Why I didn’t do the DAN protocol

I’ve been doing biomed for 8 years and in that time I’ve talked to thousands of other parents and mercury poisoned adults. That has given me lots of anecdotal evidence for why I chose to use frequent dose chelation and not follow a DAN protocol or other mainstream chelation method.

help buttonI’ve actually had many parents who did do DAN protocol come to me to help them fix the regressions that were caused by DAN chelation. While regressions don’t happen in every child I have seen enough cases of it to question the methods safety. I have seen no regressions using frequent dose chelation and I can explain why.

I’m not a chemist but I certainly understand that medications, supplements, substances have a life span. They only last so long in the body before they are broken down, used up, excreted. This isn’t any different for chelators than it is for aspirin or cough medicine.

The problem with most mainstream chelation methods is they ignore something called pharmacokinetics. Pharma what? That’s what I said when I learned about it years ago but essentially what is means is the half-life of a substance. And no I don’t mean that video game either. Half-life, as in how long before it breaks down, is used up and excreted by the body.

Let me explain why half-life is so important in chelation. Every time you take a chelator, it grabs onto to some metals and they are escorted out of the body with the chelator. This happens over and over as long as there are chelators in the blood. This process stirs up metals, drag them out of storage for excretion which is what you want.

So what if you only take one dose of a chelator and then stop it? In this case you have stirred up metals but the one dose of chelator can only grab a bit of it and the rest is left to float around and then settle somewhere.This process is called “redistribution”.

The tricky part about redistributrion is that mercury really likes the brain and nervous system. This is usually where it gets stored. So that’s where it is most likely to go when you stop chelators. If you keep taking single doses of chelators randomly this will keep happening and likely cause a worsening of symptoms, known as “regression”.

The good news is this redistributing of mercury into the brain can be significantly reduced which would remove this risk of regression.  How this is achieved is to reduce the blood levels of metals so that when you stop chelators, there is very little to mercury to be redistributed.

This is where frequent low dose chelation comes into play. You maintain a steady blood level of chelator for set number of hours, (64-72 hours) which allows a good pull of metals, gets those blood levels low so you don’t push mercury back into your brain when you stop taking chelators. It is also going to pull more out of storage than a short round or a random dose.

Since you don’t never use high doses any side effects or risks to are removed. What a concept right? It’s been around since the late 1990s through the work of Dr. Andrew Hall Cutler PhD who recovered himself from mercury poisoning using this method. (you can read in-depth about Andy’s protocol and mercury poisoning in his book Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment)

Frequent dose chelation in summary is low dose chelators given on the half-life for a period of days. The minimum of which is 64 hours but ideally as close to 72 hours as you can. This is followed by a break or time off for the body to rest. The break should be at least as many days on the round. So if you have chelated for 3 days (64 hours) you need to take 4 or more days to rest.

When I began looking into why doctors don’t use this method of chelation it was explained to me that they felt it wasn’t convenient for parents. They thought that parents would not do it if they had to get up at night to give doses.

I give parents more credit than that.

Most would get up at night if they knew why the had to do it and they knew it was safer.

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