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...........wasn't doing doctors back then................. :ph34r: (take that double meaning any way you want ;) )

:o This implies you are now! You are a little vixen, aren't you! :lol:

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For the first time on any message board I think its best to use my "ignore" feature. I feel that you have repeatedly felt the need to "challenge" info that I've posted (with nothing to back up your claims) and to initiate conflict.

Oh my . . .. .. :(

All this because 5% of the populace isn't allergic to Ti? You really shouldn't take it personally. It's not an indictment of you.

That site has nothing to back up their claim.

Frankly, I dont think its in the spirit of this thread.

Huh?

Exposure to a multitude of varied points of view is what most forums embrace as their very raison-d'etre.

The phrase "discuss in an open forum" is practically a cliche.

Should anything anyone pastes in be beyond reproach?

I'm really interested in learning new things....I'm not really benefiting from your posts so I see no reason to view them.

Last time I dared to question something you'd pasted in from who-knows-where I remember you saying you wouldn't read my posts anymore.

For anyone interested here is the link to several of the MELISA metal allergy studies. Apparantly these studies DO exist and the full articles for each study are available on their site.

None address the 5% number.

Heres a couple that incuded titanium..

A case report. This one is interesting because the allergy is in vitro...and not showing up in allergy testing.

http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/1...36.2006.00931.x

Annnnnnnd this is the Abstract to this research report.

"Abstract There are very few reports on hypersensitivity reactions in association with titanium-based materials so that the existence of allergy to titanium is still put in question."

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Am I really such a bad guy for pointing out what I think is questionable "data"??

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Okay way too tired, night all. I'll be busy the next few days but will be reading along even if I'm not posting. :)

Wow Rinne! You've been through alot!!! :o

We'll be looking for you in a few days. :)

That information on scars was most interesting. I had a vertical scar from a C-section that after 22 years was actually removed and replaced by another last year when I had surgery.

That probably only confused that matter, when you think about it. If the pathways were disturbed then, I would think they are even in a worse confusion now. :unsure:

Definately something to keep in mind. I would think if scars disrupt things that both directions would be a problem. I think the pathways go up and down our bodies so maybe the vertical scar wouldn't have disrupted as much as the horizontal scar. I'm just speculating here.....no scientificness to back anything up.

Sounds like any scar can cause problems though.

Gosh, I'm a bit accident prone aren't I. :ph34r::lol:

Boy or boy! You've been through a lot too! :o

Yay for listening to your back yesterday! :D

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Dear Donna,

I am glad you were able to go to work on Monday, despite your back being out. :) Thank goodness the PT could get you in so quickly! Chiropractic adjustments do wonders from what I hear! I wish I could get one. Maybe that would help me.

Rolling your spine helps, which I should begin doing again.

Goodness have you had a lot of injuries! :o I always was hyper. Even as young as three, I got myself into trouble. I have my scars as well. Luckily, I do not have quite as many as you do!

It was smart being careful on the treadmill at work. You do not want to overdo it. A back can only take so much! Here is something you might find helpful. I just found out more recently that if you are pear-shaped, you should avoid using stairmasters and walking on inclines, because it bulks you up instead of slimming you down. That explains a lot for me, because it appears I have been doing the wrong exercises to slim down!

Dear Andrea,

It really was amazing how fast the doctor got Donna in. How wonderful is that? Getting appointment that quickly is rare. Some of those specialists even have waiting lists a mile long. I cannot wait until I can afford to go to one!

Surgery scars are a problem for some people it looks like. I have to wonder if mine from my gallbladder surgery are issues. You just never even think about that type of thing. Of course, I really had no choice but to get the thing out. You just have to take things as they come sometimes, and fix the rest later.

Dear Rachel,

Titanium is certainly something that is pretty safe for most people. I agree that it is not good for everyone, though. Plenty of people say wheat, barley, oats, and rye are good for us, but I could be killed by it. As you said, it is an individual body chemistry issue. Your point about strawberries particularly was important to me, since I have been allergic to them since I was 3 or younger.

Thank you for all of the information on Titanium and its biocompatibility. I am fascinated by this, and how it may play a role in other sensitivities. This may not be a common issue for people, but certainly is a good thing to know about. The link to the Melisa testing site was greatly appreciated. Thanks to you, I practically have a natural health library! ;) Pretty cool, huh?

Nickel is something my brother always has reacted to. I have become more sensitive to them during the past year or so.

