I couldn't remember anything as I staggered out the door of Dr. Upcott's office. I'd spent a long time with her. Don't remember how long, but my battery used to fizzle after 5 - 10 minutes of interaction. I do know this was far longer than that. I had managed to stuff a paper with her written instructions and recommendations into my purse. And I clutched a bottle of something called Deep Immune Tincture for dear life.
As Alan drove me home, I lay back as though dead, against the back of the carseat. Thought about getting air in and getting air out. Stayed as physically relaxed as possible so as not to use up anymore of my dwindling energy supply than necessary. Tuned out my external surroundings as best I could, because that seemed to ease the vertigo somewhat.
When we got home, I took a teaspoon of this tincture. It tasted like a mix of molasses, tar and motor oil. I wasn't prepared for that! But anything was better than how life had been for the last seven years. I popped a Vitamin C in my mouth and found that lessened the overall effect.
There wasn't much that I could remember back in those days, but one thing I never forgot from that day on, was to have a sweet little Vitamin C chewable handy. The perfect chaser for a spoonful of ... tincture.
I went to bed right after this introduction to Deep Immune. The excursion to Dr. Upcott's office had completely levelled me. This was no surprise. Most things had that effect in those days. I climbed into bed, and read a book for awhile.
Within a short period of time, I began to hurt. I'd already been sore all over. Or so I'd thought. But things ramped up quickly. I hurt from the top of my head to the soles of my feet and the tips of my toes.
The body stone -- undulating neurological symptoms that made me feel like I was losing my physical outline, and made my arms and hands and face flicker and buzz -- intensified.
My thoughts ... gave up. I couldn't order them, follow them, make sense of them. They floated above me like a dark amorphous cloud ... unable to land and ... be.
My stomach was queasy and aching. A symptom that I didn't usually get anymore since I'd cut out most carbohydrates a few years earlier.
My face and neck, and upper legs got hot. They felt rashy, like I must have little red bumps or spots all over but there were none. This was all happening on the inside of my skin. My ears ached, my throat hurt and I had swollen lymph glands under my ears and in my neck.
Lovely, I thought, as I gave up and let myself fall into a torpid sleep.
I took a spoonful of this loathesome elixir twice a day, making sure it was nowhere near a time that I was going to be eating, or just had eaten. Lets the ingredients do their ruthless work more ruthlessly, I guess.
Every time I'd have a similar reaction to that first tasting. Over a period of weeks and months however, I noticed that the affected areas were shrinking. My face for instance eventually was not hot and stinging all over, it was like a circle of irritation and heat was shrinking. So towards the end of this manifestation, it was only happening in the center of my face. And at some point, all of it disappeared.
Dr. Upcott and I figure, there was infection being dispatched, and I was experiencing die-off as the viruses or bacteria or whatever were carted away via lymph and bloodstream.
So, what's in this crazy stuff? Here's a little information about the ingredients.
Astragalus membranaceus -- This herb is antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It activates white blood cells, boosts bone marrow and enhances the activity of the immune system.
Bupleurum falcatum -- This herb is detoxifying and antimicrobial. Good for the liver, stomach and intestines. It reduces inflammation, relieves spasms and muscle tension.
Ganoderma lucidum, Ganoderma applanatum, Ganoderma tsugae (Reishi mushrooms) -- These mushrooms are antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. They help cleanse the liver and intestines, are good for the heart and circulatory system, and the lungs. They treat hypotension and hypertension, asthma and arthritis. They are adaptogens and strengthen the immune system.
Lentinus edodes (Shiitake mushroom) -- This mushroom enhances the immune system, increases energy and builds strength. It aids in cancer treatment, producing T-cells which kill bacteria and viruses. It helps prevent heart disease, bringing down cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and combats chronic hepatitis B.
Glycerrhiza glabra (Licorice root) -- This is anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic and antibacterial and strengthens the adrenals.
Eleuthrococcus senticosis (Siberian ginseng) -- This herb is adaptogenic, anticholesteremic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant. It is an immune tonic and supports the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis). It relieves fatigue, stress, sore muscles and adrenal exhaustion. It improves endurance and memory.
Inonotus obliquus (Chaga mushroom) -- This mushroom is anit-inflammatory, anitoxidant and anti-cancer. It stimulates the immune system, improves hyperglycemia (elevated blood sugar), relieves pain and helps prevent ulcers and blood clots.
Grifola frodosa (Maitake mushroom) -- This mushroom is antiviral, anti-tumor, anti-cancer. It enhances the immune system, regulates blood pressure, blood sugar and insulin and may help with weight loss and diabetes.
Trametes versicolor -- This mushroom enhances the immune system and is valuable in counteracting the effects of some chemotherapeutic drugs.
Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)