Well, the two months have come and gone, and I’ve learned quite a bit. At the same time, I’m even more confused and perplexed.
After my experience, I can wholeheartedly say that RBTI can be extremely beneficial. The most benefit seems to be available to those with high conductivity and/or low Brix. While I wasn’t able to get a full handle on my situation and diabetes with RBTI, I certainly feel that I learned a lot about my body.
I learned that over-drinking the distilled water made me feel quite a bit off and a bit dizzy, most likely because of the decrease in salts.
I learned that urine pH can be relatively easily manipulated. The benefit for me is the extra energy and clarity I get when my urine pH level is between 6.4 and 6.8, versus the 5.2 I started at. My thinking has improved greatly just because of pH modulation, and I can say this will be a tool I will use whether I continue RBTI or not. To top it off, it ensures that I am better assimilating my food, and that is awesome in itself.
Saliva pH is a completely different story. Mine basically never budged from 6.8. I have heard this implies a potential for parasites or candida, and usually the treatment is KMin. However, Jacqueline never brought up the use of KMin, so perhaps there are specific numbers that would negate its use (perhaps my high Brix nullifies its use).
Brix still maintains its position as the most difficult (read: frustrating) for me to manipulate. I can usually bring it down to ~6.5 if I drink distilled water all day, but that would tank my conductivity, and the end product is a spacy Bryan who doesn’t get much done. If I only drink enough to maintain, say, a Brix of 8, then I feel much better, but that would mean I am not really progressing in the right direction. There is significant nuance to making RBTI work and balance all of the numbers.
Conductivity tells me a lot, and definitely matches with how “on” I feel, but I have a horrible time modulating it. Not even the dreaded sea salt could make this rise, which I found quite surprising. My guess is this directly related to the diabetes, but I’m not 100% sure about that.
The Green Drink and I had a nice honeymoon phase, but after the sugar went away, so did my desire to continue drinking it. I powered through it, but I have to say drinking straight kale/spinach juice was probably one of the toughest parts of this program.
Coming to the end of this RBTI experience has set me at a crossroad. Do I continue on with my current program hoping that time will heal me? Do I work with Thomas Giannou? Do I work with Dr. Jim? Do I go low-carb paleo, and hope my blood sugar readings drop? Do I follow Bernstein, like Matt Stone recommended? Or do I do some kind of mix of everything? Do I try the lemon water fast? Do I breakdown and go to a regular doctor? Do I test my blood glucose reactions to different food and manipulate from there? There are so many different options all with great pros and great cons.
If you asked me last weekend, I’d say I had it all figured out. I had received a wonderful opportunity to work with Thomas Giannou, and that was going to be my next path, but let me say this: Thomas’s program is starkly different from Jacqueline’s.
First was the lemon water on the half hour, then there was water on the hour, then there were more supplements (more than double what I had been taking), then there was more green drink, then each meal I eat had to be composed of foods from certain calcium groups. I was being consumed by the program. I started getting up 30-45 minutes earlier so I could prep everything in the morning before work. By Wednesday, I was beginning to really understand Jacqueline’s position on making things realistic and keeping the overall number of supplements down. Don’t get me wrong. I am more than willing to follow what I need to follow to get better, but this was a level of dedication I had never followed before. It just felt like too much. I was getting tons of comments — and I actually agreed — that it seemed excessive. So now I’m back to the drafting table and don’t know what to do.
Eating low-carb for so long has taken its toll on me. I feel slow and foggy, everything feels more difficult. I am seeing a bit of positivity in my blood sugar numbers, which are down slightly, but my Brix is hanging right in there like before. Sometimes I get so frustrated because this is tough. I wish someone could tell me exactly what to do, but it seems like my condition breaks all the rules. My body doesn’t seem to react like everyone else’s, and that drives me nuts. To top that off, I’m starting a new job today (2nd promo this year), and that is throwing a huge monkey wrench in things for me.
I really don’t know what to do from here. RBTI is still intriguing, but I can’t do everything Thomas requires, at least not right now. Dr Jim’s program is a bit easier, but the whole low-carb program is really draining me and my mental capacities/clarity. I’m so confused.
I would love to hear your thoughts on where I should head from here.