Due to a change in finances, I had to live without two items when I ran out of my iodine combination and a good basic amino acid blend. I did okay for about five weeks, then just gradually started going downhill in bad ways. That good ol' Mac truck keeps showing up every day, and I am wiped out just in time for the holidays. Those items are nice to have, but I did not think they were that vital on a constant basis. As I am still using all the same supplements I used to use that had me feeling moderately normal, I have been very puzzled and dismayed. Was I on a new piece of the journey, a new setback? Today as I measured out the herbs I use, the thought hit me that it had been quite some time since I had taken a week break from the items I need to rotate. The next thought was that perhaps this was why I feel worse - then a huge piece was staring me in the face. For whatever reason, brain fog, forgetfulness, out of it, you name it - I have been out of and off licorice root for probably three months. Since all else was the same even keel (relatively speaking) I have been on for three years, I can see how vital the licorice root is in my functioning overall. This has been a huge scare the past few weeks, watching my strength and energy drain away again. I went straight out today and bought it and reviewed other supplements. It is the only missing piece of my basic regimen. How I forgot about it I do not know. In a few weeks, I will report back here how I am doing with licorice root back in my system. Since I cannot replace the other items quite yet, I think this will be a good trial for what it is and is not doing.