EMF Sensitivity and Autoimmune Disease: Layers of Complexity

_2634595To get to this level and beyond, to the levels buried beneath (the outcome of the outcome of the outcome)…

– Klauser, Henriette Anne (2001-08-12). Write It Down Make It Happen

I have come to think of the unraveling of EMF Sensitivity as opening a Nesting Doll. There is always something hidden inside, behind, and/or beneath the present discovery. Every time I think I’ve gotten to the core of the situation I find  something even more foundational.

H2O. It wasn’t enough to know it was the water. What was in the water that was causing the problem?

Metals.  I learned that the water I drank was high in copper and mercury.  Copper drives down levels of potassium and zinc and mercury inhibits the absorption of magnesium.  Many of the seemingly unrelated health symptoms I was suffering all indicate I had heavy metal toxicity.

I tested high for mercury, nickel, cadmium, and other metals in Michigan shortly after moving back from Silicon Valley in 1994.  I moved back to California in 2000.  Shortly after I became very ill.

Agriculture.  Even after detoxifying heavy metals and filtering mercury and copper from the water, I had symptoms.

I improved dramatically but there were still issues, odd symptoms that were difficult to map to a cause other than continued mineral deficiency.

I read a report released by UC Davis about nitrates in California water.  Associated with agricultural runoff,  nitrates are a known carcinogen and are associated with health problems in humans.  Still…

It didn’t feel right.  I knew something in the water was causing my gums to burn and my teeth to feel as if someone was driving a stake through my jaw and teeth when I sipped water – even filtered water.  Something bad was in the water but nitrates?  I didn’t think so because it just didn’t feel right.

When on vacation in March I drank non-California water for ten days.  All remaining health symptoms disappeared.  The two most dramatic improvements were instant improvement of my oral health and a lack of food intolerances.

The swelling in my gums disappeared.  They quit bleeding.  The color went from inflamed red to healthy pink.  My gums didn’t burn when I drank water or brushed my teeth with it.  My teeth and jaw didn’t feel like someone had driven a railroad spike into them.

Within 48 hours of returning home the symptoms began to return.  I was filtering the water but obviously something wasn’t getting filtered out.

I have always maintained excellent dental hygiene.  

Fluoride. I remember staring at my toothbrush while on vacation.  Something told me to stop using fluoride toothpaste.  At least while my gums were so inflamed.

I also remembered that right after my six month dental checkup I had a horrible relapse of symptoms.  I was sick for weeks.  

After returning from vacation I had our whole family switch to  non-fluoride toothpaste.

Tom’s of Maine.

I also began changing the filter every week.

Sodium fluoride.  I now see that fluoride is the “final piece” of this puzzle.  Specifically, sodium fluoride. This is not the form of fluoride municipalities add to the drinking water under the pretense it helps fight tooth decay.

It’s a flawed argument. Tribes in Africa who live in areas where the soil is rich in selenium have a lower incidence of AIDS and cancer both but we haven’t decided to add selenium to our drinking water and in fact, farmers state that too much selenium in the soil is bad for crops.

Sodium fluoride is in everything from toothpaste to mouthwash to bottled water to food and beverages we consume.

It’s also a nuclear fuel.

Perhaps most significant is its presence in  pesticides, insecticides, and other agricultural products.

Where its runoff ends up in our drinking water and food supply.

In large quantities it becomes toxic. It blocks the ability to absorb magnesium and potassium. It affects reproductive hormones and prevents the production of melatonin, disrupting sleep.

A British study showed that people who have EMF Sensitivity do not produce enough melatonin.

The symptoms for fluoride poisoning read like a laundry list for autoimmune diseases including rheumatic arthritis and EMF Sensitivity.

Disease or poison?  I think of all the doctors I talked to, all the medical tests I had that all came up negative.  Not one California doctor considered environmental poisoning from the water to be the root cause of my symptoms.

I admit, it never occurred to me either.  

To detoxify sodium fluoride you need to do the following:

  • Stop ingesting the poison. Switch to a fluoride free toothpaste and do not have fluoride treatments at the dentist.
  • Increase your magnesium and potassium intake.

If tap water was the only source of fluoride I would not be suggesting to eliminate dental treatments.  It isn’t.  There are multiple sources of sodium fluoride.  If you have toxic levels of fluoride in your system you have to eliminate it in order to recover. 

Adding fluoride to our drinking water has been a controversial issue for decades.

About as long as there has been evidence linking too much fluoride to cancer and other autoimmune diseases including arthritis

The US Government AgreesFor the first time in 50 years the US Government has decided to lower the amount of fluoride put in the drinking water.

Since eliminating the fluoride toothpaste and changing the filter weekly multiple members of the family noticed an improvement.

There were some  immediate results but  after two weeks the improvements were nothing short of dramatic.

Nails that were discolored returned to their normal color.  Tooth enamel that was yellow and/or streaked returned to a healthy white.  Tooth enamel that was mottled healed completely – no more holes.

Food intolerances were eliminated.

While this has completed the puzzle for me, helping me know exactly what it is I’m dealing with (and what I have to detox), I suspect it won’t be the outcome of the outcome.

When it comes to the incredibly complex tangle of autoimmune diseases and EMF Sensitivity in particular, there is always something more to be learned.

Fluoride. Nesting Doll or Pandora’s Box?

