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1.0 out of 5 stars A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, June 18, 2008
This review is from: Natural Mercury Detoxification (Paperback)
Follow the advice in this book and you will get much much sicker. Poor chelation redistributes mercury in the body and makes you ill. Not understanding that chlorella is NOT a chelator and that you HAVE to chelate with ALA on a very precise, rigorously dosed schedule is a recipe for pain, illness, and ultimately, death.
Instead, try Amalgam Illness, by Andrew Cutler.
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Initial post: May 4, 2009 8:47:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2014 6:39:08 AM PDT
Dear Neoplop
I clearly state that regular chlorella is an intestinal tract binder of mercury not a chelator on page 41. It is only the very expensive Nano sized chlorella cell wall extracts such as NDF or Heavy Metal Nano-Detox etc that are able to act as chelators.(p42) I discuss the many disadvantages of regular chlorella further on page 42. I discuss ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid) on page 51 and using it in my personal detox page 65. Many detox programs use ALA as the most important supplement. However it is not a chelator in my opinion. Its action is by causing the body to make glutathione provided there are the amino acids required to make glutathione available. it is the glutathione that lipoic acid causes to be made that mobilizes mercury from the tissues. I agree with Andrew Cutler that it should be used with a chelator. But the effects of lipoic acid will vary widely from one person to another depending on their liver function and available stores of cysteine needed to make glutathione. If there is inflamation blocking detoxification lipoic acid will be a powerful supplement, but if a deficiency of cysteine is a problem lipoic acid will have very little noticeable effect in the body. In my experience ALA was most cost effective when combined with NAC and NDF. My body did not release much mercury on just ALA and NDF. My book lists most of the products used by the experts in the field (Boyd Haleys OSR was not available at time of printing). Andrew Cutlers book is a great book on one approach to mercury detox with a chelator and ALA. Where I disagree with him is in his choice of chelators. NDF has been shown to both improve kidney function and detoxify the body of mercury. The same cannot be said for the chemical chelators recommended by Cutler. I believe that muscle testing is an imprecise but clinically useful means of choosing a compatible chelator. I like Cutlers idea of taking the supplements every 3 hours but it was not something that I would consistently do. So instead I did my detox with higher doses of chelators and mobilizers every morning. I used enough chelator that I had no symptoms and the urine tests showed that I was eliminating mercury. My health has significantly improved and continues to do so. And no need to do kidney function tests. Sincerly William Rasmussen MA

Posted on May 4, 2009 9:38:47 PM PDT
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Posted on May 5, 2009 9:28:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 6, 2014 9:41:06 AM PDT
In fact, in my book I repeatedly warns of the danger of an aggressive detox program. Detox symptoms are an indication that mercury is being relocated to the brain and I warn of the danger of this. In many people natural chelators are necessary to prevent this damaging effect. I wrote my book because I had met people who were being harmed by careless practitioners who were being overly aggressive and trying to do fast detox programs with DMSA. However since I did not recommend a detox method in my book, but rather discuss the major methods being used by various specialists in the field, I doubt that you took the time to carefully read my book. sincerly William Rasmussen

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Posted on Aug 27, 2013 9:06:50 AM PDT
United1981 says:
i AGREE Neoplop im using Andy Cutlers protocol on my autistic 4 yr old daughter and the results are astounding.I have tried other methods which made her worse.I owe Andy everything.We are dosing every 3 hours using 5 mg ALA 3 days on 4 days off.She now finally recovering and im saddened when others dont chelate properly and become worse.Learn from my mistakes!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2013 10:16:43 AM PDT
neoplop says:
NDF does not chelate. Therefore it does not remove metals. The body removes metals, but it needs help from a chelator.
What is this word "detoxify"???? It's a catch-all feel-good word that everyone uses differently and has no real meaning. Peeing is detoxifying in the true sense.
You lost me at muscle-testing.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2014 7:16:18 AM PST
I have had muscle testing but never trusted it. I have read Cutler's book and am not convinced. He has no clinical population that he has studied using his technique, when I last read his book. Chemistry of DMSA and DMPS are explanatory in how the metals are chelated from the body and what I would trust. It is the nature of the sulfur bond that can remove the metal....I have used both DMSA and DMPS with no negative side effects.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2014 7:18:54 AM PST
I am glad you are making these points. I also do not understand the popularity of Cutler's methods when the S bonds in the supplements he recommends are not likely to permanently grab onto metals. I think anyone who reads about chelation should also read about the basic chemistry of sulfur bonds.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2014 7:21:40 AM PST
ALA has many other beneficial properties for a child with AU besides chelating.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2014 10:01:33 AM PST
neoplop says:
Cutler is in fact a chemical engineer. He understands thiol groups (SH) and the greater bond strength of two thiols vs. monothiols. He explains the chemical significance of this very clearly in "Amalgam Illness" and you should read this again carefully.

Cutler does not claim ALA, DMSA or DMPS retain Hg++ ions permanently. NO chelator does this. His approach is to MINIMIZE the redistribution that will naturally occur with any chelator. This is done by controlling chelation round length, dose quantity and dose timing.

He has in fact studied a clinical population, and this is ongoing. Most people on his protocol get better, faster and with fewer side effects. People who use other protocols (such as large quantities of one-time ALA, EDTA or DMPS "challenge tests") often get sicker, much sicker, with little hope of undoing damage to the organs.
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