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Thanks, I'd love to get one of these - so have put it on my wishlist for when I'm financially flush (and for when they decide to sell to folk that reside outside of the US)

If you do find yourself in the US again, feel free to try mine.

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OK, I'll loan it to you sometime soon.

B vits will up your dreaming tremendously. Just don't overdose, as that can encourage insomnia. The right ratio of Calcium and Magnesium will give you great sleep. :)

Hmm... I do take a B vitamin complex now, but I didn't back when I did the sleep study, so that could be an explanation of why I dream so much now.

How rapidly are B vitamin levels depleted in the body? As in... if I stopped taking the B supplements, how long before the levels (and sleep) return to baseline?

Also, I poked around for articles on Ca/Mg ratios, and the articles I found all said to take more calcium and magnesium to sleep better. Do you have more details?

Also... vaguely related question -- I'm about to take one of those basic blood tests ( ). I do it once a year. I've been curious how rapidly the levels for things like cholesterol vary. If I eat a bunch of unhealthy fats a day before the test, will that skew the results? Or is my cholesterol fairly stable over a period of days or weeks?

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B vits are water soluble, so they deplete pretty fast compared to fat-soluble -- but the only one I know for sure is B12 takes 'bout 2 years before you're so low you experience the sort of problems that plague vegetarians who aren't animal enough to eat their own excrement. ;) But I stop having the psychedelic dreams within a week or two of stopping my B vits.

My favorite cal-mag supplement is Cal-Mag Fizz. One scoop with dinner is a good starting dose of 500 cal and 250 mag. No one can agree as to how much calcium we need daily, and the correct ratio varies too. All they know is it's best to take small doses. For the latest greatest info I refer to

Serum Cholesterol will vary greatly based on what you eat and your diet overall -- for a day or so. Fasting, or at least watching your fats and sugars, gives you a better baseline. Since I'm constantly having blood tests done I had a lot of fun experimenting with this, and I think Udo Erasmus and Weston A. Price have it right--although Price puts down granulated lecithin. Anyway, after eating a large bowl of homemade buttered popcorn (at least half a cup of butter, hoo yeah!) my TC soared to 380, scaring my doctor silly. But when I'm on my best diet, which still includes butter but also lecithin supplementation and no sugar apart from fruit, it stays pretty steady at 170 with perfect ratios. I've cured many people of elevated cholesterol simply by prescribing magnesium, medium-chain fatty acids, etc. :)

Thanks for the info. I'm asking more about fasting cholesterol levels because I want to know if the value I get off a blood test is actually indicative of how well I'm doing in general, or just what I ate in the last week.

Also, what's the latest on the connections (or lack thereof) between various saturated fats and the various cholesterol levels?

Ah, okay. Well, if you're eating basically the same things week after week, you can bet that your single blood test is indicative of the norm at least within about 20 points. If, however, your diet changes, you can expect spikes, dips and ascensions rather like a stock market trend.

Okay, if you're asking about saturated fats, then you learned your diet and fat rules about 25, 30 years ago when the spin doctors for the margarine industry were battling it out with dairy. Today the popular concern is trans-fatty acids and partially hydrogenated oils, which go rancid very quickly. Saturated fats are perfectly fine so long as you can digest them completely. Most of the time chronically elevated serum cholesterol is a sugar disease, not a fat disease. Too many carbs combined with too few medium-chain fatty acids gives the body no other choice but to convert the excess calories into cholesterol. Saturated fats give us beautiful skin. The brain is made up of cholesterol, how can it be bad for us? Testosterone/gonads require a lot of medium-chain fatty acids. Men don't eat enough EFAs, C, etc., the veins suffer and boom, heart attack.

Best Time to Have a Lucid Dream

You said that you usually remember your dreams between 5-7 am, and maybe you think that's strange? But actually, the last sleep cycle, the one just before you wake up, is the best time for Lucid Dreaming. So you're actually on the right track. Try to pay more attention to what you're dreaming about during this time - and then try to have a lucid dream during this time period. Good Luck!

Stop Snoring

Just would like to take the opportunity to say thank you. I am currently doing a lot of research on how to stop snoring ( and I find the information provided on your site very useful. If you don't mind, I would like to quote your site as a reference in my research paper.

Zoe monitoring device

I just found your posting about this monitor, and I was wondering if you are still using it. I just discovered on TV and decided to check it out. I can relate somewhat what you said about the comparison between this device and a full sleep study (at a medical overnight lab).

I have gone through three overnight studies. All at different locations, and yes they're not very comfortable. I feel that the results is a direct result from the discomfort or comfort setting at the facility, and not what you might be experiencing at home.

It was suggested to take home a portable monitoring device (not Zoe), but even the doctors told me that this would not be very accurate since they usually include at the most 2 telemetry channels.

I'm not sure if I would like to invest $150, juts to get some reports for only 3 minutes monitoring, when in reality I'm more interested in a full night.

Re: Zoe monitoring device

I don't use it every night anymore, as I've gathered a lot of data and made a lot of corrections already.

Also... it gives you a full night of information, not just the 3 minutes. The *resolution* is 2 minutes, but it gathers data all night.

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