I am the mend from a horrific head cold that I caught from one of my little ones. This was one of those that takes down the parent worse than the kid. It also coincided with my early spring tree allergies. I am definitely feeling better but my mind and body really wanted to reject this cold. I found myself whiny over feeling so completely rotten.
I assess and re-assess my diet and do not see any major reasons for why my health should be so down and out, I mean, come on, there are smokers and people who eat conventional food who have fine health compared to mine.
I am convinced that my issues arise from heavy metals from my fillings. As you may know, pregnancy can negatively impact calcium in the female body and in particular can cause bone density loss and teeth defects. My health was relatively vital and steady state until right after I gave birth to my first child, 13 years ago.
All of a sudden I was devitalized (cant think of a better term for this spectrum of issues) – bone grinding fatigue, fog, weight gain, malaise, post partum depression, etc. I simply figured this was what you get when you have a kid at 30 and that I would just have to put up with it, suck it up.
A year or so later I complained to my doc and he did some blood work and I came back positive for various autoimmune markers. I had some vague symptoms (joint pain, enormous fatigue) but he didn’t want to call it anything specific yet (that would have a bad effect on my health insurance). This was ok with me. I didnt want to be sucked into the system and start taking steroids on a prophylactic basis.
A year or so after that I had a massive attack of several absesses in my molars, they happened constantly actually. They would come in a cyclical fashion though I am not sure if it was linked to my periods tho that would make sense as that is a cycle.
I went to a dentist who refused to touch my absesses until I had some antibiotics onboard (don’t blame him, they were huge boils at this point) and he was shocked and puzzled by what he saw on my x-rays – abnormally large amounts of bone loss in my jaw. Of course he assumed I must have been a heavy coke drinker but I assured him that I only drank diet sodas (I know, bad but no sugar for teeth issues, I stopped after this incident, just in case it was the carbonic acid). I took the antibiotics, the infection went away, for a while, and I didn’t go back to that dentist (he had a rotten attitude).
I continued with those evil infections, cycling through them constantly. I have never had great dental coverage and no money for extras so I just lived with the pain.
I had another bad attack of the teeth, another dentist, he found profound bone loss, refused to do anything unless I had antibiotics. He put me on this enormous bolus of penicillin. Several weeks later I spent an agonizing week with hives from an allergic reaction and now have to stay away from this antibiotic.
I wanted to keep my job (had a horrific boss who made me feel insecure every single day) so I didnt take time out from work to go see the dentist again, had already lost so much time.
I had my second child and continued with the same fatigue and positive autoimmune biomarkers. I complained to my doc again and he sent me to a rheumatologist. This doc got me on two drugs (I refused steroids) – provigil in the day (anti-narcoleptic, stimulates the “awake” centers of the brain and powerful for ADD treatment) and seroquel at night (SUPPOSED to make me sleep better, gave me hallucinations!). I gave it a try but I hate taking drugs, especially mood altering ones so that didnt work for me.
[OMG, I know this is long but I promise, its almost to an end, of sorts]
At various points along this timeline I have had deep cleaning of the pockets, always to no avail.
I decided to have a 3rd and last child. I went to tell my rheumatologist who flipped out and literally told me I would be stupid to have another child – that it would kill me. As a scientist, my relationship with doctors is not one of idolatry, needless to say, I walked out of there and have never been back.
I went on to see a YOUNGER academic rheumatologist who had absolutely no problem with my having a baby. The pregnancy went swimmingly (like the two previous ones) except for one thing which I didnt think too deeply on at the time.
Toward the end of the pregnancy, I was eating something (wasnt hard, maybe a sandwich) and, pop, my tooth broke, the filling and tooth fragments fell out of my mouth. There was no pain at all.
I went to ANOTHER dentist who took a look at my teeth and my x-rays and then pulled three teeth. These teeth had floated loose in their pockets and hollowed out so much over the years (all that pain) that they simply pulled out.
I have not had any infections since that day. I do still have fillings and I fear that they too are eroding away, out gassing like these others must have.
I do not have the money to get the remainder of the teeth pulled (the ones with fillings) nor would I then have the money to have dentures or what have you made. I know it sounds terrible but its all true! When one has to prioritize the mortgage and food, these things are honestly not at the top of the list.
It remains though that I am convinced that my poor health is a result of carrying a significant heavy metal burden and I think it likely that my son (the third child) is dealing with autism because of my heavy metal burden. He is on an aggressive omega 3 therapy and is responding tremendously to applied behavioural therapy.
I on the other had am at a place where I want to find a food based approach to my heavy metals. This brings this VERY long winded and uncharacteristically personal account to a close and to the recipe I am sharing today.
Heavy metals can partition or become a part of your fat as well as other parts of your body’s cells. The process of encouraging the leaching out or removal of these toxins is called chelation. In chemistry, chelation is a term that implies that one active molecule grabs onto some other molecule or atom. The cheation can be a temporary binding or a permanent one.
While I can not attest to every point of veracity, this link on “9 steps to Detox” looks like a relatively good overview of a plan for chelation therapy.
I put together this recipe based on a variety of sites I found. It is meant to be delicious and to be taken two teaspoons a day for 2-3 weeks.
Cilantro Chelation Detox Pesto
- two large bunches of fresh cilantro
- 2 medium garlic cloves
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 1/4 c raw sunflower seeds
- 1/4 c raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 to 1/2 c olive oil
I used a Vita-Mix because it is so fantastic at breaking green things into small pieces! You can also use a food processor.
Put all ingredients into the large blender jug except the olive oil in the blender and turn on to medium high. Add 1/4 c olive oil and continue to blend. If the mixture is not coming together as a paste, add more olive oil.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Eat two teaspoons a day. Be creative! It is delicious and will go with many things and is great by itself.
If you have experience with chelation therapy or teeth issues like I have, share your story.
I will circle back here in a few weeks of this treatment. As with all food based remedies, I am not realy expecting a one-day-to-the-next sort of change. I expect any effect to be gradual, gentle.
I am going to see if I can get some heavy metals testing done and see what they say.