Radio Frequency (RF) – Extreme Health Concern From Living Near A Powerful Cell Tower – Mercury

Radio Frequency (RF) & Mercury

If you’ve read my other posts, you know that I tried to heal from what I thought was mostly mercury poisoning for the past few years. But symptoms like chronic fatigue and brain fog continued in spite of lifestyle changes, detoxing, chelating, etc.

Cell Tower 2 © BeGutsy.comThe elephant in my home is the cell tower placed in 2012 less than 250 feet away.

The RF shielding options I am working with to shield the cell tower Radio Frequency radiation in my apartment are silver, copper, and aluminum.

But if metals are used to shield RF, what happens when those metals in our teeth, connected to our organs through meridians, attract the RF?

From what I understand, “silver” mercury metal dental fillings, aluminum (in porcelain fillings), gold, tin, and copper attract RF like mini-antennas. Is this why I had more mercury flooding into my body as evidenced by my unprovoked heavy metal tests?

Here is a recent study published just this month on RF releasing mercury from amalgams at a higher rate:

Effect of radio frequency radiation from Wi-Fi devices on mercury release from amalgam restorations (Source: Study published on NIH.gov)

Background

Dental amalgam is composed of approximately 50% elemental mercury. Despite concerns over the toxicity of mercury, amalgam is still the most widely used restorative material. Wi-Fi is a rapidly using local area wireless computer networking technology. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study that evaluates the effect of exposure to Wi-Fi signals on mercury release from amalgam restorations.

Results

The mean (±SD) concentration of mercury in the artificial saliva of the Wi-Fi exposed teeth samples was 0.056 ± .025 mg/L, while it was only 0.026 ± .008 mg/L in the non-exposed control samples. This difference was statistically significant (P =0.009).

Conclusion

Exposure of patients with amalgam restorations to radio frequency radiation emitted from conventional Wi-Fi devices can increase mercury release from amalgam restorations.

Back in 2013 I was shocked to learn that the “silver” mercury metal fillings in my mouth were toxic. And today I am beside myself to learn that Radio Frequency radiation from cell towers, antennas, cell phones, smart meters, and Wi-Fi not only causes biological damage, but also synergize with the toxic mercury fillings to release more of the heavy metal into our bodies.

When I have found a safer home, I will add more on the topic in my upcoming book. For now you can read the most important posts in my healing protocol, using the index links below.

Be Gutsy!  L


Healing Naturally = Nutrients In + Toxins Out

1. Nutrients In

2. Toxins Out

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Natural Alternatives: Why Are My Beauty, Makeup, & Personal Care Products Bad For My Health?

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Cancer Prevention?

Most beauty, makeup, and personal care products are made with toxic chemicals that disrupt hormones and metabolism, and according to numerous scientific studies, can cause cancer.

A few years ago, I would have glossed over words like cause cancer (aka “carcinogenic”) or disrupt hormones (aka “endocrine disruptor”).

But now that I have heavily invested money and time into detoxing and chelating chemicals out of my body and brain, I see the importance of paying attention to what I use. And it is surprisingly simple to swap out products with toxins for healthier options.


Why Are Toxic Chemicals Used?

Many companies that manufacture and sell beauty, makeup, and personal care products often add chemicals for numerous reasons, including:

  • Some chemicals help preserve products and extend the shelf life. Longer expiration dates means that more can be sold and less thrown out.
  • Many chemicals make manufacturing less expensive. e.g. a synthetic imitation rose scented fragrance vs. adding essential oils from real cold-pressed roses.
  • And other chemicals can make products look “good” or work “better” so consumers will purchase them, become brand-loyalists, and buy more.

Lipstick and lip gloss are good examples. In a study by The University of California (1), nine toxic heavy metals, including chromium, cadmium, manganese, aluminum and lead were detected in the eight lipsticks and 24 lip glosses that were tested. Because the metals are contaminants from the pigments and base materials, not actual ingredients, they are not disclosed on the product label. However, these contaminants get absorbed through the lips and consumed orally with every application:

Cosmetic ingredients do not remain on the surface of the skin. They are designed to penetrate, and they do. Scientists have found many common cosmetic ingredients in human tissues, including phthalates in urine, preservatives called parabens in breast tumor tissue and persistent fragrance components in human fat. (2)

In the U.S., the FDA does not regulate the toxic chemicals much. From the Environmental Working Group:

Myth – The government prohibits the use of all dangerous chemicals in personal care products, and companies wouldn’t risk using them.

Fact – With the exception of color additives and a few prohibited substances, cosmetics companies may use any ingredient or raw material in their products without government review or approval (FDA 2005). Whereas the European Union has banned more than 1,000 ingredients from use in cosmetics, the FDA has only prohibited the following (FDA 2000a): BIthionol, Chlorofluorocarbon propellants, Chloroform, Halogenated salicylanilides (di-, tri-, metabromsalan and tetrachlorosalicylanilide), Methylene chloride, Vinyl chloride, Zirconium-containing complexes, Prohibited cattle materials…


Endocrine / Hormone Disruptors

Unfortunately, most of those cost-saving chemicals can harm or disrupt health by impacting the endocrine system. But what does that mean and why does it matter? Here is a brief recap of the endocrine system and hormones:

The endocrine system is a collection of glands that secrete hormones directly into the circulatory system to be carried towards distant organs. The major endocrine glands include the pineal gland, pituitary gland, pancreas, ovaries, testes, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, hypothalamus, gastrointestinal tract and adrenal glands. (3)

Hormones are used to communicate between organs and tissues to physiological regulation and behavioral activities, such as digestion, metabolism, respiration, tissue function, sensory perception, sleep, stress, growth and development, movement, reproduction, and mood. (4)

I believe that our bodies gently let us know there is something wrong with symptoms like dry skin, rashes, weight gain or PMS. And when the toxins accumulate and fill up in our tissues and organs, our bodies start yelling with serious illnesses, diseases and even cancer (as many of these chemicals are carcinogens and that means they can damage cells and cause cancer).

Even if we did not wear makeup or use personal care products, we all still breathe polluted air and consume polluted water and food from manufacturing bi-products. And then some of us actually pay to put more chemicals on our bodies, which are inhaled or absorbed through the skin.


The Price Of Beauty

Most of us will never connect the dots as we walk for a breast cancer cure while wearing pink ribbons and carcinogens, a.k.a. “anti-aging” “beauty” products, often made by the find a cure for cancer sponsors.

Television commercials, glamour magazine marketing campaigns, actresses in television shows & movies, and YouTube tutorials may also indoctrinate women and girls into believing that painting our faces and slathering or spraying products onto our body and hair equals beauty.

Sometimes a calamity like illness or cancer will debunk deep-seated cultural beliefs and behaviors. In my case, I my body was mercury poisoned and radiated. Because my body and brain were full of the heavy metals, my liver could not detox other additional toxic chemicals or metals without affecting everything from my sleep, to hormonal imbalances, and weight gain.

It took guts to give up makeup (and gluten and the cell phone!) Thankfully my SO has always preferred how I look without makeup. But it was uncomfortable to go out with friends and not apologize because I was not wearing makeup. And I definitely did not want to take photos with anyone capturing imperfect skin.

(Have you seen Inside Amy Schumer’s funny parody – Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup? ?)


Replacing Toxic Body Products

Even though I knew I could no longer use them, I had a hard time throwing out hundreds of dollars worth of department store cosmetics and more “natural” lotions, shampoos, and makeup that I had purchased (see appendix) — even ones from health food stores.

Did you know that organic and natural do not always mean healthy?

Products labeled natural or organic often contain synthetic chemicals, and even truly natural or organic ingredients are not necessarily risk-free. The global market for organic personal care products was valued at more than $7 billion in 2012, capturing the attention of consumers who prefer more natural or plant-based products (Cosmetics Design 2013). Products labeled “organic” or “natural” can contain petrochemicals, and those certified as organic can contain as little as 10 percent organic ingredients by weight or volume (Certech 2008). (6)

It took time, effort, and more money to find non-toxic, or less toxic, replacement products. Unlike my frantic gluten-substitution search, I tried not to stress as much about personal care products. I replaced the necessities, postponed researching the nice-to-have products, and ditched the rest.

Thankfully, there are more companies and entrepreneurs catering to the growing number of enlightened consumers. So do not fear — you can still wear makeup!

In general, I try to use single ingredient products when possible and sometimes refer to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics ratings database for new products. I will change things out on my essentials list as I continue to find new or better products:

Essential Products

  1. ToothpasteRedmond Earth Paste (unfortunately it has xylitol and clay may have metals).
  2. FlossDr. Tungs Smart Floss. I need a thicker floss than dental tape (fluoride free).
  3. MouthwashSalt water w/high quality essential oils.
  4. Shampoos&ConditionersUnscented Every Day Shea. Sometimes I add in high quality  essential oils like Tea Tree. I also use Moroccan Method shampoos, however, it is expensive and literally takes a quarter of a bottle to wash my long hair and not the quarter size suggestion.
  5. Bar SoapKiss My Face Aloe Vera Soap.
  6. Skin Moisturizer – 100% Organic, Virgin, Unrefined Shea Butter and 100%Pure Body Cream.
  7. Face MoisturizerShea butter, Jojoba oil, and Eminescence Facial Recovery oil (given as a gift).
  8. Lip CareShea butter.
  9. Makeup – Recently purchased liquid eyeliner and blush for special occasions from 100% Pure. but do not like some of the ingredients so still looking for non-mineral-based options. I have a list of companies from other health advocates that I will research when I get the time.
  10. Feminine Products – Avoid conventional pads and tampons made with chlorine, synthetic material, and toxic chemicals (like BPA, BPS, phtalates, and DEHP), GMO cotton, or bleached with chlorine is important.
    • Switched to organic cotton re-usable pads and organic cotton Organyx disposable pads (or Natracare disposable pads but the adhesives are not as sticky)
    • Tried a DivaCup but did not fit even after cutting the stem. May try Intimina Lily Cup (made from 100% FDA approved medical-grade silicone) and sea sponges.
  11. Food Grade 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

Personal Care Products I Avoid

  • Deodorant – Clean out bacteria in the body instead.
  • Liquid Hand Soap & Hand Sanitizer (avoid triclosan and triclocarban).
  • Perfume (avoid fragrance or diethyl phthalate).
  • Nail Polish & Nail Polish Remover.
  • Sunscreen – Wear hats, sunglasses, and clothing to prevent burning if I am in the sun for longer than an hour. The body needs direct exposure to make vitamin D.
  • Hair Dyes (and straighteners), Gels, and Sprays.

Appendix

We detected 16 potentially toxic chemicals — phthalates, triclosan, parabens, and musks — in blood and urine samples from 20 teen girls. Studies link these chemicals to potential health effects including cancer and hormone disruption. (5)

Here are 6 examples of chemicals in personal care products that disrupt the endocrine system:

1. Phthalates

  • Use: Plasticizing agent used in a lot of personal care products.
  • Impact: “A growing number of studies indicate that chemical family damages the male reproductive system.”

2. Triclosan & Triclocarban

  • Use: Antimicrobial pesticides in liquid soap (triclosan) or soap bars (triclocarban).
  • Impact: Triclosan disrupts thyroid function and reproductive hormones. Overuse may promote the development of bacterial resistance. Hard to avoid if you want to wash your hands in a public restroom.

3. Parabens

  • Use: Preservative to extend the shelf-life of products for the benefit of the manufacturer.
  • Impact: Xenoestrogens, meaning they mimic estrogenic activity in the body. (Think estrogen dominance problems like PMS, menstrual cramps, etc.) They can cause reproductive and developmental disorders according to the EWG.

4. Fragrance / “Perfume” (Note: Many chemicals are not listed on products because they can be hidden under this umbrella term.)

  • Use: Synthetic chemicals added to our personal care products to make them or us smell “nice”.
  • Impact: Hormone disruptor

5. Formaldehyde releasers

  • Use: In most nail products, and in around 1/5 of cosmetic products.
  • Impact: This preservative is often inhaled and is a known human carcinogen (can cause cancer), neurotoxin, and can also cause DNA damage, and allergic skin reactions.

6. Ethanolamines such as DEA, MEA, TEA

  • Use: Make lotions creamy and cleansers foamy but don’t have to be there.
  • Impact: Become carcinogenic when reacting with other chemicals. e.g. DEA linked to bladder, esophagus, liver, and stomach cancers.

Epigenetics: What To Do With 23andMe Raw Data

23andmeGenetic Testing

There is a wealth of genetic information one can learn from just a single tube of saliva.

However, I have found that understanding the data is complex.

At some point I would like to work with a genetic expert and apply more specific nutritional supplementation for healing.

For now, here are the steps I have taken to understand my genetic profile:

  • Test with 23andMe.
  • Interpret My Raw Data.
  • Get Additional Reports.
  • Protect My Privacy.

Testing With 23andMe, Raw Data, And Reports

I chose to do my genetic testing with a company called 23andMe. Mostly because I could get information about certain genes I was interested in knowing for less than $100 at the time. And I did not have to pay for a doctor’s appointment to order the test through a doctor like most other tests.

Unfortunately, the day I ordered my test, the FDA decided that 23andMe could no longer provide reports interpreting the raw data for customers. They could only provide the raw data without any interpretation. So I had to go through third-party companies in order to get interpretations.

23andMe has worked with the FDA and now is allowed to give customer’s a report with less information. I have not found it to be as helpful compared to the original intent.


Interpreting 23andMe Raw Data

There are a handful of places to go and a growing field of experts who can help interpret genetic predispositions. To start, I used 3 external companies to interpret my data:

1. Genetic Genie asked for donations but in essence is free. It is helpful in getting information on methylation and detoxification (e.g. MTHFR status):

2. Prometheus costs $5 and you can pay through your Amazon account (privacy concerns so I read some set up fake accounts. After running and downloading all of the reports, I had to go back into 23andMe and un-allow this company access to my raw data). The reports are definitely not as good as receiving the original interpreted data report from 23andMe but there is helpful info using the snp data base and being able to sort and search in an excel spreadsheet).

3. Dr. Amy Yasko is another free resource for interpreting raw data. I ran my raw data through her site, but think it was a subset of info I had already received from genetic genie. Dr. Yasko is well-known in the autism community and prescribes a very long list of her own branded supplements based off genetic info. While it made sense to me to supplement based off genetics (PLUS blood work, hair and stool tests, aka genomics), I chose not to pay for this protocol as I personally do not like too many additives in supplements.

I considered translating my raw data through other websites. When I have more time I will circle back starting with Metabolic Healing ($29). Then maybe MTHFRSupport ($20) or Livewello ($19.95).

There are also more recent apps like HealthWatch360 that may help with deciding what to eat based on one’s genetic data. I do not use apps because I do not like giving away personal data and losing my privacy but also because I do not use a cell phone anymore due to high RF radiation exposure.


