How long is the road to recovery?

The Passage of Time

The Passage of Time (Photo credit: ToniVC)

I’ve worked with so many families over the years, helping them get started and teaching them the ropes to this biomed/chelation road.  The most common question I encounter is how long is this going to take?

Most are under the initial impression that you do a few rounds and you’re done. However this is so much more than that and takes so much longer. Biomedical therapy becomes more than “a treatment” you do to your child, it becomes a lifestyle for the health of your family. You end up changing your diet, how you clean, and start learning about things like fungal infections and immune systems.

Many parents are surprised to learn that chelation is rarely completed in less than 200 rounds for children with autism. Even the adults I’ve talked to who chelate for mercury find it takes years. The reason is because it takes years to get poisoned and removing these metals any faster really isn’t safe.

I know it’s often difficult for parents to have the patience needed to keep at this for 3-5 years or 100-300 rounds but I cannot recall an autistic child recovering with less than 200 rounds. This is not the same for children who have mercury poisoning but are not autistic. I have seen them cured in less than 200 rounds.

This is not to say ASD children don’t improve at all before 200 rounds. In fact it certainly does. They slowly improve bit by bit over the course of rounds and years. Some children have impressive “wow” gains on rounds (like my son), followed by months of nothing (stall period) and other children just have small progress slowly. But they do become healthier and improve.

It seems our kids have been affected more profoundly in different ways than non-asd children. This is something that was easy for me to see because I chelated two children, one with autism and one who didn’t have autism.  Both had mercury poisoning. I also followed the reports of chelation of hundreds of autistic children and mercury toxic adults/children without autism.

What I have found is that children with autism take longer.  This is most likely because mercury toxic children without autism start out at a different place than autistic children. Mercury toxic children may suffer some behavioral ailments, allergies and endocrine issues but don’t really have any significant developmental delays.  And children with autism have the full spectrum of health and developmental issues from mercury. For them, the road is more challenging.

I began chelating my neurotypical 10-year-old at the same time I began with my autistic 3-year-old. The neurotypical child stopped meeting counting rules for mercury after only 76 rounds of chelation. The autistic child, still meets counting rules today for mercury and has had 143 rounds.  (as of the date of this post)

In that time the neurotypical child regained adrenal function, reduction in allergies, cured of gluten allergy, and no longer suffers depression, mood swings, anxiety and panic attacks, fatigue or misinterpretation of social situations. I have done 127 rounds on my neurotypical child even though the hair test stopped meeting rules in 2010. We continue periodically to work towards a recovered thyroid. We did cure her of gluten intolerance. She reacted severely to gluten until last year when this finally just vanished. We did nothing else to treat it but chelate her periodically once she stopped meeting counting rules.

Over the years I noted in my journal the gains and changes that occurred in both children and the neurotypical child definitely reached our goal in less rounds.

Early on in our journey it was estimated that it would take 3 years to chelate my autistic child with a very toxic hair test.  The equivalent of 152 rounds. However in the real world most parents cannot do a round every single week for three straight years. Kids get sick, parents get sick, you have to go to work….real life gets in the way.  So for us it has taken much longer. But even if we did manage weekly rounds for those three years I still do not believe 152 rounds is the magic number. Why? Because we are close to that and I do not see another eight rounds turning my son’s hair test normal.

My new forum is loaded with parents who are now past the 100 round mark or approaching it. Their children are still on the road to recovery. Far better off than when they started but still not done.  Some of them are past 180 rounds and still have toxic hair tests.  These kids have come a super long way and improves in so many ways, some of them going from non-verbal to speaking, but still they have mercury.

In my years on all the forums combined (Autism-Mercury, Frequent Low Dose, Recovery From Autism, and now Fight Autism and Win Yahoo) the consensus seems to be that our kids are going to need closer to 250-300 rounds to cure their mercury poisoning. This post is not to discourage you from doing this therapy. Quite the opposite. It’s to let you know what is realistic to expect and that you are dedicating a lot of time towards healing your child. When parents ask me if it’s been worth it, worth the last six years of my life….you bet!!

I got my son back and even with a few remaining quirks he’s an amazing little boy who is affectionate, thoughtful and smart. I would do it all over again and we still continue to this day because it is still helping my son with those small residual things.

While I always hope for a fast recovery for every child I also don’t believe in misleading anyone to think this is a quick fix cure.

And as I have said many times on my forum “its a long road but one worth traveling”.


9 thoughts on “How long is the road to recovery?

  1. Thanks Jan for your post on recovery. It really helps bring the whole thing into perspective, we have only done 50 rounds on my son. My son has come a long way from when we started with you on RFA, he now socialises, has a conversation, rides a bike and more. However as you say I can see it will probably take longer than a 100 rounds to recover. That said I wouldnt change a thing either and I am so glad you helped me and my son on our road to recovery. Thanks again, Alison

  2. @Alison: You’re very welcome. It has been my pleasure to help you and all the other moms/dads. I stay true to my goal of helping as many parents as I can get this information so they can experience the wonderful things we have. I believe every child deserves the chance to be healthy and recover.