I never did do well with synthetic materials. Earrings have to be light weight as well. Eczema has been a problem for me for years and years. I do not know if the metals have to do with it or not, though.

There seems to be something with scars and residual memory. You know how objects can hold psychic impressions? Well, maybe that is what occurs with scars. I have some risk factors here. I had gallbladder surgery at the age of 20.

Four little incisions were made. I broke my leg when I was 3. A scar on my arm was from a test for anemia. There is a spot on my right arm/wrist that has never been right since I had been in the hospital six years ago. The spot hurts, and even looks larger than the same spot on the other wrist.

One scar from a fall on my bicycle is still on my elbow. You can only imagine the possibilities. I hate to think of what could be caused by this. The hip pain makes a lot of sense. I would love to learn more about the teeth and what parts they effect. Do you have any information on that?

Dear Patti,

How did your house hunting go? You did not mention much about it. I assume that means you did not find "The One" yet. :( Do not worry. I am sure you will find the perfect place soon!

Your scars sound scary! My mother had been cut into 3 times for a hysterectomy. They cut her all the way across her lower abdomen. Instead of taking everything out all at the same time like they should, she had her ovaries removed, then her uterus, then the rest. I have no idea why they did not take everything out at once. Mom also had surgery to remove ovarian cysts prior to those operations.

Dear Rinne,

I hope you had a better day today than yesterday. You said you were feeling rough. The changing weather makes it difficult for many people. Your body has to get used to the temperatures dropping. It is interesting how your body senses these things.

Scars do seem to cause major problems. I hope yours are not troublemakers. It is difficult to know much of anything without testing. I hope you have no damage done. Maybe you will be able to get testing done in the future to be sure. Peace of mind is priceless.

Goodness, I cannot believe you had Scarlet Fever! :o That must have been horrible! So many people have had it, and did not survive. You must be as tough as nails! Between you and Claire, it seems you have had everything possible!

I have had way too many abx as well. I was on anywhere between 2 to 4 courses from birth until now. Respiratory infections were my primary need for treatment. I also had steroids for asthma as a teenager, and birth control to treat cysts.

Now I am literally a walking fungus. Gee, I wonder why? :rolleyes:

Dear tom,

That is interesting information on Titanium. I do not know much about it, except it is used in some implants. It has a better safety record than I expected. The only thing I would be concerned with is becoming a lightening rod! :lol: Although, I do believe it cannot hurt for someone to test and see if it suits their system. To each their own, you know what they say!

What wonderful news about your mother! I am glad to hear the operation served her well. The results can be amazing.

I am not so sure I can remember that procedure term, though! Good grief is that a mouthful!

Dear Mia,

I know you want to start the supplements and such now. Just keep in mind that slow and steady wins the race. Pushing your body too hard is bad. I want to get well right now, too! Patience is a virtue, but I apparently do not have any! :lol:

Are you having any new tests for metals done? I know you were moving the metals around last you mentioned it. As they said, mercury always is the last to go. Lead will likely come first. Mercury is so stubborn! Meanwhile, the parasites need ousted.

Dear Janet,

I am so sorry you got glutened. The misery is beyond belief. How the oregano oil effects you might have to do with the glutening. Make sure you are recovered before taking it again. Your system needs to be as strong as possible. Carla is most aware of this topic. You may have to build up to the dosage you were taking before, because it might have gotten out of your system due to the glutening and not taking it for a bit.

Dear Carla,

That is nice to hear about your blood pressure being normal now! There is some hope for me! Now I need to make an appointment, and shove those interpretations for the Western Blots in my doctor's face! This is my evil plan! Keep your fingers crossed.

I hope you did alright packing up the kitchen. I know you mentioned needing a Vicodin. The muscle aches are awful. Getting all of that ripped out is probably quite noisy! I could not stand the noise. At least Adam should be back next week, right?

You are so pretty in your new avatar! I love your curly hair! You must have had it colored again. This is blonde. Before, it was a mix of brown and blonde.

Dear Kat,

It is so great to hear from you! We missed you, and were wondering how you were! Congratulations on cutting down on the cigarettes! ;) Everyone is proud of you! That is a tough thing to do.

Chlorella is a helpful supplement. I have a bad feeling I would not tolerate it. My system hardly tolerates food or air. I hope your amalgam removal went smoothly. The chlorella will definitely help with that.

