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Are their melatonin genes you can look at in self decode to determine how well your body makes melatonin?
Are there SNPs, HLA types associated with sensitivity to lectins as with gluten, lactose, mold? Is there a way of improving detoxification if we have bad copies of GST, BDNF, and many others?
Every time I take vitamin D3, I develop severe insomnia. It's as if my body goes into fight or flight mode and gets stuck there. If I take a moderate to high dose (4000-12,000iu), the effects are immediate and I also get euphoric. If I take low doses (200-400iu), the insomnia will build up over some time, and I don't get euphoric. My levels are within the normal range, but because of Covid, I'd like to up them to the high end of normal (they're currently just below average).
Should people with APOE4 avoid saturated animal fat? And, if possible, is there any reasonable way to lower Lp(a)?

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 VIP #42                                                         DEC 22, 2020

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Final note to my big questions below: I think it was vitamin K (K1, MK4, MK7) causing my BP issues!? I'm starting to take 10k D without any K. PS: What's the Group Consult for?
I have tried several times to unsubscribe from VIP service but you keep charging me. I have evidence from many emails and only one response. I really enjoyed for several years your service but this is unprofessional. I know you are probably not even aware of this and that this is not the place for this, but you should have venues to solve problems like this.
Do you know any particular hack/solution to overcome waking up at night at about 1-3 am? Most of the time I fall asleep very quickly, then I wake up after the first or second sleep cycle. Usually, I don't feel tired after and it is really hard to fall back to sleep. It takes much time for me to feel tired again and fall back to sleep again, but even when I can I have a lighter sleep. According to your sleep report, I have lower-than-average risk for insomnia-like symptoms.
A few other observations on top of my first message, My Oura is tracking a -5-8 dip in BPM at the moments I wake up (~2am, ~3:30, sometimes midnight). When I had a Fitbit it tracked a -7-10% dip in oxygen (Pulse Ox) around those same times (before megadosing D). With the D+licorice interaction I had super high and sensitive BPM during the day, so that still points me to aldosterone/etc imbalance. But are these ox/BPM dips related? Are they just sleep apnea? But if so, why at very specific times? I've been looking into trying nitric oxide supplementation but am not sure if it fits this picture?
I've gotten myself into an odd situation with Vitamin D so bear with me please. I've been chronically deficient (VDR SNPs confirmed, maybe absorption issues too?) so I feel I need to supplement for life, but I'd been neglecting it for years because no doctor prioritized it. So last October - November I megadosed 25k-70k daily for a few weeks to force my levels into optimal range (D3 + 3 Ks was most effective) , mainly because I was in pursuit of resolving a severe, chronic cluster of health issues: 1-3-day-long, post-meal "hangovers" involving lethargy, cognitive impairment, eye pain / uveitis, loss of appetite, and mood issues (which I'd asked you about a couple months ago too). I got a blood test and overshot it of course (196 ng/mL of 25OH with calcitriol at 80pg), yet had ZERO negative side effects. This megadosing experiment DID IMPROVE those symptoms which had not responded to anything else for three years, and then completely disappeared like a miracle with slippery elm! (So clearly there was a gut-immune connection; I found your Tregs article which seems relevant). HOWEVER, to try supporting my continuing adrenal/HPA fatigue. I experimented with about 3 days of licorice root/tea at the end of my megadosing phase and my blood pressure skyrocketed to scary levels. I took myself to MedExpress, before connecting the dots: stopping D immediately lowered the high daytime BP. But I was left in a pattern of 3am awakenings for months, finally resolved a few weeks ago with 3000mg (3x) Seriphos and eating glucose Extend bars before bed. (My hunger/metabolism is through the roof, along with shaky body temp / temp sensitivity) Then recently, some of those "hangover" symptoms popped back up. I connected the dots to being 4 months off D, so I took 45k again across two days. Maybe it was too much? Because my sleep has been disturbed with 2am AND 3-4am high BP awakenings, where I can't fall back to sleep after the second awakening. I finally realized this is more likely aldosterone than cortisol? This BP is very 'calm but heavy', whereas cortisol BP always had a clear physical-mental-emotional stress associated with it and responded to Seriphos. My 3x Seriphos before bed has lost its efficacy with this non-stress BP. Taking another 1x with the second awakening might be helping me get back to sleep 2-3 hours later, but also wipes out my morning cortisol/oomph. So. What body equilibrium/system involving D/aldosterone/cortisol/adrenals/electrolytes did licorice screw with, that taking D is producing aldosterone-based insomnia? What am I missing? Based on two blood tests 45 days apart, my 196 levels dropped to 78 at a rate of losing ~2.4ng / day, so I don't think I can go too long with out D. But it's like I traded severe gut-immune symptoms for crazy insomnia, and there's a balance in between that I'm missing and don't know how to get back to. I feel like if I'd never experimented with licorice (the one thing I didn't research enough in my whole life!!!), then the combo of D + slippery elm + glucose management + Seriphos would've supported all of my issues and left me in a good place. Eager for your insight. Thank you.
I was wondering if I could schedule an appointment with you. Brain fog has become a big part of my life, and it's really made working difficult. My forehead always feels tight and it has become very hard to concentrate. I've been trying to treat my brain fog but so far it has been to no avail. Any help would be immensely appreciated.
My DHEA is high, I don't take supplements. I can find lots of info about low DHEA but not high. What are the implications of having a high DHEA the blood test results came back saying 7.14 umol/L out of range
Any particular reason why NAC isn't in your regimen?
Do you have any advice on weaning off from Otrivine for someone who suffers allergic nasal congestion at night?
"HLA-DQ8 even without HLA-DQ2 still seems to confer a 5-10% risk of celiac disease. It seems that selfdecode does not report this risk as below ... ""rs7454108 tags the HLA-DQ8 haplotype"" https://www.snpedia.com/index.php/Celiac_disease ""DQ8-positive HLA-DQA1*03 and HLA-DQB1*0302 5%-10%"" https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1727/ ""rs7454108 is not linked to any genes. Your genotype is TT"" https://selfdecode.com/snp/rs7454108/ Am I missing something? Kind regards from New Zealand :)"
I just wrote in a question about RA/Carnivore. I meant to also write I am APOE 3/4 so how do I address the saturated fat issue? Thanks.
I am somewhere on the arthritis spectrum, possibly RA (it's painful and in all matching joints). Last summer I went carnivore which helped a ton, but a simultaneous large increase in a calcium supplement gave me C-Diff. My joint pain is unmanageable and I want to carefully return to as close to carnivore as possible. I think I need to keep some level of carb because I have Hashimotos and sleep/ feel better with it. Can you suggest how I would best do this? Soaked rice over vegetables? I've tried everything else- AIP, Keto, Paleo and the arthritis stays with me. Any other suggestions?

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