JMMA - First, thanks for your thoughts. Every piece of information helps, adds pieces to the puzzle.
How sick am I? Well, you're story is worse than mine. I've undergone a few years of extreme stress (family illness and deaths, moving across country, husband loss business, financial difficulties, new baby, new high-stress job, the list goes on...). I was concerned when going through it because I knew this experience just couldn't be good for my health - my doctor told me I was fine.
I started to get lots of sinus and throat infection which caused me to go through numerous rounds of Antibiotics
(oh, how I wish I had known better). The fatigue was gradually but started to become dibilitating - it began effecting my home life. I started gaining weight for no real reason despite good diet and exercise and my mood started to turn to borderline depression.
I found an alternative medicine MD and got on her waiting list, but it took me 9 months to get to see her. She discovered that my adrenals were not working, viruses are in my system (Epstien-Barr and Herpes), Candida, anemia and vitamin deficiencies. She put me on vitamin therapy which has helped. I've done 2 liver flushes, a series of 10 colonics, a bowel cleanse, a fast, began the Body Ecology diet very strictly at first but have had trouble staying on it past the first 2 months, exercise, take tons of probiotics a day, echineacea, collodial silver, skin brushing, kefir, cultured veggies, garlic, cinnamon...and various other remedies from ear candles to foot patches. I've made myself a walking guinea pig.
It has helped. My vitamin deficiences and anemia are gone, my digestion is good, my weight is beginning to fall gradually, and my energy is better - not great but much better. No longer dibilitating. My adrenals are better but not healed yet, viruses not as active but still present, Candida slightly impacted but definately still there.
Thus, I just don't feel I am sick enough for DPSA and EDTA IVs (which are $115 per each of the 2 IVs with $100 for the testing that follows. That's $330 a round.) I do think my doc may be onto something with the metal toxicity, but I'm thinking that I'd rather try a more moderate approach first - the cilantro, low grade EDTA supplements, clay baths, spirulina, etc.
JMMA -have you tried any of these other methods beside DPSA/EDTA?
Yes, I have been on a lot of the forums for the last 6 months, and incredibly grateful for the font of information that this site offers. Many minds work better than some.
Sorry for the length of this post, but I thought if I spelled out my issues, you might have some further insight. Thanks for your time.