Shortly after posting this I found the following – notice the date:

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EMF Sensitivity and Autoimmune Disease: The California Connection

165588176Living With EMF Sensitivity: Not a day has passed since learning I’m EMF Sensitive that I haven’t taken some action to better understand why my health deteriorated so dramatically and so suddenly after moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2000. Barely an hour passes that I don’t consider some new facet to the complex autoimmune condition known by the World Health Organization as Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity; what I call EMF Sensitivity.

In his book Outliers: The Story of Success,, Malcolm Gladwell suggests that one is considered an expert after 10,000 hours of applying oneself to a specific task. There are 8765.81 hours in a year, putting me into expert territory shortly before publishing Riding the Waves: Diagnosing, Treating, and Living With EMF Sensitivity.

Old Patterns Through a New Lens: As I’ve gained new insight about this complex condition I have applied it to health challenges both recent and in the past. As a result, I’ve come to see just how big a role California water has played in my health problems.

As well as those of my family and friends.

California Dreamin:  From the first time I visited California I knew I wanted to live there. In high school at the time, t’s all I talked about. In my twenties I made that dream a reality, though I did move back to the Midwest for a time. On our first date I told my husband I was planning to move back to the Golden State as soon as possible. He proposed to me on a trip to the Bay Area and we relocated there shortly after we married. Little did I know…

Distant Early Warning. When I was a teen I would fly to California to stay with my father, who was living in LA, for months at a time. One particular summer we were visiting Tijuana when I suddenly doubled over in extreme pain. On my knees on a crowded sidewalk I felt as if someone was plunging a hot knife into my lower right side repeatedly.

No, it was not food poisoning and it was not appendicitis.

I scarfed down two Excedrin without water in an attempt to stop the horrendous pain.  In the months after that, I experienced several similar episodes with the pain alternating sides. A trip to the ER was enlightening. The pain stemmed from ruptured ovarian cysts. I was put on birth control pills to “normalize hormones.” Bye bye ovarian cysts.

A few years later I was diagnosed with rheumatic arthritis.

Dream Realized. In June 1994 I moved to Silicon Valley. I worked in Santa Clara and lived in Sunnyvale. In August I began experiencing strange health symptoms that seemed unrelated to each other. A few trips to the doctor came back negative. Nothing was wrong. By November I was unable to sleep, in part because I was constantly up going to the bathroom.   In January 1995 I was diagnosed with TMJ and entered into a study program.

Guess there were a lot of otherwise healthy Bay Area residents mysteriously coming down with TMJ.

A month later I relocated to the Midwest. The TMJ disappeared almost overnight but other health problems persisted. A subsequent visit to my old family practice was revealing. I had hypothyroidism and heavy metal toxicity (nickel, cadmium, and mercury).

I was also told I had the testosterone levels of a 63 year old.

The metals were removed via chelation therapy and I  was put on Armour thyroid and DHEA until my body healed and I no longer needed them.

While my doctor focused on my thyroid, the testosterone, and the metal detox, I focused on strengthening my adrenals, taking adrenal glandular by Enzymatic Therapies as well as supporting vitamin and mineral supplements.

Continuing the Dream: In 2000, I moved back to the Bay Area . this time to Pleasanton. Within weeks I was feeling sick. Fatigue and an inability to sleep were my initial complaints. A visit to the doctor came up negative. Nothing was wrong. Uh-huh.

I developed TMJ. a few months later  A fortuitous visit to a Palo Alto health food store found me in a conversation with a knowledgeable employee. He advised me to take Potassium Magnesium Aspartate by CountryLife. Within a few days the pain was gone.

We moved to San Francisco and immediately, the remaining health issues, which included migraines and insomnia, began to clear.  My energy returned and I felt great.

San Francisco water has a different water source than other cities in the Bay Area.

We moved to Walnut Creek four years later and within weeks I was sick. The doctors ran several tests but everything came up normal. My health continued to deteriorate and by 2009 I was no longer able to function.

We left California in December 2009 and I dedicated my days to recovering and learning why I’d become so sick.

The Dream Moves South:  When I was 14 I visited San Diego. It was love at first sight and I promised myself that someday I would live in that incredible Southern California city. In October 2013 I made that dream a reality. Within six months I was as sick as I’d been in Walnut Creek.

I can’t begin to tell you how devastated I was. I had been doing so well. I’d all but recovered.  

It made no sense.  Before moving here we’d visited numerous times to address the concern that fault lines would affect me. What in the hell was going on?!

I spent hours trying to understand what the two areas had in common other than being in the state of California. I was able to eliminate the fault lines as they no longer seemed to be a problem.

I still know when an earthquake is coming. I can hear the p-wave as a high pitched ring in my left ear. The intensity and length of the sound matches the duration and scale of the subsequent shaking. The waves appear to travel in a southwest to northeast pattern. Though I can hear the pending quakes, I no longer feel sick as I did in the Bay Area.

Diligent research revealed that the very same water I was drinking in Walnut Creek made up at least 20% of San Diego’s water supply.  Further research revealed that much of California water  is contaminated by, but not limited to, nitrates, copper, and mercury.  When I began filtering out copper and mercury with a Brita countertop pitcher I felt significantly better.

My family’s health issues began clearing as well.

A recent trip out of state where I was able to drink water contributed to the case against California water.

