Hi everyone, I’ve been lurking for a while but thought I’d share my Indian provider for my meds as a public service announcement—I’ve been getting the best price I’ve come across and consistently great service over multiple deliveries.
Here is the website and product catalog (you search for the product you have in mind — e.g. acarbose): Wholesale Trader of Pharmaceutical Tablets & Ed Medicine by Blue Crystal International, Nagpur
Some haggling on price is normal and can’t be avoided. But the provider is trustworthy and I am sure the products are genuine based on the classic GI symptoms from the acarbose (I’ve become such a flatulent windbag that I must question if longer life is worth it at such a price ) and rapa (mouth sore for me the first week, super energy for my husband and BIL).
Shipping time from India around two weeks and all packages are tracked.
One time the package was lost in customs and they Re shipped at no cost. All interaction via WhatsApp. I highly recommend!
Now as to my product / intervention stack:
I take rapa (3-4 mg a week + omega3 fish oil pills + GFJ), metformin (500mg 2x day, but not religiously, meaning some days I do some I forget / neglect), mega doses of Vit B12 whenever I take the metformin, acarbose 300mg a day over my carby meals, LDN (3.5mg a night but not religiously), low dose lithium, a bunch of supplements that are supposed to lower triglycerides (bitter melon, etc.)
Almost forgot—I take NAC (600mg) + Guanfancine to squash my post COVID brain fog as it was shown quite effective in a small study. I don’t intend to take it forever, at least not the guanfancine bit, although it seems like a great nootropic. Its side effect is lower blood pressure which too is a good thing long term but becoming this pill popper of a varied cocktail doesn’t sit well long term.
Then I use a red + near IR light panel very regularly because it feels great (also great powerful ones from AliExpress at a fraction of online retail prices, if you are looking let me know and I can share specs), hydrogen water generator but not as regularly as I’d like because distilling water is a pain in the ass, but I’m getting more regular with it, and red laser blood irradiation watch — again to counter any tendency for higher triglycerides. This I use pretty regularly because it’s easy and convenient.
My skin is looking amazing and I generally feel very good. I tend to eat well too and sneak in collagen powder, inulin, IP6, colostrum powder, ashwagandha, Ceylon cinnamon, non dutched cocoa etc. in my smoothies and baked goods.
Feedback on my stack?
Sometimes I feel like a crazy person at my stack of supplements and get grossed out at the handful of pills I’m about to swallow. I wonder if there’s drug interactions between them that are unknown because unstudied (officially there shouldn’t be, I’ve researched them, but absence of evidence is not evidence of absence). Then again we ingest and subject ourselves to so much we don’t know the implications of…. I know this is a philosophical question in our context, but pros and cons and ways of thinking about the “kitchen sink” approach beyond the obvious ones?
So far metformin and acarbose are there for the diabetic side effects of rapamycin (and potentially synergistic action) but I’m not at all comfortable going down the statin route to address triglycerides and hope the supplements plus blood irradiation plus hydrogen water do the trick.
Blood work coming up in July.
Also I’ve read nearly all the heated exchanges Re: metformin but somehow I don’t think I’ve seen Vit B12 deficiency/ supplementation mentioned as a factor when the supposedly deleterious potential effects of metformin are discussed. Am I missing something? Shouldn’t they be mooted in theory if such supplementation is provided? In my research that seemed to be the magic bullet. Please share more wisdom on the subject. I’ve read also that metformin + acarbose is more effective than acarbose alone both for diabetes control and heart protection. I’m no great performance athlete to worry about minimal downward effect on performance. If anything regular HIT exercise is what I need to add to my stack and will be working on this year — if only it came in pill form! I know the picture is complicated but I have a gut feeling the underlying effect of metformin is either decidedly positive or negative, not a wash, and the picture is only muddled due to the study design flaws. Hope I’m betting on the right side but I’m not too worried either way as I’m relatively young (will turn 37 in May) and can reassess down the road.