Ending Round 5

I think 4 days of 5mg is good enough for this round. It’s been a good round aside from the one day I did too much. I’m feeling better and better every week. Yesterday I went to lunch with a friend. Which is a big deal because… well, usually that’s too exhausting to even think about. It was nice.

It is really NICE to be getting my life back. My yard is looking better and better, like someone actually lives here and is taking care of things. It’s good to be a person who can take care of things again.

I wish I could figure out how to get my lymph system running better though, I’ve been trying several lymph formulas (herbal) but am thinking maybe I need to go for a lymph massage.

I did pause the colon cleanse, as I was just sick of it. Sick of feeling so bloated by the end of the day. I’ll pick it back up again. I am working on supporting liver and kidneys as well as lymph right now.

Juicing is going ok. I like my juicer and it’s not a total pain to clean it. The organic celery I bought is kind of bitter… but it’s ok with apples and mangos and pears, etc. I have not gotten brave enough to try the beets I bought. I’m only making one juice a day. And now I realize I’ve forgotten about the lemon water I was doing. So much to keep up with… it’s a full time job.

But, it’s better than sleeping the days away on the couch. And it’s only going to get better and better. This is exactly what I needed to do and should have done it 14 years ago when it was first suggested to me.

Another thing I recently figured out. Or think I did. I’ve been taking 5htp for years at bedtime to “raise my serotonin”. Well, when serotonin goes up, dopamine goes down. I have also been trying to raise dopamine as that is the motivation and reward neurotransmitter, and my motivation has been long gone. Well. Since I stopped the 5htp and added l-tyrosine, I think I’m starting to balance that out. So that’s excellent.

Here’s an article about the FDA trying to warn people about mercury in dental amalgams, and the Department of Health and Human Services shutting that down. Frustrating. Someday people will look back at these fillings and say “how barbaric, can you imagine?”

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article28017817.html

I Spoke Too Soon

I totally overdid it yesterday. I ended up with that head-in-a-vise mercury headache. Feels like a tight band around your brain, squeezing. That.

I couldn’t get it to go away either, no matter what I tried. No amount of C, not even extra mag and lots of water. Sinuses were also all blocked up and now today I woke up with swollen eyelids again. Still have the headache only it’s more background now, slight.

So… live and learn. Do NOT push exercise, even if you are on-round. At least not yet.

Andy Cutler has this to say, and as usual, he is right.

“Exercise mobilizes mercury and needs to be done in MODERATION. It is NOT always good for you. Exercise is STRESS and there is a particular physiological response to stress that is messed up in most mercury toxic people – cortisol goes DOWN instead of UP like it is supposed to. So you can release adrenaline and feel really good WHILE you are active, but then crash afterwards and take a long time to recover. Depending on how sick you are this can be from hours to days. Moderation is doing exercise in small enough bits that you don’t get this ‘crash’ after it. No hours of sitting and doing nothing. No inability to think. No being woozy with allergy symptoms.”

My son is also feeling tired from the 5mg after mowing the lawn yesterday. We both overdid it, I guess.

Round 3 Ended on Day 4

Super tired, had to nap, feeling fried and stressed and exhausted. Ears ringing. Popping, ringing that comes and goes and varies from ear to ear and intensity, and some aching that comes and goes. 

Calling it enough for round 3.

Should have stopped yesterday, and meant to, but when my alarm went off I popped a pill and then realized.

And then I thought I’d better push through to 1:00 PM the next day so that the worst of off round would happen while I was sleeping… so I just kept taking them.

Will see how I feel tomorrow. I hope I’m less emotional. Have had enough emotions this week fighting with my child who insists on being skipped ahead a grade next year. It’s not easy, chelating and dealing with other people’s issues sometimes. Was hoping to get stronger before I had to deal with helping him figure out college path stuff. Researching colleges and talking with teachers and administration and trying to make him understand he’s rushing things was not on my plan for this week. I was hoping to get back into making some art. Was hoping to try to reconnect to my self, my  life. With no stress.

Best laid plans.

A Good Weekend

This second round is proving kind of amazing.

I feel SO much better.

Almost like a normal person.

As much as I know what normal is, anymore.

First of all, on Saturday, I managed to get the front hedge trimmed. Up and down the ladder with the hedge clippers for 2 hours. Exhausting. But I’ve been looking at that hedge all winter wishing I’d managed to do it last fall, and wondering if I was going to have to hire someone.

