I suggest you ask your questions here:
you have the fillings out, correct? most people make the mistake of only using one or two or 3 chelators. you need a wide range. what all are you taking. if you just take one, you are doing more harm than good. some are mobilzers and some are binders. you need both to get mercury out adequately. otherwise you can have redistribution and that can make you sick.
no, it's not necessary to wait. i ate a ton of it after. you can try eating it. i like it in salsa. add it and see how you do for a few days, before adding a new chelator. you really should broaden your spectrum a little. selenium and calcium and magnesium, etc.... minerals are instrumental in getting it out of your brain. the brain thinks mercury is a mineral and it tries to hang on to it. you need an excess of minerals to get it to release from the brain. here is some chelation info.
"because something is a chelator, does not mean it would work for everybody."
yes, all chelators chelate; that is why they are called chelators. some you may react to. take them and see.
"i'd still like an answer to my question-- how would i know the chelators are doing their job?"
sorry, i don't even understand the question, can't help you.
if you don't want to use a bunch of different products:
either one of these two, Vibrant Life or Beyond Chelation Improved. They are the the best chelation formulas in the world and easier than taking a bunch of individual chelators
For chelators which are not provocation challenge tests, only way to know if they are working at the biochemical leve is to constantly have your doctor do fractionated porphyrin (urine and/or fecal) tests for mercury. For those which are provocation challenges tests, you just follow through with the instructions of the test. Some people take DMSA and do not understand that it is a test, not just a chelator. This should help you understand more: