7 Steps to Detox Your Home and Body

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Clean indoor air is step one. We tried everything to get well. Nothing was working. We only got worse. We were getting sicker by the day and no doctor could tell us why.

It was our indoor air in our own home.

We tested and found out that we were living in toxic mold.

We couldn’t see it, we couldn’t smell it.

We were chronically ill for FOUR YEARS and not one doctor (we had seen dozens) had mentioned that our air might be making us so sick. Not minor sickness either. Seizures, throwing up blood, passing out, massive weight loss and massive weight gain, cysts on ovaries, lesions on the brain and chest pains but no heart attack. Only one person had allergies and asthma… she had it since birth… and it was SEVERE. She was on 4 medications and hospitalized 1-2 times a year on average.

We had Lyme Disease, Gout, Arthritis, Seizure disorder, Sphincter of Oddi, Possible MS, and Possible “It’s All in Your Head” syndrome… we had seen gastroenterologists, internal medicine doctors, infectious disease doctors, dermatologists, neurologists, kinesiologists, pulmonologists and Lyme Literate Doctors.

Never ONCE — did anyone SUGGEST — to TEST THE AIR!

Our bad indoor air quality was literally killing us. Now I know, there are a href=”http://agoodhealthadvocate.com/health/home-testing-for-indoor-air-quality/”>simple tests every home owner, land owner and building owner should do if anyone is sick. There are simple blood tests every sick person should do if they suspect indoor air quality to be making them sick.

We have tested hundreds of homes since then and very few are safe to live in! The only homes I know of that are safe are pro-actively purifying their air. Furnace filters, HEPA filters, UV and air exchange are not enough these days. Every home is constantly being exposed to outdoor air, bacteria, fungi, viruses and even VOC’s and formaldehyde.

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When we were made sick by toxic mold, it took us over 4 years to figure out the air in our home was making us sick. By that time, we were thoroughly poisoned. We couldn’t tackle everything at once, so we went in an order that made sense, based on research and what our bodies indicated was a problem.

Step 2: Blood, Nasal & Breathing

This is symptom relief time. We are starting with basics.

Sop up circulating toxins with binders. If you are not feeling good – it’s likely you have toxins circulating in your blood. My favorite binders are ACZ Nano Zeolite, Great Plains Bentonite Clay and Activated Charcoal. Take binders 2 hours away from food or supplements because not only do they mop up the bad stuff, but they will steal the nutrients from food and supplements too.

Make sure you are drinking plenty of water! Put some lemon or baking soda in your water (depending on your pH)

If you have ever had sinus infections or you are prone to headaches – you should clear your nasal passages using a neti pot or some other nasal irrigation. If you skip this step, you may continue to re-infect yourself with whatever you have stuck up there. If you are sick from indoor air pollution – assume you have to clear the nose! You breathe, don’t you?

If you are having trouble breathing, clear the lungs. If you feel there is a breathing problem, find something natural to nebulize. I have nebulized several natural things: baking soda, sea salt, Argentyn 23, grapefruit seed extract, and xylitol. If you are nebulizing a powder, mix it with purified or distilled water. 🙂

Step 3: Kidneys

In order for the body to be able to clear these toxins through urine, the kidneys need to be working. If you have frequent UTI’s, trouble urinating or you have lower back pain, you need to work on your kidneys. I like Solidago #5 for this – it is a liquid that you add to water. Start slow and ramp up. Start with one drop in 8 oz of water and work your way up (as tolerated) to 100 drops per day.

  • Stinging Nettle Tea
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Lemon Water
  • Juicing
  • Coconut Water
  • Apple Cider Vinegar

Hulda Clark Kidney Cleanse

Step 4: Liver

I had right side pain just below the rib cage, high ALT and AST which are part of the liver panel… so my liver was clogged. The pain and the testing confirmed there was a problem.

LiverLife by BioRay Natural was a great tool for us when we were very toxic. We had to start very slow 1/2 drop in 8 ounces of water and sip slowly. When there was no change in symptoms from this low dosage we ramped up slowly until we could tolerate 30 drops, twice daily with no discomfort.

