Yeah I think its our western rubbish of taking things to the extreme, we study beautiful eastern arts, then break ourselves doing something that should be restoring harmony and balance within ourselves. I feel very bad for this, and losing something so precious to me, with Karate. All because of N.O Explode! Avoid it like the plague, makes you feel like superman, then eventually depletes the life out of you. Crash and burn huh Mav?
Good choice on the pharmas - i needed to keep working to pay the rent so resorting to them for sleep, worst idea of my life. I have noticed the recovery of people who havent taken the pharma meds is faster than those that have. So your already onto a winner.
Yeah avoid ARL, they will just tell you you have copper toxicity, when in your case its probably the opposite...there were some stories of those on the NB board that finally turned to TEI because they where getting sicker detoxing copper, when in fact they had a shortagr! Go with TEI , Nova Detox in the UK will do the test for you , doubt it would be much in postage, there are few practitioners or you can just go with the lab results.
Definitely start the meditation - your body and mind will rebel at first, but keep with it, train the zen, remmeber the neuroplasticity. No training whatsoever, dont fire the 'fight or flight' system, this goes for food like sugar, heavy carbs, action films, rampant sex, p 0 r n etc. Think of yourself living in a monestary in Japan and try to adopt everything in like as Kata.