Here’s a moving testimonial from Inga Birna Erlingsdottir, a loyal Icelandic customer with whom we’ve had the pleasure of talking for a long time. Several months ago, we asked her to give us an interview about her unusual career path. It turned into a real testimonial, which we share with you below. (translated text)
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My name is Inga Birna Erlingsdottir and I’m a health and fitness coach in Iceland. My aim is to help people suffering from illnesses such as Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndromes, depression and in some cases hair loss or other unexplained symptoms. Chlorella from eChlorial was the final piece in my perfect “health puzzle” and I’d like to share my experience with it.
How did I get here, and why am I so determined to help others who have suffered similar problems to mine? I’m going to try and tell you about my long and difficult journey towards my exceptional recovery. Telling my story will, I hope, help others not to give up. It should encourage them to remain hopeful in their quest for a solution, if they recognize themselves in the situation I experienced…
I’m a former police officer: I graduated from the Police Academy in 2004, driven by my curiosity and my need to help others. Unfortunately, four years later, my work colleague and I were violently attacked by eight men while we were on duty. I was seriously injured and suffered neck and back injuries and later post-traumatic stress disorder.
Before this terrible event, I was mentally and physically very strong.
My experience as a fitness coach, my taste for competition and my situation as a single mother had forged a “fighter” personality in me. The word “give up” was never part of my vocabulary.
After the accident, I underwent a 7-week rehabilitation program to combat the chronic pain and post-traumatic stress it had caused. This therapy gave me renewed hope, and I gradually regained my physical and mental fitness. I felt like I’d got my act together and become myself again.
Unfortunately, a year later, I fell back to the bottom of the hole and felt there was no way back up…
6 years ago, my son and I went to Australia for a 2-month trip. My son was 13 at the time. The two-month vacation was supposed to be an opportunity for both of us to have a wonderful experience. About 3 weeks into our trip, I noticed a large sting in 4 places on my body, as if I’d been bitten by an insect.
I was treated with steroids at a local clinic and the bites quickly disappeared. Shortly afterwards, I started to feel exhausted. At first, I thought this lack of energy and mental fog were due to the journey. I felt tired all the time. I couldn’t even enjoy the things we were doing, as if my general state was no longer normal.
About two and a half months after that insect bite in Australia, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease. In Iceland, this disease is not well known and I had to fight to be diagnosed and then to seek appropriate treatment. I soon realized that I was on my own and would have to find my own way to recovery.
To add to my current health problem, about two years after my diagnosis, my house was tested for pollutants. The results were confirmed and I discovered that not only did I have Lyme disease, but I was also suffering from excessive exposure to mold. Surprisingly, it seemed that the symptoms due to mold exposure and those of Lyme disease were comparable. This added another layer of complexity as I had no way of knowing what the actual cause of each symptom I was suffering from was.
When you don’t understand where the problems you’re suffering from come from, you start to think you’re going crazy. One day I could feel pain in my hip, the next day it was gone, but I couldn’t go to the grocery store because of acute “mental fog”. I was losing my memory and for a while thought I had Alzheimer’s. I was only 35….! I had to relearn how to use and stimulate my memory. I had to learn how to manage the pain that was affecting my whole body. I barely had enough energy to show up for work and go home to sleep. I didn’t have the energy to cook or do anything around the house. I had severe sinus infections and had to take about 7 to 10 doses of antibiotics a year. It felt like my whole immune system was collapsing. If I decided to go to the gym or go swimming, which I loved at the time, it took me about 2 weeks to recover from a single session. I also gained weight, and no matter how hard I tried to get in shape, my body wouldn’t respond to any of the stimuli. I felt like I was fighting a battle against my own body… I began to isolate myself because I couldn’t relieve my symptoms.
Then one day, I woke up and decided to take care of one thing at a time, I was determined to solve my problems, one by one. Rome wasn’t built in a day! I started with my house. First, I had to analyze my immediate surroundings. The extent of the damage to my house was far beyond what I could have imagined…
So I started by repairing my house. Because of my lack of energy, the task was immense, especially as I couldn’t do much at once.
Renovating my house took a little longer than expected, but every time I finished a step, I felt a little better. I even felt my body starting to listen again and I started to lose weight, without thinking about it. My energy started to come back little by little.
My energy reached a point where I was able to race motorcycles for BMW in South Africa, and I became an international BMW off-road motorcycle instructor.
But my health wasn’t perfect, only improved. I was still easily exhausted, had aches and pains, memory problems and my head felt like absorbent cotton.
I continued to analyze my daily environment, both at home and at work. I discovered that mold and asbestos were having a negative impact on my health. I left the police force and started a new phase in my life.
For the last 2? years, I haven’t caught a cold! My energy is at the point where I can go to the gym for 3 hours without getting tired. I can ride my motorcycle for 16 hours without getting tired. I had ankle surgery on a Monday and woke up the day after the operation without pain and went to the gym the next day. I’ve never felt pain in my ankle since. I have a cervical hernia between T6 and T7 and I never feel pain. My memory has improved. My skin has never felt better. People tell me I look much younger today than I did 6 years ago. My life goal now is to help others find their own way and become or return to the best possible version of themselves.
My son also had to deal with some of the symptoms I suffered from. He was very active in sport and was a member of the Icelandic national gymnastics team. Unfortunately, he had to stop sport because of severe joint pain. He started to lose his hair and eyebrows…. This occurred just one month after surgery for heavy metal poisoning caused by screws implanted in his forearm bone. After removing the screws and with the use of chlorella, all her hair and eyebrows grew back within 4 months.
My secret to our remarkable recovery is my use of eChlorial microalgae: organic chlorella, organic spirulina and astaxanthin. Along with other herbal supplements, special detox baths and the elimination of food products containing toxins the body can’t get rid of. I have helped many people around the world with remarkable results and look forward to continuing to work with these amazing products. I can only express my gratitude for finding these natural products, because they have undoubtedly saved my life and given me the best future I could hope for.
Everyone has a different background and no two treatments are the same. When we help people, we focus on finding the cause of the symptoms, then together we find an appropriate treatment.
I feel it’s my duty to give others a chance of a better life, thanks to the knowledge I’ve gained in my 6-year struggle to regain my health and that of my son. If anyone would like to contact me personally, here’s my email address: inga.ironfit(at)gmail.com.
My favorite quote is similar to the way I live my life: “Love the life you live, live the life you love”!
Author: Inga Birna Erlingsdottir
[Originally translated from English]
Note from the eChlorial team: We would like to emphasize that the people interviewed or who testify on our blog do so in all sincerity, without any conflict of interest.