Originally Posted by rayo de sol
That's great that you're amalgam free! Have you been seeing any concrete symptoms disappear over the course of your chelation journey?
I don't know anyone IRL who is chelating, so I'm wondering...do people get better and heal by Cutler's chelation and do all their mercury poisoning illnesses go away? I've been reading the Yahoo list, but it's hard to tell if people are healing.
I'm definitely on the way to getting better. I can tell that the amount of metal in me is definitely lower, if no other way than because when I first took the ALA, it immediately gave me a lot of fatigue, I _needed_ to sleep. I only started rounds on weekends for that reason, and it caused candida flares in my gut. At this point, with the same dosage of ALA, I don't feel anything.
If you are anywhere near Iowa, or if you're willing or able to travel (just for one starting visit), PM me. My HCP is located in Dubuque, and she is accustomed to working with people who travel to her. I'm working with her long-distance at this point, we originally met when we were in the same town, through a friend-of-a-friend type thing, but she's helped me ENORMOUSLY through all this.
Anyway, 3 specific things I've done that I think have made my journey easier than average:
3. Perque vitamin C flusheshttp://www.perque.com/pdfs/Pt_Ascorbate_Slush_FIN.pdf
I'm still doing those flushes regularly, right now it's mostly 24-36 hrs after a round chelating. Makes a world of difference in getting rid of the metals that were mobilized but not excreted. Folks on the yahoo group sometimes have rounds get harder than previous rounds were, I've never had that. I've also been chelating at higher doses of DMSA and ALA than most people.
If you've got this much fatigue, I'm guessing at a minimum some serious adrenal fatigue. If you can find a HCP and start on some adrenal support (nutritional as well as glandulars) that'll make the process easier. It's HARD to start taking care of this stuff when you feel this bad, I understand. I'm not there anymore, but I used to be.
Oh, concrete symptoms--one huge one. At 5 months post-amalgam removal, I had a huge mental shift. I looked around one day and realized whoa, I'm happy. And it hasn't stopped since. I thought it was temporary, I had the post-amalgam 3-months slump (felt more tired, a bit, and a bit moodier, starting around 3mos after my amalgams came out, and didn't know how long it was really going to last, then my happy day happened). And over the course of the next couple months, I got HAPPIER. Now I'm just coasting along at a pretty nice level, mood-wise. My thyroid seems fine now, my body temps are I think pretty close to normal (BBTs at their worse for a couple years were in the high 96s, daytime temps NEVER reached the 98 range). My adrenals are still a bit stressed, and I know some of that is my fault, because I have been getting too little sleep and I started drinking soda again.
: Now that I am feeling better, I am focusing more on DH, who is extremely fatigued (his adrenals are really bad, due to stress from all this, plus underlying stuff--could've been little stuff to deal with 5 years ago, but all the extra stress has exacerbated everything), and so I have not been as good taking care of myself as I should've.
An example--when we started this, I despaired of finding GFCF foods for us to eat. I seriously stressed because "what can we eat???" I'm at the point now that I am cutting out all grains (plus dairy still) for DH (his gut isn't very healthy) and it's not gonna be too hard. That's how much better I feel now.
Seriously, if nothing else--a plane ride to Iowa, my HCP is very compassionate and caring and from what I can tell, my journey has been easier than most.