I’m having a terrible time… (Living with Peripheral Neuropathy)

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I’m having a terrible time..

Living with Peripheral Neuropathy

Written by K.K. Martin @theKatrinaM  

“One word, Frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.”  – Sophocles

Normally I’m full of jokes and crazy talk so it’s very rare that I come on this blog with some depressing ass shit. The whole point of starting the blog was to get my depression out back in 2009. On October 2008 I was declared disabled, and SSA said that I was too young to be disabled and to fuck off, bitch go back to work. So I did, I worked in retail until 2011 where I used my degree loosely as tech  for a communications company. As per their request I made sure that I obtained an office job. Simply because that’s what those assholes wanted me to do.

[ Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder of the peripheral nerves—the motor, sensory and autonomic nerves that connect the spinal cord to muscles, skin and internal organs. It usually affects the hands and feet, causing weakness, numbness, tingling and pain.]

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Fast forward to 2012 and my body started to deteriorate even more, I couldn’t even work a full day, or get out of bed. My employers didn’t know what to do with me. I needed to be there because I was one of the 2 that were on the late shift. It got to the point where they suggested that I went on medical leave, I was already ahead of them on that decision. On November 2013 my doctors took me off work and declared me disabled once again.

[ Peripheral neuropathy is common. It is estimated that upwards of 20 million Americans suffer from this illness. It can occur at any age as children and young adults are affected. The disease is more common among adults 40 and up.]

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I again applied for SSA, since it’s a long process I placed myself on SDI like I did  in 2008. I’m at the point where this is nothing my doctors can do for me. I have a shit ton of specialist who try to keep me a whole person but it’s not working. I’ve done every test and been on a long list of medications. Once again SSA is telling me and my team of doctors that there is nothing wrong with me. How is that even possible? I’m in nonstop pain from the moment I wake up until I fall asleep if I fall asleep that night.

The pain in my back can no be felt in my spine, the electrocution has increased, the numbness is effecting the use of my limps I have muscle spasm more frequently than I did a year ago. Overall my value of life has decrease tremendously. Walking, sitting and standing has always been my main issues, so is mobility of my limbs and organs. And these people continue to say there is nothing wrong with me. I would love for someone to help me understand how a person in this much pain where they don’t go anywhere because of it or can function is 100% healthy. I have seen people who are able body get approve within months… months!

[ There are many causes of peripheral neuropathy, including diabetes, hereditary disorders, inflammation, infections or autoimmune diseases, protein abnormalities, compression or physical trauma, exposure to toxic chemicals, poor nutrition, kidney failure, chronic alcoholism, and certain medications – especially those used to treat cancer. ]

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Today in particular is a rough day or more like a month. I’m in more pain that I can handle at any given moment. My body hurts so much that I took a hot bath to soak it, the problem is hot water causes my nervous to go insane. So now out of the tub, still in pain just different pain. I’m also in a financial shit hole, I pay for all my doctors appointments and medications out-of-pocket for the last year. So you can imagine what my pockets have been like living on SDI paying, rent, utilities, necessities, personal bills, food, medication, transportation, and doctors is like for me. While on SDI I did not qualify for any type of assistance, so if I was short I was just short and had to not eat or pay for something. We all know that I’m too fucking skinny for that not eating bullshit.

Mind you SDI only last for 12 month and I stretched that shit for 13 months, on month 14 I took out a loan from my 401k i know i know shut up! I only took out what I needed for the month and it’s now month 15 and I’m tapped out. I mean after the 12th of December there was nothing, no food, 130 short on rent, and no way to get anywhere. Did I mention my phone has been off since November? So I can’t communicate with anyone either. I tried getting UI but I can’t because I can’t worked and if I do work my case is automatically dismissed.

