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Time to stop DMSA?
Posted by: Karen
Date: February 12, 2007 10:13 PM

I have been on DMSA for one and a half years now since I was found with high levels of mercury, cadmium and lead. My last blood test revealed that the mercury was down to a very small amount, but the lead which came down from 68 to 24 was still considered high. However I notice that I am having a hard time using the DMSA now. It makes me very bloated, crampy and sick feeling, although it never used to. I know that I have gut wall damage, but what can I do to continue to get the metals out so I can start on SanPharma?
My nutritionist wants me to stop the DMSA and use PCARx and EDTA. What do you think?

RE: Time to stop DMSA?
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.,
Date: February 13, 2007 3:37 AM

Blood tests for mercury, lead, etc. are practically worthless. If your blood level is elevated, that means you are being exposed to high levels within days of the test and if this is the case, you have a serious problem. To measure your body burden requires a DMPS or DMSA Challenge Test to bring the metals out of the lipid storage areas. You may have developed a GI intolerance to DMSA, and if so you should change to something else, but not before you find that you still need a chelator by taking the Challenge Test. I guess you are asking about PCA-Rx. I have no experience with it. I use only chelators and PCA-Rx is not a chelator. EDTA is a good chelator, but absorption is poor. Penicillamine is a good chelator and you may want to consider switching to it. I am advising nothing here, just reflecting.

RE: Time to stop DMSA?
Posted by: Karen
Date: February 13, 2007 1:44 PM

I'm sorry, I mispoke in my last correspondence. My doctor did do a lot of blood tests on me, but he also did a DMSA challenge (three months ago) through doctors' data to find out the reslults of the low mercury and lead levels in the urine. Two years ago I also had a lot of exposure to mercury vapors as I had a dentist remove half of my amalgams wrong. Should I finish up with DMPS, because I read that it is better to get the metals on a cellular level? I can probably come to California If I need to. Can the mercury hide in cells and fool the challenge test?

RE: Time to stop DMSA?
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.,
Date: February 13, 2007 4:45 PM

The very purpose of a challenge test is to take the mask off the fact that metals are esconced inside cells. DMSA and DMPS are excellent attractors of toxic heavy metals - they cannot hide from these chelators. If a properly done challenge test analyzed by Doctors' Data shows low levels of heavy metals, you can rely on that. DMPS may be a little better than DMSA, but not much. DMSA should be given orally at a dose of around 1500-1600 mg. for the person of average weight. If the dose is too low, the results will not be reliable. If all this has been done properly and the metal levels are low, the reason I can think of for you to come to California (and you are welcome to) is for a final evaluation and the SanPharma Protocol the way I give it, which is rather unique.

RE: Time to stop DMSA?
Posted by: Karen
Date: February 13, 2007 7:20 PM

Thank you for explaining that DMPS and DMSA are so good at finding hidden metals. This makes me feel better. So I guess the next step is to do another challenge to see where I am before I move to the next stage. My husband is willing to send me to California for treatment at the end of the detox. One final question is about penicillimine that you mentioned. Is it related to the antibiotic penicillin?

RE: Time to stop DMSA?
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 13, 2007 7:51 PM

They have some small similarity in molecular structure, but penicillamine is not an antibiotic and does not carry the dangers of an antibiotic. It is best at chelating copper, but also handles the heavy metals. Probably it should not be used alone unless one has a copper overload.

RE: Time to stop DMSA?
Posted by: Karen
Date: February 13, 2007 8:19 PM

How long would I need to stay in California to be treated with SanPharma after I know that the metals are down low enough?

RE: Time to stop DMSA?
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 13, 2007 8:22 PM

After the evaluation I would give you the entire protocol with instructions; you would then be free to return home and after that we should be able to handle everything by email, phone, or fax.

RE: Time to stop DMSA?
Posted by: Karen
Date: February 13, 2007 8:47 PM

So then I could go ahead and do the DMSA challenge here because I'm due one, and then let you know the results to see if it is low enough to come to California for evaluation and treament with SanPharma. Would that be okay?

RE: Time to stop DMSA?
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 13, 2007 8:52 PM

That could work.



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