Wednesday, April 29, 2015

MetalloClear Week 5

I can't believe I'm almost 30 days into my heavy metal detox.  At this point, I'm only about 1/4 of the way through the treatment though since I'm still not up to the full dose. Since my last post, I had decreased back to 1 in the morning and 1 at night.  My hip pain dramatically decreased within 2 days, but still lingered a bit.  I would say it's 95% better now, with a twinge here and there.  I don't believe it was related to the detox, but no harm done in decreasing my dosage.  I did increase my dosage back to 2 in the morning and 1 at night this past Sunday, 4/26.

I've had a bit of a rough time the past week, with my head feeling more off than usual. I really couldn't blame it on the dosage of MetalloClear because at that point, I was only on the base dose of 1 in the morning and 1 at night. In full disclosure, I did have my menstrual cycle last week and that always made my dizziness feel worse. Although the prior two months before this I didn't feel as bad. It was kind of discouraging that I was feeling so blah again, after feeling really good the past few months.  I also had a lot of unexplained anxiety but my faith got me through it.  I don't mean to say that so casually as I mean it wholeheartedly. If I did not know the Lord and the truth of His word, I really don't know how I 'd get through the moments where everything I'm feeling is a lie.  "For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self control" (2 Tim 1:7).  I prayed, called to mind scripture and put one foot in front of the other serving the Lord until the feelings of anxiety were behind me.  This is a huge area of victory for me because in the past, I would allow the fear to take over and would have ended up in bed all day dwelling on things with my anxiety turning into a full blown attack. Instead, I chose to trust the Lord and walk by the resurrection power within me!

I've also had a rough week care-giving for my grandma and I know the stress of that adds to how my head is feeling.  She has been sick, in and out of the hospital and needing a lot more care lately. 

Overall, it was a rough week personally, physically and emotionally but I got through it like I always do.  Here's to a new start and maybe, just maybe an increase to 2 in the morning and 2 at night again! We shall see.  

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

MetalloClear Week 4

Today I'm on Day 22 and starting Week 4 of my heavy metal detox.  I had been having a slight pain in my left hip the past week but didn't think anything of it until I increased my dosage back up to 2 in the morning and 2 at night on Monday and woke up Tuesday barely being able to walk.  Now, I have no clue if it's due to the detox, but my doctor advised me to drop back down to the beginning dose of 1 in the morning and 1 at night. She did say that it's unavoidable for the mercury to irritate your immune system as it filters through your blood stream, so perhaps it's just taking itself out on my joints right now. Honestly, I'd rather be hobbling around on a bum hip than being stuck in bed with dizziness.  

So, just to clarify again, I have no clue if my joint pain in the hip is from the detox. I had been exercising pretty consistently the past 2 weeks so maybe I just overused the muscles. There is really no way to know. I only do light walking workouts right now, so I really can't see how that would cause this pain, but you never know.  

So, I'm back to the beginning! It's going to take me longer to get through this treatment plan, but I'd rather take it slow and feel better along the way. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MetalloClear Week 3

Today is Day 15 of my heavy metal detox.  I have been feeling much better mentally since decreasing my dosage back down to 2 in the morning and 1 at night last Saturday, 4/11. (For the details on what I'm referring to, read this post). I let my doctor know how I was feeling and she advised me to stick with 2/1 until Friday, at which time I will try to increase back to 2 at night.  I increased my water intake from 67 ounces to 84.  I live in the bathroom now, but at least the toxins are flushing out! ;-)

I don't have much else to report so this will be short.  I'm just plugging along, doing what I'm called to do one day at a time! 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Comments and Spam

I recently posted a comment from someone because I thought it was a legitimate comment. However, it contained a link and ever since I posted it, I've been getting a lot of spam.  If you're reading this and it was your comment, I'm sorry I had to delete it. I can no longer post any comments that contain any links that seem suspicious or cannot be identified as legitimate web pages that will not produce spam traffic.

Thank you!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

MetalloClear Week 2, Day 4

I started Day 11 of my heavy metal detox today and wanted to post an update because I've been experiencing some strange symptoms. I've noticed since I increased my dosage on Wednesday to 2 supplements in the morning and 2 at night, that I started feeling off mentally. I can't fully explain it, but it's almost like something outside of my external circumstances in altering my mood. I have felt more cranky, depressed-like and wanting to cry.  

I should note that I am the full time caregiver for my 97 year old grandma who lives with me and my husband and have been feeling a bit burned out lately by all the care she needs, but I don't think that's the cause of all these emotions.

Just to be on the safe side I sent my doctor an email and she advised me to decrease my dosage back to 2 in the morning and 1 at night, to increase my water intake (I was already drinking about 67 ounces a day) and to see if the symptoms ease up.  She said it could possibly be from the detox, but I guess we don't know for sure.  