California wine: I’m a red wine drinker.  I have favored Central Coast varietals since a friend introduced me in 1998.  So when I suddenly began experiencing horrible migraines after drinking my favorite Central Coast pinot  noir, I was puzzled.

I tried a different varietal by the same brand but still experienced the intense pain. I tried another Central Coast brand but no luck. I gave up drinking red wine. The pain wasn’t worth it.

I later read that some California wines have high levels of arsenic.  

After learning about the water I did a little mapping. The wine region I favored got part of their water from the same problematic source. I decided to try red wine from another region.

Italian, Chilean, and Pacific Northwest wines do not give me migraines or any other negative health effects.  

Loose ends tied up:  I have come to realize that something in California water depletes not only my minerals but also my testosterone levels.  Even after filtering out copper and mercury I have problems from California water.  I take DHEA to address the testosterone issue and I bombard myself with minerals in order to maintain my health in the face of an unknown continued depletion source.

The future:  I recently read that US officials are concerned that America will lose its advantage in the technology and space industries. A lot of that work is done in California, in the Bay Area as well as in So Cal. I also read that while contaminated water is a known problem, California officials feel the cost to clean it up is too high.

In light of another map, I’d say the cost is too high not to.

A Vacation from Illness

1FEE75D0-8834-4959-B1DC-B430E13A3448Nothing teaches like experience.  As it says in my blog and on my business card, Knowledge is Power, Experience is Power to Share.  With that in mind, I’m going to share one of the most profound experiences I’ve had in recent years:  A vacation from illness.

My family recently took a ten day vacation. Before leaving I considered how I could manage my health routine of supplements and juices to avoid becoming sicker.

I was also concerned about eating in restaurants.

I packed enough of the supplements to last the trip and hoped there would be a juice bar somewhere in the vicinity.  I would also be extra careful about my diet, making sure to continue my emphasis on fruits and vegetables ,and, most importantly at this stage, to avoid red wine, grains, coffee, and my favorite English Breakfast tea, Tazo Awake. In fact, I couldn’t drink any tea, including herbal, since it always made me feel sick.

Over the previous eight or so months I’ve had to eliminate these foods one after another as I became sensitive to them for the first time in my life.

I was concerned about water because at home we drink filtered.

We’ve quit frequenting local restaurants and coffee shops because of the water.

The first day we had dinner with some friends. I drank several glasses of water from their fridge dispenser. It was not filtered.

We also drank bottled water and, like home, used it to brush our teeth. The next morning I drank ice water with my oatmeal at the hotel restaurant.  It was not filtered or bottled.

I have since learned that unless it says gluten-free, oatmeal may be cross-contaminated and contain gluten. The stuff I ate did not state gluten-free on the menu. It also didn’t bother me.

That night I forgot to use the bottled water to brush my teeth. The next morning I again drank ice water with my oatmeal.

72 Hours. On the third morning I stared at the DHEA. “I’m going to cut back to 15 mg instead of 20,” I declared. “My gut is telling me I don’t need that much anymore.” I also decided to cut back on the mineral supplements to 1 potassium, 1 magnesium, and 1 zinc.

My gut told me I didn’t need the extra minerals I take at home which can run up to 4 potassium a day, 3 magnesium, and 2 zinc, depending.

At breakfast I ordered an English Breakfast tea with my oatmeal and ice water. It was Tazo Awake. I drank it and experienced no problems whatsoever.

On the fourth day I spotted a juice bar and got a juice similar to what we drink at home, carrot/apple/ginger.

At home we use granny smith instead of red apples and we add cilantro.

That evening we had dinner at friends who live in an entirely different part of town.  I drank several glasses of water from their fridge dispenser. It was not filtered.

I continued drinking the tea and eating oatmeal with no problem.  I  continued drinking water from the hotel tap and from the restaurant taps.  I began to notice I felt better than I had in a long time.

On the seventh day I had a sandwich. The bread was not gluten-free. I had no issues whatsoever. On the eighth day I had pizza. The crust was not gluten-free. You guessed it, no problems whatsoever.

On the evenings of days 7 through 9 I had red wine with dinner.**  I ate bread. I had zero negative health effects.

I also had a coffee with no trouble.

Something in the water. Not only did I experience elimination of all remaining symptoms, I experienced incredible energy, clarity of thinking, and creative inspiration like I hadn’t experienced in years.

The autoimmune symptoms have hindered my ability to write on and off.

Because the environments were otherwise similar, I was left with no alternative but to conclude that my recent suspicions are correct. The water in California, both in the east bay and here, is directly responsible for my autoimmune conditions, both EMF Sensitivity, and Rheumatic Arthritis, and all the symptoms associated with them.

There were fault lines and other similarities to eliminate other geologic factors.

Against the clock. I knew that if my suspicions were correct, I had 3 days of good health after returning home before things would turn south.

By that time the good vacation water would be cleared from my system, replaced with the filtered tap water.

I did everything I could to remain healthy. I juiced, I stuck to the same reduced number of supplements, and I continued my routine of walking miles most days.

I also put as many of the creatively inspired projects in place as possible.

 Relapse. On the second day home I found myself struggling with symptoms I hadn’t felt in several days.  As time went on I continued to experience more health symptoms.

I think, given the injustice of losing my short-lived vibrant health, I handled it pretty well.

I decided to focus on the fact that not only did I know the source of the problem, I knew it was possible to be totally free of any sickness.