I was tired, and because we had a Sounders game to go to that night, I figured I’d better take a nap or I’d never survive the Sounders game. Usually they take so much out of me that I’ve been dreading going.

But for the first time in forever, I couldn’t fall asleep for a nap. And this is really huge, because I can fall asleep anytime anywhere at the drop of a hat, if given the chance. So that was weird. My body was tired, but the rest of me was ok.

And then we left for the Sounders game. Usually I’m fried just from the drive through Seattle traffic, as a passenger; by the time we get there, I’m ready to be done.

But… the ride was fine.  I actually listened to the music on the radio, which I normally tune out because the world is much too noisy for me – I can’t handle music these days, all I hear is static for lyrics… I can handle music with no lyrics sometimes, or songs I used to know the words to, but most music just wears me out.

This was different and new: I actually heard the words and not just noise.

Seriously you don’t know what you are missing until it comes back, I think.

At the stadium, I was also fine. I didn’t feel claustrophobic in the crowd like I usually do. I wasn’t annoyed by the non stop bickering of the kids sitting behind us like I normally am. I wasn’t wishing for ear plugs because the stadium was too loud for my nerves. And I was genuinely happy to run into friends instead of feeling like I needed to fake being happy to see them. AND I was able to watch the game and follow it and enjoy it, instead of wishing I was anywhere but there.

Seriously, you don’t KNOW what you are missing until it comes back!

Then, Sunday I was signed up to be an alternate at our democratic caucus. The last caucus I went to was so stressful that I almost left, but because the room was so jam-packed full of people, I couldn’t see a way out to the door. So I hunkered down and stayed. Wishing I was anywhere but there.

So you can imagine my surprise when again I was in a crowded gym, with insanely poor organization and confusion, some hostile people and a lot of noise, for over 5 hours… and I was FINE. Fine. I was fine. I was able to talk to people, get my questions answered, feel like I was a part of the process and not an outsider observing.

I was fine.

Tired. The caucus was exhausting, but I was not uniquely exhausted. Everyone was exhausted.

I could get used to this. Sure hope it continues like this for the most part at least. I need to remember this the next time I’m off round and it’s so hard again.  This isn’t easy, but it’s going to be worth it.

As long as I can baby my adrenals and keep this up, it’s going to be ok.

 

More on Histidine

Day 3 off-round. Mentally feeling a LOT better. I took some iron last night and am now warm again and not as breathless. I did wake up more sore than normal, was trying to figure out why, thinking maybe it was the small amount of broccoli (sulfur/thiol) that I had with dinner last night… but it went away when I got my Adrenal Cortex Extract into me. So it was adrenals, and I should have known, because I went to bed stressed out and shaking because of an online argument with someone who was trying to convince me to man up and not take iron. I’ve done that. It never leads anywhere good for me. Maybe once the mercury it out I won’t need to supplement it.

Anyway.

Back to the Histidine issue.

Someone else online posted something very useful:

“My NUTREVEAL showed I was low in histidine. As well as folates. And zinc.

My practitioner told me that you need Folates to convert histidine to glutamates instead of histamine !!!

So if your folates are low , you could end up making histamines from histidine. So get your folate levels checked !

I have read many reports from people who did much better with food intolerances after adding in histidine.

Here’s what I think is the reason. One of the enzymes needed to metabolize sulfur foods is called CDO. CDO requires iron , as well as histidine and B6

So if you’re low in histidine, you will have a difficult time breaking down sulfur foods

Lots of enzymes require sulfur. Including PST. Which breaks down Phenols and salicylates. Berries , tea. Etc.”

So now… I get to research CDO! Obviously I’m low in iron… and I don’t usually take folate because I get sleepy with it… and I’ve been avoiding greens because of the sulfur/thiol issue (miss them!)… so I’m sure I’m low in folates. And as I suggested yesterday, I think I might be low in histidine. SO… more puzzle pieces fitting together.

Also, this exhaustion I’ve been dealing with. I’m wondering if it’s actually Narcolepsy. No really.

