Step One: Detox

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHealing from an autoimmune condition and EMF Sensitivity in particular can be described as a 3 Step Process. 1) Detox 2) Rebuild 3) Maintain.

Detox. Imagine you own a home. You return from vacation to discover a squatter has moved in. Not only do you have someone living there who doesn’t belong, you have to figure out how to get that person out without destroying the home in the process.

This is the way it is with heavy metals. Normally our body absorbs minerals such as magnesium and calcium. However, if we don’t get these substances, others can move into their space.

Unfortunately, the body isn’t a picky landlord. Anyone living in the space is better than no one, so when the mercury or cadmium shows up, the body puts out the welcome sign.

These squatters aren’t very good tenants. They don’t keep up the maintenance on the property and soon it falls into disrepair. If this goes on long enough the house will collapse.

So step one is to get the squatter out and replace it with the proper tenants – calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc.

There is a lot of information about how to do this and I used different methods at different times. In a nutshell, I crowded them out. I bombarded my system with healthy nutrients that gave the squatters the heave-ho. I did this primarily by juicing and mineral supplementation.

Juicing. I had a class in juicing while getting my masters and though we had multiple books, the best, in my opinion, was Jay Kordich’s Juiceman’s Power of Juicing.  He has since updated this version and has other books out.  I purchased a juicer he recommended and have never looked back. It’s small, easy to use, and the parts can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

I have multiple books on juicing. They provide recipes and information on the nutrients of various fruits and vegetables. I recently purchased a book that includes spices in the recipes. This has worked out beautifully.

I regularly add cilantro, ginger, and cinnamon to juices and meals.

In my experience, juicing is truly the best way to get healing nutrients into the body.

When I talk about juicing I mean fresh juice, not the pasteurized stuff you buy at the market.

For more information about the power of juicing to help cure autoimmune conditions, refer to the work of Charlotte Gerson. Following in her father’s footsteps, she relentlessly crusades for good health. She has put out plenty of video and reading material on the subject.

Mineral supplementation. At the height of my illness, I didn’t get any beneficial results from tablet or capsule forms of mineral supplementation.

I was unable to metabolize (digest and absorb) any of it.

After seeing a video on the Gerson therapy, I purchased Healing the Gerson Way by Charlotte Gerson. Inspired, I began taking liquid trace minerals and liquid selenium. The transformation was nothing short of miraculous.

I am so grateful to Charlotte and her perseverance in the face of challenges from allopathic traditionalists. If not for the work of she and her father, I don’t think I would have recovered.

I continue to take the trace minerals though I have recovered to the degree I can metabolize tablet and capsule supplements as well.

Minerals. I will write more on minerals but if you suffer from an autoimmune condition I can almost guarantee you are short on magnesium and potassium. If you suffer EMF Sensitivity, you’re looking at severe potassium deficiency and a likely toxic level of inorganic copper as well as magnesium and perhaps zinc deficiency.

Mineral supplements are a key part of my daily regimen. In addition to a daily dose of liquid trace minerals and liquid selenium, I take potassium, calcium, and magnesium.

I take a cal-mag 1000 after dinner. It helps me sleep.

Depending on how I feel I take between 1 and 3 90mg potassium capsules/day. **

Vitamins D. A hormone produced by the adrenals, “vitamin” D is critical in the metabolism of minerals. It isn’t enough to take the minerals if your body cannot metabolize them! A great place to start is with sunshine, so get outdoors as often as possible, even in the winter.

Additionally, taking a vitamin D supplement in the form of D3 will help your body metabolize minerals.

It is well understood that people who live in northern climes, with less sun, have higher rates of certain autoimmune conditions.

If you want to heal from an autoimmune condition, including EMF Sensitivity, it is imperative that you bring your mineral levels back up from the horrendously depleted state they are in.

Vitamins. Additional important vitamins are B12 and a B complex supplement.

I take both a B12 supplement and B complex. Many people with autoimmune conditions have deficiencies in B vitamins.

I also take vitamin C, niacinamide, and alpha-lipoic acid.

These have all played a critical role in helping my body detox.

Speed Limits. You have a bit of control over how quickly you detox. It’s an energy intensive process so be sure you have a base level of energy to handle it.

If you are too weak or too sick you could do more harm than good.

While it’s good to consult with someone experienced in detoxification, you have to take ownership of the process.

I had to adjust doses on a daily basis at various points along the way. If I’d constantly waited for lab results or a doctor’s approval I would have delayed and perhaps halted my recovery.

Reliving It All. I have learned that what is going on in our lives is recorded through our digestive process.

If you were cramming a breakfast bar down on your way to a stressful meeting, those emotions are in your body long after you’ve digested that food wanna-be. If you had a romantic dinner when your husband proposed, those emotions are in your body long after your surf and turf is gone.

When you detox those substances from your system the memories associated with them will resurface. Fortunately, the intensity of it is significantly reduced. You are healthier and stronger so you are able to observe the process, acknowledge the event, and move on.

It helps that your body is so busy detoxing and healing. You literally don’t have the time or energy to waste on something that happened a long time ago.

Timeline of Progress. You will detox in reverse. Your most recent traumas will come out first. After several months you will be to the point where you are detoxing events that happened months if not years prior.

If you remember a time when you were healthy you can determine how close you are to being in that state again by the memories you are facing. The closer they are to the time of health the closer you are to being recovered.

Occasionally, you will experience slight bouncing between timelines.

I suspect that it’s like pulling a book off a shelf. As you dislodge one, another may fall out alongside of it.

Rough Road Ahead. Detoxing can be incredibly difficult. The symptoms you experience, both emotional and physical, can be intense.

It is during these times you may need to slow down the detox for a few days or a few weeks.

It helps to have a support system in place in the form of a sympathetic friend or family member, as well as a health care professional who can provide reassurance through difficult times.

When I was detoxing from copper I found great assurance on the web.  Two particular articles were helpful.  Insight into Copper Elimination and Copper Elimination and How To Handle It.  There is also an excellent article on copper and Tourette’s syndrome that I forwarded to a friend due to the relevance.  Interestingly, the family member with Tourette’s lives in the East Bay, CA.

 In summary, detoxifying the body is the first step in healing an autoimmune condition.  The method you use should be tailored to your ability to adhere to it and tolerate it.  It should be tweaked along the way as appropriate and necessary. I will write more soon.

** I do not have proof but I’m fairly certain that electromagnetic radiation drains potassium.

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