I had to increase my DHEA back up to 20.

Symptoms of RA returned. Within hours of the extra 5 mg they were gone.

I’ve had to up the number of mineral supplements I take to the previous levels. I have increased the number of juices  I drink in an attempt to shore up my reserves until I figure out exactly what to do.

Going forward.  I no longer drink red wine, or any tea, and the only coffee I drink is a small cup I make with filtered water.  I will continue to drink the filtered water though it’s clear something toxic is not getting filtered out.

Environmental Impact. Nothing could have proven my theory about the impact of environment on my health like my recent experience. What we ultimately decide to do remains to be seen.

**  The red wine issue seems to be specific to California wines.  I have no issue with wines from Italy, Chile, and the Pacific Northwest.  In spite of this I quit drinking alcohol except on a rare occasion in order to reduce the stress on my system.

EMF Sensitivity – Psychic Abilities and The Healing Power of Prayer

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It occurred to me a few weeks back that some people (those who are aware of my paranormal abilities) might have thought if she’s such a good psychic, how come she didn’t see this coming? Actually, I did. But…

Extenuating Circumstances Within a few weeks of relocating to the Bay Area in 2000, I knew something was wrong.

I felt so strongly that something was wrong that I was ready to return the relocation money and my signing bonus, and move elsewhere.

If it was that simple I would never have gone down the Yellow Brick Road. However, I wasn’t the only decision maker caught up in the situation.

My husband had left a pretty good gig after I got the job in the Bay Area.

I couldn’t blame him for not wanting to walk away because I had “a bad feeling”.

It didn’t help that I couldn’t detail exactly what was wrong, only that something was very very wrong.

Logic vs. Instinct He presented plenty of logical reasons why we should stick things out and because logic is like water to me, I was more than happy to agree.

Even as I sought out a doctor to help me understand why I was getting so sick. A doctor who ran tests and calmly explained “everything is normal.” I knew better but I couldn’t point to anything to say what or why.

A Foreign Language My psychic abilities have developed over the years in a patchwork fashion.  As a very young child I was clairsentient.  As an adolescent I had  prophetic dreams, then prophetic feelings I was able to articulate.  Then…feelings.

Feelings I couldn’t  explain or tie to anything concrete or factual.

I didn’t understand my psychic dictionary (the symbols and feelings and what they meant).

It didn’t help that not long after moving to our temporary living in the East Bay, my psychic abilities began to disappear.  Once we moved to Downtown San Francisco they retuned with a vengeance but I pushed them away in favor of logic. **

Let’s just say being a psychic can be difficult, if not a burden at times.  I was ready for some peace.  Little did I know…

Several times in the ensuing years I got a strong feeling we should leave the Bay Area. Given the complexity of the situation, not to mention I had nothing specific to point to, I allowed logic to direct my choices.

This is something both Aaron and I have had to learn to live with. Woulda – Coulda – Shoulda.

As I write in Riding the Waves, Diagnosing Treating and Living with EMF Sensitivity, I came to realize that EMFs were blocking my psychic abilities. Once I began implementing remedies to block the harmful EMFs my abilities began to return, albeit slowly.

After relocating out of the area my healing accelerated, as did the return of my abilities.

I’ve learned a lot about psychic abilities as a result of what I’ve gone through.

The very same glands that warn us of impending danger are our psychic organ; the adrenals.

If someone wants to hone their gut instincts and/or improve their natural abilities, focus on having strong adrenal glands and a strong immune system.  The same steps I’ve taken to reverse my autoimmune conditions also  heal and strengthen the adrenals and the immune system.

In fact, my instincts led me to focus on healing and strengthening my immune system in order to reverse both EMF Sensitivity and Rheumatic Arthritis.

You could also use the remedies I discovered to block the EMFs that would tune out your own instincts.

These are mentioned in the Riding the Waves book. These remedies are all valid and work.  I will be releasing an ebook that focuses solely on the remedies without the context found in the book shortly.

The Healing Power of Prayer  A lot has been written about the healing power of prayer. What I have come to realize is that you don’t have to be praying for anything specific in order to gain the healing benefits.

A couple of months back, during one of the more difficult periods of my recovery, I lay in bed going through my nightly prayers of gratitude. I suddenly got this strong urge to say a few of the more formal prayers I’d learned in Catholic School.

I initially questioned this because I didn’t really have anything specific to pray for. I felt the more formal prayers should have been reserved for something specific.

Mentally shrugging I went ahead and began a few.

Including but not limited to the Lord’s Prayer, Hail Marys, and the Memorare.

Within a very short time I became aware that I was starting to feel better. Other than the added prayer, nothing dramatic had changed. Encouraged, I continued to say the prayers, rarely bothering to insert a specific intention.

I knew in my gut that none was needed. The simple act of reciting the prayers before bed was having a dramatic healing effect.

If you are healing from an illness, I suggest adding some sort of  daily prayer ritual.  Consider it a vitamin for the soul.

I don’t think it matters what form the prayer takes. I think the important thing is that it’s something you relate to.

I don’t think there’s a wrong way.  For me, the familiar prayers I’d learned in childhood were perfect.

I squeeze them in between my own personalized spiritual practice of gratitude and meditation.

