Mystery Diagnosis

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Posted by Agt (Phoenix, Usa) on 07/08/2010

I am a previously healthy 35 year old male. Worked out 5 days a week before this mysterious illness started. I have always been prone to fungal skin and nail issues had some minor asthma and a lung infection. Couple broken bones and was diagnosed with seborrheac dermatitis 12 years ago or so. Had blood poisoning as well in my teen years. For the last 7 months myself and my close family have exhibited odd symptoms. Mine have been very severe and included about 45 pounds of weight loss that has been almost continuous no matter what I do or eat. I have run lots of blood tests and scans and found little but a bit of elevated albumin levels, fatty liver and swollen spleen with neck arthritis. My pH is almost always acidic and I have been on a pretty clean and healthy diet for months now. I can't afford all the necessary supplements but I am taking a fibrin reducing one, probiotic, digestive enzyme, organic multivitamin and glutamine 12-20grams per day. I try to keep in stock b50 complex and vitamin c if I can afford it. My naturopath has been trying to rotate support and attack herbs but as we only know there is a systemic yeast infection and not the root cause we try to work on that. I have diverticulosis as well as mild gastritis and my organs are really weak as is my digestion. I am trying to figure out where to start and what are the most important supplements/foods and ideas to keep alkaline without eating nothing but raw and no meat or fish. I realize the importance of alkalinity and know that I probably have leaky gut and parasites which seem to be pervasive. There is also an unknown vector of something reinfecting myself and family. Unsure if it is fleas or lice or what. Hoping you can get me on the right track to manage my yeast so my body stops catabolizing itself. Alkalinity and proper protein and nutrient intake as well as helping digestion and increasing absorbtion and possibly someweight gain would be nice. Organizing supplements in order of importance and possibly helping to stop this weight loss would be awesome. I have seen some drink recipes with baking soda but worry with poor digestion it will get worse with those. Thank you so much and God bless you. This is to Ted in the Candida forum. My email is [email protected] and my name is Adam.

Replied by Tom
(Regina, Sk)

Agt: Have you had any known exposure, either sudden (acute) or over time (chronic) to pesticides of any kind?

Your symptoms such as the fatty liver and swollen spleen do sound like poisons of some kind. If pesticides, then you can find out how much is in your blood literally with a 'chlorinated pesticide' blood test, done at private labs in the USA. Any search engine will give you results there. Maybe your HMO would know of it, but this test has been known and available since the 1980's, yet most don't know of it. I don't know the cost (maybe $150?)

Till then, the fastest way by far to help heal a fatty liver is to get some plain non-GMO lecithin from a health food store. A few tbsp per day should do it. It seems the overload of toxins have backed up the Phase I-Phase II toxin neutralization pathway and temporarily injured the liver cells. The other possibility for toxins you may have, since you mentioned your family, could be outgassing from some new furniture fabric, bedding, carpet, or clothes?

Finally, it's also possible it could be mould (mold) neurotoxins in your system perhaps from between the walls, in which case you can look at Dr. Shoemaker's site at to match up your symptoms and read up on treatment.

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines)

Hi Agt, I had Candida 4 or 5 years ago and managed to get rid of it using Ted from Bangkok's remedies. First, here is a link that will help you to understand the necessity for body alkalinity which would certainly be very effective at getting rid of your candida problem: Alkalinity and Sodium Bicarbonate

Here is a link to a comment stream where, in several detailed comments, I completely describe what protocols, herbs and supplements I used to rid myself of candida(my old anti-candida protocol): Candida Protocol

When I used this protocol I did not know what I know now from Ted's remedies -- 4 or 5 years later. My old remedy took a whole year to get rid of my candida, but Ted has said that you can get rid of it within four months. Here is the protocol I would use now to get rid of candida now:

To Improve your Body Terrain
*Take Ted's Lime/Lemon alkalizing remedies at least 2 times a day as recommended. These alkalizing remedies create the worst possible environment for the candida while simultaneously creating a healthy body terrain. Also take the BS with water remedy on it's own one hour before bed - this will help you get a good nights sleep. If you have problems with this, then use Ted's Carbicarb remedy -- this is more balanced and incorporates potassium to balance any sodium issues. Potassium citrate can be taken to more directly aid intracellular alkalization. See this link and read Ted's description.

*Take at least 2 tablespoons of VCO per day to help constipation and intestinal issues. VCO contains mainly medium chain saturated acids, very protective for the intestines, liver and blood. Contains lauric acid, caproic acid, caprylic acid and myristic acid -- these act as anti-microbials helping to destroy the candida as well as protecting the intestines from any further external microbial invasion. I don't use vegetable oils anymore, I cook only with VCO now.

*Take herb supplements like Milk Thistle or Dandylion because the candida die-off will create a big strain on both your immune system and the liver which will have to clear the dead candida debris and toxins from your blood. Think of this as taking out the candida trash. This die-off will give you flu-like or liverish symptoms and perhaps some diarrhea. Accept this and work your way through it as it should disappear once your body gains control again.

*Detox and get rid of heavy metals from your body. Due to diet and if you've taken medicinal drugs for any length of time you will have an accumulation of heavy metals. To get rid of this just drink green tea 2 or 3 times a day and eat Cilantro 3 times a week in salads. You can also use Sodium Thiosulphate to get rid of heavy metals, arsenic, cyanide and chlorine. These will get rid of heavy metals over time. Heavy metals create an ideal acidic environment for candida as well as for nanobacteria. See this link for more details on ST.

Remedies that Directly Attack the Candida
*Drink 1/4 teaspoon of borax (20 Mule Team Borax) in a litre of water throughout the day. Take this for 4 days on then rest for 3 days. So, 4 days on, 3 days off with the Borax. Borax is the ultimate anti-fungal, also good for bones and helps to balance the hormones as well as leeches out the fluoride from your body. Borax affects and raises your male hormones or androgen levels, which is why you must rest for 3 days -- to avoid gland over-stimulation. Read about Borax here.

*Methylene Blue (MB). You can buy this at any aquatics or fish supply store. Used to get rid of fungal and bacterial infections on fish. Also used throughout the last century as a successful anti-malarial. Taking MB on its own will turn your urine green and the whites of your eyes blue, but if you take at least 1000 mgs Vitamin C with the MB, these side-effects will not occur. Dosage: Two drops of a 0. 1% solution of MB in a full glass of water once or twice a day. Do not take MB after 3 or 4 o'clock in the afternoon - it gives you alot of energy so you will not be able to sleep! ! (I learned this the hard way. . . LOL) MB is a deep acting anti-fungal that is able to penetrate the blood/brain and blood/bone barriers of the body. MB is also a marvelous mitochondrial super anti-oxidant for your brain -- gives you lots of energy. Read about MB here.

*Supplementing with at least 12. 5 mgs of 5% lugols iodine per day -- two drops a day in a glass of water. You probably know the story of Dr Orian Truss, candida and lugol's iodine. Iodine will also help to balance your hormones and is also able to remove dangerous halogens like fluorine and bromine from your body.

*Hydrogen peroxide(food grade) I just use a capful of 3% HP in one litre of water a day when I need it. Sometimes I splash 3% HP all over my body, this kills everything bad topically as well as being absorbed quite well transdermally into my body by this method. Very potent against all forms of bacteria, viruses and fungus. See this link for more on HP.

Additional and Useful Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
*Vitamin C - Taken in the more alkaline form of Sodium Ascorbate -- at least 1000 mgs twice a day. Vit C is an anti-oxidant and also chelates heavy metals as well

*Magnesium -- Taken as Mag Chloride, Mag Citrate or Mag Gluconate. Dosage: 250 mgs twice a day. Magnesium is involved in over 300 major enzyme body processes and also gets rid of any staph or strep bacteria quite well. Magnesium Chloride is the best form of magnesium in my opinion.

*Natural Sea Salt or Fulvic/Humic Acid. Both of these will act in the same way as absorbtion synergists as well as help create a healthy intestine and help to supply other much needed minerals to your body.

Avoid the following: all sugar and sugar foods, dairy, vegetable oils, aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, soft drinks, junk foods, fried foods, baked goods containing white flour, red meat. Your diet should contain low amounts of white meat like chicken, turkey and fish with high amounts of vegetables. Rice is OK. See this link for more descriptions from Ted on Candida.

For parasite problems see Ted's recommendations here:

Parasite Problems
Another useful anti-parasite protocol is Hulda Clark's -- using tincture of Black Walnut, Artemesia, cinnamon, clove etc.

