Mercury Chelation: What Works, What Doesn’t

A few years ago, when I was searching the www for information on curing Ryan’s asthma, I stumbled across the notion that asthma was the result of mercury poisoning which was the result of mercury-laden vaccines. Ryan had had a few vaccines by then. He’d been fine, no asthma, no allergies, right up until vaccination… so I put two and two together in my inimitable fashion* and determined he was quite possibly mercury toxic.

*My inimitable fashion means, “Going on gut with a few facts to support that wonky feeling in my gut I call intuition.” I think there’s an actual name for this kind of scientific deduction. When I stumble across it again, I’ll share it. For now, I have enough facts to continue writing this post. You’ve read my disclaimer?

So I searched the www for information on mercury chelation and (luckily) found Andrew Cutler’s low-and-slow chelation protocol. If you want to learn more, join the yahoo group frequent-dose-chelation. There is also a Dr. Cutler chelation protocol wiki at onibasu. At both sites, you’ll find a wealth of information, both factual and anecdotal, on people curing themselves of all manner of illness, including curing their children’s autism, via frequent-dose chelation using ALA and/or DMSA as the chelating agents.

In my cancer quest a few weeks ago, I learned a lot about ALA. Dr. Burt Berkson uses ALA and LDN (both of which we take) to cure several different kinds of liver. He’s used it successfully to cure liver disease that nobody else can cure. Yes, I said cure. I’m reading Berkson’s book on ALA now. Excellent. The man is a genius.

A friend asked how safe is it to take 600mg of ALA in a day if you are mercury toxic. When might it not be a good idea? Good question. Here’s what I know:

Using ALA As A Mercury Chelator

ALA is the most powerful mercury chelator because it BINDS to mercury and carries it out of your body via pee and poop. DMSA, another chelator recommended by the Cutler protocol, also binds to mercury. The difference between the two is that ALA crosses the bbb (blood brain barrier) so can attach to the mercury in your brain and carry that out, too. DMSA does not cross the bbb.

Mercury, obviously, crosses the bbb all by itself. Go, mercury.

If you are heavily mercury toxic, then, theoretically, ALA could cause problems. If you have too much mercury and the ALA dislodges more than it can carry out all at once, then THAT excess dislodged mercury might move around and lodge somewhere it will cause more trouble than the place it was originally. Like your brain.

If you are not heavily mercury toxic, then taking ALA is probably not a problem. There’s more chance the ALA is carrying the mercury OUT than there is that it’s simply carrying it AROUND and dumping it someplace else. ALA does not stay in your body; it leaves, so the mercury that has attached leaves with it.

The best way to find out how mercury toxic you are (because, well, these days, everyone is mercury toxic) is to get a hair test. You’ll find the names of several labs other people use on the yahoo group.

ALA and Amalgam Fillings

The biggest threat to your health when considering ALA is if you have amalgam fillings. Those fillings are releasing mercury all the time. If you take ALA, Cutler says (and I believe him), the ALA will pull MORE mercury from the fillings, very likely more than the ALA can carry out. THAT mercury will find a comfy place to sit in your body: organs, brain, fat (where it waits patiently till you go on a diet, then, as your fat melts away, that stored mercury is released back into your body)

Ever wonder why you get a flu-like crud sickness when you start to lose weight? It’s because your fat is releasing stored toxins back into your blood stream. You are suffering through detox! Talk about your pros and cons.

For this reason, Cutler warns that, if you have amalgam fillings, do not take ALA until you have those fillings safely removed. In fact, wait three months after your amalgam fillings are out before taking ALA.

Don’t Our Bodies Chelate Heavy Metals All By Themselves?

They should, with two big-time exceptions.

1. When your natural chelator is in good working order, you are flushing all your toxins. You have to ask yourself how well is YOUR body’s flusher working? Why not take a hair test and see what your load is? Couldn’t hurt.

2. In today’s world, we are overloaded with toxins: in our water, in our air, in our faux-food. And it’s constant… used to be we got most of our mercury from vaccines and amalgams. Not now: now it’s everywhere. From my research, I figure that, at 56, my flusher has been overloaded since birth. Just considering industrial food, GMOs, radiation alone. My flusher is probably plumb wore out by this time. So I’m taking ALA for my liver and for mercury detox!

What About Natural Chelators, like Cilantro and Chlorella and Garlic?

These herbs and spices — and all the other foods people think are chelators — ARE NOT CHELATORS. In fact, they are far more wicked, as far as mercury goes, than ALA. This is because they do not bind to mercury. Cutler explains this far better than I on the yahoo group and the wiki. In a nutshell, they can’t bind mercury because they don’t have the correct molecules. (Dr. Cutler is a scientist doctor, not a medical doctor.)

The only thing these herbs and foods do is to simply dislodge the mercury from its current comfy place in your body, leaving it to wander about to find another comfy place to land. Since mercury crosses the bbb, it can wander all the way up to your brain. Nice.

Again, this is really only a problem for people who are heavily mercury toxic. Just don’t go expecting herbs and foods to chelate you when they can’t. Eat them, by all means! Cilantro and garlic are staples around here. And certainly have other miracle healing qualities, no doubt about that.

What About EDTA Chelation?

Cutler says no, that it can be dangerous and has harmed others. I take his advice. However, I’ve known people who have done it and were glad. But why chance it? I like the low-and-slow approach of the frequent-dose-chelation crowd.

I’m glad I stumbled onto Cutler before chelating. We did his protocol for a few months, but I could not keep up with it for long. For one thing, I was too stressed to keep up the schedule for all four of us and my perfectionism was in overdrive. (You’ll be relieved to hear that I’ve conquered that and don’t get very much done at all these days, lol.)

The main reason we stopped is because Ryan’s asthma cleared up through other means — gymnastics and raw milk, to be specific! Since we had no other symptoms of being heavily mercury toxic, I stopped. All four of us now take 600mg of ALA everyday (along with our myriad other vitamins) and feel FANTASTIC!

Have you done any chelation? What method did you use? Did you measure the results via any kind of testing? Thanks for sharing — I appreciate the information!

P.S. One more note about detox. When you find yourself going through this, focus on completing the detox. Don’t let the toxins wander about and get stored someplace else in your body — get ‘em OUT: sauna, coffee enemas, sweating, exercise, deep breathing, clay baths, tons of detox ideas out there.

Sally Oh lives in the Bluegrass area of Kentucky with her husband of 21 years and two gigantic sons. She is a Weston A. Price chapter leader and blogs to meet like-minded farm food freedom advocates. She’s hoping you join us in the real food rEVOLution!

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  • Debora Edholm

    Excellent work.

    • Sally

      Thank you!

  • andy

    I think I have a heavy metal load, my body warms up whenever I am near a tv set pc or cellphone that is turned on. I have memory and cogntive problem as well. Right now I am taking ACZ nano zeolite spray but I dont know if it works since I am not getting any better yet. I have taken 2 bottles already
    I wonder if there is a better alternative.I am hoping for a full recovery.
    Please give me some advice.

  • Sally

    I got a lot of help from this yahoo group: You might try that.