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Detoxing with the Medical Medium

healing foods

Following my last post, which summarized my medical findings The Lab Results Are In.  The results included high levels of mercury, hypothyroidism, genetic markers related to blood sugar/cardiac, blah, blah, blah . . . I have some healing hope over the past six months.

First, I did fold and went on a short trial of thyroid medication to jump start functioning for lack of a better idea and true desperation. However, I am happy to say, that following two rounds, I am now off of the medication and appear to be functioning without it.

Since I came into all of this eating consistent with Paleo-like diet, but was still experiencing some blood sugar irregularities, Dr. Margie Ikeda and I thought perhaps increasing the fats would better help regulate my blood sugar. I transitioned from the Paleo to a 3:1 high fat/protein ketogenic diet for approximately four months.  Any time I shift my diet (usually to limiting more and more foods), I generally feel a little better initially, but then I hit a wall and return to my ‘new normal’.   With the Keto diet, I of course enjoyed the foods, because it was in my comfort zone (protein and vegetables), but I greatly missed fruits.  I also do not like the idea of limiting vegetables based on their carbohydrate levels, aside from the starch-based (i.e., corn, potato, etc.) of course.

One of the practitioners I am currently seeing, Dr. Dick Shepherd, and his wonderful wife Noel directed me toward a book, Medical Medium. I had never heard of this book, even though it is on the New York Bestsellers list and receiving a lot of recognition.  In a nutshell, Anthony William, an amazing medium, receives health and medical information from a voice, who he refers to as Spirit.  His story is amazing and is certainly worth the read to hear his story.  Based on Noel’s description of her medical journey, as well as her progress, I thought, “well heck, it can’t hurt, it is just a diet change.”   I immediately purchased and read the book prior to my next session.

I know what you are thinking, likely the same as I was thinking, “Really? I am so desperate; I am going to take medical advice from someone who hears voices. Is this really where my health is?”  The short version, “Yes, this is exactly where my health is.”  However, after reading the book, I found it fascinating and much in line with information my former chiropractor / practitioner / person who kept me alive, Dr. Earl Anderson has said for years.  Further, the case studies are people JUST LIKE ME!  They too have weird, debilitating symptoms too!  It felt great to read my story on the pages.  There is a special kinship, as through our search for wellness, we have heard similar stories.  We have been told there is nothing wrong, all tests come back ‘normal’, and have been made to feel like all of our pain is all in our head – even though we can’t get out of bed.  We have been shunned by western medicine, because we are difficult cases that don’t make sense as measured by their tests and pharmaceutical drugs.  The people on the pages were my people and I was very excited to meet them!

Anthony William, the medical medium, who has dedicated his life to helping others at the cost of his own sanity, has no medical background. At first, I was unsure, you know the hearing voices thing, but much of the information I was reading made sense based on my interpretation of Chinese Medicine, holistic medicine, conversations with my competent, intuitive, amazing practitioners, and my own research.  So, after a short warm-up period of phasing out meat and dairy, I hopped along my vegan, lettuce lined path.

Although, as I was getting my toes wet, I did have some fears. One of my primary fears were triggering my hypoglycemic reactions by adding fruit back into my diet, especially due to the fact that I was not eating the fat/proteins to balance my sugar levels.  My other concern was detoxing from heavy metals, namely mercury, too quickly, as this can have significant negative, life-long, cognitive effects and damage.  So I took it very slow and really listened to my body.  I also continued to see my nutritionist, Vicki at Pura Vida Northwest, to ensure my body was responding positively to these changes, ensure I was taking the appropriate supplements and dosages for my body, and no new storms were brewing.

Fast forward 6-8 weeks, I have been following Anthony’s protocol, which entails vegan (he suggests raw, which I am about 70% raw), low fat, with specific focus on healing foods. I have been doing a lot of juicing, blending, and shopping, so it is a time intensive protocol, but hey, so is lying in bed unable to function, so I guess it all works out in the end.

In addition to the diet, I have been taking the majority of his recommended supplements and teas focusing on a heavy metal detox, as well as healing from a plethora of health concerns since a young child. Since beginning this new protocol, I have noted an increase functioning of liver, pancreas, thyroid, and reproductive areas / menstruation.  It also seems that after many years, my generalized yeast issues that resulted in back spasms (no fun!) are now under control.  Cue angles singing, because I am now feeling hopeful!

