When it comes to achieving and maintaining good health, the key is going upstream. Today, most people (including our medical professionals) focus solely on the symptoms. Instead of getting to the root cause of our issues, we suppress our feelings of pain or discomfort. If we feel better, then everything will be okay. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I’d like to share the story of Christine Clarenbach. Christine had multiple extreme and “unexplainable” health issues, and nothing she did seemed to help until she went upstream. Christine has quite a story to tell, and is willing to share her journey which reveals how things that happened to us years ago can have a direct impact on our current health. Could Lyme disease, amalgam fillings, or breast implants be triggering your current symptoms? Read on to learn more…At a young age, Christine endured both physical and emotional trauma. This led her to a lifetime of searching for a solution with multiple illnesses, ranging from the after-effects of being poisoned as a child, toxicity from breast implant surgery, Lyme disease, and much more.
She spent years seeing several medical doctors and naturopaths along with many other practitioners, to no avail. Her health was still declining. Throughout her search, Christine pursued certification in both massage therapy and bio-magnetic care therapy.
Years went by, and Christine still couldn’t find answers. As luck would have it, one day Christine stumbled across one of my videos and became a client. Her passion to find answers to her health issues eventually led her to become a platinum practitioner with Health Centers of the Future. In addition, she is now an owner of Altum Radices, where she is dedicated to helping others reclaim their lives.
It’s important to note that Christine did everything right: she ate perfectly, but still wasn’t well. Together, we started uncovering hidden physical, chemical, and emotional stressors that she was unknowingly experiencing.
As we uncovered these things, we addressed them immediately. Shortly thereafter, her life started to get a little better. We're not there yet, but we’re close. Ironically, I noticed when people give their testimony, they never want to give their story or testimony until they're completely on the other side. When people do that, they tend to forget a lot of the journey. As a result, I encourage people to talk about their experiences while going through them. Christine has indeed come a long way: she had wisdom teeth pulled, which we found cavitations. She also had amalgams (and mercury toxicity), and deep emotional issues from her past that she didn’t realize were affecting her present health.
“From a very young age I was challenged, because at age three, I actually was hospitalized for unknown reasons. It's been kept a secret from me all these years, and I still don't know what happened. I spent a week in the hospital, and I don't know what happened.
“I was actually poisoned at age seven. Three was another mystery. I could have been poisoned then too. I'm not really sure. At age seven I was, and I actually did die three times.
“It's kind of mind-boggling to me because I always wondered why I was still here. There's kind of a weird story around that.
“I had started seeing a natural doctor, and he was going through all the questions with me. One of the things he said to me was, ‘What do you like to eat?’ I was like, ‘I guess anything.’ He goes, ‘What's your favorite food?’ I had no answer for him.
“I could give or take food. It's not really that important to me. I eat because I have to. He looked at me and said, ‘Dead people don't eat.’ It really kind of made me stop and think about it because I was like that's really crazy.
“For the longest time I tried to figure out what I really like to eat. It was really hard for me. That was a real emotion break for me because it made me think about I don't really care for food. It was really just eat to survive kind of thing. He went on and on about explaining to me about that, and he was a shaman as well. He could read me very clearly…”
It’s possible that maybe a loved one was the culprit who poisoned Christine. We may never know the truth, but that's possibly why she ended up in the hospital. Imagine those emotional scars. They don’t just “disappear,” they can resurface in many ways, even years later.
Christine goes on to say:
“Since then I can tell you that I love to eat, since I found true cellular detox and the ketogenic diet and breaking through that piece of emotion for me. It was awhile after that when I finally broke through that and realized — what he said for me to do was talk to my little Christine, my seven-year-old Christine that died because you need to connect with her, and you need to tell her that she's safe, and nobody can ever hurt her again. That's kind of what I did every day for a long time, and I still do it. He told me she was angry with me because I made her live. She didn't want to live because of the trauma.
“The emotional piece was probably the biggest challenge for me in all of this, and I really want people to understand that. I meet people all the time who don't think the emotional piece is important. They don't think that emotions have anything to do with being ill. It was a huge piece for me, and I'd been through a lot of different therapies for that. The T3 Emotion Code really was probably the best for me because it gets really deep into your childhood.
“I was really emotionally a wreck going through that, ups and downs, and your resentment, hate, all of it was coming out. I was exhausted, and I didn't know what was happening to me. When I got to the other side, I realized I just released a lot of stuff. The emotional piece is huge.
“At that point I continued on, and into my early teens I was diagnosed with a borderline muscle weakness disease. I was an athlete, and they knew something wasn't right. They did testing, and they told me I was borderline for a muscle disease, which was traumatizing in itself because I love sports. I did very well at sports, but I always was exhausted.