Privacy Concerns

It is hard to say how genetic information can or will be used for or against people in the future. Recently, a court of law allowed the use of genetic information in a trial (client was forced to share data — will add link here later).

And who knows what 23andMe (founded by ex-wife of a large silicon valley company CEO) or any of the third-party companies really do with this information?

I try as much as possible to leave less of a digital fingerprint. In this situation, I downloaded my raw data, made a copy of the file, and changed the name of the file before uploading the raw data to a third-party site. No personal contact info is listed in the raw data file so the third-party companies are less likely to know who the raw data belongs to (unless they track email addresses, IP addresses, etc.)


Epigenetics = Genes + Environment

Epigenetics has since evolved since I started this post and continues to change quickly. So far, I have learned quite a bit of interesting information from my genetic reports that may or may not be helpful in healing.

The two most important things I can share from getting my 23andMe genetic info is 1. I need to supplement vitamin D and make sure to get out in the sun during the mid-day without sunblock (VDRTaq mutation) and 2. my body methylates well (no MTHFR gene mutations) — I just had more mercury flooding into my body from my dental amalgams and cell tower radiation than possible to detox or store in organs, tissues, and bones.

But genes can get turned on and off based on how we interact with the environment, chemicals, toxins, etc. So while knowing some of my genetic make-up has been helpful in understanding how my body is able to handle things like vitamin D or methylation, it is just one piece of the wellness puzzle. As I mentioned above, using other tests like blood work and hair or stool tests to confirm supplementation has been just as if not more important in my healing journey.

To read more about the rest of my healing protocol, I’ve provided an index with links below.

In good health!

Healing Naturally = Nutrients In + Toxins Out

1. Nutrients In

2. Toxins Out

What about you? Have you found any other helpful ways of using the 23andme raw data results or better genetic tests (even if they cost more?). Please let me know in the comments below.

The Microbiome: Treating Gut Dysbiosis With Nutrition, Probiotics, & Testing

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“All Disease Begins in the Gut.” – Hippocrates

The immune system protects the body from pathogens like parasites, bacteria, viruses, and fungus, as well as infections, tumor cells and more.

Most of the immune system is in the gut. This is why understanding the gut microbiome was critical for me in recovering from mercury poisoning.

However, understanding the microbiome is just as important for anyone working on immune system disorders, which can result in autoimmune disease and cancer.

Before I share how I am healing my gut with nutrient dense food, testing, probiotics, and sleep, here is my understanding of the microbiome and how my immune system got out of balance.


Part 1: The Microbiome & Gut Dysbiosis

We are made of bacteria. Almost all of the DNA in our bodies belongs to bacteria. In fact, the human microbiome is a collection of trillions of organisms living within the large intestines, skin, mouth, sinus, eyes, and reproductive area. These bacteria (good and bad) not only communicate with and influence brain health, but also regulate gene expression.

The base of our microbiota, bacteria that colonize our gut, is obtained when we pass through the birth canal (if one is delivered vaginally and not via a C-section). But the bacteria can change as quickly as every three days depending on what we eat or don’t eat, the environment, and stress (1).

When healthy, the beneficial bacteria in the microbiota are responsible for:

  • Maintain the gut lining.
  • Aiding in digestion.
  • Liberating nutrients from food making them more easily absorbed (like vitamin A, C, B, K).
  • Detoxification.
  • Regulating immunity.
  • Controlling inflammation.
  • Determining weight.
  • Easing stress.
  • Producing chemicals essential for brain health.
  • Acting as antibiotics, antivirals,and anti-fungals.

However, when there is too much exposure to substances that alter the gut balance or kill good bacteria, it can lead to gut dysbiosis (aka insufficiency dysbiosis), which is a lack of or not enough good bacteria.

Examples of major threats to a healthy microbiota are:

  • Environmental toxins like heavy metals, amalgams, chlorine in drinking water, and glyphosate can cause bad bacterial overgrowth.
  • Antibiotics from shots, soaps, drugs like antibiotics, antibiotic soaps, treated livestock — chicken, eggs, dairy, red meat, etc. — kill both good and bad bacteria.
  • Stress increases cortisol which decreases lacto/bifido.
  • Pathogens — think viruses, parasites, and bad bacteria.

Pathogens can live anywhere in the body and are very clever at staying alive at the expense of their host. They can elude the immune system by several tactics, including:

  • Secrete enzymes, proteins or other compounds that diminish or shut down defenses.
  • Hide within cells to avoid immune cells and antibodies.
  • Form biofilms to protect themselves.
  • Mutating.

My Gut Dysbiosis Story

In 2012, I had a “silver” onlay (similar to a crown) in my mouth replaced with a gold / copper one. That uninformed act, along with what I later learned about “Extreme Concern” cell tower radiation, sent a flood of galvanized methyl mercury from the mercury fillings in my mouth into my body, poisoning it, weakening the immune system, and creating a hostile environment that wiped out a lot of good bacteria. The medical term is gut dysbiosis, meaning that there was an imbalance of healthy to unhealthy intestinal bacteria, or in my case, no growth of the lactobacillus species when not supplementing (diagnosed with testing). As mentioned above, when good bacteria like lactobacillus or bifidobacterium are absent, the body misses out on a lot.

In addition, if there is an insufficiency of the good bacteria, that can lead to an overgrowth of opportunistic or bad bacteria, like parasites, viruses, or yeast. And that over-population can cause additional gut problems and other systemic symptoms throughout the body. As well as an increased risk for diabetes type 2 & obesity, and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s

Yeast, for example, is a natural fungi that grows in every human’s intestinal tract. A certain number are supposed to be there for proper digestion and even to keep mercury under control. But when yeast get out of control a lot can go wrong — think vaginal infections, dandruff, and sinus problems to start.

My gut eventually became like a wrecked motel full of too many of the bad guys (i.e. yeast) and not enough good gals (i.e. lactobacillus). And the gals were not going to stick around or return on their own until there was a full renovation.

So the most important things I did to begin healing my gut was to change my diet and re-populate my gut with good bacteria in the form of cultured food & beverages, and probiotic supplementation. But not just any probiotics and definitely not wild fermented food & drinks.

To read about how I re-populated my gut, click on the link below for Part 2.

Next
Part 2: Eating Nutrient Dense Food
Part 3: Supplementing Probiotics
Part 4: Testing Gut Dysbiosis, Nutrient Deficiencies, & More


Healing Naturally = Nutrients In + Toxins Out

1. Nutrients In

2. Toxins Out

The Microbiome: Treating Gut Dysbiosis With Nutrient Dense Food

Previous – Part 1: The Microbiome & Gut Dysbiosis

Do not reproduce without written permissionPart 2: Eating Nutrient Dense Food

Surprisingly, eating nutrient dense food today is not as simple as one would think. There are many reasons, including:

  • Time constraints that make it is easier to turn to the convenience of packaged and restaurant food over shopping and cooking.
  • Social lives that revolve around going out to eat at restaurants where taste and price are often valued over quality ingredients.
  • Misinformation. For example, the food and pharmaceutical industries have heavily market us into believing soy is a “health” food, the cholesterol myth, and that fat is bad. (The truth is that soy is estrogenic, damages the gut, and is often genetically modified, cholesterol and good fats are needed to make hormones and to heal, and sugar, processed oils, and too much gluten are “bad” for health.)

However, I believe eating real nutrient dense food and avoiding processed food is one of the most important factor for immune system health and overall health. Poor food choices:

  • Traumatize good bacteria.
  • Upset the balance of good and bad bacteria.
  • Tear open the one cell thick gut lining (the thin wall that keeps food inside the gut and prevents it from going into the bloodstream).

In addition, when toxins that do not belong in the body are consumed (GMOs, pesticides, additives, chemicals, and heavy metals), the body has to spend its resources getting them out (detoxing), instead of creating energy, healing, and repairing.

So even though my body is brilliant at finding ways to store toxins in tissues, bones, and fat cells (aka bio-accumulation of toxins), I try to skip the toxin-in and toxin-out step as much as possible by eating clean, nutrient dense food.

Below I share ten tips for eating nutrient dense food:


“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ~ Hippocrates

1. Eat organic, non-GMO, pesticide / chemical-free whole nutrient dense food:

  • Eat mostly pastured grass-fed beef, plenty of vegetables, fruit, herbs&spices, healthy fats, and probiotic-rich fermented foods & beverages like coconut kefir, kraut, and kvass. I never drink  kombucha which is made of wild yeast.
  • Eat plenty of good fat which is easy, nutritious, and satisfying: Avocados, pastured ghee, butter & eggs, EVOO, high quality cold pressed flax-seed oil with lignans 2wks/month, cold water fish, soaked nuts & seeds, and recently adding sunflower butter 2wks/month, which is high in magnesium and vitamin b6.
  • Buy pastured beef bone broth and other nutrient dense foods from my local community kitchen and have it delivered every Thursday. Good quality bone broth is healing because simmering bones and ligaments releases compounds like collagen / gelatin and amino acids like proline and glutamine.
    • Collagen protects and soothes the lining of the digestive tract.
    • Gelatin promotes probiotic growth and helps break down proteins.
    • Proline helps regenerate cartilage, heal joints, and repair leaky gut.
    • Glutamine protects the gut lining and improves metabolism.
  • Shop at the local farmer’s market on Sundays for fruits and vegetables, and try to wash, chop, and prep veggies that day.
  • Twice a week I soak and prepare grains like rice, quinoa, or oatmeal. (Fallon’s book is helpful if you need more info and nutrient dense recipes).
  • Make skillet dishes with vegetables and pastured ground beef from a local store. (Freezer burn prevents buying half cow or pig shares, etc.)
  • Add in-between parasite cleansing herbs like cinnamon (not the poor quality stuff mostly sold in the U.S.) cloves, garlic, ginger, onion, sage, & thyme. And anti-oxidants herbs like turmeric, curcumin, oregano, and basil.

2. Avoid processed “food”, anti-biotic rich meat, anti-nutrients, and other toxins.

  • Sugar feeds bad bacteria, in addition to creating a cascade of inflammation.
  • Antibiotics given to animals kills good bacteria and can lead to pathogenic bacteria overgrowth like yeast.
  • Gluten tears open the gut wall and damages the blood brain barrier. This is also known as leaky gut or intestinal permeability and leaky brain.
  • Mold / parasite / and heavy metal laden food such as rice and kale & in cooking equipment like copper or lesser quality stainless-steel damage the body.
  • Toxins in food from plastic bottles, storage containers, etc. are estrogenic.
  • Thiol binders like cilantro that mobilize / stir up mercury amalgams.
  • Grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and legumes contain anti-nutrients – like phytates and enzyme inhibitors that detract from their nutritive value. (Good summary regarding saponins in quinoa).
  • Anti-nutrients like oxalates in almonds, dates, and spinach can cause kidney stones so eat in moderation.
  • Limit going out to eat. Hard to know everything that goes into food that is not prepared in front of you.

3. Avoid IgE allergens and IgG/IgA food sensitivities which cause inflammation, antibodies, and tax the body. For me, this includes gluten, dairy, soy, corn, eggs, chicken / chicken bone broth and honey. I try to avoid as many of both because I know at minimum that they create anti-body reactions and tax my liver.

  • Test: Labcorp IgE. Note: Still trying to understand the difference between IgE allergens that test low (0/1, 1) where I don’t have an immediate reaction and IgG / IgA food sensitivities for healing leaky gut cells (i.e. out of range actomyosin).

4. Avoid cross reactive foods which also cause inflammation, antibodies, and tear through the gut wall like gluten can.

  • Test: Cyrex Array 3&4. Out of range: rye, barley, spelt, polish wheat, milk, whey protein, millet, hemp, soy, egg, corn (difficult!).
  • Equivocal: sesame, buckwheat, teff, rice, alpha gliadin 17-mer, Gluteomorphin+Pordynorphin, Transglutaminase-2 IgA.
  • Normal (can eat): oats, yeast, sorghum, amaranth, quinoa, tapioca, potato.

5. Add prebiotic rich foods which are indigestible fibers that nourish good bacteria for healthy replication. e.g. garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, jicima, chicory root. I would add Jerusalem artichokes but have not found any, and heard inulin in dandelion greens if a prebiotic fiber. Also a fan of eating fibrous root vegetables like sweet potatoes, beets, and carrots.

6. Drink plenty of clean spring water to flush out the toxins. I am still searching for a high quality water filter made in the USA that filters out chlorine, fluoride, etc. Not a fan of reverse osmosis water (RO). Mountain Valley Spring water in glass bottles is my preferred bottled option, but too expensive to drink exclusively.

7. Supplement deficiencies. I try to get nutrition from food first. However, for many reason, like soil mineral depletion or genetics, I do supplement micronutrient deficiencies like vitamin D & K2, magnesium, and more. I share it all in detail here & here.

8. Avoid radiating food and beverages in the microwave and keep the nutrients. I use a Breville oven instead with Pyrex glassware to heat up food. Takes a few extra minutes to warm up food but worth the switching cost.

9. Avoid traditional cookware with hormone disrupting chemicals and heavy metals that leach into food. We’ve ditched all the crystal (e.g. wine glasses made w/lead), ceramic glazed dishes & mugs, non-stick cooking pans (read EWG for more info), plastics, and aluminum baking sheets. And I’ve replaced most of the every day china with lead-free glass dishes, glass mason jars, Pyrex glass containers, and Visions glass cooking pots. I’ve also kept all Le Creuset and All Clad Stainless Steel (if a magnet sticks to stainless steel it is high quality and will not leach nickel).

10. Avoid chemicals in beauty products and home cleaning products for the body and home because what we put on our skin and breathe adds to our toxic load.


Next: The following posts in this series are in my upcoming book:

Part 3: Supplementing Probiotics Only After Gut Testing
Part 4: Testing Gut Dysbiosis, Nutrient Deficiencies, & More

For now, I hope you will read more about my healing protocol using the links below.

Be Gutsy!  L

Healing Naturally = Nutrients In + Toxins Out

1. Nutrients In

2. Toxins Out

The Microbiome: Parasite Cleansing With HUMAWORM To Heal The Gut

Do not reproduce without written permission.“Fact: Over 90% of American’s Have Parasites.” (1)

No one, including me, wants to think they have parasites. But after finally researching the subject, I learned that the majority of us have them — bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungus, and more.

I read as much as I could before going from eating a few herbs to doing a methodical whole body cleansing program. I share what I learned in this post:

  • How We Get Parasites
  • Yeast, Candida, & Mercury
  • My 30 Day HUMAWORM Parasite Cleanse Journal + Updates
  • HUMAWORM Parasite Cleanse Review.

