@cheshire-cat, I have noticed that I have issues with some foods. The diet we are on that I've been referring to as a Paleo-type diet actually is called AIP (Autoimmune Protocol). It's essentially Paleo minus some foods that are usually ok on Paleo but are known to cause inflammation for some people. It's an elimination diet, so after you are on it for a while, you can start to reintroduce some of the restricted foods (one by one, very slowly) and then add them back to the diet if there is no reaction. You end up with pretty much a Paleo diet, minus anything that you still can't tolerate. Chocolate is one of those things that is a reintro food and I do seem to still be having a problem with it. For me, though, the reaction seems to be more mood-related than physical, although I've never gotten to a point where I feel consistently ok physically, so I can't be sure yet. lol.
@sher-ellie, Thank you for mentioning CBD. My wife and I have had great results with it. We use a convection vape to vape it, and we also make a homemade tincture in oil. I hadn't thought of CBD deafening the empath muscles, but I would find that a welcome thing, honestly, sometimes. lol. I will give that a try. (I don't use it nearly as often as I should, really, but I will pay attention to the energy I feel in the future.)
@cheshire-cat, Are you in the US? We've ordered CBD flower from a place in Oregon where they grow it organically and test it regularly to make sure the THC levels are at or below the legal level. They have several different strains, some we liked a lot better than others. That seems to be a personal thing as we all respond differently. I don't know if we are allowed to put links to businesses in the forum, but if you'd like to PM me, I'll be happy to share their name and URL. I'm not affiliated with them in any way other than as a customer, but they have really reasonable prices.
@hop-daddy, Thank you for the info about clearing the stones! I read it after I got home yesterday, with a headache. I had just figured maybe it would take time for the rocks to help or that the headache was caused because I was around more people yesterday than usual. I used the dry-salt method on the rocks overnight last night and today I do feel a bit "lighter", if that makes sense. I'm still questioning everything and being a bit of a skeptic at this point, but I hope this feeling can continue and even improve more.
I ordered some small beads made from each of the stones that you recommended. I'm going to make two bracelets so I can wear one while the other is in the salt and I'll manage to always have one with me that way. Except for when I'm in water . . . not sure how that would affect them.
Fortunately, when I get those ice-pick headaches, it's a short-lived pain. It goes from zero to 10 for maybe 5 or 6 seconds, then goes away. I've been attributing it to inflammation because it seems to happen when the inflammation in the rest of my body is high. Hopefully that will improve, also.