“Soon after that, I think I was 19, I had a car accident. I got whiplash, broke my front tooth, screwed up my jaw. I had to go through jaw surgery after nose surgery because they told me it was my sinuses. They actually put me on antibiotics for a year. They kept telling me my headaches were from sinus infections, which wasn't the case at all. It was from my jaw causing the headaches.
“They put me through the nose surgery, and then a year later I ended up having to go through the jaw surgery. The scar tissue was built up so bad between my disc and my joint that I could hardly open my mouth. They went in and scraped it all out. It's gotten better…
“Soon after that, I think I was in my early 30's when I was told I had Lyme's disease. I don't ever remember getting bit by a tick, but I probably did and didn't even realize it. Then I had my fillings removed. I had several fillings. I think I might have had seven or eight fillings.
“At that time I had three root canals because I had a root canal in the front from my car accident and two on the side from just teeth that broke. I had all of those removed. Then I also had breast implants in my 30's, which soon became toxic. That was huge because I could never figure out why I couldn't get well no matter what I did.
“After I had all the amalgams removed, my dentist sent me to this doctor that was part of their group. She told me I had to go to the spa. It was five hours a day of herbal treatments and hot oil treatments that I had to do. I was on board with anything, so I signed up and went. She said, ‘If you do this, all of these heavy metals and toxins will be out of you, and you'll be like new.’
“I'm going. I went, and at the end of the week I thought I felt a little bit better. Within less than a week after that, I was sicker than I'd ever been. I was so sick. At that point I wanted to give up. It was just too much.
“I felt like I had tried everything. Obviously, I hadn't. I continued on my journey and ended up finding different things that I kept trying. I'd get a little relief. The thing is all these people were detoxing me, as you know, and they weren't doing it right. I'd get a little bit of relief, and then I'd get sicker. Then I'd get a little relief, and then I'd get sicker.
“Six years after that I found you. I started watching your podcasts. …I resonate with you, and I knew you had the answer. It all made sense that you had to go upstream and get to the cell and have the right binders. That was key, the binders and going upstream to the brain and to the cells.
“…Then I ended up hiring you to be my coach, and I knew I needed you to get me through those breast implants coming out. I didn't want to be on all those antifungals and antibiotics, pain medications. These women were on so many medications that they weren't getting better. They were only getting worse after their implants came out.”
This is a very important point that can’t be overlooked:
Number one, implants become moldy. Number two, they leach and often contain heavy metals.
There are several articles even in some papers that came out about implant toxicity. I find that we have autoimmune that never clears up. They are an upstream source of cellular dysfunction. For example, a recent study found 200 cases of ASIA syndrome following silicone implants1. Even the FDA has talked about this issue extensively2.
Christine talks about her harrowing experiences with implants:
“I did have mold growing in one of the implants in the valve where they fill the breast implant after they put it into you. I had that, and then I had mold floating inside the breast implant as well. I used to have rashes across my chest constantly, down on my stomach. I never knew what it was….
“Then after they were removed, it got worse. There's 37 different chemicals just in the breast implant, not including the saline or the actual silicone that's inside breast implants. I had the saline, but there was still 37 neurotoxins inside of me.”
Not many people are aware of this, but they should be. People are told it’s “just saline,” but we believe it’s saline and many other chemicals.
When Christine had them taken out, she encountered something she never expected:
“For probably a month, two months after having them removed, I stunk so bad. I could get in the shower and clean and clean and scrub, and I'd still stink. It smelled like medical, chemical. It was really disgusting.
“I knew that I was pulling this stuff out. I was taking a lot of binders to bind it and a lot of CytoDetox™. It was crazy. I feel so blessed that I found Dr. Pompa and got these things out because I had no idea that these things were festering inside of me and making me sicker and sicker.”
Christine says she functions better on the Cytodetox™, taking 10 drops in both the morning and afternoon.
If you're doing everything and your health hasn’t improved, there's still something upstream you're missing. That may seem like the obvious, but not everyone thinks along these lines. Many focus on suppressing the symptoms. Or, they will simply say, “they don't bother me. I don't have rashes like she had.”
What people must understand is implants all leach these chemicals, and it's a strain on the immune system. They are a ticking time bomb inside your body.
Christine has the unfortunate title as the poster girl for every hidden stressor. In addition to the breast implants, she had to deal with dental issues as well:
“I did find a biological dentist when I wanted to have all my amalgams removed. I went to him and not only did I have my amalgams removed, I had all of my root canals removed. I don't know how many years after that, at least the last six years I've been going back to this dentist saying my teeth hurt. My gums are shrinking. I don't know what's wrong.
“Where he pulled out these root canals on both sides of my jaw, the bone kept shrinking more and more. Every time I went to him, he would tell me my teeth were fine. He doesn't understand what my problem is, and this went on and on. He basically treated me like I was crazy. I think he convinced my husband I was crazy.
