However LA can move Hg across the blood brain barrier. If you have more Hg in the blood than in the brain, it will tend to move Hg *into* the brain as seen in the Gregus study of mice. Andy Cutler, PhD Chemistry explains in this discussion. http://onibasu.com/archives/am/74605.html
Having most of the essential elements on a hair test show up low or low-norm is Cutler's "Rule 1." According to his theory, Hg fouls up movement--transport--of minerals in the body. This shows up as statistically strange results on the hair test.
Typically with Rule 1 tests, levels of toxins are rather low. AC does not trust the that the levels of toxins in hair will match body burden when a test matches a Rule. He tends to assume Hg is involved and proceeds to try HM detox.
A close friend had a Rule 1 test and very bad reaction to accidentally taking 100mg doses of ALA in a new formulation of her multivitamin for ten days in the months after Amalgam removal. Thankfully she is much improved to day after years of AC detox plus recommended supplements and some hormone balancing.
You may need some hormone balancing too since Hg really hammers hormone related systems.
In the Yahoo detox groups, the rule of thumb is that when a person has a bad reaction to taking a chelator or high thiol food or supplement, it is another indication that Hg is involved.
With the Rule 1 test, a bad reaction to taking high thiol foods and symptoms that match, I don't think you need the provoked urine test. Cutler and Pompa discuss how flawed they are.
My pre-chelation provoked urine and urine porphyrins tests were clearly normal ad the hair test was barely suspicious for lead and cadmium. However after 1 and 1.5 yrs of AC detox cadmium or lead were in the red and other toxins were in the yellow. The essential element section looked fairly normal. I've never had a hair test that was even close to matching a Cutler Rule I had a lead and cadmium problem, not a Hg problem. I chelated for over five years with DMSA plus ALA with life changing gains--normalized bone density and kidney numbers, improved mood, intellectual ability, and a LONG list of little things that greatly improved or went away.
So DMSA is quite effective for lead--when taken in a safe way!
Results of DMSA Treatment Study, James Adams,et al http://www.scribd.com/doc/15120628/Results-of-DMSA-Treatment-Study
Conclusions - benefits
ēDMSA greatly increases excretion of lead, and some increase in excretion of tin, mercury,thallium.
ē1 round of DMSA dramatically normalized glutathione levels for at least 1-2 months, and helped normalize platelet levels (marker of inflammation) for at least 4 months
ēSeverity of Autism Scale. Significant improvement in both groups
However if you take DMSA foolishly and when HMs are involved bad things can happen. Check out this by C Shade, a guy with a PhD in chemistry and whose speciality is enviornmental Hg. If a guy with that background can make this mistake, anyonoe can. As you correctly pointed out, there is so much confusion out there--maybe some of it from those who have something to loose if people understand the truth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zc3eTtY39eU
When HMs are involved, there *will* be mood struggles. The brain, hormone systems and other related systems are so vulnerable. You don't need to be embarrassed. It is just chemistry. It gets better with safe forms of detox.
Responding to you neuropathy problems. I am having neuropathy in my feet. I think it is coming from my sitting in my computer chair hour after hour. What I am doing about it is to go for long walks. To exercise my body by walking, swinging my arms as I walk. Another thing I am doing is learning to grow the "Lion's Mane" mushroom. I will be stir-frying this mushroom and it is supposed to be good for rebuilding nerves.
Yes, he did, and both his books have remained classics to this very day, validated in their **unsurpassed accuracy** and far-sighted conclusions.
> and it is now almost universally
It is almost universally accepted that most affected individuals have long forgotten how to think for themselves... Most of us had to relearn that basic skill to save our lives...
I had to go by the symptoms alone... (don't ask). I'm glad I did. The Amalgam Illness book is an amazing guide. I owe Dr. Cutler my life.
When I first opened the book, I was probably one of the sickest persons you'll ever encounter... I only had vision for a couple of hours each week... sometimes weeks went by without it...
Reading the book in the rare moments of my waning eyesight was an incredible experience... My health was deteriorating fast... time was running out on me... I tried to memorize the entire book because I wasn't sure if I would be able to ever read it again...
All in all, I've been on the Cutler Protocol for the past eight years. I was able to recover over 80% of my health...
Today, I am fully functional, my immune system is rock solid, my liver works....
Thanks, in large measure, to Dr. Andy Cutler, and my husband who never gave up on me. If I can do it (while dead broke and almost dead really), any one can do it.
