Articles for category: self-experiment


A path lined with vitamin tablets leads to the horizon.

GABA as a painkiller

Last year I wrote about the abdominal pain that started in 2008 and was a mystery to a dozen doctors. I finally learned to stave off the worst of it by eating small meals, avoiding starches, and not eating after 6 p.m. Eventually things improved and I was able to eat later and later in ...


A Hershey's Kiss being heated on a spoon with a lighter.

All my cravings remembered

(Last updated June 2024.) Starting in junior high, at the latest, I had constant cravings for chocolate. For the most part, they involved a very particular combo of fat, sugar, and cacao. By the time I found workable treatments for the cravings, I had tried a million things to stop them, with little success. About ...


Vitamin capsules in assorted colors.

Supplements can differ in effectiveness by brand

by guest author M.E. Initial success for mild arthritis The first brand of glucosamine sulfate I tried for early arthritis symptoms cleared them up after just a few weeks. It was a “house” brand at a local drugstore chain. Let’s call it Brand A. After a year or two I noticed that the store’s house ...


Two months using an Earthing sheet

Updated 09/04/12: Martin Zucker, a co-author of the book mentioned here, has offered a suggestion for improving my experience with the Earthing appliances. See comments. For about two months I’ve been using an Earthing sheet, which was invented by Clinton Ober to lower the electrical current on the body to what it would be if ...


Woman wearing a tinfoil hat.

Month 2 of Operation Electrosmog Reduction

(Last updated April 2023.) (See also part 2 of the electrosmog reduction experiment.) My annoyance with the reception delay on my cell phone started me on a path that led to Ann Louise Gittleman’s book Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution.


A few more tips on the alkaline diet

by Nancy See Nancy’s earlier post on the battle for her gallbladder. Here’s what I’ve picked up in the 16 years I’ve been using the alkaline diet to control my gallbladder problems. Some of them I’ve been taught by a wonderful, non-mainstream acupuncturist I’ve used for many years. Alkaline/acidic food lists vary from source to ...


A rolling landscape made entirely of yellow and white pills.

My experience with the Perfect Health Diet’s supplement plan

by guest blogger Steph Steph is maharani at Midlife Makeover Year, where she’s exploring new approaches to her health, diet, attitude, family life, and shoes, among other things. She is also one of my few commenters to refrain from mentioning w-bcam s-x, for which I will be eternally grateful. — mr When I went on ...