Ellie's body has continued to have problems detoxing properly. This is a classic GAPS issue, but of course Ellie has to take everything to the extreme. She was clearly detoxing when we first put her on GAPS, yet she has since stopped showing visible signs. Not detoxing holds up her healing. Because she has a broken detoxification system her body does not get rid of normal everyday toxins, and has also built up a reserve of them that must be flushed. We have been giving her topical glutathione, an enzyme the liver needs to push toxins out and help the body heal. Even with the enzyme her urine has been clear and without smell, her eczema continues to be a problem (toxins coming through the skin), and yeast flares with every change we make.
It has been a long haul to try and figure out what is exactly keeping her body from dumping toxins, and I have learned some interesting things along the way. I am always amazed at the body, and I learned about even more ways that it is designed to self-protect - by 'hiding' toxic metals in various places of the body and using yeast to protect the body from mercury. Fluoride is a poison, and once I realized our house water filtration system was not removing fluoride and heavy metals I was certain this was the key to Ellie's detox problem. Fluoride is stored in the thyroid, and the thyroid is extremely important in making hormones and enzymes.
I had to wait for us to have the money to purchase the filter we needed, which gave me the time to deal with my anger at the institutions I pay which decided to ADD the fluoride to our water to begin with (costing me money and making us sick). We purchased the filter and installed it in mid-May, and began cleaning out the freezer of frozen broth made with fluoridated water.
Sure enough, within a day or so Ellie began detoxing fluoride. The result was borderline fascinating to watch. Her urine became cloudy white and the stench was horrid. If you have ever been around an indoor chlorinated pool or spa, and are familiar with that breath-taking chlorine gas smell in the air, this was very similar. She would go to the bathroom and use her little potty, and I would have to hold my breath or cover my face to go in behind her and empty the bowl. Her breath changed as well, and her eczema changed in appearance. Somewhere around this time her skin bacteria made a change from primarily fungal to staph, which we have been working to keep at bay ever since. I can't remember exactly when that change started.
The major detoxification symptoms lasted a week or so, and have since mellowed. As long as we keep her on the glutathione, her urine smells and has some color and we have signs that her body is detoxing. The significance? More healing!