[ While every person’s experience with peripheral neuropathy can be as unique as the individual, there are some common neuropathy symptoms and signs.  At first, you may notice numbness, tingling, abnormal sensations, or pain in your feet. Some people feel like they have socks on, even though they are barefoot. Over time, this feeling spreads to your legs and hands. ]

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I should also mention that my case worker for my SSDI at the lawyer’s office is a fucking moron. I simply don’t understand how she even got the job. I requested for a new case worker. I should tell you what happen…. My doctor submitted a form to my job saying that I will never returned to work because of blah blah brain  doctor terminology. He also wrote in my medical records that I am unemployable due to my condition which has too many restrictions. My case worker is supposed to be keeping up with my doctor’s appointment and all forms he sent out. This was almost a month ago, so when I called the person ahead of her he told me that they were never aware and that could help me get my case expedited to be seen by a judge. In other words I wouldn’t be struggling and about to be homeless if that was submitted into their system a month ago.

So here I am, in a shit ton of pain, broke, and now sick because I stood in a line for 1 1/2 – 2 hours at the morons of Social Services because they wouldn’t let me stand in the disabled line.. all for an application. With manner-less humans coughing and sneezing all over the place without covering their damn mouths. As I never really been on public assistance before, even when I worked only part-time and was always told I made too much money. How the fuck are these people getting food stamps and driving BMW’s? I saw more LV and Gucci in that place than I do on Rodeo, Robertson and etc. Explain!?

[ You may find it harder and harder to walk. Your legs feel heavy. You have to drag yourself up the stairs. You find yourself losing your balance, not being exactly sure where your feet are; so, you stumble into things or fall. To keep your balance, you are likely to widen your way of walking, and walking becomes less rhythmic or fluid. As for your hands, you think you have a good grip on something, like your keys, but they drop right out of your hands. In the worst cases, you can end up in a wheelchair. Some neuropathies can be fatal. ]

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After 5 hours in a petri dish I only got food stamps which is a blessing because my kitchen was bare. Unfortunately for me I never bared any children so I don’t get anything else or at least until I go to their doctors to prove that I’m disabled next month after my rent is due. If I was a whore in my younger years, and had 5 kids by 6 dudes because I can’t figure out which one belong to whom. I could be living like a fucking queen, driving my BMW, rocking Gucci shades, with my Louie purse. Instead I went to college, became independent and worked all my adult life I gets nothing. I am now in a fucked up system that isn’t going to help me because I’m disabled. Oh and I have to pay them back 10% when my SSDI starts. Yet these bitches will remain to live off me. At this point I don’t believe they help single parents either.

[ Some types of peripheral neuropathy can be cured, yet most cannot. However, many patients can be helped. Therapy is directed at treating the underlying disease and at improving the symptoms with the right medications. An experienced neuromuscular neurologist can help patients feel more comfortable, and their quality of life can be greatly improved. But it is extremely important to get to an experienced neurologist as soon as you notice the symptoms before the disease has a chance to cause severe permanent damage. ]

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As I’m writing this I am realizing that no one is reading because 1 it’s to seriously and 2 it’s a bit fucking long. I didn’t start writing for people to feel sorry for me. I just wrote out everything that is going on, and simply because no one really know what is happening to people who become disabled. This can easily be you one day if you get hurt on the job, or get into a car accident or develop a disease like I did. I wrote this to inform you so you are not ignorant to what is actually happening everyday to working class people. I grew up in middle class America, in San Diego actually, my mother worked every single day that I’ve been alive and still does till this day. She was a single mom most of my life but she never needed for anything, so as an adult I did the same thing. Went to work everyday just like her, I know that you’re asking if my parents can help and the answer is no. I am alone in this as I’ve always have been in this shit fest. Which brings me full circle on how this blog started. I like how things connect back, because it’s also the reason of this post.

Still thinking about getting that Hello Kitty Tattoo? – Tattoo Ink Poisoning Americans

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If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you have a tattoo. After all, nearly half of the population has decided at some point in their life that it was a good idea to permanently ink an image, or special symbol, onto their skin. Many hold no regrets when it comes to their tattoos; however, others embrace them less so with age.