Dear catesfolly,

VSL is something I remember Carla talking about before. She has said it is very strong stuff. As long as you start out slow, it should work out fine. Didn't she say it was 450 Billion organisms in there? That is a lot of good bugs!

Scarlet Fever is not that common now, but does occur once in a while. I think West Nile is much more common. Diseases tend to come in waves. For a while, it was one thing, then it is another. If you have noticed, in each historical period, a specific illness was the most feared. For instance, during the Middle Ages, it was The Black Plague, and in the post-settlement period in America it was Smallpox.

Dear Laura,

Hello again, Happy Spice! It is nice to see you pop in! What are you up to? Are you traveling a lot? I hope you are taking a little time for yourself and resting.

Dear Julie,

That is an interesting question about aspergillus and LOD. If aspergillus is eradicated, maybe that would reduce the need for the LOD. I am not sure. If aspergillus is present in those foods, however, I assume you would have to avoid them altogether indefinitely. According to what Rachel said, that is the way it seems to be.

I agree Kassandra needs to be careful. Her system cannot take anything else. Why risk it? Plus, despite how rare a reaction is, people with compromised systems obviously do not have normal reactions to things. Gluten is perfectly harmless to most people, but for many of us, it is a carcinogen and it destroys our entire system. It would be horrible if Kassandra got the implant and got worse, and then had to get it taken back out.

Scars really are bad news. All of that was so cool! Migraines being caused by some other trouble is not something most people would think of. I am surprised at the memory part to a point, but kind of always wondered about it. It is like sensing it has something to do with issues, but not being sure quite what.

Dear Ami,

I am sorry to hear you overdid it. I do that all the time! It is so hard to stop yourself when you feel up to doing things.

I normally have to take a day or two for recovery afterwards. You think you are getting ahead until you realize you set yourself back.

Detoxing must be done slowly. Otherwise, the body is overburdened. I am going to start out with lemon water. After I do that for a week or two, I am going to add something else. Maybe I will do a baking soda or epsom salt bath a couple of times per week.

Diflucan is not an option for me, unfortunately. I doubt I would tolerate any antifungals. My system does not like pills. Medications hate my body, or it hates them. I am not sure which. Right now, I think my primary Candida killing tactic is to get rid of the sugar and begin taking cyprilic acid.

Dear Kassandra,

It was good to hear someone having a good experience with the Titanium. You might do well with it. The best advice I can give you is do what you feel is best. What is your intuition saying? This is important, because your body speaks to you, and you must listen to it. Do this, and you will always make the right decision.

Wow, a 12 year-old had the surgery? That is young! I had no idea they tended to correct these conditions so soon. I suppose it is better than waiting until someone is older and the spinal column is fused. Nipping it in the bud is probably better when done before growth is finished. I had a friend with Scoliosis. She used to have to go to a specialist up in Indianapolis.

Dear Judy,

That is so weird about the rash being where that surgical scar was on your leg! There is not way that is a coincidence.

How odd is that? It would never don on most people the cause of their rash was the surgical scar from years before. You learn something new every single day!

Sincerely,

Jin

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Ami...I agree that you overdid it with the detoxing as well as with the all day paint fest. We learn as we go.

Anyone here can tell you I've overdone it with just about everything you can think of....especially foods. :P

I had several paint-fests as soon as I started feeling good after making diet changes. I ended up causing myself a setback when I took on staining the fences outside. The chemicals in that particular paint set me back for awhile. That was pretty much the end of my painting project. :(

It makes sense that your arm pain was caused by overdoing it with the painting. With detox its best to go slow...if you end up mobilizing more than you can excrete you get symptoms of redistribution. Brainfog, confusion, depression, mood swings and those types of things are typical of too many metals floating around.

If you're doing chelation you dont wanna add anything else to that right now. Later on in your treatment you can probably do additional things to help detox but in the beginning its better to go slow and take it easy...like you said. :)

Even excersice can mobilize metals so between the chelation, the cilantro, the bath and the paint fest it was probably much more than you could handle right now.

That sounds like a good plan. Good luck with the next chelation.

Rachel and ami-

i completly agree with this. I think its natural for us to want to do it all. I know right now becaus ei am doing the chelation I am trying to not do much else in terms of pulling out toxins because i don't want to overburden my body and just remobilize things and reabsorb them. I need to focus on removing the ones that were pulled out during the chealtion ( thats definilty enough work!!!)

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Dear all

I'm getting over flu, so haven't been posting, but have been lurking. I hope you'll understand that this will be brief!

