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Mercury Detox
Posted by: Joe Marciano
Date: July 12, 2000 11:09 AM

Are you were aware of alpha lipoic acids use as a chelating agent for mercury poisoning?

Many people who have recently been made aware of the exposure to thimerosal (ethyl mercury) which was a preservative in their children's repeated vaccinations are now chelating them, and have discovered lipoic acid for this purpose.

Information has been scarce, and the need to do this every 3 hours in order to prevent redistriburtion of mercury is difficult for parents of disabled children to implement. Discussions of the development of time release formulas and transdermal patches to facilitate chelation are takeing place.

Do you have any informatioon or ideas on the subject? It is amazing to me that although hearings are taking place in Washington, regarding the removal of thimerosal from the vaccinations, I have found almost no public information regarding the treatment of the people who have suffered from the preservatives impact.

RE: Mercury Detox
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: July 12, 2000 12:09 PM

I have not heard of lipoic acid as a chelating agent. A medline search using "lipoic" and "chelat" (covering chelate and chelation) yields no results. A search using "lipoic" and "mercury" does yield results suggesting a "protective" action of lipoic acid in experimental animals with induced mercury poisoning. The word "chelation" implies that lipoic acid removes mercury by binding it into a lipoic acid-mercury complex, thus facilitating excretion via the kidneys or other excretory organs. Do you have information on studies to show this?

RE: Mercury Detox
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: July 30, 2000 1:17 PM

As far as I can see, this is a commercial site. Unless you can point out the studies you refer to, I will remove your reference to it in accordance with DML policies. I give you 24 hours to respond.

RE: Mercury Detox
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: July 30, 2000 2:31 PM

Julia -
Proper chelation for mercury is not IV, it is oral. EDTA is contraindicated with mercury toxicity, perhaps even dangerous to your long term health. DMSA is the treatment of choice. If someone wants to give you EDTA, get a second opinion.

RE: Mercury Detox
Posted by: Judy
Date: July 30, 2000 3:26 PM

Hi Julia,
I am taking the oral chelation theraphy on my own. I am happy to report that after taking it for two weeks I think clearer and have more energy.

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