Regarding your common family illness problems you should investigate the following as possible causes:
* Poor common family diet
* Fungal and other infestations in your house. Poor plumbing, septic tank leakage.
* District or Common neighbourhood medical problems caused by poor local sewage disposal, poor water supply or a nearby chemical processing plant etc.

Replied by K
(Sacramento, Ca Usa)

Bill, I have symptoms of candida. Used a drug to help kill parasites and suffered immediate, severe hair loss. I stopped the drug immediately. What would you do to promote hair regrowth if you were me. I see so many things and don't know which to do. I am afraid topicals will make it worse, thinking of cayenne and olive oil topically.

Replied by Emily
(Paducah, Ky)

Hi Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines

I was wondering if fruit is allowed while on this diet? Thanks.

Replied by D
(Ottumwa, Iowa, Usa)

Anyone with a Mystery illness of any type should do research into "Mycoplasma" or "Biofilm". If you have a diagnosis from a Doctor and you just aren't getting better, please do yourself a favor and see if this is something that rings a bell. The mycoplasmas can be located anywhere anywhere in the body, producing a number of poisons like lactic acid, uric acid, cyanide, and formaldehyde, to name just a few. It can be very hard to diagnose, and most doctors will probably give you that deer in the head lights look if you mention it. The most interesting thing about mycoplasm is the large number of people who find they were diagnosed with an altogether different disease who have a complete cessation of symptoms once they start a treatment for mycoplasma.

EDTA, lactoferrin, Berberine, MSP IV are some things to try.
Good luck to all, D

Replied by Constant

You might check into bedbugs infecting, they have become pandemic.


Posted by Aj (London, United Kingdom) on 06/23/2011

Hi I'm 34 yrs old female, had my baby 2.5 years ago. During last trimester of pregnancy I got melasma on my cheeks. Post delivery I ate about 12 Kgs of Carom seeds, black cardamom and fennels seeds over a period of 6 months with a vegetarian diet. I stopped breasfeeding after 6.5 months of delivery, but my melasma didn't fade, in fact I started to have constipation. Now my skin is very dull, its sagging and melasma is still there, plus over a period of time my constipation has become so bad that I can't pass on without taking a medicine.. I was diagnosed with Zinc deficiency (through hair analysis test) about 4 months ago, then I started to take Zinc supplement (45mg daily). M

  • around 11am- take 8-10 drops of grapefruitseed extract (34%)-started about 7 days ago

  • at 12. 30 pm- 1000mg Vitamin C, 1500mg MSM, 50 mg Zinc, 1 multivitamin capsule, 100mg Sellenium (started for last two days), and probiotics, all in one go immediately after lunch

  • at 4pm- take 8-10 drops of grapefruitseed extract (34%)- started about 4 days ago

  • at 6. 30 pm- 1000mg Vitamin C, 1500mg MSM, 25 mg Zinc, and 100mg Sellenium (started for last two days) all in one go immediately after dinner

  • at 9. 30- Calcium, magnesium & vit. D supplement with milk

  • before sleeping aloe vera colon cleanse with water

    I'm on above supplements for about 15 days (except the ones I started later like GSE, Sellenium etc. ). Since I have started this my joint pains have increased to a great extent, all my joints are very stiff and its hard for me to walk properly. My melasma looks a bit dark at times and my skin is getting very dull and a kind a dehydrated. I get headaches frequently (though not severe) and have vomit feeling as well. At times I feel like dizzi and not alert, at times feel like I will fall, tired and weak. Though I wasn't very health before starting these supplements but since I started them it has become much much severe then it used to be before. Not sure if all is working fine, since read copper detoxification gives rise to such symptoms. Anybody expreinced the same or similar stuff?? how long is it expected to continue?? how would I know if my copper is balanced now/

    Recently my GP has taken a blood sample (results awaited in next 2-3 weeks) to test Artheritis, Thyroid (since I have started feeling too cold, I switch on my heater even then others will be moving around in sleevless tops complaining of hot weather), calcium and vitamin D imbalances. Any idea what all could be going on with me??

  • Replied by Crystal
    (Kennewick, Wa)

    Hi AJ,

    Sorry to hear about your troubles. Have you looked into essential fatty acid deficiency? I didn't see where you are supplementing your intake of efa's and some of your symptoms do sound like an efa deficiency, especially omega 3 and 7. You could do some research into this. The rule of thumb I go by is 15 mg of omega 3 per lb of body weight.

    Good luck and health to you.


    Replied by Mcp
    (Magnolia, Tx)

    I am new to this site but read about your difficulties and would like to suggest you read up on ingesting food-grade diatomaceous earth for your skin, hair growth and joint problems. I would never have believed something so simple could achieve the positive results I've gained - some I wasn't even seeking at the time! I thoroughly stir 1 tablespoon of Earthworks DE into (any) chilled tomato juice morning and evening. The tomato juice density keeps the DE suspended and therefore easy to swallow all. Anything thick works best.

    I agree with the addition of EFA's and Vit D. Many benefits to those. I also use GSE for illness but not that many drops as a preventative measure. It might be caustic on your sensitive stomach right now.

    Wishing you renewed health.

    Replied by Sally_oh
    (Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica)

    Just wanted to put in my 2 cents for D.E. (food grade) and iodine for my thyroid (my resting body temperature had dropped to 96 degrees which is quite low). I take 10 drops a day of Lugol's 2% solution and 1 Tbsp of DE in a little water before bed. A little while after my BS/ACV after dinner cocktail!


    Posted by Alicia (Yucaipa, California) on 10/16/2010

    My husband has been ill for over 18months now. It has had so many different tests done. It all started with boils. Then with shortness of breath, fever, and blood in his bowels. They have run so many tests on him and sent him to another doctor. They say that he does not have mrsa. They look just like mrsa sores. I am afraid that they have gone into his lungs that's why he has shortness of breath and chills. He has been broken out now for three weeks he has about 35 sores some are large and very painful some are small. He has been very very sick. He has not been to a specialist yet. I just want him to see a doctor and find out what in the worlds whats going on with him.

    Replied by David
    (Philadelphia, Pa)

    id tell him to see a dermatologist and have them test for yeast (candida) I was on antibiotics for 2 years cuz 2 sript pushers were too lasy to do blood work.. Antibiotics only killed my probiotics and made my situation worse. Tho I didnt realize it at the time because it seems to come in surges. Youi think its gone then you have a lil too much sugar and all of a sudden you are covered in itchy peeling bumps that leave marks that could be misdiagnosed as mrsa.... Make sure you get blood work and a skin biopsy. If they find yeast... Good luck, im still trying to get rid of it. Considering legal action myself :0/


    Posted by Ally (Jerusalem, Israel) on 05/01/2011

    Dear Wonderful Earth Clinic Friends,

    I love earthclinic and have used many remedies from this site. I started hydrogen peroxide inhalation method and it has been fantastic for my scleroderma pain. I have a question, though -- I have a problem which is that my "hair hurts" -- sometimes it can be tremendously painful. I guess there is a problem with the folllicles. If I shave my head -- ie no hair -- then I have no pain (this is not a big deal for me as I cover my head for religious reasons anyway)! However, I was wondering if there is a solution for this problem? Thank you in advance!!

    Replied by Mmsg
    (Somewhere, Europe)

    my solution for this is: drinking plenty of water. If I don't, I get this same thing, especially when washing my hair. shaving won't help much, I tried that too.

    Replied by Pam
    (Casper, Wyoming,u.s.a.)

    It may not be a problem with your hair but the weight of your hair. When my hair was waist length it would also hurt. If I pulled my hair up into a bun or pony tail it would hurt even worse. After I cut my hair just below my shoulders and cut layers into it no more sore hair and a lot fewer headaches. You can try scalp massage for lymph drainage as well.

    Replied by Sally_oh
    (Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica)

    About 3 months ago, I started washing my hair with baking soda. I have short hair so take about 2 Tbsp in a plastic container in the shower. I mix a little water in it and pour it, little by little, on my head (I ignore the ends of my hair). I rub in well and comb my fingers through my hair until it feels kinda slippery and I know the BS has dissolved all the way. Then I rinse and dry. I don't use any other product on my hair. At first, I couldn't get my hair really clean and I was told that is because my head was producing a lot of oil to make up for the harsh detergents it had grown accustomed to. It took about 3 weeks (and no one noticed that my hair was not super clean -- it just didn't look shiny) for the oils to settle down. Now my hair is shiny and soft and looks great. AND I had a small skin cancer sore that is gone and a mole on head that is almost gone. Maybe it will help with a sore scalp!