As most people know, I've been quite depressed recently. I think that coming here doesn't help. that's sounds horrible and I don't mean it to be. Everyone here is so wonderful and I've learnt so very much, but if I try to keep up with reading it all, I get obsessed about what's wrong with me and that gets me depressed because I can't work it out. That's my problem, not anyone elses! So, I hope you'll all understand if I leave off posting so frequently for a while whilst I calm myself down.

I've found a dr who is an MD and nutritionist and who knows about heavy metal toxicity etc I'll have to pay him, but it's worth it coz I obviously can't figure this all out by myself. I will drop back to let you know when I'm going to see him and hopefully I'll be back to post soon.

Big hugs to everyone.

Susie x

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Dear all

I'm getting over flu, so haven't been posting, but have been lurking. I hope you'll understand that this will be brief!

As most people know, I've been quite depressed recently. I think that coming here doesn't help. that's sounds horrible and I don't mean it to be. Everyone here is so wonderful and I've learnt so very much, but if I try to keep up with reading it all, I get obsessed about what's wrong with me and that gets me depressed because I can't work it out. That's my problem, not anyone elses! So, I hope you'll all understand if I leave off posting so frequently for a while whilst I calm myself down.

I've found a dr who is an MD and nutritionist and who knows about heavy metal toxicity etc I'll have to pay him, but it's worth it coz I obviously can't figure this all out by myself. I will drop back to let you know when I'm going to see him and hopefully I'll be back to post soon.

Big hugs to everyone.

Susie x

Sounds like a good Dr, Susie.

Best of luck to you! :)

Let us know how it goes when you can.

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Re the titanium thing...I debated on whether to say anything about it or not, and I'm just going to make this little statement and then let it go, but the only two metals I was NEVER able to wear as jewelry (specifically earrings) are Platinum and Titanium. I got my ears pierced way back in the late 60s, and was able to wear just about any kind of metal, even the cheap stuff, silver, gold, etc. When I got married (in the late 70s), my husband bought me a nice pair of diamond earring studs set in Platinum for Christmas...I put them in and within an hour had to take them out. I could still wear cheap stuff, silver, gold. Then in the early 90s, I bought some earrings that were titanium...same thing, had to take them out within an hour, but could still wear some cheap stuff, silver and gold. Once I started getting sick, I could no longer wear the cheap stuff, then eventually couldn't wear silver and now can't wear any metal at all. So while something may be completely safe for a most people, it most certainly doesn't mean someone can't be sensitive to it. Just doesn't hurt to know that's it's possible.

I am glad you were able to go to work on Monday, despite your back being out. :) Thank goodness the PT could get you in so quickly! Chiropractic adjustments do wonders from what I hear! I wish I could get one. Maybe that would help me.

Rolling your spine helps, which I should begin doing again.

Goodness have you had a lot of injuries! :o I always was hyper. Even as young as three, I got myself into trouble. I have my scars as well. Luckily, I do not have quite as many as you do!

It was smart being careful on the treadmill at work. You do not want to overdo it. A back can only take so much! Here is something you might find helpful. I just found out more recently that if you are pear-shaped, you should avoid using stairmasters and walking on inclines, because it bulks you up instead of slimming you down. That explains a lot for me, because it appears I have been doing the wrong exercises to slim down!

Yes, this clinic is WONDERFUL about getting you in if you are sick/hurt and they take it all seriously, lol, even colds and flu. I tried to call in once to cancel my appointment because I was sick, but they wouldn't let me...they wanted me to come in anyway so the PT guys could give me a lymph massage. They're taking this latest injury seriously too...doc wants to see me tomorrow too.

I was pretty hyper as a child and in some ways I still can't sit still...I'm always moving something. I may be lazy, but my feet just can't sit still. :P

Interesting about the pear shape...I do tend to be pear shape although not seriosly pronounced unless I've gained a lot of weight.

Also, you asked about the neurotransmitter results...still don't have them, but while I was in the office yesterday for my PT/chiro appointment, the other doctor told me that the labs have come in, but he is in discussion with the lab over interpretation of something. Must be interesting. :lol: Leave it to me to have something totally weird. He DID say that there were some things that were off, but I won't know what they are until he gets everything straightened out.

Aw Susie - I understand completely. Take as much time as you need, but hope you will come back once in a while to just say hi!