How We Get Parasites

Parasites are everywhere. Surprisingly, infections are not limited to people who have travelled to a third world country. Microscopic parasite eggs are abundant in the water we drink, fresh water we swim in, unwashed fruits & vegetables, uncooked or undercooked meat, other humans (e.g. kissing, holding hands, shopping cart handles, communal food-sharing, (I read that half the world may have H-pylori which is easily spread, think acid reflux; around 80% of young sexually active adults have at least one strain of HPV), pets (e.g. owners kissing their butt licking dogs), and biting insects such as mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, lice, etc.

As I mentioned in my prior microbiome post, thanks to chronic mercury poisoning, my body’s immune system was compromised, making it an even more ideal host environment for parasites:

“Endogenous (caused by factors within the organism) infections occur when the host’s resistance is lowered, perhaps by malnutrition, illness, trauma, or immune depression. Weakening of the host’s immune system may permit normally harmless organisms already present in or on the host or in the environment to cause illness.” (2).

In addition to the parasite, when parasites live in the body they create toxins (called endotoxins) from their feces, urine — which is 100% ammonia — and dead bodies. A healthy body removes these toxins through the liver, bowels, and skin. However, while in the body, these toxins cause health problems all over: parasite exposure suppresses the immune system, stresses the nervous system, creates a cortisol response, and tears apart tight junctions in the gut which allows parasites to easily enter the bloodstream.

Even without a suppressed immune system, pathogens can be evasive. They are known to create cysts or biofilms — with mercury, lead, and other nutrients — that are like invisibility cloaks shielding them from the immune system. From my experience, I believe this to be true!

In spite of holistic amalgam removal and restoring my gut, I still have symptoms like:

  • Inflamed intestines (bloating)
  • Fatigue & mild anxiety
  • Geographical tongue
  • Occasional dandruff
  • Sugar cravings
  • Tinnitus

Yeast, Candida, & Mercury

Yeast is a natural fungi, grouped under the umbrella term parasite, that grows in the intestinal tract. In fact, a manageable number are supposed to be in the intestinal tract for proper digestion. To keep the gut flora balanced, certain “good bacteria” eat the yeast to keep their numbers down. However, the good bacteria must be present in the gut to do so.

Candida Albicans, a type of single-celled organism, is the most common type of yeast species overgrowth.

  • Candida is present in small quantities in everyone.
  • In small numbers, Candida is a helpful in aiding in digestion and nutrient absorption.
  • When Candida becomes too abundant, it can cause infections in the gut, sinus, and ear, thrush in the mouth and on the tongue, yeast infections, athlete’s foot, and skin problems including rashes and bumps. Also fatigue, brain fog, leaky gut (which leads to inflammation throughout the body), etc.
  • Overgrowth can also cause strong cravings for alcohol, sweets and breads that are full of sugar and help “feed” Candida / yeast.
  • The theory with whole body cleansing is that killing all yeast at one time will allow the body to naturally rebalance with the correct amount of good bacteria & yeast in the gut.

Mercury and yeast overgrowth also have a correlation:

  • Mercury is a toxin that weakens the immune system and interferes with biological functions.
  • Mercury may act as an antibiotic that wipes out good bacteria and allows yeast to proliferate.
  • Yeast may bind to mercury and heavy metals and prevent them from entering the blood stream as a protective mechanism.
  • Yeast may also eat mercury.

Before starting full-time ALA chelation, I took a detour to kill yeast overgrowth & other potential parasites using an organic herbal cleanse from a several-generation-old American company called HUMAWORM. I’m actually quite private, but I share my personal experience because I want to help you and others understand what the process can be like with details that I could not find answers to when preparing my cleanse.

30 Day HUMAWORM Parasite Cleanse Journal – 10/24/15

Day 1 to 3: Thankfully no hives (see allergy info below) or other reactions except right eye is twitching and I am having vivid dreams. Third night, woke to a nightmare about being at war with thin, tall looking amoebas. Strange!? Thought: Is cleanse working?

Day 4: Normal day. Around 9pm die-off symptoms appeared – throat started to feel sticky, left forearm, bicep, shoulder & elbow joints burn. Feels like my left limb is going to fall off and like I caught the flu. Grateful no nausea or headaches from rapid demise of parasites. Never tracked this before but there is a full moon tonight — are parasites more active in my body. Thought: Does killing yeast cause Candida to release mercury and is that why die-off / Herxheimer is so painful in the joints and arms? RG from Humaworm wrote that people are cured of arthritis after cleansing and that parasites love to nest in the shoulder joints and other hollow places.

Day 5-8: Die-off is a b!#@$!. Hard to fall asleep with body pains and difficult to get out of bed in the morning even after 8+ hours of sleep. Clear runny nose. No noticeable changes in bm but the white coat on my tongue is clearing. Thankful body aches ended — 4 days of painful die-off symptoms.

Day 9: I hardly ever go #2 at night (extremely regular morning person). After an hour of light cramping this evening I passed something in stool that could be candida. Also sesame seed like eggs in bm which people mentioned on Curezone. Felt better immediately after.  However, my immune system is weak. Thoughts: is this Herx die-of or a chest cold? Symptoms: phlegm, chest pain, deep cough.

Day 10-12: “Chest cold” symptoms continue. Brief scattering in left toe — creepy! Slight pain in lower left intestines. May be easier to view parasites in bm if eating a pureed diet for a few days but too tired to do the extra work.

Day 12-30 HUMAWORM has knocked me off my feet! Still do not know if suffering from a combo of cold & healing crisis. Mucous build up & clearing from the nasal passage to my throat wakes me up several times in the night and leaves me tired during the day. Relief from face steams, Throat Coat Tea, neti pot, and salt gargling. Also saunas. Stabbing pain in my biceps one day, headache another, forehead acne, ear pain, appetite suppressed, and one more cold sore in mouth gums. Too easy to mistake undigested food pieces and fibers in bms for parasites imo so not worth inspecting bm. Biggest positive change is watching white on tongue clear up. Thank goodness or I would have wanted to quit this at least a few times already. Cleansing is not for the weak!

Update: Took a few days off to let HUMAWORM Parasite Cleanse continue to clear out of my body before starting the HUMACLEANSE Colon Cleanse. About a week after starting HUMACLEANSE, candida symptoms came back for a few days so re-thinking that I need to do the HUMAWORM Whole Body Cleanse, including a Candida Cleanse, before starting ALA mercury brain chelation full-time.


Final Review On HUMAWORM’s Parasite Cleanse

Herbal cleansing is complicated and finding the right herbal formula is important. Since my nervous system calmed down after the first round of HUMAWORM’s Parasite Cleanse, my body has more energy, and my mental state is noticeably better. Because of this net positive, I did HUMAWORM’s Parasite Cleanse for a second round post recommended 90 waiting period.

I also completed HUMAWORM Whole Body Cleanses. I still have yeast overgrowth symptoms. Maybe herb doses are too low? Or maybe when the cleanse wiped out both yeast and good bacteria, the good ones did not come back to keep the yeast in balance? Several other members on the Facebook forum also shared similar experiences. (See Q&A below).

May do a third round after another 90 day waiting period, but I am not committing to twice a year every year as recommended. Nor would I have my other family members try it yet because I am still acting as a guinea pig figuring out the long-term ramifications.

My HUMAWORM Whole Body Cleanse & follow-up Parasite Cleanses along with my entire healing journey are in my upcoming book. For now, you can continue reading bonus HUMAWORM info below, and / or my wellness protocol writings using the following links:

Healing = Nutrients In + Toxins Out

1. Nutrients In

2. Toxins Out

Be Gutsy!  L


*Bonus HUMAWORM Info

A. Q&A

Before starting the cleanse, I read Humaworm.com FAQs and Q&A’s on Curezone.com with retired owner RG. Sadly, RG passed away this year, but his grand-daughter, Dr. Bailey, has taken on the family business. (She updated some formulas in 2007 so maybe not all the answers from RG below are still applicable.) Dr. Bailey now runs a private Facebook group and answers questions.

Q: While doing HUMAWORM’s Whole Body Cleanse, why were yeast symptoms worse than any time before I did the Parasite Cleanse? Those symptoms cleared during the Parasite Cleanse, were gone during the HUMACLEANSE, and came back strong while doing the Anti-bacteria Cleanse.

A: Dr. Bailey on Facebook said it could be deep-seated Candida coming to the surface and to do another round of Humaworm Parasite Cleanse. I am not convinced. When I spoke to Dr. Bailey, we decided that ordering HUMAWORM in an extra-strength dose would be an option.

Q: I basically had 26 days of die-off with the first Parasite Cleanse. The second time around I did not have really any die-off symptoms until the last two days. I asked Dr. Bailey on Facebook if HUMAWORM had procured the Black Walnut and Wormwood from a different vendor in the past year or if they had changed the Parasite Cleanse formula.

A: Dr Bailey said no, they have not changed their vendor or the formula.

B. Notable instructions from my Humaworm research (~Plus my notes)

1. 30 minutes before eating or 2 hours after a meal take 2 caps. 12 hours later take 2 more caps. 12 hours between doses is the ideal schedule so that the chemical components of the herbs are in your system 24 hours per day for 30 days. But it will just as effective if taken 8-12 hours apart. ~Usually took 2nd dose before going to bed without eating anything after.
2. Regular bms help get parasites and toxins out of the body faster so drink at least two quarts (eight 8 oz. cups) or more of water daily. ~Yes
3. Do NOT take probiotics “good bacteria” during the cleanse. HUMAWORM kills all bacteria, and would cancel out the probiotics. Take probiotics after if needed. ~I took probiotics a few times during the first parasite cleanse to see if it would help after a week of die-off. I did not take them the second or third time because I think there’s less herbs available to kill the bad guys and possibly more die-off from killing the good ones.
4. Works regardless of what you eat so don’t have to change diet. ~Sugar craving dropped the first time I did Humaworm. Second time they increased.
5. HUMAWORM will begin working the first day, however you will begin to feel the effects within 2-3 days. ~Day 4 for me the first time. Really none the second or third time.
6. The body is removing parasites and toxins and this may result in die-off which is a natural cleansing reaction. Die-off can take many forms: headaches, body aches, rashes, fatigue, mood swings, body odor, and gas and bloating, etc. May feel like the flu! It will go away. The stronger the infection, the worse the die-off. ~Body aches, fatigue, feels like flu the first time. Nothing even close second or third time.
7. Most parasites are removed during first 7 days. The rest of the parasites, their larvae and eggs are removed in the next 23 days. ~Don’t know if this is true for me. Die-off is not supposed to be as bad second time around and was not.
8. Due to the life cycle of a parasite and their ability to migrate throughout the body, it is essential to take the full 30 day dose to rid you of the parasites, LARVAE and EGGS, even after feeling GREAT! ~And even if feeling crappy!
9. Do not have to take HUMAWORM 4 days before & after full moon to equal 38 days.
10. HUMAWORM Parasite Cleanse can be taken every 90 days. Not sooner or super parasites will build up immunity to the herbs and will be difficult to kill. ~HUMAWORM does not say it anywhere, but I believe it is because of the Wormwood and Black Walnut herbs.

C. Ingredients & Allergies

I cross referenced HUMAWORM’s ingredients with my ALCAT herb sensitivity test. As you can see below, there are three herbs that could cause reactions:

1. HUMAWORM Ingredients: (25 herbs packed into capsules) Black Walnut 200mg, Wormwood 100mg, Cloves 100mg, Thyme 100mg, Garlic 200mg, Fennel 100mg, Cayenne 100mg, Ginger 100mg, Gentian 100mg, Hyssop 100mg, Milk Thistle 100mg, Marshmallow root 100mg, Pau D’ Arco 200mg, Burdock 100mg, Elecampane 100mg, Fenugreek 100mg, Licorice 100mg, Barberry 200mg, Cascara Sagrada 25mg, Senna 25mg, Sage 100mg, Psyllium 200mg, Yellow Dock 100mg, Cramp Bark 100mg, Peppermint 200mg

  • Black walnut contains tannin (which is organic iodine), juglandin, juglone and juglandic acids and it also oxygenates the blood – tapeworms absorb this and it makes them very ill so they will let go and be expelled.
  • Wormwood contains the toxins thujone and isothujone and santonin – it also contains sesquiterpene which acts like peroxide by weakening the parasites membranes, therefore killing them.
  • Milk Thistle is supposed to help the liver and I purchased some as a support supplement for ALA chelation but have not taken any.

2. My ALCAT: severe chlorella; moderate – black walnut, cascara, elderberry, red yeast rice, wormwood; mild – bilberry, chondroitin, echinacea, essiac, goji berry, huperzine, lutein, maitake mushroom, milk thistle

Two of the herbs that tested moderately sensitive are considered poisons: wormwood & black walnut. The child dose of HUMAWORM does not have wormwood because it is too dangerous (hmm?) and black walnut is only recommended for age 3 and up. They say the doses are so small that there should not be a problem but poison is poison, right? Years ago, I took elderberry extract (tested moderately sensitive on recent test) and got hives. I thought hives could mean immediate allergic reaction and stop taking HUMAWORM and everything else was die-off. I did not have hives so continued to take HUMAWORM, but I do not know if I had more of a difficult time because of my body’s sensitivities.

I believe I experienced die-off and not allergic sensitivity to wormwood and black walnut on the first Parasite Cleanse as I did not experience die-off the second time I did the Parasite Cleanse.

In hindsight, I would have taken HumanaTea to help clear out toxins faster and lessen the die-off symptoms during the first Parasite Cleanse. However, HumanaTea is similar to Essiac Tea. Is that another sensitivity for my body? Or maybe my body has a sensitivity to these parasite killers because there is an overgrowth of parasites in my body which shows up on these sensitivity tests?

The Microbiome: Colon Cleansing With HUMAWORM To Heal The Gut

Previous: Part 1 – HUMAWORM Parasite Cleanse

Do not reproduce without written permission.Part 2 – HUMACLEANSE Colon Cleanse Review

According to HUMAWORM, you need to do a colon cleanse if you suffer from any constipation, bloating, gas, difficult bowel movements, cramping, not feeling “empty”, protruding belly, foul-smelling stools, hard stools and just a general feeling of heaviness of the colon.

HUMAWORM’s Colon Cleanse, a.k.a. HUMACLEANSE, is designed to completely clean out the digestive system / colon, without cramping or diarrhea. It consists mostly of Psyllium and two other ingredients:

  1. Psyllium 10g – swells to 50 TIMES its size – it creates a literal “scrubbing sponge”” that will trap and remove parasites, toxins and built up intestinal fecal waste. This swelling action is why HUMACLEANSE should be taken with plenty of water. One teaspoon of psyllium will create over one cup of stool.
  2. Senna 10mg – a natural laxatives that keep things flowing smoothly by helping the body rid itself of toxins and waste.
  3. Cascara sagrada 10mg – stimulates the long muscles along the outside of the colon to work in a wave-like action to help loosen the build up so that the psyllium can then trap and remove it entirely.

