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metal detox affects
Posted by: Karen
Date: July 7, 2004 3:06 PM

I recently had to have a mastectomy (3 weeks ago) and I was in the middle of having my amalgams removed and was also on DMSA (Captomer by Thorne) for metal detox. The doctors took me off of the drug because of surgery, my stomach has been very upset - can this be affecting me that they took me off the metal detox drugs before I was done detoxifying?

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at November 29, 2007 6:10 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

RE: metal detox affects
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: July 7, 2004 5:16 PM

First of all, you should not be on DMSA or any other systemic mercury chelator until all the metal is removed as it will just make you more toxic by removing mercury from the remaining metal at an accelerated rate. Then when the dental mercury amalgams are gone you should be properly tested with a DMPS Challenge Test and based on the results you should be treated with a dose of DMSA adjusted to your "remaining metal burden." Captomer is a standard dose (200 mg.) of DMSA. It is highly unlikely that you could tolerate that much soon after amalgam removal as mercury would be exiting your system too fast driving up your blood level and making you ill. I do not think that taking you off Captomer would upset your stomach. You should not be on Captomer in the first place under present circumstances. Removing mercury is stressful and even if you had been in the middle of a proper treatment regime, when confronting major surgery the stress of mercury exiting your system - and all unneccesary stress - should be removed or reduced to the lowest possible level before surgery.

RE: metal detox affects
Posted by: Karen
Date: July 8, 2004 12:47 AM

I did the challenge test prior to taking regular Captomer. I guess my doctor got the cart before the horse. Since I stopped taking Captomer, does this mean I have excessive metals roaming around my body with no way out? They checked my Gall Bladder (ultrasound) and said other than slight inflammation everything was fine. I do have pain in that area - do you feel my digestive upsets could be coming from the metals?

RE: metal detox affects
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: July 8, 2004 4:56 AM

Mercury will quickly exit the blood via the kidneys / liver / GI tract / sweat glands, and go back to be stored intracellularly also - just like before the Captomer. Regarding digestion, let me put it this way: in anyone with GI dysfunction my index of suspicion for heavy metals is very high. If there is a source of heavy metals in such a person, it is more often than not very therapeutic to remove them.

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