Originally Posted by BeingMe
Wow, this has definitely been an informative thread. Thanks for all the replies. The liver/gallbladder flush was recommended from my acupuncturist who says my reason for being so tired and feeling heavy behind the eyes and foggy minded is because my liver is full of toxins (from years of constipation and other issues). She worked on my liver with acupuncture yesterday and today I woke up feeling more refreshed and not so tired in the eyes.
I read up a little bit on malic acid and it has some benefits for chronic fatigue syndrome which I was diagnosed with at 14, but some sources say that it can dislodge toxins such as mercury in the body, and I'm not comfortable with that so close to trying to conceive.
So now I am left confused. I am getting some benefit from my acupuncturist and herbs, but my hormones are still off (heavy periods that are slowly getting lighter but still quite heavy, uneven breasts that are fibrocystic) along with other issues like red eyes always, chronic chapped lips, hair loss on and off, mind fog, poor memory and more. So any advice on what I should do? Should I stick it out with the acupuncturist and hope the needles and herbs will correct these issues or should I go another route?
Thanks again for all the help and insight.
For reasons you've mentioned here, I would be worried that you could have bad reactions to this type of flush. I assume some people do feel better when they do this type of flush (separate from the gallstone issue, which I don't know enough to address) but for others, they get a lot sicker, and it's due to toxins like mercury and other metals and the weird chemicals in so many places, they're squirted out with the bile but then some get reabsorbed. I saw this in myself just using a much smaller amount of lemon juice alone. If you're concerned about mobilizing mercury, this isn't the thing to do. And you've got enough symptoms, for a long, long time it sounds like, that your health issues are likely more involved than most people.
I'm sure this is colored by my experience, but if you don't have a heavy duty vit/min supplement, I'd get one, some extra B12, lots of vitamin C, probably extra mag--I'd start with basic nutrients. It wouldn't be enough to make a person who feels pretty bad feel normal, but it gives your body more tools to use to deal with this type of stuff. Thorne makes some good supplements and is readily available online.
I was nursing, so it was a bad idea, but I felt better, my mood actually lifted within a few days, just by drinking the juice of one lemon before breakfast for a few days. It did mobilize toxins (mercury + some weird mix of environmental chemicals), and I needed to increase the amount of vitamin C I was taking each day, but I did feel better. I was also already taking a big list of vit/min supps, I think that helped my body cope with what was mobilized. For me it was a small part of my health issues, but if you do it a good chunk of time before TTC (I'd say at least 4 months), it may be reasonable.
If you can keep up with the acupuncture, and do a good job with diet (real food, avoid foods you're intolerant of, general types of foods your TCM practitioner recommends), that's another route. If metals or some other significant detoxification issue is your problem, I'd think at some point you would need to address that, but I'd think you could feel better and healthier with this approach.