As for my abilities, the more I recover, the more they strengthen. II’m learning my psychic dictionary.  I’ve had several flashes of insight that pointed me to a particular herb or remedy, or a book or website that added to my healing toolkit. Recently, I’ve been given specific instructions for foods and beverages to eat and drink.

I “hear” the words of what to eat and sometimes see a visual of a particular ingredient.

So far, following the psychic bread crumbs has paid off.

I’ve gone on to share the information either in books or in the blog as appropriate.

 I’ve recently entered the rebuild stage.  Last night I was given instructions for a soup that will help.

For the mushrooms I was shown a visual. I recognized the shape though I didn’t know the name. I knew I’d find them at the health food store though not necessarily at the grocery store.

Since I think it would benefit many who are in the rebuild stage of healing an autoimmune condition, I will share it here.

Psychic Soup  In a large soup pot (or crock) put 3 cans of beef broth, a handful of maitake mushrooms, potatoes, scallions, and white beans.

I use one can of great northern beans along with one can of garbanzo beans.

Add beef along with a beef bone.

As my entire family is healing from toxicity induced troubles, I chose grass fed organic beef and organic ingredients when possible.

Include the following to taste::  A bit of cilantro and natural sea salt.

I use celtic sea salt.  Cilantro binds heavy metals so the body can expel them.

Garlic salt, pepper, oregano, basil, Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes.

Add a few cups of filtered or purified water and bring to a boil for 30 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer at least two hours, stirring occasionally.

Enjoy!

I share the impact of my Near Death Experience on my psychic abilities in After Here The Celestial Plane and What Happens When We Die.

Hormone and Enzyme Supplements – Crutches During Recovery

crutchesThis article does not address hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as it pertains to individuals whose hormone secreting glands have been damaged, destroyed, and/or removed, nor women who are taking HRT to address “change of life” related symptoms.

Autoimmune conditions happen when the body becomes dangerously low in minerals.

Minerals are responsible for making hormones and enzymes in the body. These chemicals are necessary for good health and for life itself.

Rebuilding depleted mineral stores is an incredibly challenging phase of recovery from autoimmune conditions. While food is the best source of critical nutrients, man-made supplements can augment recovery efforts. However, they are not a substitute for food and whenever possible they should be tapered off and stopped.

If minerals are currency, the adrenals are the bank. If the account gets to low, the bank goes to other banks (other glands) to borrow. If the loan is never repaid, the body breaks down. A downward spiral in health will continue until either the loans are repaid (mineral stores are replenished) or the body dies.

Taking hormonal supplements is like infusing currency into a down economy. It can help stimulate the glands the way the cash could help stimulate an economic recovery. However, just like in economics, this strategy has a down side. Eventually, that infusion has to be withdrawn.

There comes a point where the body has to take over as it was designed to do.

How do you know when it’s time to let the body take over? It depends. Let’s look at some examples.

Melatonin. Studies in the UK found that individuals suffering from EMF Sensitivity are low in melatonin, the sleep hormone. This helped me understand my own sleep challenges which included waking up every 90 minutes and being unable to get back to sleep consistently. I began taking Natrol melatonin .

As a rule with medications and supplements, I take the lowest dose that is effective.  For the liquid melatonin, I only needed 3/4 of 1mg.

For the first time in years I was able to sleep through the night. I continued using this hormone supplement until my body no longer needed it.

My body sends me signals when I no longer need a supplement. For melatonin, this included nightmares and waking up after five hours because my body had cleared it from my system.

These days, if I need a bit of help winding down before bed I take 7 drops of liquid magnesium in a glass of water.

If I experience difficulty staying asleep, I know that my magnesium stores are too low.

DHEA. Not technically a hormone, this chemical is nonetheless produced by the adrenal glands. The body converts DHEA into either testosterone or estrogen. When there are toxic levels of heavy metals in the body, this process, like many others, is disrupted.

Heavy metals not only block the absorption of the minerals that make hormones, enzymes, and DHEA, they disrupt the body’s rhythm by depleting its stores of testosterone. The metals take all you have and keep you from making any more.

When I was diagnosed with rheumatic arthritis, medical tests revealed that I had toxic levels of heavy metals in my body. They also revealed that I had the testosterone levels of a 63 year old. I was 27 at the time. My doctor put me on DHEA to bring my testosterone levels back up.

The pharmaceutical grade stuff, even at the very low dose he prescribed came with terrible side effects. I quit taking it and went with a brand from the health food store.** I got much better results (no side effects) and my body recovered.***

As part of my recovery from EMF Sensitivity I began to supplement with low doses of DHEA.

10 mg store brand.

Through the trial and error of my overall efforts I discovered that low DHEA was directly responsible for my rheumatic arthritis symptoms.

After 19 years in remission I had a relapse. Upon taking 20 mg of DHEA all RA symptoms disappeared completely.

I suspect RA is directly related to, if not absolutely caused by, low testosterone.

Which is caused by low DHEA which is caused by low minerals which is caused by heavy metal toxicity.   Follow the yellow brick road.

I have tried tapering off but at this point in my recovery I still need DHEA. Any more than 20 mg makes me sick. Any less brings a return of RA symptoms.

VITAMIN D. A hormone produced by the adrenal glands, this isn’t a vitamin at all. Its formation is stimulated by exposure to the sun and it plays an important role in helping the body metabolize minerals. Although there has been a push to supplement with Vitamin D3, there are consequences. Taking Vitamin D when your magnesium levels are out of whack can make things much worse.