    I got my son to do this -- he has long thick hair and his hair looks so good now. Shiny and the ends are no longer dry. Really a nice change!

    Replied by Thriftymom

    Search for the video series called, "Betrayal: The Autoimmune Solutions They're Not Telling You." They mentioned scleroderma, as well as all other auto immune problems.


    Posted by Anne (Melbourne, Australia) on 11/08/2012

    Hello to all of you with vast experiences and knowledge who may help me and others in return. I am a 55 yr old female with fibromyalgia. After some hopping around Earth Clinic I think I may have added Candida to my list of concerns due to reading the symptoms of others. I had back surgery 6 yrs ago. I don't eat junk food or drink soft drink or knowingly ingest anything with artificial additives. I eat fresh as much as possible, have mineralized natural salt and have mostly reduced consumption of gluten, dairy and sugar (very hard to do but trying). I am perhaps 10 kg overweight and this stubbonly stays regardless. I do eat quinoa, rice and use potato and cornstarch as alternatives to flour (maybe all starches have to go??). I use coconut oil and have tried the ACV and bi carb protocol without success (perhaps I need to stay on it longer. Before or after meals???) However, my skin is clear, breath sweet, hair healthy. Perhaps the simplist and shortest way is to list my problems:

    Aches in various parts of my body esp back, thighs, hips shoulders, tops of arms, hands and feet (3-4 years now).

    Symptoms worse toward evening, through the night and morning.

    On rising my back and hands are stiff. Sometimes I cannot make a fist.

    Eyes easily bloodshot (dry eye)

    I bloat easily (uncomfortable and inconvenient). Constipated (candida??)

    Tire easily.

    Have arthritis in my knee (told I will need a knee replacement in a few years time) and tendonitis in my hip (18mths now).

    I always have the feeling that I would like to 'zip off' my body as it always feels heavy and achey.

    I take vit C, calcuim, and zinc and go through sprees of juicing veg for a boost but nearly everything I do takes effort and I'm so tired of going round in circles, spending hours trawling the internet trying to connect the dots. I refuse to rely on phamacuticals and am about to give glutisthione a go. I warmly welcome any suggestions. Thank you.

    Replied by Ed2010
    (Oakville, Canada)

    To start with Take Ted's Alkalizing Formula 3 times a day. It will relieve constipation in a day or two. That is the first step towards healing.

    Vitamin C and Zinc are good, but you should not take Calcium supplements you are just overdosing your body with Calcium which causes muscle stiffness.

    You have to have a balance of all the minerals and vitamins to have a light feeling and control of body and muscle movement. Also you should do mild form exercise daily or at least weekly 3 days.

    Fibromayalgia, can be due to any of the following issues
    1. Flouride Poisoning
    2. Hypothyorid - Hypothyroid can manifest variety of symptoms similar to Candida.
    3. Candida.

    To overcome Flouride Poison and to provide proper nutrition you should take Wheat Grass Juice, which is rich in Calcium, Iron, Phosporous, Magnesium and trace elements. It will also remove flouride poison from the body. You can take Tamarind Juice to remove flouride poison if you have flouride poison.

    Flouride Poison can be due to one of the following reasons.
    1. Flouridated City Water (Drinking and Bathing)
    2. Excessive Brushing with Flouridated Toothpaste
    3. Excessive consumption of Black Tea.

    If you think above reasons does not apply to you, then you can ignore flouride poison.

    If you have low Iodine in your body, which is the cause of Hypothyroid then take foods rich in Iodine.
    1. Kelp powder is rich in Iodine and other minerals and trace elements.
    2. Oyster is rich in Iodine.
    3. Use Iodized sea salt in addition.

    These two can show improvement in your health.

    Finally, If you doubt you have Candida. Then follow Bill's Protocol in this site to get rid of candida. Good Health, Thanks

    Replied by Claire
    (San Francisco, Ca, Usa)

    Have you been checked out/ tested for Lyme disease? I don't know about Lyme disease in Australia.

    Replied by Mike
    (New Jersey, Usa)

    Hello Ann in Australia. We are all like pioneers rediscovering natural cures and deeper insight. At 65 I am dealing with the fact that I have not taken as good care of myself all my life as I could have if I had known more. We are all victims of processed and polluted foods that are depleated through the use of chemical fertilizers. To this could be added chemtrail pollution, fluoride, steroids picked up in the meat of factory farm animals, and a stressed based culture.

    Juice fasting has helped me, suplimented with powdered charcoal, which picks up the released toxins before they can be reabsorbed by the body and making you feel bad. I had used activated charcoal, found on the internet, and also a formula containing clay, apple pectin and aloe.

    Sulphur is something the body needs but is in very low supply due to the fertilizers, at least in the US, made from coal tar. MSM is sulphur, and some other products are variations of it. DMSA detoxifies lead and mercury, it is said. I'm trying it out tomorrow when it arrives in the mail. - NAC inhibits inflamation and helps in replenishing glutathione. A number of helpful things are attributed to both of these products. Another useful thing might be iodine, which helps the thyroid regulate the metabolism. Obviously if there is not enough of this in the body there can be problems.

    I've gotten rid of candida with juniper berries, which I picked off trees but is sold in capsules. - When my heart area felt unwell, due to smoking too much, I was definately helped with the herb Hawthorn Berry. Also taking Milk Thistle for the liver. My understanding is that if the liver is overloaded from the various toxins we take in or produce with medications - the garbage is stored rather than processed out, leading to possible problems anywhere else in the body, which could give some explanation to fibromyalgia and similar strange conditions.

    What i've most recently discovered which should be very helpful if what they say is true, is systemic enzymes. Like Nattokinase, which cleans the blood of inflamation causing fibran. ( I never knew about 'fibrin'. ) You will have to look these things up to get a better concept of what they are supposed to do and why they are important. If anything helps, please pass it on. We are really dependent on one another; not on the established medical system or the government or the advertisers. Just normal people, all around the world, sharing and caring.

    Replied by Bill
    (San Fernando, Philippines)

    Hi Anne... From what you've described I think you may well have candida and/or parasite issues. Doctors are not good at diagnosing candida problems from just the blood or urine tests. Better if you had a hair analysis -- this will show what heavy metals and halides etc you have in excess and will also show what nutrients are lacking in your diet which might be contributing to all your problems.

    Perhaps the best way to determine whether you may have candida is to take this candida questionnaire:

    Candida Questionnaire

    This questionnaire is far more accurate than blood/urine/faeces tests for candida and was developed by Dr William Crook who wrote The Yeast Connection. All your symptoms or problems could well be due to candida or parasite and associated pathogen problems.

    Naturopaths are much more sympathetic and aware of the symptoms and extent of candida problems than modern doctors. So best visit a naturapath to find out.

    If you decide that you do have candida -- here is an EC link that describes how you can eliminate this problem and help to regain you health again.

    Candida Protocol

    Replied by Sp
    (Wb, New Jersey, Usa)

    Hi Anne, I'm a 53 yr old female. A year and a half ago I went gluten free and it was like finding my own personal fountain of youth. Before that I had terrible joint pain and full body pains with no explanation. I felt like I was old before my time. It would hurt me to even go from a standing position to a sitting position. Going up or down stairs was just, ow, ow, ow, with every step, one step at a time.

    When I first went gluten free I didn't do it well enough. The first month I was still getting hidden gluten in canned chicken broth and other places you wouldn't expect to find gluten. The first month I did not notice any changes or improvements in my health. Once I read up more on gluten and went through everything in my kitchen, read every label, checked everything with each company's website and celiac sites and adopted the phrase, "when in doubt throw it out", (my mother and friends got bags of groceries when I cleaned out my pantry and cupboards), once I went truly gluten free, within days I found I could walk beyond the end of my block before the tiresome pain kicked in in the morning. And every few days I would notice I could go a little further before the pain for the day would kick in. And I just started feeling better and better. The bloat that I had that I just thought was fat went away. My eyelids that were big and puffy and down to my eyelashes, that I thought was due to gravity and age, are now no longer that way. I can see my eyelids again after years of them being puffy. I now go up and down the stairs without thinking about each step and how much it hurts. I know that going gluten free was the right thing for me, even though I don't fit the profile of a typical celiac. The arthritis is practically gone. I used to sleep on an air mattress on top of my bed as I was always waking up with back pain. I don't need to do that anymore. I've had other improvements in my health as well from going gluten free.

