> So, last Friday I went to the Biotics Research "fest" and paid $150 to hear Andy speak and also for that got a nifty blue bag with a lot of propaganda and a few useful plastic items with logos on them.

I didn't even end up with the 'swag bag.' ;-(

> Andy's lecture was low key.  

I am on the downside of the sore throat and lingering cough that is going around, I was a bit concerned that I wasn't quite 'up' enough, but the audience members I talked to thought it was fine.

>He had a power point presentation 

The conference asked that it be that way.

>in the same font he uses in his books with no bells and whistles. He covered all the essential stuff from his books without getting excited: tests, chelation protocols, half life, hair tests and supplements. The audience seemed pretty attentive. Maybe there were about 150 people(?)

That seems about right.

> I got to ask my question about the challenge tests. I asked this in order to educate the public. really. Dr Shcenck said he was not convinced by the answer. "YOu need to read the book, Dr. Schenck. Find the time to read it!" The rest of the audience also seemed pretty upset by what he had to say about Alpha Lipoic Acid. "No, it is not a good idea to take 250 mg twice a day. No, that is huge amount and the wrong schedule."

Yes, it is the alternative medicine community's contribution to the mercury holocaust, to go along with the carelessness of the mainstream doctors and dentists in loading us up with the stuff in various forms.

It's difficult to know exactly how to present the classic message "the emperor has no clothes." I am sure it will ever be thus. Progress consists half of figuring out cool new things, and half of figuring out something we thought was a good idea, isn't. One of the problems with health care providers being trained instead of educated is they have a really hard time with the second part of progress - even though that's been the human condition for millenia, they're surprised when it comes up yet again.

> Afterwards, there was an excited little group around Andy in the lobby asking questions and I listened in to all that. 

It was actually a very good interaction! They were genuinely interested. Unlike some mostly MD groups I've interacted with, they didn't spend a lot of time making statements to me or pontificating, they asked pointed and relevant questions and made sure they understood the answers, and why I gave them. Very refreshing, actually. They may or may not have agreed with me, but at least they understood what I was saying before they decided.

> I also asked about my hair test which I took while chelating and taking minerals, He agreed it was probably useless. Some of the practitioners who asked questions here seemed really wonderful and I wished they lived around here rather than in St. Louis, 

I was pretty impressed by the lady doctor from St. Louis as well.

>and some seemed to be trying to figure out their own problems or relatives' problems. My dentist was hell bent on finding out what supplements to take to keep from killing himself.  

I would clarify this by saying that he was not asking any questions relating to supplements that prevent suicidal ideation, or that address depression. He was asking what supplements might protect him against mercury since he is exposed every day, day in and day out. BTW, he is taking the best care I've heard of a mercury free dentist taking to protect himself from exposure at the office which suggests he takes the same kind of care to protect his patients.

>One comment Any made about the ALA was that taking large doses is like Russian Roulette. People who play that don't all get killed. I will keep this analogy for the challenge tests, too.  

Yes, it seems to be a very good analogy in terms of communicating and getting people to think.  

>I took two and nothing happened, but I'm not doing any more, for sure!

> Andy is a rather stout person with masses of grey hair in a ponytail and a big grey beard, too. He has a big prominent nose and also very prominent eyes. I liked the way he looked but then I am a fan. People have been commenting on his personality and about that I would say, the guy is a scientist and an engineer. My son-in-law, who I live with, is also a chemical engineer and he has a very similar manner.  

Yes. I'm very much the geek. My online persona is somewhat different, largely due to the invective I heap on DOCTORS WHO DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MEDICINE when I'm trying to get people to not hurt themselves (or put themselves at risk playing the health care equivalent of Russian Roulette).

>It is not very "touchy feely" but rather gets straight to the point. To counteract that, I found him to have excellent manners. I imagine he does not suffer fools gladly and, sensitive as I am, I also did not want to display too much "mercury nuttiness." The guy must have some reserves of patience to deal with the likes of us!

> I also met another "fan" there whose name, I think, was Karen.  

Kris, actually.

>She had a really good handout, "Chronic Mercury Poisoning, A Summary of the Science," and has a blog at mercuryandmore.weebly.com.

> So, I am so glad I went! It was very exhausting for me and I got all excited. At one point people were asking ME questions about the protocol and I was answering like a pro!  

Well, you are in one sense. You actually did it. That's a lot more experience with it than they have - and VERY practical!

>After that I went to a family barbecue and had a hamburger and a gin and tonic and got sick as a dog and spent all yesterday in bed with what seemed like an brick in my digestive track. Happy to say I am all well now.

> Rebecca S.

It was nice to meet you!

Hopefully more chelation will make meetings, family barbecues, interesting food, etc. just run of the mill everyday occurrences instead of stressful and physiologically demanding events.


July 4, 2019

My first encounter with Dr. Cutler and our subsequent back and forth in the Yahoo group.  This took place in 2010.  I labeled it "Met the Great Man Himself."

July 12, 2019

This is a piece I wrote about what a strange phenomenon it is to observe your personality change.  I have been dealing with mercury in my body and brain probably since I was 8 years old.  Now it's pretty much gone and it has been a very enlightening experience.

Anatta, dukkha and anicca are foundational concepts of Buddhism.   Anicca means “Impermanence” and refers to the fact that nothing in this universe can be counted on to not be in constant change.  Dukkha is sometimes translated as “suffering” but refers more accurately to the sense of dissatisfaction and unease that is so universal in human experience.  Anatta, or “non self” is a bit difficult to grasp.  

Joseph Goldstein explained annatta at a meditation retreat I attended.  He called our attention to the constellations hanging in the night sky. The big dipper, for instance, is not a real object but rather a configuration of stars billions of light years apart.   The “big dipper” exists as a concept, an idea that we have cobbled together in our mind. In the same way, he explained, the “self” is a configuration of thoughts and emotions, of “mental objects,” that have coalesced to form the concept of a permanent thing. 

And how does this relate to mercury poisoning?  Mercury poisoning  causes hundreds of different symptoms.  Most of these symptoms are physical, but there are many psychological ones, too.   Wikipedia, in its description of “erethism mercurialis,” or mad hatters disease lists the following:  irritability, low self-confidence, depression, apathy, shyness and timidity.  A person with chronic mercury poisoning can have a persona that incorporates these characteristics and think that this personality is a permanent thing and just who he or she  is.

 The process of chelation removes mercury from the body.  When done properly, it is a slow process, but as the treatment proceeds, the mercury caused attributes, which the person considered part of their personality, slowly drop away.  A shy person, will discover to their surprise that they now have self-confidence.  A person with chronic anxiety will realize that they no longer worry all the time.  It is one thing to have physical symptoms go away, but to have aspects of what one considered their personality go away is quite astounding and illuminating.

When mercury is chelated out of the brain and body systems it does not mean that we will no longer be subject to “old age, sickness and death,” but minus the anxiety, minus the depression, and minus the various distressing chronic health problems, the body and mind can relax into “ease of wellbeing.”.

I once asked Andy Cutler what percentage of a psychiatrist friend’s customers he thought had mercury poisoning.  His answer was 90%. I do not wish to say that psychotherapy is useless and everybody should just chelate.  Trauma is real and years of patterns that are caused by purely physiological reasons can set up thought habits that may need to be untangled. But it is hard to work on your psychological health when dragged down by a poison that causes personality changes