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Susie,

I understand completely what you're saying :)

Your new doctor sounds great and I hope that he can help you get to the bottom of your issues. Update when you can, and I will hold you in my thoughts.

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Wow,

I'm kind of beside myself about my tooth situation. I've never been so freaked out before about dental stuff - and it has nothing to do with the amalgam removals - that went great (so far). They're gone, they're fixed, they're paid for (that is, the two I had done yesterday).

Now, for the disaster: Funny that you guys have been talking (sometimes not so much talking as battling) about titanium. I lost a crown, 3 days before my scheduled appointment, in the same quadrant they worked on yesterday. Apparently, it's a mess. I'm looking at either a crown (post crown) that will last maybe 5 years and involve some pretty messy work, or an extraction & implant (that's where the Titanium comes in - not to mention the $$$$, which is frightening enough in and of itself). What a disaster. I just don't know what to do. I'm leaning toward the post crown. The good in this is that I have about 4-6 months to figure it out and that the previous crown is no longer causing issues in my mouth (however, in the meantime, it really looks unattractive with the missing tooth and all - at least it's kind of hidden except for when I smile big).

Anyway, thanks for listening. I needed to vent a little.

Take care of your teeth ! Take care of your teeth !

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As most people know, I've been quite depressed recently. I think that coming here doesn't help. that's sounds horrible and I don't mean it to be. Everyone here is so wonderful and I've learnt so very much, but if I try to keep up with reading it all, I get obsessed about what's wrong with me and that gets me depressed because I can't work it out. That's my problem, not anyone elses! So, I hope you'll all understand if I leave off posting so frequently for a while whilst I calm myself down.

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That sounds familiar, Susie. It gets to be a little overwhelming when you're playing this stuff over and over in your head. It's really a lot to digest. I hope you're feeling better soon.

k

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Big hugs to everyone.

Take whatever time you need. Hope you'll update us on your new doctor when you're able. :)

I'm leaning toward the post crown.

What's a post crown? Is that just a crown over your existing tooth?

The dentist who did my crowns (which need to be redone because there is amalgam underneath them) said they can last anywhere from 3-20 years. Alot of that depends on flossing. I haven't been flossing but they have to be redone anyway so I'm not too concerned about it.

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Take whatever time you need. Hope you'll update us on your new doctor when you're able. :)

What's a post crown? Is that just a crown over your existing tooth?

The dentist who did my crowns (which need to be redone because there is amalgam underneath them) said they can last anywhere from 3-20 years. Alot of that depends on flossing. I haven't been flossing but they have to be redone anyway so I'm not too concerned about it.

Hi Andrea,

I'm not exactly sure, but I believe that a post crown (here's where it gets a little like scraping fingernails on a chalkboard) is when they drill a hole into the small amount of tooth that's left (this tooth has already had a root canal) and put a post into the tooth which will be what they cement the crown to. I need to call the dentist and get more details on it. One of the problems is that I don't know what happens in this situation after the life of the crown is over. He said he'd rather see me doing the implant because the crown will involve some gum surgery to do it. There's no amalgam issue on this tooth anymore, so I don't have that to contend with.

I remember you had some problem with cavitation or something, but I was kind of skimming at that time, so I didn't pick up the details on it. Dental work is a drag !

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I don't really want to participate in the titanium discussion, but I want to make a pretty benign comment regarding titanium vs. mercury.

Mercury can cause heavy metal toxicity, which is what we've been discussing for so many months ... it's toxic for everyone ... though only some actually show physical illness from it.

Titanium is not toxic for everyone, but only those who are allergic to the titanium.

Perhaps those of you who are looking at the possibility of using titanium could find out where Donna got her earrings to test it .... :P (if you can't get the ART testing).

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Good morning all!

Susie, I feel like that a lot of times too (overwhelmed, discouraged, frustrated) and just need to take a break from it all. I think it's actually a good thing to step back a little and not think about anything, regroup, and figure out where you need to go next. I do find that when you ask the questions the answers do come, or little hints, that get you pointing in the right direction.

I will have you in my thoughts as well and post when you can :)

Kat, wow all this dental work sounds heavy :( Hang in there with all of it. Maybe like Andrea said, if you take super good care of your teeth you might get some more mileage out of your crown :huh:

I second taking care of our teeth, one of the many fascinating things I have learned through out this health journey is how interconnected everything in our bodies is, the teeth especially mirror what is going on in the body.

Carla, are you still doing daily saunas?? And if so do you feel they are helping?

