Hey, jumping in to post my 'ttc' and amalgam removal/detox story, per request of Moneca.
So for a brief history of why I think my 'one' amalgam filling caused so many issues, here is a little background:
I was given an overdose of penicillin (so many shots, I actually had a penicillin growth on my tongue) when I was only weeks old, as they were trying to clear up a severe ear infection, and it turned out they were treating it with the wrong meds. Finally after 3 doctor changes, he took a culture, and gave me the right stuff and it cleared up.
So I probably had my entire digestive system really screwed up from then on out, as how could any good bacteria have survived!
My mom was also told she couldn't breastfeed, due to 'milk fever' (BS back then) and so I was also formula fed, yet another 'blow' to my intestinal and general health and well being.
I was vax'd and had all the shots/oral doses. My dear mom used to tell me how baby my baby 'poo' stank (well, geez, no good probiotics to help digestion and no nutritional support to reestablish it!!!).
So along comes age 13 and I get my first and only amalgam filling (it's a deep one too) and the mercury/toxicity/lack of good digestive bacterias did a number on me!!
We ate good, and lived on a farm and were always outside in the fresh air, but it seemed I was always dealing with colds/flu, and dark under eye circles since I was a young kid. They tried to give us buttermilk back then to drink, but I hated it and didn't know they were /trying/ to get some sort of cultured foods in me!
I actually got married at 20 and since my current husband was military, we started ttc. 6 years later, nothing. We divorced and a few years later, I met my current and wonderful DH. We started ttc after a year and nothing for 8 years.
I decided I was tired of feeling crappy, having dark circles under my eyes and something must be up, as my cycles were horribly heavy and just exhausted me (Think I had endometrosis)!
I did a 'self designed' cleansing diet that was a modified 'low carb' diet, to help burn off excess fat and therefore purge stored toxins. I had my amalgam removed and took a mercury detox 'kit' sold at a local health food store (sorry, can't remember the name of it). During this time, I started adding in chlorophil rich green drinks, Emer'gen'C drinks, and took MSM, and ate lots of fresh squeezed juices and salads and some protein at night with more veggies.
(I also did a deep breathing program called, Body Flex) to help detox lungs and tone up.)
I was feeling great, lost alot of 'inches' and was looking my personal best and was like WOW!
Then about 6 months later, I'm pregnant! It was like a dream, I still didn't hardly believe it...I took two tests, had the doc's office do one, and still didn't quite believe it until we heard the heatbeat!!!
I think I may have had endometrosis, as my cycles were heavy, long and sometimes erratic. After the birth of my first 'miracle' son, that cleared up.
While I was breastfeeding him during the next two years, I started on kefir (dairy) and a diet very close to NT, still heavy on fresh juices and veggies, with good quality proteins (free range/organic stuff).
I didn't have a cycle for a year and a half after my first son, then three months after it came back, I get pregnant again! We were wanting this and happy!
Then I did almost two years with no cycles (breastfeeding him and my first son still occasionally), but towards the end of those two years, when they were just 'sipping' occasionally, I decided to do a Master Cleanse, after having had the info for YEARS and wanting to try this 'lemonade fast' for a total body 'tune up'.
I did the Master Cleanse for 10 days, then I did a bowel cleanse with the 'shakes' (psyllium) suggested on www.curezone.com
, a kidney cleanse with juices and THEN I took the plunge and did a liver cleanse.
Let me just say, after I did the liver 'flush' (www.kitchendoctor.com
using olive oil and lemon juice), I saw what can only be described as a 'tube/duct' shaped piece of what looked like a 'black rock'. After that 'passed', I got ALOT of green, kidney bean to lima bean shaped 'stones'....all day long I continued to pass these things in various sizes, from sandy grain particles, up to the end of your thumb sized ones!!
: (Maybe TMI: These are in your BM, not urine, and are totally painless to pass, as you do a salt water flush before hand and the tubes all open up and let me tell you, they pass fast and easy!)
So then I eat a modified veggie diet, with alot of NT philosophy (Sprouting, cultured drinks/foods and healthy proteins that are slow cooked and mineral rich). Not only was I feeling/looking great, the dark circles were actually gone, but I was smaller now, after two pregnancies (where I'd gained 45 pounds each time), but my hips were down from pre-pregancy measurements of 42 inches, to 37/38" and no more cellulite!!)
Well, 'Aunt Flo' returned at just over two years, and about 3 months later, guess what....another pink preggo stick! I guess things were definitely working now..haha...
My cycles (the ones that I've had) since all of this, and my post partum bleeding have been light, pain free and not so bad at all! I also do cloth pads/diva/sponges, so I'm sure that has helped, but the endometrosis has cleared up too!
I've been doing NT and alot of raw veggie experimentation in the last few years, and while that has helped, nothing helped like the amalgam removal, a good detox and suppliment support during that time, and then keeping up with the kefirs/kombuchas and other cultured things I've added into our diet.
I have not had a cold in the last 6 years, no more allergy reactions in fall/spring, and my energy levels are awesome, unless I'm sleep deprived while dealing with a newborn!
This will be our last one pregnancy, as my first son was born when I was 35, second at 37, and this one at 40. My midwife says I'm in better shape/health than most of the 20 year olds they get in...so something is working for me!
I also do Virgin Coconut oil and sea salt, and avoid hydrogenated oils and anything artifical (esp. sweeteners), but do use Rapadura sugar and Raw Agave Nectar.
Anyway, that's my 'story' regarding TTC and doing some very inexpensive cleanses and other than the expense of having that amalgam removed...it was just the cost of fresh produce to juice and 'uncook' lots of raw stuff, and sprouting and such. NT costs us more, as the meat can get expensive, but we buy in bulk for the freezer every 6 months.
Currently I do green drinks (Kyolina Barley Grass or take Sun Chlorella tablets) when I feel I need them, Emer'Gen'C packets almost daily, MSM when I remember to take it, and I bought a Selenium suppliment that I take 1 (200 mcg) a day. I also have a liquid mineral that I add to my water bottle (just a few drops). I also take CHIA seeds in gel and dry form daily, and that's it for 'prenatals' and daily vitamins. We really do try to get most of our nutritionals in whole food form.
Both my boys are super healthy, unvaxed and have only had the sniffles once, and no colds/flu, though they are around their sick friends all the time!! I am having a homebirth this time, and if it goes as well as my first two, we should have no problems.
So if you've been ttc, remember, it took me almost 15 years!!
I read in a study somewhere that they put amalgam fillings in sheeps mouths, and they were then infertile!! That mercury stuff is nothing to play with! I would also suggest doing a search to see if you live near any coal burning plants, as they put out horrible amounts of mercury into the atmosphere/environment
. I would avoid all seafood (
: as I love seafood) if you are pregnant/BFing and or have been vaxed...
Good luck with ttc and just detox in general! I also heard that chlorella will not only bind with mercury, but any and all heavy metals in your body and pull them out. I know it can absorb free iron ions and it will essentially convert to hemoglobin for your bloodstream once you are sufficiently detoxed. Drinking a coconut water (almost identical to blood plasma) and green chlorophil loaded drink (for the hemoglobin like content) is like giving yourself an 'instant' blood transfusion boost!
Ok, sorry this was so long, but there is my story!