Heavy metals such as Lead, Mercury, Arsenic and Cadmium (and others) can be acquired a number of different ways in the body (and brain) and cause damage. Even in small amounts Heavy metals aren’t good, they can cause a variety of symptoms and even some viruses like Epstein Barr have been shown to live off and feed off of Dioxins and Heavy Metals.
Heavy Metal exposure has been linked to mood problems, disorders, Autism, fatigue and many others.
There are a number of different ways to chelate (pull out) metals, but generally speaking the Andy Cutler Protocol designed by Dr. Cutler is the best way. The Andy Cutler protocol is low and slow, so you won’t risk chelating too much or causing worsening of symptoms, like contributing to more fatigue.
First it would be wise to determine the amount and what heavy metals you have circulating in your body. It’s best to get a hair follicle test and a 24 hour fractionated urine porphyrin test. Don’t do a DMPS or EDTA challenge test as it will cause a flood of heavy metals to be pulled all at once, and EDTA hasn’t been shown to be a good chelator.
IV chelation is generally considered not a good option as it pulls a lot at once. Oral chelation with supplements, is not only cheaper, but can be done much more safely.
Don’t use cilantro or cholerella as those have been shown to be ineffective chelators.
I would recommend purchasing Andy Cutler’s books for more information and more specifics. It’s also a good idea to not start until it’s been at least 3 months or more since your amalgams have been removed or even a shot.
The three supplemental chelators used are Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA), Dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) and 2,3-Dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid
(DMPS). ALA is the only one that can remove heavy metal from the brain, the other two remove it from the bones, blood and tissues.
Oral Chelation is generally done in rounds, where one or two of the supplements are taken at intervals throughout the day (and night) for three days. Then you can generally take the next four days off.
It’s best to start off with dmsa, which is taken every four hours during one of the “rounds”. After about 3 months, ALA can be taken with dmsa, dmps or by itself. This needs to be taken every 3 hours, but can be taken every 4 hours at nighttime. ALA pulls heavy metals from the brain. All of these supplements need to be started at a low dosage, like 12.5 mg, and can be taken up to 200-300 mg (I’m at 200 mg).
DMPS can be taken at every 6 to 8 hours for the three day rounds. You can extend rounds to a longer period of time like 4-5 days but it’s best to take a break, three days on and 4 days off at least for me is optimal.
It’s also good to have some Vitamin C, up to 3,000 mg a day, Zinc, Vitamin E, a multivitamin and support for kidney and liver while doing a round as well.
I’ve tried to keep this post simple and to the point and keep it simplified as much as possible. This will help in the detoxification of the heavy metals in your body.