So, as I mentioned last summer, I have taken a trip to "the dark side" (in the opinion of many doctors) and went to Cleveland Clinic's Functional Med department with the objective of avoiding if possible the Alzheimmers which seems to run very strong in my family. They put me on a "detoxification diet," which basically, is a paleo-type diet. Pre and pro biotic supplements were added as the argument is that though I have been gluten free since 2004 that does not mean my gut has healed. Later blood work lead them to advise my limiting my diet even further to starve the yeastie beasties in my gut (candida overgrowth) and eliminate all "high histamine foods" for 3 months, and then slowly re-introduce -- 1 each over a 4 day period -- as I was allergic to something I was eating.
So now -- candida is gone. 5 more pounds are gone (and indeed, last trip the docs urged me to eat more to stop losing weight.) Turns out I am allergic to cashews (and possibly walnuts and pistachios as well -- stay tuned.) And though I turned 62 last month I feel like I'm 22. And yes, the change in energy and wellness has been that dramatic.
The argument behind the evils of a Western diet fostering autoimmunity, diabetes 2, Alzheimers and many cancers is a "dark side" idea which is gaining more steam with every year and every new biochemistry discovery. I'm no doctor and never even made it to organic chemistry in college (English major -- quiz me on Shakespeare and Wordsworth, but not technical stuff! ) so I can not speak for or against the science. I can only say that I feel great -- and all without prescription meds.
A heavy metal challenge chelation did reveal that I do have high (semi-toxic --- depends on what source you check) levels of: lead, mercury, arsenic, thallium, aluminum and cadmium. Where the h### did those come from ? Probably from swimming in abandoned under ground coal mines as a kid (only once or twice!) and playing in and around slow burning slag dumps for the first 16 years of my life. Are my levels unusually high? Some sources say -- no -- nearly all Yanks have similar levels. But also, nearly all Yanks are going to get one of the above mentioned chronic diseases after age 60. So -- saying I'm "not that unusual" is not that reassuring.
So, chelation is recommended by Cleveland. But its up to me to decide if and which kind -- venous or oral/renal. Has anyone else undergone chelation? And if so, how did it go?
I am going to check with my allergist as i am allergic to all kinds of usually boring stuff and I don't want to go into anaphylaxis.
Suggestions? And feel free to message me if you want any more diet details should you decide to give this a whirl.