Does Cascara Suppress The Immune System?

Discussion in 'Cascara Sagrada' started by Tarmander, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. Regina

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    Once again, thank you so much for your responses Haidut!!!
    I don't think my rat is having negative responses to taking the cascara capsules.
    It sure would be great to be able to track the various pro and anti-metabolic markers as we learn from our rat's experiences.
    I am keeping a neutral mind about how to think about cold/flu-like symptoms.
    I put 4 drops of metergoline on my rat since I last posted and had her take an aikido class. She coughed a few times but enjoyed class and had a lot of mat energy. She sang along in the car home feeling worked out but refreshed and liking her new training environment. Indeed, one of the rat's partners said , "whoa, maybe a little less caffeine before training?!?" He was laughing; it wasn't snarky.
    This same rat had gone to bed last night with the idea that it caught the cold/flu bug going around Chicago. The rat slept in and felt sorry for itself most the day. But such_saturation's brief missive re serotonin perked her experimental curiosity to snap out of it. C'mon rat, how would you feel with less serotonin?
    ha, well for whatever that update was worth....:think: :mytwocents (maybe less) :drinkingbuddies

    I find I am guilty of thread bleed (cascara => metergoline) but, at the same time, everything seems to be pointing to the same thing. I apologize for getting off-topic.
     
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    It might be more clear if the title of this thread reflected a question rather than a statement that makes it sound like, well, what it says.
    I think that to people who haven't read the thread, this could be missleading. Maybe I'm the only one.
     
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    I have been taking activated charcoal and cascara for some time. Quite pleased with the results i have to say: AC seems to lower serotonin and calm me down before sleep and cascara makes me more happy and gets rid of brain fog.
    Casacara does seem to increase serotonin though . I am not sure it could also be symptoms of supressed liver . I become puffy , look more bloated start loosing hair a lot , hair also becomes dry and frizzy and my metabolism seems to slow down.
    I would guess cascara irritates the gut. Does it help to take it with food . I am taking 450 mg per day. Would love to continue taking it, but will stop if the serotonin symptoms wont go away...
     
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    It "seems to increase serotonin". Doesn't fit with Ray's research. But, what brand are you using? It's been a while since I looked into cascara, but I do recall that it needs to be aged, and that there is a good product from Italy...
     
  6. Mauritio

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    it doesnt do it per se , i think it irritates the gut ,which releases serotonin.
     
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    Dave Foster found a study showing that steady use of cascara caused some kind of spots to occur in the intestines. Sorry I can't remember more but I seem to recall that the gist of the article was that it was not serious. But a lot of people report - including me - that steady use of it causes it to stop working.

    Lapodin does not lose it's effectiveness for me but I only use a couple of drops orally 2-3 times a week. And it's a old bottle, maybe a year and half old. Taking Lapodin from a new bottle was very, very strong. Too much. I could only take it topically. It's very invigorating.

    But I've stopped taking cascara. I have an unopened bottle in the closet.
     
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