Thanks so much Jackie, your post is such a breath of fresh air! It’s nice to find someone with similar problems as me. We do seem a lot alike. 🙂 I wonder if we have the same blood type too? I’m O-. I have read that O blood types are more prone to thyroid issues. Don’t know if that’s true or not but I have found similarities with other O type people before. Yeah if you are that cold all the time, your thyroid is not working at optimal level that’s for sure. Doesn’t have to mean you need lifelong medicine; with Dr.s like Dr. O it seems like it can be avoided with proper treatment at the root of the problem. For me I’ve taken it for so long I don’t know that I have much choice now, but that’s okay. It’s the 20 other supplements that overwhelm me.

I take a heaping tablespoon of the red maca powder every day in apple cider or water, if I have no cider in the house. I think it tastes like nicotine smells. I’ll try what you said, I do have both almond and coconut milk in the house. The results from that are sporadic. The very first day I took it my libido took off for the rest of the day. But then the days following are up and down. Some days I don’t feel different, and other days I feel spunky again. So I can tell overall it helps. I also thought I noticed small, very subtle changes in my mood and stamina. I found myself folding two baskets of laundry without even thinking about it. I just did it. I didn’t have to see the task, think about the task, move toward the task, and execute the task. I just did it. But subtle. I didn’t feel like going for a run–no energy to ‘burn,” but I didn’t drag either. I read online that it’s good to give yourself a break from maca either for a week out of the month, or a day out of the week, etc. That’s not hard for me cause I forget enough to take care of that without trying. One site said don’t take more than three teaspoons a day, but I’ve never gotten a formal professional opinion.

Thanks for the recommended resources! I have always liked Standard Process but I really do think I need to switch if I’m going to give this thing a real shot. Everything for me is a subtle, long term thing too where results are concerned. But I guess I’m very thankful that I don’t have severe gut damage anyway–at least not that interrupts my life. But yeah I’m jealous too! How come I don’t feel better after three days? 🙂 I’ve gone three months thinking I don’t feel that different. But I’ve been getting gluten from other sources all along too. The sooner we stop the damage the better off we’ll be.

Thanks again, your post was very encouraging! 🙂