To Chelate or Not to Chelate…

Body… Achy
Mind… Less foggy
Mood… Better

Had a really bad reaction about three months ago.  The yeast in my body invited all their friends over for a party and wrecked the place–a total blowout.  Unfortunately, I’m the one with the hangover.  Thanks, Yeast!

Yeast came into the equation almost two years ago.  Since Chronic Lyme Disease (CLD) can cause nerve damage, my primary doctor suggested I see a Neurologist that specialized in CLD (and believe it or not, this is the short version).  More after the … bump.

The neurologist found nerve damage in my legs.  I had IVIG treatment to correct it.  During treatment, vocal problems appeared.  The first voice specialist said it seemed to be neuropathy of the left vocal chord, possibly CLD related nerve damage.  I went for a second opinion.  Specialist number 2 reviewed original test data and conducted his own analysis.  He saw no paralysis, but did see an extremely thick coating of mucus on my vocal chords, and a white coating on my tongue–the start of the yeast blow-out.

Thus the allegy testing began. My primary physician tested for a variety of allergies, both IgG and IgA.  I exaggerate only slightly when I say the food allergy tests came back with almost too many positives to list.  This, along with some stomach problems, had my doctor treating me for parasites.   Vocal problems and mucus persisted–stomach problems went away.

This brings us up to the last few months.  My brother was in town for a visit.  I drank more beer that week than I probably would drink in several months.  By the end of the week, I had the worst onset of symptoms, ever.  It was the first time my symptoms had me forcibly in bed.  Back to my doctor for more tests.

First thing, they tested me for yeast allergies (beer+fermentation=yeast)–the reaction was pretty damn big. Other lesser food allergies included, but were not limited to: chicken, turkey, cow’s dairy, coffee (I don’t even drink the stuff), sesame (random), corn, tuna, etc, etc–most of my staples.

Next, I went on a candida (yeast) diet with a series of anti-fungal medication and supplements.  (FYI – the yeast diet pretty much sucks.  Check it out here.)  Then I was tested for heavy metal poisoning; excess yeast can be a symptom of heavy metal poisoning.  The body will manufacture yeast in order to protect the organs.  I did not know that.  The HM tests were mostly negative, with slightly elevated levels of lead.

Now, the yeast is under control, and I’ve been feeling fairly good.  Until the last week, that is.

The symptoms are back (see my first post), and I am still having vocal problems, which is a disaster for a professional voice-over artist.

So now we are looking at the slightly elevated levels of lead, thinking perhaps with the suppressed immune system of a CLD recipient, slightly elevated is too elevated for the immune system to handle.

To chelate or not to chelate. With chelation therapy, a chelation agent is introduced to the blood via IV and bonds with the lead.  The hybrid agent/lead thing then passes out of the body with liquid wastes (a whole lot of drinking and peeing).  The proscribed course of treatment is for 10 weeks– one IV per week. Since this is not a CDC level HM poisoning, the insurance company won’t cover the cost–over $1000, total.

My dilemma–and I confess part of it is cynicism–is… shall I spend a grand on something that may or may not work?  I’ve done the years of antibiotics–both pills and intramuscular injection (no IV… yet).  I’ve done the supplements and the diets, the chi healing and the acupuncture, the meditation and the earlier bed times (the colonics–ugh!).  Nothing seems to help.  I’m always back to these horrible symptoms.  The only treatment that worked was for the nerve damage.

Because of this stuff, I’ve had to quit a 30 year practice of Taekwondo, my career as an artistic professional has shifted into low gear, and still most people don’t really understand what’s going on–“Your still sick?!”

I can’t say the experience thus far has been without its rewards–I’ll save that for another post–but still, to chelate or not to chelate, that is the question.

I’ll let you know what I decide.

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