“My husband stopped going to the dentist with me. He's like I'm not going anymore because I know he's going to tell you you're fine. Eventually, I found a new dentist in New York. I went and saw him, and he was mortified. He said that I had plastic fillings.
When they removed the mercury, they put plastic fillings in my mouth, told me it was a safe material. Every single one of those fillings were cracked, and food was leaching in underneath all of those fillings. I had cavities underneath every single tooth that they had put fillings in. The new dentist had to replace every single one of those fillings with new material. He literally had to drill so much of my teeth because the cavities were so bad.
“In fact, I ended up losing one of those teeth because it was so bad. It was infected. On the bottom where all the bone was missing, he told me the way they removed those teeth, they took way too much of the bone out. That's why I had these really deep pockets now where there's no bone. That was just devastating for me. I'm still working on having this done.
“The bummer part is that this guy is listed as a biological dentist, and I trusted him. He basically took advantage of the fact and gave me plastic fillings and ripped out all my bone on both sides. Now I'm having to have it all repaired, and this dentist in New York is working with me. I've got a few more visits. I've been there four times this summer, and I don't know how many more times I'm going to have to go back.”
Of course, she had amalgams and got those removed once she knew how dangerous they were.
I'll just point this out: When people remove amalgams, they think they’ve done all they need to do. Mission accomplished. Nothing can be further from the truth. Meanwhile, that mercury vaporized into the brain, and that trapped, inorganic mercury will be there for your lifetime. This is important because problems can arise when you’re in your 60's and 70's, later on in life wherever it lodges. What parts of the brain it affects determines what symptoms it causes and what diseases.
What makes this even more unsettling is Christine had infections, but she had no pain. She would have had no way of knowing the danger of her situation. It’s possible there are many others in similar situations, who are unaware their dental issues are making them sick.
The saga continues…after taking the amalgams out Christine was becoming hyperthyroid:
“After I had my amalgams out, which was kind of important because this happened to me, and I'm sure it happens to a lot of people. I became hyperthyroid. I lost so much weight. In fact, I thought I was dying because I couldn't gain weight. I just kept losing. It was like my skin was just hanging off my bones.
“All of a sudden it just became hypo. I did a lot of research on that, and I did find that a lot of times after having amalgams removed you can become hyperthyroid. Of course, I wasn't being detoxed properly. Had I been detoxed properly, I probably wouldn't have gone through all that. It was brutal. Sometimes I think hyperthyroid is worse than hypo. I don't know.”
What happens when they come out, even if this is done perfectly, the body starts mobilizing metals. As a result, the mercury starts collecting around thyroid receptors, and it drives autoimmune. Your body looks at that mercury attached to one of the receptors because there's selenium on it that pulls the mercury (driving the autoimmune). It starts attacking the thyroid receptors, and that's when you end up hyper, then hypo. Sadly, it’s common.
I can relate to what Christine was going through: When I got my cavitation infections cleaned out, the bacteria literally moved from one place to the next. That's how clever these things are! To my surprise, the infection didn’t leave my body, it ran up to a place where I had another cavitation, and it went in and caused me severe pain. My head felt like it was coming off.
Our dental health can affect us in ways many may have not considered: These infections are another reason why people can't fix their gut. You'll never fix your gut if you have silver fillings leaching mercury into it. If you have these infections, they affect your immune system, which hinders the fixing of the gut. Not to mention, these infections are systemic, making them catalysts for inflammation and autoimmune disorders. In other words, folks can be dealing with a variety of health issues, and focus on the obvious symptoms. What they don’t realize is the source of their issues could be in their mouths. This is why going upstream is so important. Many could save time, money, and heartache if they simply look deeper and get to the root of the problems.
A Myriad of Health Problems
Unfortunately, these weren’t all the health issues Christine dealt with. She also had to treat her candida.
“Candida has been a big issue. I hadn't been able to completely get rid of it. I was doing really good up until I had to take an antibiotic for my infected tooth. When I did, It got a lot worse. I ended up getting that Progurt Dr. Pompa suggested, and that is really working. In actuality, it’s the fastest I've ever seen anything work.”
As we can see, Christine had a lot going on, but I believe this is happening more than we realize. So many people are being misdiagnosed, we may never know the full extent of the problem.
One of the things that we did with Christina was to switch around different bacteria. We had her on Restore, closing the tight junctions, changing up different bacteria. Prescript-Assist offers these soil bacteria. Progurt is actually human strain bacteria.
Another seemingly unrelated issue that some experience is insomnia. Various toxins can affect a person’s sleep patterns, as seen in Christine, but she’s making progress.
“The sleeping is much better, but that's probably been one of my biggest things is insomnia. It's brutal. When you don't sleep, you feel like you're going crazy.