  3. Thanks for the post and reminding me that the loss of sleep will one day be worth it! We just finished round #5 and have seen very little positives or negatives. My daughter is 10 and high functioning. She is mainstreamed in school with an aid as needed. She struggles socially, has a difficult time focusing, has some anxieties (is always worried about people watching her, has poor handwriting, needs routine but can usually go with the flow. Those are her main issues. What is your experience and or knowledge with kids on the spectrum like this? Do they generally take just as long to chelate?

  4. @Lynn In my experience high functioning kids usually progress well with chelation. They seem to run into less issues to over come than some of the more autistic children who have more complex issues with immune function, seizures that also have to be addressed etc. I can’t say a high functioning child would need less rounds though since it’s impossible to predict how many rounds each child may need to remove their metal toxicity. My son still meets rules after 143 rounds and is diagnosed Aspergers. He did start off as Pervasive Developmental Delay before chelation. And recently a comment by one of his providers was made to me that they thought the Asperger’s was a misdiagnosis because he resembles a child with ADD (only two years after the Aspie dx). So we are slowly working our way off the spectrum. Bit by bit. I wish I could say less affected ASD kids needed less rounds. It seems to be rather individual unfortunately.

    It’s very common to not notice a lot of change in just a few rounds. But usually by the time you reach 50, you can look back and see some things have changed for the better. Even if they are small gains in social insight, reduced anxiety etc. I found it helped to keep a journal (if you aren’t already) either written and/or video to document our rounds, symptoms, improvements etc. Even reactions to supplements and food. This gave me a collective picture over the months/years. I could look back and see that my son used to do A or B and without us even realizing it, he stopped. It just slowly went away and was replaced with more appropriate responses.
    I hope this helps!

    • Yes, it does help and I thank you. I just keep wondering if I am missing something. She seems to be in such a fog when it comes to having to concentrate or focus, especially at school. Her sp. Ed. Teacher can’t believe how different she seems from the end of last school year. She needs almost constant reminders. We started all the supplements for chelation in August a couple weeks before school started. Could this be yeast? I have her on GSE about 6 drops a day but nothing changes. Just frustrating when I don’t know what to do to help. Thanks again, don’t know what I would do without these online groups!

  5. hi Jan
    I need your help to know what chelation are you doing on your boys. The one I do with my daughter is dmps and works like 16 suppositories twice a week , so it takes 2 months to finish.
    So would I consider this one round of chelation?
    but after I am done with 2 months, I couldn’t continue chelating her back to back as she develops side effects like, lots of yeast (makes her foggy), low in all vitamins and minerals ,dark circles under eyes and she seems very weak, so I have to wait for 3 months to top her up with all the minerals and then I can start with the next round of 16 suppositories.
    This way I get to do only two rounds with her a year, so for 100 rounds it will take 50 years to finish .
    Please if you can advise me about the chelation that you do and how can I do it in so many rounds.

    • Hi,
      I am using frequent low dose chelation also called Andy Cutler chelation. This is a low dose, slow gentle method and does not involve
      using suppositories. It isn’t fast, but it’s a lot less problematic. DMPS uses up too many minerals IMO. And with the protocol I use
      kids are taking supplements daily to avoid any deficiencies and to support the body while it heals. We also use natural antifungals
      to control the yeast and all of this in combination avoids/reduces any side effects. They don’t count rounds on the protocol you are using, which I believe is a DAN protocol, correct? Personally I would stop doing this and learn how to do the frequent low dose for a few reasons. The first being that chelators have to be dosed on their half life. (how long they last in the body) and using DMPS rectally twice a week isn’t doing this. DMPS only last 8 hours in the body. It should be given orally every 8 hours for 3 days.

      If you give larger doses of chelator infrequently, say twice a week or 1-3 times per day, this allows metals to move around and resettle in places like the brain. Doing this repeatedly is known to cause more problems. It has been associated with regressions that sometimes are permanent. Instead you want a steady blood level of chelator for three full days (including at night) to create a nice steady pull of metals. that don’t get dumped into the brain. By the end of the three days the blood levels are lower and any left over that settles down is minimal. Compared to taking a chelator once and not again for a week. (see

      I also suspect that the doses she’s given are high and not based on her weight (because I am familiar with other protocols). Now it isn’t that you can’t use DMPS, it’s that it should be taken orally, and dosed by how much she weighs. (starting is 1/8mg per pound) and she needs to take supplements with it. (vitamins and minerals every day, not just on rounds or in between then)

      Next problem is your protocol does not get any mercury out of the brain. And brain mercury is what’s behind autism or developmental conditions. To get this out you need alpha lipoic acid dosed by half life and weight for those three days too. And the three days is what constitutes a round.

      Please join my yahoo group to learn how to do this method of chelation and manage any symptoms/provide proper support. I’d be happy to add you help you with this stuff.

      You can also learn how to do this protocol in my book or on from this website:

      Hope that helps!
      We have 153 rounds down!

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