As the sun rises, the first sounds coming out of my kitchen are the drip, drip of the coffee maker and the whir of the blender. Most mornings start with a smoothie—my way of packing a good nutritional punch into a single glass.
This Cheery Cherry Detox Smoothie is a new favorite. I'd describe it as happy. Cheerful. It's tart with just enough sweet for balance and offers a good dose of greens and antioxidant-packed cherries.
We've been drinking a lot of these lately, and not just for the yum factor but because they are loaded with the fluids, fiber, and antioxidants that are helping Miles flush some nasty toxic heavy metals from his little body.
If you are interested in the progress we've made with chelation, be sure to read through to the end of this post. If you just want the recipe : ) ... here 'tis.
Cheery Cherry Detox Smoothie
Gluten-Free | Casein-Free | Citrus-Free (do not use Emergen-C) | Corn-Free (do not use Emergen-C) | Dairy-Free | Egg-Free | Fish-Free | Nightshade-Free | Peanut-Free | Potato-Free | Rice-Free | Shellfish-Free | Soy-Free | Tree Nut-Free | Wheat-Free | Grain-Free | Sesame-Free | Sweetener-Free (do not use Emergen-C) | Yeast-free | GFCF | Vegetarian | Vegan | Easily Raw
Makes: 4 cups
Prep Time: 3 minutes
1 cup frozen CHERRIES (in the U.S., check Costco for organic)
2-4 KALE CUBES or a handful of fresh kale
1 cup non-dairy MILK (I use SoDelicious® Coconut Milk Beverage)
2 cups WATER
2 tablespoons fresh LEMON JUICE
2 tablespoons CHIA SEED
1 teaspoon gluten-free VANILLA EXTRACT
Liquid vanilla STEVIA to taste
Optional: 1 pack Emergen-C Kidz Fruit Punch (if tolerated)
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender (like a Blendtec or OmniBlend) and blend on high until super smooth.
- If you like your smoothies cold and frosty (like I do) throw in a few ice cubes at the end and blend until smooth.
A Quick Update On Our Journey to Recovery
We are seeing great progress with our little guy. He has not had a flare-up of Candida in over two months. His gut is well on it's way to being healed, if not already there! We continue to steer clear of gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, most fruit and excess sugar—all of which have set him off in the past.
He has made fabulous strides in speech. The other day I found myself crying as I held him in my lap. You see, we are finally connecting and conversing and there are no words for that—the feeling of finally connecting with your child. We continue to work on appropriate social behavior—specifically who to hug and who not to hug and to do it gently : ).
Now, with his gut in shape and supplements to support the methylation process, we are seeing good things. This next phase involves chelation. Here is an update on that front ...
Heavy Metals Versus Toxic Heavy Metals
Living organisms require varying amounts of "heavy metals." Iron, cobalt, copper, manganese, molybdenum, and zinc, for example, are required by humans. Lead, mercury, aluminum and a host of others are not and can be very toxic. In particular, lead and mercury are known to interfere with how nerves communicate.
Chelating with DMSA
For some time we have known of our son's heavy metal burden. Before tackling it, we've had to restore his gut health and fine-tune his supplement regimen. The next step, chelation. We are using the oral DMSA method under the supervision of Miles' doctor. The process is nicely outlined here.
Following are most recent Toxic Heavy Metals Urine Test results. I find them quite fascinating. It's in test results like these that we find hope and determination to continue in this journey of healing.
NOTE: Though DMSA can be purchased without a prescription, I strongly advise chelating under the supervision of a doctor. Along with lead and mercury, DMSA can pull and deplete the body of zinc and essential minerals. A doctor can monitor these levels to ensure you are not putting your health at risk.
"Pre" Toxic Heavy Metals Urine Test
Before adminstering DMSA (dimercaptosuccinic acid) capsules, these were the minimal levels of heavy metals our son was peeing out—likely on a daily basis.
"Post #1" Toxic Heavy Metals Urine Test
After taking the "Pre" test urine collection, he was given a single dose of DMSA to see if DMSA would be an effective treatment. The answers were in the results. This next report shows that the DMSA is pulling metals out of the system and that they are being excreted. Without the help of DMSA his lead number was 0.4 and mercury 0.7. With the help of DMSA those levels jumped to 8.3 for lead and 13 for mercury. Proof that it's coming out is in the pee!
"Post #2" Toxic Heavy Metals Urine Test
This is the most recent report. This reflects 3 days on DMSA and 11 days off, repeated 3 times for a total course of treatment of 42 days. Pesky cesium hasn't changed, however that's to be expected as DMSA is most effective at pulling out lead and mercury. And where did that Thallium come from? Our son is being exposed to it somewhere some how. As for the lead and mercury, the levels have come down which is a good thing, a great thing! We will proceed with another round of DMSA to see if we can bring those levels down even further. We are not as concerned about being "Outside Reference" range as much as we are getting mercury and lead levels down to within 5 times the "Pre" test levels. Our goal; lead 5 x 0.4 = 2.0 and mercury 5 x 0.7 = 3.5.
What has been your experience with DMSA? Share your experience with us.