The Microbiome: Parasite Cleansing With HUMAWORM To Heal The Gut

Do not reproduce without written permission.“Fact: Over 90% of American’s Have Parasites.” (1)

No one, including me, wants to think they have parasites. But after finally researching the subject, I learned that the majority of us have them — bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungus, and more.

I read as much as I could before going from eating a few herbs to doing a methodical whole body cleansing program. I share what I learned in this post:

  • How We Get Parasites
  • Yeast, Candida, & Mercury
  • My 30 Day HUMAWORM Parasite Cleanse Journal + Updates
  • HUMAWORM Parasite Cleanse Review.

How We Get Parasites

Parasites are everywhere. Surprisingly, infections are not limited to people who have travelled to a third world country. Microscopic parasite eggs are abundant in the water we drink, fresh water we swim in, unwashed fruits & vegetables, uncooked or undercooked meat, other humans (e.g. kissing, holding hands, shopping cart handles, communal food-sharing, (I read that half the world may have H-pylori which is easily spread, think acid reflux; around 80% of young sexually active adults have at least one strain of HPV), pets (e.g. owners kissing their butt licking dogs), and biting insects such as mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, lice, etc.

As I mentioned in my prior microbiome post, thanks to chronic mercury poisoning, my body’s immune system was compromised, making it an even more ideal host environment for parasites:

“Endogenous (caused by factors within the organism) infections occur when the host’s resistance is lowered, perhaps by malnutrition, illness, trauma, or immune depression. Weakening of the host’s immune system may permit normally harmless organisms already present in or on the host or in the environment to cause illness.” (2).

In addition to the parasite, when parasites live in the body they create toxins (called endotoxins) from their feces, urine — which is 100% ammonia — and dead bodies. A healthy body removes these toxins through the liver, bowels, and skin. However, while in the body, these toxins cause health problems all over: parasite exposure suppresses the immune system, stresses the nervous system, creates a cortisol response, and tears apart tight junctions in the gut which allows parasites to easily enter the bloodstream.

Even without a suppressed immune system, pathogens can be evasive. They are known to create cysts or biofilms — with mercury, lead, and other nutrients — that are like invisibility cloaks shielding them from the immune system. From my experience, I believe this to be true!

In spite of holistic amalgam removal and restoring my gut, I still have symptoms like:

  • Inflamed intestines (bloating)
  • Fatigue & mild anxiety
  • Geographical tongue
  • Occasional dandruff
  • Sugar cravings
  • Tinnitus

Yeast, Candida, & Mercury

Yeast is a natural fungi, grouped under the umbrella term parasite, that grows in the intestinal tract. In fact, a manageable number are supposed to be in the intestinal tract for proper digestion. To keep the gut flora balanced, certain “good bacteria” eat the yeast to keep their numbers down. However, the good bacteria must be present in the gut to do so.

Candida Albicans, a type of single-celled organism, is the most common type of yeast species overgrowth.

  • Candida is present in small quantities in everyone.
  • In small numbers, Candida may be helpful in aiding in digestion and nutrient absorption.
  • When Candida becomes too abundant, it is a sign of bacterial infection.
  • Symptoms may show up in the gut, sinus, and ear, thrush in the mouth and on the tongue, vaginal tract, athlete’s foot, and numerous skin problems including rashes and bumps. Also fatigue, brain fog, leaky gut (which leads to inflammation throughout the body), etc.
  • Overgrowth can also cause strong cravings for alcohol, sweets and breads that are full of sugar and help “feed” Candida / yeast.
  • The most popular theories with whole body cleansing is that killing all yeast at one time will allow the body to naturally rebalance with the correct amount of good bacteria & yeast in the gut. But what if the Candida is helping the body?

Mercury and yeast overgrowth also have a correlation:

  • Mercury is a toxin that weakens the immune system and interferes with biological functions.
  • Mercury may act as an antibiotic that wipes out good bacteria and allows yeast to proliferate.
  • Yeast may bind to mercury and heavy metals and prevent them from entering the blood stream as a protective mechanism.
  • Yeast may also eat mercury.

Before starting full-time ALA chelation, I took a detour to kill yeast overgrowth & other potential parasites using an organic herbal cleanse from a several-generation-old American company called HUMAWORM. I’m actually quite private, but I share my personal experience because I want to help you and others understand what the process can be like with details that I could not find answers to when preparing my cleanse.

30 Day HUMAWORM Parasite Cleanse Journal – 10/24/15

Day 1 to 3: Thankfully no hives (see allergy info below) or other reactions except right eye is twitching and I am having vivid dreams. Third night, woke to a nightmare about being at war with thin, tall looking amoebas. Strange!? Thought: Is cleanse working?

