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Today’s topic is how to detect lead poisoning. I thought I’d share this information with you, because I’ve been poisoned a second time in my life (the first time was 2008 in Napa, CA). Both times have been from construction conducted illegally, in violation of EPA standard, and federal law. But this time, it was on a jobsite when I was working as a lighting designer, whereas before it had been at my home, on a historic former US Post Office that was completed in 1932 – right on S. Virginia street in downtown in Reno, NV next to the courthouse. The concept artist and lead designer, general contractors, and owners of the building have violated the law and endangered the public health and welfare. BIG MISTAKE!!

They failed to abate. Lead abatement procedure is outlined in the Lead Safety Renovation Guidelines produced by the EPA. Lead has been known to poison people for thousands of years, and lead based paint has been outlawed in this country since 1979. So only if you intend to practice illegally and harm people, can you keep from doing it in accordance with legal best practices.

One little internet search is all it takes. So unless you are a complete moron, too stupid to google…or just ruthless and cruel…

So how can you tell that you’re being poisoned/have been poisoned with lead? There are some things you need to know: Lead poisoning is systemic, and things can vary from person to person. But once you begin to experience symptoms, you know the body has likely absorbed enough that its going to take some time to get things back right again.

  • Extreme Sensitivity to Chemicals and Smells – I now have what they call MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities). I cannot drive over fresh asphalt, be around people much due to all the perfume in their clothes, skin products, and perfumes. I can’t take household cleaning products which have perfumes, people sanding paint, making dust, etc… Public restrooms with all the “air freshener” are torture. Hairspray!! Once you realize how unconscious most of the world is, as in how much poison they are putting on themselves and each other, you’ll find relief in things like the natural world. I’m usually sick for about a day after I visit the grocery store from all the scents, but I can pet my dog, horse and pick up my chickens with no problem. My essential oils are usually fine, but chemically based things are a no fly zone. I feel like a bug that’s been sprayed with Raid, my knees get weak, I can taste the scent in my mouth, I feel like I’m going to pass out, nauseated, migraines, etc…

If this is happening to you, you’ll need to see a doctor, and I’d recommend Dr. Robin Bernhoft, MD in Ojai, CA. He’s been so good. Most doc’s have no idea about how to treat these types of illnesses. Even though lead poisoning has been around for thousands of years, our conventional medical establishment has no idea how to treat. My personal opinion for why this is – because we’ve allowed to the drug companies to take over – they want to treat with chemicals, so if you’re allergic to them, then there’s nothing they can do. They are also polluting the environment with their drugs, and causing the chemical sensitivities (I cannot take drugs any longer) so they have zero incentive to stop polluting, or to use their billions to fund the research to stop it. They’d be arming you with the ammunition you’d require to sue them. Plus, as long as you are sick you can be treated in their system, which makes them money.

Its very annoying when you’re too weak to stand, and have a bloody peeling rash all over your mouth, but they tell you that they don’t think anything is wrong, and probably you’ll just have to see the dermatologist for the rash.

Dr. Bernhoft was poisoned himself, and had to learn how to fix it. He specializes in environmental integrative medicine. To date, no insurance will cover my treatments. Our conventional medical system has been essentially useless to me, and in my opinion – murderous and corrupt.

