No wonder I've been feeling awful! My doctor said early in my treatment that he wanted to shake things up. Well, he succeeded in getting me into the blender.
The pattern of nutritional minerals at the bottom of my hair analysis report is also significant. Sodium and potassium are quite low, which is indicative of adrenal stress and emotional stress. The two go hand in hand, in that when the adrenals are stressed, every little molehill is experienced as a mountain.
On many post-chelation days when I would awaken at 4 am and be unable to return to sleep, my mind would start galloping down the path of despair, and although I tried to hold the reigns firmly, I could never get control of my wayward mind until sunlight streamed in through the windows.
Perhaps emotional volatility has also been tweaked by a loss of lithium. Lithium plays an important role in inhibiting the excitability of neurons. Apparently it does this by inhibiting the conversion of phosphorylated inositol to free inositol. Here's what I learned about inositol from the site, Bi-polar Lives.com.
Inositol is a naturally occurring isomer of glucose It is classified as a member of the vitamin B complex. Sometimes people refer to it as B8, but it is not really a vitamin itself.
Inositol is a natural chemical compound present in the human body and in certain ordinay foods.It is direct precursor of phospholipids which are a major component of cellular membranes.
What does this mean?
Phospholipids are fat-soluble, naturally-occurring molecules that help make up our cellular structure. Both inositol and the phospholipids play a major role in signal transmission for many neurotransmitters and hormones. There is growing evidence that lithium and fish oil may also exert their beneficial effects by regulating these same signal transmissions.
Inositol is important for regulating serotonin and insulin, and breaking down fats and reducing blood cholesterol.
Lithium is widely known as a drug used to treat bipolar disorder, but small amounts of lithium in the form of lithium orotate are used by natural health practitioners to support mood proper lithium function. I am thinking of adding it to the arsenal of supplements in my overstuffed pill box.
In the meantime, my huge metal dump got me thinking about all the years that I took hundreds of expensive oral chelators because I was fearful of taking DMPS. I told my story in an October 2009 post, "Are Metals Making Us Sick?" Here's the rest of the story.
After leaving Dr. M's office, and deciding that I wouldn't go back, I immersed myself in understanding the theory of how hair analysis reveals information about the health of the body. I had recently begun to work on my Naturopathic medicine degree, not because I longed to be a health practitioner, but because I didn't have a health practitioner in the area who I felt I could trust to offer solutions to the many abnormal test results that were turning up now that I had discovered saliva hormones, comprehensive digestive stool analysis, amino acids and hair mineral analysis. With a Ph.D. in hand, I was able to get accounts at many labs and supplement companies. All provided abundant educational information -- lectures on cassette tapes, informational pamphlets, newsletters, and books -- far more detailed than the standard information on herbs, homeopathy and colonics that characterize basic naturopathic medicine programs.
I started with Analytical Research Labs, a wonderful company in Arizona that provides detailed analytical reports for every hair analysis they perform. From these reports, as well as their pamphlets and tapes, I learned to pay attention to the pattern of nutritional minerals as indicators of endocrine health. I also learned that when individuals have the pattern of being a slow oxidizer, that is when metabolic energy is low, when adrenals and thyroid activity as low -- as it was for me -- then the body rarely dumps heavy metals. Consequently, the low test results don't indicate a lack of tissue stores of mercury, lead, arsenic, and so forth, but an inability of the body to excrete those metals.
ARL recommended taking high doses of nutritional minerals on the theory that many of these compete with toxic metals for receptor sites. For example, lead displaces calcium So by taking large doses of calcium, the reasoning is that some of this calcium may displace molecules of lead. I was a diligent student, but I am sorry to report that, in a body as weak and unbalanced as mine, I saw very little lead being dumped and almost no mercury.
Next I learned about Poly-MVA, a product developed for cancer which combines absorbable alpha lipoic acid (ALA) with palladium (Pd). The inventor assured me (in personal conversation) that the palladium was tightly bound to the ALA like the cobalt molecule is bound in B12. It improved my energy tremendously, for ALA supports mitochondrial activity. The first few days I felt euphoric. My energy improved slowly, but after a few months, I plateaued. Although I continued to take it for six months, I stopped because of the high expense. A year later I gave patient testimony at a conference on my experience with Poly-MVA, and having received several bottles as compensation, began taking it again, but failed to notice any difference in my energy levels. Nor did hair analysis reveal any detox of heavy metals. On the contrary, I found high levels of palladium in my hair two years after stopping the product, indicating that I had stored palladium in my tissues. These results spurred a more aggressive approach to oral chelation.
Next I added in chlorella, something I had started with Dr. Cousens in 2000 when he put me on a raw juice fast and vegan raw foods diet that ruined all the gains I had made over the previous seven years. Still reeling from the crash after the fast -- a crash that brought with it severe POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) -- I sought out information on diets to support detox that were evidence based. Patricia Kane's work made sense to me after I read her book, Detoxx. I resumed the practice of taking lots of nutritional minerals, using Kane's liquid ionic minerals (sold through E-Lyte), and I switched to the chlorella tablets she advocates as safe because they are raised in test tubes in Germany, free from ciguatera and other algal toxins.
When my new doctor wanted to do a metals challenge test, and promised to use a very low dose, I agreed thinking I no longer had any metals to excrete. I would end up being quite surprised!