    I recommend trying going completely gluten free to see if that has a positive effect on you. The only negative for me, and it's a big one, is that after 6 months of feeling better and better, my body went into a major detox that has been horrendous. Eczema and skin eruptions that are unbearable. I am still trying to get through it and it has been a full year so far. But I still know that going gluten free was the right thing to do.

    Right now I feel like this horrible detox will never end, but it is easing up, and I'm doing things I've read about here to try to help, but from what I've read most people don't have it this bad, and it may not be a problem for you at all. But I wanted to be honest about my whole gluten free experience for you. I'm still on my journey. I hope you find things that help you.

    Replied by Mildred
    (Albuquerque, Nm)

    White oak bark was incredibly effective in ridding my body of an overabundance of candida.


    Posted by Connie (Slc, Ut) on 11/28/2011

    Hi Anonymous ; It's encouraging that you have some improvement, but the remaining symptoms are still to hard to bear. My guess is that the B12 in the supplement isn't being absorbed properly and that there is a need for more of it to be taken in a more easily absorbable way. Consider adding a sublingual lozenge of methylcobalamin ( an active type of B12), daily. 1000-5000 mcgs. is the average amount for many people, some need more or less. This is what helped with my own multiple chemical sensitivities.

    As I recall, it took some months to recover, 6 or so. It was slow, and I would forget that some odors no longer bothered me. Of course, some odors are warnings that we should avoid them. I see here that people have made excellent suggestions to you, so I'm just adding the B12 to them. It also lowered my pulse rate, stopped my dizzyness, and improved my lung function, in time. The brain fog can get in the way of remembering to take it daily, so it helps to set it out in a prominent place for a while, and to take it at the same time daily. Morning is a good time.

    Replied by Anonymous
    (Gothenburg, Sweden)

    Thank you so kindly for the replies, I sure have some ordering to do. I went to get a darkfield microskope analysis, with a live on-screen blood testing and the results were horrible.. It was even worse than expected :-S

    I have bad candida, beginning of blood clotting with fibrinic threads multiplying too rapidly, my immunity is so low that the doctor could not even believe it. She said it was the worse she has seen in my age, and that my stress level was so immensely high and that in combination with blood clotting, I could die from heart attack or stroke any time. I also have a very bad heavy metal poisoning and there are undigested food particles flowing around in the blood. My metabolism is incredibly slow which is why I probably can ´t lose weight after birth and look bigger than during pregnancy. People keep thinking I am pregnant! Which I am not due to the fact that I am not capable of having intercourse due to pain down there after the birth. My healing is probably slow due to my low immunity. She said I risked rheumatoid arthritis and that she had seen 80 year olds with healthier blood. That together with my lung fungus and the fact that I so often am paralyzed by my multiple chemical sensitivity (or hyposmia, have hard time deciding) as well as chronic fatigue, dizziness, joint and backpain, breathlessness, ocd, as well as bouts of emotional instability after all this (can u blame me?) and aggressivity, sadness, hopelessness and then pain in my heart, my chest and my lungs makes me think I have no future.

    The fact that I am aggressive and angry so often, and smash things makes my husband mad, and if I get angry at him for instance for spraying on parfume or opening a room where it smells like paint, I start fainting, losing breath and get rapid heart beat, when I wake up, I get extremely angry at him for exposing me to chemicals, and start screaming and crying, he tells me the worst things, pushes me back really hard if I push him, it ends with me scratching him, screaming in agony and shaking and fainting for hours. Doctor said that even small stress could make me get a heart attack, and he knows it. Still he tells me he hates me, I disgust him, that he wants me to die etc. That does not feel like there is a reason for me to live. I right now sleep on the bathroom floor since the isolation is good, and no smog from outside comes in. He sits outside screaming at me and calling me names. I cannot hold my child since his clothes smell like detergent, no matter if I clean it without. I wash some of his clothes with chemical free soap when I feel ok enough and then I can hold him. He doesn ´t smile at me anymore and my husband said I am crazy and that he feels sorry that I am his son's mother. Hearing this day after I find out I will probably die was not exactly encouraging. I need energy to live and I have none and no real inspiration. Most people we know smoke, and they all think that I exaggerate and that smoke is nothing to complain about. That I keep fainting is just normal I guess. So, nobody comes to us since they can't smoke, I can't go anywhere, since everybody smokes. And not to mention parfumes, detergents, smog and everything that makes me faint, feel nauseous and breathless.

    I am so sorry for the depressing post, if somebody helps me to survive, I promise to post a daily joke here, every day, and that I will be the most uplifting person ever ( I usually am). I just feel so alone, doctors cannot help me, and I have no support. Any suggestions are welcome, I will be forever grateful :-) Love u E.C. and all u dear, helpful beautiful people!

    Replied by Quixote
    (Las Vegas, Nv)

    I dont know your whole situation but it seems that you should identify the main sources of your stress and possibly eliminate some of them as these could be underlying causes of some of your conditions.

    Replied by Susan
    (Phx, Az)

    Calcium Bentonite Clay and Apple Cider Vinegar Internally and Externally along with a highly alkalizing, sugar and refined carb free diet.

    Replied by Treadlightly
    (St Paul, Mn, USA)

    I'm truly sorry about your story... however, your frame of mind has everything to do with how successful you are with your recovery.

    Surround yourself with people who love and care about you... If someone is smoking around you and you faint, perhaps they are not true friends. You need to let them go and move on. If you have no friends, find some. No excuses. Be brave and put yourself first in a loving care manner, but also your husband, as much as you can. Anger and guilt WILL eat you from the inside.

    i get the feeling that your senses are way overloaded. Find herbs and teas that calm and soothe, such as camomile. Avoid for now, any accostment on your senses, including loud music, (classical music is wonderful and healing), spicy foods, angry or thoughtless words ( both to speak and be heard), rough touch... you get my drift.

    For now I would suggest a total detox, no white flour, processed foods. Brown rice for calming nerves.

    I will be sending white light out for your recovery... Pray if you are of faith, that alone will be positive thought. think only of positive and abundance and healthy body as much as you are able and work towards a goal of health and away from a place of anger and sorrow.

    please keep us updated.

    Replied by Kira
    (Bucharest, Romania)

    Anonymous from Gothenburg, I think in such a cause you should pray to whatever divinity you might have a appetence to. Many women have a sudden increase of attachments during and after pregnancy, yours just seems more extreme.

    Your husband's behavious is a reflection of your own subconscious aggresivity.

    As for your child - don't expect to smile at you just because you gave birth to him. He will smile you if you give him a motherly, warm feeling, and after YOU smile to him. In love you have first to give, then to receive.

    Try fasting, as restrictive as you can get, sensory deprivation (praying a certain amount of time in the dark and quiett). Ask (mentally) for forgiveness from the ones you thought ill of. The present is a product of our past. Our reality is a product of our mind and has at the base our feeling.

    It will take a while, you will probably have lots of relapses, but the incredible feeling of love back in your life will be worth it. When you will be able to feel that your love doesn't depend of anythin, it just exist within, you will have a whole new future, and any ncessary treatment will be revealed. Best wishes, Kira

    Replied by Kira
    (Bucharest, Romania)

    Sorry if I might seem harsh, but the situation might worsen if you don't act. Friends might help, doctors, perhaps, but I found, the hard way that there is a power within us, that can help us more.

    Also go out in the sun whenever possible, and rediscover the simple pleasures in life - bird's song, flowers and all nature.

    Don't blame yourselves or the others, just pick up your life as it is and make it better.


    Posted by Anonymous (Gothenburg, Sweden) on 10/17/2011

    I suffered immensly from mold exposure during pregnancy. The pregnancy fortunately went well despite this, and I was fine after escaping the mold, however, after the birth it all went downhill. I have several issues, mostly regarding ear itch, congested throat, excessive plegm, often with gray things, blue or lime green balls in it, (sometimes it also looks like dried blood), lung fungus, horrible back pain (inside the back if it makes sense, mostly not the bones themselves). Have been sleeping on the floor for months, the only place where it does not hurt to lie down, however, it is horrible to wake up, since I am always in lot of pain. Also my joints are painful and my knees hurt a lot. I have random pain everywhere, sometimes inside my arm, my hand, my leg, anywhere really. My sinuses and my throat, as well as my ear feels clogged. Every time I went to the doctor, they try to feed me antibiotics, which can kill me due to my lung fungus (don't know the sort, but that was the diagnosis, with the blood coughing and the rest... ). Last time, I was prescribed 6 (SIX! ) different antibiotics. Needless to say, I did not take any and do not want to go to the doctor anymore. They treat every single symptom by itself and make me sicker..

