I’ve always known that most of my problems with CAP are down to the fact that my body is not good at detoxing. Well, that’s a bit of an understatement really – truth is, my body doesn’t seem to know how. I have lots of long-standing B12 and methylation issues, and so have been taking all the various methylation supplements (in accordance with my Yasko Methylation Panel results) for over three years. I take methylcobalamin, hydroxocobalamin, adenosylcobalamin, Methylfolate (5-Methyltetrahydrofolic Acid), SAMe, lithium orotate – and a bucket load of other stuff too. All this has definitely helped - but not enough to get me through pulsing. Herx and die-off still overwhelmed my body completely and was taking many months to resolve each time.So I stopped abx briefly around last November and did loads more research on detoxing strategies. Detoxing has become a bit of a full time job, but all of this is now enabling me to make a bit more progress with pulsing. I’ve always felt that a bath with Epsom salts has helped me detox better than most other things. So this has now become a daily thing – 20-30 minutes soak, using Epsom salts, Himalayan sea salt and bicarbonate of soda. (It’s important to build up to this gradually, and shower afterwards). I’m one of those whose body temperature has always been low – so I love things which warm me. And yes, as per other recent threads, my experience is that hotter and longer definitely causes more die-off, as well as the detox effects. I’ve started to add lavender oil, and hope to add more oils in the future.Before bathing or showering - dry body brushing. I wasn’t convinced about this one, but it definitely works. It only takes a few minutes, using a natural bristle brush, and brushing in straight lines towards the heart. It must be done on dry skin, not wet. As well as clearing pores, it stimulates the lymphatic system. I’ve now added oil pulling to the list as well. Again, I wasn’t convinced about this – but it’s amazing! Raw virgin coconut oil – held in mouth without swallowing for about 20 minutes. Then dispose, not down sink, and don’t swallow. Rinse mouth with warm water afterwards. I suppose I’d always assumed it was only for thrush/candida. Not so, it seems. I’ve found that it really does clear a befuddled brain and make me feel brighter. And, as an added benefit, it very effectively cleans teeth – so I’m hoping it will help prevent the brown stuff that’s tended to build up in the past.Other strategies I’m using:Diatomaceous Earth – a glass of muddy water first thing each morning,drinking lots of water with lemon juice,burbur, pinella and parsley detox herbs (Cowden/Nutramedix – 10 drops of each in water) – usually twice a day, but loads more for bad herx – helps me loads,Alka Selzer Gold – (US version, not sold in UK) – helps brilliantly for bad herx,Chlorella – I’m still not sure how much this help but keep taking it anyway.I’ve always felt that raising glutathione levels is the key to all things, in relation to methylation and detoxification. Although most research suggests that the best way to do this is to take precursors to glutathione, rather than supplementing, that didn’t seem to be working for me, no matter how many glutathione precursors I added. So, after more research, I decided to try supplementing liposomal glutathione. It’s very expensive stuff, but I’ll try anything which might help – and this definitely seems to be helping me. It’s enabled me to build up to a couple of days of pulsing metronidazole, which I couldn’t do before. So I’m happy!I’ve also found that my diet has gradually been evolving. The immense need for carbs (caused by porphyria) has been diminishing. So carb consumption has gone down and I’m trying to eliminate sugar as well. I put on a lot of weight in the first year of CAP, and that is now gradually disappearing again, as if by magic. Another of those glimmers, perhaps?And this morning I enjoyed the glorious experience of the solar eclipse – whilst standing barefoot on the dew covered lawn. It was a powerful moment and full of hope.