At this blog, we talk supplements.  If you have a pill swallower, imagine the
possibilities if you could make your own capsules.  Literally, be your own
compounding pharmacy right inside your kitchen!

It's not that difficult and with a little encouragement from a dear friend Anita
Kugelstadt, we learned how.  

What you need:

  • Supplements
  • Capsules
  • Capsule Filling Machine
  • optional: glass of wine and / or favorite tv show


First stop....
The "Capsule Connection" is a one stop shop.  

Start by watching their
Video which demonstrates how easy it is to make your
own capsules

Then look at
this page to decide what size capsules you would like to
purchase.

The smallest
capsule maker machine they sell is for size 1 (which is smaller
than standard capsules) but if you would like
size 3 or smaller, you can find
them, they are just more expensive.

We like the Capsule Connection because they are very clear about the
ingredients used to manufacture the capsules and specifically state they are
non-GMO.  Their prices are also very reasonable.


When you need precise doses

You may have noticed in the capsule making video that the herbs are not put
into the capsules in exact dosages.

If you need specific measurements, for example, if you're following
Andy
Cutler's low dose chelation protocol  you will need to add another step.

It's not difficult, but you must divide the pre-made capsules (that you
purchased containing the chelators) into smaller portions and
then pour them
into the capsules in your capsule machine.

We recommend adding those first and anything else you want to add last.  

To divide them, one method that works well is to open the capsule and pour it
into tiny piles onto a sheet of parchment paper.

Next, you cut the paper into squares (so each pile is on one square) with a
razor blade and pour them into the capsule filling machine.

You can then top off the capsule with anything you like.... vitamin C,
magnesium, and at night time you can even add melatonin or Candex.   
You're only limited by your imagination.

Note: It is also fine to cut the paper before you start, or use post-it notes,
whatever you're comfortable with.  

For Andy Cutler Chelation, the doses do not need to be "exact."  Eyeballing
them as close as possible is how most do it.


Buying Supplements

We don't need to tell you where to buy supplements, chances are if you're
reading this page, you have cabinets full of them

But for the chelators, the ones we like best are:
(depending on your dosage and how far you like to divide)

Pure Encapsulations 100 mg ALA
Kirkman 50 mg ALA
Kirkman 25 mg ALA

VRP 100 mg DMSA
VRP 25 mg DMSA



Inexpensive, easy, done.

So that's that.  You and your new capsule maker will be an unstoppable
duo!   Once you have one, you're likely to think of many uses.   When you
do, send them to us and we'll add them to this blog!

Reader suggestions:

"I always kept a 100 mg, 50 mg, and 25 mg bottle on hand. That way, when
you increase the dose you can do it really slowly. So, instead of dividing 100
mgs into 8, you can divide 125. It gives you flexibility for making smaller
batches too."

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For non-pill swallowers:

If your child is not a pill swallower, you can still use this method to divide the
doses, or you can use our pillbox method outlined below:
For more on low dose
chelation, please visit our
facebook group:
3. To administer, use a 1 or 3 ml syringe (buy here).

Suction water from a small cup then squirt it into the pill
box, stir, and then place the tip in the corner of the box
and suction it back up.  

If you don't want to administer to your child via the
syringe, you could squirt it back into the cup.  We use
the syringe which makes it very easy at night.

At night, Caroline usually simply swallows and rolls over,
staying asleep.

** TIP:  I add melatonin to the midnight dose to
help                 her stay asleep.
1. Open capsule and pour it evenly
into piles in the pill boxes.  Stop  
when you've used about 3/4 of it.
2. Tap the box on its side to determine if they're equal,
use the remaining powder to equalize doses.