As the months and years rolled on I was getting stronger and stronger. I was working hard at taking care of my body with my food rotation/supplement routine, exercise, and recurring monitoring. As I improved, I was able to reduce the number of supplements, potions, lotions, and other concoctions. Keep in mind, I couldn’t use perfume, makeup, or be around it in the earlier years.
In the beginning I used olive oil as hand lotion and beet juice as make up, can you believe! I was a frequent visitor to the health food stores and learned to be a very committed label reader! So much fun!! Sure! Although, I must say, as I improved and the pain levels went down, this new way of daily life became quite natural to me. I was actually have some genuine fun with it. I was learning that giving up some things actually brought multiple gains in my life in every area.
The year 1988 came around. I had just finished a consult with an oral surgeon who said I had little or no cartilage in the TMJ condyle of my jaw. It was bone against bone for the most part. By that time I was grinding my food in a blender to reduce the pain level from my jaw. Coping with severe myofascial pain syndrome wasn’t working out very well. So he suggested surgery as an option. However, I definitely heard, “no thank you” and continued to “trust.” Five years later, the oral surgeon told me it was one of the best decision I made for my own health and wellbeing based on my condition and the risk that surfaced from the procedure on other patients.
I was being prepared to peel off two more layers of that proverbial onion from life’s challenges. Again, I was to revisit “trusting” like never before. The first poison was a physical one. I was watching a TV program one day and a physician from Oregon was being interviewed. The discussion covered recent information coming before a medical convention she attended. One of the subjects was metal toxicity, specifically, from dental amalgams. My interest was sparked, and I decided to study the information available on the subject. My dentist knew very little about the subject except that the American Dental Association (ADA) did not support or validate the research and clinical evidence coming in from around the world and in the United States.
I realize, even today, this topic is still controversial within some healthcare arenas. I only ask you do not automatically apply this to your own situation solely on the basis of my experience nor the limited information provided here. I encourage you to do your homework as I did those many years ago. Study both sides of the ongoing debate. Yet, today, you may fortunately find the dental profession in some circles have made giants leaps in the right direction since 1988.
After about a year of researching I decided to be tested and there appeared to be some evidence of metal toxicity from mercury and tin. I wasn’t certain what dentists to use locally or to go out of state, particularly because of my TMJ-myofascial history. But after watching me over the years, my family dentist who knew my dental history in every detail stepped up to help. I am certain it was not an easy decision for him to make, but I knew it was the right one. In order to protect the integrity of my bite and TMJ, I had to have him directly involved. Again, I learned to “trust.” My dentist gained more myofascial training and equipment. He then tested his facility for any mercury residues. He was then able to monitor my muscle and facial nerves before and after removal over a six month time period as amalgams were removed. He said my muscles and nerves were remarkably now in sync and stronger.
When the first quadrant (25%) of fillings was replaced, I began to experience bursts of energy for about a month and then leveled off. While the final quadrants were replaced, my husband, John, began to notice some of the moles on my back were disappearing and my muscles around my shoulder blades and back were larger. I wasn’t as skeletal. When I went to my family physician for my regular checkup, he noticed the green or yellow cast to my complexion was gone. As the amalgams were removed, they were found to be badly corroded.
My dentist felt their condition was in itself a health risk. He was also considering the possibility that some form of detrimental galvanic action was taking place in my mouth. The presence of two dissimilar metals in the mouth can act as electrodes which can generate an intraoral electrical current. This “galvanic action” can create a variety of unpleasant and disturbing side effects in some people.
Within the first six months after replacement, I saw further strengthening of my muscles and mental concentration. I could even start mowing our 2 ½ acre lawn–on a riding lawn mower of course! In addition, my 114 lbs settled in at 138 lbs. The dentist continued monitoring muscular function around my jaw. He found a significant improvement in muscle activity after replacement and further bite modifications were made. My extremities, especially my hands and feet became warm. My eyestrain was less, neck and shoulder muscles were less tight, fewer electrical-like tingling, less tender to the touch with overall body, metallic taste in mouth was gone, and my teeth were not as sensitive to hot and cold. I continued to still have some joint grinding and popping to the right because of the loss of cartilage in the condyle. But who’s complaining!!
Another interesting correlation occurred. Two years after the amalgam removal I went in for my regular eye checkup. My doctor had been monitoring my eyes during these years. He stated I had developed definitive visual symptoms of senile macular degeneration usually prevalent is people 70 years or older. For most people, this means a gradual visual impairment that may end in blindness. He asked what I had done, if anything, over the last two plus years since he had noticed these degenerative symptoms had subsided and only a tiny scar in one eye remained, without any visual limitation.
He indicated he had never seen a reversal of this magnitude of these inevitable symptoms of deterioration on the macular part of the eye. He described the change as a dry and brown field of grass that turned lush and colorful again, confirming that macular degeneration was no longer present.
Now, it’s time to move on to the second poison in my life mentioned earlier in part one article. The journey continues . . . next week.