Day 4: Normal day. Around 9pm die-off symptoms appeared – throat started to feel sticky, left forearm, bicep, shoulder & elbow joints burn. Feels like my left limb is going to fall off and like I caught the flu. Grateful no nausea or headaches from rapid demise of parasites. Never tracked this before but there is a full moon tonight — are parasites more active in my body. Thought: Does killing yeast cause Candida to release mercury and is that why die-off / Herxheimer is so painful in the joints and arms? RG from Humaworm wrote that people are cured of arthritis after cleansing and that parasites love to nest in the shoulder joints and other hollow places.

Day 5-8: Die-off is a b!#@$!. Hard to fall asleep with body pains and difficult to get out of bed in the morning even after 8+ hours of sleep. Clear runny nose. No noticeable changes in bm but the white coat on my tongue is clearing. Thankful body aches ended — 4 days of painful die-off symptoms.

Day 9: I hardly ever go #2 at night (extremely regular morning person). After an hour of light cramping this evening I passed something in stool that could be candida. Also sesame seed like eggs in bm which people mentioned on Curezone. Felt better immediately after. However, my immune system is weak. Thoughts: is this Herx die-of or a chest cold? Symptoms: phlegm, chest pain, deep cough.

Day 10-12: “Chest cold” symptoms continue. Brief scattering in left toe — creepy! Slight pain in lower left intestines. May be easier to view parasites in bm if eating a pureed diet for a few days but too tired to do the extra work.

Day 12-30 HUMAWORM has knocked me off my feet! Still do not know if suffering from a combo of cold & healing crisis. Mucous build up & clearing from the nasal passage to my throat wakes me up several times in the night and leaves me tired during the day. Relief from face steams, Throat Coat Tea, neti pot, and salt gargling. Also saunas. Stabbing pain in my biceps one day, headache another, forehead acne, ear pain, appetite suppressed, and one more cold sore in mouth gums. Too easy to mistake undigested food pieces and fibers in bms for parasites imo so not worth inspecting bm. Biggest positive change is watching white on tongue clear up. Thank goodness or I would have wanted to quit this at least a few times already. Cleansing is not for the weak!

After: Took a few days off to let HUMAWORM Parasite Cleanse continue to clear out of my body before starting the HUMACLEANSE Colon Cleanse. About a week after starting HUMACLEANSE, candida symptoms came back for a few days so re-thinking that I need to do the HUMAWORM Whole Body Cleanse, including a HUMAWORM’s Candida Cleanse, before starting ALA mercury brain chelation full-time.


HUMAWORM Whole Body Cleanse

After completing HUMAWORM’s Parasite Cleanse and most of HUMACLEANSE, I decided to complete HUMAWORM’s Whole Body Cleanse to help my microbiome before starting full-time mercury brain chelation using ALA. That means three more months of herbal cleansing!

HUMAWORM’s order for cleansing the whole body:

  • 30 day HUMAWORM Parasite Cleanse, $39.95. Disrupts all nests. If badly infested it will take more rounds later.
  • 30 day HUMACLEANSE Colon Cleanse, $58.95. Cleans out all of the dead parasites and toxins that accumulate in the colon from parasite cleansing.
  • 15 day Anti-Viral $19.95 & 15 day Anti-Biotic $19.95 (or the Herpes or Lyme’s) – natural cleansing kills extra bacteria in body, viral kills left over viruses. Will try to take with low dose of HumanaTea.
  • 30 day Candida Cleanse, $39.95. May take with low dose of HumanaTea.
  • 45 day (15 days each) Organ Cleanse: Lung, Kidney, Liver/Gallbladder, $52.95 (saves $8)
  • HumanaTea, $48.95. Can be taken with all cleanses. Was originally created for cancer patients. Aids parasite cleanse to pull out toxins, metals… 4 bags makes 8 quarts – moderate 2-3oz 3x/day. 1 packet lasts 7-10 days.

Total days: 165 or ~5 1/2 months.
Total cost: ~$296.50 including shipping.

What I Learned: Herbal cleansing is complicated and finding the right herbal formula for what your body needs is important. My nervous system calmed down after the first round of HUMAWORM’s Parasite Cleanse, my body had more energy, and my mental state was noticeably better. So I decided to try  HUMAWORM’s Whole Body Cleanses. Because of the net positive (and hopeful thinking), I did HUMAWORM’s Parasite Cleanse for two more rounds post recommended 90 waiting period.

