Daily Archives: June 11, 2013

Halfway There!

Here are my packed things for my trip following my first procedure.  I was only gone 2.5 days but having to pack all of my food takes up some room!  I look like I was moving in for a week!  I learned lots at the home school conference and was greatly encouraged by some righteous leaders!

Here are my packed things for my trip following my first procedure. I was only gone 2.5 days but having to pack all of my food takes up some room! I look like I was moving in for a week! I learned lots at the home school conference and was greatly encouraged by some righteous leaders!

Well, with my mercury removal that is!

A lot has happened with my mercury and metals levels in the past 2 months.  I wrote awhile back about chelating with a natural brand called Pectaclear.

I believe it was very effective – but I did have some rough days early on, where I know it was eliminating the metals from my body and I was feeling pretty awful, to put it mildly.

One day, I was pretty certain I was dying.  I went from feeling well in the morning, to having several bowel movements and then feeling feverish, and almost passing out.  While some people might conclude it was from the chelator itself – I have now been taking it 2 months and have had no adverse reactions other than what I felt that first week.

Another BIG step I’ve taken is getting my amalgam fillings removed, and redone in porcelain (another name for partial crowns).  While composite is an option (and much less expensive), I knew I needed to remove as many toxins as possible – and if we could afford it, we would go with porcelain.

Porcelain is also more durable for the long-term.  I had 7 fillings to redo – and one was a tiny one in one of my front top teeth, (that one was done in composite because there wasn’t a large enough area to do it in porcelain).  The other 6 done in porcelain.  I got 3 fillings done at the first appointment, and will have the other 4  on the other side of my mouth completed next week.

The process wasn’t scary for me, but just making sure my body was prepared was my biggest concern.  I had heard of others, similar to me, being knocked out for days following the procedure.  I was planning a trip the next day and was really hoping I wasn’t feeling sick.  My naturopath recommended taking 500 mg of vitamin C an hour for the day before, and the day of.  It’s called “Vitamin C loading”.  Apparently the daily recommended dose of Vitamin C is incredibly low…  so a way to figure out how much your body needs/ can tolerate – you begin loading at 500 mg an hour until your body “responds” by having adverse reactions (which are really just stomach/bowel related), and then you know to back it off.  So the recommended daily need of Vitamin C, according to the FDA, for women my age is 75 milligrams a day.  Since I took at least 5,000 milligrams both days without adverse reactions – you can see I’m probably not a normal healthy person – and I’m a little low…

Why do you take it every hour?  Because your body uses it up within 30 minutes to an hour.  Who knew?  I sure didn’t. (read more about that here)  But I’m wondering why the RDA is 75 milligrams???

So between the prayers, the vitamin C loading and the Pectaclear chelator, I was ready to go!

From teeth pulling, to gum surgery, I’ve had a lot of dental work done.  I’m not scared of the dentist and anticipate the pain relatively well.  I really only had issues with swallowing and breathing once my mouth was numbed.  The dentist had numb the area well.

So well – that my tongue and back part of my mouth was asleep.  

I was having trouble swallowing – but then could tell I was also struggling to breathe.

I’m not one to make a fuss, until it’s pretty much too late – so like normal I laid there trying to talk myself out of needing to sit up.  I mentioned softly to the nurse, “I can’t breathe…”  and then she asked me to repeat myself, and I almost shouted: “I’m having trouble breathing, I need to sit up!”

By this time I broke out in a sweat and was gasping for air.

I was super embarrassed, and I can imagine they were hoping I wouldn’t be doing  this throughout the procedure.  However, the dentist and assistant were super nice and accommodating, which was very reassuring.  He told me if I needed to “call a time out” at any point, that was fine.

The thoughtful assistant also brought me some water to help me cool down, so they could resume.    Later the dentist mentioned they had oxygen ready if they needed it. (Thankfully, we didn’t!)  So I’m guessing I’m not the first one to have a panic attack.

So 2 hours later we were completed.  The worst part of the whole deal is the dam being in with the oxygen on your nose and the vacuum in your face while the dentist is removing the amalgams.  It was never painful – just that suffocating feeling.  I closed my eyes, focused on those I knew were praying for me – and pretended I was laying out on the beach.  (You know, those bright lights at the dentist office could be like the sun?) 🙂
Now my right side of my mouth has beautiful tooth colored fillings, and right away I could tell and feel a difference.

I don’t know how to explain it other than I felt like my head was lighter on that side, and clearer.  My sinuses also feel better …  it’s crazy!!!  I felt fine on the days following the procedure also.  No issues at all.

I’m looking forward to having the other side done – and move past this part of healing!

Two notes worth mentioning:  It’s best to get your mercury removed in the shortest period of time possible.  SO if you can set it up within a 30 day time period, that’s great.  Some places will do your whole mouth in one day.  The reason being, that you want to get the mercury completely out of your system, vs. it settling back into your body somewhere else.  Many places recommend to save up the money you need to get it completed in a short period time, vs. doing it over a course of a year or more as you could afford it.  My other tip is, this dentist offered an 8% discount for paying the entire amount up front.  Many dentists do this to avoid credit card fees, and payment schedules – our orthodontist has a discount similar to this, and we always try to take advantage of it.

Lastly, I’m excited about the book I’ve ordered regarding illness and mercury fillings.  There is a lot of info out there – but this particular book was written by someone I respect greatly on the matter if you’re interested, or know someone who might be.  Also, if you have had a root canal, or are ever considering one – do the research about how dangerous these are for your future health.  There are tons of stories out there just like this one.  It’s quite alarming, but very important to know.

Thanks to all of my friends and family who are praying for me.  You really don’t know how much that has meant to me over the past year.  It’s the encouragement I’ve needed on the days when I felt like throwing in the towel, that this was all too much.  It’s kept me on course, and I KNOW the prayers are being answered because God has brought me so far.  SO THANK YOU! 🙂

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down,

his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! 

Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Eccesiastes 4:9-12

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