I am new to this forum and have been dealing with mercury symptoms for 8 months. All started after eating a nutritional bar made up of spirulina. I got very very sick for a couple of days and it went downhill from there. Severe brain fox, absolutely ZERO energy, severe memory loss, cognitive problems to the degree I could not spell words like "and," muscle twitching and weakness in my right leg and twitches throughout body, severe emotional swings and panic attacks, digestive issues, and more....
I truly thought I was going to die. Drove my wife nuts.
My hair tissue mineral analysis showed a mercury level at .311 and aluminum at .92. All of the good / nutrient minerals were measured extremely low.
I've shelled out thousands upon thousands of dollars on supplements, lab tests ( thought I had ALS so had countless MRIs, among others), and I am currently seeing a Lyme specialist (although no Lyme tests have come back positive), and Connie Fox (Mercury survivor).
There are SO many conflicting opinions around the value of hair tests, and my Lyme doc wants me to take DMSA and do a urine test. From what I've read DMSA can cause mercury to dump and re-trigger symptoms. He prescribed 8 pills to be taken all at once which seems quite extreme..
Over the past 8 months I have taken ALA, EDTA, and many other things known to cause chelation, although stupidly I didn't realize that when taking them. Needless to say, I felt awful... finally, Connie Fox said STOP taking them and get your body right first. That's been helping.. and now that I;m not feeling horrible all the time am nervous to go backwards by taking the DMSA challenge test.
What have others done to prove to themselves they are mercury toxic?
There seems to be a problem with your detox capacity when you are getting heavy symptoms while using HMD.
Your body/detox organs might be weak and have problems to flush out the toxins you move with HMD. That is why Dr. Georgiou strongly revommends to use Lavage to help the detox organs to function better, and also chlorella for the absorption of the toxins in the colon.
Melody, I'm sorry to hear about your situation; however, I've heard similar reports many, many times. Some of those people were members in detox groups for many months and reported life changing gains.
Antioxidants help to bind with the heavy metals that have been kicked up--mobilized. They provide some protection from them.
Vitamin C and Vitamin E are two such antioxidants. They are somewhat different so taking both is recommended.
More than tiny amounts of vitamin C do not linger for long in the blood stream so we benefit from taking some with each meal and before bed. Hopefully you'll tolerate a gram or so of it per dose. Some find the buffered form to be better tolerated by the stomach. Others like the acid form with big meals to help with digestion.
Selenium is an underappreciated antioxidant. It is a natural mineral like calcium or zinc but it also binds with many heavy metals making them much less toxic to us. Selenium also helps to make thyroid hormones.
Many of us toxic folks need help to be more calm, relaxed and mentally sharp. There are a number of supplements that can be tried for this. More than a few people will take many or most of these.
Magnesium. Remember Epsom Salt is magnesium sulfate. Toxic folks often dont' make enough sulfate for liver detox. Somem people like the more subtle effect of a foot bath.
Glutamine and or GABA. GABA is maybe the brain's most important anti-anxiety neurochemical. The body makes it from glutamine. Glutamine also helps to fuel the bain, helps to heal the digestive tract, helps muscles and is needed to make the liver's most important antioxidant, glutathone.
You'll want to consume some sulfur containing foods such as broccoli, eggs, garlic, etc. Mercury loves to bind with sulfur. Sulfur is a component of glutathione.
However taking too much sulfur can cause problems because it also kicks up---mobilizes--more heavy metals (HMs). We need to use sulfur wisely.
Learn about adrenal cortex support--adrenal fatigue or adrenal insufficiency. mercury hammers the adrenal cortex and related control systems.
Zinc is an essential mineral. However it is chemically similar to mercury. They compete for binding spots in the body to some extent. You'll probably do well to increase your intake of Zn somewhat.
You might find these posts and video to be encouraging. I followed the reports of the first two people for many months in a Yahoo detox group.
Surely mercury can kill you, but unless you are in a chemical factory accident it is not likely to do so quickly. You'll likely have plenty of time to fight this effectively and get much improved. However as you'll read from many sources, there is not quick fix.
There are many HM detox systems. I chose Cutler's detox protocol for my former heavy metal problem. I suggest that you learn about it.
Btw. I am an assistant manager of a non profit that invites young adults with Aspergers and other develpmental challenges to come to receive career training and opportunities to interact socially with our staff and volunteers. I've worked directly with people suffering with "mental imparements" on a nearly daily basis for quite a few years. I think my own former imparements from years of undiagnosed lead toxicity help me to better understand these young people and compassionately help them to learn and heal.