Studies suggest areas with less sun have higher rates of autoimmune conditions. I believe there is a cause other than low Vitamin D. Humans have been on this planet for thousands of years. The mushrooming of autoimmune diseases has only happened in the last few decades.

I actually found that as my potassium stores came up I needed to stop taking the Vitamin D. It was interfering with my ability to replenish my magnesium stores.

ENZYMES. Although minerals are also responsible for making the numerous enzymes our body needs, I never took enzyme supplements, nor gave any to my family during their recovery. I simply cut out any foods that caused problems.

There were only two, milk and most grains.

As we have rebuilt our depleted mineral stores we have been able to reintroduce these foods on occasion.

It’s ideal to wait until complete recovery.

Not all dairy and not all grains are a problem. We can all eat pasta, sourdough bread (if it’s the real thing), eggs, and cheese without any difficulty.

Caution.  While hormone supplements can certainly shore up the body during recovery, serious caution is warranted. If hormones are given when they are not needed, the body will respond by producing less in order to maintain the critical balance it needs.

Shortly after I moved to the East Bay I became sick. Horrible fatigue and disrupted sleep sent me to the doctor who ran a bunch of tests. Nothing was wrong. Still, he was willing to put me on a low dose of thyroid to see if it helped. A follow up blood test showed my thyroid hormone levels had gone down, proving that I did not need this hormone supplement. I quit taking it but the fatigue only worsened. I now know this was due to the health nightmare caused by drinking water with toxic levels of copper and mercury.

Supplementing with hormones during recovery from autoimmune conditions can be the step that puts you firmly on the road to recovery. However, it is important not to become dependent on them. Just as you have to take training wheels off and let the body power the bike’s balance, eventually you need to reduce and/or eliminate hormone supplements and let the body power its hormone balance.

** The DHEA from a compounding pharmacy had terrible side effects. I bought Country Life 25mg and was just fine. I have also used LIFELINK with great success. I continue to take the lowest dose required.

*** My body recovered until I moved back to the Bay Area.

Rebuilding Mineral Stores – Life at the Fill Line

ULFP312Rebuilding depleted mineral stores seems straight forward but is incredibly difficult. Even after you remove the heavy metals and toxins you have a lot of work ahead of you. That’s because those minerals are precious resources responsible for multiple bodily functions. When they are depleted there just isn’t enough to go around.

Imagine it’s budget time at Detroit public schools. Several critical and necessary programs are waiting to find out how much money they have to work with. The administrator starts doling out allocations from a pool of money. Before all the programs have received their allotments, the well runs dry. Now what?

For the human body the pool isn’t money, it’s minerals. Minerals are used to make hormones and enzymes. If these run low, illness is the result. If some of them (i.e.adrenal hormones) run out, the body dies. To avoid this, the body does what it can to keep things going and it does this in a very methodical way.  It will begin pulling resources from other areas, prioritizing as it goes.

Robbing Peter to pay Paul.

It will pull minerals from tissues, including the bones and joints. It will pull hormones from other glands to convert.

When the adrenal hormones get too low, the glands will borrow from the reproductive organs. This means low testosterone and estrogen. If you have a problem with ovarian cysts, this is you. When that well runs dry the adrenals will go after the thyroid. You hypothyroid sufferers, this is you.

It’s a domino effect. By the time your symptoms show up you’ve been in trouble for a long while.

Hint:  It starts with adrenal fatigue.

With so many systems vying for those few resources it’s easy to see how getting the levels back to necessary minimums is difficult.

The body’s processes use them up as fast as you get them into the system. This continues until everyone has been repaid and levels are well above that minimum.   I don’t think you can replenish depleted minerals if you take medications that lower the levels and/or if you have toxic metals in your body.

How long does it take? I have no idea. I haven’t accomplished it yet.  I am pretty close.  I’ve learned it works best, for me anyway, to focus on one mineral at a time.  This doesn’t mean I only take one mineral supplement.  It means I double or triple the dose of a specific mineral until I get the level to a solid minimum, if not a little above.

How do I know I’ve attained minimum level?  The physical symptoms associated with that mineral are resolved for longer than two weeks.

What do I focus on?  For people with EMF Sensitivity, the mineral to focus on first is potassium. I ended up taking 4 99mg capsules a day. I also ate lots of potatoes, bananas, apples, and oranges (all sources of potassium).  For people who have rheumatic arthritis, magnesium and DHEA are critical to your recovery and resolution of all symptoms.

The next mineral to focus on is zinc. This will help push down excess copper, restore mental clarity, and give a feeling of vitality and youth. It will knock the depression and other negative mental and emotional symptoms right out of you. It will restore hope and a will to fight back.

I wonder if cancer patients who lose the will to fight/live are copper toxic.

The next mineral to focus on is magnesium. This has been the most difficult mineral to restore.

The stress mineral.  Magnesium is perhaps one of the most important minerals yet one of the most difficult to replenish. It is used in processes related to stress and these days there are more stresses on the human body than ever.

The extra bonus of new technology frequencies hitting the adrenals, and toxic air and water (mercury, copper, nitrates) are new features to modern living.

It’s difficult to get magnesium through food if you don’t eat foods rich in magnesium. It’s difficult to get it through supplements if you don’t get the right form.  Some forms are better absorbed than others and you have a lot of trial and error ahead before figuring out what works for you.

