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Mercury and Testing
Posted by: Davey
Date: May 11, 2001 8:19 PM

I had a hair analysis done by Doctor 's Data in November 2000 that showed high cadmium and normal mercury. In April 2001 I had 500 mg. DMSA and 24 hour urine toxic element test by Doctor 's Data that showed normal cadmium and very elevated mercury (16 on a refernce range of 0-5). I scheduled amalgam removal so I could begin chelating out mercury. Now I understand that Doctor's Data has a fecal toxic element test that I may need to do. I am frustrated and concerned. Which test should I really rely on? Which test will really tell me which toxic elements I do or do not have? Or possibly some other test from some other company? Bottom line is I need to know if I have toxic substances that are making me ill so I can eliminate/detox them.

RE: Mercury and Testing
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: May 12, 2001 12:33 AM

I rely on the DMPS Challenge Test done by Doctors' Data. I consider hair analysis unreliable. Fecal analysis may be useful, but it could hardly be better than urine (after DMPS) due to the accuracy of volume measurements with urine. If you are taking oral DMSA, that will chelate out a range of heavy metals. It is also possible to take oral EDTA over a long period of time, but I do not recommend this if there is still mercury present. I do not consider IV chelation necessary with mercury toxicity. Mercury should come out first. I always follow a course of chelation with another DMPS Challenge to be sure the job is finished or to guage further treatment.

RE: Mercury and Testing
Posted by: Davey
Date: May 12, 2001 4:08 PM

Another issue is detox prior to amalgam removal. I believe your position is that DMPS should not be taken prior to amalgam removal as it may pull more mercury from the amalgam - am I hearing this right? What about DMSA? I hear varied opinions - do you believe it is reasonable to use DMSA prior to amalgam removal? Do the natural products cilantro and chlorella have value as mercury chelators and can they be used prior to amalgam removal? In your experience, what is the probability for full recovery from amalgam mercury toxicity?

RE: Mercury and Testing
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: May 12, 2001 4:57 PM

No point in using mercury chelators with a mouth full of mercury. Cilantro and chlorella bind mercury in the gut when it comes out in the bile. It does little to remove trapped intracellular mercury. Chances of full mercury removal are excellent. Recovery from conditions which were started by mercury may need addtional treatment as they can develop a life of their own. These are usually in the category of chronic infections, usually subclinical, or at least the location is not obvious to the patient.

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