CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome) and Biotoxin Illness

I met with my functional medicine doctor yesterday, and we went over all my symptoms and the fact that I really haven’t made any healing progress since I started seeing her in October. In fact, I feel like my health has actually declined. She said my symptoms- fatigue, thyroid and adrenal problems, memory loss, anxiety, plus the fact that I failed the Shoemaker vision test indicated that I have CIRS, or biotoxin illness, most likely from mold exposure at some point in my life.

While I am relieved to have a guess as to what’s going on with my body, I am also completely overwhelmed as to how we are going to move forward with treating my body and possibly our house. Our first step in healing my body is to actually take a medicine called cholestyramine, which will help bind to the toxins and remove them from my body. I’m nervous because I don’t want to suffer from detox effects, but I also am really tired of feeling like I’m dying. I need to keep working on eating healthy and supporting my body naturally to help it detox.

We also need to have our house inspected to see if there is any hidden mold. This completely overwhelms me because I feel like it’s a silent killer, and could possibly be lurking all in our house and all over our possessions. Thankfully we have been living minimally for years, and this is actually propelling us to live with even less. I have heard stories of some people who actually lock the doors and leave their houses with everything in it and move. I really hope it doesn’t come down to that for us! It makes me so sad to think about that. My daughter was born in our bathroom seven years ago, my sister lives next door, and we can picture ourselves living here for a long time and being happy.

I’ve called a few local companies but I don’t feel like they have given me the answers that I would like. My doctor’s office is going to be calling around to see if they can find a good company for us to have come out. In the meantime, I’m doing everything I can to keep the air in our house healthy- diffusing a thieves type blend essential oil, opening windows when it’s nice out, and I’m looking into purchasing an air purifier for our house.

It’s completely overwhelming to me. I feel like the treatment for myself and possibly the house are going to cost so much money it scares me. However, I have felt so bad for so long that at this point I would do pretty much whatever is necessary to heal my body and feel better! I can’t wait until the day that I feel good like I used to.

The good news is that if this is truly what we are dealing with, with the medicine I’m going to be taking, I should notice a difference within a few weeks. I surely hope so!

I will be sure to update on the progress of everything. I feel hopeful that we have a plan, and I am praying that healing will come quickly!

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4 Point Saliva Cortisol Test for Adrenal Fatigue

In my quest to treat adrenal fatigue naturally, I have found some lab testing to be very helpful. First off, a complete thyroid panel with Free T3, Free T4, total T4, Reverse T3, TSH, and the two types of thyroid antibodies. I actually recently pulled this myself as I was curious what my levels were. The other test that I think is extremely helpful is the four point saliva cortisol test. I recently completed this and received my results.

Cortisol is highest in the morning and then drops as the day progresses. Optimal cortisol follows that curve. My cortisol test came back low, low, high, high. The only one that was way out of range was the “evening” one. I am now taking PS 100 about an hour before each high was recorded- around 4pm and then 9pm. That will hopefully help get my cortisol back on track and the theory is that if you bring down the highs, the lows will come up. If I don’t feel like it’s helping bring the lows up, I will use Thorne Adrenal Cortex to bring up the lows. My thinking is that the lows really aren’t that low, so hopefully they will start to rise as my cortisol falls.

I’m also trying to make sure that my blood sugar is balanced. It seems as though people with adrenal fatigue experience reactive hypoglycemia symptoms and I am really bad about making sure that I’m eating on time. Sometimes I wait until I’m starting to get shaky and that’s terrible. I also have been making sure to eat protein, fat, and carbs together. Before bed, I make sure I have a snack. When I don’t, I’ve been waking up with my heart pounding in the middle of the night! It’s a terrible feeling!

My functional medicine doctor is also exploring the possibility of mold toxicity. I am hoping and praying that is not the root cause of all of this. I’m hoping it is just adrenal and thyroid problems. I think personally my case is more adrenal than thyroid, as I tried thyroid hormones but couldn’t tolerate them. I could be wrong, but that’s my gut feeling. It also seems like my body produces adequate t4 according to labs, but it’s not converting it properly. So frustrating.