Once I was able to do a full 30 drops of LiverLife, I did the Hulda Clark Liver Cleanse

Step 5: Gut – Stomach

Many of us have low HCL – a good way to test this is to perform this test: mix one quarter teaspoon of baking soda in eight ounces of cold water, first thing in the morning, before eating or drinking anything except water. Drink the baking soda solution. Time how long it takes to belch. Time up to five minutes. If you have not belched within five minutes stop timing anyway.

If your stomach is producing adequate amounts of hydrochloric acid you should probably belch within two to three minutes. Early and repeated belching may be due to excessive stomach acid. Belching results from the acid and baking soda reacting to form carbon dioxide gas.” ~ Dr. Debe

We supplemented anywhere from 1-5 Betaine HCL capsules after each meal.
Sometimes, we would take digestive enzymes 30 minutes before meals.

Probiotics are another way to help the gut — especially if you have ever taken antibiotics in the past. Antibiotics strip our guts of the good bacteria that helps us digest food. When purchasing probiotics, it is best to get a probiotic that needs refrigeration as these are live. We have used VSL-DS for a long time – avaiable by prescription only.

Step 6: Intestines – Large and Small

I did coffee enemas 3-5 times a week for over a year. If you are going to do this, I suggest getting a stainless steel enema kit. My body was overburdened with a poisoning from a toxic mold house and I was sensitive to everything and I felt better after a CE – so there was an immediate reward.

The intestines are damaged and in need of repair if you have ever eaten non orgainic food. GMO foods are designed to explode bugs — and they are blowing holes in our intestines and causing leaky gut. I found a supplement that is helping to heal the intestines – it is called – Oxy-Powder. It was developed for use with Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Step 7: Brain

Last, but not least, we worked on detoxing the brain. Detoxing the brain can be difficult and potentially dangerous because we don’t want to stir up toxins and recirculate or add toxins to the already burdened brain. Our liver and our brain are our 2 fattiest organs and toxins love to store themselves in fat!

Brain fog and memory problems were some of the worst symptoms I got from toxic overload. Detoxing will clear the body and clear the mind. There are only certain supplements that will cross the blood brain barrier and great care should be taken when using these supplements.

I suggest you read “Amalgam Illness” by Andrew Hall Cutler and follow the round the clock oral chelation detox protocol he outlines in that book. DMSA and ALA are the two chelators — but there are other supplements you need to be taking and specific instructions for taking these supplements.

I have written a couple other blogs where I talk about “Amalgam Illness” and go into details of where to buy the book and receive online support. Mercury Poisoning Detox & Amalgams (silver fillings) and Mercury

One thing, I am not sure if I ever blogged about is Hydergine or Ergoloid Mesylates. This is a Nootropic that protects the brain, lifts symptoms of depression and helps with memory and brain function. My son and I both took this while we were detoxing heavy metals and other toxins from the brain and it boosted our mood and our intelligence. 🙂

You may be able to get a friendly doctor to write you a prescription for Hydergine and make sure you know the other name for it is Ergoloid Mesylates because I can’t remember which one our doctor found it under. It is an Alzheimer’s drug – so make sure you tell them you have symptoms that are similar to Alzheimer’s. I know when we were suffering with severe poisoning from environmental toxins, the brain symptoms were the worst symptoms and they were very similar to dementia.

Is the Order Absolute?

This worked for us – so of course I think it is the best way. Some things were done in this order for reasons that made sense to us at the time. Stop the poisoning, allow the body to detox.

My way is not the only way.

We did do mostly natural treatments and much better because of it.

We could always be healthier. Now that I know about health, I am always working on my own!

We did so much more than just what is on this page! Do what makes you feel best. Consult with a doctor if you have one. If you don’t have a doctor you can trust, don’t let that stop you from healing! We did not have a doctor most of the time… and we still took steps to get well!

Keep focusing on the fact that you are healing. Don’t focus on the sickness. Don’t ever own the symptoms. Don’t say, “my migraine”, “my MS” or “my Lyme Disease”… you are fearfully and wonderfully made and if you are open to healing you will be whole and healthy.

The book, “The Science of Being Well” is available free on Amazon and I found it very helpful in training the brain to allow the body to be healthy.

