I learned about mercury as a root cause of illness because of issues I had with my own health. When I returned to the United States after living for years in Goa, India, my father took me to his dentist. This dentist x-rayed my teeth and said that the work that had been done in India was sub-standard and I should have all my fillings redone. He proceeded to drill out eight or nine amalgam fillings, using no precautions whatsoever, and replaced them all with new amalgam. At that same time, though I didn't put two and two together, I had a "nervous breakdown." I became deeply despondent and wept all day for about two weeks. For the next 25 years I suffered from chronic depression, poor energy, and frequent exhaustion. I went to all kinds of practitioners and took buckets of supplements. I was often able to get my health back into shape but I never seemed to be able to make it stick.
Finally, after being treated for my first bout of breast cancer, I consulted a chiropractic neurologist. He said I had some weird neurological disorder, a condition normally found in people under enormous stress, such as air traffic controllers. He gave me loads of supplements and some eye exercises. I started to feel better, as usual, but I complained to him that I was having trouble finding my way around. I said that I should be able to find my way from X street to Y, but I couldn't. I should know, when I came to an intersection, whether to turn left or right, but I didn't. "As a neurologist," he said, "I find that a very disturbing symptom." He had me do a DMSA challenge test and it came back off the charts for mercury and lead. (Please note that this is not a safe test to do, but I did not know this at the time.)
I went on a chelation protocol of 250 mg of DMSA twice a day, with the amalgam fillings still in my mouth. Once again, I became extremely despondent and wept all the time. Finally, after much poking around on the Internet, I found out about "frequent low dose chelation" and the Andrew Cutler protocol. I ordered the book and read it and gave it to my son-in-law who is a chemical engineer, to look at. It made sense to me but I know zero about science. My son-in-law who has a very precise and logical mind, said it made sense to him, too.
Since that time I have been using this method, which involves low frequent doses of the chelating agents. The schedule and the doses depend on the half life of the agents, in order to keep the levels in the blood stable. The process can take up to two years or more. There is no fast, safe way to do it. (At least not yet.) There is also no "gentle, natural way." Mercury is a nasty and dangerous substance and needs to be treated with respect. In his book, "Amalgam Illness, Diagnosis and Treatment," Dr. Cutler makes a good case for frequent low dose chelation being the only safe way to chelate heavy metals . It is a slow process: "a marathon not a sprint," as one of my fellow chelators put it. The process of drawing the stuff out and excreting it re-exposes one and causes symptoms; so the trick is to stick with the program and take the supplements you need to feel well while you are doing it.
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