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Kat,

I had a tooth extracted a few years ago...I still havent put anything new in but fortunately you cant really see it. I would probably leave it "as is"....except I dont want my other teeth to shift because of the empty space.

I'm still sad about losing the tooth....all of my teeth were in good shape and I never had any problems until when I got sick after my unsafe amalgam removals. I think I had no choice but to pull the tooth because I just didnt know if it was contributing to my illness at that point.

Now I dont know what to put there to fill that gap. Someone mentioned a "partial" to me before....does anyone know what that is??

Right now I'm just leaving it alone because I dont want to use anything that I might react to. I'm pretty much sensitive to most of the metals right now....hopefully that might improve later on. I dont know about titanium....I'm sure I must have been tested for it during my bioset sessions but I didnt pay attention to whether I was sensitive to it or not.

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Carla, are you still doing daily saunas?? And if so do you feel they are helping?

I would say I average about 5 per week ... I try to do them daily, but some days I'm not up to it. Since I started them before I started treatment, it's hard to guage how much they're helping. I know in the beginning I used to feel bad afterward and needed to rest ... sometimes I'd have to cut the time short.

Now I do fine for however long I can stay in there.

I'm on a massive amount of drugs, so I'm guessing it's helping. I have my liver enzymes checked monthly and so far so good.

I also do coffee enemas almost daily ... and take Cholestyramine ... plus lots of immune building supplements.

I think it's everything together ...

Are you still taking saunas?

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Donna, I dont think I ever was able to tolerate the cheap jewelry. I didnt start wearing it until I was a teenager and I always got infections from the earrings. I was fine with necklaces, bracelets, etc. I would only show signs of irritation if I left them on for weeks or something.

Since I got sick I cant tolerate any of the jewelry at all....if my belt buckle touches my stomach (even for a few minutes) I get a rash.

I dont know if its all metals or just certain ones.....all I know is that I react to everything I've tried to wear except for 14kt gold. Thats the only one I've never had problems with and have worn all my life.

If I eat the wrong foods and start to feel worse....it never fails that I start having problems with my gold earrings. Besides the itching/oozing my earlobe ends up turing BLACK around the earring!

What the heck is that all about?? :huh:

Anyways...when that happens its a HUGE clue for me that I'm getting more toxic from what I'm eating or from overdoing detox. My gold rings were also starting to turn my fingers black....so I just dont wear rings anymore. :(

I have no idea if I've ever worn anything titanium before...I dont know what any of my jewlery is made of....except the gold.

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I think this increased sensitivity to the metals that I've experienced originates from the mercury in my body. I think that its probably been an issue my whole life....even though I wasnt "sick".

My mom has alot of amalgams. :(

One of the signs of mercury poisoning in kids is head banging....I dont know if I ever mentioned it here but I did that nightly for most of my childhood. It was definately not normal and my mom's mentioned it a few times since I got sick.

She says maybe the reason my head hurts so much now is because I spent too much time banging it when I was little. :P

I only did it with a pillow....so it wasnt like I was banging my head on the walls or anything. I wasnt inflicting pain on myself but I had to bang my head on my pillow compulsively in order to fall asleep. :huh:

So I did that nightly while I was young and then less and less until I finally stopped as a teenager. I know there was a few times in my 20's that I can remember doing it but I know that since I've been sick it never happens. Good thing too....my head hurts enough without having to bang it on my pillow every night! :P

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If I eat the wrong foods and start to feel worse....it never fails that I start having problems with my gold earrings. Besides the itching/oozing my earlobe ends up turing BLACK around the earring!

What the heck is that all about?? :huh:

Sometimes I get rashes when I wear jewelry too, so for tha last 5 years or so I just haven't worn any because it's so uncomfortable. Which makes me sad too because I love my jewelry and would like to be able to wear it :lol:

I found this about the black ears Rachel:

It's the oils and lymph secreted by the skin reacting with the poor quality metal - silver, especially the random crappy alloys, is highly reactive. (Even "sterling" 925 silver is still 7.25% random metals.) You might get away with wearing them now and again but I wouldn't wear them all the time in case you end up with permanently black holes. I'd do a sea salt soak (quarter tea-spoon of salt, preferably non-iodinized sea salt but regular table salt wouldn't be awful) for ten minutes or so after wearing them to draw out all the gunk.

Nickel is also said to cause black marks (reacting with the skin)

Silver tarnishes and can leave colored marks.

