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I looked it over, here's a link for anyone interested to Cutler's counting rules to determine whether mercury toxicity is an issue...
I agree that you aren't meeting any of Cutler's counting rules and none look close, so that's one good thing. Do you have amalgam fillings? If you do, I'm assuming you are excreting the mercury at a reasonable rate (I think almost everybody stores a bit, but if you excrete most of it, you'll be doing well), and if you don't have amalgams, yay! Even better.
No amalgams or known mercury exposure sources, so I agree... that is a good thing.
Cutler says that lead in the yellow is problematic. Most toxic metals don't cause outright toxicity til they reach the red, and some in the red are fine, but lead is the exception. So I'd probably view that as the main problem, and the other metals are a bit elevated as being secondary and probably somewhat related.
You should probably consider blood tests for yourself and everyone else in your household to see if the lead is a current exposure issue. And check water quality reports for your area, things like that to look for where it came from and when. I typed up some stuff on lead toxicity in Chlobo's thread...
It wasn't on the first page, I don't think, but should be there by the 2nd page, maybe the 3rd. Discusses old exposure a bit, symptoms and such.
So, when I started getting more reactive again (winter), DS and I were spending a LOT of time at my dad's house. I am suspecting that his house is the source of whatever exposure I have. We're going to test his water (well water, in a house without lead pipes but with lead solder) and our water (city water, which was ok per the report I got last month in the mail, but coming through possibly in some old pipes but I doubt it - it was originally built in 1926 but was gutted and sold as new construction in 2003). That big period of time at my dad's is also when DS started reacting more and dropped significantly on his growth curves. DS's ped blood tested him for lead at his 12 month appointment in April, and it was ok (4 whatevertheunit, lab's reference range is that as long as it is below 10 it is ok, ped prefers it below 5) but by then we hadn't been at my dad's quite so much for a month or two. Next appointment my dad has with the doctor, I'm getting him blood tested - it would make 100% sense if his house is the source, because he's got serious mental and health issues that could totally be caused by lead.
I don't have the books next to me right now, I remember that he says that if emotional volatility is a problem and lithium is low, lithium orotate can be supplemented--this is much lower dose lithium than most people are familiar with. But it seems like most people who order hair tests have low lithium, so I'm thinking there's something systematic about the common stresses we have that leads to this, even when the underlying issues are different.
I wonder if this could also play into anxiety? I just asked DH if he'd consider me emotionally volatile - his answer, "Uh... yeah." Totally going to talk to my DO about this.
Have you done any reading on folate and MTHFR? Here's a quick intro from whoMe's page...
May want to read her methylation page too..
I read through these a while ago and the MTHFR part didn't seem to fit me very well, but the methylation did, so I'm definitely going to read through them both again.
I think a few of these metals are often detoxified by methylation, I've got some various chemicals and metals listed out by how our bodies excrete them, let me find that link...
Though I think lead is a methylation pathway metal, seems like the lead could fill up the methylation bandwidth and then the other metals would build up, even separate from the folate issue (the people who need 2x the folate as everyone else). Folate and B12 are key for methylation.
Magnesium gets low easily, I'd just supp more, maybe play around with how much you can take to get to bowel tolerance. And if that seems a bit low, consider other forms of magnesium and maybe taurine.
I'll look for a magnesium supplement when I go to the HFS today. Is there anything in particular I should look for in one? I've already got taurine at the house for cat food making purposes... I'll just swipe some from them.
I'll try to look up more tomorrow, in the meantime you may want to skim chlobo's thread since her lead is also problematic and some of this stuff is typed up there. You could copy/paste over here to keep things together.
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