Originally Posted by Toolip
I know this is a really, really basic chelation question but I am still not totally clear.
So "chelation agents" are pulling mercury out of tissues? Correct? Do they have anything to do with helping them get excreted?
What do you do to make sure they get excreted and not redistributed in the body? Is that what the extra supplements are for? I imagine that "detox pathyways" are important but, honestly, I am still confused about exactly what they are.
Can i wait until after I have my amalgam out to test for mercury then test and decide weather or not to chelate? Is it best to test first?
I don't necessarily feel mercury toxic but I do have a few things that concern me. However, I want to be able to go back to eating cilantro and drinking kombucha without worrying that I'm dumping a bunch of mercury. This is so overwhelming!
That's not as basic as you think. It's fundamental, but IMO it's under-appreciated in many circles.
ALA and DMSA and the like will chemically grab onto various metals. They can take them all the way out of your body, but it's just a chemical bond. Chemical bonds are formed and broken a lot, it's a normal thing to happen. But, when it's ALA grabbing onto mercury or arsenic, for example, that means you end up with a molecule of Hg or As floating in your bloodstream--a molecule that was sitting somewhere in a tissue, and while it wasn't good there, moving around it can cause a lot more problems.
The reason for Cutler dosing is that you want fairly steady amounts of chelator in your bloodstream, so that some of that dropped Hg or As or whatever will bond with available chelator, and actually get all the way out.
Not all the mobilized metals will get out attached to a chelator, that's where the big list of supplements comes in. Folate, B12, methionine (usually dietary), sometimes TMG/DMG, those help your methylation. Our bodies can attach a methyl group to most metals and then use the methyl group like a handle to get all the way out. Zinc/selenium for glutathione is basically the same. So those nutrients are for helping with the leftovers, and we minimize the leftovers by careful dosing.
Vitamin C helps too--my kids and I need a lot more while chelating than we do on most days, and then it takes a couple days to decrease after we stop.
When to test--not sure it matters a lot. I think you'd get similar results before or after amalgam removal.
Detox pathways--you can think of them like buckets. Chemicals that our bodies want to get rid of--metals, environmental chemicals, even chemicals that our bodies make like estrogen that increase and decrease with our cycles--need to be dumped out. Each has a different shape and fits into at least one bucket, but often they fit into 2 or 3 buckets (detox pathways). Our bodies use nutrients to manufacture buckets, and then scoop up junk and dump them. Most of the time, the buckets go out with the trash--there are some that can recycle, but that's not very important for our purposes.
Does that analogy help a bit? It sounds complicated at first, til you understand it, then you realize it wasn't that hard to begin with.
The nutrients we need a lot of --folate, B12, mag, zinc, molybdenum--those are big players in bucket-making, and it's why people with health problems due to metals have problems that fall into common patterns. If you're low on zinc and mag and some B vitamins, you'll often have anxiety/depression type stuff.
Here's a site that gives a (rather technical) discussion of detox pathways, but if you just search for glutathione conjugation and methylation, you'll start to get the overall idea.
oh wait, i'm on the wrong computer! mine has a bum power cord and no power. it's www.tuberose.com
/ is it liver detoxification? search the tuberose site and you'll eventually stumble on it.