Do you remember in Finding Nemo, the fish that Ellen voices saying “just keep swimming”? I think I’ve been in the “just keep swimming” mode for so long going through heavy metal chelation, and before that trying to figure out what had stolen my energy…that when my doctor actually said the words “great news” and “you can stop chelating”…I don’t think I fully understood her. She was speaking but I wasn’t fully grasping it. So much so, that I just cried. Not a little teary cry but an embarrassing, need a minute to compose myself – cry.
Wow… now what do I do? More on that later, but first… I want to share with you what I think really helped me get through this and what was instrumental to my fantastic results after 6 months of chelation.
For those of you that like numbers…here are mine: My lead levels dropped by 60% to a now acceptable level. My mercury levels dropped by 84% to an acceptable level. For both my original test and re-test, I took a provoked urine test, which means that you take a chelation drug (in my case DMSA) and then collect urine for a predetermined time. There are limitations of this test (and many other tests), but as long as you understand what they are, I believe the results are still telling.
For more on what started me down this road: My Chelation Journey
For tips for success: 6 Tips to a Successful Chelation, De-tox or Cleanse
- Seek Out Support: I don’t think I would’ve had the results I did if I had been working full-time. I know that doesn’t help many folks out there who are facing this, and do work full-time. I’m very thankful that I have a husband who made no complaint about the messy house, or lack of dinner cooked every other week for 6 months. It just goes to show that God works this stuff out. I had a couple of private yoga clients stop their sessions and my class load had dwindled to just 2 per week. As it turned out, having those classes during chelation forced me to manage my energy levels and nap intentionally so that I could have enough energy to teach. If I would’ve had no classes to teach, I’m not sure I would have practiced the skill of energy conservation.
- Practice a Different Kind of Yoga: Any yoga teacher will tell you that your yoga practice really helps you to be in the moment and not think about the future or dwell on the past. After 15 years of practicing yoga and 8 years of teaching it, I’ve never learned how to be present better than I have with chelation. Having a chronic condition that completely zaps you and turns your world upside-down forces you to be in the moment. No plan. No expectation. And when I had a good day, with a bit more energy to play with the dog or make dinner, it was such a sweet victory. On my bad days, I tried to continually tell myself that it’s just a bad day and it will be different tomorrow. I gave myself permission to rest and trust that it would be.
- Go All the Way: If you have received a heavy metal diagnosis and you’re thinking about chelation, do your research. There are supplemental treatments/therapies that your doctor or naturopath should be telling you about and if they’re not, then ask them. The way I looked at this, if I’m going to pretty much put my life on hold for 6-12 months for this, I might as well give it the best shot of actually working. So I took my doctor’s advice and went to Colon Therapy or Colonics after each round of treatment (every two weeks). I was very hesitant at first and even tried to negotiate my way out of this, but my doctor was insistent and I’m glad she was. It just makes sense that you would want to help your body fully cleanse not only the toxins but the chelation medicine as well. I also went in for a Magnesium/B Vitamin injection after each round. These were often painful and created a big bubble on my backside that passersby would catch me trying to massage out. But, I will say that after each injection, I felt better. When you’re chelating, the meds are also pulling out good things like minerals and vitamins that you need. The supplements I took daily and the injections helped to replenish my system. Finally, we ate a pretty clean diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Midway through my chelation, we started eating a plant-based diet. I firmly believe this really helped my cleansing. In addition to our plant-based diet, I drank a green smoothie virtually every day and really noticed a deeper lull if I skipped the smoothie.
- Pray and Ask Others to Pray: It can be really difficult to share the tough stuff with others. We all answer the How are You? question with Fine or Great or Busy. Take time to share the truth, the reality of your life, your burden. Maybe you don’t share with everyone, but pick a few close friends to let them know the truth. If you believe in God, pray. If you have friends that pray, ask them to pray. There is power in prayer. I’m so grateful to those that I shared this with who were overwhelmingly positive and who prayed faithfully that I would be healed of this. I find great comfort especially on my bad days visualizing that I was giving this heavy, frustrating burden over to God. That I didn’t/couldn’t carry it anymore. And, that really helped.
I think those are all of the nuggets I have to give. If you or someone you know is contemplating chelation or in the middle of a treatment, leave a comment here. Ask a question. Or just jump into our discussion. I’d love to help if I can…