UK reader writes: I have been attempting to take organic sulfur daily starting with a tiny 0.5 ml scoop. I experience a burst of energy early in the day, followed by anger, tearfulness, and herxheimer symptoms later on in the same day and the days afterwards. My urine also turns clear and colorless. And I feel very bloated of water after taking sulfur.
I am a 33-year-old, 200 lb male, about 5 foot 8 inches tall. My daily water intake on days when I do NOT take sulfur is at least 4.5 litres (152 US Oz). On days when I do take sulfur, it is at least 5.5 litres (185.9 US Oz) and sometimes as high as 6.5 litres (219.7 US Oz). I am using the Akai water filtration system. The pH of the water is between 8-9. Could my water intake be higher than what is recommended?
I have experimented with varying dosages and shall describe some of my experiences below:
Days 1 and 2: 1 tsp in morning.
Day 3: 1 tsp both morning AND afternoon.
Day 4: 1 tsp in morning AND 1 TABLESPOON mid morning-afternoon. No unbearable reactions and no obvious bloating at the end of day 4.
Day 5: 1 tsp in morning. Afterward, felt severely bloated, experienced headaches, and spent most of the day in bed.
My adverse sulfur reactions have caused me to be very concerned about the dosage. So, I took several weeks off and reduced my dosage to 1 tsp in the morning only, and monitored how I was. While I still felt severe bloating and anger, at least I didn’t experience any headaches.
Detox reactions like anger, tearfulness and so on I am prepared for. But it is the bloating and associated feeling of not being able to take in more water or sulfur that is a concern (and possibly making the detox worse because I feel I cannot ingest more sulfur or water when I am bloated).
The bloating reaction feels as though something has been mobilised and needs to get out of my body but my organs just cannot process it fast enough or at the rate required. Of course, whether that is actually what is going on, I could not say but that is what it feels like.
Do you have any suggestions on how I can tolerate taking more sulfur on a daily basis in larger doses than I have been? Many thanks in advance!
PS. My mother has a mouth almost full of mercury-containing dental amalgam fillings and had this during my conception and birth. I, too, have mercury amalgams and show symptoms of mercury toxicity, such as timidity, shyness, and blushing.
Weighing 200 lbs, you fit the profile of an individual whose body weight and type require more than the standard dosage of organic sulfur, which is 1 teaspoon twice a day. Reviewing your feedback, I noted that you did not have an adverse reaction when one of the doses that you took on day 4 amounted to 1 tablespoon of sulfur.
On page 151 of his groundbreaking book, Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj stated that the minimum amount of water we should all drink daily is 6-8 glasses.
If we assume that an average-sized glass holds 8 ounces, then we’re talking about drinking at least 48-64 ounces per day. When you were starting to take sulfur, you were consuming around three times the suggested amount of water. Based on how your body reacted, it seems reasonable to conclude that the bloating you have been experiencing is not due to the sulfur, but rather because you have been trying to take in an excessive amount of water that could almost be called a flood.
Follow a level of consistency when taking sulfur and watch your biology respond. When you vary the amount of sulfur that you consume on a daily basis, doing so can cause the type of reaction that you describe, which is not a true Herx. Two teaspoons (8 grams) of sulfur twice a day – double the standard dosage – is what your weight level calls for. While I’m not licensed to practice medicine and can’t offer professional medical advice, my sense is that your adverse reactions should begin to dissipate when you increase your sulfur dosage to the level appropriate for your weight (two teaspoons twice a day) and reduce your daily water intake to around 96-100 ounces.
Finally, I am not familiar with the Akai filtering system and don’t have the knowledge or background to comment on its pH levels or suitability when it’s included in an organic sulfur regimen. On the other hand, I do know that sulfur should not be dissolved in water obtained from the cold tap of your kitchen faucet, as that water source normally contains chlorine, which blocks the uptake of sulfur. On the other hand, it’s perfectly fine to dissolve sulfur in water obtained from the hot faucet, as that water source isn’t chlorinated.
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