Since my bowels were in good working condition, I did not need to do a colon cleanse before or with the Parasite Cleanse. Some people do the two cleanses together to save time and possibly reduce die-off symptoms, but I wanted to experience each separately the first time around. Knowing what I know now, I would probably do the cleanses together next time, IF I were to use HUMAWORM again, since I am trying to finish sooner and get back to chelating. Or I would take organic psyllium husk for cost-savings.


HUMACLEANSE Instructions & Expectations

1. Take 3 capsules 3 times per day for 30 days. Swallow ONE PILL at a time and drink lots of water after each pill.

2. Drink at least 8 – 8 ounce glasses of water per day every day during the cleanse to allow the psyllium to do its job properly.

3. Take supplements only 2 hours after HUMACLEANSE. (Why?)

4. What To Expect:

  • Larger volume of stools that are of a soft, formed texture.
  • May see some strange things in stool, like dark black colored bits of material, long ropey strands of foreign looking material, maybe even a parasite or two. All normal during a colon cleanse.
  • Mucoid plaque…

Mucoid Plaque

A few months ago I did a cranberry, psyllium husk, clay, and flax oil flush. With that flush, my bms were like rubbery tubes. After much research and a few frantic calls to practitioners and labs, I learned that taking psyllium husk results in mucoid plaque elimination. When I flushed with other fiber powders, I did not get the plaque so my theory is that psyllium husk and clay may create mucoid plaque.

Any waste that’s not completely removed during bowel movements will accumulate in the colon. This accumulated waste is a breeding ground for bacteria which causes toxic waste to leech into your system. These things can create a build up on the colon walls. This build up is also called “mucoid plaque”. This fecal matter will coat the walls of the colon. It allows stool to come through a much smaller opening – much like the hole in a doughnut. (1)

The term mucoid plaque was created to define the unnatural accumulation of mucins caused by a highly toxic intestinal environment. Once the mucoid plaque accumulates to a certain degree, major problems begin to occur. For an example: Too many layers of mucins can interfere with the natural muscular actions of the intestines (peristalsis) that are essential for moving food through the intestines in a timely manner. Though there are several different mechanisms that can cause constipation, this is the number one cause. Most Naturopathic physicians define constipation as having less than 3 bowel movements daily, that is, if you eat 3 meals a day. Ideally, if we eat 3 meals daily we should have 4 BM’s daily. When we first get up in the morning and about 30 minutes after each meal. (2)

“Mucins are glycoprotein solutions and very sticky and viscous mucus-like substance that are designed to adhere strongly to the intestinal wall. Each time the cells come in contact with more acids or toxins, another layer is formed along the intestinal wall. As long as acids and toxins continue to pass through the intestines and/or should they accumulate in the gut wall, the intestinal cells continue to create more layers of mucins.” (3)


My HUMACLEANSE Journal 11/26/15

Day 1 Still white on middle of tongue and minor phlegm which I think is clearing yeast from my throat and nasal passages. Yuck! Still too tired to exercise, but did go for a walk, started rebounding after taking a week off, and continued saunas. Second small bm at night which is not usual for my body.

11am Took 3 capsules on HUMACLEANSE after waking with 2 cups of warm water.
3:15pm 3 capsules
11pm 3 capsules before going to bed.

Day 2 Nauseous at night – maybe gas?

Day 3 – 4 BMs have not really changed except more firm. Acne. Immune system still down from last cleanse. Still have a little phlegm / sore tonsils, and cough from Humaworm cleanse. Thank goodness for the neti pot and warm salt water rinses!

Day 5 – 7 BM 25% larger. Started probiotic supplementation.

Day 8 – 12 Candida overgrowth is back. Thanksgiving treats with sugar that I normally do not eat?

Day 13 Sore tonsils / phlegm finally over. Tongue starting to clear again. Not inspecting bms like I did with HUMAWORM cleanse.

Day 14 – 23 Waking several mornings with kink in left neck. Feels like lymphatic sludge. Had chiro adjustment which helped a little. Adding in more supplemental vitamin C. No changes in bm or gut although seems like toxic-belly is not sticking out as much. Less inflammation? Not bingeing on food – less parasites means more nutrition is available for my body cells. Less brain fog too – finished paperwork and bills that I had put off for a few months.

Day 23 – More mental energy. Started pilates workout again!

Day 24 – Feeling great, happy, better than before I started cleansing. Around midnight I had some intestinal pressure. Finally passed second bm today around 3am (rare if I go twice). Except for losing a few hours of sleep, I am back to feeling well.

Day  25 – 30 Nice to have a non-die-off time period before doing more Candida cleansing. Nothing else noteworthy to report except no longer craving yogurt, peanut butter, or sugar.


Final Thoughts

After completing HUMAWORM’s Parasite Cleanse and most of HUMACLEANSE, I decided to complete HUMAWORM’s Whole Body Cleans to help my microbiome before starting full-time mercury brain chelation using ALA. That means three more months of herbal cleansing!

HUMAWORM’s order for cleansing the whole body:

  • 30 day HUMAWORM Parasite Cleanse, $39.95. Disrupts all nests. If badly infested it will take more rounds later.
  • 30 day HUMACLEANSE Colon Cleanse, $58.95. Cleans out all of the dead parasites and toxins that accumulate in the colon from parasite cleansing.
  • 15 day Anti-Viral $19.95 & 15 day Anti-Biotic $19.95 (or the Herpes or Lyme’s) – natural cleansing kills extra bacteria in body, viral kills left over viruses. Will try to take with low dose of HumanaTea.
  • 30 day Candida Cleanse, $39.95. May take with low dose of HumanaTea.
  • 45 day (15 days each) Organ Cleanse: Lung, Kidney, Liver/Gallbladder, $52.95 (saves $8)
  • HumanaTea, $48.95. Can be taken with all cleanses. Was originally created for cancer patients. Aids parasite cleanse to pull out toxins, metals… 4 bags makes 8 quarts – moderate 2-3oz 3x/day. 1 packet lasts 7-10 days.

Total days: 165 or ~5 1/2 months.
Total cost: ~$296.50 including shipping.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I share my HUMAWORM Whole Body Cleanse & follow-up Parasite Cleanses along with my entire healing journey in my upcoming book. For now, you can continue reading bonus HUMAWORM info below, and / or my wellness protocol writings using the following links:

Healing = Nutrients In + Toxins Out

1. Nutrients In

2. Toxins Out

Optimal Traveling Survival Kit To Lessen Radiation Exposure, Boost Immunity, and Limit Germs

Healing = Get Nutrients In + Toxins Out

I avoid flying as much as possible, post amalgam mercury poisoning / cell tower radiation, because radiation, EMR from wireless technology, fire-retardant chemicals, and germs wreak havoc on a weakened immune system.

This is an example of radiation from flying from NY to LA and the Sievert system used to track flight crews. While some planes no longer have individual monitors in the back of the seats next to the head, the new model offer Wi-Fi service for passengers to use with their own personal wireless devices. And when the plane lands, there is always a surge of cell phone activity.

Occasionally, I must travel by plane for weddings, milestone birthdays, etc. Here are a few things I do when I fly to dampen stress and radiation exposure while boosting my immunity:

Schedule: No red-eye flights! I prefer to travel mid-morning or later so I have plenty of time to sleep, eat a good breakfast, pick up food for the plane, and finish packing. On the return trip, I fly after lunch, make sure to pick up or pack dinner for the plane ride, and arrive home ideally before 9pm.

Seat location: On a recent trip I measured three different types of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) on the airplane. The magnetic field (MF) measured higher near the middle of the plane closer to the engines and lower toward the back of the plane. The Radio Frequency (RF) radiation measured consistently high throughout the plane due to the Wi-Fi. And the Electric Fields (EF) were not concerning in the middle or back of the plane. (Note: I did not measure first class through premier seating and it was only one plane).

Opting out: Leave enough time to avoid the screening machine. If it is not safe enough for babies and children to pass through, how can it be safe for anyone? Besides, who doesn’t want the added bonus of a lymphatic massage from a TSA agent?!

I measured the RF radiation from the body scanner while standing in line waiting to go through the metal detector and will posts the results on YouTube. The RF levels were in the red on my Accoustimeter every time a person stepped into the scanner. I can only imagine how high the RF levels were inside the scanner.

These millimeter wave technologies are designed to bombard innocent travelers with high frequency energy particles known as terahertz photons. (1)

“…resonant effects allow THz waves to unzip double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles in the double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication.”  (See MIT article “How Terahertz Waves Tear Apart DNA“)

Food For Later: Being gluten-free and eating grass-fed / organic meat can make eating on the road challenging. I use two travel coolers by eBags and fill them with seven to eight glass bottles of frozen food (meat dishes if kitchen available to reheat and green smoothies) for two. Frozen food solves two problems: 1) You can’t bring liquids through TSA but if the food is frozen it is not considered liquid 2) The food needs to stay cold on the plane ride.

Airplane Food: Pack organic salads to eat on the plane with utensils & napkins. Grass-fed meat sticks, apples, soaked-dehydrated nuts or trail mix, and sometimes an organic chocolate for a sweet treat.

Drinking Water: Sometimes airlines have spring water and I will drink at least 8 cups if traveling cross-country (flying is dehydrating). Unfortunately, bottled tap water (aka PWS – Public Water Source) that has been purified with reverse osmosis and fortified with magnesium sulfate (epsom salt? does it have heavy metals?), potassium chloride (halide), and salt (not so good) is served. So I always buy an over-priced estrogenic plastic bottle of spring water at the airport to take on the plane with me. (Dehydration > Plastic).

Supplements: Radiation can cause oxidative stress and eat up minerals like magnesium and B & C vitamins. So I take extra supplements before and after the flight like lypo-spheric vitamin C and other micronutrients based on my bio-individual needs.

I used to take activated charcoal supplement for a six-hour plane ride to absorb toxins, but the charcoal also absorbs nutrients.  Also took chlorella once based on another recommendation but tested sensitive to it.

Essential Oils: Take a drop of Thieves oil in a cup of water and for aroma therapy to calm my nervous system and boost my immune system.

Clean hands: Never touch my eyes, nose, or mouth with my hands while flying. I bring a pack of Honest Wipes to clean off my hands before eating and after using the W.C. The faucet water on the plane is not clean and the soap has toxic chemicals.

Entertainment: Check out a fun-entertaining-can’t-put-down e-book from the library to read on my EMR-free (airplane-mode) Kindle. Eye mask for when I am not reading and earplugs to block out the cortisol-inducing airplane noise.

Detoxing: Take baking soda and epsom salt baths (using a shower filter and wrench that I bring along) when I land on the other side. If not too late, 30 minutes of earthing on the grass or beach.

What about you? Please leave your tips in the comment section below.

 Be Gutsy!


Healing Naturally = Nutrients In + Toxins Out

1. Nutrients In

2. Toxins Out

Using Culter’s Frequent-Low-Dose Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) Protocol To Remove Mercury From The Brain

Part 1: Aiming For Euphoria With ALA Chelation

If you’ve read my other writings, you know I am detoxing heavy metals post-holistic amalgam removal with saunas, rebounding, nutrient dense food, supplementation & other natural remedies like herbal cleanses.

After over a year of detoxing, I feel better than I have in years. This in large part is because mercury is not flooding in from the “silver” fillings that I had safely removed. My heavy metal tests confirm that mercury is not flooding in and that my body is eliminating mercury from extracellular areas.

However, there are still numerous brain, tissue, and central nervous system related symptoms:

  • Mild brain-fog, anxiety, fatigue, mild tinnitus, and less mental sharpness
  • Head pressure / pain, like a constant tight band around my head
  • Over-taxed organs (liver, spleen, gall bladder, uterus, gut)
  • Cellulite (the body safely tucks away toxins in fat)
  • Nutrient malabsorption (e.g. low ferritin levels)
  • Seasonal allergies

I believe these symptoms are in part due to the fact that mercury wreaks havoc all over the body. Mercury hides away in bones, fatty tissue, and organs, and crosses the blood brain barrier (BBB) where it binds with the fatty organ known as the brain and disrupts numerous biological processes. [*Update – I have since learned, that mercury and electromagnetic field radiation (EMR) have a synergistic negative effect causing many of the symptoms. I share more below.]

To my knowledge, Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) may be the only way to move mercury out of the brain. So I planned to move from detoxing to chelating with frequent, low-doses of ALA around my one year amalgam-free anniversary and set out to learn as much as I possibly could.

What follows are my notes on ALA chelation from reading Cutler’s book on amalgam illness, forum posts, asking questions, doctor visits, etc. It is a long post because it is where I keep all of the key info I refer back to personally. If it seems like too much (I get it, reading with a mercurial mind or brain fog is rough), just read one section at a time:

  • Who Is Cutler & Why The Controversy?
  • What Is Chelation?
  • What Is ALA?
  • The AC ALA Chelation Protocol: Half-Life, & Mercury Redistribution, Rounds, Dosing and Supplements
  • When Not To Chelate
  • My Trial Week Journal (Dosing, Scheduling, & Lessons Learned)
  • Appendix: Resources, DMSA & DMPS

Q: What could someone expect as side effects [of ALA]?

A: “The symptoms due to heavy metals can get worse while you are giving the LA. Other random new symptoms can appear, too, like obsessiveness or depression or euphoria.” Culter


Who Is Cutler & Why The Controversy?

Dr. Andrew Hall Cutler (AC), Princeton chemistry PhD, came up with a protocol to heal himself from amalgam mercury toxicity. He wrote books about heavy metal poisoning, hair testing, and chelation. He explains:

“I wrote this book because I became seriously ill while most doctors told me there was nothing wrong. After an “environmental medicine” doctor suggested I had amalgam illness I had to read lots of medical literature to figure out what was going on and what to do about it. I got better after having my fillings replaced and taking appropriate chelating agents.” (Cutler)

Finding out that the AC ALA Chelation Protocol even existed was a blessing. It was not mainstream when I was researching it and may never be. The protocol has helped many and also hurt some. There are a lot of reasons why I believe this could be the case. Since this protocol can be done without a practitioner, and is often done by patients who are mercury poisoned, many things can go wrong. Here are a few examples:

  1. The protocol needs to be followed VERY carefully — not always easy with a mercurial brain or when sleep-deprived.
  2. It is easy to miss a dose, especially in the middle of the night or on a busy day, or any day when one has brain fog. If a dose is missed by more than an hour, you MUST STOP the round. However, stopping a round early means there will be too much mercury redistribution.
  3. Some try to chelate while still having amalgams or other mercury exposure.
  4. Some start the doses too high. In fact, the original high-end of Cutler’s dose range may have been too high. He has since addressed this.
  5. Some try to raise the doses too quickly — it is tempting to think increasing the dose will get more mercury out but this is not true! This may be because the body can only handle chelating what it is able to eliminate without getting backed up.
  6. Elimination pathways need to be working well to get rid of all of the heavy metals that are mobilized, adrenals need to be healthy, the body needs to have the right co-factors which are often lacking, and adequate hydration is imperative.
  7. Some want to chelate non-stop to get more mercury out. However, down-time must be taken between rounds to give the body a break. Otherwise, adrenal fatigue and other problems may arise.
  8. A smaller number of people have allergic reactions to ALA, DMSA, or DMPS or have sulphur issues.
  9. Some health practitioners will insist ALA is bad and suggest taking R-lipoic acid. R-lipoic acid is not the same as using ALA for chelation. Cutler covers this in his book.
  10. Cutler’s book is difficult to read. Lots of science! Understanding the science or biology can be confusing (e.g. see half-life below). But the science is why I trust this protocol.

