You might remember that I was the one who just tested positive for three times the upper range of normal lead levels, and some mercury and thallium to boot. Sixteen years ago I painted figurines made of lead, but also right before developing the condition I had 10 year-old mercury fillings removed (perhaps not as carefully as should have been by the dentist), and was drinking gallons of water straight from the shower head at an old house in San Francisco. Acute severe anxiety, Antibiotics
, a horrible diet, alcoholism and chronic weed smoking, damage to and possible contamination of the lips from kissing, round out my perfect storm of possible causes.
I also am the one who just moved to Brazil, where, for reasons of protecting my bowels, I'm drinking bottled water. So, of course, I will update if I see progress here. But even assuming my old residences had old lead pipes, I think changing residence won't be enough for alleviating my toxic load, as the lead stays in your bones apparently (among other places), so my naturopath recommended chelation therapy to remove it. Not sure I'll be able to do it here in Brazil, so I'll focus on dieting, exercise, soaking up the humid air and equatorial sun, and relaxing as much as possible.
I am now a fan of spending money on tests instead of trying every last topical miracle cure that comes along. I feel like after my tests, I have narrowed my course of action down considerably, and if nothing gets better, then I'll be more in a position to come to terms with the longevity of the condition.
Wishing everyone progress this summer. Always keep things in perspective. Never give up the fight.