A lot of the days I feel overwhelmed by anxiety. I have always had anxiety, but this is different. It’s like I’m a stranger in my body. I feel like I can’t control the anxiety or completely relax no matter what I do. I have never felt so bad in my life. I’m really hopeful that sharing my experience can help someone else, and in a few months I hope to be able to come back and share that I am feeling completely better! Healing is a journey. I think that’s probably what is so hard is not being able to do something and wake up completely better. I’m going to keep fighting and praying and will make it through this!

If you are struggling from chronic fatigue, anxiety, or overwhelm, please seek out a full thyroid panel at least. I’ve found the four point saliva cortisol test to be very helpful too. The best bet is to look for a functional or alternative medicine doctor.

I am not a doctor, and this is just my personal experience. Please visit a medical professional for any medical questions you may have.

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How to Save Money in the Office

You already know that financial planning can help you save money. Anaheim, CA, financial advisors Griffin Financial notes that “reaching your long-term financial objectives hinges on having the right plan – one that fits your unique circumstances and grows with you.”

But what about saving money at the office? Money problems have tanked countless businesses. You need to be smart with your finances if you want to thrive in business. It doesn’t matter how great your product your product is if you’re spending more than you’re earning.

The following tips can make a huge difference.

Rely on Technology

The people who worry about automatization in the office are right. Computers are taking jobs. What does this mean for you? You should take a close look at your staff and see if there are any positions you can eliminate.

Staffing costs will always be among your heaviest expenses. Employees are costly. Trimming their number will instantly save you money. Many business owners have found that it’s worthwhile to pay a heavy upfront cost for software that can do tasks formerly performed by humans. They know that they’ll quickly get their investment back.

Staffing isn’t the only area where technology can affect your bottom line. Depending on your industry, you might be able to find software that helps your employees do their work. For example, you can use inventory software to track your sales and your inventory.

Negotiate

There’s no reason to settle for the initial price. Sometimes, when business owners are arranging for services like office space, they forget to negotiate and end up accepting whatever price is thrown at them.

However, you’re not going to get the best deals if you’re not willing to work for them. Use the same attitude with your suppliers. Seek discounts.

Go Remote

Do you even need office space? The traditional office is changing. More and more people are working from remote locations. Employees love it because of its convenience. They get to work from the comfort of their living room and don’t have to deal with rush hour traffic. Employers love remote teams because it widens their applicant pool and saves money.

Going remote is pretty simple. There are multiple software options that allow you to communicate with your team. You can play around with different programs like Slack and Basecamp until you find one that works for you.

If you still want to foster team spirit, you can schedule a once or twice a year employee meetup.

Cut Supplies

The stereotypical office is filled with stereotypical supplies. It’s easy to fall into the trap of buying a lot of things that you don’t need. A lot of your correspondence is now digital. Your office doesn’t need to be equipped the same way that your parents’ did.

To save money,  you should only buy office products that you’re actually going to use. Look around the office and see what people are doing. This will help you figure out what’s necessary.

Get Security

Install video cameras, hire a security guard, whatever makes sense for your business. You need to protect it from people who would harm it. It’s a good idea to get insurance as well. Otherwise, you could be destroyed by a single robbery.

Most business robberies are committed by employees. These costs add up over time. Installing cameras can break this trend. If you tell employees that the camera is there, they’ll behave because they know they’re being watched. If you don’t tell them what’s going on, you can catch the dishonest people.

Advertise Online

Traditional TV and print advertising are very expensive. This might be okay if you’re a Fortune 500 company. If you have a small business, it makes more sense to focus on online advertising. You get more value for your money.

An online advertising campaign can be created to suit any budget. Even influencer marketing can be inexpensive if you do it correctly.

You should think about pouring all of your advertising budget into your online projects. You can get customer feedback almost immediately. You’ll quickly learn if your strategy is working.

Saving money at your office require creativity and constant work. You can’t do it if you’re not an expert in your industry. When new labor-saving technology is introduced, you should know all about it.

If your business already has an accountant, talk to them about further ways to save money. It can be hard to know what to do when you’re in the thick of things.

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