As I write this, I have completed the third cycle of my detox. It's hard to believe that this has been going on since early February. It's even harder to believe that it will take most of the summer at this point. My body has to heal between cycles and the doctor has given me liberty to 'know' when it's time to start the next cycle. These days have been hard for this Type A girl, running at half capacity. There are two things that have helped when things have been at their worst.
1. Prayer - prayer to get me through this and prayer for those that I love as I try to take my thoughts off of myself. When I think I've run out of things to pray about, then, I recant the miracles of Jesus to God.
2. Blogging - writing has been very good for me. It's been difficult at times for me to get the words out of my mouth in an organized manner...and make sense, but writing has been easy and a little therapeutic for me. I try to keep my daily detox woes out of posts other than the updates though.
The last time I gave an update on the progress of my detox, my liver was in trouble and I had to wait it out until it calmed down so I could proceed to the third cycle of DMSA. Waiting things out patiently is not quite my style, so here are some things that helped. (Hoping this info helps someone out there that might go through something similar someday.)
2 cups of epsom salts, 1/2 cup sea salt, and 1/2 Bob's Red Mill baking soda (read here to find out why you should use Bob's), and three drops of lavendar oil. Info on the benefits of detox baths can be found all over the internet, but the best info I've found is here. I will, however, tell you my personal experience with these baths have been extremely good. I find they really calm me down, you know, my insides and my brain. I'll go into more detail in another post on this.
Carrot, kale and ginger. I go into more detail here on why juicing is great for the liver.
Herb Pharm's Healthy Liver Tincture. I've made a tincture that costs me a whole lot less that still needs another week to go before it's ready. I purchased the ingredients from the Bulk Herb Store and followed the directions in the video below.
Stinging Nettle Infusion
This is for nourishment and energy. I put some lemon verbena and sweet fern leaves in the infusion to 'soften' the taste. It's great chilled. Pretty much I drink it all day. Check out here for more info on nettles and how to make an infusion.
Liver function returned to normal three weeks after the last cycle, and I'm sure the things mentioned above helped. As well as the fact that my diet has been EXTREMELY healthy with much of it being raw (and chewing each bite thoroughly), and consuming very little meat if any. Meat slows down my digestive system and I need it to not be slow.
Like I mentioned at the top of my post, here I am at the end of the third cycle. It - was - not - fun. Three days of not - fun. The pain was almost unbearable. Pulsing, pressure, throbbing, burning/freezing, all over. Very hard to explain. The worst part is the fever. A funny hummm in my head happens too, the volume goes way up, and then way down over and over. I cried. I yelled "I quit" (to no one because no one was there to here it). I'm yellow, again. Back to square one.
I've been reading a book that has helped me understand just how toxic our world really is. Everlasting Health by Robert Bernardini, M.S. This book makes it a little more clear to me why this process has been so painful. Our bodies protect themselves from 'non food' items by storing most of them in our fat cells. How many 'non food' items have you eaten in your life time? Artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives? Knowingly AND UNknowingly, I'm sure. These things are not food. Just because the FDA says it's ok, doesn't mean you should eat them! Getting them out of the body is more than a little uncomfortable.
So here I am and here I'll be for a few days more, in my bed that Daughter put fresh white sheets and linens on for me, windows open, listening to the birds and the not-so-mute swan flapping his wings on the pond. Life could be a whole lot worse.
Enjoy the day-