    However, I am tired all the time and dizzy. I gave birth 4 months ago, but have no energy for my baby and running out of milk, which is horrible since he does not tolerate formula and breaks out in eczema so I do want to breastfeed him. I also have eczema on my left ankle bone and on the foot. The VCO has not helped much regarding the eczema or anything to be honest. My condition worsens every day and I am on the verge of suicide, have no energy whatsoever. I also experience signs of depression, OCD and agression. I find it extremely painful to have intercourse and am unable to use a small tampon even. It is extremely hard on my marriage and my husband has become emotionally and physically abusive after this hard period. He does not understand what I am going through. I have become extremely allergic to many substances after the mold, dust, smoke, detergents, strong smells... He does not take me seriously and aggavates it all by not being careful and fighting with me constantly, calling me names and causing me enormous stress every day. My health worsens by day, I have no wish nor energy to live, and I can't even stand up sometimes since I am so dizzy.

    I have no idea what is wrong with me.. I assumed aspergillosis or systematic candida, do you think this is what it sounds like? I started taking collagen for my back, which helped, but I have such a strong brain fog, and forget taking stuff, doing daily chores etc.. I did oil pulling with sunflower oil, but had horrible side effects, too much plegm, rash, acne, eczema that I still have etc... Virgin Coconut Oil did nothing when oilpulling.. Virgin Olive Oil has been ok, but I feel not much difference, takes up phlegm a bit, but that is all.. I also take a probiotic shot with vco, and I take some sodium bicarbonate in water sometimes. When it gets bad I inhale some h2o2, but nothing really helps.. It does help to drink a bit for energy, but the day after I have some very bad side effects and I get dizzy and cannot get out of the bed because of the fatigue... I am not sure if this is because of the h2o2.. I also sometimes take magnesium citrate. I do not remember to take any of it regularly due to the brain fog.

    My life has been taken away from me and I do not know what to do.. I have cut down on sugar, but I live in Sweden, where even dark bread is made with sugar... And I have such a low energy, and I breastfeed so I cannot change my diet dramatically.. Less bread, no added sugars, no aspartame or sweetners and almost no milk products except for probiotic and ricemilk. I cannot cook due to the pain and most of the food I eat is health portion microwave food. In the last few days I also started experiencing chest pains on the left side. I thought that I was having a heart attack, although no numbness on the left side. The blood pressure is rather ok, but my pulse has always been high, while the bp was sooo low during most of my pregnancy (due to mold?) Now it is normal- 117 -75, but the pulse is 91. I had some cayenne pepper yesterday and it actually went away!! But this morning it was back, which I again remedied with cayenne pepper. The Virgin Coconut Oil I am using every morning is without smell, and a yellow liquid which made me wonder, it seems it's not virgin.. The virgin one is supposed to smell of coconuts, right? Now I am thinking the chest pains are due to the Virgin Coconut Oil (CO?) after reading some warnings..

    I am soo so lost. Feels like I am going to die, and when it doesn't I just want to die because I feel so tired of just barely surviving.. I really am on the verge of giving up, I don't want my son to grow up like this, watching his mother dying on the floor, walking like an old woman at the age of 30, not being able to use a deodorant or eat a cake or have a normal life. Watching me crying in agony over back, join and chest pain and screaming and yelling due to instable mental state.. I cannot do this anymore.. You are my last hope, PLEASE HELP ME.. Thank you for existing!

    Replied by Winrem
    (Queens, Ny, Usa)

    Sounds like you have a serious condition. Please try to visit a Chinese Herbal Doctor! They might be able to give you an insight into what's wrong with you.

    Replied by Debbie
    (Melbourne, Australia)

    Hi, one of the best things you can do is to take iodine supplementation (lugols 5% if you can get it). Most people are deficient in iodine because it has been taken out of our food supply for the most part.

    "Iodine is by far the best antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic of all time" - Dr. David Derry.

    If you have a fungus issue or mould iodine is the best option. If you have an iodine deficiency then the fungus and heavy metals and other problems take over the body. Iodine will also remove flouride and bromide from the body. The iodine is the key, the thing that keeps the body healthy. Also it is very safe for your baby and probably needed. If you have fungus/yeast, you have probably passed it along to your baby, especially breast feeding. The iodine will not harm your baby but antibiotics can wreak havoc on the good bacteria in the body for both you of.

    Please spend time researching iodine. There are lots of youtube videos available. has a great iodine supplementation forum with people who have years of knowledge you can access and ask questions. There is a great book by Dr. Brownstein about iodine you should get if you can - google him.

    Below is a link to what is needed to have with the iodine - they are called "companion nutrients" because the iodine works better if you have them. The Drs that devised them did so for breastcancer patients but they apply to anyone. They treated over 4,000 patients with the protocol.

    Many people have a detox from the bromide overload in our body and there is info on the link on what to take if that happens. I usually take 1/4 tsp unrefined sea salt in water followed by 16 oz water until urination occurs. This allows the bromine to leave the kidneys. That is also mentioned on the link below.

    Also stay away from microwaved food. It kills all the nutrients in food. You are better off throwing it away.

    Replied by Debbie
    (New London, Ct)

    I am listening to every word you are saying and you sound exactly as I did about 4 years ago when I went thru an extremely scary case of anxiety/depression. What alot of people don't know is that when you are suffering from anxiety it drains your energy. In order for your organs to keep working properly the body automatically starts to shut down the outer part of the body to compensate. When this occurs you will have symptons of numbness/tingling in fingers and toes. Extremities will feel colder, extreme fatigue and feeling as though you can't get out of bed in the morning because you woke up drained and exhausted. Now here is where the real problem is. When you have all of these symptoms you will worry more and feel as though you need to see all these different doctors and take all kinds of test in order to relief yourself of this additional anxiety. What you really need to do is to tell yourself that these symptoms are just your body compensating to protect your vital organs and once you get your anxiety under control you will see these annoying symptoms gradually start to fade.

    A great website that helped me to understand this is You don't even have to join the site, just read the information and listen to all the people who have written in with similar symptoms.

    Best of luck to you. You are going to be OK.

    Replied by Timh
    (Louisville, Usa)
    2063 posts

    Anonymous from Gothenburg, I have been suffering for many yrs w/ bad health and I often get to the giving-up point, but I just keep up the good fight, as I am too young to die. You are fighting the good fight and are seeing some good results however short-lived. I have come to visualize "layers" of illness, and the tunnel syndrome of just where one is located somewhere from the top to the bottom. The further down the slope you are, the harder it is to get back up.

    So you Must fight the many symptoms all-at-once, to show at lasting progress. If someone in your area offers detox foot spa, go for it, if not, consider buying one for yourself. Also detox foot pads work well. Use garlic as food or supplement. For energy Ginsing, Ashwagandha, Foti. Get to a health spa and do major sweating. Take whole food multivitamin supplement w/ every meal.. Take some Lysine for immunity. Try ACV for cleansing and energy. Pray to God for sustanace, guidance. Milk your local physician for all he/she is worth. Take notes of your symptoms and discuss them with your Dr. Keep coming back here on E.C. for support. Ask your family and friends to be considerate of you as you are facing major health challenges.

    Replied by Maria
    (Gippsland, Australia)

    Hi Anonymous from Gothenburg, Sweden, I don't know where to start so please bear with me. We have been through similar and have found that very few people understand how devastating it is. Anything you do seems futile but we did find that light at the end of the tunnel. I too had the coughing up of blood and we both had fatigue and severe depression. As I could not take an anti-depressant due to my liver we went on St Johns Wort and Vit-Bs 100mg for 6 months and they worked for both of us.

    Fenugreek taken as capsules may help with your milk supply. If you have family then ask for their help. Ask if they can help with meals and help care for your baby. If you do not know of any support groups in your area then ask your local council and maybe your Dr if they know of one.

