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  1. You can read Oscar's posts by going here http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?action=viewprofile;username=714D5D5F4C3E0, scrolling down the page, and clicking on "See the last [40] posts by Oscar."  Change the [40] to 120 if you want to see all his posts.

    If you go here http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?board=files and scroll down the page, you'll see the key files that Moxie mentions (including the file "Shutting the Door"), plus several others you should read, including the important one called "Playing Well Together."

  2. Speaking for myself, although I feel that there is none necessary, I thank you for your obvious heartfelt and thoughtful apology.You are one of the major contributors to these boards.I especially appreciate the empathy you employ in formulating answers to other's questions.You're doing great Ricardo.Keep on keeping on. 

    Couldn't agree more!

  3. More-or-less random thoughts . . .

    I haven't read the whole Wilson's thing, but I recalled that licorice root, which has been valuable for treating Heilette's CH, is specifically used by some people to address hypothyroidism.  E.g., '>http://www.livestrong.com/article/506254-the-effect-of-licorice-on-hypothyroidism/

       But from other things I've glanced at, it seems this method of treatment is questionable, or at least has to be applied with great care.

    I also recall that somewhere in his long tome on the licorice root protocol, Les mentions that licorice root is a fairly powerful temperature-reducing agent.

    All of which reminds me -- Heilette, I hope are you being careful to follow Les's requirement that a person should not stay on the licorice root protocol for too long at one time.

  4. Okay, I'll call you FLUFFHEAD.  With having gone 10 years without any treatment, you have earned the right to be called anything you want.

    You will learn all you need to know about treating CH with the things you mention in the many files in the "ClusterBuster files" section of this board, which you can get to from the "Forum Jump" tab at the bottom of this page.  You will have to "detox" from imitrex and the steroids for five days.  It's good to be off verapamil, too, but many people have had some success while still taking verap.

    It seems that you do not have oxygen.  You really, really want oxygen, which is the most effective abortive there is.  It will help you get through the 5-day detox and the time after that while busting kicks in (it can require several "busts," five days apart, to fully treat CH when you're in cycle).  Even without insurance, you can set up a system using welding oxygen. A lot of people here and among others with CH do it that way.  Here's some info about oxygen (O2): http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1299901790

    Here are some files about busting to start with:

    Overview: http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1290127865

    Interactions with meds: http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1290130731

    Dosing (though there's nothing here about LSD or DMT): http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1290130612

    Warnings: http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1319290654

    I believe it is agreed here that LSD is likely to be the most effective busting agent. Could be wrong about that.  Psilo is great, too.  (The goal of most people here is to find the point where the dosing kicks in but tripping is minimized. Others can be more precise with you about what that might mean, dosagewise.)

    Whatever you do next, please stay in touch.  People here will help you.  Also -- Have you tried quickly drinking an "energy drink" (RedBull, Monster, etc.) at the start of an attack?  That helps a lot of people (particularly when combined with O2).

  5. Purp, I've said a couple of times lately here on the board that I miss you . . . but I sure am sorry to see you back under these circumstances.  Hoping you'll do what you need to do, quickly, before anything takes hold. 

  6. ob,

    Here are some things I know, which are not conclusive.  At least one person here (davidj, I think it was) has experimented with kudzu and busting, and in his case the kudzu didn't seem to interfere.  And, I once received an email from a doctor who has studied LSA and CH quite extensively, and he said >>I'm unaware of any interaction of kudzu with LSA (doesn't mean there ISN'T one of course).<<

    I'd take the 10 now, since you're primarily doing it as a test of the effects anyway, and then weigh the kudzu question with more input from people here.   

  7. You can find quick links to the articles about oxygen here: http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1299901790

    My suggestion would be to send them to your doctor's office before your visit.  Maybe someone will look at them, maybe they won't, but you will have them on notice that you know what you are talking about. (I remember one person who sent them to her doctor's office, and the doctor paid no attention to them, but the nurse practitioner in the office did -- and the nurse practitioner got the O2 for the patient.)

