I agree with Mercurycrusader. One other thing: ALA retains copper, which can lead to or exacebrate copper toxicity and contribute to adrenal exhaustion. Copper is the tricky part: the symptoms are almost indistinguishable from mercury toxicity. I know because I fell into this trap. When I chelated with DMSA+ALA and took plenty of zinc and Molybdenum, I was getting better. Once I dropped DMSA because I no longer was having symptoms at 100mg ALA alone (at around 100 pounds body weight), and changed to a lower potency zinc, all he'll broke loose. At 200mg ALA per dose, I got unbelievably sick from the copper buildup in my body. The moral of the story: keep a watchful eye on your copper retention.
- ALA alone is fine, but a lower dose is better than a higher one
- take 50mg of zinc with each meal (150mg per day)
- take molybdenum in divided doses of about 250mcg-500mcg each
- if you begin feeling exhausted after having overcome adrenal fatigue previously, watch out for copper toxicity as the underlying cause
- if you experience racing thoughts, fix your copper toxicity per Cutler suggestion ASAP or it will only get worse (it is a vicious cycle with no end in sight)