    You need to treat your lungs and your liver. What helped our lungs was the herb Tulsi also known as Holy Basil taken as tea and also as capsules plus the herb Arjunna taken in capsule form and the herb Neem taken as capsules. I bought them via an ebay seller. As your liver has been dealing with a massive toxin load it can cause bouts of anger. I took an ayurvedic product called Liv-52 DS (DS being the double strength one). As my liver was already damaged due to Hepatitis and Cirrhosis then with the mould exposure I was definitely in a bad way. After being on these 2 years my liver is now ok. My blood tests for liver enzymes now come back normal and I have no jaundice episodes.

    Magnesium is also needed and alkalizing using Ted's recommendations. As we have lemons we used it.

    Sunshine on bare skin will help with the pain. Most of all please know that there really is light at the end of the tunnel as some of have found. We will keep you in our prayers. Please post again with any questions or if you need encouragement.

    Replied by Anonymous
    (Gothenburg, Sweden)

    I cannot thank you enough.. So encouraging, this made my day.. I just ordered a huuuge 9 kilo package from iherb and hope to get well... If it was not for all of you I would have given up.. I also developed psoriasis the last few days, so I hope to remedy this.. Maria from Gippsland, THANK UUUU, SO SO MUCH. I am excited to see my lungs clear up, I am forever grateful! And thank you all beautiful earth clinicers!

    Replied by Anonymous
    (Gothenburg, Sweden)

    Hey all, not getting better, only worse.. Now when the smog is in the air, Ijust can´t breathe at all... NOT EVEN INSIDE! My smell of smell is too sensitive, I feel the smell even inside, THROUGH THEWINDOWS! I am sitting on the floor in the bathroom and holding a towel over my mouth just to be able to breathe... I dont know if this is due to lungfungus I have but I feel like the smell is unbearable and feel like I will die from suffocation, that is how bad it is... I cannot feed my child, or eat or go outside due to smog.. I just want to die, I cannot take it, I don't want to live like this every day, I can not function. My depression is better, but I just cannot take this any more.. I take b50, quarcetin, neem, holy basil, magnesium citrate, cayenne, niacinamid, d3 and chlorella sometimes.. Somethng of this makes my urine smell horrible and it makes me sick. It also makes me unable to take any smell. What is wrong with me.. Just losing hope. I have been listening to all advices, but it is just getting worse.. HELP ME PLEASE!

    Replied by Oscar
    (Syracuse, New York)

    I have been experiencing very similar feelings, thoughts, and physiological conditions. I attribute these symptoms to my very diifficult birth. Did you have a difficult birth ? One where your oxygen supply was cut off due to a compromised umbilical cord ? Dr. Janov has discussed people who have had such birth experiences at length. He developed what he calls PRIMAL THERAPY and has a lot to say about all this. For now I just go with the feelings which are scary. Also codiene does offer some temporary relief, BUT, the symptoms can come back worse than before once the codiene wares off. Janov calls that phenomonon a PRIMAL REBOUND.

    I have not resolved this feeling yet but manage to get by with a combination of primaling it as best I can and the use of some codiene when I need to function. I would think you could get a prescription for codiene if you see a doctor familiar with the symptoms you described. There is a short discussion about such feelings here and there are other links from here about all this:

    Sadly, this PRIMAL THERAPY is NOT readily available, but there are a lot of self primalers out there who do make progress on their own. If you can manage to get help through Janov`s Institute, that is by far best. Most people cannot. If you are interested you may wish to give Janov`s Institute a phone call to find out if there are any certified therapists in your area. I could not find any on a web search but Janov`s Institute will know what is available. Here is Janov`s website:

    The reason I responded is because I seem to be going through something very similar myself and felt I should at least tell you about Primal Therapy....Oscar

    Replied by Debra
    (Brisbane, Australia)

    There are many of us like this. Do you also react to chemicals, perfumes, etc etc. They call it mcs or multiple chemical sensitivity. When I could live in a house I would fall off the toilet unconsconscious when a car came past (if the window was open). It got that way I could only go in a house if I had a blanket over my nose. I discovered eventually it was the paint and the floor coverings. There is some mention on here from Ted about a person who also couldn't tolerate formaldehyde and Ted himself used to have trouble with petrol. It can get THE most difficult way to live and so distressing (you need to be in a bubble) but there are some reasons for it. Some have been chemically injured, others it has built up slowly - metabolic disturbances, bad liver etc.

    Replied by Stella
    (Havelock, Ontario, Canada)
    5 posts


    If there is a possibility that you have any kind of fungus living anywhere in your body, your answer to getting well, is Lugol's Liquid Iodine (5%) a drop each day in water for one week and then add another drop, until you reach maybe 8 drops or more.

    Bonnie in Canada

    Replied by Debbie
    (Melbourne, Australia)

    Dr. Orian Truss in the 1950's cured many people with Lugols iodine because he thought a lot of diseases were as a result of candida. He didn't just give one or two drops a day - he had great success with 6-78 drops 4 x per day for 3 weeks... He had great success.

    Read the article I have linked to. Best of luck

    Replied by Anonymous
    (Gothenburg, Sweden)

    Thank u so so much, I will look into all of the options and get my vitamin levels checked on Wednesday. I already purchased b12 actually but have not taken them since I am already on b50 suppement and did not want to overdo it since I still try to breastfeed in the mornings. MCS sounds so, so, so much like me.. I cannot take this burning smell, smog, cigarettes, some detergents and perfumes, smell of firewood etc.. It does NOT come frrom the inside of my nose, other people smell it too, just hours after I smell it, or in less intensive way. So thank u for the suggestion, sure sounds like e, and it is much easier to look for help if I know what it is! I will try to order lugols.

    Today was a good day, however, I took boron yesterday and drank some sodium water, after reading Ted's suggestion about smell being ruled by hormones sometimes. I have not been able to lose any weight after birth probably due to imbalance in hormones. I took chelated boron and sodium and today I have smelled it, just not as bad. And some eucalyptus oil inhalation was enough to keep me in the living room... So boron is a good tip, at least it seems like it.. Will try the lugols and b12 and report back. The hard birth is probably not the reason since my mum had no problems with having me at all, but thanx for the comment, it might help many people in similiar situation! Thanx everyone 4 keeping me alive!

    Replied by Debbie
    (Melbourne, Australia)

    Oops meant to say 6-8 drops.... not more

    Replied by Natalia
    (North Royalton, Oh)

    Please look into hormonal balancing after pregnancy. Find someone who practices bio-identical hormone therapy. After a woman gives birth, her hormones may be out of wack and create all sorts of craziness in her life such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, heart palpitations, weakness, etc. Research estrogen dominance and see if the symptoms match to what you are experiencing. Also have your thyroid tested by a natural physician, not a regular doctor, and if you have a problem, then you might need Armour thyroid, which is a pig's thyroid. A way that you can see if you have an issue with your thyroid is by taking your basal body temperature. More information can be read on the following two pages:

    Good luck, do not give up. Pray to God for help. I have issues with hormones as a result of a pregnancy. Please look into what I wrote. Also, have your b-12 levels checked, iron, folic acid, zinc, manganese, etc. All the issues you are experiencing may be as a result of hormonal issues. Find someone who specializes in bio-identical hormone therapy and get the proper care.

    Replied by David
    (Philadelphia, Pa)

    sounds like ur doctor needs to go back to school... Ive found that most doctors are script pushers and dont really [care] about anything but getting paid. As far as ive ever read antibiotics wont kill fungus or mold... You probably need anti fungals but id suggest a different doctor fist considering antifungals can be dangerous and I wouldnt take anything without knowing the side effects. Find a doctor who actually took his/her oath seriously. Ask around, they do exist. I would think there would be some kind of vaporized medicine for a lung condition but im no doctor. Either way you need to take care of it fast. I honestly think alot of your issues will clear up once your body isnt constantly under attack.

    Posted by Connie (Slc, Ut) on 10/17/2011

    Hi Anonymous ; This is an urgent situation. If there is any chance of harming each other and children, contact should be avoided. An excellent counselor needs to be contacted. ( My strong opinion about counselors is that they should be able to set a good example themselves to be able to treat others. ) Next, the emotional symptoms listed : Depression, Irrational Anger, OCD, and even Suicidality are associated with B12 deficiency. Dizzyness can be a neurological symptom of B12 deficiency. Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, chest pain, and pain anywhere that there is a nerve may also indicate low B12. These symptoms mean that the B12 deficiency, for whatever cause, are advanced. Oftentimes, the whole family may need treatment. Injections may be needed either at first, or for life.

