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Mercury Chelation
Posted by: Richard
Date: April 18, 2004 2:22 PM

Thanks for your previous answer concerning plaque and chelation. As I continue with my IV Chelation (25 so far) would it be okay to alternate with IV DMPS, say once a week, for mercury. Does the IV Chelation work against or with IV DMPS? Is the IV DMPS better than the oral DMPS? Also you mentioned that a mercury problem may have something to do with my angina. Could you explain that?

RE: Mercury Chelation
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 18, 2004 2:34 PM

There is no cross-reaction between chelating agents. EDTA is not as effective with mercury as DMPS and DMSA. DMPS could be added to the chelation bottle; no need to alternate. However, before doing that, your doctor should see the results of a DMPS Challenge Test so he/she can get the dose right. Also, you could be treated with oral DMSA, but again only after a challenge test. (There is little difference between the results of oral versus IV when it comes to DMPS and DMSA.) The danger lies in giving too much oral or IV chelator and raising your blood mercury to a level which makes you ill. "Start low and go slow" is the epigram we use to remind ourselves to take it easy in chelation therapy and other areas of medicine. As to the relationship between angina and mercury, it is a common observation that mercury exacerbates any pain syndrome which may already be present and at high levels induces pain syndromes, particularly in the gut.

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