  • Lethargy and Difficulty Staying Awake – This can manifest as sleeping very deeply, which can be nice in the beginning, but then I was so relaxed with so little energy that I’d find myself reaching for coffee just to get through my day – like a wet noodle. After awhile, it feels like you’re dragging your body around – like dead weight. You have no energy, your eyes want to roll into the back of your head with sleep forthcoming. You feel like you need a stand to hold up your head.
  • Anxiety in the Midst of Feeling Very Relaxed – For me, its like having the engine rev’d at 8,000rpm, while the transmission’s in reverse. It begins to effect sleep, where you sleep like a dead person, but then wake up agitated in the middle of the night, unable to get back to sleep until you’ve finally exhausted yourself, and then pass out again.
  • Difficult Concentrating and Retaining Information – Its very difficult to focus and remain alert when you’re too tired to get out of bed and do much. Back in 2008, I was so sick, that come 2009 once the metals had soaked in, I couldn’t even read my code book and understand what it said. Yet it was mine, I knew that – I’d read it before (I’d passed tests and done projects off what it said), but you might as well have held it upside down. That used to make me really mad. I did get my comprehension back, but it took awhile. I have to make sure I’m giving people my undivided attention, because things can just go by.
  • Getting Sick Frequently – Heavy metals suppress the uptake of nutrient into your system. It’s a neurotoxin, and it suppresses immune function, so you’re at a higher risk for developing disease. This fact, plus the MCS keeps me away from people. I have a PhD in hermit.
  • Slurred Speech – You’ll notice that you can’t do multiple syllables that sound the same, or like you’re having a wrestling match with your tongue. Rubber baby buggy bumpers, and all that.
  • Uncoordinated Movements and Lack of Strong Grip/Strength – You’ll trip, knock over your glass or drop it, my personal non-favorite – dropping your phone. I play the cello, and its difficult to get the fingers to fire in rhythm. Some days will be worse than others. I’ve almost fallen trying to take stairs too fast – sometimes your legs and hands give out unexpectedly.
  • Frequent Urination/Elimination – All the time on that first one. Don’t stop drinking plenty of water in order to stop peeing constantly (and I mean every 15 minutes or half hour). Heavy metal poisoning is really hard on the internal organs, and your body is attempting to get rid of it, so please, pee pee!! You won’t be able to stop it anyway.
  • Unusual Menstruation Cycle – Your periods can become shorter with reduced flow, or you can have one in the middle of your normal cycle. I saw it normalized after detox from the 2008 episode, but this newest episode is effecting my cycle again. I’d also like to communicate that the MCS seems more intense right before my period, and then subdues afterwards.
  • Nausea, Heaving and Vomiting – Oh this can be such loads of fun, especially when you combine it with the MCS. My teeth are suffering as a result of all this (I’d pass out in the middle of eating and wake up with food still in my mouth), and so I’d decided to get on the ACT fluoride. BIG MISTAKE! One rinse resulted in about 1.5 days of heaving nausea convulsions with a migraine and sinuses so raw they cracked outloud. My parents were very concerned.
  • Profuse Sweating – Your body will get rid of it anyway it can. I’ve soaked the bed sheets in a puddle.  Such a good little body – purge, purge, purge…
  • Anger, Depression and Uncontrollable Moods – I think its natural to be angry if someone has poisoned you, but it’s a volatile train to ride. So have grace for yourself, the lead makes you crazy (so will dealing with the medical and regulatory establishments if you have to go after the people who’ve done it to you). Mad as a hatter they used to call it in the olden days for mercury poisoning, and lead is not far off. If you feel this way, I get relief by using one of my detox protocols – usually IR sauna with a bentonite mask on my body, and/or hot springs.
  • Migraines and Headaches – Lead really gets me around the base of my skull in the back. Drinking loads of water assists. I usually put a citrus peel essential oil in my water (d-limonene), because it protects the liver and kidneys as they flush toxins. And it quelches the nausea.
  • Aching Joints and Body – Lead is known for making the joints and body ache. Its been so bad with me that my arms felt like they were going to snap off – so bad it’ll bring you to tears, and I’m pretty tough.
  • Raw Feeling Sinuses – If you breathed lead dust, it can make your sinuses really sensitive and feeling like they are raw. I have frequent infections – blowing green with blood.
  • Difficulty Breathing – My chest feels very heavy. It takes a lot of energy to push your chest up and breathe deeply sometimes. I don’t notice it all the time, but when its bad, I have to lay down or sit. Drink lots of water, dehydration can really intensify the effect.
  • Rashes and/or Swollen Mouth – Splits in the corners of your mouth and/or around your lip line – My mouth swelled up, split and cracked into bloody peeling lesions that were near constant in the beginning, and the subsided to about 1.5-2 weeks a month for about 8 months after an acute exposure. I found sandalwood oil to soothe my mouth, and bentonite clay masks to stop the lesions. The mouth would still peel, but at least it wouldn’t been bloody and cracked. I didn’t discover the bentonite clay mask until about 7 months into it, so I can’t say whether or not it would assist when the lesions were profuse in the beginning. I can say that certain hot springs made my mouth feel better. It would reduce the swelling.

I liked the hot springs that had a high lithium content, because it seemed to improve my mood also. I drank the water, and bathed in it. I’m a big fan of the hot springs.



So I thought I’d share with you my regime for how I detox my body from harmful heavy metals.