But now there’s a new reason to rethink getting inked. Have you ever considered exactly what tattoo ink is made of? The ink is really pigment, and most are made of metal salts; however, some are made of plastics or vegetable dyes, and if organic, they’re usually plant-based.

Body-art lovers have complained of scarring, allergic reactions, and phototoxic reactions (adverse reaction to light or sunlight), and depending on the type of pigment, other complications can occur. Brightly colored plastic-based pigments have been particularly problematic for some, and glow-in-the-dark tattoos can be radioactive and toxic.

FDA has not approved any tattoo pigments for injection into the skin

. Tattoo parlors are regulated by the state and city, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require manufacturers to release their ink’s ingredients; doing so could supposedly give away trade secrets.

The lack of regulation is slightly unnerving considering that 36 percent of people ages 18-25 have tattoos, as do 40 percent of those 26-40 years old. That means approximately 45 million Americans have been inked, and one-third of those did so because it makes them feel “sexy.”

Unfortunately, what makes you feel sexy now, could possibly make you feel sick later. The chemicals and heavy metals in tattoo ink can cause various forms of cancer, birth defects, certain mutations, and be destructive to your immune system.

 Many pigments used in tattoo inks are industrial-grade colors suitable for printer ink or automobile paint

. The FDA’s website warns about tattoo ink possibly causing infections, allergic reactions, keloids (formation of a scar), granulomas (inflammation) and potential complications while receiving MRIs.

Although rare, some people might experience swelling or burning in the tattoo while receiving magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), according to the FDA.

A team of researchers is working with an Arkansas-based FDA laboratory to learn more about the chemistry between tattoos and the body. Chemist Paul Howard, Ph.D., with the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), is investigating the “chemical composition of the inks and how they break down (metabolize) in the body.”

They’re also looking at the short-term and long-term safety of tattoo pigments, and how the body responds to the interaction of light with the inks.

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“There have been no systematic studies of the safety of tattoo inks,” said Howard, “so we are trying to ask–and answer–some fundamental questions.”

Part of the team’s research is to understand what happens to tattoo ink when it’s exposed to sunlight and fades over time. “Where does the pigment go?” asked Howard.

Some experts theorize that body cells digest and destroy the ink, ridding themselves of bacteria and other foreign matter as a defense mechanism. Yellow 74 pigment is believed to be broken down by enzymes, or metabolized, similar to the way our bodies excrete other substances, according to NCTR research.



Sunlight breaks down the pigment Yellow 74 into colorless compounds that, while invisible, most likely still remain in the skin and could potentially be toxic.

Research has also shown that some pigment migrates from the tattoo site to the body’s lymph nodes, explained Howard.



“Lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system, a collection of fluid-carrying vessels in the body that filter out disease-causing organisms. Whether the migration of tattoo ink has health consequences or not is still unknown,” states the FDA’s website. 

Further research is definitely needed to fully understand the effects of tattoos; however, it’s worth considering next time you think about getting inked.



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You got the Wrong Number – DO NOT answer if this number is calling you

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WASHINGTON – If you get a call from the number (202) 609-7070, the Internal Revenue Service is warning you not to answer the phone.

IRS officials said those who call from this number are impersonating the IRS agents and demand payment for fake tax liens.

Authorities said the phony agent, who usually has a heavy accent, will call or leave a voice mail saying you owe money to the IRS and if it isn’t paid immediately you will be arrested.

The IRS says they have received 90,000 complaints to date about the scam and about 1,000 people have lost an estimated $5 million from the fraud.

The IRS said it will never:

  • Never ask for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone
  • Never insist that taxpayers use a specific payment method to pay tax obligations
  • Never request immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies

If you get a call you believe to be a part of this scam, the IRS urges you call 1-800-366-4484 to report the incident.

For more information on phone scams and how to avoid being defrauded, visit irs.gov.

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Is your Cellphone your friend or a Double Agent?

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How well do you know your cellphone?

 For many of us, it knows where we are every minute of the day, and it’s storing that list right there on your phone where anyone can find it.

