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I occasionally receive emails from readers and customers who ask whether I take organic sulfur myself and if I have personally experienced any successful applications with regard to my health. This post describes a recent case study.

Located in Marin County, California, the picturesque Dipsea Trail serves as the focal point of two running events — the Dipsea and the bidirectional Double Dipsea — that take place each year during consecutive weekends in June. As a licensed ham radio operator who provides emergency communication during public service events, I was assigned to be one of two radio-equipped hikers who tracked Dipsea runners as they made their way from downtown Mill Valley to the finish line in Stinson Beach — a distance that covers 7.5 miles over hilly terrain.

Dipsea Trail Sign

When I travel, I carry a ziplock bag containing organic sulfur crystals and a plastic spoon. I took a teaspoon of organic sulfur at the start of my hike. By the midpoint of the race, I trailed all of the runners, including many preteens who eventually finished. Eventually, I stopped hiking a few miles before reaching the finish line. Did I fail in achieving my objective? To answer that question, I will first present a brief summary of my hiking adventure.

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Dipsea Trail Profile
• What I experienced starting around the midway point was physical fatigue and soreness in my calf and thigh muscles. Climbing over some rocks, I accidentally tripped and fell on my back, but was able to continue hiking.
• While I did not have a problem hiking downhill or over level ground, I experienced difficulty with the long uphill climb to the summit known as Cardiac Hill where a couple of ham radio operators were stationed and waiting for my late arrival and which I was finally able to reach after a few hours.
• What put me at a clear disadvantage from the runners was that I had not spent enough time at the outset stretching my muscles and was transporting much more ‘stuff’ than they were — from the handheld ham radio that I carried in my fanny pack to the food, clothing, and water bottles that I had brought in my backpack.
• As luck would have it, my arrival at the Cardiac summit coincided with the pending departure of the emergency vehicle driven by a fellow radio operator (who also happened to be a personal friend of mine) who was getting ready to transport an injured runner to the finish line at Stinson Beach.

Conclusion

There are times when it is far more valuable and instructive to experience what is nominally called a failure rather than a success. While taking organic sulfur was insufficient in providing the necessary strength and stamina to complete the Dipsea course, that doesn’t mean that it did not benefit me in some way.

Dipsea Trail to Cardiac Hill

I had only hiked a very short portion of the trail before, so I didn’t have the experience of what it was like to hike the entire distance, especially the uphill segment that ran from the Muir Woods parking lot to Cardiac. Several runners had to drop out of the race due to dehydration, while I stayed hydrated by drinking from the two quart-sized water bottles that I carried in my backpack.

In retrospect, the muscle cramps that I experienced were undoubtedly caused by a severe depletion of electrolytes — important minerals such as sodium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, and potassium — that I was rapidly losing and not replenishing in a proper manner. Ironically, I carried but did not consume two food items (salted almonds and a peanut butter sandwich) that would have helped to offset some of the losses in electrolytes.

I was concerned about the lack of rest room facilities along the trail, and that eating salty foods would give me the urge to urinate excessively. As it turned out, I didn’t have to urinate at all between the time I left the starting block in Mill Valley until my belated arrival at Stinson Beach.

While I am recuperating from the soreness that lingers in my back and legs, I am able to walk and complete the functions that I normally do on a daily basis.

Obviously, the next time I attempt to complete this particular hike that I need to do a much better job of stretching. While I considered taking a walking stick to assist me on the hike, I chose not to bring it because of all the other items that I was transporting. Unless the reader of this article is physically fit and capable of completing a roundtrip hike along the Dipsea Trail, I recommend that such a venture be supported by a friend or family member who is willing to serve as chauffeur who awaits for the hiking party to arrive at the Stinson Beach parking lot.

Dipsea Race media coverage

Teenage girl, 5 others hospitalized during Marin’s punishing Dipsea trail race
By Peter Fimrite | SFgate.com
June 10, 2018

A 16-year-old Petaluma girl who passed out and had to be taken to a hospital by helicopter during Marin County’s famed Dipsea trail race was one of six people hospitalized Sunday during the punishing 7.5-mile footrace.

The girl, whose name was not released, was initially listed in critical condition after she collapsed and remained unresponsive near the finish line at Stinson Beach, said Dave Albee, the spokesman for the race.

She was taken by a California Highway Patrol H-30 helicopter to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where she was stabilized and released late Sunday afternoon, Albee said. The other five runners also recovered, he said.

*** UPDATED JUNE 13, 2018 ***

Aside from feeling just a slight twinge in my lower back when I bend over to pick something off the floor, I have pretty much healed from the hike that I engaged in three days ago. Yesterday I experienced no pain or difficulty walking a few blocks to the nearby shopping center to pick up my mail and buy groceries. I believe that taking organic sulfur on a daily basis was a factor in my fast recovery.

Strenuous exercise requires more than drinking water and organic sulfur
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