Updated: Nov 20, 2020

My brother Jeffrey is two years younger than I am. He used to be a brilliant, witty guy who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Vermont and had a law degree from The University of Richmond. Later in life, he become a master electrician and ran a business lighting art collections in the Washington DC area.

Now Jeffrey can’t communicate at all…he makes no sense. He plods up and down the corridors of the memory care place where he lives, goes into strange bedrooms, sits down on the bed, falls asleep a bit, then gets up and plods around some more. He does not recognize me though the last time I was there he did look me in the eye for five seconds and say, “Is it really you?” before lapsing back into his usual fog.

I first noticed something was wrong with him more than ten years ago at my son’s wedding. My daughter, who ran an elder care agency, said that it looked like he was getting early-onset dementia. I was getting it too, or at least my daughter told me so later. At the time, I was just getting familiar with the Cutler protocol for detoxing heavy metals and was dealing with depression, anxiety and chronic fatigue.

I had been going down to Arlington and staying with Jeff at his place while I visited my mother who was in a retirement home in Alexandria. I discovered that the bookkeeping for his business was a mess, he was forgetting to get people to pay him, and he was slowly spending down the small inheritance our parents had left him. His house was like an archeology site. The top surface of stuff was tidy and corresponded to his current life. But digging down in a cleaning operation revealed historical artefacts of his previous lives buried in layer upon layer.

I helped him clear out his little Sears Roebuck house in Arlington and move to Vermont.

Selling the house Arlington gave him enough money to buy a five-unit apartment building in Burlington. I thought that running an apartment building would be a great job for him because he was a good handyman. When he got up to Vermont he installed a few lights but it took him days to get them done properly and he never did anything after that.

With the Cutler protocol, we look for heavy metal problems by doing a hair test. According to Andy Cutler, there is no test that can directly measure your body burden of metals. The doctors and naturopaths think that a DMSA or DMPS challenge can give you a “before” benchmark which you can compare with an “after” benchmark and that you can use these two figures to tell how well your detox protocol is working. You cannot, in fact do this. It does not work in that straightforward a way. “You can’t monitor your progress by chelating for a few months and then test again to see how much has been removed. You must use symptoms as your guide.” (P29 of The Mercury Detoxification Manual.)

A properly interpreted hair test will let you know if you have enough mercury in your body to mess with the way minerals are moving across cell membranes. Only mercury will cause this, “deranged mineral transport” and Andy Cutler figured out 5 statistical rules to use when evaluating hair tests. These “counting rules” are applied to the essential elements section of the hair test. The values of the toxic elements in the face of deranged mineral transport are not significant unless their bars extend way into the red zone.