The Stomach Diaries Part XI: The Detox Begins

August 29, 2021

Doing lymphatic drainage massage on my face to decrease facial swelling.

Well, well, well. Here we are at 2:03 am on a Sunday morning and I’m up at this ungodly hour writing this long overdue health update blog post. Why in the world am I up in the middle of the night writing this blog post? I had some good parasite expulsions yesterday. The detox from parasites feels so good and cleansing but also makes me extremely nauseous and so, so tired that I went to bed at 7:00 pm last night. I slept fairly soundly until about 1:00 am when my insomnia started to kick in. Now it’s 2:00 am, I can feel the parasites moving around in my stomach like the kicks of an active baby in the womb of a pregnant woman, and my restless leg syndrome is driving me nuts, so since my mind is so alert already, I was just like “Screw it let me get up and write this blog post I’ve been meaning to write anyway”.

But let’s back up. If you follow me on Instagram where I post more of my live health updates, you’ll know I moved to Los Angeles in January of this year. Shortly thereafter, I got on a solid healing protocol with medications and supplements Dr. Lehman, my LLMD, prescribed me for my mold, Lyme and co-infections, Hashimoto’s, and Candida. I found an acupuncturist I loved to help supplement my healing process through Eastern medicine. I continued on my celery juice on an empty stomach in the morning jam and added in cucumber juice on an empty stomach in the afternoon. I took daily walks and Epsom salt baths. In the warmer and drier climate of Los Angeles, I noticed my joint and muscle pain easing up. I wasn’t throwing out limbs and having to get adjusted by the chiropractor every week. After being on the medication and supplements for a few weeks, my bloating—though still very bad—started to improve. My constipation wasn’t as severe. My skin rashes were clearing. However, my nausea, brain fog, and body swelling increased. This is to be expected as with the healing process, certain symptoms will improve while others get worse until things balance out.

The Stomach Diaries Part XI: The Detox Begins
Stopping off at the Madonna Inn on the drive down to LA to move there for good!
The Stomach Diaries Part XI: The Detox Begins
The keys to my new place in LA!

About two months into my healing protocol, I started pooping out thin, stringy things that looked like loose red threads. Since my stomach was pretty much always bloated and I tended to run constipated MY ENTIRE LIFE, I figured my gut was literally a human compost bin of rotting food I couldn’t digest and I was finally eliminating waste from probably decades ago—probably tomato skins or sweet potato skins or something else reddish. But upon further investigation—yes, I sifted through my poop and inspected these red threads closer—I realized these were parasites! Liver flukes, to be exact, a type of flatworm that infects the bile ducts, gallbladder, and the liver.

The Stomach Diaries Part XI: The Detox Begins
My legs after a bad day of swelling.

I immediately emailed Dr. Lehman and told her in addition to my mold, Lyme and co-infections, Hashimoto’s, and Candida, we had uncovered another issue: parasites! She ordered me a parasite test and the test confirmed I also had roundworms which are microscopic. This was exciting because it meant my detox pathways were opening. I hadn’t pooped out parasites before, so this meant my body was eliminating toxins or in other words healing!

The Stomach Diaries Part XI: The Detox Begins
Taking regular Epsom salt baths to help my body sweat out toxins.

We have now modified my treatment to first tackle the parasites (through medications, supplements, and acupuncture), then see what else is left over to address after I rid my body of every last parasite. It’s important to first treat the parasites because Lyme and mold can hide inside of parasites, so by getting rid of your parasites, you can in turn also get rid of some of your Lyme and mold. I’m about four months into the parasite cleanse and I’m still steadily eliminating parasites through my stool. I’m not sure how long this will go on, but considering my digestion has given me trouble ever since I can remember, I could have easily been a host to parasites for most of my life which means the parasite detox can go on for a year or more. As I continue to detox from parasites and my detox pathways continue to open, I may very well uncover more types of parasites that have been hiding deeper in my organs that haven’t come out yet.

The Stomach Diaries Part XI: The Detox Begins
A HUGE serving of cucumber juice pre-straining.
The Stomach Diaries Part XI: The Detox Begins
One very symptomatic day when I went to bed at 5:30 pm.

Earlier this month, I saw a new nutritionist, Dr. Heidi Turner, who specializes in next level digestive issues like MCAS (mast cell activation syndrome), Lyme, mold, SIBO, and other chronic illnesses. After listening to my health story, she mentioned my case is very unique in that since I was exposed to black mold/contracted toxic mold as an infant, my brain has never been in harmony with my body. It’s always been on the defense, fighting off toxins—“…us against the world” to quote the iconic Play song from Lizzie McGuire I used to listen to on repeat for my ’90s/’00s kids out there. A key component in my healing process will be retraining—or in my case, training—my limbic system to not be in fight-or-flight mode. Part of the issue is my subconscious has been programmed to overreact to anything it deems a threat to my body aka pretty much everything. That is part of the reason why my body rejects so many foods I try to introduce into my diet. Dr. Turner recommended I start the Gupta Program which is a brain retraining program. It’s used for those with a history of addiction, chronic illness, abuse, and other past trauma. I ordered the program and am waiting to get it in the mail, so updates on that to come.

In my last health update, I wrote that I tested positive for the co-infections of Lyme Babesia and Bartonella, but negative for the actual Lyme disease. Initially, I thought this meant my body was strong enough to fight off the Lyme disease but not the co-infections, but more likely than not, I actually DO have Lyme disease itself. Lyme disease can coat itself with your regular cells and hide inside of joints, connective tissue, muscle, and parasites, so it often goes undetected by even the most accurate of tests. It’s important to go to a Lyme Literate Doctor who can look at your symptoms as a whole to properly diagnose you.

To get deeper into my parasite cleanse, I started coffee enemas two weeks ago. Ideally, Dr. Lehman wants me to do daily coffee enemas, but for now, I’m starting off slow with doing them bi-weekly. I actually had a pretty strong Herx reaction to the last coffee enema I did which reminded me I need to be gentle with new treatments I try. I’m also waiting to get the Gupta Program in the mail to start the limbic training, get a tonsillectomy in two weeks (I most likely have Lyme, mold, parasites, and Candida invading my tonsils), get a septoplasty after my tonsillectomy as I probably have the same diseases infecting my sinuses, continue on the parasite cleanse, and then start introducing new foods into my diet so I can get stronger as I’ve lost a lot of muscle from taking a break from exercise and letting my body rest.

The Stomach Diaries Part XI: The Detox Begins
So grateful for my parents for moving down to LA with me and starting this new chapter of our lives together. I couldn’t do it without them, truly.
The Stomach Diaries Part XI: The Detox Begins
Especially proud of my dad who manifested his dream job in LA and is embracing his new life as a Los Angeleno.

It’s going to still be a long process, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but as someone wrote me in an Instagram DM, I’m “…swimming towards an island instead of treading water”. And in my swim, I also have a lifeboat following me with a team of supporters—my doctors, my friends, my parents, and my online community—for which I am so, so grateful.

Find the past Stomach Diaries posts here and follow me on Instagram where I have saved Stories Highlights here and here and for more regular health updates.

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