Monday, 12 May 2014

5 WEEKS | 2,000 views | The other supplements

Im sorry to say I have been a bit preoccupied this last week so was unable to do my mid-week post on how the other supplements are going. I will get to that shortly but first...


Skin update...

Due to a bit of increased stress lately I'm fairly sure that I had my first dip/mini flare/increase in itchiness thing over the weekend. My face has been slightly redder, patchier and flakier over the last 3/4 days, the skin on my arms seemed to get thinner and I scratched up my arms a wee bit (which are actually healing up nicely today), rubbed some skin patches off my hands, jawline and chin, had quite a bit of oozy stuff from where I'd scratched and rubbed. I also had my first experience with the dreaded zingers also known as nerve pain.

I do get quite a lot of tingly sensations everywhere but I had never had the nerve pain before. It was Saturday night just after I'd given my arms a big scratch and jumped into bed to stop myself doing any more damage... was just lying there and ZAP!! Felt as though some one had just given me a strong pinch with some tweezers right in the sensitive part of my inner arm... It kept randomly zapping for about another 30 mins and then I must of fallen asleep.

I haven't had anymore zingers or ooze since then and my arms are healing nicely today so I think I can safely say my skin is holding steady again for the moment.

Pictures for today...

So much better today! Amazing how the skin heals so quickly sometimes!
Annoyed I didn't get pics of when I'd just done it though. 

Look at those lovely old lady hands.

Left and Right 

How attractive are those puffy cheeks!!!

Looking at these pics I know Im no where near as bad as I could be at the moment and Im so thankful for that.... can't wait to stop shedding like a mofo though.



WOAH is all I can say haha!! I'm honoured that anyone would even want to read my ramblings!!

When I first started this blog it was mainly going to be a way for me to keep track of my progress and write down exactly what it is that I'm going through and experiencing so my family and friends can have an insight into the inner workings of my brain haha.

I really hope that I have provided some useful information or even just some interesting reading :)


Ok now on to the supplements...

Brand I’m taking - Solgar, NAC, 600 mg, 120 Veggie Caps
  • NAC (N-acetylcysteine) helps to elevate glutathione.

Brand I'm taking - Source Naturals, MSM Powder, 35 oz (1000 g)
  • MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)

Brand I'm taking - Now Foods, TMG, 1,000 mg, 100 Tablets
  • TMG (trimethylglycine)

Brand I'm taking - Jarrow Formulas, Glutathione Reduced , 500 mg, 60 Capsules

Oh my gosh there is so much opposing information about this on the internet!
For example...
  • About 80 percent of all oral glutathione is absorbed intact, and that the blood levels remain elevated for about three hours.
and then...
  • Oral glutathione, L-Glutathione, and reduced glutathione are all the same thing. They are all glutathione pills. All are ineffective in raising glutathione levels.
OH MY GOSH it's soooo confusing!! Being not a medical or scientific person this supplement is one bloody hard supp to get my head around.

Lesson #99: Research supplements before you buy them!! I am just going to come to the conclusion that this form of glutathione is no where near as effective as the IV injections and that there is probably no need for me to be taking these.

Day 1 - now (Day 7 of the Active B's)
  • NAC - Started with recommended dosage 1 capsule - 600mg
  • MSM - Started with 5grams (1 teaspoon) once a day in water
  • TMG - Started with recommended dosage 1 capsule - 1000mg
  • Glutathione - Started with recommended dosage 1capsule - 500mg

One of the main reasons that it has taken me so long to write about the rest of my supps is that I thought I may have possibly been over-methylating... 

I had been on the rest of the supplements for just under a week or so and I went into town with mum and ended up having a pretty big panic attack and ended up having to go back and wait in the car. Now Im not to sure if this panic attack was the result of over-methylation or just due to the fact that I hadn't had much other human contact in the previous few weeks, I was aware that I wasn't looking to normal, it was school holidays and town was packed. 

So since then I have had a couple of other panic attacks... nothing crazy and they wear off in a couple of minutes, I've also noticed that I have quite intense mood swings that I have trouble controlling at the moment... I usually get REALLY bad mood swings with PMS but that only lasts a couple days. But these other mood swings are really bizarre... just kind of come up out of the blue.

So anyway, I decided to stick on those recommended dosages without raising or lowering them just to see what would happen and it seems like I'm still having the odd panic attack and the odd mood swing so I have decided that from here on out I am going to ditch the glutathione this week and see if anything happens. 

Next week I will increase the MSM to 5g twice a day as I have taken this in the past at quite high quantities and didn't see any side effects. Then after that I will see how things are going.


PS. I just remembered to mention that I ran out of my B6 about 5/6 days ago so have only been on the L-5-MTHF and the Active B12 for the last week... possible reason for the mini flare thing? So many unanswered questions...

PPS. All of my supplements I had to get off as Amazon did not ship most of the required supps to New Zealand for custom reasons. I was very impressed with their postage as they actually arrived about 4/5 days from the states after I ordered them. 


Wheuu... long post today... dinner time.


  1. Wow - amazing how fast your skin heals in the early months of TSW! Happy to hear! I too noticed the wild mood swings when I was over methylating. I cut back and they went right away! I have since learned that the supplements have to be strictly fine tuned for some people who are sensitive to the methylation process. It has taken me quite a few weeks but I think I have my dosage down pat now. Like you said - confusing! As for the glutathione. I ditched my orals after taking the IV form for a few months. I too read it was very poorly absorbed and was not worth the money spent. So much to learn still! Thanks for you blog! I am happy to see your progress!

    1. Thanks for your comment Tracy :) its been so confusing trying to figure it all out!!

      I really should get in to see a specialist about the whole thing... but with the nearest one probably a 2 hour drive and the big bill that would come afterwards, its just not possible at the moment with no car and little income. I don't feel like I'm doing myself any damage at the moment though so will just continue to play around with the dosages and hopefully I'll stumble upon the right one for me haha :)

      Love the new forum and website by the way!!