How low can you go? Let’s put it this way. I drank en entire bottle of magnesium citrate and nothing happened except a bit of gurgle in my stomach. The next day I drank Epsom salts in water and – nada. My body soaked that magnesium up like a sponge taking in water.

No, I didn’t panic and think obstruction or entertain other fantasies of doom. I did however go online to see if this thing with magnesium citrate had happened to anyone else. As a reward for my trouble I found stories that were so hilarious I laughed til I cried. When I retold those stories I could barely breathe for laughing so hard.

I investigated liquid magnesium but balked at the thought of paying $99 for a bottle. I don’t care whose name is on it. No way. I found a nice inexpensive bottle at the local health food store and within a couple of days began to see results.**

I also came across a wonderful tip. If you have been magnesium deficient for some time your receptors may be shut off. To jump start them take the homeopathic remedy magnesia phosphorica 30c.

What about all those other minerals? I’ve been writing for over two years that Concentrace Liquid Trace minerals transformed my health (and thus, my life).  Within two weeks of taking them,, my EMF Sensitivity symptoms began to disappear.

I had long suspected a relationship between minerals and EMF Sensitivity. I even wrote about it in my book. However, I found no relief when I took minerals. Turns out it was the form. Once I switched to liquid I got better results.

I am absolutely certain that taking the liquid minerals for two years helped me rebuild depleted mineral stores for the various micro minerals necessary for good health. However, I did stop taking them several months ago when my hair turned black.

I knew that certain minerals will deposit dark color in hair when the body is saturated. I didn’t need to supplement all those trace minerals, just a few key macro minerals (potassium, magnesium, and zinc). I also wanted to stop taking copper, even in a trace amount.

I eventually restored the mineral levels to the degree my body was making enough digestive enzymes.  As a result I was able to add tablet supplements which enabled me to accelerate the process.

I take potassium asporotate, Optizinc, and magnesium asporatate by Solaray.

I still take liquid zinc, liquid potassium, and liquid magnesium (by Eidon). I add drops to a glass of fresh juice. I adjust the daily dose as my depleted stores are replenished.

This means paying attention to even subtle changes in health.

Living at the fill line has enabled me to see just how many health symptoms are the direct result of mineral depletion.

Nails. For years, I had a spot on my left thumb nail that repeatedly cracked. (painfully, as it was 1/2 way down the nail).  Additionally, my nails were brittle or soft, often tearing and shredding.  Once my mineral levels came up my nails hardened, the break went away, and they began to grow incredibly fast.

Hair. Restore magnesium and watch grey hair disappear, real time. You can literally observe color changes as your mineral levels are restored.

Red is copper. If you see red your body is saturated. Unless you are a red head this isn’t necessarily good news. It could be a sign you are copper toxic. It also could mean your body is detoxifying excess copper.

Black is zinc. As my copper levels reduced, my zinc levels went up. My hair turned black. As I replenished my magnesium my hair lightened.  Zinc supplements will turn hair black whereas zinc from food will not.

Blonde is magnesium.  I don’t know if people who are not natural blondes will find this but as my magnesium levels went up my hair lightened.

Blonde is potassium.   When we lived in Florida my mom, dad, and brother went blonder than blonde. I was always stumped why my hair continued to darken to a dark blonde then light brown. Unbeknownst to me, the medication I was taking after the brain surgery was depleting my potassium stores. . This caused my hair to change to a color that was not natural for me. As I’ve rebuilt my potassium stores my hair has lightened back to its natural blonde color.

Because I am still falling below minimums at times, my hair color changes, then changes back.

Like hour to hour and/or day to day.  It’s a good way to figure out what’s going on.

I’m so close to the minimums that eating or drinking the wrong thing can push me under. It usually takes 3 days to restore minimums after this happens. During the rebuilding, I suffer various symptoms. It’s not a good time though I’m learning a lot.

Teeth. For years dentists have been telling us that teeth are yellow from coffee, tea, and cigarettes. Maybe. If those products lowered the body’s magnesium levels then they would be indirectly responsible. To get white teeth, restore your magnesium levels.

Your gums will be healthier as well.

What about fluoride? When levels are high enough, fluoride softens tooth enamel. A tribe in Africa takes advantage of this and files their teeth to points. How would you know when you’ve had enough fluoride to soften your enamel? Everyone’s personal threshold varies. What is fine for some people is too much for others. Makes you think about what might really be behind those cavities.

For more information on the effect of nutrition on oral health and teeth, see the work of Dr. Weston Price, DDS.  The Weston Price Foundation is an amazing source of valuable information.

It has been an interesting experience living at the fill line. I have a better idea of how my body prioritizes functions based on which symptoms have reversed. When my magnesium levels began coming up, the first to go was lower back and joint pain.

Good news for those suffering rheumatoid arthritis.

I regained my ability to eat foods I once had an intolerance to.

Specifically, grains and milk. However, I limit my intake as I’m still restoring health levels.

I began to sleep through the night.

When my magnesium levels were low I woke up every 90 minutes or so. I suspect once I restored the mineral levels, I had enough to produce melatonin, something EMF Sensitive people are low in.

In a future article I will discuss artificial hormones and enzyme supplements.