More Info:

Healing Naturally from Chronic Illness

Coming Soon:

Herbs for Lyme Disease and Coinfections

Sauna Detox: Clear Body, Clear Mind

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Mercury and Our Bodies

white crx accidentIt all started with a car accident, Thanksgiving Eve, 1990. I ate the steering wheel of my little white sports car and almost died. I broke my jaw in 6 places. I split my head open. I was alone in the car (thank God). I hit a tree so no one else was injured. I was pretty messed up. I woke up after 28 hours of oral surgery with my jaw wired shut and 16 amalgam fillings…

Every tooth in my mouth was moved and a lot of the front ones were missing. I have never showed anyone my missing teeth. I do have false ones! (first public pic!)

level 10 painAfter that car accident, I had pain that would not go away. I’m talking level 10 pain that was unbearable and never-ending for years.

It was an whole body aching torture that nearly pushed me over the edge some days.

I had to go to pain management therapy to get longer prescriptions to the pain killers that allowed me to sleep at night.

Some days, I was in so much pain, I would not eat. It was too painful to move.

Anybody who has ever experienced extreme pain knows what I mean.

stop blaming yourselfI was told I had “chronic reactive arthritis” which is an all over body pain resulting from the accident that was my fault. Great. Good job, Heather. You put yourself in this pain. I remember blaming myself.

In 1996, I went back to school for nutrition to try to figure out something natural that I could do to get out of pain. I found out that if I took enough grape seed extract, the pain would GO AWAY!. I have tried tons of brands over the years. proflavanolThe one that worked the best, was USANA’s Proflavanol. Whenever I felt pain, I would take 1-3 and the pain would go away.

In 2011, my son had all over pain like mine, but he never had a car accident. When I tried giving him the proflavanol, it didn’t help. We took him to the doctor’s and he was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and they put him on 21 days of Amoxicillin. They extended the antibiotics for another 7 days when he was not well… but at the end of 28 days, we were told he was at an end result even though he was still in pain and throwing up daily. He had swelling in his joints so the doctor prescribed prednisone.

Three days later, my son was having seizures.

As any mother would do, I sought a second opinion. The pediatric infectious disease doctor we took him to examined him for 10 minutes, pulled me into another room and asked if I thought he was depressed. She said she wanted to admit my son to the hospital for depression and she had never even looked at his blood.

We found another doctor who tested my son’s blood and he had many detectable infectious diseases!

feelThat doctor tried combination antibiotics to try to get rid of some of these infections, but my son continued to decline. He lost one third of his body weight in less than 6 months and he getting sicker. His White Blood Cell count was dangerously low, his liver enzymes were dangerously high. He had constant pain that would not ease up. He couldn’t sleep, he couldn’t walk, he couldn’t read or watch TV. He was having seizures. He was throwing up and he was miserable.

The whole time he was sick, I was researching on the Internet. He had tested positive for several coinfections and eventually we found some other toxins suppressing his immune system:
Epstein Barr Virus
Mycoplasma fermentans
Mycoplasma pneumoniae
KPU/HPU, a.k.a. Pyroluria
High levels of mercury, aluminum, lead and arsenic
and eventually we found toxic mold

mercuryI am going to cut a long story short. Some day I will tell the whole story of how my son got his health back – here are some of the things we did to get well.

I want to bring this blog back to mercury… because that is what this blog is about.

How does an 11 year old kid get high levels of mercury?

One doctor said it is because the mother has a toxic load of mercury and when she is pregnant, she dumps two thirds of her toxin load into the developing baby. Boys have a harder time detoxing mercury than girls, so they hold on to the mercury.

How does mom get mercury poisoning? Amalgams. 16 of them. From a car accident in 1990.

Amalgams are made up of 50% mercury and they are putting them in people’s teeth, two inches away from our brains! This mercury is constantly leaking out of “silver” fillings.

Smoking Tooth Poison Gas

I was in pain for TWENTY years — not knowing that mercury causes pain until my son got sick and he had horrible pain – then I made a connection and felt responsible for his pain.

Another reason a young child can have high levels of merucury is vaccines and flu shots. Thimeresol is used to preserve the vaccine ingredients and it is 50% mercury.