Following 6-8 weeks and have noticed a decrease in my sensitivity to smells and some foods. I was able to tolerate being near the perfume department, garlic breath (I know, I felt so “judgey”, but it really did make me sick), and cleaning products.  I have also increased my tolerance for some foods, such as garlic (I had developed an intolerance that made me feel nauseous after eating) and mangos (I have never been able to properly digest mangos until now, no more stomach cramping).  Many of my other food reactions, such as gluten and some cow dairy products are not recommended anyway, so I have continued to avoid these products.  In addition to food and smell sensitivities, I have also noted positive shifts in my menstrual cycle.  Although it has lengthened, I am experiencing less PMS symptoms, such as cramping, head-aches, as well as difficulties following that hopefully are specific to my system.  Like a cat prepping for sleep, my body had a very lengthy post menstrual cycle routine that was unnecessary.  I can’t say I miss it!

I have not only been able to add fruit back into my diet, but I have not had any blood sugar issues adding it in, which others have stated as well. My theory on this is that my body couldn’t process fruit and animal proteins when in the same diet?  I have heard others report similar observations.

In addition to my own body observations, I continue to hear of other success stories that are truly inspirational.  In a meeting I attended, women reported not only feeling better (i.e, more energy, less pain, and less anxiety), but many have been able to get off all medications for thyroid issues, including Hashimotos – suggesting that, in fact, the thyroid can be healed!  Others have lost diagnosis and have been free of medications for mental health diagnosis.

Of course, it is not all roses and tequila shots; with the good, comes some bumps in the road. Detoxing form anything is always an interesting process.  I remember my first detox, when I did a full yeast elimination diet.  I felt like I had the flu for a full week.  It was miserable!  Detoxing from heavy metals can present differently for each person.  My primary symptom is that I am itchy.  I have little, sores (not visible), on my scalp and each night, I have about a 30 minute itch fest.  It could be worse, way worse!

I highly recommend this book and program for anyone who has struggled with cluster symptoms that are often unexplainable by western medicine. This can include, but not limited to, excessive yeast, fatigue, joint pain/swelling, immune deficiencies, heavy metal overload, mental fog/memory loss, muscle and nerve pain, and just not feeling right.  Anthony not only published the book Medial Medium, he has weekly pod casts on HayHouse radio, and a website full of information at  There are also several Facebook groups that are a wealth of information.  Please feel free to message me for a list.

My family and friends are awesome!  I am sure my family are sick of all of these dietary changes, but they have hung in there with me.  I guess it helps that I am the primary cook and am holding them captive with my mad skills, and by mad skills, I mean, the only one willing to cook.  I continue to adapt recipes to meet my ever changing dietary needs.

I am finding that I can eat Indian food again (I was unable to keep it down a couple months ago), but I do have to be careful about the location if eating out, as some places add gluten.  With this new protocol, I am missing some foods, such as Mexican food, so I continue to experiment.  Last night, I made tacos/salad for our family with chopped mushrooms, spiced as taco meat, topped with cilantro, avocado, and tomato puree and served on a bed of lettuce.  Oddly, I, a HUGE lover of red meat, didn’t miss the meat too much.  Although, watching my husband and daughter wrap theirs in cheese, tortilla, and cream cheese made me think theirs might have been a bit more flavorful than mine ;O).

Observations since I have started this protocol:

  • I don’t miss meat, diary, or alcohol as much as I would have expected.
  • Eating out can be frustrating. I have found breakfast and brunch menus to be the most limiting. It took one experience of sitting in front of an old, out of season, melon-based bowl of fruit to make me confirm there were options on the menu for me. That meal was sad.
  • Vegan restaurants are a total waste of time, as the ‘staple’ foods are grains and potatoes. At a local, very well loved Vegan restaurant, the menu was so limited; I was forced to order the most pathetic salad this side of the Cascade Mountains. The menu was riddled with processed meat substitutions, soy products, potatoes, and grains. It was likely the unhealthiest restaurant I have been to in some time!
  • Detox is always an interesting process.
  • I still have not lost any weight, which proves that this is the universe’s idea of a sick joke.