Given all that, if you can follow rules and are okay with being more like a tortoise than a hare (i.e. slow and steady wins the race), The AC ALA Chelation Protocol might be the appropriate choice.


Chelation

From what I understand, chelation is the process of binding an organic compound (e.g. a dithiol agent like ALA) to a metal ion (like mercury) to pull it from the body. The word is derived from the Greek work “chele” meaning claw.

To chelate mercury, Cutler recommends avoiding thiol binders and using at least one of three dithiol binders:

Thiols, like chlorella and cilantro, are natural detoxifiers that only have one binding claw. They are more likely to grab hold of heavy metals with one claw and easily release the metals at random places in the body. That can lead to redistribution.

Dithiols — ALA, DMSA, and DPMS — are chelators with two binding claws (hence “di” meaning two) that more efficiently grab mercury, hold on to it, and drop it off at the correct place for detoxing and elimination. This is different from detoxification with thiol binders. e.g. A crab grabbing hold with one vs. two claws
e.g. A football receiver catching a football with one hand vs. two and then getting tackled. A two-handed catch is more likely to result in a completed pass

In Cutler’s book, forums, and interviews he said only the anti-oxidant ALA is necessary for chelation and that the other two synthetic (not made in the body) chelators, DMSA & DPMS, are optional for mercury chelation. [Outstanding question: is ALA synthetic if in supplement form made in a lab…]

Because my body reacts easily to chemicals I believed that DMSA & DMPS were not a good choice for me. I met with a mercury support group as part of my research and the people using DMSA and DMPS were having a difficult time. However, I have read many following the protocol do take DMSA or DMPS without problems so I may try to incorporate one or both in the future to expedite mercury chelation and chelate lead and arsenic. I mostly cover ALA in this post but have written a few notes about DMSA&DMPS in the appendix below.


Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

Lipoic acid (LA), also known as α-lipoic acid[2], alpha lipoic acid (ALA) and thioctic acid[3] is an organosulfur compound derived from octanoic acid. LA contains two sulfur atoms (at C6 and C8) connected by a disulfide bond and is thus considered to be oxidized although either sulfur atom can exist in higher oxidation states. (Wikipedia)

ALA is an anti-oxidant manufactured in the body. However, ALA is often not made in the body in the amounts necessary for metabolic processes, including glucose metabolism, energy production, and supporting the nervous system and liver function. (ALA tested low on my Genova NutrEval Test so I believe this was true for my body).

Because ALA is water and fat soluble, it can cross the blood brain barrier (BBB), and according to Cutler’s theory, latch on to mercury and pull it out of the brain! I once heard ALA described as an elite military operator — when it is in the body, it neutralizes harmful free radicals and chelates both intracellular and extracellular mercury (and arsenic) from the brain and nervous system.

But how did Cutler know once ALA crosses the BBB that it can chelate mercury out of the brain?

While a hair test can indicate heavy metal burden in an individual, there is no true way to measure the amount of mercury in the brain and how much is eliminated unless an autopsy is performed.  So how did Cutler arrive at his conclusion? Here are a few of his words I found helpful:

So we have journal papers that say lipoic acid crosses the BBB, lipoic acid chelates mercury (and tons of other stuff), lipoic acid increases urinary and fecal excretion of mercury, lipoic acid is effective for treating mercury poisoning in a variety of mammals, lipoic acid prevents the pathological brain changes characteristic of mercury poisoning, and we have a bunch of adults who tried it and have had their neurological and centrally mediated endocrine symptoms cured. This set of facts leads me to conclude lipoic acid effectively chelates mercury out of the human brain. It is up to you what you make of it. Andy Cutler

The 1979 Gigiena Truda paper by Leskova is the best journal article on the subject. Of course the more definitive proof is all the formerly mercury toxic people around who got that way using lipoic acid, including by now a few formerly autistic kids. Andy

To be honest, I am not 100% sure what I “make of it”. The 1979 Gigiena Truda paper by Leskova is a Russian study based on rats so Cutler did have to extrapolate. (Why there is so little research available, especially with the rise of Alzheimer’s and other diseases is another topic for another day!)

I eventually landed here: If Cutler is correct about ALA chelating mercury out of the brain, that would be amazing! And if Cutler is not correct, ALA does chelate mercury from the body. I have plenty of mercury stored in my organs and fat cells that needs to be eliminated so following the protocol is still relevant in my healing journey. I also had a feeling that I would have to try the protocol to know how it affected me to validate what other formerly mercury toxic people felt so definitive about.

So the more important question for me was – how to use ALA safely in order to prevent mercury from repeatedly settling in the brain and organs and causing more damage.


The AC ALA Chelation Protocol

Half-life & Mercury Redistribution: Half-life, in short, is the time it takes to break down and eliminate a substance from the body. Medication is often dosed in this way to provide a steady level of the chemical in the blood over a given period of time.

Cutler says ALA’s half-life is 3 hours. That means it takes 3 hours for the body to break down ALA and eliminate it from the body. Thus, the protocol requires chelation with ALA frequently, i.e. at its half-life every 3 hours, to ensure that ALA is constantly in the body to escort mercury out and prevent redistribution into tissue and organs for each round.

Breaking down ALA chelation further:

  • A low dose of ALA is taken e.g. 1-50mg.
  • That ALA goes around the body in search of mercury.
  • When the ALA finds mercury, it grabs it and takes it to the correct elimination facility where it is removed from the body through urine, feces, and sweat.
    • This is why elimination pathways should be working well and hydration is extremely important. “72% leaves in feces, 28% in urine. If you sweat you get rid of extra. DMSA and DMPS make more come out in urine. You excrete lots on your ow[n] without chelators.” Cutler
    • To minimizes elimination pathway bottle-necks and prevent damaging organs, the ALA dose should be low enough so that it is not more than the body and organs can efficiently clear.
    • From a timing perspective, some of the ALA crosses the blood brain barrier and supposedly binds to mercury in the brain. This new compound passes through the liver (it takes a day to be moved out in the bile) and into the gastrointestinal tract and the kidneys. Two days after an ALA round begins, mercury is then excreted in the stool. “It also does clear some in urine, and once in the blood mercury comes out in urine and stool on its own as well.” Cutler.
  • At ALA’s half-life of 3 hours, ALA expires or starts go away. Any mercury that had been picked up (a.k.a mobilized) by the expiring ALA, and not yet eliminated, can then be released and redistribute back into the brain, organs, tissues, etc. and cause harm all over again.
  • Replenishing ALA at its half-life means new ALA is continuously available to pick up mobilized mercury and escort it out through the elimination pathways. I think of it as a hand-off from one employee leaving a job and another seamlessly taking its place.
  • Bound mercury is continually excreted until the end of each round.
  • At the end of the round, the last ALA half-life, there will be a small amount of mercury left that does get redistributed. In a perfect world this is not ideal. But, according to Cutler’s science, taking ALA every 3 hours for a 72 hour round means that there will be a net movement of mercury out of the body and only a small amount left to redistribute after the last dose of ALA. The body supposedly can heal from this small amount.
  • There is an exception to this rule. Some people will need to take the ALA even more frequently if their body metabolizes it faster. As this is not my case, I did not document that info here.

Is a round 64, 72 hours, or longer? 

  • In Cutler’s book, a round is 72 hours. Typically 3 day on / 4 day off.
  • Online Cutler says “The correct interpretation is from arising on day 1 to bedtime on day 3. This typically is 64 hours for those who sleep 8 hours a night.”
  • From my research, 72 hours is optimal to chelate unless you are a child in school chelating over the weekend and can only do 64 hours.
  • Taking ALA every three hours over the minimum time needed to have a net movement of mercury out of the body that exceeds the amount redistributed (64+ hours) ensures that there is a net removal of mercury.
  • Rounds can be longer than 3 days, but there should be an equal amount of time off round as spent on. For example, a 7 day round requires a 7 day break. This may be harder on the adrenals but I believe it mean less mercury redistribution.
  • ALA causes less copper to be released during rounds causing problems in the long-term (especially for copper toxic people) so the off-days are important to allow balance to return to the body.

What is the correct dose?

  • Start with a low dose and see if there are any side effects (e.g. adrenal fatigue, allergic reactions, headaches, etc.)
  • Being too aggressive with dosing sizes may lead to painful side-effects.
  • The body does not release mercury consistently, so dosages should be increased after using the same dose for many rounds with diminished or no side effects.
  • If no symptoms after several rounds, increase the dose by no more than 50% e.g. 1%, 5% or 10% are all less than 50%. Start low until you have completed a lot of rounds.
  • If too many symptoms cut back the dose the next round but try not to stop the round early. At least try to make it to 64 hours.
  • Do not expect symptom-free rounds. The most common side-effect is fatigue.

How long does one chelate?

  • In his book, Cutler estimated that ALA + DMSA “removes about 1/2 to 1% of the mercury in the brain every day that you chelate” p 90. Cutler likely determined this from the Russian rat study (100mg of ALA + DMSA…)
  • Frequent-low-dose chelation can take anywhere from 70-300 rounds to recover (1 – 3 years) with 70 rounds chelating out 50% of total mercury from the brain.
  • Cutler advises to continue chelation for another 6 months to a year AFTER you think you’re well. Wait a few months, and start another round at a lower dose, just to make sure.
    • Cutler allegedly followed his protocol for around 9 months and did not finish chelating although he planned to start again.
  • Mercury has been removed when one can take high doses of the chelators with no side-effects. (e.g. 200 mg.) I read that it can take years to get to the maximum dose of ALA per day of about 1200 mg over twenty-four hours without causing bad or intolerable side effects (1). I personally do not plan to go that high.

Supplements According To Cutler

  • Dithiols pull on both mercury AND essential minerals so supplementing is critical.
  • Antioxidant vitamins C, B, & E and zinc & magnesium should be taken while chelating on and off rounds to support detox pathways and minimize symptoms.
    • ALA enhances the activity of vitamins C and E.
  • Many are deficient in specific micronutrients due to genetics or lack of minerals in modern industrialized food so those should be tested and supplemented.
  • In addition, hair tests using Cutler’s counting rules may show deranged mineral transport.
  • Mercury often interferes with the metabolism of sulphur foods. According to Cutler a “high sulphur” person may need to limit the ALA dose amount and/or limit sulphur foods (like dairy, eggs, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower with free thiols.) To figure this out, test plasma cysteine – if high, avoid, if low, continue eating. (Read molybdenum info in Part 2.)
  • It took a lot of time for me to research and purchase ALA and the support supplements that I was not already taking. And then more time to trial the new support supplements to make sure they didn’t cause any negative reactions. If interested in more info, please read: Part 2: Chelating ALA: Procuring Supplies & Resources.

When Not To Chelate

According to Cutler, a recent mercury exposure means one needs to wait at least 3 months before chelating. In other words, only chelate if ALL of the amalgam fillings metal is removed from the mouth (including under crowns) and there has been no recent exposure to mercury from the amalgam removal, flu shots, broken compact fluorescent lightbulb or thermometer exposure, high mercury fish consumption or other sources like some broken cell phones.

Cutler’s reasoning: The amount of mercury in the body needs to be less than the amount in the brain to prevent ALA from redistributing mercury from the body to the brain via the path of least resistance vs. out the elimination pathways.

Unfortunately, while attempting to remove my lighting kit with 18 CFL’s, I was exposed to mercury from a broken CFL. I do not know why I did not wear protective gloves, clothing, and a mask as a precaution. That was my first experience with acute mercury poisoning (i.e. not chronic like from amalgams). As I carefully discarded the broken CFL bulb, I hoped that it had broken months prior and the mercury had maybe settled and was not airborne. However, that night I experienced fever sweats, joint and muscle aches, brain inflammation, headaches, etc. Regardless of what government organizations say, no amount of mercury is “safe”.

I explained what happened to Cutler on a Facebook group and asked if it was safe to start ALA. He said yes, so I decided to do a trial week of ALA chelation. After that week, I decided it would be better for my brain to postpone chelation for three months and switched gears to parasite cleansing. Two noteworthy lessons: one, radiation from a nearby cell tower was a major reason why chelating then resulted in painful symptoms and two, I maybe would have taken DMSA to mop up the CFL mercury as it can be taken after 4 days of exposure (or four days after amalgam restoration is completed).


My Trial ALA Week Following The AC ALA Chelation Protocol

Because of the broken CFL mercury exposure, I started ALA at a lower dose of 12 mg instead of Cutler’s recommendation of 1/8 mg per pound of body weight up to 1/2 mg per lb. (In my case that would have been 17 mg to 68 mg.)

I started my round on Monday at 11am, taking 12 mg of ALA every 3 hours for 72 hours around the clock without missing a dose. Major symptoms: fever sweat, fatigue, neck pinch.

Lessons Learned

  • With a mercurial brain, I made preparing for ALA chelation more complicated than necessary.
  • I am so glad I did a trial run of ALA chelation and no longer have fear of the unknown. Three days and three nights answered so many questions without feeling like I was signing up for a two to three-year-long sleep deprivation sentence.
  • I need to get in a good sleep pattern even with mercury messing up melatonin production. My optimal number of hours sleeping is somewhere between 9 and 10 hours, so waking up 3 times by alarm at night for three nights kinda sucks to put it nicely. Having to wake up in the middle of a deep REM cycle is even more disruptive.
  • Stretching out the night doses to every four hours twice during the night is ok so I do. However, this means each day the dosing time changes by and hour and can impact having a consistent bed time.
  • Having a good alarm system in place so I didn’t miss a dose was extremely important! I use two alarms so I have a fail-safe in case I do not hear one of the alarms or accidentally set one alarm incorrectly (which I surprisingly do more than I would think).
    • 1. An itouch (on airplane mode) – set the alarm for 24 hours before the round. Because I switch to dosing every four hours at night I have to shift the alarms each day.
    • 2. A four event timer – set the 4 alarms to go off 5 minutes after the itouch alarms. I was surprised how I could not remember if I took the ALA or not moments later so I only turn off this timer after I physically take the ALA. At night, I sometimes need this loud buzzing alarm after sleeping through the itouch music alarm.
  • After the last ALA half-life wears off I took a sauna (three hours after the last dose of ALA) to help excrete mercury. I experienced no noticeable symptoms or side-effects when I did this.
  • Keep a journal, number each round, and document symptoms in case you need to look back. Honestly, I cannot remember one round from the next most days unless I look back at my notes.