It’s pretty common knowledge that our smartphones can tag pictures and videos with where we are, and certain apps tell us they’re using our location.

This is different.

With a new operating system update that was released last fall, iPhones now keep an actual log of places you’ve been, down to the address and the minute.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been under this setting before,” said smartphone user Jeremy Katz. “I didn’t know it was doing that level of detail.” 

 You have to know where to look:

               Step 1: Click on your ‘Settings’ app

               Step 2: Select ‘Privacy’

               Step 3: Select ‘Location Services’

               Step 4: Scroll all the way to the bottom to ‘System Services’

               Step 5: Select ‘Frequent Locations’

               Step 6: Click on each of the cities, and each location to see the specific addresses you’ve visited and the time of day you were there.

If someone thought a spouse was cheating, the truth could be right there in their phone.

“Wow, that is awesome,” exclaimed Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson when she saw the technology for the first time.

“It’s scary from a Big Brother point of view, but it’s awesome for law enforcement purposes,” she added.

Lawson says prosecutors have used cell tower data for years. But now, if a suspect swears he wasn’t at the house that got robbed, his phone could say he was and at the exact time of the crime.

“It’s by far better, otherwise they’re pinging a general location. This gives the exact address, this is awesome for us,” Lawson said.

“If they go through the proper warrant procedures it’s perfectly appropriate for them to get this information,” sad Atlanta attorney Gerry Weber, who specializes in constitutional law.

Weber admits he finds the new technology a little scary.

“Anybody could grab your cellphone and see where you’ve been over the last several months, date and time and place. I don’t think anybody would imagine that,” said Weber.

He worries the accessibility of the information might be too tempting for officers to wait for a search warrant.

“The officer might grab the phone, look and see where you’ve been, and use that information, and not ever tell anybody that they got it from your phone,” said Weber.

He wonders if Apple might eventually do the same, and share or sell locations for marketing.

According to Apple’s website, “Your iPhone will keep track of places you have recently been, as well as how often and when you visited them, in order to learn places that are significant to you. This data is kept solely on your device and won’t be sent to Apple without your consent. It will be used to provide you with personalized services, such as predictive traffic routing.”

You automatically consent when you allow Apple to “use your frequent locations” to improve your maps feature.

Apple refused to disclose how often your phone records your location, and whether it’s triggered by a specific act like a call or a text.

“There’s so much information out there. It’s so rich. It’s so revealing. They all want their hands on it,” said Hanni Fakhoury with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco based non-profit that defends privacy rights.

Fakhoury questions why Apple automatically activates the frequent locations feature when users agree to basic location services.

“When you are opted into the system automatically without any choice that’s where there are some real problems,” said Fakhoury.

Most of the smartphone users Channel 2 shared the feature with immediately asked how to disable it. 

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“Oh, no. It’s an E-Cig, it’s much Healthier.” – Studies Reveal Health Risks Of E-Cigarettes

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“There’s no such thing as a safe cigarette.” This is a line that has been used to describe menthols, filtered cigarettes, and slims, but it also applies to the latest product for smokers: electronic cigarettes. They have been widely heralded by users and manufacturers as a completely harmless smoking alternative, but there isn’t much research to back up that statement. Recent studies have shown that they still contain tiny particles that can irritate lung tissue and could cause disease.

Modern electronic cigarettes have been available for a decade and have been booming in popularity. Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigs don’t burn dried tobacco leaves doused in nearly 600 additives; 69 of which are carcinogenic. Instead, a battery-powered device heats a liquid solution (called e-liquid) of nicotine and flavors, creating an aerosol that is inhaled to simulate the physical sensation of smoking in a process known as “vaping”.