But…I still had yeast overgrowth symptoms. My theory is the cleanse wiped out both good and bad bacteria. Without repopulating the good bacteria daily and a good sugar-free diet, the yeast were not kept in balance and quickly overgrew. Other members on the Facebook forum also shared similar yeast overgrowth experiences.

Before starting the cleanse, I read Humaworm.com FAQs and Q&A’s on Curezone.com with retired owner RG. Sadly, RG passed away the year I did my first cleanse, but his grand-daughter, Dr. Bailey, has taken on the family business. (She updated some formulas in 2007 so maybe not all the answers from RG below are still applicable.) Dr. Bailey now runs a private Facebook group and answers questions personally. Here is my Q&A with Dr. Bailey:

Q1: While doing HUMAWORM’s Whole Body Cleanse, why were yeast symptoms worse than any time before I did the Parasite Cleanse? Those symptoms cleared during the Parasite Cleanse, were gone during the HUMACLEANSE, and came back strong while doing the Anti-bacteria Cleanse.

A1: Dr. Bailey on Facebook said it could be deep-seated Candida coming to the surface and to do another round of Humaworm Parasite Cleanse. I am not convinced. When I spoke to Dr. Bailey, we decided that ordering HUMAWORM in an extra-strength dose would be an option. This was also not the solution for my body.

Q2: I basically had 26 days of die-off with the first Parasite Cleanse. The second time around I did not have really any die-off symptoms until the last two days. I asked Dr. Bailey on Facebook if HUMAWORM had procured the Black Walnut and Wormwood from a different vendor in the past year or if they had changed the Parasite Cleanse formula.

A2: Dr Bailey said no, they have not changed their vendor or the formula.

Conclusion: IMO, HUMAWORM’s protocol is worth looking at if non-yeast pathogens are the main concern. Dr. Bailey offers high quality herbs in a well-thought out formula (see ingredients in Appendix below). My two favorite products are HUMAWORM’s RG medicated cream for relief from itchy bug bites, acne and rashes (Ingredients: Tea Tree, cloves, sage, thyme, menthol and Camphor. Non greasy lotion contains Aloe, vegetable glycerine, vitamins A, E, D& B5 and silk protein.), and HumanaTea for soaking up mycotoxins (a.k.a. Essiac Tea).

However, there is a better protocol for healing the body. I’ve written much more in my upcoming book on how I tried to tackle the yeasty beast Candida Albicans but found out other bacterial and viral infections were the true problem. Especially the neurotoxins they create when heavy metals like mercury help them thrive. In other words, that tricky, intelligent, biofilm-making, sugar-loving fungus may not be the villain after-all.

Love to hear your thoughts and experience in the comments section below 🙂


Healing = Nutrients In + Toxins Out

1. Nutrients In

2. Toxins Out

Be Gutsy!  L


*Appendix: HUMAWORM Info

A. Notable instructions from my Humaworm research (~Plus my notes)

1. 30 minutes before eating or 2 hours after a meal take 2 caps. 12 hours later take 2 more caps. 12 hours between doses is the ideal schedule so that the chemical components of the herbs are in your system 24 hours per day for 30 days. But it will just as effective if taken 8-12 hours apart. ~Usually took 2nd dose before going to bed without eating anything after.
2. Regular bms help get parasites and toxins out of the body faster so drink at least two quarts (eight 8 oz. cups) or more of water daily. ~Yes
3. Do NOT take probiotics “good bacteria” during the cleanse. HUMAWORM kills all bacteria, and would cancel out the probiotics. Take probiotics after if needed. ~I took probiotics a few times during the first parasite cleanse to see if it would help after a week of die-off. I did not take them the second or third time because I think there’s less herbs available to kill the bad guys and possibly more die-off from killing the good ones.
4. Works regardless of what you eat so don’t have to change diet. ~Sugar craving dropped the first time I did Humaworm. Second time they increased. After more research, Candida is very tricky and I believe an overgrowth can only be reversed with diet and anti-fungal herbs. Humaworm was not the best solution for Candida overgrowth in my body and in fact may help the yeast by eliminating the good bacteria.
5. HUMAWORM will begin working the first day, however you will begin to feel the effects within 2-3 days. ~Day 4 for me the first time. Really none the second or third time.
6. The body is removing parasites and toxins and this may result in die-off which is a natural cleansing reaction. Die-off can take many forms: headaches, body aches, rashes, fatigue, mood swings, body odor, and gas and bloating, etc. May feel like the flu! It will go away. The stronger the infection, the worse the die-off. ~Body aches, fatigue, feels like flu the first time. Nothing even close second or third time.
7. Most parasites are removed during first 7 days. The rest of the parasites, their larvae and eggs are removed in the next 23 days. ~Don’t know if this is true for me. Die-off is not supposed to be as bad second time around and was not.
8. Due to the life cycle of a parasite and their ability to migrate throughout the body, it is essential to take the full 30 day dose to rid you of the parasites, LARVAE and EGGS, even after feeling GREAT! ~And even if feeling crappy!
9. Do not have to take HUMAWORM 4 days before & after full moon to equal 38 days.
10. HUMAWORM Parasite Cleanse can be taken every 90 days. Not sooner or super parasites will build up immunity to the herbs and will be difficult to kill. ~HUMAWORM does not say it anywhere, but I believe it is because of the Wormwood and Black Walnut herbs.

