The CO2 has to be 22 or above for the Diamox to work. Here are a couple of Dr Diana’s video’s which you might find useful:
To quote from this second video:
When you start on Diamox it’s a good idea to ask your doctor for a standing order for bloodwork which includes a serum CO2 and calcium level as a minimum.
(Here are ways Dr D suggests in the video, to help maintain alkalinity)
* Baking soda capsules, or you can buy the empty capsules at a formulating pharmacy. Dr D says - I just buy a big bag of anything the size that I can swallow. There are some machines that help you make the capsules, e.g. ‘Cap m Quick’.
* You can buy pills that must be dissolved in water, they are cheap.
* Dr D carries with her Alkaline Drops, put 3-4 drops in anything you drink Dr D cannot tell the difference. There are Alkaline Machines for your kitchen.
* There are a few companies that sell Alkaline herbs, it takes a lot to make a difference (and you burp alfalfa!)
* Food makes a great difference in our acidity level but it’s not always intuitive, lemons for example are obviously acidic but the effect of the body is to make it more alkaline, they contains some of the strongly alkaline minerals of
Oranges will make you acidic because their sugar content is so high, the sugar cancels the alkalising affect. Most sugar is acidic.
On the acidic side of the spectrum
Mildly acidic foods
Meat and Fish
Beans and Peas
Mildly alkaline foods
Strongly alkaline foods are:
Some citrous fruit
PH strips, if you can’t wait for the blood tests. Check your salivary PH levels 2-3 times a day, 1-2 hours after eating and a good target PH is 6.75 or 7.
Hope some of this helps