I started taking Dr. Ron’s mineral supplement about a month ago. As I explained last week, it is made from the bones of grass-fed New Zealand cattle, so it is a logical complement to my beef stock experiment.
The supplement also contains boron, which I am investigating as a possible means to detoxify fluoride from the body.
Charles Hakala, a co-author with Dr. Guy Abraham of several papers for The Iodine Project, told me he believes boron might be better than iodine at displacing fluoride from the body.
Not knowing what to expect from a possible fluoride detox, I started slow. Dr. Ron recommends six pills a day for a complete mineral supplement. I started by taking one or two, twice a day.
I was careful to observe any reaction from the supplement, especially those first few days. Because of my experience last year with iodine supplements, I had an idea which symptoms to look out for.
It only took a few days for my body to develop the same symptoms I had experienced from the iodine supplement. After taking Dr. Ron’s mineral supplement for less than a week, I started to experience persistent fluid retention around my upper abdomen. I also developed a breakout on my chin which had been blemish-free for a long time.
I decided to take a break from the pills because I was traveling for an important meeting and wanted to look my best. The hiatus would give my body a chance to flush out any fluoride, if that is indeed what was going on.
After the trip, I started taking the mineral supplement again. I continued to limit my dosage to one or two pills twice a day. I was attending a fiftieth wedding anniversary party that weekend and again, I wanted to look my best and avoid any possible fluoroderma reaction.
The bloating resumed a few days after I started taking the pills again, but my face remained clear so I didn’t worry about it. The day of the party, I decided to increase the amount of pills I was taking so I would be closer to Dr. Ron’s recommended amount of six per day.
That morning, I took three pills instead of two. When I ate lunch that afternoon, my stomach inflated like a balloon. It was the closest I’ve ever felt to being pregnant! Of course my first thought was, “am I going to fit into my dress?” Luckily, it had a high waist so I was okay.
On our way to the party that evening, I started to feel some cramping. At dinner, the nausea began. I politely picked at my food and tried to keep the appearance that I felt fine. I crashed on the way home and went straight to bed.
The next morning, I woke up early. My digestive system was in torment. I was constantly running to the bathroom. The last time I felt that bad was when I ate oysters in August (not a good month for oysters). I knew something was really wrong when I had to run out of the house to get away from the smell of bacon.
I was nauseous and weak the entire day. Every time I stood up, it took a few seconds for the dizziness to fade. My first thought was that I had food poisoning, but I could not identify anything that could have made me sick. No one else was sick. What was wrong with me?
When I still could not eat anything by that evening, I began to suspect this was not an ordinary bug. That’s when I remembered that I increased the dosage of my mineral supplement. Could that have been the cause of this onslaught of sickness?
I had all the classic symptoms of acute fluoride poisoning: abdominal cramping, nausea, diarrhea, weakness, and dizziness. When water authorities accidentally add too much fluoride to the water, these are the first symptoms people report.
The symptoms lasted approximately 24 hours, although I was not able to eat anything until the evening of day two. I was fully recovered by day three. Part of me wondered if I had experienced acute fluoride poisoning from a significant amount of fluoride that had been displaced by the mineral supplement. After all, that was why I was taking the supplement in the first place.
The only way I could find out was by trying it again. The thought of returning to such a sickened state did not appeal to me, but I had to know if the minerals could have caused such a potent reaction. I decided to take the supplement again, starting out with one or two pills a day like I did before, and then adding a third on the weekend so I wouldn’t be sick for work.
I took two pills on Wednesday evening. By the morning, I was sick as a dog (a heavily fluoridated dog). It was all the same symptoms: nausea, diarrhea, weakness, etc. I had made popcorn in coconut oil the night before and I could barely stand in my kitchen because of the lingering smell. I opened all the windows and sprayed the house down with rose water. Anything to get rid of the smell of food.
This time, the symptoms lasted less than a day. By the evening, I was able to eat a small meal. I returned to work the following morning.
By this point, I was mostly convinced something in that mineral supplement was triggering this reaction. If the boron was releasing fluoride as I hoped it would, then this would be the breakthrough I’ve been hoping for.
To test the theory one last time, I resumed taking the supplement this weekend. I started with two pills Friday night, then three Saturday morning. The fluid retention continued but I did not hit “basketball” status, so I took two more Saturday night. That did it. Before I went to bed last night, I felt the same extreme bloating I had felt last weekend prior to the onset of symptoms. I braced myself for the nausea that would follow.
But instead of waking up with my insides in knots, I awoke with a splitting headache. I usually go to my computer first thing in the morning (yes, to read your comments and emails), but this morning I could not stand the light from the monitor. The headache went away after I drank a large glass of lemon water with sea salt. I was surprised how quickly it dissipated, considering how loud it had felt when I first woke up.
So that is the story I’ve been waiting to tell you all week. What do you think? Is it possible I could have experienced acute fluoride poisoning, or do you think something else caused the upset?
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