**I saw results after one dose (2 pellets) of 30c magnesia phosphorica by Boiron.

Good Mineral, Bad Mineral – Zinc and Copper

615x200_ds-photo_199_46_fotolia_684004_XSOne of the unknowns that has haunted me throughout the last year is why I suffered periodical setbacks for no apparent reason.

How could I prevent a relapse if I didn’t know what caused it in the first place?

I would be feeling great and as if the worst was behind me, and suddenly I was experiencing certain symptoms again…when nothing obvious had changed.  These setbacks were more than frustrating, they were emotionally devastating.

I’d been doing so well, I’d been feeling so good, what happened?  It wasn’t fair!

Back to Basics. My entire approach to reversing EMF Sensitivity and Rheumatic Arthritis has been systematic. I have observed numerous cause and effect scenarios that enabled me to take steps in the direction of recovery.

And then out of nowhere, a curveball.

When we first moved to our current home I was definitely on the mend, Then, approximately six months later, I was sliding backward and feeling as bad if not worse, than I did back in the East Bay, where this  health nightmare originated. I learned I was drinking the same contaminated water.

Our city gets its water from 3 different sources.  One of them is the exact source that supplies the East Bay.  This is not a gift from the north.

Not all setbacks can be so easily explained though they can be easily remedied once you understand the problem.

An inexpensive Brita filter system from Target that filters out copper and mercury has done wonders for our return to health.

As a result of all this hoopla I have come to understand the good and bad associated with copper and zinc.

Hint: Zinc good, copper bad.

The youth mineral. High copper drives down both potassium and zinc. With low zinc levels you feel old. Your skin and hair become very dry. Your nails will be brittle and discolored. You have a difficult time finding motivation.

You could call zinc the procrastination mineral. When it’s low you procrastinate. When it’s balanced you get things done.

If your zinc levels are healthy you will not need moisturizer. Your hair will be in good condition and you will feel optimistic about life, even when there are challenges before you.

You will have the mental wherewithal to tackle what life throws at you.

The emotion mineral. I would go so far as to call copper the mineral of hopelessness and despair for this is what happens when you have too much of it.

It’s so bad you feel it’s pointless to even try to fix something. What’s the point, it won’t matter anyway becomes your mantra.

Fortunately for me, I know myself well enough to know this isn’t how I am. If I’m feeling this way, something is wrong.

I write of my struggle to understand this insidious symptom in my book Riding the Waves Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with EMF Sensitivity.

The mental and emotional damage from copper overload doesn’t stop there. Your mind races to the degree you cannot concentrate and you also feel paranoid.

Because I knew there was no logical explanation for these problems I repeatedly talked myself out of them. As I said, I knew this was not me so I refused to let myself act on these foreign feelings.

When you balance copper out, when you bring down high levels, your mental and emotional state returns to normal.

I used to say I felt like someone had poured molasses over my brain. That feeling disappears. You are able to concentrate. You no longer feel any of the weird, inexplicable negative emotions, such as hopelessness, despair, and paranoia. You feel calm again.  You feel hope again.

Here is an interesting tidbit. Zinc and copper cancel each other out. To bring copper down, take zinc. To bring zinc down, take copper.

You do not want to bring zinc down!

In dealing with high copper,, the ideal way to get zinc is to eat red meat. There is no substitute for nutrition from food. None. Nothing manmade is even close.

Supplements help but will eventually turn your hair black.

Food is the best way to get your nutrition and nothing beats red meat for zinc.  Eggs and chicken do not have enough zinc to get the copper down.

It has been noted that copper toxicity is a bigger problem for vegetarians and vegans.

Vitamin C also helps lower copper levels but it can interfere with zinc absorption.

Don’t take it if you are about to eat a hamburger.

With kids. I didn’t want my kids to go through the side effects associated with detoxing copper yet I knew they were affected.

My daughter’s racing mind was interfering with her schooling and my son became whiny and restless.

In addition to the supplements and nutrition regimen they follow, they get a daily dose of liquid zinc (5 drops).

I removed the liquid zinc drops for a period of four days and the high copper symptoms returned.

There are physical signs of high copper, such as a pale complexion, but it’s really how you feel that will tell the tale.

High copper = Feeling terrible and hopeless.  If you find yourself thinking what’s the point, beware!

There are physical signs of low zinc, such as dry skin and hair and a sunken look around your eyes, but it’s how you feel that will tell the tale.

Low zinc = Feeling old, very very old.

Medical implications.  I can’t help but wonder how many patients being treated for depression are simply copper toxic and don’t need medication at all. I wonder about conspiracy theorists and their feelings of paranoia. Could it be a simple mineral imbalance? Are those who can’t keep tNew Year’s Resolutions simply low in zinc?  And all those kids on medication after being diagnosed with ADD?  They are probably just copper toxic and simply lowering those levels and raising the zinc would result in all symptoms of ADD vanishing.  Without pharmaceutical intervention.

There are parents who have “cured” their child’s ADD after cleaning up their diet.

Odds and Ends.  If your zinc is low your blood sugar will yo-yo.  If your copper is high, your sense of time passing will be affected.  You will feel a panicky sense of urgency,, like if some certain thing doesn’t happen, disaster will result.  You also feel as if more time has passed than has actually passed.

In a future article I will be writing about the real trick to the law of attraction.

Hint: You can think all the positive thoughts you want ,but if you are lacking health you won’t be able to get your vibration up.

Knowledge is power. Experience is power to share.

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