  8. You're right, spiny, but I know they're also sold separately (because we got ours in separate packaging from a kindly CBer), and I figure that'd be a lot cheaper than buying an O2ptimask.  Also, the O2ptimask one is relatively short . . . I realize now that I'm looking for one with an extension, as illustrated in the ch.com oxygen pages: http://www.clusterheadaches.com/O2/index.html

    (I would just include the image of it here, but for some reason I can't include images. Or don't know how. I click on the "insert image" icon, and get the , but then I can't put anything in there between the s. Can't use paste (nothing happens) and don't get anything helping me "browse" for the image in my files.)

  9. much too kind of y'all.  if there was an embarrassed emoticon, i'd toss a few in here. 

    i've seen what the beast does and that memory is with me every day. if i can help anyone whack it a few times and send it running, nothing makes me happier.  y'all are the superheroes.

    (heaven knows why i'm y'alling today.  must be from talking on the phone to denny a while back.)

  10. We haven't seen kaboom here much lately, but I know she's still hard at work on behalf of ClusterBusters.  So, this story caught my eye today (the headline was something like "Kaboom Clears Out City Hall"):

    A metal pipe with the word “Kaboom,” scrawled across it definitely qualifies as a suspicious item, and yesterday one was discovered at Akron, Ohio’s City Hall at 8:30 a.m. Cue bomb squads, police, fire crews and the K-9 unit and a building evacuation. But chillax — investigations revealed it was the homemade, name-tagged cane of community-minded resident Kaboom, who forgot it after a City Council meeting. It gets better: Three years ago the 65-year-old changed his legal name from the unexciting James Louis Krosner to the alarm-raising Natural Hunka Kaboom. He claims the explosive name is just a shortened version of Polish family name Kaboomski. . .

  11. Redd, it does look to me like the largest cylinder that comes with this system is an M9.  That's the same diameter as an E tank, and a little less than half the height.  From what I read, it would hold only about a third as much O2 as an E tank -- 8.7 cubic feet vs. 24, according to http://mercurymed.com/catalogs/BDR_TechnicalInformation.pdf

    (An M tank holds 125 cubic feet.)

    And it takes more than two hours to fill an M9 tank, so if it could be used to fill an E tank, that would take close to 6 hours.

    (I have heard that the O2 created by a concentrator is less "pure" O2 than the O2 a cylinder holds -- containing some "room air," or something.)

    Maybe someone with sharper eyes and a sharper mind will see something here that I'm missing.

  12. RC prep: http://www.clusterheadaches.com/cb/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1290128974

    I wouldn't recommend relying on seeds that have been in the freezer for a year.  They might work, but why take the chance -- they're not that expensive.  Jeff has said he's doing so experiments on the life of frozen seeds.

    No one knows what the lowest effective dose is likely to be. Could be as low as 10 good seeds.  But at 30 you are virtually guaranteed to have no psychedelic effects, and certainly nothing to be anxious about, and (in my opinion) you'd almost certainly get enough LSA.  Once you've taken 30 and experienced nothing psychedelic, you might want to go higher. 

    Energy drinks, and also ginger tea, help a lot of people with the shadows.

  13. I happened to meet a guy the other day who works with Dr. Andrew Weil.  Weil is recognized, I think, as one of the top experts on nutrition and supplements.  This guy was telling me that he and Weil are convinced that chewable melatonin is far more effective than melatonin tablets.  I have to admit that I didn't have the chance to ask him why (absorbability, maybe -- I know Weil used to recommend putting the tablets under your tongue and letting them dissolve). But he was quite emphatic about it.  He specifically mentioned, and said he favored, the kind sold at Trader Joe's under the "Trader Darwin's" brand, which is peppermint flavored.  I see there are many brands available on the internet.

    I did a quick search here and at ch.com, and it seems there isn't much discussion about chewable melatonin, so I thought I'd pass this along.