After much enquiry I discovered that another person had a letter from an English
hospital who publicised the Cari Loder regime in an effort to warn MS sufferers off
trial and error methods of finding the elements. Fortunately I was shown this letter
after I had already discovered my own form of the regime. Consequently, the medication
that I use is different than the Cari Loder one although it is similar. The antidepressant
that Cari Loder uses is Lofepramine - the Australian equivalent to this is 50mg Imipramine.
This is a tricyclic antidepressant. The trycyclic family was first invented post
second world war. They were a great discovery since during the war and pre war there
were only MAOs. Mono Amine Oxidase antidepressants were okay but they made the patient
intolerant to milk and milk products such as cheese—in some people these intolerances
became quite accentuated and could be dangerous.
However, we now know that there has been a higher than average occurrence of neurological
problems with Tricyclic antidepressants. Consequently I prefer to stay away from
them. Apart from anything else, with the onset of the new family called SSRIs (serotonin
reuptake inhibitors) the choice is much broader than it has ever been—one of the
older ones in this family is Prozac—that most people have heard of.
The letter from England outlined some initial side effects that were not very pleasant.
One of them was tachycardia (where the heart can race up to around 120 beats per
minute). This is not dangerous, just unpleasant.
On mine, however, I have never had any side effects other than inability to sleep
in the first two days—and that was mainly because I took the tablets at the wrong
time of day or the wrong dosage.
I have found that Antihistamines literally switch off the regime and my symptoms
come back with a vengeance. This also happens with the medication I take for my heart
condition, more specifically the medication that reduces my heart rate is capable
of reducing the effectiveness of the regime and so I have to ‘play’ a bit of a balancing
trick to ensure that my heart medication is doing its job without having a detrimental
effect on the MS regime that keeps me mobile.
PLEASE NOTE: I have discovered that the L Phenyalalanine 500mg must be in a capsule
form. The powder that you can get results in a rash and terrible itching. In Australia
the Phenylalanine can be purchased from Musashi. If you can only get the powder then
I suggest you see if you can also purchase the empty capsules and fill them yourself.
It has something to do with the absorption of the Phenylalanine - all of this is available at the health food stores.