Between that study I was reading yesterday about the link between low histamine and narcolepsy, and my issues with excessive sleepiness during the day, I finally got around to looking up symptoms of narcolepsy. I always thought it was just falling asleep randomly for a few seconds at time (hadn’t paid much attention to it), and I thought MY ISSUE was food related, but now I see that the main symptom is excessive daytime sleepiness, every 3 to 4 hours, which forces you to feel the need to nap! That’s me. That is what has been happening to me. It got really bad when I was taking taurine, but is now much much better since avoiding sulfur foods and taking molybdenum. Let’s see if taking histidine makes it even better.  What the heck. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/…/narcol…/detail_narcolepsy.htm

OK, I’ll be back if I find anything interesting about CDO…

Links:

http://www.cfsn.com/sulph.html

 

Iron

Life-long anemic. Low iron on every blood draw or attempt to donate blood ever done.

I eat plenty of meat. I even eat liver. Frozen grass-fed liver pills. Ugh.

I know we are not supposed to supplement iron, that it reacts somehow with mercury.

I know the mag people say the same, that taking mag will raise iron (it doesn’t for me).

I know that anemia is a sign gluten intolerance and celiac, and I know that the only time iron supplementing raised my levels was once I got off gluten.

But it doesn’t stay raised.

When I skip taking my iron, I get breathless and hypothyroid.

Which is what has happened AGAIN since I stopped taking it after reading that it reacts badly with mercury.

What’s a girl to do?

Depending who you ask, you will get different answers. Mostly people say avoid it! It’s dangerous, take more mag!

Well, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Right?

Happily, the Andy Cutler group is more reasonable about this:

Take the iron. Chelate. Eventually you shouldn’t need to take it as often or at all.

How’s that for practical?

I’m just going to go with it and stop stressing every time I take my iron. It gives me energy, it keeps me breathing, life is just better when I take it.

Low Histamine Depression

If you go here: http://www.livingnetwork.co.za/chelationnetwork/depression/ and read about different reasons for depression, you might find some answers.

Or, you might become confused.

I’m pretty sure #4 is my issue:

4). No motivation, no energy, don’t enjoy anything, sit around like a bump on a log, unaroused, unaware, but mood OK (you don’t feel DEPRESSED, you just don’t feel much at all) = Low histamine depression.

But the solution to that has been confusing the heck out of me:

4). If you have low histamine depression, IF YOU ARE NOT ALLERGIC AND HAVE NO INFLAMMATORY PROBLEM, try l-histidine 1-3 grams a day. If you are allergic this will make your allergies dramatically worse and you must NOT do it. In that case, take a lot of nonsedating antihistamines and other allergy medications, for example Allegra (fexofenadine) and Singulair or Accolate and Nasalchrom as this may let your body tolerate more histamine. AVOID all medications that have antihistaminic side effects and all antihistamines that get into the brain (which is all the over the counter ones).

The “you must NOT do it” sounds dire.

Since I am full of inflammation from mercury, I should avoid that stuff like crazy, right?

But looking up Allegra, I see all kinds of people online saying how Allegra made them feel suicidally depressed.

I don’t need THAT either.

So I finally asked the source. Andy Cutler.

I had it wrong. It’s take the l-histidine, but if you have allergies or inflammation, then be cautious, and be prepared to take the antihistamines so that you can tolerate the l-histidine. It’s not an either or, it’s an either, or both.

So. Something to try.

Wish me luck.

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More: It’s not easy to find info about low histamine. Lots of info about high histamine, histamine intolerance, low histamine diets, etc. But not much about low histamine.

Here is one scientific study that says low histamine levels are associated with sleepiness. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2635574/

Here is one that gives some causes for low histamine:
http://www.holisticdepressionhelp.com/causes-of-depression-histamine-imbalance/

Factors [1] that can reduce your brain histamine levels include:

  • ongoing deficiencies in zinc, vitamin C, folic acid and niacin (vitamin B3)
  • excessive blood copper (which allows excessive histamine degradation to take place)
  • long term use of drugs like Dilantin (an antiepileptic), which destroys the body’s supply of folic acid and can bring about severe paranoia and low histamine levels
  • increased estrogen levels due to the use of birth control pills or during pregnancy can lead to elevated copper levels, which can in turn bring about low histamine levels.
  • According to Joan Mathew Larson, Ph.D. (nutrition), founder and executive director of the highly esteemed Health Recovery Centre (HRC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, people with Type A blood type may be more prone to sequestering copper and subsequently, have lower histamine levels.

The above maybe makes sense, as I’m typically always low in zinc, C, folic acid and b’s. I’m not sure about the copper, as my copper was low on my hair test. I do have estrogen dominance issues and have for years. And I have type A blood.