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This is What Mercury Toxicity Looks Like

January 7, 2011

This picture was taken the summer I began to suspect that I had mercury poisoning. In this picture I am 32 years old and it’s been six months since I’ve had my amalgam fillings removed. I can see the sickness in this picture. It’s not just the impressive shelf of natural remedies I’m using to try to curb my symptoms. It’s the way I’m sitting too. I don’t want to sit up straight, it’s too much work. And I don’t want to look at the camera, because I don’t feel good and I don’t want this to show in my face and be captured in the shot.

This picture is taken about a year later, on a trip to England to visit my family. By this time, I’ve been treating my mercury poisoning with frequent dose chelation for six months. Since I’m expecting the whole course of treatment to last two years, I’m trying to get out of bed and live some kind of a semblance of a life. My days revolve around buying and cooking food that won’t make me sick, trying out supplements that will make me feel better, sticking to my chelation schedule, and doing my best to manage all the symptoms and side effects. During these years travel is tinged with a feeling of dread. Will I be able to find food I can eat? What if I get sick abroad? What if I need a supplement I’ve left at home?

What I don’t know in this picture is that because I have arrived in England without enough of the chelator DMSA to do my next round, I am actually in big trouble. I’ve chelated like clockwork up to now, never skipping a round. From what I’ve heard on the internet, skipping a round generally makes things easier as your body takes a welcome break. How am I supposed to know that skipping this round will make me retreat into a state I can only describe as semi-autistic.  I won’t want to talk to or be in the same room as the people I love, people I have crossed the Atlantic to see. I will be aware that the lack of DMSA is causing this, but I won’t be able to do anything about it. I’ll cry a lot, and spend a lot of time in bed playing Scrabble on my iPod. The feeling will begin to fade just before I get on the plane to go home. There, I will do my next round of chelation, and hope that things like this will stop happening to me soon.

This last picture is one taken on top of Mt Beacon this spring. At this point, I have finished my two years of mercury chelation treatment, and I’m still slowly stretching, seeing where the limit of my energy is now. The results of my little experiments delight me. Can I ride my bike now? Yes. Can I work long hours? Yes. Can I climb Mt Beacon? Yes. The best thing about my life now is that I no longer have to budget my energy. While I was sick, I could have theoretically worked a couple of 12-hour days or taken a long bike ride, or even climbed Mt Beacon.  But that would have been all I could do that week. The days before would have been devoted to building up my strength, and the days after to recovery. This day on Mt Beacon is one of a long chain of days of hard work, hikes, spring cleaning, a marathon cooking session for a big holiday, followed by even more work. I keep waiting for the break, for the day I have to take in bed to pay for all this. But standing on this mountaintop, it’s dawning on me that I’m not pushing. Being an active and busy person is normal – and I am a normal person now.

It’s in the set of my shoulders, the way I’m standing. I’m shrugging off the mantle of sickness and realizing I don’t have to fight anymore to keep my head above water. I’ve finally made it to dry land.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Ann Shankar permalink
    January 21, 2011 1:26 am

    So glad to read something that expressses exactly what I went through for 63 years! No-one thinking I was anything but a neurotic freak in need of psychiatric attention. Since I was first taken to a doctor for migraine headaches when I was 7, and then went regularly thereafter, it astounds me that no-one ever mentioned the possibility of toxic metal poisoning. When I finally found something on heavy metal poisoning that seemed to address all my myriad health problems, I literally had to stick my tongue out at a doctor who used chelation therapy for heart patients to persuade him that I needed help. When he saw the deep purple under my tongue he finally agreed that something should be done. 63 years is a long time to be a semi invalid and miss most of the joys of youth.

    I really thank you for your blog.

  2. Eddie permalink
    January 22, 2011 11:41 pm

    Congratulations on your health success! I am on my way there as well. I am going through some bumpy roads right now, I am only on my fifth cycle so I am kind of new but I will get there. I can really relate to what you went through. It’s nice to know that there is light at the other end of the tunnel. Your story is very motivating and it gives me hope. I appreciate it very much. Thank you for sharing it with me.


  3. LLP permalink
    January 31, 2011 10:42 pm

    Where did you get your DMSA? Do you know of safe supplements or did you get an RX for a compound?

    Thank you and thank you for sharing your story!!

    You are a very strong person indeed!

    • February 1, 2011 11:39 am

      I ordered DMSA as a supplement from Vitamin Research Products, and never had a problem with it. That was because I did my homework before I began, and stuck like clockwork to the Frequent Dose Chelation schedule.

      I STRONGLY STRONGLY recommend that you do the following before you let a milligram of chelator pass your lips:

      1. Order Amalgam Illness by Andrew Hall Cutler and when it arrives, read it cover to cover.

      2. In the meantime, read the Frequent Dose Chelation FAQ, and instructions on how to chelate, paying special attention to dosing instructions.

      3. Get connected! The Frequent Dose Chelation Yahoo Group is full of people helping each other as they recover, and has some of the best and most knowledgeable moderators around. Join it now and start reading recent posts.

      People like us who are sensitive to the effects of mercury CANNOT play around with chelators. Mobilizing mercury is one of the riskiest things we can do. If we do it right, we get well, if we do it wrong, we lose big time. It’s annoying that we have to pay so much attention and be so careful, and have to do all this reading! But I’m just glad the good information is out there and that I found it and got well.

      Good luck with getting the mercury out. It really is one hell of a ride!

  4. LLP permalink
    February 1, 2011 6:52 pm

    Thank you SO MUCH for your prompt reply and useful information. You summed it up well….it is one hell of a ride!!

    I’ll get the info. What I’ve read so far from him seems to make the most sense.

    Be well.

  5. Tonya Skilllman permalink
    August 17, 2011 1:07 am

    I have just been diagnosed with mercury poisoning. I have eaten much seafood over the last 25 years, as well as having five amalgam fillings in my mouth. I cannot afford to remove and replace the fillings and I can barely eat anything. I am losing a lot of weight very quickly, 27 pounds in just two months so far. I suffer from sore and swolen gums, depression, fatigue, inability to concentrate, tingling in my hands and feet, as well as rapid mood changes. I have had most of these symtoms for more than 15 years but never suspected mercury poisoning until now. Currently, after eating any sulfa food item, whether it has low or high levels of sulphur, I vomit. I cannot seem to find any foods to eat besides a limited array of fruits. So far I can only digest oranges,apples,berries, bananas, and grapes without being fiercely sick. These foods don’t seem to me to be enough to keep me healthy.The story here is promising, but I have yet to find a doctor to help me with a chelating regimen. I have been reading about all the dangers and side effects of chelating options and am apprehensive about doing anything on my own. I live in the Florida Keys, a small chain of islands south of mainland South Florida. Can anyone suggest some help?

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