If I were to be honest, the idea of this blog has been on my mind for 2 years, but I could never really devote the time required to launch it. People say you have time for the things you want to make time for, and I agree completely… While the idea of a healthy eating blog with recipes and restaurant reviews sounded great, it was never really a priority in my life, my full time job and personal life kept me busy and happy. Then something shifted a few months ago… but let me backtrack a little bit here…. I really wanted to go back to the beginning.

After several years of feeling healthy and happy with my lifestyle where I eat 95% paleo, strictly avoiding all grains, gluten, dairy and processed foods and cooking 80% of our meals at home using organic ingredients whenever I can – I realized I wasn’t feeling well. It wasn’t easy to admit and even harder to point out exactly what was wrong, but once I started being honest with myself it was pretty clear. Something just wasn’t right. A cluster of small symptoms started creeping back in my daily life, that I just knew were not supposed to be present with all the things I was doing for my health and body. Besides an excellent diet, I exercised regularly, avoided alcohol and used non-toxic beauty products. While I was wondering how to describe what I really felt like, I realized I have the perfect visual aids to help people understand what I went through…I just had to take pictures of our cats.

I felt tired… I could sleep like one of our cats, Dixie… ALL THE TIME. You can argue that I was working long hours in a stressful job, and I was also getting older, but I refused to think that was enough to explain. I knew it was just not me!

I mean it was so bad that I could literally fall asleep standing, in the middle of doing something, which our other cat Gracie often does. I lost motivation to go out or do fun things in my free time. I felt like a zombie commuting between my work and home, trying to survive.

I felt sluggish and bloated all the time (just look at Gracie here – that was me!) from the time I woke up till I hit the bed again at night. I didn’t enjoy exercise, and the food I put in my body didn’t energize me as it used to. I felt like I couldn’t digest the food, regardless how strict or what I ate. 

Besides these, I had episodes of brain fog combined with a dull, intense headache and extreme neck and shoulder stiffness that would severely limit my ability to move or even think straight. These episodes would come every 1-2 weeks, would really torture me for a day, then take 1-2 days to fade away. I kept a diary of these symptoms, but I could never correlate them to anything I ate or did prior to their attack.  

I tried all the well known trick and tips (digestive enzymes, probiotic foods, cutting back on meats, intermittent fasting, yoga, meditation) and while all these things are great to improve one’s health, they were unable to give my energy and wellbeing back. I was lost and defeated. I knew I needed help. 

I went to see an integrative physician in Dubai. I am planning to write a post on the differences between a regular physician, that follows guidelines from Western medicine, and a holistic or integrative physician in a future blog post. To provide some basic information, these doctors always strive to find the root cause of the problem, instead of treating the symptoms (for example, if you have high blood pressure, they try to eliminate the cause of it, such as bad diet, stress, etc, instead of sending you home with a set of pills to keep your blood pressure down). I love this type of medicine and truly believe this is the future for mankind going forward, unfortunately however these doctors are considered “alternative medicine” hence not covered by any insurance, and as a result not available for the majority of the people. I do believe this will drastically change in the future – at least I hope, but until then I will just spread the word about my experiences 🙂

 

I will include all the details of my experience with the integrative physician and the tests I had done in a following post, but to get to the point after a visit that comprised of extensive questioning and a few tests I was diagnosed with SEVERE mercury toxicity and moderate lead toxicity. I had my mercury levels 80X above the higher end of normal, and my lead levels 5X above normal. I truly wasn’t sure if I was going to cry or laugh when I heard the results… I mean the amount of mercury in my body was insanely high – but on the other hand I was so happy that we found something that could be treated! There was light at the end of the tunnel! I wasn’t destined to live like a 90-year-old hippo anymore! YAY!

We went through the detoxification plan – which was quite extensive! No quick fixes when you are dealing with heavy metal poisoning! Best case scenario we were talking about 4-5 months of intensive detox with the combination of supplements I needed to take daily at home, and visiting the clinic 1-2x/week for intravenous heavy metal chelation therapy. As a scientist and doctor myself, I dove into the literature as soon as I got home and haven’t stopped learning about mercury toxicity ever since. I find it absolutely fascinating to learn about it and what it can do to harm our health. 

And this is how I loop back to the beginning of my post – after my recent diagnosis I knew I had to share my experiences with other people.  There is so little on this topic on the internet, yet it is so relevant and important! I am planning to take you on my mercury detox journey in a series of blog posts. I am hoping that the idea that I could help at least one person will keep my motivation up and I will stay committed. 

Let me know if you have any questions, let’s do this!

Cheers, Nora

 

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I love this! Can not wait for the rest of the series!

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I am excited to share my experiences! Thank you!

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Inspiring stuff! Thank you for your honesty, experience and insight. This is really encouraging.
I look forward to more of your journey! All the best, Nora! x

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Cant’t wait, thank you for sharing such important topic!!

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It’s going to be a long road – and I am happy to share! If it only helps 1 person, it was already worth it! xx

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Thanks for sharing Nora. Very interesting journey and discovery. I’m looking forward to reading more about it and what you have done to help yourself. xx

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Thanks for sharing Nora. Very interesting journey and discovery. I’m looking forward to reading more about it and what you have done to help yourself. xx

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Thanks for your support! xx

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Really good Nora!

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Really glad you are writing about this. Looking forward to hearing about the integrative physician.

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