Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Successfully Switched Brands of Lithium Orotate

When I first started buying lithium orotate, the only generic brand of Lithium Orotate I could find was the Advanced Research brand.  Now the iherb website offers two other brands: Doctor's Best and Ortho Molecular Products.

I've bought other supplements by Doctor's Best in the past, and I've been very happy with their quality.

However, it took me two tries to make the switch over to Doctor's Best from the Advanced Research brand.  I don't know why, but I felt that it took about two to three days for the new brand to work.  So the first time I gave up, thinking that it didn't work. But now finally I've made the switch and I've been taking the Doctor's Best Lithium Orotate for about a week and a half.  I'm taking 4 pills a day, which is higher than the 3.5 pills that I was recently taking.  Also the Doctor's Best brand has 5mg of elemental Lithium per pill, whereas the Advanced Research brand was only 4.8mg per pill. So I am getting a higher dose but I feel great!  My moods have been pretty smooth, my concentrate excellent, and my anxiety way less. The holidays are generally a stressful time of the year for me, so I plan to stay on this dosage for at least the next several months.

Unfortunately, I find the lithium orotate pills very hard to cut, and that's especially true with the Doctor's Best brand. My pill cutter tends to crush them instead of cutting them.

The Doctor's Best lithium orotate is in tablet form, just like the Advanced Research brand. However, the Doctor's Best tablets are harder and have a shiny coat to them.  My main problem with the Advanced Research brand is that the tablets are so soft that they easily break.  Often there are a handful of broken pills in the bottle. Also, in my last bottle, there were several pills that were the wrong shape (too thick) which made me really question the quality control!  I didn't take the wrong shaped pills, as there was no way for me to know if they were lithium or not.  This is kind of scary, and why I finally switched over to Doctor's Best brand.

If you are looking to buy lithium orotate, you can use a $5 off coupon on iherb if you are a first time customer.  Just enter the code LIN282 during checkout on the iherb website.

Click here for more information on Lithium Orotate.

Please note that I'm not a doctor and this is only about my personal experience. This is not medical advice.  I highly recommend that you consult with a doctor before starting on any supplement.

Monday, October 11, 2010

October 2010 Update

My moods have been swinging back and forth a bit lately... Going from a hypomanic, hopeful, productive and happy state to a depressed, less hopeful demeanor.  I've been staying sane though, in that my depression hasn't gotten as bad as it could be, and it's not yet effecting my relationship or work, because I'm having enough hypomania to make up for the down moments.

This means that I might be increasing my lithium, but I'm going to wait a bit because I enjoy the hypomania. It's the productive kind with lots of ideas.

I know that part of the cause for these sea-saw moods is because of some additional stress I've been under lately.  I don't really feel like going into the cause of the stress, but let's just say that I'm trying to make it be less stress!

I have been spending more time on Squidoo lately.  It's a great place to make a website (they call them lenses) and if you give it a try, follow this link because I'll get some referral credit.

I've made about $300 from Squidoo since I started and so part of it is about money - If I write pages that are popular, I make money - but also I love the community.  There are so many bright and interesting people on Squidoo. Oh sure, there are some people who are there just for the money, but many more who write about themselves and topics that they care about, and I'm proud to be part of such a great community!

I wrote a couple of pages about myself recently, that I thought you might be interested in -

About My Childhood Speech Problems

How I've Come to Love Music

Well I hope that everyone is well!