Across The Universe

Just to recap, at the end of April I completed my first round of chelation (25mg DMSA every 3 -4 hours for 3 – 4 days) and was preparing for a 10 day journey to London. Sounds easy enough. The chelation itself was uneventful. I did feel that my symptoms dissipated during the round, but I was a bit tired from the disrupted sleep patterns. My biggest worry was would any redistribution symptoms occur once I ended this round…yep. I could definitely tell that I was better on chelation than off, a sure sign of toxicity. As I was driving to the airport the dreaded dizziness was returning. I was trying to mentally fight it off, but once I parked the car there was serious doubt wether I’d get on that 7 hour plane ride. The only thing that saved me was that I had managed to upgrade to business class so I’d have a comfortable journey. Nevertheless, it was once again a completely terrifying and horrible experience. Somehow I willed my way through ticketing, security and to the gate. When I arrived at Heathrow I was happy to see my wife and her friend who offered a ride, which spared me the long tube ride. When I finally reached the house, I was completely drained. Liverpool Street I could feel my body rebalancing throughout the week. Unfortunately, it made it difficult to enjoy seeing my in-laws and relaxing in London. There were a few alcoholic beverages, which I hadn’t had it about 4 months. Not too many adverse effects. My wife and I attended the wedding ceremony of some dear friends, which was one of the main purposes of our visit. The other, to finally see my wife’s new godson!   Also, during my stay, my sister-in-law who is let’s just say, very “spiritual”, introduced me to some visualization and mental exercises that I will be practicing. I’ll let you Google it: Pranic Energy. Hey, why not? I always believed in mind over matter and the spiritual self. If nothing else, it’s quite calming. All in all the trip went as well as I could have hoped, minus the journey there. I was able to function, but that’s about it…merely function. Until next time London… Shoreditch Now it was time to return stateside. I was lucky again on the return flight as I had two seats to myself. When I’m battling mercury symptoms, those tight coach seats are not the best place to be for 7 hours. Especially when you’re 6’2″ tall! I was also anxious to get home and try a new chelator, DMPS. I’ve always used DMSA in the past, but I was always curious to see if DMPS would be more effective. One advantage I can see is that the half-life of DMPS is 6 – 7 hours, while DMSA is 3- 4 hours. That would eliminate waking in the middle of the night just to take my next dose. There are many mixed review online, but enough good ones to peak my interest. Only one way to find out I guess. I’ll start low: 5mg every 6 hours for 3 – 4 days. Finally for something fun to end the post. If you’re ever in London, here are a few of my favorites… Gordon’s Wine Bar – the oldest wine bar in London Cittie of Yorke – my favorite historical pub. Brick Lane – for my curry fix, street art and people watching. The Queen’s Walk – Basically a walking path along the south bank of the Thames from Tower Bridge to Westminster Bridge. It’s a nice stroll with nice views. I could go on… Honestly, you can’t go wrong in London. Weather aside, it’s definitely the most interesting city I’ve ever been. We will probably end up living here some day, but for now I love visiting.

Back To You: Cortisol, DHEA and restarting chelation…again

(For my first post, I am going to pick up where I left off from My Story)

A few weeks ago I was so desperate that I thought I’d give traditional medicine another shot, so I scheduled an appointment with a new GP. At least then I wouldn’t get the condescending vibe from everyone when I tell them I went to a “real doctor”. This GP had much better bedside manner than the others and seemed truly interested in helping. I brought all of my labs from the last 4 years, including the ones I ordered myself two weeks earlier. Of course she wanted to run new ones that day. I even showed her my hair elements analysis results, to which she said, “whoa, that’s wild!” I’m not sure what that meant, but I guess that’s better than the last doctor who said, “I don’t know what to do with this.” So, $1,500 later my results came back mostly normal, with one exception: Testosterone, Serum (Total) = 204 ng/dL (range = 300 – 890 ng/dL).  Her note on the low T result: “Testosterone level a little low- make appt to come in and discuss if desired. Likely not reason for all your symptoms though.” If she would have ordered the proper cortisol test, there would have been one more reason.

Most of the cortisol for the day is produced just before waking up and then levels taper off through the day until you go to sleep. A single blood serum test during a random time of day is not sufficient to analyze adrenal function. Furthermore, Ive read that most hormones in blood are bound to proteins and thus inactive. Salvia represents true cellular levels of hormones and is therefore more clinically relevant. There is an ongoing debate on blood vs. saliva testing. I suggest researching and use your own judgement.

Cortisol is a hormone produced in the adrenal glands. It plays an important part in controlling a multitude of processes in the human body. Some refer to it as a “stress hormone” because one of it’s main functions is to regulate your body’s response to stress. It is released in response to stress, sparing glucose for the brain, generating new energy from stored reserves and diverts energy from low priority functions in order to survive immediate threats or prepare for the exertion of a new day. In short, the adrenal glands and cortisol levels affect how you deal with acute and chronic stress. When levels are low, they leave me in a constant state of detachment with spurts of panic, or anxiety.  I’ve been aware of my low cortisol levels for years now. It was one of the first things I correlated from my symptoms when I started to connect the dots to mercury toxicity. My symptoms have been hypoglycemic type, cold clammy hands, low body temperature, dizziness and during stressful situations like driving, my body will just shut down. I would describe it as a panic attack leaning more towards dizziness/light headed and I feel like I may faint. Then I feel drained and sick for days/weeks. No fun at all.

I received the results of my own saliva cortisol & DHEA test today (order at MyMedLab.com). 2.5 years and not much has changed. DHEA is on the low end of normal and cortisol is low, low, low. The only difference this time is that now I’m suspecting that my pituitary gland is misfiring which is having an effect on my adrenal glands as well as testosterone levels.

Cortisol & DHEA

Cortisol & DHEA

Where does this leave me? Low functioning adrenal glands and most likely pituitary gland causing a host of symptoms. All caused by mercury toxicity (as seen by my hair analysis). I need to trust my instinct more often. It’s very difficult when the social norm is to go to the doctor and get hormone replacements. People just generally accept that to be the only solution. I’ve decided to restart my mercury chelation from scratch. I’m not ready for all of the side effects from hormone therapy, or MRI/CT scans. Plus, all of my historical clues point directly to mercury toxicity from amalgam fillings. I want to treat the cause and not the symptom. Mercury tends to concentrate mostly in the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, then the adrenal glands. My endocrine system will never balance as long as it’s contaminated.

It’s been about 2 years since completing my last round of frequent dose chelation. Since then, I’ve been better, and I’ve been worse. I had a false sense of security during the up times. Since Christmas, I’ve been consistently worse. It’s time to start from scratch. I’ve reached rock bottom once more. There’s only one way to go. This time I have a lot more knowledge and experience in these things. I’m in it for the long haul now and I’m starting slowly this time. First round: 25mg of DMSA (Vitamin Research Products) once every 3 hours for 3 days. In one week I’m off to London for 8 days. The last thing I need is mercury redistribution issues on another trans-Atlantic flight (not fun). I’m hoping that some of my recent symptoms subside (dizziness, fatigue, panic) before my flight. This first round of chelation could make them better, or worse. Fingers crossed.

For those interested in frequent dose chelation for mercury, you must read Amalgam Illness Diagnosis and Treatment by Andrew Cutler, PhD. It’s the bible for mercury chelation.

There’s a lot more I could write about in this first post, but I’ll try to spread it out. Besides, it’s 6:00 Friday evening. It’s a nice warm day on the lake. It’s time to go outside and let nature do it’s thing.