulses….. Curious, but it is also effervescent. I can row and work in the garden…. Bending is fairly easy, and I don’t feel like I need days to recuperate.
Psoriasis (only on elbows): (my bellwether/canary-in-the-coalmine) the plaques on my elbows continue to shrink in circumference. Yea! I do have big, thick whitish scales that try to flake off, but if I encourage that with picking it is just a bloody mess. Usually, I just leave them alone. I don’t do creams/gels… they have never helped. Anyway, they ARE improving and shrinking.
That’s it. We’ve had our first good rain for many months. It really cooled things down, and all the plants are reviving. I continue to row most days, and will start walking/hiking in the mornings very soon now. Thanks for reading.