One more way a child can get mercury is in fish. My son loved swordfish and we would eat it 1-2 times a week. When he was very sick, he had bad memory problems.

And finally, we have light bulbs. These “energy efficient” light bulbs people are switching over to — they are full of mercury.

There is probably mercury in air, too. Especially if you are using fluorescent or CFL bulbs.

If you have amalgams or your mother had amalgams, you eat fish, you breathe, you have ever broken a fluorescent light bulb or you have ever gotten a vaccine. You probably have some mercury in your body.

I think detoxing mercury and other heavy metals was a big reason why we were able to heal from toxic mold poisoning, Lyme Disease and other coinfections.

More Info:

Energy Efficient Bulbs Cause Anxiety, Migraines and Even Cancer, If You Have Them Do This Immediately!

Mercury Poisoning Detox

Amalgams (silver fillings) and Mercury

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Link Between Air Pollution and Dementia

From Science Magazine: “Air pollution, particularly in major cities such as Los Angeles, California, may promote brain inflammation and disease.”

“Some of the health risks of inhaling fine and ultrafine particles are well-established, such as asthma, lung cancer, and, most recently, heart disease. But a growing body of evidence suggests that exposure can also harm the brain, accelerating cognitive aging, and may even increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.”

Something that has concerned me since I got sick from indoor air pollution — is outdoor air pollution. I have been to several Indoor Air Quality conferences and one of the major ways people are advised to improve their indoor air quality is to increase ventilation and bring in outdoor air — but what if that outdoor air is polluted?

When we were sick because of indoor air pollution we had major brain issues. I became dyslexic and thought I might be in early stages of Alzheimer’s because of EXTREME forgetfulness. My son and I both would forget what we were talking about — mid sentence! Some called it brain fog but it was more like brain melt down.

When we got out of the mold and detoxed naturally but aggressively — our brains improved along with relieving some other symptoms.

In a barbed wire–enclosed parking lot 100 meters downwind of the Route 110 freeway, an aluminum hose sticks out of a white trailer, its nozzle aimed at an overpass. Every minute, the hose sucks up hundreds of liters of air mixed with exhaust from the roughly 300,000 cars and diesel-burning freight trucks that rumble by each day.

Crouched inside the trailer, a young chemical engineer named Arian Saffari lifts the lid off a sooty cylinder attached to the hose, part of a sophisticated filtration system that captures and sorts pollutants by size. Inside is a scientific payload: particles of sulfate, nitrate, ammonium, black carbon, and heavy metal at least 200 times smaller than the width of a human hair.

The particles are too fine for many air pollution sensors to accurately measure, says Saffari, who works in a lab led by Constantinos Sioutas at the University of Southern California (USC) here. Typically smaller than 0.2 µm in diameter, these “ultrafine” particles fall within a broader class of air pollutants commonly referred to as PM2.5 because of their size, 2.5 µm or less. When it comes to toxicity, size matters: The smaller the particles that cells are exposed to, Saffari says, the higher their levels of oxidative stress, marked by the production of chemically reactive molecules such as peroxides, which can damage DNA and other cellular structures.

Read the entire article here:
Evidence builds that dirty air causes Alzheimer’s, dementia

In the Science Magazine article, they mention a study that has been published in Translational Psychiatry –
Particulate air pollutants, APOE alleles and their contributions to cognitive impairment in older women and to amyloidogenesis in experimental models
which states living in places with PM2.5 exposures higher than the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) standard of 12 µg/m3 nearly doubled dementia risk in older women.

A couple of other contributors to this research are Caleb Finch and Todd Morgan “In mice that breathed the dirty air, they have found, the brain’s microglia release a flood of inflammatory molecules, including tumor necrosis factor a, which is elevated in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease and has been linked to memory loss. The pollution-exposed mice also showed other signs of brain damage, the group has reported in several recent papers: more amyloid b than in the control mice and shrunken and atrophied neurites, the cellular processes that extend from neurons toward other cells.”

I would like to see this research expanded to see if Hi Tech Air reactors can prevent this brain damage! That would be a fantastic breakthrough. Not just knowing that pollution can cause brain damage but knowing we can prevent that damage. 🙂

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