The Red Tide Organophosphate Cleanse – How I Healed Myself

I was a medical mystery. Living here in Southwest Florida back in December of 2017 I had a sudden onset massive headache that no doctor could figure out. Many medical doctors, many blood tests, MRI’s, Echocardiogram, EKG, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Massage, ENT’s, Endocrinologists and more. I had reached a point where I had literally tried everything I could think of.

It wasn’t that I was getting frequent headaches, it was one solid headache for 11 months interrupted only by pain medication. When it would wear off, I was again left clutching my head in tears.

Things changed when I happened to read an article in Newsweek that said Red Tide had been plaguing Florida for 10 months. That was the exact time my headache began. I started to wonder, could they be linked?

What I found is that currently in our water is not only the yearly red tide (brevetoxin) but also the blue-green algae (cyanotoxin) both are toxic to wildlife and humans. As if that wasn’t enough, the runoff water being released from Lake Okeechobee has pesticide and herbicide chemicals in it including glyphosate (Monsanto’s popularly sold weed killer RoundUp) which can lead to organophosphate toxicity in humans and animals alike. It is a known carcinogenic that is somehow not yet banned.

I researched and called the health department and even the CDC who both told me “There is no test”. That simply isn’t the case. You can be tested for cyanotoxin via a nasal swab. You can be tested by blood or urine for the brevetoxin in Red Tide though I have yet to find a lab that offers the test needed. All three toxins are in a group of similar neurotoxic compounds which are tasteless and odorless. They can be aerosolized into the wind and carried for miles inland. Toxicity can result from breathing the toxic air, touching it via skin, or eating contaminated seafood. Organophosphate poisoning is easily tested using the Cholinesterase RBC and Plasma blood test. This test was my answer.

When I got the test results back, initially I saw that my values were in green. I assumed (wrongly) that meant I was “ok”. In reading the CDC website, it clearly stated that several doctors and researchers agreed despite the lab values, that toxicity can present itself starting at only 40% of the maximum marked value. This landed me at 78% on the RBC and 53% on the plasma.

I had been being poisoned. The culprit was organophosphates. I am a Graphic Designer and Writer who works inside and am not exposed to pesticides or herbicides of any kind in a normal way. I live at 6 miles inland from the water.

Believing I had found the root cause I went about searching for a solution and thankfully, I found one. Working with my long time Chiropractor/Nutritionist who consulted with other physicians to come up with the best solution for a neurotoxin cleanse, one was chosen.

It is a 10 day cleanse that is intended to release the held toxins within the liver as well as other cells in the body.

An honest review: I have done lots of other cleanses in the past 20 years. This one I started at the end of a head cold simply because of timing with my upcoming wedding and wanting to be finally better. It made it even more difficult to tell if it was totally detox symptoms or left over head cold.

Days 1-3 It was not too bad. Slightly sniffly with a hot head, feeling tired.

Days 4-8 it felt as if I had a massive head cold or flu. I could tell it was detox symptoms because it came and went in waves rather than just sticking around. Day 6, though I work at home, I was unable to work at all and spent the day pretty much face down on the bed. Day 7 and 8 were rough too. Lots of hot Epsom salts baths trying to soak and sweat it out.

Day 9 I began to feel somewhat human again and just took it really easy.

Day 10 I was again feeling somewhat normalized. Headache now gone.

More info on what to expect when doing a cleanse – what is a Herxheimer Reaction?

I have not had a chance to verify this change through a repeat blood test, but what I do know is that my 11-month debilitating headache is now blissfully gone and I am feeling more like myself again.

TO DO THE CLEANSE: Please contact the office of Dr. Jason Kaster Fort Myers, Florida at 239-332-2555 and let them know you would like to be considered for the Red Tide/Organophosphate cleanse. You do not have to be in the area to do the cleanse. The testing and the cleanse together I believe is $400. (More info on symptoms)

Disclaimer: Because it is such an intense internal cleanse and many of us are incredibly overloaded with toxins if you are not in the best of health otherwise it is often wise to do it as a doctor supervised cleanse rather than just trying to go it alone. My intent is to heal, not to harm anyone and I myself am not a doctor so I am not simply posting the products to use on here.


Sarah J. Barendse

Red Tide – Organophosphate – Blue Green Algae – My Lab Test Results as Promised

This is really quite interesting.

Though the labs show green and I assumed that meant good at first. In reading the CDC’s website. That isn’t necessarily the case.
According to the CDC’s website (Page I am looking at here 
Level correlation with toxicity – Even with the more accurate RBC cholinesterase, the point at which various authors have suggested that toxicity begins to appear ranges from 40% to 75% of normal values. (Carlton, Simpson et al. 1998) (Romano, McDonough et al. 2001; Clark 2002)

Cholinesterase RBC came in at 11694 IU/L and the range given was 9572-15031IU/L.
That puts me at 78% of normal values….
Cholinesterase Pasma I scored 3353 IU/L and the given range is noted as 2504-6297 IU/L.
That puts me at 53% of normal values.
So even though the labs mark me as green. If symptoms noted by the CDC start at 40%…. my values are elevated enough that it very likely is my culprit in making me ill for the last 10 months.

TEST YOURSELF: I found the lab test to see if you are holding toxins from the water and air exposure here in SWFL from the Blue Green Algae and Red Tide (Cyanotoxin/Brevetoxin). This has been confirmed effective by a AnyLabTestNow representative.

