The human body has no natural mechanism to remove mercury from the brain. Once in there it is trapped and must be removed through other means. You can make its effects far worse by the use of improper substance to attempt to remove the mercury (i.e. chlorella, cilantro, EDTA, homeopathy, etc...) or by following improper protocols (i.e. high dose IV protocol, the 10mg per pound 8 hour protocol, or even the once every other day method). At Everything Spectrum we believe it is very important to be informed about the options available to remove metals safely.
What is frequent low dose chelation?
Frequent low dose chelation came into the lime light when Andrew Hall Cutler PhD started researching to find a safer therapy to address his own mercury toxicity. Dr. Cutler applied basic chemistry to the use of the chelator. By applying the rules of Pharmacokinetics one avoids many of the symptoms that happen when chelators are taken randomly. This helps you safely remove metals without causing serious side effects or risks of further damage. The substances used in frequent low dose chelation are DMSA and ALA (alpha lipoic acid). DMSA is taken every 4 hours. ALA must be taken every 3 hours. This is done for a minimum time of three days, which is referred to as a "round". It is then followed by 4 or more days break in between the next "round". Dr. Cutler details more about this protocol in his book, Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis & Treatment.
How Safe is this?
There a numerous protocols on the internet and in use by physicians that are said to remove heavy metals. Some of them are not safe, or worse, quite dangerous. When frequent low dose chelation is done properly by sticking to the dosing and timing guidelines is it very safe. High doses are never given and Intravenous medications are never used. With frequent low dose chelation side effects are extremely minimal and controlled or reduced by adhering to the protocol and using supportive supplements. Should any significant symptoms occur on a round, you as the parent can stop the round immediately, and there is no risk of further harm. You are in control.
What about support while we do this?
At Everything Spectrum we realize how important parent support is for any family on this road. Our health coaches are available to help whenever you have questions. You can also engage and share with other parents who are going through this. It can be very difficult to find this support locally in our communities, but there are hundreds of families experiencing the wonderful gains of frequent low dose chelation. You can share with them, and learn from us, as we guide you through this process every step of the way.
How will we know if this is working?
Generally parents see positive changes in their child within 5-10 rounds. Most of the time you will see positive things in the first round. It is often helpful to keep a video journal and/or written journal of your child's symptoms, improvements as well as the doses, round numbers etc. Follow up testing is not generally needed for most children. Some parent do follow up hair testing if they wish, but it is not required.
Are there any side effects we should be looking for?
Sometimes chelation can cause a slight flare up in your child's symptoms. This usually wears off in a day or two after the round has ended. In many children yeast flare ups will happen during chelation but they are easily controlled with probitoics and natural over-the-counter anti-fungals. Mild side effects like this are easily managed with supplements and they are discussed on our support forum to help you minimize or eliminate these symptoms. Generally with this protocol children are very comfortable and do not experience negative symptoms.
Are there supplements we should have our child on?
The chelators DMSA (www.vrp.com) and ALA are available over the counter in the United States.
It is necessary for children to take basic supplements. These help their bodies work better in light of having mercury poisoning. They also help reduce any side effects of chelation, such as fatigue.
Children need the following 3-4 times per day: *Vitamin C: 500-1000 mg/day divided into four doses *Magnesium: 400 mg/day per day divided into four doses *Zinc: 30-50 mg/day divided into four doses.
Fat soluble supplements are given once per day: *Vitamin E: 400 IU/day (d-alpha tocopherol, not dl-alpha tocopherol), *Fish oils (while not one of the "basic supplements" we have found it beneficial for children to be on a high quality mercury free fish oil.)
There are other helpful supplements that we can suggest depending upon the symptoms of your child. Do we need any medical tests and if so where do we get them?
A Hair Elements Test is available through this link. Parents, if they wish, can obtain an CBC (complete blood count) w/manual differential, but it isn't required. Any pediatrician can order this basic screening test and it is usually covered by insurance. Most parents doing low frequent dose chelation choose to use over the counter supplements without the aid or advice of a doctor. We recommend always seeking the advice of a physician with any questions regarding a medical condition.
How long will this take?
Chelation is a long, slow process. Some parents are done within a year but generally it takes longer. The range is somewhere between 100-300 rounds, which is between 2-5 years. Improvements are quick and do keep you motivated to continue all the way through!
Isn't there another way to do this?
While we truly wish there were an easier faster way to chelate, there simply isn't. Many other methods have been tried and have shown over and over again that they make the patient worse or they don't help at all. When chelating you do not want to move more mercury into your brain, and the only way to prevent this is with the frequent low dose "rounds". This provides a steady blood level of chelator over the course of three days which allows for a good steady pull of metals. Then you give the body some rest before doing it again. When it's done enough times, it results in getting all those metals out of the body and brain. Other protocols give high dose infrequently, which results in stirring up a lot of metals and then dumping them back into the organs and brain, because there is no subsequent chelator to remove them. If this is repeated enough, it results in irreversible damage.
Others may recommend Challenge tests. We do not use these tests for many reasons. They utilize high doses of chelator given a few times. The idea is to "provoke" the excretion o f metals, however, giving high doses of chelator infrequently causes problems. These tests are not really informative as they do not tell us how much metal is in the brain. There are safer ways to determine metal toxicity than doing this test. We don't advise putting your child at risk by doing this test. Many of the people who have tried them and suffered terrible symptoms have documented their stories at the DMPS backfire website where they describe what happened to them when they were given one time high doses of chelators.
Does my child need a special diet?
Managing your childs health often includes examining their diet and choosing one that is best suited for them. Some children need a particular diet because of food allergies or chemical sensitivities. This is something our support forum and coaches can help you determine. Not all children required a gluten free casein free diet. This diet helps some ASD children, but not all, and is only recommended on a case by case basis. We discuss sulfur sensitivity and thiol foods as well. The key is to find a diet that helps your child feel his or her best! It is highly recommended that everyone eat as close to a natural/organic, whole foods diet as possible.
Step by Step:
1. Join our Support Forum for guidance and assistance in getting the process started.
4. Introduce the supplements listed above. Begin one at a time and wait a few days before adding a new one to be sure they are well tolerated.
5. Be absolutely sure that your child does not have any amalgam (metal dental) fillings in their teeth. These are silver or gray colored. If they have them, they will need to be replaced safely prior to chelation.
6. Eliminate any ongoing sources of mercury exposure from fish and vaccines.
7. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of yeast and adrenal fatigue by reading the applicable information in our files section. They are the most common issues that arise during chelation and are easily handled with proper support.
8. Start chelation following the frequent low dose protocol located in our files. (All active members have access to our educational files).