It seems that cutting the wheat cold turkey and adding in more bone stock and coconut oil are causing some serious detox symptoms for me and pretty minor ones for J. First it was breakouts and dry patches on my face. Then I started what seems to be a cycle of 4 or 5 days of increasing nausea, exhaustion, intestinal struggles, dizziness and that general “I’m getting the flu” icky feeling. Then it subsides and I have 4 or 5 days of increasing health before I start over again.
About four days ago I started to have this unpleasant tingle-hurt feeling in my lip where I found a tiny lump deep inside. By the time I got home 5 or so hours later it was blooming into a cold sore such as I have never seen. I have had about 5 small cold sores in the same spot over the past 10 years. I know the drill and the look of this one was beyond my comprehension. I knew it would be bad as it was clearly going to be some 6 times larger than anything I’d ever seen before, but I wasn’t really prepared for all of the symptoms of it to be multiplied so. I spare you the details, but I’ll tell you that the pain literally brought me to the floor two mornings in a row. On the afternoon of the worst day I nearly fainted from the intensity of the unceasing pain. I’ve had three home births. I can do a little discomfort, but this was wicked, searing, torturous pain that will likely have me quaking in my boot the next time I think I may be getting one.
Now that it’s winding down and on its way out I’ve got an absurdely large canker sore forming inside my lip near my gum line.
Oh the joys of detoxing. The answer I suppose is to work the other lines of elimination a bit better… more detox baths, more skin brushing, more water… Being that I’m still nursing little S, I cannot partake in any of the more rigorous detoxing methods, so this could drag out for me for a while.
I’m also planning to go ahead and get some blood work done with a naturopathic doctor or a DOM to see exactly what’s going on in my body and what I can do to ease symptoms and better support my body. I’ll be meeting with a master herbalist as well to get the lowdown on what exactly I can and cannot take to aid this process of healing up my body. This kind of thing is a bit beyond my family herbalist training.
Another thing that I have been thinking of, but not acting on is acupuncture. It was such a huge help through this process the last time and I went three times a week for several months. We’re lucky enough to have a group session clinic even in our small town and this is how I was able to afford the treatments last time. As with anything, consistency and regularity make a difference when it comes to healing, and it would be best for me to get out there at least once per week right now. However, even once per month would be better than nothing at all.
A little note: if you haven’t checked your household cleaning and beauty products with the Environmental Watch Group’s databases yet, I highly recommend it. It is hard to clean up your body and begin the path of healing if the poisons are still coming in and piling up. Also consider staying away from anything with Nitrates and Nitrites, even wine. Wine is something that though I love it, I can really only handle one glass every few months without feeling badly. When I’m in a state of regular illness like I am now and anyone just beginning would be it is best to stay away from it entirely.
I’m doing better with the sugar that I’ve been getting in my Alter Eco chocolate bars. I’ve cut down to only one small square in the evening which equates to a fraction of a gram of sugar. I’ve also added in a few doses of Motherwort tincture (5 drops) three or so times per day while the detoxing symptoms are present and leaving me feeling stressed and sleep deprived.
Are you out there? How are you doing?