It has now been ten months since I had my cavitation surgery with Dr. Volz in Switzerland. If you read my previous post (My Experience with Cavitation Surgery in Switzerland) then you will know that this surgery was a major turning point for me in my healing journey. However, several months after the surgery, I experienced a nearly debilitating return of my cavitation symptoms. This experience was an extremely difficult uphill battle that forced me to assess what factors might be impeding my healing process. Ultimately, I have been able to heal my mouth and eliminate my cavitation symptoms by addressing three important factors: My low vitamin D status, mold toxicity, and unresolved emotional issues. Read on to learn about the additional insights I have gained, and the strategies I have used to finally heal my cavitation infection.
Cavitation Infection Flare-Up and Additional Healing Insights:
Initially after my surgery, my mouth and face felt dramatically better. Once the pain from the surgery faded away, I felt like I was in the clear. However, about three months post-surgery, I began to experience shooting pain in the two cavitation locations in my lower jaw. This began when I increased my dosage of herbal Lyme supplements. My doctor and I took this to be an indication that there was still an active infection in these two lower cavitations. However, upon examination of my mouth, it appeared that the infection had also spread within my cheeks, the muscles in my jaw, and my gums. Due to the severity of the infection and the great pain I was experiencing I was put on an intravenous and oral antibiotic protocol for two weeks. The protocol was extremely difficult, but ultimately got the pain and infection back under control.
I believe the resurgence of the infection was probably due to several factors: My low vitamin D status, the fact that I was still suffering from mold toxicity, and the presence of unresolved emotional issues. Upon addressing these three facets in earnest, my face and jaw have finally healed.
Vitamin D Deficiency
My vitamin D levels have always been low. When I had them measured last summer, they were around 32 ng/ml. This past December, the level was even lower, at 28 ng/ml. Vitamin D is essential for activating the immune system and promoting healing, including regrowth of bone. The low vitamin D was likely preventing my immune system from effectively battling the infection, and also hindering the growth of bone that is supposed to take place after cavitation surgery. The reason my vitamin D tends to be low may be due to the genetic variations I possess in VDR genes, which reduce the responsiveness of my body to vitamin D. This means that I need higher amounts of vitamin D than the average person without VDR variations, in order to maintain a healthy serum vitamin D level. I do not respond well to oral vitamin D supplements, so my primary strategies for increasing my serum vitamin D have included using an FDA-approved vitamin D lamp and getting increased sun exposure. (See "Update 8/8/2017" below for the name of the vitamin D lamp I use)
Toxic mold illness has been a primary cause of my chronic health issues. My mold issues were largely unaddressed prior to the cavitation surgery, and I feel that this impaired my healing process. Since discovering that I have mold toxicity, I have begun a protocol containing several different binders to "mop up" mycotoxins in my body. Interestingly, this has helped tremendously in my final recovery from the cavitation surgery.
Unresolved emotional issues can have a huge impact on the body, including the immune system and the body’s ability to heal from traumas such as surgery. I had some unresolved emotional issues before my cavitation surgery and for the first few months afterwards. It appears that this placed a significant strain on my body and its ability to heal. Once I addressed the emotional component through several different modalities, I began to feel a lot better, and my improvements have remained stable. I did shamanic work with my doctor in order to heal the emotional issues. I have also been using affirmations and guided meditation to promote positive thinking and stress relief. I recently started using a program called Holosync, which is music that contains certain sound frequencies that help put the body into a deep meditative state. This has really helped me relieve stress.
Overall, addressing these factors has helped re-stabilize my health after the resurgence of the cavitation infection. My energy has returned, and I once again feel like my body is on the right track towards healing. For anyone considering cavitation surgery, or any other form of dental surgery, I would definitely recommend looking into these issues before surgery so that you can optimize your experience and give your body the best chance possible for a full recovery.
Since writing my original draft of this blog post, I have added three more treatments to my health protocol that have helped me finally recover completely from the cavitation surgery.
The first treatment has been to increase my sun exposure. I recently moved from the Midwest out to Colorado, and have been getting lots of sun exposure. Sunlight has numerous healing properties, one of which is the induction of vitamin D production in the skin. I have always responded poorly to oral vitamin D3 supplements, yet increasing my vitamin D intake via sunlight and my Sperti Vitamin D lamp (link available below) has helped me tremendously. I no longer have chronic inflammation in the muscles of my face, my lymph nodes along my jawline drain properly, and I do not experience shooting or throbbing pain in my jaw.
The second treatment I have added to my protocol is bovine colostrum. Bovine colostrum is full of growth factors, natural antimicrobial substances, and nutrients that promote optimal immune system function and tissue repair. I have noticed further improvements in the condition of my mouth since implementing colostrum into my diet. The brand of colostrum I use is made by Sovereign Laboratories. The link is available below.
The third treatment modality I have found beneficial is the use of a red light device. Red light wavelengths have many beneficial effects on the human body; it activates the lymphatic system, increases blood flow, promotes tissue repair and the formation of new capillaries, and decreases inflammation. I have been using this small, inexpensive infrared light device (see link below) on my face for six months now, and it has greatly expedited my healing process. The light was designed to be used as part of a security camera system, but it also works perfectly well as a therapeutic infrared light device that is just the right size for placing on the face. Within a minute or two of placing it against my cheek or jawline, I notice a tangible decrease in swelling and inflammation. Note: You will need to purchase a DC power adaptor in order to use the light. The link to the adaptor I use is also available below.
These are the primary insights I gained in my own recovery from cavitation surgery. If you have any interesting thoughts or experiences to share relating to cavitation surgery and recovery, please feel free to do so in the comments section below!