Let’s start with some history.  When all this began, I went to SF General Hospital, who ran the wrong test on me for lead…twice.  Ouch! Considering that was over $400 each time.  Also, I was really desperate to find out what was making me feel so awful, and all I could think of was lead considering I knew it was in my house in super toxic levels due to a forensic report that I’d had done by the CSI guys.  That piece of misinformation delayed my recovery for at least 1.5 years because it took me that long to find a doctor who knew the right test to do to eventually inform me that I’d absorbed lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel, cesium, thorium and antimony.   You need to be aware of this, because most places will run a blood test on your plasma, but that’s the wrong test to do.  Its like looking in your car to find out if you eat tomatoes – look on the day you come home from the grocery store and you will learn something, but otherwise – its a pretty useless test.

Sure the body absorbs things through your blood – but it takes highly toxic things like metals and quickly packs it away where it can do less immediate damage, i.e. your bones and your fatty tissue – like your brain.  This means you won’t die now from things like kidney failure and seizures, but will get other things later like cancer, dementia, Alzheimer, diabetes, and heart disease and your kids get ADHD, Autism and Downs etc… if you don’t get them out.

So how do you find out what your heavy metal load really is?  Start with an unprovocated urine test – its a regular pee in a cup type of affair.  And the method for analysis is ICP-MS (be sure to check at the lab).  Its also important to assess timeframe.  If you have a recent (called acute) exposure, then the unprovocated urine is pretty good.  But if its been while, or you just want to see what’s going on in your body and have no real reason to suspect exposure, you can check cumulative levels using a provocation test.  They provoke or draw out the metals using a chemical (DMPS, DMSA, sometimes EDTA but be super careful on that last one) from the deep tissue and then test your urine for what you pass.   Its important to note that the body has a natural inherent pecking order of what it considers the highest priority to pass, so your test results can change as you move through the process.  For instance, on the first test, you may see lots of lead, but then later, it can shift to high levels of cadmium, or mercury or something else.  It may even change back again.  The body is very intelligent and will pass what’s most threatening to it at that time.  So keep in mind that just because you get a test result that’s high in say lead, that doesn’t mean that you know the whole story.  It just means that’s what your body’s deemed most threatening right now.  My doctor has a funny saying that goes, the dumbest kidney is smarter than the most intelligent intern.

So after nearly being killed from an EDTA injection by a heavy metal specialist MD/HMD in 2010, and misdiagnoses all over the place from the ER to the top dermatologists in San Francisco, I settled on natural remedies like my essential oils, bentonite clay, cilantro and the infra red sauna.  I only do what I feel my body can handle.

I used to use PectaSol a modified citrus pectin and alginate from seaweed, but then I stopped taking it because it has a cancer warning on the bottle.  Now, I do what’s in the 2016 UPDATE note below, 3 days on chelation, and then 11 days off to replenish the body and rest more or less.

Now PectaSol doesn’t deplete like EDTA and other chelation agents supposedly, but I still feel drained so I focus on very high quality nutritive supplements which I’ll get into later.  Vitamins are a complex subject and there is a TON of garbage out there which can actually harm you.  So its not to be taken lightly.

When you chelate, if you have high levels of metals, you will feel it.  Sometimes it gets so bad I have to support the chelation with something extra.  Hold on here – I’m a fan of, yes I’m gonna say it, the coffee enema, as well as the apple cider vinegar bath, a certain kind of mushroom tea and the indispensable and much loved Infra-Red Sauna on which I gave you quote from NASA in my blog on back pain.  I sit in the IR Sauna about 2 hours a day – at night of course.  All of these have assisted me in feeling and looking better while I’ve gone through my detox.

You’re exposed to heavy metals everyday, so you have them in your body there is no doubt.  You may even have been tested, showing low levels.  My 2 blood plasma lead tests came back at 2.3, which is very low – but my provocation tests came back very high.  So get the right tests, and get some real answers.

Did you know that most doctors only test vitamin levels outside your cells? Again, they test the plasma only which is the wrong test to do.  You have to do a erythrocyte test (levels inside the cells) to know the real scoop, but rarely is that the test that’s ordered by most medical professionals in our society.  I’ve actually had to argue with doctors to get them to order these tests, and once they agreed, I’ve still had the results come back with the wrong test done!  There are in fact, only a few labs in the country which do the right tests.  To say these mistakes are pervasive is an understatement.

