I have an answer for you. They only _think_ they are "cheating". Unless someone has body stores of mercury, they cannot chelate, they may be poisoned by some other toxin and then it doesn't matter how they take ALA.
I guarantee you that if you are poisoned by any of the stuff ALA chelates, and you take ALA on another schedule than every 3 to 4 hours, you are committing cellular suicide, and given a high enough amount of toxic waste redistribution, you will get to experience HORRIFYING redistribution. Children take a lot of unintended abuse this way, thanks to people like yourself, who promote wishful thinking as a fact of life. These are two different things, my friend.
In addition to the above, some people confuse ALA (as in alpha lipoic acid) with
ALA (as in alpha arachidonic acid), and they don't experience the effects of heavy metal redistribution because they don't chelate anything this way.
Have I answered your question enough? What is it that you have against Cutler!, anyway?