Here is to your health, happiness, and beginning to living life again . . .

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The Lab Results Are In


lab results

OK, well the results are in!  I have finally received my lab results from my naturopathic physician. It will take me awhile to better understand what these all mean. However, in a nutshell, I amazed at how well I am functioning given these results.

During my one hour visit reviewing my lab results, it became increasingly clear as to why I have been so fatigued and low energy, despite how well I have been regulating my diet, supplements, and lifestyle.  Well, maybe no lifestyle, as my social life has been significantly lacking here of late. Oh well, day by day, right?

In an effort to better understand the impact of these results, I wanted to jot down my loose interpretation of what I think I heard and read. However, given the complexity, I think it will take me awhile to truly break the results down to a level in which I can fully…

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The Lab Results Are In

lab results

OK, well the results are in!  I have finally received my lab results from my ND (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). It will take me awhile to better understand what these all mean. However, in a nutshell, I amazed that I am able to get out of bed each morning.  Slithering our of bed counts, right?

During my one hour appointment of revisiting all of my bad decisions in life; food choices, fad diets, emotional, physical trauma’s, my lack of ability to meditate, that have all led me to this moment.  I sit across from my ND, in a beautiful, yet white sterile environment, thinking only of how soon I will be able to return home, to bed.

Each lab test revealed vitamin deficiencies, insulin and blood sugar issues, genetic mutations, hypothyroidism, metal toxicity, and, my personal favorite, Mercury poisoning.  As I turned from one page to another, it became increasingly clear as to why I have been so fatigued and low energy, despite how well I have been regulating my diet, supplements, and lifestyle.  Well, lifestyle is a whole other topic, because it is a huge contributor as to how I got here.  Now, I don’t have one.  Being ill kills your social life!

In an effort to better understand the impact of these results, I wanted to jot down my loose interpretation of what I think I heard and read. However, given the complexity, I think it will take me awhile to truly break the results down to a level in which I can fully grasp.

Methylathion map


HTHFR Genotype Test Result

I was found to have two genetic mutations, we can call one “mom” and one “dad”, as that is really how each present.

C677T Mutation x 2 site Heterozygous

A1298C Mutation x 2 site Heterozygous

  1. Decreased enzyme activity (approximately 50-60% of normal activity)
  2. Increased homocysteine levels
  3. Is correlated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease or thrombosis
  4. Potential methotrexate intolerance and patients may require dosage adjustments or discontinuation (still trying to read this sentence, let alone understand it).

MTHFR is an enzyme involved in the metabolism of folate and homocysteine.

Interestingly, viewing the two mutations using the Methylation Map (above), despite being on a ‘paleo-like’ and now the Keto diet, my body continues to struggle with blood sugar regulation. For years, I suffered from consistent hypoglycemic attacks and it wasn’t until recently that I have been able to better prevent these through diet.

#2 Neurotransmitter (BH4) cycle, effecting Serotonin and Dopamine, MTHFR, adrenal support (mood and adrenal regulation – fight or flight)

#4 Methionine (methylation) cycle, effecting Methionine, Homocysteine, Glutathione (Cardiac and blood sugar)

So I begin another new journey with slightly more knowledge, more supplements to take, and more foods to remove.  Goodbye tuna fish (tuna was my primary diet for 20 years of my life), good-bye all fruits (this is only a test – I love fruit), and once again, alcohol.  Sorry tequila, I have to even abandon you.  Although, technically, you abandon me first by jumping ship first thing the morning after we shared time together.

This time, I am hopeful.

October, 2015

Posted in Elephants in captivity, field trip to the zoo, Woodland Park; Zoo Bamboo and Chai

Letter Opting Out of the Zoo Fieldtrip

paws elephant sanctuary

Paws Elephant Sanctuary


Oklahoma City Zoo Barn

Dear Teacher,

I am writing to inform you that following long discussion and a lot of research, we, as a family have decided that our daughter will not be attending the school field trip to the zoo on April X, 2015.
This family decision was made carefully, as we weighed all of the pros and cons. We were able to generate pros of course. Pete and I were thinking of the educational value. Amara was clear that her primary goal was social; being able to be with her friends outside of school is a big draw. Of course, who doesn’t love going on a field trip with friends!

