We monitored someone using sodium benzoate for over 3 months, back on v1.x. It may be helpful by mechanistically being useful for the nitrogen management aspect (and downstream PEM reduction in our model), however wouldn't normally be needed once the triterpenes (reishi) are working..I'm experiencing a return of normal symptoms as I taper off the Sodium Benzoate ( got it down to 0.2g now ),
no headaches in particular, or rather not the feeling that I really need to take it to relieve the pressure feeling.
So basically I felt really sleepy, lied down for a few hours without actually sleeping, just watched videos,
noticed my heart rate was up again and 'stronger', muscles in my thigh felt more sensitive and generally I had the feeling that I will get PEM if I keep trying to use energy. Now having some stomach issues flaring up again, this makes me wonder if the gut bacteria could be feeding on the excess nitrogen things we are generating ?
This isn't really a surprise because Joshua said that ' sodium benzoate provides a low energy pathway for removal of excess nitrogen'. So taking that away and the body gets stuck again in that cycle of maladjusted energy generation -> stop and purge the waste products -> repeat. Its also been a good few days now since I last took the succinate and I wonder if that may have an effect. Oh also fever is disappointingly lower / not obvious today.
The drowsiness and fatigue is hopefully an early indication of the expected immune response. Based on our experiences, people have seen these symptoms and liver pressure / tenderness (poking themselves just below the sternum) right before the "mono" stage. If someone wasn't seeing this within a week, I'd be eyeballing the reishi product, the amount of beta-glucans and the serum D3 status.
The stomach issues flaring up sound like a positive immune response. If it was me and they were tolerable, I'd be inclined to maintain or increase the beta-glucans and see if the stomach issues increase.