My last results were as follows:
Ca: 30, Mg: 3, Na: 85, K: 31. All other minerals were fairly balanced except selenium, which was very low.
The blood sugar and vitality were pretty good but the thyroid and adrenals were beyond awful.
I expect radical change this time around. One confession to make is that I have been cheating a bit on the sugar and caffeine restrictions but I really don't think it's hurting me all that much. My sugar tolerance has greatly improved since taking more magnesium. I abstained for a whole week before Huntington and the Thym-Adren dosage still trended down. As of now, I've been forced off it again, probably due to the magnesium supplementation. What will happen if I stop taking the Mag for a few days? I will probably have to go back to the Thym-Adren but not at mega doses.
At any rate, the hair sample has been cut and sent to the lab and the results should come within 2-3 weeks. Any predictions? I will first go over some negative possibilities, which if true, spell the end of me as a serious runner:
1. The biggest fear as always is adrenal fatigue. That's unlikely. When I was at my low point in 2006, I didn't have any good days. As badly as I have struggled, in this month alone, I have done a sub-20 5K as well as 2 long runs of 13.1 and 14 miles, both at paces south of 7:20. Very doubtful that I could do that with full blown adrenal exhaustion. I am talented but anyone who can do that with severe adrenal disease would have to be a world beater when healthy.
2. Basically the same as last time. That's also not likely. I took mega doses of Thym-Adren for almost 2 months. Whenever I have done that before, it lowered the Na and K nicely.
3. Modest improvement in key ratios with a severe deficiency in another mineral, which may not be easily corrected. That may not be a killer for me even though it does mean another 2 front war until further notice.
I want and fully expect the Na to be under 50 and the K under 15. I would not be surprised to see a Na value in the 30s and a K closer to 10. If those 2 values are below 30 and 10, it would fully explain the intolerance to Thym-Adren, which is designed to lower both and keep the ratio in line. I expect the Cal to be over 30 if not higher. Again, I could not take the Cal with the Thym-Adren. As for the Mag, I do expect it to be a little low this time. I was hoping for a 5 or at least a 4 but I stopped taking it for 6 weeks when I went back to the Thym-Adren. I would be okay with a 3 but really don't want to see another 2. Since I came off the Lithium in 2010, I have never had a Na/Mg (adrenal ratio) below 15. I think I have a good chance to be under it this time.
I want to be off the Thym-Adren and simply take the Cal/Mag for preventative maintenance. Only by doing that and having it confirmed by a good medical report will I declare myself to be in the clear. I can then FINALLY pursue my dreams.
I have to deal with this all my life. All my dreams of a book deal, working a job in my passion and the least of my concerns, running goals will all die. I may have small victories here and there but will continue to get worse as I age. Marriage will be out of the question. I will struggle with my job. As my body gets more and more out of whack as I get older, I will be vulnerable to serious diseases.