    Supplements may also be effective, such as sublingual types, (methylcobalamin), 1000-5000 mcg. Daily. The symptoms may take months to improve. Dizzyness may continue in the first month, so stay steady. The whole B-complex is needed, low dose. Niacinamide is very calming and may be felt in an hour or so. I recommend 500 mgs. Or less. Sometimes more at one time can trouble the liver and cause nausea. 5HTP with B6, can also be calming, also takes about an hour. I see you're taking magnesium, good, transdermal applications are great because you can feel it when you need it. A high potassium diet, with mostly vegetables is great for nerves and moods. It's good to avoid simple sugars, simple carbohydrates because they disturb moods. Vitamin E and CoQ10 help nerves and dry tissues. Nutrient dense foods are most helpful, good fresh liver, fishes, etc. are great sources of B12.

    Replied by Sylviag
    (Vista, Ca, Usa)

    I have been on the receiving end of information from this wonderful site but felt compelled to now offer you some advice---PLEASE---pick up your phonebook, call your family or call your local hospital and talk to someone. You are suffering alone and you do need to speak with someone--if you cannot do it for yourself -do it for your baby---in the USA we have women's shelters and they are full of women who have husbands who "didn't understand"--don't worry about that--please try to ask for help--I'll say a prayer for you. The Chinese Herbalist is a wonderful idea- Do not give up.

    Replied by Anonymous
    (Gothenburg, Sweden)

    Thank you so kindly, I have already ordered some b'complex and I have 5htp at home, but am relactant to take it since I am breastfeeding and a, not sure about the effects. My husband currently takes it and we are about to seek help and councelling. This has been taking its' toll on us, and I have not been myself for a year- smashing things, being irrationally aggressive and mad about everything, screaming and hitting, then forgetting what I was mad about 5 minutes later. During one period I had forgotten when my baby had eaten and one time he went 10 hours straight without food. Both me and my husband were convinced he had eaten about two hours earlier until we started counting hours.. So you are right, we both need some kind of help, since he also has been exposed to mold and caughing up blood... I most certanly will try the b-compley and slowly introduce the e vitamine and the recommended enzyme. By the way, after the cayenne, my chest pain is GONE!!! My chest is like new, no pain, no tightness.. True miracle! Thank you so, so much for taking your time to help me!!

    Replied by Bess
    (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

    Dear Anonymous from Sweden - My heart goes out to you. No one should have to suffer like that. It looks like several people on this forum have given you excellent advice.

    I am wondering if you suffer from CFIDS (chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome). Also, after having a baby, your hormones can fluctuate wildly. According to Digestive Wellness, people with CFIDS are so fatigued that no amount of sleep is refreshing and the relentless tiredness reduces the individual's ability to function normally. Some of the symptoms are: inability to concentrate, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, muscle pain, multiple-joint pain, headaches, sleep disturbances, flu-like symptoms, low postural blood pressure, fevers that come and go, light sensitivity, depression (because of the extreme fatigue). Many people with CFIDS also have thyroid insufficiencies and other hormones that are out of balance. Most CFIDS sufferers have dysbiosis (which can manifest itself as irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, autoimmune illnesses and a host of other diseases) as well as candida.

    If at all possible, please see a naturopath doctor or a nutritionally oriented health professional. Conventional doctors, as you have experienced, just hand out antibiotics which add to the problem.

    I wish you the best of luck on your journey to renewed health. I hope you have access to family and friends who can support you emotionally, lend you a hand around the house and help take care of the baby while you take time to recover. Take care, Bess

    Replied by Timh
    (Louisville, Usa)
    2063 posts

    Anonymous from Gothenburg, Sweden, Once my body & mind got all crazy like that and I made the transition from cheap over-the-counter vitamin/mineral suppliment to a real, live, and health-promoting V from health food store. I experienced major detox and relief of symptoms. If you are experiencing toxicity issues, it will no doubt also be expressed in your baby, so watch for those symptoms. As for mood, try eating Turkey for your last meal as it contains high levels of Tryptophan which is a parent amino acid to 5-hydroxytryptophan. Also, I find the German Dr. B. Hendel's Homeopathic Detoxifyer to work very well for me. Hope this helps and good luck!

    Replied by Terri
    (Phoenix, Az)

    In response to the aggressive behavior and breaking things I can relate. I probably broke hundreds of dollars of things. I don't hurt people not even the scorpions.

    I told the doctors I was angry and aggressive because I was processing a very abusive childhood. The doctors kept telling me I had to fix my gut first.

    As it turned out they were right. First I found out that I had started eating eggs for breakfast a few years back and that probably was the cause that made the rest of my body mind go way out of balance. I started eating eggs everyday because my work requires that I pick up thousands of pounds in the first few hours of the day. I always felt good after eating eggs but they were killing me. I eventually ended up in the ER twice.

    I felt better when I took the whole vitamin B complex but that hit a limit. At some point I started taking iodine and symplex F from Standard Processing and once again my level of aggression went down but not completely gone. And finally when I started taking Ted's lemon and baking soda did I actually stop being a very aggressive person.

    I was sick for 4 years, couldn't work full time, I would become tired exhausted and then aggressive. I didn't care who you were if I was mad I would be mean to you. I sympathize with all those crazy people who probably have imbalances from eating garbage literally or figuratively.

    Posted by Lucy (Brisbane, Australia) on 10/17/2011

    Hello Anonymous from Gothenburg; Please do not give up I too felt like you, I am also allergic to just about everything so I know how you feel. I have a long story but I won't bore you with it although, I will tell you please please check your B12 and your Vitamin D3 levels I suffer deficiencies of both these vitamins and had most of your symptoms which in turn affected my thyroid (also check this). A deficiency can do awful things to our minds and bodies unfortunately the doctors don't always check the simple things and miss it. If you are not getting outside to get enough sun this will cause your deficiency in the D3 and I have found most of us with allergies do suffer from B12 deficiency also..

    Just by correcting these two vitamins will make you feel so much better and at least enough to be able to cope and have more energy to look after your baby, and most of all give you hope. Once you have started the vitamins it works very quickly and I would also take some magnesium, all these vitamins will help you with the dizzy feeling the aches and pains and also depression. I find the D3 and B12 make me feel happier, my B12 was so low I have to have regular injections and my D3 was also low that I could hardly get out of bed and I would just feel so bad I would just cry because I used to feel I was never going to feel better but I did so don't give up hope you will get better just keep trying different things until you know what suits your body. One more thing if you are still suffering a mold problem please take a Probiotic regularly. Good Luck....


    Posted by Alfred (Bangkok, Thaialnd) on 03/14/2012

    It's been awhile.. But the Herb that I thought a Weed is Fantastic.. Loaded with Vitamins E, C, Omega and many other.. Cost us nothing Free.. Just find it growing wild in your garden or out in the street. Easy to grow.. Just clip off a Branch.. Place in any kind of soil.. Keep damp for few days.. It roots itself.. Need little water. Just clip off a branch, several branches, place in your blender with 50% water some ice cubes. And blend if u do not like the flavor , add some carrots, will make it sweeter. Very, very healthy.. One more thing.. If you have stomach challenges.. I table spoon cinnamon to 3 table spoons raw honey.. In 3 cups of not too hot water.. Mix and drink during the day.. In about a week.. New stomach.. no pain.

    stay well folks.. Ted.. Please do not forget him.. He spends all of his money on new remedies to get people healthy.. He wants all of you to be healthy.. He has no car and lives in one room.. He is on a mission. So Please when he helps you.. WE must help him with Donations.

    my best, Alfred

    Posted by Arslan (Islamabad, Pakistan) on 10/18/2010

    Hello Sir,
    Your site give me a hope kindly help me. I am 36 year old man. I have vomiting, spinning, inner hear noise for last seven years. I hear tones sometime in the day and voice (as the voice when water is boiling)all the day when I am awaken.

    1. I have almost lost hearing from my right noisy ear.

    2. I cant understand the words when there is lot of noise or more then two or three persons are talking.

    3. I cant sleep on right side, when I turned on right on bed when I am awaken I feel spinning and vomiting at that time.

    4. I have condition worse when I eat some specific foods.

    5. I have often constipation. Sometime I have bowel of black or dark green colour.

    6. When I stand after sitting more than 10 minutes on foot I feel spinning.

    7. I feel very low pain and uncomfortable in my neck and down the back when I awake in the morning.

    8. Some time I feel uncomfortable when I face lights at night.

    9. Some time in night I feel thirst more then one time. I try to explain all my situation which I feel about my problem. Kindly help me and suggest something which help me.

