next breadcrumb gretal…

I refer to the story of Hansel and Gretal…it was a great idea to have a trail to follow, but not very well thought out…now there’s a familiar theme I think we can all relate to!!!  Perhaps Gretal was hormonally imbalanced too?

There’s a very popular GP/Naturopath in Ubud – Peggy Marienfeld.  Dr Peggy has been round the block a few times and knows how to treat all the common ailments round Bali.  The very cool practice she introduced me to is live blood analysis.  It’s pretty cool to see your blood under a microscope.  Who knows how accurate it is, but the pictures are pretty and its instantaneous.  It did show fungus, which looked like a beautiful scattering of bright orangeness over my squished up cells.  The bloods confirmed the candida, so I guess that’s pretty accurate.  She did think parasites, which my colonic therapist confirmed (I didn’t see them).  But my pathology showed up some things that the live blood test has yet to uncover.

They are:

  • UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)
  • Severely low progesterone (like post menopausal levels)
  • Slightly high B12 levels.

They couldn’t for some reason test for estrogen in Indonesia…its bali baby..if I go back tomorrow that rule will have changed!

Another thing that Lesley alerted to me, was she noticed heavy metal toxicity in my colonic.  This really got me thinking.  I don’t have any amalgam fillings, so any mercury poisoning would be from fish if anything, and I haven’t consumed a lot of fish since being in Ubud.  But after realising that a lot of my symptoms started after removing the Mirena, I started researching into some case studies on side affects and some incidents of copper toxicity emerged.  The reason for this?  Mirena is made from copper wire.

How Mirena works

It releases 20 mcg of levonorgesterel– a progestin birth control hormone into the uterus daily.  It’s a lower amount of hormone than the birth control pill.  Levonorgestrel is a progestin – a synthetic form of the female hormone, progesterone.

In reading the safety sheet, it’s advised that Mirena should not be used for any abnormalities in the uterus e.g fibroids.  Well guess what, I had the mirena put in as a preventative after I had fibroids to prevent further fibroids by increasing progesterone levels…eek….arrggghh…so annoying.

I’ve read a number of stories from women who have high levels of copper in their body after Mirena use….see section on copper toxicity below 😦

IUD poison

Its fair to say I’ve had ongoing hormone imbalances over the years.  I’ve taken various remedies like 30plus.  I even took anti depressants for a bit.  But it wasn’t until I had fibroids about 5 years ago that I realised that the hormones were really fking with me.  Both the doctor and the specialist had no good answer for my question of “Why do fibroids grow and what can I do to prevent them?”  The solution was to perform a D&C, a procedure to scrape out the fibroids.  In order to balance out the hormones an IUD was implanted – a Mirena.

In an effort to clean out anything unnatural in my body, I had this removed in January.  Since then, I’ve had a raft of annoying symptoms – culminating in the low progesterone reading.

It also turns out that is VERY common for acne is a common side effect – this I can attest to!  It wasn’t until I had the mirena implanted that I experienced acne flare ups on my back, which are still an issue 6 months after having the device removed.  It makes sense that this happens when you consider that the copper wire of the device blocks zinc.  This is important, because zinc deficiency can result in skin conditions like acne.

Low progesterone

Low progesterone is not good.

A LOT of women report severely low progesterone levels after removal of mirena.  Basically the body ‘forgets’ how to produce progesterone naturally.

Without adequate levels of progesterone, estrogen becomes the dominant hormone which leads to complaints like fibroids, endometriosis, gallbladder issues, thyroid dysfunction, fibrocystic breasts, weight gain, depression, anxiety, low sex drive.

Take a look at the long list of symptoms of low progesterone:

  • menstrual irregularities
  • infertility
  • acne
  • depression, anxiety, mood swings
  • low libido, fatigue, foggy thinking
  • slow metabolism, weight gain around middle, sugar cravings
  • migraines, headaches, allergy symptoms

Copper toxicity

Many IUD devices, including Mirena use copper wire.  Copper toxicity can really upset the body’s natural flow. On reading into it, here are the bits that have rung true for me, that I’ve experienced and make sense to me:

  • Liver toxicity with copper prevents the excretion of estrogen.  This is not particularly good if you are estrogen dominant as so many ladies are.
  • Copper competes with Zinc.  Zinc is required for the removal of heavy metals
  • Glutathione – the body’s natural  detoxify and antioxidant declines when too much copper is stored in the liver
  • Copper is overstimulating to the nervous system
  • Copper levels rise in response to stress, magnesium levels are depleted
  • Copper can accumulate in the thyroid

Copper and food

Foods that are high in copper are listed below.  It’s probably doesn’t sound like the best idea to eat food high in copper when you have copper overload.  Perhaps the best idea is to get copper levels tested.  What I can say is that if digestion is not so good, cutting out dairy, wheat, soy, kale and nuts and seeds that aren’t activated is a good idea.  They’re reasonably hard on the digestion.  The only foods that have an adequate amount of zinc to balance out copper toxicity are red meat, chicken, eggs and pumpkin seeds.

  • shellfish
  • nuts and seeds (except pumpkin)
  • soybeans
  • legumes
  • wheat
  • coconut
  • avocado
  • chocolate
  • coffee
  • leafy greens

The role of zinc

Zinc is a trace element, which means only small amount are required in the body.  Zinc plays a key role in the immune system.  Moderate zinc deficiency can be associated with disorders of the intestine resulting in malabsorption of food (common in Crohns & Coeliac patients) and kidney issues.

MMMM Mirena madness

I want to write more but I’m so bored with this post.  The end result is that I’ve been in contact with this little place in Tauranga called Natural Hormone therapy and a Saliva testing kit will be waiting for me when I arrive home.  Will keep you posted.  And when I feel inspired again, I’ll write some more on this topic…theres a lot to say.

..oh and in my opinion – DON’T Mirena.  Mirena-ing is just not cricket.