Thank the Lord I have His truth to stand upon to get me through these negative feelings that I know are not reality!  I have a lot to be thankful for and am incredibly blessed to have a supportive family and attentive doctor.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MetalloClear Week 2

I debated whether or not to blog about my experience using MetalloClear for heavy metal detox. Ultimately I thought that if it would benefit others going through a similar situation, then maybe giving weekly updates (or whenever I can) would be a positive thing to do. 

I'm starting week 2 today and so far I have not experienced any ill effects. As far as I know, you're not really supposed to suffer any side effects with this particular detox, but everyone's body is different. My doctor did tell me to listen to my body and pay attention to how I'm feeling, if my dizziness gets worse, etc., and if so, to decrease my dosage according. I started the first week taking 1 supplement in the morning and 1 at night.  I did that for 3 days and then moved on to 2 in the morning and 1 at night. Tonight starts another increase to 2 in the morning and 2 at night, working my way up to the full dose of 3 in the morning and 3 at night.   This is my doctor's plan for me.  I'm not saying this is the way everyone should do it, but rather this is the way I was advised to do it.  She told me it's not a race and this can be taken as slowly (or quickly) as my body can handle it. I've had a few days of feeling slightly off but the weather has been bad and my head always gets funny when it's raining and/or the pressure is changing. I'm also drinking one shake per day (Ultra Clear Renew Medical Food) along with the detox supplements.  

It may be worth noting that the first several days of starting the supplements and shakes, my mouth was really, really abnormally dry. I know it wasn't from being dehydrated because I've been drinking tons of water. I have no idea if the dry mouth was from the supplements, shakes or just a coincidence, but it did subside and is no longer an issue.  

As I go into week 2, I'm trusting in the Lord and thankful for all of my friends who are lifting me up in prayer.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Heavy Metal Detox with MetalloClear

It's been a while since I posted the game plan for my healing and now that I'm on to Phase 2, I wanted to post an update. I have been faithfully taking all my supplements and probiotics for a few months now and can honestly say that I have been feeling better.   I still have my ocular flutter and vestibular imbalance, but I'm handling it much better and my energy levels have been much higher.  In addition, my digestion plumbing is top notch (without getting too personal) and for the past two months my menstrual cycle has finally regulated, along with non-existent cramps and bloating.  My doctor said these are all signs of the gut beginning to heal and it's good. (Of course these issues are not my main problem, but according to my doctor, there are layers of healing and it starts with the gut and optimizing your body's ability to deal with tackling the bigger issues. This is yet another test in patience!  I want to dive right in and fix my dizziness, but in reality, that will be the last thing to resolve.)  Another thing I noticed is how much better I feel in the mornings. I used to have a very difficult time getting out of bed because of the level changes.  After laying down all night, it took a few hours each morning for my head to get used to being upright.  I just felt off and had to move slowly, but not so much anymore.  I've had a day or two here and there where I'm off again, but overall there has been a huge improvement.

I've been eating very clean as directed, with lots of protein (meat, eggs, chicken, beans, etc), tons and tons of vegetables, fruits, nuts/seeds and lots of healthy fats and oils.  It wasn't too hard to give up sugar like I thought.  I did it slowly and now that I've been eating this way, I don't even have cravings anymore.  My head feels clearer too.  I am doing so much better on a higher healthy fat diet.  I should note that I made one mistake a few weeks ago and popped ONE dark chocolate Hershey Kiss into my mouth while baking cookies for my grandma's friend and within 10 minutes I felt very sick, off balance, my positional vertigo came back and I developed a migraine.  It had to be related to what I ate because I had been doing so well before and ever since that incident.  What the heck are Hershey Kisses really made of!? Scary stuff!

My doctor talked about several things related to my health that we may explore in the future (possibly Lyme's, mold exposure, sinus issues), but the big problem we're dealing with first now that my gut has been healing is the mercury and lead toxicity. I started a 60 day treatment to detox from heavy metals today with supplements called MetalloClear.  Instead of traditional chelation therapy, which my doctor does not use, she has me on this natural protocol.  You can read more about it, but basically I'm taking "super food" supplements which will increase my body's own ability to detox metals for itself.  It's supposed to be a slower, safer and more gentle approach. Along with the supplements, I am drinking one nutritional support shake per day to help replenish any good things lost from my body in the process. This is a process that must be done slowly and I will update again to let you know how I'm doing. In addition to this heavy metal detox plan and the supplements I mentioned I was taking in my last blog post, my doctor also added some iron and iodine to my treatment plan. 

My doctor believes this plan will eliminate my neurological issues and I'm praying the Lord will allow it to be so!