Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: TX, but anticipating one more move
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We're doing a multi, extra zinc and magnesium, melatonin (really helped with the sleep, apparently the mercury messes up how the body uses its own melatonin, is my layperson's understanding), and bowel tolerance vitC. And I almost forgot the B-complex (heavy on B6) and a sublingual B12.
The vitC started pretty high (8g/day spread over 4 doses, but my daughter who isn't affected by the mercury as far as I can tell is actually a _lot_ higher) and came down by about 1g/wk and when it got relatively low (still too high, but more realistic for a 27-pound person), that's when his head-banging stopped. If that hadn't worked, my HCP said the next step would've been glutathione, which was a bit scary (somehow, since these are just vitamins & minerals, it seemed less drastic). And probiotics (supplements and I'm working on fermented veggies--the salsa is good, water kefir is good, and just yesterday my daughter tried and liked the ginger carrots, yeah!--my son isn't interested yet), and I give them cod liver oil, partly for the A&D and partly for the DHA. I haven't run the CLO part by my HCP yet--it's hard to weigh the possible risk of (presumably very low level) mercury contamination with all the positives.
Writing all that out, it's a lot--and it seemed that way for the first month or so, but now it's getting so that it's just part of the routine, albeit a pain.
I wouldn't have had a clue how to do this on my own. I'm glad I found, through a friend of a friend, a HCP who seems to know her way around mercury. From the little reading I've done, this is a stripped-down version of what DAN doctors tend to do for autistic kids.
Do you have anyone you're working with? I've been okay doing some things health-wise on my own, but this mercury thing just came out of left field, and I still feel like I'm floundering. What clued you in that this could be mercury? I've gotta say, I never gave a thought to the fillings in my mouth, and I had no idea they'd turn out lives upside-down.