The test is called the Cholinestrase RBC Plasma test. 

You can do it at either or code 338. And labcorps has it too.

Requires no doctors orders. I checked with them to make sure they offer it and they do, its just not listed on their site (as they have 10,000 tests the database would be huge to create).
At Any Lab Test Now it’s $183 (they don’t accept insurance).

Quest Diagnostics is also in the $180 range. Lab corps does not accept patients without a doctors order, and insurance may or may not cover it so be sure to check beforehand.

There is free testing going on for the cyanobacteria at the Broadway palms theater soon, BUT BEWARE you dont even get your test results. It’s a blind group study!

As mentioned in previous blogs, I have just started day 1 of the neurotoxin detox today Sept 27. Its a 10 day cleanse. Ill let you know if it works. If so, ill be sharing!

There are two levels of (Red Tide)Brevetoxin/(Blue Green Algae)Cyanotoxin/ (Fertilizer)Organophosphate toxicity

If you are sick and live here in Florida, especially the West Coast of Florida please pay attention. This could help you and your family. If you think the Red Tide and Blue Green Algae, as well as the dumped Organophosphates, may be at cause check these symptoms and I have shared the information to get your blood tested in the link below to reveal environmental air and water carried toxins.

Level I – Initial exposure

  • Coughing
  • Lung issues
  • Sinus issues
  • Bowel and Digestive issues
  • Chest pressure
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Metallic taste in your mouth
  • Coating of the tongue (white-ish)
  • Blurred vision

Level II – Long-term exposure you may experience:

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
  • Memory issues
  • Brain fog
  • Joint Pain
  • Headaches
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tingling in hands and feet
  • Burning skin sensation
  • Off balance at times
  • Fatigue
  • Out of breath easily
  • Numbness or neuropathy
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Taste and smell sensitivity
  • Thyroid issues
  • Leaky Bladder
  • Body odor and excessive sweating
  • Anxiety issues

These are all signs of potential neurological poisoning. Please also pay attention to your pets. They are not immune.

There is a blood test for this, despite the CDC saying there isn’t. 

Click here. How and where to get tested

My initial blog and my experience

IF YOU ARE EXPOSED: I am working closely with my Nutritionist/Chiropractor and his team of experts to test out a neurological detox program. I will keep you all posted.

Red Tide Isn’t Over and It COULD Very Well Be Making You Sick

I have personally been having health issues for the past 10 months. It only occurred to me the other day when I saw in Newsweek that the red tide had been a problem not just recently, but as it turned out, for exactly the same past 10 months.

I have had allergy-like issues in the past years with red tides living 1 mile from the beach in Naples, Florida, but not like this. This is the headache to top all headaches. Pain so excruciating I was up nightly for months on end in tears crying and taking showers at 3 am trying anything I could to dull it.

After being tested for everything under the sun and spending thousands of dollars on multiple doctors, they all found nothing. Their only answer is to keep medicating me.

I wrote to the CDC suspecting the brevetoxin and other toxins in the red tide. This is their response.

Dear Ms. Barendse:

Thank you for contacting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with your inquiry. We are sorry to hear that you have not felt well for such a long time.

On the Gulf Coast, there is an ongoing Florida red tide caused by the microscopic marine organism Karenia Brevis. Depending on the concentration of cells, the water can look red or brown, particularly from the air. Waves crashing on shore may look reddish or muddy. K Brevis produces a toxin called brevetoxin that can kill ocean wildlife, including fish and sea turtles.

People can be exposed to brevetoxins by eating contaminated seafood, swimming in the ocean during an ongoing Florida red tide bloom, or by inhaling aerosols when sea breezes blow onshore. When people eat shellfish contaminated with brevetoxin, they experience an illness called neurotoxic shellfish poisoning (NSP). NSP can cause gastrointestinal and neurologic symptoms, but people typically recover after a few days. There are very few cases of NSP reported because Florida has a very effective shellfish monitoring program to prevent the harvest and sale of contaminated shellfish.

Some people may experience an allergic reaction if they swim in waters with an ongoing Florida red tide. Brevetoxin can also become incorporated into sea breezes and cause respiratory irritation in people who are visiting the shoreline. We have also found an increase in emergency room visits for respiratory, gastrointestinal irritation as well as headaches.

Unfortunately, we do not have a test available to test for brevetoxins in people’s bodies. Also, there is no specific treatment for brevetoxin exposures, only supportive care to help with symptoms. We suggest that you limit your time outdoors, particularly when the sea breezes are blowing toward the shore. Because this bloom has lasted for so long, it would also be good to replace the filters in your home air handling systems.

We hope this information is helpful to you.

Division of Environmental Health Science and PracticeNational Center for Environmental HealthCenters for Disease Control and Jeremy Wenger

No, this is not helpful dear CDC, this is a huge problem for not just me but every resident in Florida. We are being poisoned. Yet, the Center for Disease Control does nothing. Politicians do nothing but misappropriate funds, and the news exclaims its safe to go to the beach, exposing even more people lying to residents and tourists.

This has to stop!

I am attempting to file a class action lawsuit against US Sugar, The CDC, and The Florida Government if at all possible. If you would like to join me and have been experiencing symptoms, please write to me.

Wink News Investigated and found that they are doing nothing to test air quality… despite knowing airborne particles can have lasting neurological effects including Alzheimers.