Higher end models of e-cigs allow the user to adjust the voltage from the battery, which regulates the intensity of the heating element. As the solution gets hotter, it intensifies the effect of the nicotine hit. Unfortunately, these higher temperatures also affect the glycerin and propylene glycol used as solvents within the e-liquid, converting them to carbonyls found in cigarettes such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde

Earlier this year, a study found that increasing an e-cig’s voltage from 3.2V to 4.8V while using an e-liquid with both solvents produced almost as much formaldehyde as a traditional cigarette. While the human body produces formaldehyde as a byproduct of normal metabolic activity in the cells, it is suspected of being carcinogenic when inhaled. The same study also found that at lower voltages, e-cigs produced up to 800 times less formaldehyde than a cigarette. While this might sound a lot safer, the size of the vapor particles and the delivery method into the lungs heavily impact the risk of disease.

Particles found in inhaled cigarette smoke have a median size of 0.3-0.5 microns. Testing has found that the e-cigarette particles have a median of 0.18-0.27 microns. About 40% of these particles can travel deep into the lungs and become embedded in the alveoli, where gas exchange occurs. Even if the particle itself isn’t toxic, the size alone places a burden on the lungs and can cause disease. 

As vaping is still fairly new, there just has not been enough time to do the necessary long-term studies regarding health risks. Though these early studies do hint that e-cigs are a better option than traditional smoking, that isn’t really saying a lot, because cigarettes are pretty terrible. Even if vaping is better than smoking, it doesn’t mean it’s safe. As its popularity continues to grow, it is important to understand the full risk associated with vaping for both the user and those exposed to the vapor secondhand.

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Pauley Perrette Severe Allergic Reaction to Hair Dye – The Dangers in Hair Coloring and Safer Alternatives

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NCIS actress Pauley Perrette is warning fans about the dangers of hair dye after suffering a severe allergic reaction to her trademark ink-black color.

Many consumers are growing in their watchfulness as to what goes in their bodies, but health can be as greatly impacted by what goes on their bodies. We already realize that chemicals in cosmetics such as skin creams can break through the skin barrier, but what about the chemicals in hair coloring? In response to recent bad press about hair dyes, many have turned to semi-permanent solutions. However, there is reason to question the safety in the substances used in these products as well. If you are among the 50% of women who color their hair, or a man who covers his gray, you might want to do more investigation into your favorite hair coloring.

The most problematic hair dye ingredient is a family of chemicals called Arylamines. Arylamines are a known risk factor for bladder cancer and have been found to cause cancer in experimental animals. One of these is p-phenylenediamine (PPD) which is listed on the box of even non-permanent “natural” products. It is an important ingredient in hair coloring because it lasts through many washings and perming is possible with it. PPD hair dyes usually come packaged as 2 bottles, one containing the PPD dye preparation and the other containing the developer or oxidizer. PPD is a colorless substance that requires oxygen for it to become colored. It is this intermediate, partially oxidized state that may cause allergy in sensitive individuals. Fully oxidized PPD is not a sensitizer, so individuals with PPD allergy can wear wigs or fur coats dyed with PPD safely.

Another factor involves the mixing of hydrogen peroxide with ammonia. Research has found that this combination may create potentially carcinogenic chemicals that don’t normally exist in the two liquids prior to mixing them together.

A third factor is that the darker dyes are more challenging as they contain greater levels of chemicals. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) stated that skin contact with PPD should be prevented in order to avoid the allergic reactions, and indeed, the FDA has NOT approved its use for direct skin application. This is an oxymoron, though, as it is next to impossible to avoid contact with the skin when applying hair color.

Safer alternatives to ammonia and peroxide are being developed. One company’s organic and mineral research laboratory has found a way of making peroxide from avocado oil and it is far less irritating to the skin. They have also discovered an alternative to ammonia. Derived from coconut oil, it isn’t irritating and has no nasty smell. Look for products that are ammonia and peroxide-free and use vegetable-based dyes. A search on the web for “natural hair colorings” should turn up a few good leads. Two examples are Planet Organic and Aveda. Some of these companies state that their formulas provide longer lasting color than the older vegetable rinses.