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She says maybe the reason my head hurts so much now is because I spent too much time banging it when I was little. :P

My younger son did this well into childhood, too. We had a double set of bumper guards on his crib because he was developing a bump on his head. Interesting--you're the first person, other than him, who I've ever heard that's done this. He only did it before going to sleep.

Funny story-- when we had overnight houseguests, imagine the sound of the springs on the crib, along with the banging noise. We would be mortified, and felt we had to explain all the noise in the morning :lol:

Sometimes I get rashes when I wear jewelry too, so for tha last 5 years or so I just haven't worn any because it's so uncomfortable. Which makes me sad too because I love my jewelry and would like to be able to wear it :lol:

I found this about the black ears Rachel:

Nickel is also said to cause black marks (reacting with the skin)

Silver tarnishes and can leave colored marks.

I used to be able to wear most any jewelry--now, only certain sterling silver and all 14k gold. 18k gold is now very irritating.

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I would say I average about 5 per week ... I try to do them daily, but some days I'm not up to it. Since I started them before I started treatment, it's hard to guage how much they're helping. I know in the beginning I used to feel bad afterward and needed to rest ... sometimes I'd have to cut the time short.

Now I do fine for however long I can stay in there.

I'm on a massive amount of drugs, so I'm guessing it's helping. I have my liver enzymes checked monthly and so far so good.

I also do coffee enemas almost daily ... and take Cholestyramine ... plus lots of immune building supplements.

I think it's everything together ...

Are you still taking saunas?

Thanks for the info Carla.

I haven't been for a long time, I found the heat drained me.

Also it recently went on the fritz, but an electrician came out and repaired it (mine is over 7 years old) and it's up and running again.

I am thinking about starting them up again, very SLOWLY, and see how it goes.

Rachel, my naturopaths and I came to that conclusion as well, that a lot of my mercury toxicity was in utero. My mom has a lot of amalgams also, she worked for a dentist through jr high and high school and he was always drilling her teeth and putting amalgams in.

That and candida overgrowth as the body's natural protective mechanism, several rounds of antibiotics in my youth to wipe all that good stuff out, compromised immunity, leaky gut, and an MMR vaccination to top it all off with....a recipe for disaster.

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I remember you had some problem with cavitation or something, but I was kind of skimming at that time, so I didn't pick up the details on it. Dental work is a drag !

I had a cavitation under the root canal tooth I just had pulled and cleaned up. Personally I'd get the thing pulled and figure out what you want to do after that.

My dentist didn't say anything about putting anything back in that spot. I'd have to ask him his opinion.

Now I dont know what to put there to fill that gap. Someone mentioned a "partial" to me before....does anyone know what that is??

A partial is something like a bridge isn't it? :unsure:

My mom has alot of amalgams. :(

My mom does too and so do I. :(

I hadn't heard about the head banging. I don't recall ever doing that though.

That's interesting that your son did that too Patti.

Rachel, my naturopaths and I came to that conclusion as well, that a lot of my mercury toxicity was in utero. My mom has a lot of amalgams also, she worked for a dentist through jr high and high school and he was always drilling her teeth and putting amalgams in.

That and candida overgrowth as the body's natural protective mechanism, several rounds of antibiotics in my youth to wipe all that good stuff out, compromised immunity, leaky gut, and an MMR vaccination to top it all off with....a recipe for disaster.

Yikes!!!! about your mom. :o

You've been through alot too. I still believe everyone will find health again, although finding some of the puzzle pieces may be more challenging.

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Funny story-- when we had overnight houseguests, imagine the sound of the springs on the crib, along with the banging noise. We would be mortified, and felt we had to explain all the noise in the morning :lol:

I forgot to comment on this....... :lol::lol:

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We were starting to have a few little bit better days with T, but she was on a tear again this morning. Since then, she's been ok. I hoping we are starting to see some improvements with the treatments we had done, even though we are only on supplement/detox support right now.

She says the calcium is starting to bother her so we'll have to switch her back to the old brand when Mitch gets paid next week.

We haven't been rotating all her intolerant foods very well......especially bananas. Kinda hard for those because when they are ripe they need to be eaten and Micah can't eat them all.....as much as he'd like too. :P We are trying to behave and make sure she doesn't have nuts more than every 3 days at the soonest. We are supposed to go at least 4.

M and S seem to be doing ok, but they didn't have obvious symptoms. S still isn't talking, hopefully soon.

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