Are you having reactions to the supplements?
First, we have to look at your protocol and assess which program was recently added when the side effects started. Once you know the exact program (Adrenal, Digestive, Gut Killing, Detox, etc.) Work through ascending to descending order on your protocol sheet, one supplement at a time.
Stop supplements for 3-7 days, typically till your original symptoms resolve. Once they resolve, add each product back, one at a time, moving down the protocol in ascending to descending order. Add back in at 50% of the original dose on day 1, then back to full dose on day 2.
Continue the highest possible dose without any negative symptoms. If you have a negative symptom the first time around, on day 2 you can decrease the dose by 50% instead of increasing.
If lowering the dose helps, you can bring it back into your protocol, if not, pull it out and try it again at half of the last dose after all supplements are tried and repeat the protocol above.
Examples: If a supplement dose is halved and doesn’t end on a whole number, you can round down. Once the correct dose is found, continue with that dose while adding in the next supplement.
Example 1: I.E. Pregnenolone 15 drops 3x per day. Start with 7 drops 3x per day. If after day 1, 7 drops cause a problem, you can try 3 drops 3x per day the next day. If 3 drops 3x work, that is your new dose.
Example 2: I.E. Pregnenolone 15 drops 3x per day. Start with 7 drops 3x per day. If after day 1, 7 drops do not cause a problem, you can try 15 drops 3x per day the next day. If 15 drops cause a problem, 7 drops 3x per day is your new dose.
Example 3: Pregnenolone 15 drops 3x per day. Start with 7 drops 3x per day. If after day 1, 7 drops cause a problem, you can try 3 drops 3x per day the next day. If that still doesn’t work, pull it out of your protocol, add back in after you have worked through your entire protocol. Add it back in now at 1 drop, 3x per day.
This is a proven strategy that helps patient acclimate to their new supplement protocol. If this approach is not working, see the protocol below for more sensitive patients.
Conservative Approach For More Sensitive Patients
You can follow the same protocol above except start at 25% of the full dose of the supplement and gradually increase the dose to 100% over the day 4 period. This gives the body more time to adapt to the supplement as well as a lower dose to start from.
If you can’t tolerate 1 drop 3x per day of any of the liquid supports, you can put 1 drop in a glass of water and sip it throughout the day. This typically makes the drops easier to tolerate and will allow you to slowly move the dose upward if it’s tolerable. If you still have issues after all of this, pull the supplements out of your protocol and schedule a troubleshoot consult with Dr. Celaya if you can’t wait till your next consult. Please keep the office posted.