“The anxiety that goes with it is just awful. That's gotten much better. I still have nights where I don't sleep so great, but I've been monitoring it. Some days I feel like I didn't really sleep, but according to my (Oura) ring here, it's telling me I did. It's a lot of light sleep and a lot of REM sleep. I'm still not getting a lot of deep sleep.
“…I think the more toxins I get out, the easier it's going to be. It's just continuing to get these toxins out.”
When it comes to sleep, melatonin works for some. However, the only thing that really fixes it permanently is when toxins come out of the brain. When these toxins are removed, the sleep eventually comes back. There’s no quick fix here: it could take years, not months for a person to regain their health. Patience is key.
“I love ketosis. Your brain just feels amazing…Right now, I do a smoothie for breakfast, which is usually around 11 o'clock. Then sometimes I'll have a fat bomb or a salad or something for a late lunch. Then I have a normal dinner.
“I've been doing a lot of 16-hour, 24- hour fasts because I just felt good, and I didn't want to eat. I loved when you (Dr. Pompa) had me do on Monday the 24-hour fast, Wednesday it was a 42-hour fast, and on Friday it was another 24-hour fast. I like that one a lot. It's easy once you get going.” The variation we use is what I like to call metabolic fitness or mitochondrial fitness. It stresses the cell and our mitochondria, which is where we make energy. Bad cells don't adapt, so your mitochondria get more efficient as a fat burner, producing less inflammation, and you end up just with stronger cells.
That's why I suggest fasting 24 or 36 hours at a time, and throwing a feast day in there. We're confusing the body. The body will adapt with hormone optimization. It will adapt with growth hormone. It will adapt with more sensitive cells to hormones. You get this hormone optimization when you put those variations in there even weekly. Of course, like myself, seasonally you move in and out of ketosis. Every time you switch your diet, we know that your microbiome changes.
For more info on ketosis, GO HERE.
The adaptation makes a more diverse microbiome; therefore, we get stronger. Thus, hormone optimization and diet variation create microbiome diversity.
The Importance of Coaching
Another thing Christine realized is she needed a coach to help her remove the toxins. I liken it to golf or other sports: Many athletes will work with a coach to improve their game, and that same logic applies to coaching one back to health. It requires a customized approach.
Christine learned the hard way:
“I got the BIND, I got the CytoDetox™, and I was playing around with it. I think I had gone through six brain phases before I even met Dr. Pompa or should I say before I hired him as my coach. Let me tell you, it was brutal. I wish I had just hired him right from the get go because I really was a mess detoxing. I think I was detoxing too fast. I didn't really know.
I definitely know that I needed to take more drainers and have more and more GCEL. I didn't know any better, so I really was feeling the detox brutally. I knew that I was going to get somewhere because I knew it was getting to the brain. I really had some brutal days, but once I came on with Dr. Pompa, it got so much easier as far as not going overboard with my stuff and taking a step back and realizing that I had been overdoing it.”
This philosophy is key to regaining your health, and the foundation of True Cellular Detox and the 5R’s. Read more about them HERE.
My passion is teaching practitioners around the country, to implement this approach in their practices. What we have works. What we have is real. It's upstream. We understand that the healing process is years, not months.
Also, our goal is to teach people the process, and it is different for everybody. By the time they get through, they learn it. We did the same with Christine, and not only is she a practitioner now, she’s gone from pain to purpose.
Even though Christine is still on the road to recovery, she has made great strides thus far. Here’s a brief rundown of a progress thus far:
“One of the things I had badly was brain fog. When I was in school, grade school was the worst. I had a hard time reading. I had a hard time with comprehending anything. That just continued through adulthood.
“I would say up until about two months ago, I finally started seeing that clearing. I feel like every day is better and better. When I read something, I can retain it.
“I feel like I can just remember things now, and I can be more creative. That's huge for me. Now that the sleep is getting better, I think my brain is getting better. It's finally waking up…”
Do you know how many people have brain fog? How many people are improperly diagnosed? How many people are taking useless medicine that does nothing to treat the actual cause of the brain fog? It's literally the brain degenerating. The only way to fix it is removing the neurotoxins that have bio-accumulated in the brain.
That's why Christine says each month it gets better and better. I remember after four or five years of thinking my memory is better now than it was in my 20's. I didn't even know it wasn't working until it started working. Usually people have it backwards. They’ll say things like, “I need to do this to fix my hormones,” or, “I need to work on this to fix my gut, or to fix my sleep.” This is incorrect. When you get rid of the toxins upstream, the body starts to heal itself from within.
Christine’s testimony is the perfect story for people to understand the importance of going upstream. I know her story is going to inspire. We can’t thank her enough for sharing her incredible journey. It’s not over yet, but her persistence is a part of the testimony.
Without going up the stream, you're not going to get well. Without going to the cell, you're not going to get well. That's our mantra, and now Christine speaks it too.
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