Many people have tried henna as a solution. Henna’s effect lasts longer than a vegetable rinse and adds a wonderful shine, highlights and bounce to the hair. Henna products, which are gluten-free and animal-cruelty-free, are not always a red color, but all henna contains and imparts a little red. Today this natural dye comes in a wide array of shades, not just red, but will not lighten hair. Henna enhances your natural color rather than totally covering it, which allows some of your natural highlights to come through. The coating and sealing advantages mentioned above are inherent with henna.

As always, it is up to you, the consumer, to do the research and to become responsible for your own health, in regard to what goes on your body in addition to what goes in it.


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Smokers or Past Smokers : Six Ways to Cleanse and Revitalize your Lungs

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It’s been observed that even former smokers who quit years ago have traces of lung damage.

Even if one has never smoked, second hand cigarette smoke, industrial pollution, vehicular exhaust fumes and now chemtrails with downward drifting heavy metal nano-particles all contribute to some level of lung damage for almost everyone.

So whether you once smoked or never puffed on chemical-laden, radioactive (from the fertilizer) tobacco, detoxing and regenerating lung tissue may still be appropriate for you.

By the way, the notion that lung damage is irreparable is not true. With proper nourishment and nurturing, your lungs can repair damaged tissues eventually.

Right now is a great time to quit smoking. Why? In as little as 20 minutes you’ll start to feel the benefits of not smoking.

There are over 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke and at least 69 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer.

The best way to avoid most chemicals, GMOs, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), excess sugar and bad salt is to eliminate junk and processed foods and sodas. Minimize meat, dairy and wheat to reduce excess mucus. Adding ginger, onions, garlic and cayenne helps eliminate excess mucus as well.

1 – Exercise more outdoors, away from traffic if possible. Breathing exercises can be used to help strengthen lung tissue. Yoga offers some, and there are others as well.

2- Eliminate household toxins that are part of detergents, cleansers, bleaches and chemically scented “air fresheners”.

There are many chemical free substitutes available at health food stores, even Target has a few on hand. Ditto for cosmetics and bodycare products. Buy only aluminum free deodorants for starters.

Pesticides must go as well, and there are alternatives that aren’t toxic for humans.

All toxic commercial pesticides emit caustic gases or vapors (off-gassing) that irritate the lungs.

3 – Improve your indoor air, which can be even worse than outdoor air.

Try to replace carpeting with other flooring or at least vacuum and steam clean often. Beware of furniture or clothing that’s been fire proofed. Flame retardants off-gas carcinogenic compounds.

You may want to look into commercial air cleaners. Or simply get some nice indoor plants that add life to your dwelling while removing toxins.

4 – Herbal remedies for lung issues are abundant. You’ll need to determine which type of herb is appropriate for your situation.

Antitussive herbs reduce respiratory spasms; expectorant herbs loosen mucus; demulcent herbs sooth irritated tissue; and antimicrobial herbs resolve infections.

Here’s a good overall guide for respiratory healing herbs.

Licorice root is one that pretty much covers all those attributes. It can create side effects for some because of its glycyrrhizin content. But licorice extract products are available with the glycyrrhizin removed. This is known as deglycyrrhizinated licorice or DGL licorice.

Lobelia, ironically known as Indian tobacco, helps clear the airways for easier breathing. It even works for asthma attacks.

5 – Detoxing is necessary for any regeneration or rebuilding.

Eliminating or reducing your toxic load relieves your immune system and allows the process of growing new tissue to occur.

Item (1) of this article is an absolute prerequisite to detoxifying. Then, foods such as chlorella and cilantro consumed often can help detoxify heavy metals, especially from the liver. Zeolite in its raw powder form (not liquid) is very useful.

Make sure you drink plenty of purified fluoride free water and find ways to sweat more. If you can, use a far infrared sauna somewhere; you’ll have the best level of sauna. But conventional sauna’s still do the job.

6 – Serrapeptase enzymes are very powerful enzymes capable of eating up scar tissue, heavily calcified tissue or hardened mucus deposits.

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