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This week was full of self-inflicted misery!  Why would I do that?? I need to stay healthy so I can help other people get healthy.  It’s as simple as that!

You see, helping people get well led to me getting sick.  I had serious mercury poisoning from drilling out “silver” mercury fillings all day with no protection.  I had numbness and memory problems, digestive issues and nearly had to sell Total Care Dental. It took a lot of learning and changing the way we do things for me to get back to health, and I want to stay that way.

Our bodies are made to protect us
Our bodies are made to filter and remove toxins, but if you put too much toxins in, those filters get overloaded, preventing anything from being filtered properly.  There are three main filters through which our bodies get rid of toxins like mercury – the liver, kidneys and lymphatic system. These filters are connected to so many functions in our bodies, so when one gets clogged up, it affects the entire body.  My filters were clogged with mercury and my entire body was affected.

It’s been a few years since I cleaned my “filters”, so it was time to do it again.  If you’ve never done a hard-core liver and gall-bladder cleanse, you don’t know what you are missing! That is what I’ve been working on the last two weeks, and have one more week to finish.  It started with a colonic. I didn’t know how I would feel after, but was not prepared for the violent reaction my body had to stirring things up! I was white as a ghost, sweaty, nauseous, my mouth was dry and I was in pain.   I didn’t know if I was going to be able to drive home. That was just day 1 of the three week cleanse!

That entire week I was to eat vegan, which is a breeze this time a year at our house.  Our garden is overflowing with delicious veggies. Another colonic (that was only half as bad as the first ) finished out the week.

This week I was supposed to do a liquid fast all week, drinking four electrolyte drinks each day.  I knew there was no way I was going to continue doing all I do during a week on nothing but electrolyte drinks, so I added a small, plant-only meal once per day.

On Friday that small meal was taken away – no food at all for the day.  At 6 pm I had to drink some nasty, acidic liquid. I had another dose at 8, then a big glass of oil mixed with lemon juice at 10 pm.  Yum. I had to immediately lay down on my right side and go to sleep. Easier said than done!

The night wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it might be, and I woke up early to get the cleanse finished up.  The disgusting acidic drink at 6 am, and another dose at 8. Okay…this falls into the too much information category (TMI), but I was just waiting for things to start moving.  I waited and waited, feeling more lousy with each passing hour. And the worst part – no food until things were cleaned out.

I was going on two days without food and feeling like a mule just kicked me in the gut.  Finally, the cleansing started. My filters were definitely dumping, and I could feel my body saying thank you.  Two more colonics and one more week of vegan eating and I’ll be ready to drill some more mercury out again for a few more years!

Toxins = Disease
Me getting sick wasn’t a fluke – there are some physiologic things that happen when we have toxin overload.  And toxins can come from a lot of places in our world today – antibiotics and hormones in food, EMFs from cell phones and wifi, personal care products, prescription drugs, household cleaners, pesticides and weed killers, mercury fillings in our teeth, fluoride and chlorine in the water….and on and on.  When the body can’t keep up, those filters can become overtaxed.

The body is smart enough to know that toxins are bad, so if the filters can’t work fast enough to get rid of them, the body tries to store them in the “safest” places possible, like fat cells and the lymphatic system.  Sometimes it surround those toxins with fluid – leading to chronic inflammation, fat around the belly and poor lymphatic flow.. Pretty soon there is no more room in all of those “safe” places and they overflow, creating a mess all over the body.

Nutrient Problems
One of the messes they create is problems with nutrient absorption.  Many of our cells uptake nutrients through receptor sites on the outside of the cell.  Imagine a bunch of little doors with keyholes. If the right key (nutrient) comes along, it can open that door and enter the cell.  Unfortunately, some toxins fit in those keyholes too. For example, mercury fits in the zinc receptor site, aluminum fits into the magnesium receptor site and lead fits into the calcium receptor site.  These toxins block the good minerals from getting into the cells.

What does this have to do with getting sick?  Stay with me for one more minute! When your body is lacking in nutrients, it gets out of sync and struggles to keep up with daily functions.  When your immune system is trying to sort through all of these problems, the natural defense mechanisms we were born with can’t keep up and the body becomes more vulnerable to disease.

What disease can toxins cause?
What are some of the diseases toxins can make the body susceptible to?   Frequent colds and flus, headaches, allergies, low energy, brain fog and even acne.  Your body often throws out these signals for years, and eventually more serious problems like thyroid problems, leaky gut, cancer, fatty liver and polycystic kidney rear their ugly heads.

So what do you do??  In our world today we can’t avoid toxins.  It’s impossible. So we have to help our bodies by giving them the right food and water and nutrients, remove toxins that are possible to remove (mercury fillings and infected root canal teeth), and support the filters through detoxing regularly.

Toxic buildup doesn’t happen overnight, and neither does the toxic waste cleanup.  Make sure you are taking care of your body – it’s the only one you get! Whether you jump in with two feet and do an intense cleanse, or whether you think twice about stopping at that fast food joint tonight, and instead make a simple dinner with whole foods at home – both will help you live better and feel better.

If you want to know more about nutrition and cleansing and how your symptoms may be signs of bigger problems, talk to us at your next wellness visit.  Our team is learning and knows a lot of tricks for regaining health and maintaining health. Have a great week!


Dr. Michelle Jorgensen

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