I know that Uny does not approve of 'rock mineral' in any shape or form. I did not comment on your first post on this, because I know this forum doesn't support the drink - and I don't want to misuse the forum. I used to take it- for quite some time, and along with other good stuff - a plant based, remineralizing approach to eating, and being more knowledgeable about "brix", it turned my health around.
Would I have preferred exclusively plant-based whole minerals to the CH? Yes! But I could not afford that. it was the best I could do for a reasonable cost. And it took me some time to get over my concern about it being unnatural. I believe the *synergy* of the whole thing puts it into the realm of acceptable, and non-harming. I never got 'scientific' about adding the C.H. to the lemon. I just added a T. to start, to the drink; the water and lemon or ACV. (And would take the kelp on the spoon that I'd used for the bsm. Not adding it to the drink. Eating it, and following up with the drink. In fact, writing about it now, makes me crave it. Grzbear used to post a lot on CZ about the many variations on this; in folkways it's known as "switchel", and was given to hard-working itinerant farmers, to replenish themselves after a day's work (and acidity))
I love the flavor- and often crave it. Even without the CH it's a good, healthful drink. And if you take a lot of greens and green juice, and herbs...you can probably just leave out the CH, ( which is the thing that concerns people) and do quite well.
I'm familiar with the M/L 'alkalizing drink'. I'm also aware that there are people that claim very good success with the drink and the protocol, and people that claim very strong negative experiences. If you've read all the postive AND negative experiences, then good for you. If you haven't, then you need to before making any decisions.
I believe that, for most people (whose organs are congested, clogged, malfunctioning and have all manner of GI issues) that alkalizing gently can be beneficial. I also believe that putting strongly alkaline substances into our stomach (like calcium hydroxide solution), will alkalize/neutralize (to some extent) our stomach acid...and that can be very harmful for folks that have low stomach acid and digestion issues. Calcium "alkalizes"...there are all kinds of natural foods, berries & herbs that are very high in calcium that wouldn't immediately neutralize stomach acid.
Grzbear studied M/L theories and the science behind them all, and found it all to be very sound... took the information, added his own, and achieved wonderful healing (after he'd done various cleanses and other healing). I have TONS of respect for Grz, but at the same time I know that his level of knowledge and discernment is farFarFAR greater than 99% of people on Curezone.
The one thing I believe VERY strongly is that one must be EXTREMELY in tune with their body when using this drink/protocol. Sadly & frustratingly, when there's an addictive chemical at play that strongly & negatively impacts & alters every system of the body, that self-awareness is severely lacking, impeded and clouded.
jboy, every since you put the first xanax in your body, your body has not been responding normally or naturally to anything you eat, drink or do. With each individual dose you took, that unnatural/abnormal state was increased - as were the various side-effects you experienced (at that time, I don't recall you even having any knowledge or lists of the side-effects). Then came the 'tolerance addiction' (13/14 months ago), and on top of the unnatural state of your body, the vast array of side-effects, you then had the symptoms of 'tolerance withdrawal'...and now, on TOP of ALL of that, you have continuing symptoms of actual withdrawal (including any new symptoms/issues that you've added along the way).
Do I think you have every right to ingest or do whatever you want to do? ABSOLUTELY! Do I think you're in any condition to be as in-tune with your body as you need to be to make sure you don't cause any harm? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Why?
From your posts above, the recipe:
1 TBSPN picking lime into 1 gallon of water. Set aside.
half a lemon in a cup
pour in lime water until it starts to change to a dark yellow. it should taste neutral, not lemony, not chalky.
1 TBSPN black strap mollasses
1 TBSPN powdered kelp
pinch of epsom salt if needed
pinch of sea salt if need more sodium to counteract the potassium in BSM.
From the top
-- mix in a T of calcium hydroxide in a gallon of water. Easy
--"half a lemon in a cup"? The juice of half a lemon? or an actual half a lemon?
-- pour into calcium hydroxide solution until it looks & tastes "neutral"? "not chalky"? "not lemony"? According to whose taste buds? Your natural taste buds ARE impaired! Is that 1/2 teaspoon? 1 Tablespoon? 1/4 cup? 1 cup? How much is too much? How much is harmful?
--pinch of epsom salt if needed If "needed"? Needed for what exactly? if you don't know, then how do you know if it's needed?
--pinch of sea salt if need more sodium to counteract the potassium in BSM. Can you "discern" by taste or reaction, if you need to add salt to counteract the potassium? if you can't, or don't know, then it makes sense to 'not continue' until you know for sure what you are doing.
--The pickling lime gives calcium, the lemon creates acid to release the energy of the BSM and also neutralize the alkaline lime water. So, you know that the the calcium hydroxide solution IS alkaline enough to cause harm (since it may need to be neutralized).
My bottom-line opinion? In your situation jboy (particularly with your level of compromise, various 'reactions' and not having any way of knowing what is natural or unnatural in your body), if you want to "alkalize", then I strongly suggest you do so with natural plants, juices, herbs and foods. You're doing all kinds of good things and making great headway...but I can guarantee you that every person I've ever helped with benzo issues, comes back after being off them 6 months -1 year saying..."I had no IDEA how compromised I was when I was coming off those damned things. I'm just now starting to regain my clarity and 'sense of self'."
Do a search on 'alkalizing foods', find the charts, and start there...that's very safe AND very effective! :)
If you decide to use this drink and find that you need help or support, you can post on the Alkalzing Support forum or M/L's private forum (and be SURE you give them a complete 'benzo history' when/if you do...making sure you ask if there's any way this will impact the plasma level of benzos). I'm not going to be of much help here with any issues you experience, because I'm not familiar enough with the full protocol & drink to know how it interacts with benzo usage & benzo withdrawal.
I wish I could be more positive for you on this - I'm just too limited to do more than share what I've shared. First physician, do no harm!