|DD meets rule number #5. Her mercury level is very low (0.2). I don't know what to do. She isn't showing any symptoms of Hg tox. This is what I was worried would happen.... that the test wouldn't show anything obvious, but would meet a counting rule. Looking at her results, the mineral transport is all over the place -- it just looks funny.
I am chelating a child with no symptoms, at least no real symptoms. My daughter. And although I haven't done the hair test for her, I doubt she is mercury toxic (based on symptoms, I'm sure my son is). I have several reasons, and since we haven't done any testing, it's only based on what I'm seeing in my own health and in what I feel about the kids' health, so it's completely subjective.
I can look at my health and see so many mistakes I have made and so much stuff that's messed up. I think I have been storing toxins for years--the last few days, I've been smelling like cigarette smoke again (I did back when I was drinking lemon juice in the morning as well), and I've never smoked and very, very rarely went smoky places--my parents smoked, but my dad stopped when I was 14 and my mom moved all her smoking outside. And I smell like cigarette smoke---my husband even noticed it a few days ago, it was so strong.
I strongly feel that I "shared" a ton of junk with my daughter, and I don't feel at all confident that she can, on her own, keep up with normal, daily detoxification and chip away at all that. I am doing better on the quality of food we eat and the chemicals in our environment, but I just don't think I can do good enough with that so that she can make real progress with the metals and weird chemicals she got from me. I fully believe other people are making this work--I think firefaery is doing something along these lines, and it sounds successful, but I don't think I can.
For my daughter, I think there may also be a subtle behavioral component. I think there is a thin layer of emotionalism/drama that is not her--not that she is overly sensitive/emotional compared to typical kids, it's too subtle for that, but I think there's something there that's not quite _her_. That's just a gut call on my part, and I'm not sure anyone but me will see it even if I'm right.
As for meeting the counting rules--I think meeting even one shows messed up mineral transport, and that makes sense with low mercury--having high mercury and meeting a counting rule would be strange, it seems. For my son, I don't know if he could heal on his own--mercury messes up how the body uses minerals, which are needed for growth and healing--even without much new mercury (it's there in daily life, I am hoping at very low levels), I don't know if his body could get rid of enough to heal itself. I guess, again, it comes down to confidence. I don't have confidence that he could get enough mercury out on his own to allow his body to normalize itself, mineral-wise.
I know you said that you didn't fail any of the counting rules, but you were close and nursing, and your daughter did fail. Unless you can identify an environmental source (or sources) that would introduce the mercury, then I think the logical conclusion is that she got it from you--and you shouldn't have that much unless your body is storing it instead of excreting it.
I have to assume that I had years between when my fillings were put in, in my early teens or pre-teens (I don’t remember exactly how old I was) and age 30 when my health went so abruptly downhill. I feel like it was a ticking time bomb all those years—I don’t know when I tipped over from mercury exposure to mercury toxicity, but I have to assume it took years to build up enough that my body couldn’t compensate anymore. This is also a significant reason for me to put in all the effort I am with the kids.
My guess, knowing that I am at the beginning of this and don't have much experience yet, is that it's easier to chelate a kid with few symptoms than with lots. For us, we aren't going into this with gut damage or lots of scary and difficult behaviors. Yes, I expect my son to have some symptoms when I chelate him, but head-banging and the like are pretty mild, all things considered. Moving the mercury out will definitely be a stress on their bodies, but we’re starting from a much better baseline than many, so it seems like it has to be easier (and every night, I ask God to let me be right about this). I know there's a lot I don't know, and there will definitely be surprises along the way, but I feel I have to do this to help get the kids to where they should be--I think I started them behind the 8-ball, health-wise.
On another topic--I got the rest of my fillings out yesterday. But today I smell like smoke again--it's so weird. But it was sort of neat—I think Dr. Sefcik (my dentist in Austin) really felt good about taking my amalgams out. I think it was a high point in her day, and it was just such a great day—even sitting in that chair for two and a half hours with my mouth being poked, prodded and stretched. Best day I’ve had in years, and I think it felt good for Dr. Sefcik and Connie to be the ones to make it so.
Anyway, I don’t mean to be negative or make things more difficult. This is where I’m coming from, for my family, but everyone really does have different situations and will come up with different solutions.