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I was having inconsistent results with the protocol, many experiences lined up with what was expected or predicted to happen, 
I got the weird headache to begin with, it became a problem at times that reminded me to take the sodium benzoate, I got the strong fever within the first few days,  experienced changes in symptom profile and energy levels.   But it seemed to not last or intensify and I had patterns of ups and downs, a light fever feeling that came maybe once a week then disappeared within 2 days seemingly regardless of if I increased the level of oat bran that I was consuming, say from 1 gram to 2 grams.  

This lead me to test different variables, the first was the quality and contents of the supplements,  at first reishi and green tea, I noticed pains in my right side after switching to Life Extension mega green tea extract,  made into empty capsules ( this allowed EGCG from an unknown, probably low amount, up to 30mg or higher ).  I settled with Life Extension brand reishi capsules after various discussions and looked at other products.  

One of the things I tried recently was going on a very restrictive diet, of the same sorts of food as I was already on,  getting calories below 1500 or maybe 1000 per day, I had a suspicion that this would re-induce the fever and it basically did,  but another factor that I decided may have been important, and the only factor that I hadn't considered at length yet was beta glucans.  Most likely its effects stack up over time,  so just trying to take 2 instead of one, as a once off, might not be a good indicator of any scaling effects.  I decided to switch the brand of Lions Mane I was using, because I remembered that it said on the bottle ' 450mg per 3 capsules ',  I am now switched to Time ultra lions mane which have 50% beta glucans content. I noticed that fever was induced shortly after switching to these, but still not an intense one.  During or following the fever I usually have higher energy levels and feel better aside from certain odd feelings that I recognize as something different to standard ME symptoms. 

The other factor I have been observing is diet, when it gets lax and I start to eat more carbohydrates or sugar e.g. one small pizza ( 150g ) I notice that a day or 2 later I feel more rough / less energy, and this seems to disrupt the fever process. Exercise beyond a threshold might also have this interrupting effect ( harder to confirm that ). 

48 hours ago I was feeling ok and was quite active in various ways, I decided to test the diet hypothesis, I ate a bread roll, 2 Cadbury Darkmilk chocolate bars ( around 85g each at around 48% sugar content ), then half of a 450g pizza.  Almost immediately my cognitive function seemed to be 'jammed' and I later got a headache ( though the headache part could have been due to the high temperatures we've been having, so not a fair test exactly there ).  I generally felt all sorts of PEM symptoms heavily come on, which I am still experiencing 48 hours later, and I feel exhausted in general,  yesterday I slept halfway through the day for example. 

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