I've written a lot in this forum, you may want to read the Chelating Mamas thread for a few more in-depth stories. It's long. I read it a few times when I was getting going on this. There's a post, let me find it, on hair testing, which may seem strange but it's a non-invasive way to look for mercury toxicity. I don't think a blood test would show elevated levels--it's the chronic exposure that's causing the problems, the mercury settles in, it doesn't circulate forever. So if the blood test doesn't show an issue, I wouldn't throw out the mercury as a possibility.http://mothering.com/discussions/sho...435848&page=30
2nd post down, it's post 582 in the thread...
At this point, I'm about 2.5 years post-amalgam removal. I'm almost done chelating myself (google Andy Cutler to read about chelation), and I've had a lot of improvements. I mix in other stuff--more acupuncture if I could afford it, especially now that I'm not so bogged down --healthier, I mean -- a lot of nutrition-based stuff. GFCF diet like some ASD kids benefit from--different symptoms, but I think they do similar things in me as in kids.
I've really written a lot (it's been helpful to me as I've gone through this process), but the really short form:
-remove gluten and dairy and try to remove life stresses as much as possible
-consider dietary sulfur (high or low sulfur, I do well high sulfur so that's easy, low sulfur is trickier but I've read a lot of people have nice improvements w/i a week)
-be prepared for an improvement for a couple months and then a worsening until around 6 mos post-amalgam removal ... this was stressful on DH, really this whole thing has since I was not very functional and a lot of the stresses fell to him (take care of yourself as best you can, it's hard being the spouse)
-read about oral chelation, I used DMSA for about 3 months and then added in ALA (read Andy Cutler stuff to learn how to use them safely)
-be prepared for this to take a few years
I know a great healthcare provider in Iowa, we are working long-distance at this point, but she understands chelation in a way that many HCPs don't. It's really a buyer beware market--lots of sketchy products, things that are likely to make someone like your DH worse, given how unwell he sounds. Andy Cutler chelation (he doesn't sell anything, except a couple books, no products he recommends or anything) is more conservative and says up-front that it's slow, but fast can make you too darn sick.