*UPDATE

I am chelating full-time now with higher doses of ALA. I don’t have major symptoms on or off round from chelating, however, I can feel what I call a burn on the back of my neck on day one of each round. Could this be mercury bound to ALA crossing the blood brain barrier? I also have much less brain fog and more mental sharpness with each passing round.

But the most important thing that I want you to know is that I actually stopped chelating for over a year until I was able to be in a home environment with very minimal EMF. If this had not happened to me, I don’t know if I would relate or believe it. But now I believe it all too well.

Most of the symptoms I mentioned at the start of this post were from cell tower radiation. A cell tower with four powerful antennas was placed less than 200 feet from my window. Did you know that Radio Frequency (RF) radiation from cell towers and wireless devices accelerates the release of mercury from my amalgams? From a recent Iran study:

Effect of radio frequency radiation from Wi-Fi devices on mercury release from amalgam restorations (Source: Study published on NIH.gov)

In a vicious cycle, the mercury released from the amalgams into the body and brain then act as an antenna attracting more radiation.

The most painful part of this is that the high levels of mercury in the body combined with too much radiation can cause a physical impairment to all wireless devices and electricity. This would not be that big of a problem if wireless communication devices were not so ubiquitous. The condition is commonly referred to as electrosensitivity and it is on the rise.

So if I had anything of true value to add to the AC ALA Chelation Protocol it would be this:

DO NOT CHELATE IF EXPOSED TO HIGH LEVELS OF ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION!

You can read how to eliminate or reduce radiation here. I am also completing a book that follows where this blog leaves off. My goal is to write a cohesive story that will reach more people in order to 1. share my experience with others going through similar trials, and 2. help prevent what happened to me from happening to others.

If you are interested in reading the book or sharing it with someone you care about, sign up for updates by following this blog.

 Be Gutsy!

P.S. On the 29th July 2017 Cutler passed away. I feel fortunate to have been able to have had the opportunity to ask him personal questions on several different occasions. He will be missed.


Appendix

Resources

There is plenty of info on how to chelate online without spending upwards of $80 on Cutler’s books. However, I will not expose my body to anything without educating myself as much as possible and have referenced the following repeatedly:

  1. Books
  • Both of Cutler’s paper-bound books are well researched and worth the investment — though difficult to grasp with a mercurial brain. I use Cutler’s second book to interpret heavy metal hair tests and research all of the other modern-day heavy metal toxins we are exposed to like Thallium, Arsenic, Nickel, and Cadmium.
  • Many parent’s with autistic children use the protocol to heal their children with the help of a book called Fight Autism And Win. It is only 100 pages and when I received it I thought it was on the pricey side for such a short book. But it the book is concise, well-written, and covers how to do the protocol in a much more user-friendly form. I think of it as the cliff notes version of Cutler’s book. It is helpful regardless if one is chelating an autistic child or themselves.

2. Online Forums

  • Cutler comments on a private Facebook Group and the community is actively moderated by people who use the protocol. It is difficult to search the FB page for info and a lot of newbies who have not read Cutler’s book ask basic questions there. There are a few moderators who interacted quite a bit with Cutler and work hard to maintain his legacy as best they can.
  • Prior to Facebook, Cutler posted in the Yahoo Group Frequent Dose ChelationAdult Metal Chelation. Both groups are still active and there is one specific moderator who knows a lot of history and Cutler-isms. Grateful for his input!
  • Onibasu Forum is the forum that preceded the Yahoo Groups. It is read only but has a lot of Cutler’s original answers to questions about his protocol. (I actually prefer using this resource to hear words directly from the source since his passing.)
  • If you have a child that needs chelation, you can join the Fight Autism And Win Facebook Group or Yahoo Group. Jan, co-author of the book of the same name above, moderates the Yahoo Group and should win a lifetime achievement award for supporting members with such grace, generosity, and knowledge.

3. Service Providers

  • There is a nurse in Seattle who works with client’s chelating using the protocol. She will work with patient’s over the phone, but was booked several months out when I called. In lieu of postponing chelation, I learned as much as I could from Cutler’s book and online resources. I was comfortable moving forward with a trial week knowing that I could stop future rounds and meet with the nurse. One person online even shared that it is more cost-effective to do a trial first so I could share those notes with the nurse. Good tip!
    • Update: Nurse Julie is semi-retired in Arizona and may stop taking patients in the near future. Her rates may be on the higher-end for some, but I found her to be very well-versed in health from a holistic perspective, not just chelation.

A Few Notes On DMPS & DMSA

“DMPS and DMSA do not remove mercury from the nervous system and can redistribute mercury to it. It is necessary to use a protocol specifically designed to minimize this… Lipoic acid DOES remove mercury from the nervous system and DOES substantially accelerate mercury clearance. Using DMPS and DMSA with it reduces its side effects, and I speculate that it synergistically accelerates mercury clearance much more than using the agents separately” Cutler p. 202

DPMS (Dimercaptol-propanesulfonic acid)

  • According to Doctor’s Data, taking DMPS results in marked increases in copper excretion.
  • May be beneficial if cannot use DMSA, and of not lead toxic
  • May reduce redistribution when ALA round ends
  • 2.5mg taken every 8 hours ongoing unless deciding to take a break
  • DMPS is easier all around to start with

DMSA (Dimercaptosuccinic acid)

  • May get mercury out of the body around 30% faster than if taking ALA alone according to Culter.
  • Water soluble chelator
  • Removes mercury and other metals like lead from the body
  • Lead protocol: 8 rounds of DMSA then once monthly (not sure how long)
  • Can be used several days after an exposure
  • Can reduce spaciness and adrenal symptoms from taking ALA alone
  • Lowers neutrophils so yeast might become a problem
    • “Neutrophils are in charge of killing off extra yeast. Mercury is known to inhibit some of the specific chemistry neutrophils use to kill yeast.” (2).
    • “Arginine increases neutrophil production of NO, which neutrophils use to kill yeast. If take too much arginine without lysine may increase susceptibility to certain viral infections.”
    • “Taurine increases neutrophil ability to withstand their own OCl- (bleach) which they also use to kill yeast.”
  • Also skin reactions for some
  • Has sulfury smell when fresh
  • DMPS does not need to be increased above 25-50 mg max

Finally, DO NOT DO A PROVOCATIVE URINE CHALLENGE TEST! This is often recommended by some Naturopaths, to determine the amount of metals in the body. A hair testing is a safer and less expensive way to test metals in the body for the majority of people without redistributing metals to the brain and other organs. (The challenge test uses high amounts of a chelator like DMPS or DMSA that mobilize high amounts of heavy metals from tissues and organs in the body. Once the high dose of DMSA half-life of three hours passes, the mobilized mercury left in the body will redistribute into the blood and then back into the tissues and organs. I think it is equivalent to getting acute poisoning all over again and can make one more sick. Www.dmpsbackfire.com is often referenced as a placed where people who were harmed by the Provocative tests document their experience.


Healing = Nutrients In + Toxins Out

1. Nutrients In

2. Toxins Out

Frequent-Low-Dose Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) Supplements To Take While Chelate Mercury

Do not reproduce without written permission.Part 2 – Supplements For The Cutler ALA Chelation Protocol

As I wrote in Part 1, chelating mercury with ALA burns through vitamins, minerals, and other co-factors as it works to remove mercury from the body and brain. This is why supplementing is necessary when using this protocol.

Understanding and purchasing the supplements has been time-consuming — finding cleaner supplements and ALA in low doses is challenging. However, I believe understanding supplementation is important for health in general for everyone. So I am grateful I had a compelling reason to invest my time and resources into this endeavor.

In this post:

  • Avoiding Excipients, Binders, & Fillers
  • Vitamins & Minerals To Support The AC ALA Chelation Protocol
  • Where To Buy ALA

Avoiding Excipients, Binders, & Fillers

Supplement manufacturers often add excipients (binders, fillers, etc.) to make production quicker / cheaper, coatings to make supplements easier to swallow, or colors to make them look nice. In small doses, they say it is “safe”, but I’m not convinced that taking numerous capsules a day for an extended period of time is okay for my body. This may be a controversial statement, but here is one  example:

“previous research has shown that stearic acid suppresses T cells—your natural killer cells—which are a key component of your immune system. According to that study, stearic acid causes the collapse of cell membrane integrity—an effect that was found to be time and dose dependent—which, ultimately, can destroy cell function.” Dr. Mercola

When I first started this process, part of me wished Cutler had recommended supplements online to make his protocol easier. I read on an archived forum that Cutler suggested using supplements in the citrate form but he no longer shares / endorses brands online. However, even if Cutler had recommend brands I would have probably had to search on my own — I asked Cutler on Facebook about excipients and he did not think they were concerning.

When purchasing supplements, I look for:

  • Physician / high-quality
  • Natural food-based
  • Well-absorbed
  • No additives (like artificial colors)
  • No binders (like hydrogenated soybean oil or gluten)
  • No fillers (like magnesium stearate as a lubricant that may suppress the immune system & titanium dioxide that can lead to problems with the immune function.)
  • No toxins (like GMO corn or heavy metals, GMO gelatin capsules, or Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC)
  • Not grown with genetically modified yeast
  • No common allergens (like wheat, dairy, soy, etc.)
  • Manufactured in the US (not China, however this is usually not an option so at least make sure highest quality of testing and certification are in place.)
  • Not from the local drugstore (quality concerns), Whole Foods (too many excipients), or Amazon (unknown sellers, possible knock-offs)

Vitamins & Minerals To Support ALA Chelation

For dosing supplements, I find serum testing and symptom tracking to be helpful in deciding what my body needs. And to know if what I am taking is absorbing. I also used Fight Autism & Win and AC’s book / AFC yahoo group doses listed below as starting points.

Please note that all humans are unique and react to supplements in different ways. I share my notes on supplements and brand I have tried below, but none of this is advice, an endorsement or recommendation, and all of it is subject to change.

1. Essential Supplements – For simplicity, I initially purchased the Basic Four from Everything Spectrum. One capsule taken four times a day with Vitamin C, E, magnesium and zinc in the forms helpful for chelation. (Note: They are not inexpensive and I still need to research if there are any GMOs, heavy metals, or quality concerns from this company —  the owner made these for her kin, my hope is that they are legit!)

I also purchased these supplements in individual forms:

    • Vitamin C “Buffered” form
    • Dose: 125-200 mg (4x/day, total 500-800 mg) [adult: 1/2 to 2 grams 4x/day].
    • Brand: Now Foods Magnesium Ascorbate. (GMO corn?)
    • Brand: Lypo-Spheric C (Expensive so I take on special occasions, like amalgam removal, traveling, cold/flu. I take half the packet in the am and half in the afternoon. I put a gulp of water in my mouth, tilt my head back, and then squeeze the contents directly into the water in my mouth and swallow. Some like the taste, me not so much. I used to put water in a small cup and put the C in the water but the contents are wasted and stick to the container.)
    • Brand: Calcium Ascorbate Nutribiology (I rotated this in only once in a while as I don’t want to do too much calcium in this form).
    • Brand: May try Nutri.com C-salts (Too much C?) or Magnesium Ascorbate (Has B6 which I cannot take but no corn which is good.)
    • Brand: Plan on adding Perque.com but must buy through a physician.
    • Notes:
      • AC: “Sodium ascorbate form is good if taking large amount bc it will not make the body acidic like the more common ascorbic acid forms”. On Onibasu Cutler mentioned some are made from beets instead of corn…
      • What does buffered mean…”Mineral salts of ascorbic acid (mineral ascorbates) are less acidic, and therefore, considered “buffered.”” (3)
        • Potassium ascorbate: “The minimal requirement for potassium is thought to be between 1.6 and 2.0 g/day. Fruit and vegetables are rich sources of potassium, and a diet rich in fruit and vegetables may provide as much as 8 to 11 g/day. Acute and potentially fatal potassium toxicity (hyperkalemia) is thought to occur at a daily intake of about 18 g/day of potassium in adults. …The purest form of commercially available potassium ascorbate contains 0.175 grams (175 mg) of potassium per gram of ascorbate.”
        • Magnesium ascorbate: “(RDA) for magnesium is 400-420 mg/day for adult men and 310-320 mg/day for adult women….(UL)…should not exceed 350 mg/day”
    • Vitamin E
    • Dose: 400-800 iu (1 dose or multi) [adult: 1000-3000 IU daily].
    • Brand: Unique E d-alpha tocopherol 400 IU 1333 % (Has glycerin but no soy, if purchasing others look for non-GMO soy). Hurts my chest when I take it orally.
    • Notes: AC: take d-alpha form (NOT dl-alpha form).
    • Magnesium.
    • Dose: 73-150 mg (4x/day, total 300-600 mg) [adult: 500-1000 mg in divided doses]
    • Brand: Pure Encapsulation Magnesium Glycenate 120 mg 30% (PE purchased by Nestle so currently looking for a different brand after 2018)
    • Notes: I take one to three of these every night in addition to the multi-vitamin.
    • AC: Not oxide form. Mercury blocks the body from utilizing magnesium.
    • Zinc
    • 1 mg per pound of wt + 20 mg (1 dose or multi) [adult: 50-100 mg daily]
    • Brand: Metabolic Maintenance Zinc Picolinate 30 mg 200%
    • Notes: When I supplement extra zinc, I take it with evening primrose oil or black currant seed oil (GLA’s) to help with absorption. (See anxiety supplement post for detailed notes). Nausea if taken on empty stomach or wrong form for individual.

2. Optional Supplements – Many of the optional supplements are in the multivitamins I take so I do not supplement them individually: ANRC (this is the brand I use the most), EverythingSpectrum children’s multi-vitamin, and Klaire Labs Vitaspectrum powder (no longer manufactured).