However, we had already decided as a family, to boycott the zoo beginning in August 2014. This decision has taken us on a wonderful learning journey for all of us. A journey of right and wrong, standing up for what we believe in, ethics, and using our own social political power to enact change in small ways.

To provide a short background, we have been long standing supporters of the Woodland Park Zoo. We have been faithful zoo members since our daughter was born in 2007. We have supported the zoo through various events, including annual membership, birthday parties, summer zoo camps, and the Zoo Tunes concert series. When calculated, we have spent a substantial amount of money there, in hopes that the money would support the welfare of the resident animals, and frankly, for our own education and enjoyment.

However, following the death of Watoto, the African elephant in August of 2014, increasing concern regarding the health and welfare of our current resident elephants, Bamboo and Chai, grew. Along with many Seattle residents, we have written numerous letters in support of a sanctuary, made several phone calls, attended rallies and fundraising events, and made every attempt to communicate our concerns with the City of Seattle as well as the administration and financial supporters, and at Woodland Park Zoo, including Chief Executive Deborah Jensen. Through these communications, we have received unsatisfactory, generic canned responses, and in many cases, false information. It became increasingly clear that money, not animal welfare, is Woodland Park Zoo’s first and foremost deciding factor. As a family, we cannot ethically support an organization where greed is the driving force, especially when it is an organization whose number one job is the care of animals.

Through our research, it is clear that a sanctuary is the most humane environment for Bamboo and Chai to live the rest of their days. Two very appropriate sanctuaries offered to pay for the transportation and care costs for both animals, leaving no financial burden to the Woodland Park Zoo. Previous concern regarding the safety and health of Bamboo and Chai, have since been dispelled. In a sanctuary environment, they are allowed to roam several acres and interact with nature as elephants, a migratory animal by nature, should.

Two years later, Woodland Park Zoo released an announcement regarding the decided fate of Bamboo and Chai. We, among others, stood in amazement that not one of the recommendations from the 2013 elephant task force would be met at their new proposed location, Oklahoma City Zoo. The experts agree, Oklahoma City Zoo, is not able to meet the specified needs of these animals. Specifically, the space per elephant is even smaller than the Woodland Park Zoo when taking into consideration of the elephant per square foot ratio. In addition, one clear recommendation was that the elephants live in a more temperate climate than Seattle. Oklahoma City has some of the most extreme climates in the United States, forcing the elephants to spent long, cold winters contained in the barn. These specific examples, as well as MANY other concerns, are why it is clear this decision was not made based on the recommendations presented for the welfare of the animals.

Since our voices are not being heard by Woodland Park Zoo, we are left to communicate by withdraw of the financial support that we had previously provided to the zoo. As a family, we feel it is best to communicate our views and concerns regarding the lack of ethics and concern for the animal welfare of its residents. Though this was a decision made on principal, it was extremely difficult. But we agreed that we must continue to speak loudly about our concerns, while we continue to withhold any and all support for the Woodland Park Zoo.

Our views and opinions regarding animal welfare and the Woodland Park Zoo, have no reflection on our views and opinions regarding our teacher’s fabulous second grade class, the study of the African Savannah, or the Seattle Public School District. These are all exemplary.

In order to fulfill the gap in learning that may occur during this field trip, we will be researching Elephant conservation, Tanzania, Kenya, and the local tribes within our community on the day that the Zoo field trip occurs.

Thank you for your understanding and support.


Shana Kelly


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Editorial (2015, January 29). Give Woodland Park Zoo elephants Bamboo and Chai much-needed retirement. The Seattle Times. Retrieved from:

Editorial board members (2015, March 2). Woodland Park Zoo elephants to Oklahoma City? Not so fast. The Seattle Times. Retrieved from:

Thompson, L. (2014, November 20). Woodland Park Zoo closing elephant exhibit. The Seattle Times. Retrieved from:

Borrell, B. (2008, December 11). How Zoos Kill Elephants. Scientific American. Retrieved from:

Stewart, E. (2013, May 3). No Ethical Way to Keep Elephants in Captivity. National Geographic. Retrieved from:

Website Resources

Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants also have the up-to-date information regarding Bamboo and Chai, the current lawsuit, and resources. Please visit: http: and // http: //