When I last wrote I'd had a great initial improvement, but still had a lingering sinus infection that I could feel in my head. And, while not "debilitated", I was sleeping two extra hours each night and still felt fatigued during the day. And after three days at high dose Vitamin C with my "maintenance plan" that I described, there was no improvement in this "steady state" that I seemed to have achieved.
It seemed to me that my body had adapted to, and accepted, my chronic, low grade infection, even though it kept me tired as a result. So, while my immune system may have adapted, my life was still not back to normal.
I'd recently read about how the body can be injured, but you sometimes need to "amplify" the injury in order to get the body to respond to the injury. (Perhaps some variation of the "counter-irritant" idea?)
Inflammation Blog: http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.com ... ptors.html
Apparently, some consider this to be the same reason that Acupuncture works (and, in China, the more that the acupuncture needle hurts, the more effective the treatment is considered. In contrast, in the US, Acupuncturists use the thinnest possible needle without "twisting it in".)
So, as someone who knows absolutely nothing about medicine, my new plan was to go back to low dose Vitamin C for perhaps 4 days to give the infection time to grow beyond the simple "chronic" that my body had adapted to, and then, when my body re-recognized it as something worthy of a fresh attack, go back on high dose Vitamin C, in the hopes that my body would direct the Vitamin C against the infection.
So, after about 4 days of almost no Vitamin C I could feel the infection was now getting a foothold again, and I was feeling noticeably worse (as opposed to just the usual not quite well). I had stopped taking the virastop, and I now started with 25g oral C through the day, then 10g LipoC in the evening before bed followed by some food including coconut oil & local fermented root beer.
day 4 night: 5g LipoC at about 3am
day 5: 4g LipoC in the morning, 8g LipoC lunchtime, 8g late afternoon(6pm), 4g evening
The next 7 days were similar - about 12g to 20g/day of LipoC each day
Now I'm back to my regular sleep schedule and almost back to my prior energy level (it will probably take months to slowly get over the fatigue completely.)
And since this is clearly inflammation related:
In addition I took adaptogens daily: Ginseng 1" root and eleuthero 2tsp
In addition I tried to get probiotics via fermented homemade root beer (not brewed from extract.)
root beer: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2012 ... ecipe.html
I plan to start making a lacto-fermented variation soon:http://wellnessmama.com/2261/how-to-mak ... efir-soda/
I also inconsistently took Dr.Wong's Armored Acidophilus, AscorbAde, and MSM.
In the end, I don't know if my "protocol" helped or hurt -- but I'm better. And I had been essentially disabled for three months, and wasn't sure that I would ever get better. So I want to thank you again for your blog. While it might sound like an exaggeration, I actually believe that my life was in danger before I started taking the Vitamin C.