(2016  UPDATE:  After my 2nd exposure, I am now undergoing treatment with an adroit world class specialist, and using the chelating compounds they recommend.  Its very comforting to have found the care of a good doctor.  He also doesn’t push past what I can handle, but you still feel awful when you pull toxins.  I no longer use Pectasol due to the cancer warning on the label.  It was a conundrum, risk getting cancer now with the chelation pectin Pectasol, or risk getting cancer later due to leaving the heavy metals in.  My doctor and I made the decision to abandon it, and use other things like DMSA, DMPS, etc…

My doctor now has found NO signs of cancer or major organ damage, which is a huge relief needless to say!  I do have immune system and neurological damage – as heavy metals are a neurotoxin (mother ______s tried to turn me into a vegetable deliberately, let’s shoot em!), which they say I have 80-90% chance of healing completely and will take 2-4 years of treatment to be permanent.  Insurance will not cover you btw.  So take that to the bank, when you’ve been poisoned deliberately, fired when you tried to protect them, and denied pay for your efforts, made too sick to get out of the house for over a year, can’t be around people due to how terrible the chemicals they use smell, which means you can’t get back to work, plus it really HURT!!  Stupid system – they even gave the murderers an award!  But Hah I’ll be the last one laughing!!  Come hell or high water – you know what I’m saying?  I can still have kids – at 42, I’m still good to have children – I chalk that up to a good doctor, practicing good eating habits and using the IR sauna everyday with my essential oils and other herbal remedies.).  Practicing without a license….yep, you know what I have to say about people like that.  Dog pile!!

Much Luv,


Let’s talk about a little known connection between nutrient content in food – and what you’re really getting in your food when you eat out.

Now every restaurant is different, but in today’s world of nationwide chains and global food contracts, we have a world  where consistency and uniformity is king – so you can have the same experience state to state or even country to country.  Let me share with you something I discovered.

EDTA is an incredibly common food preservative used the the processed food supply, which actually pulls nutrient content from your food.  Did you know that this is making your food less nutritious, and is possibly robbing your body of minerals and other things you require?  It usually appears on packaged food labeled as Calcium Disodium EDTA, and is used in everything from soda pop, precut lettuce and apples, its even in Best Foods mayonnaise.

How do I know this?  Because EDTA was used on me to pull heavy metals out of my body – a process called chelation.  EDTA is in fact one of the most common chelating agents used for lead and heavy metals in detoxification protocols.  I can tell you from experience that when you chelate, they give you EDTA on an empty stomach and pull you off all vitamin supplements while you do it.  Why?  Because it pulls the minerals from any food or supplements you just ate making it less effective.  So, if you’re looking to pull lead from the really deep tissue like your brain and bones (where it can do the most damage and is stored by the body) then you don’t’ want it pulling it from something you just put in your stomach.  After you get off chelation, they pump up the minerals and heavy metals you need (chromium, iron and zinc, etc…) because you are often depleted from the chelation process.  You can’t chelate all the time, they have to stop it and replenish your body.  Usually something like 1 week on chelation, and 2-3 weeks off to replenish and rebuild.

So, if EDTA is on your food all the time, then its pulling the nutrient from your food and possibly your body while you consume it.  For someone like me, whose lips break out in minutes and my entire mouth swells feeling incredibly painful and raw, EDTA is a big problem, especially considering it lasts for weeks.  Last time I got ahold of some, it was a  few bites of a pecan bar at a University event.  I only ate half the bar, but the part I found so odd was the fact that some dental work I’d had done a few weeks prior with no complications began to feel painful.  The injection sites for the Novocain shots, that I’d previously barely noticed were now very painful and the teeth I’d had worked on were hurting.  All of this swollen lips hurting teeth business lasted for weeks.  Very painful.

Now whether you experience this form of irritation or not is likely due to how sensitized you’ve been made to it.  But what you need to know is that chain restaurants, and any of place ordering from big processed food companies are likely to have it in your food.  Its very difficult to walk into a store and find a beverage without it.  We already know that the shortest distance from field to plate makes for the highest nutrient content in your food – a point against eating processed food in the first place.  So the fact that processed food is then treated with EDTA, something that pulls even more nutrient from your food and your body while you eat is, well, hardly worth paying for.

You can avoid chain restaurants and apply pressure to your local eatery to get them to use food that’s EDTA free.  But the worst part about all of this is these big contracts for processed food are heavily in place and protected in places like airports, hospitals and universities.  Places where there aren’t other options, and people are working, learning and healing.  These are places where the number of people are concentrated and are usually stressed, run-down, tired and in need of good wholesome meal.

The point of food is to nourish you.  I’d rather have a different yet wholesome fresh experience when I dine and travel than the same dish shipped from a centralized packaged food facility sprayed with something that actually pulls nutrient from me just so it looks familiar.  Turns out comfort food isn’t so comfortable – convenience isn’t really, and the price of low cost food is fairly high.