Originally Posted by DevaMajka
Can I ask a really stupid question? How do you *know* if there are metals moving? Or do you never truly know?
I've gone about this slightly differently than mamafish, so I've never distinguished between different metals. Because I know my problem is my amalgam fillings, and DD's hair test just showed deranged mineral transport indicating mercury plus a fairly high amount of arsenic, and nothing else, my working assumption is that those are the two most problematic metals we're dealing with, plus probably accumulated weird chemicals.
So when I do something that I know moves metals (either on purpose, or realizing later accidentally
) I assume it's mostly genetic metals, only once have I seen something that I suspected was more weird chemicals than metals.
During the various round with both kids, I use DMSA and ALA, I mostly didn't see symptoms, tiredness with the ALA, and sometimes symptoms the first day off, but fairly generalized like fussiness, clinginess, crying easily, nothing that I've specifically tracked to any particular metal. And given the headaches/body aches type issues I've dealt with a few times, if *I* could be fussy, clingy and cry easily, I would've.
I think I'm going to be "done" with dealing with metals for the kids when I can give them fairly high doses of ALA (alpha lipoic acid, not alpha linolenic acid which is an omega-3 precursor found in walnuts, flax, etc--so annoying that the acronyms are the same) without their vitC need going up. Well, I take it back. At that point, I'll probably branch out like I am with myself, and do some of the things that Cutler specifically recommends against, or at least stuff that's not on his radar. I am reacting quite a bit to supplemental glycine, so I've got to figure that the kids would benefit as well, but later.
Here's the frustrating part: I am much closer to being done for me than I am for the kids. I am really hoping that the glandulars, maybe glandulars plus enzymes, improve the kids' digestion enough that I can get regular rounds of ALA going again. I've been frustrated at how easily metals get mobilized in them (sometimes due to life circumstances, not pills/products) and how slow they are to clear out, and I think that's stressed their guts (or the life circumstances and/or products are stressing their guts, sometimes it's hard to distinguish). DD will be 7 in November. I'd really hoped to be done by the time she turned 6, and now I'm skeptical about finishing by 7. And I see subtle developmental stuff in DS, things that I think only I can see, but that are being impacted by all this and I want to clear this up asap.
Anyway, thanks to mamafish, I've got another something to try, and a busy summer (a month away from home, home for a bit, than probably another 2 weeks away) so either way, it was going to be more a social summer than a working summer.