Frequent Low Dose Chelation (Andy Cutler chelation)

So what is this “frequent dose chelation” thing you keep reading about? Well….essentially it’s what it sounds like….frequent……giving doses…..of chelator.

We do this to maintain a steady blood level of chelator for a specific period of time so that we lower the body burden of mercury. This way when you do stop the chelators, there isn’t much left to be redistributed or pushed back into the brain. We don’t want it going back into the brain!

Following this slow and low method has proven to avoid regressions or any permanent problems that have been reported with high dose, infrequent dose or IV chelation methods. It’s the timing that’s really the important factor.

The protocol is fully outline in “Fight Autism and Win: Biomedical Therapies That Actually Work!” book which also includes the rest of what you need to do the help heal the damage to the body that mercury causes.

Since I fully remember the financial strains of having a sick child, this protocol is also available for free in many locations including my Yahoo forum or Facebook Group.

There is also a great primer for Andy Cutler chelation.

Our Autism Organized website also includes some symptom trouble shooting lists, tips and tricks for the protocol.

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Round 198 update

We just completed round 198. His dose is up to 75mg of ALA which is 1/2 mg per pound for his weight. He’s 15 now and it’s hard to believe that detox has taken us this long. Initially the time estimate was 3 years which would have been 156 rounds at 52 rounds a year. In reality we were never able to do one round every single week all year. His hair test at the 150 round mark was still pretty toxic so 150 rounds wouldn’t have done it anyway.

This past round was a bit rough for us. Rather ironic since we haven’t seen much from rounds in a few years. Nothing terrible but just little things that indicate mercury is still an issue. He he did report having a headache off and on. He was more tired as well and said he didn’t sleep well. He has issues with sleeping anyway and we were working on that with getting his thyroid medication adjusted. I increased his vitamin C and magnesium and it helped tremendously. So no more headaches. I found this round difficult because of the current status of my adrenal fatigue. I just go my labs back which confirms how I’ve been feeling so the night wakings to give doses really wore me out. Hopefully the adjustments to my adrenal support will help that.

It’s just the nature of the process that some rounds will be fantastic, and some will be harder. We’ve had more than one period of time chelating that mimicked a stall period even this far into things.  It probably isn’t the same stall period referred to in Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment by Dr. Andrew Hall Cutler, PhD but it’s a period of months where rounds seem to do nothing. Then suddenly, one day you do a round and symptoms! That confirms that indeed it is still doing something. I’ve had several periods like this lasting at long as a year.

We are approaching 200 rounds, albeit much slower than I thought it would take us to get there but we plan to hair test a few months after reaching that. Subsequent hair testing isn’t necessary but it’s something I began doing in the beginning for curiosity. It lets me know if he still meets counting rules or not. When the test does, it gives me further motivation that the job isn’t done and I need to continue.

Chelating Adults- I’ve beaten ALA

Mercury-PoisoningI have to stay that chelation for me has been more of a struggle than it has for the children. This seems to be fairly common on the forums too. Adults just have a harder time of it, not because the protocol is any different for them, but likely because they have had years more mercury exposure. Many of our children are dealing with vaccine mercury, where as adults seem to be dealing with amalgam mercury from dental fillings.

Sure, mercury is mercury…..but it seems like when you’re inhaling it for 25 years and these fillings are sitting millimeters from your brain….it just seems to gum up the works in different ways.  If that much in the photo above messed up an entire lake…..what did all those amalgams do? Most of us have endocrine dysfunction, our hormones are a mess and nothing seems to work right. We also have gut issues which seem to be similar but not the same as children with mercury poisoning or autism.

In any case, I’ve had the experience of chelating three in my house. Myself and my two children. Two of us were NT “neurotypical” and one was ASD. My observations have revealed that the NT child chelated the easiest and the fastest despite having both amalgam mercury and vaccination mercury. My ASD child chelated easy but it’s taking a lot longer. I’m the odd man…or in this case woman out. My rounds were a lot harder because my adrenal gland were simply a wreck. My thyroid was in the toilet and my gut was a disaster from numerous antibiotics.

Some other mercury folks that I have talked with over the years know of my struggles to maintain function and health so I could get my children better. It has been hard but the past few years have been much better, much easier.

It’s like all the sudden chelation has become easier in the sense ALA isn’t bothering me like it used too. This round I raised to 100mg of ALA and buckled down expecting to feel like crud. But it didn’t happen. I feel fine. Could I use a nap? Sure…anyone would if they had gotten up every 3 hours for several nights in a row.

I can’t complain otherwise, no headaches, no nothing. There is no way I could go near 100mg of ALA last year or several years ago. As I wrote about in my post “Chelating Adults: ALA was my Nemesis” I described my struggle and how long it’s taken me to get to here. It didn’t come without hard work either.

I have never given up and always kept looking for what I could do to help my body heal. That meant addressing all the things that were messed up in my body. Endocrine, gut, liver….and while this may be a co-incidence, I could take more ALA after I did the juice fasting. Here are some of the things I did in the past 2 years:

  • 10 day juice fast (reboot with Joe, followed by 9 months on a vegan diet)
  • pysllium and bentonite shakes (absorb toxins in gut from bacteria/parasites/yeast)
  • aloe water (helps heal gut)
  • taurine, milk thistle for the liver (although I found the juice fast worked much better and faster. Wouldn’t advise this though until you have done a lot of successful rounds. Definitely not for children but including greens in their diet could help)
  • Homeopathic drainage remedy for the liver
  • gemmotherapy remedy for gut/food allergies
  • castor oil packs (only did a few, very messy IMO)
  • being gluten-free for 5 years (still am today)
  • avoiding dairy, soy because they do cause symptoms for me. (lately can tolerate some dairy)

I did not do these things though until I had done over a 100 rounds of chelation and found that it no longer really made me feel better or worse when I did them. I still had other health symptoms though like hypoglycemia symptoms, chemical sensitivity, which responded well to the juice fasting because I don’t think my liver was really working well. I have later added in MB12 after testing revealed I should try some. It has helped my energy level a lot.

The main rule I stuck too was if something made me sick I listened to my body and stopped eating it or using it. If a round really knocked me down with fatigue….I took a break until I felt well for the next round. I always used Andy’s protocol for chelation even when I didn’t really want to get up at night. I had way to much mercury from my amalgams to even think about messing with some touted faster means of chelation. And sometimes I would get discouraged and think “I’m never going to get all this mercury out”, but after a short break I would go back to it again.

I’m sure I’m not “mercury free” yet, but I am certainly 100 times better than I thought I’d be if you asked me when I started out.

Notes: I would not attempt liver cleansing or juice fasting before a lot of chelation because it can cause some significant side effects. My earlier attempts at juicing caused headaches and I felt sick and could not do them. What I did was after 90 rounds I began to incorporate freshly extracted juices into my diet, having one serving per day. I did this for months. I still consume freshly extracted juices daily along with a healthy diet.