Hello Beautiful Readers! Welcome back for part 2 of my healing process working with my brilliant new doctor. Here is a link to part one if you have not yet read it.
Due to my particular set of symptoms and circumstances, I was (fortunately) tested for levels of minerals and heavy metals. Since I have been a vegetarian for 21 years, I was not too surprised when the tests revealed zinc and iron deficiencies. I have also done my best (to the point of obsession) to eat a diet rich in the nutritional spectrum but deep down, I think I knew that wasn’t completely possible after my initial hypothyroid diagnosis. The tests also showed a very high level of cadmium in my body. Cadmium?!? Really? Like from batteries? Wowza. Now the super crazy thing about cadmium is that is doesn’t show up very well in blood tests so the fact that it showed up as high on mine was kinda alarming. Heavy metal toxicity and mineral deficiencies seems to go hand in hand. Certain minerals seem to curtail the havoc that heavy metals can wreak. These minerals include zinc, iron, selenium, calcium and magnesium. Zinc is particularly helpful in protecting the body against cadmium absorption. At least the results were consistent.
So I got these results with mixed emotions. I was very relieved to learn about the heavy metal toxicity since there was no way my little-engine-that-could thyroid was ever going to properly function without addressing this major issue. The other side of the cadmium coin was that I would finally have to address my vegetarian diet. I will share my experience with this in part three of this three-part post. Anyway, the zinc and iron were pretty easy fixes – just another few pills in my overstuffed pill case. The heavy metal chelation needed to be handled with great care since detoxification is physically and emotionally challenging. It is dangerous if done wrong. Also, chelation (what pulls the metals out of the body) can remove important vitamins and minerals out as well. The chelating agents do not discriminate – their job is to simply flush. Luckily I am blessed to find an incredible doctor with lots of experience healing people (an important quality in a doctor). He determined the best route for me would be a long-term, low and steady dose of DMSA (the chelating agent) partnered with higher dosages of vitamins and minerals. The entire process would take six months.
As I tend to often do, I came up with a written plan. This plan was designed to supplement my detox to assist the metals in finding their way out and to make the experience as easy on me as possible. I was not feeling very well at the time and I was nervous how hard this was going to be. I scheduled a few colonics, spent time in a far-infrared sauna and hung out in the steam room at the gym. I made myself green juices of celery, cucumber, lemon, ginger and cilantro (tastes better than it sounds). Cilantro is supposed to help remove heavy metals. I ate spinach every day (still do – I LOVE it!) since spinach is a powerful liver cleanser and metals can build up here. I drank a buckets of liquids and popped a ton of vitamin C. I spent time in silence, visualizing my healthy clean body. I cried when I needed to and I leaned on my wonderful family for support (thanks guys).
I am now 4 1/2 months into my 6-month protocol and I am feeling soooo much better. I will be retested for just about everything in a month or so. Of course I still have the usual tough “thyroidy” times but it is different now. I am able to see actual healing going on. There is no doubt that my system is learning to function again. I am happy and excited to keep on healing. Yahoo! I am grateful to be on this path, grateful to be working with this doctor, grateful for the amazing online thyroid community that we are all a part of.
And while we are on the subject of our amazing community, the ThyroidChange petition calling for better care fo thyroid patients has over 8000 signatures! Please take a moment to sign if you haven’t done so already. Also, Carol Gray, the Crazy Thyroid Lady has written a new book which I have no doubt will be both hilarious and helpful. I just picked up my copy and can’t wait to read it.
Sending you love and thoughts of vibrant health.