Fascinating, once again Merlyn.
Before I comment, 2 points: do you take digestive enzymes? Probiotics?
I find the dig. enzymes very helpful, and was taking probiotics, but apparently not enough. In this dental saga, recently had to have an abscessed root canal removed (abscessed due to tthe trauma of being hit constantly due to the poor way crowns were placed)--was really toxic, had to take antibiotics--and so researched probiotics--took huge amts of a number, including a new one for me, Reuterii, which really seemed to help. I continue with high probiotics. Was not breast fed, and fed heated pasteurized milk--I wonder how many other MSers had that beginning--I think this sets you up for a lilfetime of health problems.
I also have a problem with sulphur--extreme reactions to sulphur preservatives, and to sulphur medications. Yet seem to tolerate NAC, and B1 okay. Have not tolerated eggs for years, but recently started to sporadically try them-so far, okay.
I think you are incorrect about coffee--minimal sulphur in it if I recall correctly.
I tried the cytomel, and felt a million times better, but then the dr upped the dose too high, and caused a real problem. Then could not get back to any correct dose. was put on that standard t4 medication, but i clearly don't make t3 (have a compromised liver , lots of probs with meds, etc) Finally found the doc I see now (osteopath) who will explore stuff with me. Found the best so far is the desicatted thyroid (tried to mix it with cytomel, couldn't regulate it). But can't say get a great amt of energy using it--don't operate at all without it, but with does not really solve the energy problem fully.
I will start Chelation on tues--just a trial run, since I react so badly to so many things. So I guess the real start is the week after. I'll keep you posted because I think it might help with a lot of things, particularly in normalizing the trace elements. Spent all last night and today researching it, and am even more excited about it after some of the new stuff I read.
Yes, we might have academic answers, and are still a mess--but the doctors have even more academic answers, and yet they have not come up with answers for us--I think it is up to us at this point to connect the dots, and hopefully this site will help do that. I basically use my doc for tests, scripts, and a bit of feedback--I am lucky that she listens to what I come up with, and gives me the scripts (as with daily methl B12 shots) to try what I feel is important.