I thought I’d address some common questions about chelation rounds on the frequent dose protocol.
At first this all seems daunting and complex but by the time you have done 10 rounds it becomes like brushing your teeth….well almost….if you add in getting up at night.
I’ve always heard that “it’s so much work getting up a night, how do you do it?” Well, my response has always been “it isn’t any different from when I had to get up to feed my newborn son. He needed to be fed, I got up. Well he needs this medicine…so I get up. It isn’t glamorous but it is working.
Over the years our timing schedule has changed depending on things like school schedule or chelator used but what is consistent is that we must dose on the half-life and the rounds cannot be shorter than 64 hours. (half life is explained in my book)
Since all rounds at some point will include alpha lipoic acid (ALA) to remove mercury from the brain, the following are based on 3 hour dosing schedules for DMSA/ALA or ALA:
This works for kids not in school or on a three-day break from school:
- Day One: 6am, 9am, 12 noon, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm, 12 mid,
- Day Two: 4am, 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 8pm, 11pm
- Day Three: 3am, 6am, 9am, 12 noon, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm, midnight. (Total:66 hours)
- *If I end at 11:00pm it’s 65 hours which is also acceptable.
Kids in school aren’t able to take doses during the school day and would chelate Friday after school through Monday morning. It is never advised to involve school in this process for many reasons: doses get forgotten, people misunderstand what this is and call CPS on you…I’m not kidding, I’ve seen this happen. Just skip the hassle, take care of this on your own.
- Friday: 4pm, 7pm, 10pm
- Saturday: 2am, 6am, 9am, 12 noon, 3pm, 6pm, 9pm, 12 mid
- Sunday: 4am, 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 8pm, 11pm
- Monday: 3am, 6am, 8-9 am.
- *These rounds need to be 64 hours
If your round is not at least 64 hours, figure out if you can pick your child up from school on Friday or drop them off Monday morning to allow an addition dose to reach 64 hours. Sometimes avoiding the bus ride will give you the extra hour or two you need. If you have children in school take advantage of every 3 day weekend, holiday break and summer break to do more rounds on a three-day schedule. This will be easier because you only get up two nights, not three.
Your own schedule may look a bit different depending on your start time. The key is to maintain the 3 hour dosing times during the day. You can do three hours at night but it’s not necessary because when your child sleeps their metabolism is slower. They will not process the chelator as fast so you actually get two 4 hours dosing times at night.
After completing your round you must take a break from chelation. Your break needs to be at least as many hours as you were on the round. To be on the safe side, a 3 day round should have 4 days off. There is room to do longer rounds if they are well tolerated but this doesn’t work for everyone.
As far as late doses go: it can’t be more than 1 hour. Keep track of who in the home is dosing helps avoid confusion with forgotten or extra doses. This happens more than you think it does. Make a schedule, print it out, post it in plain sight. Check off the doses as they are given. Or use a method similar to what I am doing. Organizing our rounds
I think it’s important to get rounds done as much as you can because this process takes a long time. The more time off you take, the longer it is going to day. The average is 100-300 rounds and some need more than that so you really do want to do as many as you can feasibly manage.
Kids grow up and life gets’ busy and compliance with taking supplements and chelators can become a problem. Ideally you want chelation done before those things happen. Plus…the sooner you get the mercury out, the better they will be in the long run.
The exception here is going to be for those that started this process when their children were already 10+ years old. They will have fewer choices and fitting rounds in regardless of busy teen schedules will become a priority.
Don’t get discouraged…don’t get overwhelmed…just take ONE round at a time.
Mantra: 3 days on, 4 days off, 64 hours minimum, don’t be late by more than an hour!