Question by Anonymous on 05/31/2011
I understand that you are knowledgeable about treating insomnia. My insomnia began about 6 months ago after I experimented with certain supplements (5-HTP, L-tryptophan, L-glutamine) in an attempt to correct a suspected neurotransmitter imbalance. Instead of helping me, these supplements seemed to cause severe excitotoxicity, imbalancing my brain further. Ever since I have been suffering from serious neurodegenerative symptoms as well as insomnia.
There is a good chance that I have Lyme disease, and that these symptoms are the result of the disease worsening, but I have not yet gotten to the bottom of this. In any case, there is no question that the supplements triggered my recent problems, even if a complex of other factors might be involved.
Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. If a formal consultation would be more appropriate, please let me know.
Replied by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 05/31/2011
Also, you are overlooking other simple vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B5, folic acid at least to help with your sleep. Then there is lugol's half strength iodine starting at 1 drop dose in the evening as a start. If it doesn't work, then I would try two drops but I wouldn't go over 3-4 drops unless necessary. Check your urinary and saliva pH, if its acidic that's part of the problem.
Replied by Anonymous on 05/31/2011
Thanks so much for your time, and for responding so quickly. Maybe my original message was not clear: I tried glutamine, 5-HTP and tryptophan BEFORE I developed insomnia, and they clearly played a key role in CAUSING the problem! I am worried that they damaged my brain through excitotoxicity, and maybe this is why I cannot sleep. I do not plan to take them again.
I am already supplementing with B vitamins, but they do not seem to be helping my insomnia.
I will certainly try the baking soda. My only concerns about baking soda are:
1. Is this not too much sodium
2. Will this not neutralize my stomach acid I am already concerned that I do not produce enough stomach HCl.
Thanks again for your help.
Replied by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 06/01/2011
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Replied by Anonymous (Anonymous) on 06/03/2011
I am happy to report that I slept somewhat better these last two nights! Whether it is because of the sodium bicarbonate, or just a coincidence, I do not yet know.
I am nervous about using glycine because, yes, it is inhibitory in general, but also excitatory at the NMDA receptors. I must be extremely careful with excitotoxicity.
I did not mention to you that my underlying problem is almost certainly Lyme disease. I have had it for years and it was under control until I began messing around with the amino acid supplements. Now, unfortunately, it is worsening rapidly, and insomnia is a big part of the problem."
06/20/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "I receive reports regularly of people with sleeping problems cured with sodium bicarbonate. Glycine in general inhibits excitatory amino acid, it becomes excitatory Glycine if there is a glycine deficiency. That is my observations treating hyperactive disorders and kids on a aspartame diet. Also glycine behaves differently as it is more excitatory if your pH is below 6.0 and it is inhibitory above that. That is why it is essential to get pH above that. But that is another story altogether. Concentrate on pH. As far as lemon it corrects the ORP of your bloodstream that is also required but not nearly as important as pH.
Lyme disease if mostly helped if you get pH to 6.5 to 7.0 urine first before you do anything else.
Replied by Elly (Topeka, Kansas) on 06/13/2011