  • Vitamin A
    • Dose: 5,000-10,000 iu / day.
    • Brand: May purchase Rosita Real Foods Norway extra virgin cod liver oil.
    • Notes: Currently not supplementing vitamin A individually.
  • B complex (methylated)
    • Dose: 12-25 mg /day (divided into 3 doses) [adult: equivalent to “b25” or “b50” 4x/day].
    • Brand: Thorne Research Basic B Complex Vegetarian Capsules (has Additives).
    • Brand: Pure Encapsulation B Complex Plus – 120 VegiCaps (has Asc. palmitate).
    • Notes: Currently not taking either. When I did take them, I rotated and split caps into four smaller capsules. I learned the hard way that I have to be careful with some B vitamins even though they are considered water-soluble because it is possible to overdose on them. (Read more on my other supplements here).
  • Calcium
    • Dose: 5-20 mg / lb (divided into 4 doses).
    • Food source: Vegetables and Strauss full fat Greek yogurt sometimes.
    • Notes: Supplementing calcium is controversial so I’m not taking it except a small amount in a multi-vitamin. Prefer food source. Dr. Huggin’s thought calcium does the most damage in excess.
  • Chromium
    • Dose: 100-200 mCg / day or w/every meal if blood sugar issues
    • Brand: Innate Response, 100 mCg (-silica)
    • Notes: I take this ~2/month when I eat something that gives me GI discomfort. May try picolinate form that I can take more often. Chromium can help with sugar levels.
  • Vitamin D3
    • Dose:1000 – 2000 iu / day.
    • Brand: Biotics Research Bio-D-Mulsion Forte Vitamin D — 2000 IU – 1 fl oz as cholecalciferol 1 drop = 1,000 IU 500% (sesame).
    • Brand: Rx Vitamins Physician Formulated Liqui-D3 (evoo base).
    • Brand: Thorne Research Vitamin D3 1000iu / K2 (menatetrenone) 200mcgs per 2 drops
    • Notes: I take this in the morning as it can keep me up at night if I take it too late in the day. I like liquid forms — put it right under the tongue and it absorbs into the body without having to go through the digestive tract. I also try to get in the sun for 20-30 minutes mid-day in non-winter months without sunblock. Sunshine is the best way of getting this “hormone” but I need to supplement on top of that until my tests show otherwise, especially if looking at genes. I’ve heard repeatedly that vitamin D levels should be on the upper range, like 80, for a healing crisis.
  • Vitamin K1 or K2
    • Dose: 500-1000 mCg / day.
    • Brand: Thorne Research K2 liquid 15 drops = 15 mg, 18,750%
    • Notes: I take only 1 drop of this K2 daily with 1 drop of vitamin D in the morning if not taking the combined Thorne version above. Vitamin K helps prevent calcification, especially if supplementing calcium.
  • Molybdenum
    • Dose: 5-20 mCg / lb (divided into 4 doses) [adults: ~1000 mcg/day].
    • Notes: High dose warning if chelating lead. Need to find and take? ALA is sulfury. I am still trying to understand sulphur, sulfate, sulfur

Part of sulphur metabolism produces poisonous sulphites [R-SO3] further down the chain. Sulphites are also found in many foods e.g. white wine. These must quickly be converted to non-toxic sulphates [R-SO4] by the liver. This process uses an enzyme called sulphite oxidase (SO) which requires molybdenum in its core. Often mercury substitutes itself for molybdenum rendering the enzyme useless. This is why molybdenum is one the important minerals to take while chelating, especially those with high copper as molybdenum reduces copper absorption. ALA tends to increase copper retention and molybdenum will help a lot when ALA is being used. (1)

  • Selenium
    • Rec. Dose: 1-2 mcg / lb (divided into 3 doses) [adult: 200 mcg as selenomethionine].
    • Food source: Brazil nuts.
    • Notes: Taking in multi-vitamin. Prefer food source. Started consuming one brazil nut one to a few times a week after testing indicated low-ish. Chew well until paste. I plan to soak and dehydrate them in the future to get rid of anti-nutrients.
    • AC: selenium “binds very tightly to mercury and passivates it so I did not supplement any selenium when I had amalgams and avoided it initially for approx 6 months after.
    • AC:Taking more selenium: 1. Reduces the level of “free” mercury that is bouncing around doing damage. 2. Since mercury binds very tightly to selenium it interferes with the enzyme creation (e.g. glutathione peroxidase and the enzyme which converts the thyroid hormone T4 to the more active form T3.) . Taking more selenium lets the body make more of the enzymes that require selenium.

3. Additional Supplements Based On Bio-Individual Needs

  • Adrenal Support – common for chelation to tax the adrenal glands. Not currently taking any.
  • Antifungals (See Parasite post)
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
    • Dose: Adults: 100-400 mg
    • Notes: NutrEval test showed my body had good amounts without any supplementation. Will re-test when chelating full-time.
  • Essential Fatty Acids
    • Dose: 1-3 TBS / day via fish oil, flax, [1-2 2/3 TBSP = 15-50 g] and borage oil [1-4 g].
    • Brand: Barlean’s flax oil with lignans. Looking for good quality borage oil.
    • Notes: Make sure flax oil is high quality refrigerated / not rancid. Taking first 2 weeks out of monthly cycle. Avoiding fish oil for now (See Anxiety post.) Need to understand EFA breakdown from my NutrEval test – need more DHA and EPA.
  • Herbs – like Swedish Bitters, organic herbs & greens for liver and kidney support.
    • Notes: Need to find a good brand for bitters and also eat more greens and herbs.
  • Milk Thistle
    • Dose: 20-80 mg (3-4 times/day) [250-750 mg silymarin 4x/day pref w/meals].
    • Brand: Pure Encapsulation 250 mg
    • Notes: Supplementing split capsules only on days when chelating.
  • Mixed carotenes, lycopene, etc.:
    • Food source: Organic fruits & vegetables?
    • Notes: Need to research
  • Hydergine
    • Dose: 10-20 mg / day
    • Notes: Need to figure out need?
  • Lithium Orotate
    • Brand: Priority One Vitamins Lithium Organic 5 mg.
    • Notes: Taking in one multivitamin and also when chelating full-time.
    • COMT (+/-) VDR Taq (-/-) individuals will be susceptible to iodine and lithium depletion as they detoxify. No dopamine precursors such as quercetin or herb macuna puriens. Diet low in tyrosine, the amino acid precursor of dopamine. (2)
    • AC: “mercury toxic people need it during chelation, especially when the hair test shows it to be low.”
  • Probiotics
  • Sulphate – Epsom salt baths – make sure sans heavy metals!

4. Supplement I take occasionally:

  • Digestive Enzymes took Integrative Therapeutics Similase on as needed basis. (The company recently added magnesium stearate so switched to a different brand.)
  • Potassium – Currently taking in my multi-vitamin. Potassium is regulated in larger doses and needs a prescription so I get it from food sources like Bieler’s Broth / Potassium Broth.
  • Riboflavin – My B complex that I used to take has vitamin B2 as Ribolfavin 5′-Phosphate Sodium 10 mg 588%. Not supplementing in capsules individually. B2 is hard to find without excipients. I would have supplemented it individually because it tested very low in my body after thallium toxicity.
  • Thiamin – currently getting in a multivitamin (B1 110 mg 7,333%). Tested very low in my body after thallium / arsenic poisoning. Hard to find individually without excipients.
  • Iodine – take food source Dulse when craving it and Kelp supplements. A lot of good info on taking Lugol’s iodine, but I have not had the time yet.
  • Bentonite Clay – binds with mercury but can dehydrate and build up in the gut. I took it on occasion with fiber like organic psyllium husk to help with motility but now just use it for face masks.

5. Supplements I avoid:

  • No Copper (see anxiety posts for more on copper toxicity)
  • No Iron (too much oxidative stress in supplement form, focusing on food forms for now).
  • No Liquid Trace Minerals (contain heavy metals. It is sometimes added to reverse osmosis water. Same with a lot of salt products.)
  • No Amino Acid Supplementation
    • Notes: Genova NutrEval test indicated my body was low in quite a few amino acids. I supplemented once but did not like how it made my head feel. Amino acids like tryptophan, 5HTP GABA help make neurotransmitters, but I think it is complex and try to give my body the food sources to work it out on its own. e.g. GABA is known to cross the blood-brain-barrier and mine is compromised by mercury toxicity.

Sourcing Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

Synthetic ALA, aka thiotic acid, is available OTC, without a prescription in the U.S. However, it is mostly sold in large doses e.g. 100-600 mg capsules.

I was advised to buy the larger capsules and split them as equally as possible by eyesight or buy ALA in bulk powder form (to avoid excipients) and a microscale or micro-scoops, size 4 (smallest) to save money over the long-run.

I purchased measuring tools and a small bag of bulk ALA — ALA looses its potency over time so not good to stock up. But it was too much work to figure out how to use the scale or trust the micro-scoops for my first few ALA rounds. Plus I could only find red micro-scoops sold in 5 packs, blue micro-scoops in a 100 pack and could not find yellow or green ones.

I continued to look and found smaller ALA capsules (5mg, 12mg, and 25mg) made without excipients from a small independent company called EverythingSpectrumA grandmother of an autistic child figured out how to do this! I found it convenient and helpful for the first few rounds of chelation in spite of the price and manufacturing origin.

EverythingSpectrum

  • Size / Price: 5 mg 60 caps $13.75, 12 mg 60 caps $14.25, 25 mg 60 caps $14.75.
  • Country origin: China, though high level of testing.
  • Other ingredients: Vegetarian capsule (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, water) cellulose and l-leucine.
  • Notes: There was no website security so I used PayPal. Also, many supplements are often out of stock.

Two other ALA brands I may try:

NutraBio

  • Size / Price: 300 mg 150 caps $13.99 (250 g powder $32.99)
  • Country origin: US NutraBio FDA registered & inspected facility.
  • Other ingredients: None.

MRM

  • Size / Price: 100mg 60 caps from local health food store. (300 mg has fillers).
  • Country origin: ? sent email?
  • Other ingredients: Rice flour (arsenic?). Capsule made of plant cellulose.

ALA options I researched but chose not to purchase:

1. Livingsupplements.com Size / Price: 1 mg, 3 mg, 5 mg, 6.25 mg, 12.5 mg and up. Country origin: Manufactured in a GMP-certified facility using USP-grade raw materials only. Ships from South Africa, takes a few weeks. Other ingredients: 5 mg Microcrystalline cellulose (no MCC!), vegi-caps, all others have MCC, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate & vegi-caps. This is where I would have to buy DMSA or DMPS that also have these other ingredients.
2. Kirkman Labs Size / Price: 25 mg 90 capsules $18.25 and 50 mg 90 capsules $22.25. However, Additives: Sorbitol, Natural Tropical Punch Flavoring, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Citric Acid, Natural Menthol Flavoring, Silicon Dioxide, Sucralose, Plant Cellulose Caps.
3. Purebulk.com – Country origin: China.
4. Pure Encapsulation – Country origin: China.
5. Local Compounding Pharmacy – Resells Pure Encapsulation.

 Be Gutsy!


Healing = Nutrients In + Toxins Out

1. Nutrients In

2. Toxins Out

How To Go To Sleep Earlier And Stay Asleep

Intro: Night Owl Roll Call

Quality sleep, nutrition, and reducing stress are the most important factors I can control in supporting my immune system while healing from mercury poisoning.

So I have tried to shift and extend my sleep hours by learning as much as I could about mercury’s impact on sleep.


Mercury & Sleep

“The biological clock is disturbed. Waking up late and staying up late is more common than being an ‘early bird’. Try as they might, the mercury poisoned person simply cannot control their circadian rhythm.” – Andy Cutler

Mercury is among the most toxic elements known to man. No one can avoid mercury from manufacturing pollution in the air we breath and the food we eat. And many in my generation and above have “silver” amalgam fillings put in our mouths by dentists which are made of over 50% mercury which constantly off-gasses into the body.

Mercury (and fluoride) can accumulate in the pineal gland, which can make the gland sluggish and reduce melatonin production.

To limit mercury exposure, I had the “silver” mercury fillings in my mouth holistically removed. I also continue to detox & chelate heavy metals and avoid high mercury seafood like tuna (see the EWG 2016 report).

To limit aluminum exposure, I avoid drinking fluoridated aluminum tap water and using dental products like toothpaste, floss, or mouth rinse that are “fortified” with the thyroid disruptor and marketed to us as “healthy”. Unfortunately, I still get the industrial by-product fluoride when I take shower and baths since I live in an apartment and cannot set up a whole house water filtration system.

I would like to think that my “night owl” tendencies are caused by environmental toxins — like mercury, aluminum, Electro Magnetic Radiation, and light pollution — disrupting my neurotransmitters & hormones, and not DSPD (see below).

So until I am able to finish chelating the mercury out of my brain, I am focusing primarily on addressing circadian rhythm disruptors. If you want to skip the science below, feel free to skip to ahead to my four sleep steps:

Step 1: Reset Circadian Rhythm
Step 2: Create A Sleep Sanctuary
Step 3: Set A Regular Sleep Schedule & Night Time Routine
Step 4: Stay Asleep

Otherwise, continue reading here:

  • Why Sleep Is Important For Healing.
  • Delayed Sleep-Phase Disorder (DSPD).
  • Sleep Stages.
  • Neurotransmitters, Melatonin, & Cortisol.

Importance of Sleep

Sleep is essential for basic maintenance and repair of the neurological, endocrine, immune, musculoskeletal, and digestive systems. However, until more recently, I believe sleep is one of the most overlooked and undervalued nutrients in healing and staying healthy:

  • During deep sleep, the body produces human growth hormones necessary for healing, tissue repair, and cellular regeneration.
  • The hormone melatonin naturally increases at night, which increases immune cytokine function and helps protect against infection.
  • Sleep enhances cognitive performance (including concentration, focus, learning, and memory), boosts mood & overall energy (prevents irritability, depression, and lack of motivation), and reduces cravings (especially sugar, simple carbs, and chocolate or caffeine.)
  • And, our brain shrinks and wrings out toxins during REM sleep.

Delayed Sleep-Phase Disorder (DSPD)?

In my teens and twenties, I could pull all-nighters and get by on less than six hours of sleep a night. After chronic mercury poisoning, I need eight to nine hours of sleep to function at my best. The problem is that I often find myself procrastinating going to bed.

As a proverbial night owl, my second wind still kicks in around 10 p.m. and I am extra productive. So I am conflicted hearing that I should be asleep by 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. For example, thyroid repair is said to happen between 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. & 1 – 3 a.m. But what if I go to bed later on a regular basis? Wouldn’t that just shift the healing time? Or is the adage true: “An hour before midnight is worth two”?!?

I honestly could not find answers on the science of early sleep. (If you know the original source that is quoted so factually, please let me know). I did learn that mercury is a leading cause for circadian rhythm disruption, Wi-Fi and cell tower radiation can cause insomnia, and there is actually a sleep disorder called Delayed-Sleep-Phase Disorder (DSPD) that describes the night-owling phenomenon:

Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (1)

1. People with DSPD have a sleep / wake cycle that is delayed with respect to the external day / night cycle. Their circadian rhythm, is dysregulated compared to the general population.

