Amidst the crisis mentioned in my previous post, I easily reached my wits end. I was physically, emotionally, mentally exhausted, frustrated beyond reason, and wildly reactive. Chelation is such a delicate game, so many systems of checks and balance, and for folks like me, with mad MCS, there is only so much you can even do. I hold with me the vision of pixie sticks, not really knowing which stick to pull, or which to place – in the game of chelation, to get the marble to fall.
I was fortunate enough to be led to Andy Cutler chelation from the very beginning, immediately upon the realization that mercury was at the root of my problems (realizing my health fell apart after swallowing my mercury filling, and subsequently being tested to confirm). It is evident among the Cutler community that other means of stripping mercury from your body are 1. typically ineffective — mobilizing rather than excreting, and 2. downright dangerous. Cilantro and chlorella are prime examples.
But in the midst of my fiasco, I decided to pose a question to the iodine community (led by Lynne Farrow of The Iodine Crisis), to see what would be their reply to the following question:
“Does anyone here have any solid references or knowledge of: 1. Whether iodine crosses the blood brain barrier, and/or 2. Whether iodine chelates mercury or merely mobilizes it. Dr. Andy Cutler asserts that it neither crosses the BBB nor chelates it, but I’d like to consider other theories also backed by science.”
I posed this question more out of curiosity than to be steered in another direction, but the number and confidence in reply was certainly interesting. The consensus of replies was that iodine MUST cross the blood brain barrier, as too much success has been had in using it to treat mental retardation, world-wide. And, mothers that take iodine while pregnant have babies that test with higher IQ’s than mothers who don’t supplement with iodine. A mother even responded to my post saying that she recently increased her 15-year-old severely autistic son’s dose of iodine to 18 mcg, and he is now speaking and responding to her. Amazing as this is, it would certainly suggest that mercury is being chelated from the body, and most notably, the brain (as is suggestive with autistic individuals).
I do wonder, if I didn’t have such arsenic and MCS issues, and if I could better tolerate iodine, if higher doses and longer duration of supplementation wouldn’t completely chelate my body. The reference of the autistic boy seems to suggest the possibility.
So, seeming evident (not surprisingly), that the iodine community clearly believes in iodine’s ability to both chelate and cross the BBB, another suggestion was made for mercury detox: diatomaceous earth. The following Weston A. Price Foundation article was referenced:
While the Weston A. Price foundation is reputable and sound in their advice, I found this suggestion for mercury chelation completely shocking and irresponsible. I am doubtful that the WAPF knows enough about mercury to be giving such advice, and it caused a similar visceral response for me that it did when I caught Dr. Mercola promoting cilantro and chlorella capsules on Dr. Oz.
Nonetheless, disbelieving as I was, diatomaceous earth was suggested to me by the fellow chelator who has been having success with coffee enemas. I’d purchased a 1/2 pound bag of it, and tried 1 tsp. of it during the day. I. Felt. Terrible. Terrible, in addition to it having a huge sedative effect on me. I slept all day and all night following that teaspoon. That was a couple weeks ago, and after reading the WAPF article, I decided to try 1/4 tsp. at bedtime. It certainly put me to sleep, but it also brought about 4 days of nastiness to follow. It felt, again, like the worst redistribution, liver, allergy, and GI symptoms all at once. This, from 1/4 tsp. If I were to approach chelation from the DE approach, it’d take me years of misery to get through, just like the iodine. I believe in the power of both, but not as the sole resource for someone in my condition.
Also brought up in the iodine thread were the names of Dr. Flechas and Dr. Chris Shade. Wracking my brain for mercury literate doctors (albeit not Cutler literate doctors), I remembered reading the story of Connie Fox and her crediting Dr. Klinghardt for her complete recovery. Connie was severely mercury poisoned, her story greatly resembling my own (though she made no mention of MCS). Her story is here:
I also remembered a girl named Dana from the Lyme documentary Under Our Skin. She relocated to Seattle to be treated by Klinghardt. I also came across a follow-up of hers:
Intrigued, I checked out the Sophia Health Institute, Dr. Klinghardt’s clinic’s website, and listened to one of his interviews on his Klinghardt Academy site. I even communicated with another recovered patient of his, who highly recommends the clinic. Like Dana, she also has lymes, and considers herself to be 95% recovered. She said (presumably per Klinghardt) that 95% is the best case scenario for someone with Lyme. I am assuming, because Connie didn’t mention Lyme, that this would be a contributing factor to her claiming a complete recovery. The patient I communicated with said that as long as she remains proactive and reasonable with proper diet, rest, etc., she remains symptom free. If life gets a bit harried for her, she gets “crazy-tired, fuzzy headed, and headaches.” In that situation, she takes measures to bring things back into balance again.
Reading of these 3 successes, and particularly Connie’s hugely identifiable story and full recovery, really rocked my perspective. Klinghardt’s treatment is comprehensive and multi-faceted, and includes DMPS injections and chlorella (yes, us Cutler folk cringe!). That being said, I allowed myself to be pulled outside of my very engrained Cutler doctrine to view Klinghardt’s methods from a more unbiased view (again, we cringe at my voluntary objectivism). But how is it that I can know Cutler is right and Klinghardt or Buttar or Shade or any of the other mercury doctors or wrong? Why is it that there has to be so much adversity in the field of mercury chelation? And what are non-scientific, mercury poisoned folk like me to believe? More importantly, WHO are we to believe?
I, like probably 99% of others out there in this position would LOVE to dump our recovery into the hands of a competent doctor. None of us want to have to be dealing with this on our own. But we’re not afforded that luxury. Even with the mercury doctors out there, some don’t see patients, and others are using DMPS IV’s or practices that we’ve been so warned against.
That being said, I REALLY wanted to put my hope and recovery in Klinghardt. I really wanted to believe I could have the same success that Connie Fox did. I also wanted to give my parents the relief to know that someone else, besides me, was in charge of my care. I was fully prepared to relocate to Washington state for the approximate 6 months of treatment.
Until, that is, I sought out further reviews and critiques on Klinghardt and his practice. I read these sad reviews:
And I came across countless negative posts on him in Obinasu, including one by Cutler:
So, needless to say, these and other posts I came across were enough to squash my euphoric dream that I would soon be passing the baton to a mercury literate M.D. with an impressive success rate. What I don’t understand though, is how a guy that can have studied mercury for 30+ years and developed such a following, and enough of a reputation to give seminars and train in new doctors world-wide, can be practicing with such risky protocols (and apparently, ever evolving protocols).
I am just not sure, but what I AM sure of, is that I’m not willing to gamble on my health, making things any worse than where I’ve been. My health is too valuable to entrust it to a doctor, especially another of countless doctors that promises the world and leaves me worse off than where I started. I know that type of doctor all too well, many of us reading these words do.
So, there we have it folks… Back to Cutler chelation, further convinced this is still the best way to go. It may be a mega-hassle, frustrating, long, exhausting, maddening, and all else, but I’m still confident it’ll get to me to the end if I can just keep my wits about me and keep my chin up. Right now, I guess, some well needed distraction and comfort are in order. And, with winter upon us, I just hope I can channel some optimism into some appropriate outlets to get me through this continued wait. The wait to get me back to chelation, and ultimately the wait that’ll get me back to health.