But how much more mercury and arsenic does your LO need in their brain? I mean, not to be argumentative, but it's not safe in any dose, and this time period is riskier than any other (in the general sense of pregnancy, since I'd argue 1st tri is worse than 2nd, etc).
I'm not trying to shoot down ideas willy-nilly, really I'm not. I'm coming from the perspective of not knowing what long-term, subtle, permanent problems my kids may have because of this, especially DS since I think his coordination problem was along these lines (I hope fixed, but I can't know). There's no point in dwelling on it, so I basically don't, but I'd be willfully naive if I never considered that some of the things that have happened to them are irreversible, and the exposure prenatally was riskier than the post-natal. There's just no safe dose, at least not that I know of. I had mixed emotions when DD started learning to read right after a round of ALA--the unknowns as to how this has affected her cognitive development, maybe permanently, it's stressful.
With mood issues (I hadn't seen your hair test before this I don't think, and may I say yay! on all the low toxic metals, that's a nice thing), I'd look more at low-dose lithium (you mentioned it earlier, I'm just agreeing). I've never read on it, even though DD was almost as low as you (at 0.004 vs <0.004), so maybe I should. But I don't know much about _what_ lithium does.
Does it matter that lithium is in the same column as sodium and potassium in the periodic table? re: lithium so often being low (and obviously not just in metal toxic people) but somehow fitting into adrenal health?
I agree ALA could be helpful, it does seem like it's _an_ answer, but I just can't see a way to make it safe right now.
So looking at the big picture (haven't read your link yet, bluets), it would appear that somehow, my lipoic acid levels could be low and that that could account for my fatigue/thyroid-like symptoms. The logical thing would be to increase those levels, but that's not necessarily safe. So then the question is, what *is* a safe way to address that, cause it doesn't seem like low ATP and lactate buildup are any safe way to grow a baby, either. Which means... Figure out why the iodine is helping now and work that angle?