2. Generally, they do fall asleep around the same time every night, some hours after midnight, and can sleep well. However, they find it difficult to wake up in time for a typical school or workday. If allowed to follow their own schedules, e.g. sleeping from 3:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, their sleep is improved and they may not experience excessive daytime sleepiness.

3. Attempting to force oneself onto daytime society’s schedule has been compared to constantly living with jet lag; referred to as “social jet lag“.

4. Sleep deprivation does not reset the circadian clock, as it does with non-DSPD people. They have difficulty falling asleep before their usual sleep time, even if sleep-deprived.

5. Tends to run in families. May be associated with human period 3 (hPer3) gene.

6. May be overly sensitive to evening light.

7. Supplemental melatonin reduces sleep onset latency more with DSPD than with insomnia.


Sleep Stages

As most of us have learned, there are 5 stages of sleep. The important take away imo: repeating the different sleep stages throughout the night is optimal for healing as is waking naturally during a light sleep stage and not during deeper slow-wave stages or a REM cycle:

“Sleep starts out sequentially, but then it cycles through the stages in an out-of-sequence progression. It begins in stage 1 and progresses into stages 2, 3, and 4. After stage 4 sleep, stages 3 and then 2 are repeated before REM (stage 5) sleep begins. The body usually returns to stage 2 sleep after REM sleep is over. The first cycle of REM sleep is about 90 minutes after falling asleep and can last only a very short amount of time. With each cycle, REM sleep lasts longer.” (Natural Medicine Journal)

Here’s a bit more detail on each stage:

Normal Sleep Physiology (1)

1. Light sleep includes stages 1 and stages 2 in the sleep cycle.

Stage 1 sleep is a transition period between wakefulness and sleep and lasts only 5-10 minutes. It is characterized by mixed frequency theta waves (very slow brain waves); slow, rolling eye movements; and slightly reduced eye movement and chin electromyography (EMG).

Stage 2 lasts for approximately 20 minutes and involves mixed-frequency brain waves with rapid bursts of rhythmic brain wave activity known as sleep spindles. Body temperature starts to decrease and heart rate begins to slow.

2. Deeper slow-wave sleep includes stages 3 and 4.

Stage 3 sleep is characterized by 20%-50% slow brain waves known as delta waves. It is a transitional period between light sleep and very deep sleep.

Stage 4 has greater than 50% delta waves and is sometimes referred to as delta sleep because of the slow brain waves that occur during this time. Lasts approximately 30 minutes.

3. Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the 5th stage, is when most dreaming occurs.

Stage 5 is characterized by increased respiration rate and brain activity. REM sleep has mixed frequency EEGs with theta waves in combination with rapid eye movements and nearly absent chin EMG. REM sleep occurs approximately every 90 minutes in adults, with a predominance of slow-wave sleep in the first half of the night and a predominance of REM sleep in the second half.


Neurotransmitters, Melatonin, & Cortisol

Neurotransmitters: are chemical messengers used in the body to transmit signals. They are made from precursors like amino acids made from the food we eat. There are over 100 identified neurotransmitters. Here are a few examples: dopamine (controls pain, well-being), serotonin (relaxation, sleep, well-being), adrenaline (energy and stamina) & noradrenaline, and melatonin (sleep cycles).

a. Tryptophan a precursor to serotonin and hence melatonin, tested low on my Genova NutrEval blood test. So I am working with my holistic doctor to support this neurotransmitter pathway. I’ve shared this before, but I am not a big fan of amino acid therapy with tryptophan, 5HTP, or GABA… from a brief trial and from what I have read so am trying to do this with nutrition and herbs. I am also not interested in taking melatonin or other supplemental sleep aids.

b. Serotonin is produced by and found mostly in the gut and in smaller amounts in the brain. It helps regulate appetite, sleep, memory and learning, temperature, mood, behavior, and more.

c. Noradrenaline & SAMe: SAMe is a chemical in the body that reduces the level of noradrenaline at night. Mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium and other chemicals can bind to SAMe and make it less affective at reducing the night-time noradrenaline. To complicate this further, melatonin and serotonin come from SAMe function. ~Does my body needs supplemental SAMe?

Melatonin is considered a potent anti-oxidant that works within the central nervous system to protect against methyl mercury toxicity. As mentioned above, when the body is working well, the hormone melatonin naturally increases at night and is absent or low during the day. When melatonin increases, immune cytokine function increases. Immune cytokines help protect against infection and mercury toxicity.

For those who like to geek out like me, here is the science on how melatonin is made using tryptophan and the serotonin pathway:

Melatonin  (2)

Melatonin, chemically N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamin, is a hormone that anticipates the daily onset of darkness. It is synthesized from the essential amino acid tryptophan in four enzymatic steps and follows the serotonin pathway:

L-tryptophan is converted to 5-hydroxy-L-tryptophan (5-HTP).
5-HTP is then decarboxylated (CO2 removal) by the enzyme 5-hydroxytryptophan decarboxylase to produce serotonin.
• In darkness, the key enzyme, aralkylamine N-acetyltransferase (AANAT) is activated and converts serotonin to N-acetyl serotonin.
N-acetyl serotonin is ultimately converted to melatonin by the enzyme acetylserotonin O-methyltransferase.

Cortisol: is the primary stress-response hormone. It is needed for true fight or flight situations. And also at low levels for improving memory. But at chronic levels, high cortisol can lead to a cascade of problems such as insulin resistance, melatonin deficiencies, and sex hormone depletion.

Cortisol should be higher in the morning and lower in the evening, when melatonin is higher for sleep. Too much cortisol may prevent the right amount of melatonin from being made. Which is why high cortisol levels at night, instead of very low, may keep one up too late with a “second wind.”

Cortisol plays an important role in maintaining blood sugar (glucose) levels around the clock. Stress and sugar consumption raise blood sugar and cortisol, which can then affect melatonin and sleep. So not stressing and stabilizing blood sugar levels are key to improving cortisol and melatonin levels. (Unfortunately, mercury contributes to yeast overgrowth which causes sugar cravings so I have had to work extra on controlling blood sugar levels.)

I took Sanesco / NeuroLab’s Adrenal Hormones Profile test which measured salivary cortisol 4x/day and DHEA 2x/day. The results were within normal ranges.


Next

Once I understood the basic science of sleep, I took these action steps to get to sleep earlier and stay asleep:

  1. Step 1: Reset Circadian Rhythm
  2. Step 2: Create A Sleep Sanctuary
  3. Step 3: Set A Regular Sleep Schedule & Night Time Routine
  4. Step 4: Stay Asleep

How To Go To Sleep Earlier And Stay Asleep | Reset Circadian Rhythm

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Intro: Sleep Training For Night Owls

Do not reproduce without written permission.Step 1: Reset Circadian Rhythm

At a high level, circadian rhythm is our biological rhythm which is controlled by an internal biological clock. The primary function is regulation of day-night cycles based on photosensitive cues, like light. It affects, and is affected, by things like sleep timing, body temperature, hormone secretion, alertness, and appetite. (1)

Additionally, our biological rhythm can be disrupted or influenced by external or environmental cues like heavy metals, radiation, food, and stress. In my case, I believe my body’s rhythm has also been disrupted by mercury + wireless radiation, which dampens the pineal gland and melatonin / serotonin pathway and more.

So while I am chelating mercury out of my brain, I have adopted five natural lifestyle changes to reset my circadian rhythm and get to sleep earlier:

  • Reduce Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR).
  • Eliminate Light Pollution.
  • Enhanced Nutrition.
  • MindBody Wellness.
  • Exercise During The Day.

1. Reduce Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) / Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF)

In a nutshell, EMR is anything electrical — wired & wireless. It causes stress to the body and interferes with sleep, including hormonal changes in melatonin.

Because most of us spend up to ten hours a night resting and sleeping in bed (on average, over 1/3 of our lives), I have tried to eliminate all forms of EMR in the bedroom to allow my body to rest better.

Four main types of EMR that I have been researching that may be impacting my sleep are:

1. Radio Frequency (RF) radiation: from cell towers, Wi-Fi, cell phones, wireless computers, tablets, DECT cordless phones, baby monitors, etc..
2. Magnetic Fields (MF): from electrical sources like high voltage power lines, transformers on the street, electric blankets, and appliances with transformers like clock radios, laptop plugs, or power cables often placed under the bed.
3. Electronic Fields (EF) like wiring in the wall and incorrect wiring, and
4. Dirty Electricity (EMI) from sources like dimmer switches, CFLs, and solar inverters.

I live in a city apartment, so there are a lot of things out of my control like PG&E digital smart meters, neighbor’s wi-fi, Comcast wi-fi hotspots, and cell towers,…(Put in your address on the latter two links and see what lights up.)

However, there are plenty of things that are in my control. Like removing all wireless devices from the bedroom and unplugging electronic gadgets and lights. (More in the next post.)


Circadian Rhythm (2)

• The biological “circadian clock” is located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN).
• The SCN is a pair of distinct groups of cells located in the hypothalamus.
• The SCN receives information about illumination through the eyes.
• The retina of the eye contains photoreceptors, which are used for conventional vision. But the retina also contains specialized ganglion cells that are directly photosensitive, and project directly to the SCN, where they help in the entrainment (synchronization) of this master circadian clock.
• These cells contain the photopigment melanopsin. Their signals follow the retinohypothalamic tract pathway, leading to the SCN.
• The SCN takes the info on the lengths of the day and night from the retina, interprets it, and passes it on to the pineal gland, located on the epithalamus.
• In response, the pineal secretes the hormone melatonin. Secretion peaks at night and is absent from the system or undetectably low during daytime.

2. Eliminate Light Pollution

Artificial light disrupts circadian rhythm and throws off sleep. A single pulse of artificial light at night disrupts the circadian mode of cell division. And compact fluorescent light bulbs have a high frequency flicker that cannot be observed by the human mind. (CFLs also contain mercury.) so I am using light and dark therapy to fall asleep earlier:

a. Light Therapy: promotes a normal sleep-wake schedule by aligning circadian rhythm with nature’s daily light-dark cycle.

To increase exposure to natural light during the daytime:

  • Opening shades upon rising.
  • Walking outside in the morning for sunlight exposure. Or,
  • Using blue light phototherapy on dark cloudy days. Blue light lamps are sometimes used during the winter time to trick the mind into thinking it is experiencing more daylight and prevent depression from Seasonal Affect Disorder (S.A.D.).

b. Darkness Therapy: inversely, if blue light makes the mind think it is daytime and suppresses melatonin production, avoiding it at night-time logically follows. A dark bedroom helps the body produce melatonin and helps ensure production is not decreased or eliminated.

Before heading into the bedroom at night, I avoid blue light in the hours before bedtime by:

  • Turning off the television, computer, and lights with blue when the sun sets.
  • Wearing my super-non-sexy amber-colored blue-blocking glasses that filter out blue light if I need to make an exception. These were the least expensive option and I got what I paid for — they rest on my cheeks and look silly, but they work. In hindsight, I would pay a little more for these glasses since I don’t have a big nose bridge.
  • I have not tried them but have heard programs like Redshift or f.lux adjust colors on computers & screens in the evening. Note: they do not claim to eliminate blue light.

3. Sleep Related Nutrition

What we ingests and when we ingest it affects hormones and sleep. (I share much more about the gut & nutrition here.) As for specifics around food and sleeping early:

a. Insulin levels: stabilizing blood sugar levels is key to improving cortisol levels. As mentioned in the intro post, cortisol, the primary stress-response hormone, is produced by the adrenal glands and plays an important role in maintaining blood sugar (glucose) levels around the clock. High cortisol levels at night, may keep one up too late with a “second wind” so what we eat and when is important for sleep.

I already incorporated plenty of healthy fats and eliminated gluten, processed sugar, and most dairy when I switched to a WAPF / Paleo diet. In addition, I took several salivary one-day (4-sample) home saliva tests and the results were within normal ranges so not focusing on this now.

b. Timing: since digestion requires energy and raises cortisol levels, avoiding large meals before bedtime can be helpful. I have always liked the adage, “eat like a queen for breakfast, a princess for lunch and a pauper for dinner”. It does not always work out, but my ideal set-up is:

  • Eat protein and healthy fat within 45 minutes of waking.
  • Lunch and snack when I am hungry.
  • Finish a smaller portioned dinner by 6 p.m.
  • Limit fluid intake in the evening to prevent sleep interruptions, which means front-loading water in the morning and afternoon.

c. Caffeine: avoiding stimulants before bedtime is a no-brainer. I am not a coffee consumer, but the few times I have had caffeine in this form, it took hours to fall asleep. Chocolate, however, was my weakness. Supplemental magnesium can help minimize chocolate cravings especially around that time of the month for gals.


4. MindBody Wellness

A ruminating mind that stresses about things like work & relationships can make it difficult to fall asleep. In my case, I believe toxins like mercury disrupted my GABA pathway and made it difficult to shut off my thoughts.

Before I knew tablets and wi-fi had EMR & light pollution, I would listen to music or watch a bedtime story on an iPad before going to bed to try and distract my brain.

Then I switched to the following strategies, in lieu of an iPad:

  • Limit thinking, worrying, or emotionally upsetting thoughts before bed, and in general. I like what Dr. Amen says: Stomp out the ANTs! (Automatic Negative Thoughts). Or when possible, proactively decide not to stress.
  • Ask others to share stimulating conversations earlier in the day.
  • No blogging, praying, or reading that stimulate my mind before bed.
  • Weened myself off social media.
  • Fill my thoughts with laughter & comedies, and calm my mind with yoga & meditation.
  • Also tried talk therapy a few times — did not work for me.
  • Researched neurotransmitter support aka amino acid supplementation — decided not to supplement as it seemed more like a band-aid, not a root-cause fix in my case.

The good news is now that I no longer have mercury flooding in or extremely high amounts of Wi-Fi radiation in my bedroom I fall asleep with minimal effort.


5. Exercise

Here are a few things I have learned about exercise, mercury, and sleep:

  • Exercise is known to improve sleep quality. For example, exercise can help build up adenosine in the brain (an end-product of breaking down ATP/energy source) which creates “sleep pressure”.
  • Mercury sits on the same cell receptor site as oxygen, so exercise may bring more oxygen into the body and brain and improve sleep.
  • Over-exercising can raise cortisol and stress the body so individualized quality exercise is key.
  • Exercise can be stimulating at night so it may be better to do it in the morning or daytime.

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Step 2: Create A Sleep Sanctuary
Step 3: Set A Regular Sleep Schedule & Night Time Routine
Step 4: Stay Asleep