    Thanks, Arslan [email protected]

    Replied by Alfred
    (Bangkok, Thailand)

    Arslan.. You are what you eat.. Eat vegetables and fruit for constipation.. Give up Salt and food that contains salt for two weeks, Sea Salt ok, But regular salt not healthy, Apple cider Vinegar, is amazing tonic.. Will help you right away.. For my spinning I took Bioflavonoids pills.. The spinning stopped and never returned, it supports the Capilary and circulatory health, made from lemon, rutin & hesperidin.. Keep positive.. You will get well soon.

    My best, Alfred

    Replied by Alfred
    (Bangkok, Thailand)

    I am concerned about you.. Information I gave you earlier today is good info.. I have read up about your area were you live.. Plenty of good food for you to choose from.. But no Salt for two weeks, no fast food, Aloe Vera & purslane grows in your area.. Both grow wild.. So cost is free.. Aloe vera- Take off the sharp spikes, Cut up and eat, the cover skin, inside all healthy for you. Purlsane looks like weed.- Wash and eat, check to make sure no chemical spray on it. You must build up your potasium.. Eat bananas that will help, BUT Please give up salt.. That is what is killing you.. Alfred

    Replied by Alfred
    (Bangkok, Thailand)

    Please tell us what you eat.. We can better direct you.. By looking at your ailments, something is wrong with your diet... Until now I am guessing.. But once I have your Diet I can better direct you.. Alfred


    Posted by Ashley (Tulare ) on 12/13/2015

    For the last two year ive been experiencing extreme weight loss. From 220lbs to 105lbs. I have pain in my feet as well as all over my body. Lately I have had panic attacks and very bad depression. I've been going to doctors and have had many tests done and they all come back normal. They tested for diabetes, std, tape worm and many more. I need help I can't lose anymore weight. I also have a hard time keeping food down now.


    Posted by Deirdre (CT) on 09/25/2020

    Hello everyone, here's a medical mystery for you that I would love help solving. No diagnosis after 10 years!

    A friend of mine, Barry, male in his mid-fifties, has the following symptoms for a decade. He is very healthy and tried lots of supplements and dietary changes to heal the symptoms. He stays well hydrated and eats very healthily. The only thing that keeps the symptoms in check is a serious workout every day where he sweats. He says he is in perfect health, however if he stops working out and sweating, the following symptoms start up right away and get worse within a week,

    They are:

    Excessive Sweat in Armpits and Forehead
    Sensation of Oily Skin, especially forehead
    Mucus that affects breathing and builds up overnight
    Watery eyes
    Hair gets considerably drier
    Gums bleed
    Roof of mouth has a patch of sensitivity that appears over and over again (not a canker sore).

    He is on thyroid medication (no thyroid) for the past 2 years and currently takes the following supplements:

    Copper and Zinc
    Vitamin D

    Over the past 10 years, he has tried:
    Vitamin C Therapy
    Acupuncture and Chinese herbs

    If anyone can offer any ideas that I can send him, would appreciate it! Thank you so much!

    Replied by Orh
    (Ten Mile, Tn)

    D, I first started with Hulda Clark and her detoxes. Got to do the order she says. You have to get your body clean. She does that. Then take it from there. My heart is messed up electrically and can't do ablation, but I can do my KAATSU and it settles my heart to a healthy rhythm. I would also say that Niacin and a Sauna will clean you out. Tom Cruise did that with the 9/11 first responders and many lived. Once your body is clean, then you have to find what works. First, detox. Like the Lone Ranger said, there is no silver bullet. Health is a life long adventure. Anyone that tells you different is a charlatan. ====ORH====

    Replied by Charity
    (Faithville, Us)

    Something he looses in sweat is balancing an imbalance. Sweating is one way the body detoxes. Two keys. Gums bleed when you take blood garlic is one. Google foods that thin blood and you may find other keys. Hydration is defined by mineral and water balance >>> All the minerals not just the main ones. Example. Calcium leaves soft tissues when boron is in balance. When boron comes in stones can leave soft tissues, Chanca piedra breaks those up. Calcium needs silica, magnesium, D and K and many other things to make it go into bones and teeth. Molybdenum removes side effects on liver from candida die off. Less itching and bodyaches. Oily skin is usually low zinc maybe too much copper in diet. Google list of copper foods. All symptoms could be from too much of a good thing, die off misery that sweating alleviates...just a few stabs at it.

    Blessings, Charity

    Replied by Mama To Many

    Hi Deirdre,

    The respiratory mucous and watery eyes make me think that some sort of allergy, at least in part, is aggravating at least some of his symptoms, so my first thought would be nettle.

    Nettle leaf is my favorite for allergies. As a bonus, it is a blood purifier. 2-4 capsules morning and evening is what my family uses.

    Burdock root is another blood purifier that is used for several months at a time to heal. It is in the famous Essiac formula. I love it because it is gentle and effective. Again, I use 2-4 capsules morning and evening.

    Has he considered a sauna to induce sweating, especially on non-work out days? Or a hot bath with Epsom salt for detoxing?

    Has he tried oil pulling for his mouth issues?

    If he hasn't tried adding unrefined coconut oil to his diet, it may help if there is a lingering fungal or viral infection at the root of this. Again, it could take several months of using it on a regular basis.

    Has he considered an environmental cause? A first line of defense would be an air purifier/filter and getting rid of carpet, at least in his bedroom, if he has carpet.

    I hope he finds something that he will help him!


    Mama to Many

    Replied by Art
    2140 posts

    Hi Deirdre,

    Quite a puzzle you have there. If I understood correctly his thyroid has been removed so he is on meds to compensate. Some of the symptoms such as dry hair, excessive sweating, bleeding gums, watery eyes and the issue with the roof of his mouth would suggest hyperthyroidism, but oily skin is not. However, zinc is decreased in hyperthyroidism and if his zinc supplement is too low of a dose, it may not be able to get his zinc level into range and this can cause oily skin.

    The mucus issue could be related to insufficient zinc also.

    He needs a panel done for his thyroid status and a test of his copper / zinc ratio to try to determine if his meds need adjusting.

    That is my best guess with the information you gave.

    Let us know what his endocrinologist is able to determine.


    Replied by Deirdre

    Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to reply to with phenomenal suggestions for my friend Barry! I have passed along all your replies and I think he will try some of the suggestions. I will let you know if there is any progress!


    Posted by Berta (Smalltown Usa) on 08/16/2016

    Mystery diagnosis, female

    58 yr old female, postmenopause. Good general health. Have vaginal pain that feels like splinters are in there. Not constant, but often enough. I also have a urethral cyst that I'm using estrace cream for. dr sees nothing so, obviously, there's nothing wrong. I've had this for several years now and would sure like to get rid of it. could it be interstitial cystitis? I take 1/2tsp baking soda every morning, serrapeptase, selenium, zinc, multivitamin. I pee every 1 1/2 hours but A1c came back okay.

    Replied by Israel

    May be the reason is pudendal nerve? problem can be solved by osteopath procedure reaching the pudendal nerve trough rectum instant relief if this is the problem.


    You're the only person mentioning pudendal nerve on the whole EC site. If you have any insight on this or a specific doctor you know who does this please share.

    Replied by Suzy

    Berta, I think you are right on with suspecting IC. I had no idea what was going on with me but I was miserable. Pressure, pain and peering all the time. I read all I could and tried everything. It wasn't until I started taking Grapefruit Seed Extract orally that I got relief. I won't say cured because I have never stopped the GSE, I'm afraid to. But the pain, smell and constant need to urinate is gone. I stated with ten drops in some water three times a day. Relief came quick and the strong odor cleared in a couple days. I now take ten drops one or twice every day. The GSE is not expensive and you take such a small amount it lasts a long time. I thank God for this as I was miserable. Miserable. Now I feel human again. I hope this helps you and you find a cure.


    Posted by Beverly (Riverside, Ca.) on 05/29/2013

    Would anyone know what causes the lower back of the head to become ICE COLD? When the back of my head feels cold and clammy it sets off severe sinus drainage. It feels like acid running down my sinuses, ear, throat and into my chest. Can it be an infection in my head? If I keep my head warm with a cap and stay away from cold drinks and fans I have no drainage. But the cold head worries me? The condition never goes away?