B. Ingredients & Allergies

I cross referenced HUMAWORM’s ingredients with my ALCAT herb sensitivity test. As you can see below, there are three herbs that could cause reactions:

1. HUMAWORM Ingredients: (25 herbs packed into capsules) Black Walnut 200mg, Wormwood 100mg, Cloves 100mg, Thyme 100mg, Garlic 200mg, Fennel 100mg, Cayenne 100mg, Ginger 100mg, Gentian 100mg, Hyssop 100mg, Milk Thistle 100mg, Marshmallow root 100mg, Pau D’ Arco 200mg, Burdock 100mg, Elecampane 100mg, Fenugreek 100mg, Licorice 100mg, Barberry 200mg, Cascara Sagrada 25mg, Senna 25mg, Sage 100mg, Psyllium 200mg, Yellow Dock 100mg, Cramp Bark 100mg, Peppermint 200mg

  • Black walnut contains tannin (which is organic iodine), juglandin, juglone and juglandic acids and it also oxygenates the blood – tapeworms absorb this and it makes them very ill so they will let go and be expelled.
  • Wormwood contains the toxins thujone and isothujone and santonin – it also contains sesquiterpene which acts like peroxide by weakening the parasites membranes, therefore killing them.
  • Milk Thistle is supposed to help the liver and I purchased some as a support supplement for ALA chelation but have not taken any.

2. My ALCAT: severe chlorella; moderate – black walnut, cascara, elderberry, red yeast rice, wormwood; mild – bilberry, chondroitin, echinacea, essiac, goji berry, huperzine, lutein, maitake mushroom, milk thistle

Two of the herbs that tested moderately sensitive are considered “poisons”: wormwood & black walnut. The child dose of HUMAWORM does not have wormwood because it is too dangerous and black walnut is only recommended for age 3 and up. HUMAWORM says the doses are so small that there should not be a problem. I’ve seen these in many cleansing formulas by other companies. However, years ago, I took elderberry extract (tested moderately sensitive on recent test) and got hives. So if I got hives as an immediate allergic reaction (parasite or not) I planned to stop taking HUMAWORM. I did not have hives so continued to take HUMAWORM.

The first time I cleansed with HUMAWORM I believe it conquered all of the non-yeast pathogens in my body. The die-off I shared in my journal above was not allergic sensitivity to wormwood and black walnut on the first Parasite Cleanse as I did not experience die-off during the second or third Parasite Cleanse. (In hindsight, I would have taken HumanaTea to help clear out toxins faster and lessen the die-off symptoms during the first Parasite Cleanse, similar to Essiac Tea.)

The Microbiome: Colon Cleansing With HUMAWORM To Heal The Gut

Previous: Part 1 – HUMAWORM Parasite Cleanse

Do not reproduce without written permission.Part 2 – HUMACLEANSE Colon Cleanse Review

According to HUMAWORM, you need to do a colon cleanse if you suffer from any constipation, bloating, gas, difficult bowel movements, cramping, not feeling “empty”, protruding belly, foul-smelling stools, hard stools and just a general feeling of heaviness of the colon.

HUMAWORM’s Colon Cleanse, a.k.a. HUMACLEANSE, is designed to completely clean out the digestive system / colon, without cramping or diarrhea. It consists mostly of Psyllium and two other ingredients:

  1. Psyllium 10g – swells to 50 TIMES its size – it creates a literal “scrubbing sponge”” that will trap and remove parasites, toxins and built up intestinal fecal waste. This swelling action is why HUMACLEANSE should be taken with plenty of water. One teaspoon of psyllium will create over one cup of stool.
  2. Senna 10mg – a natural laxatives that keep things flowing smoothly by helping the body rid itself of toxins and waste.
  3. Cascara sagrada 10mg – stimulates the long muscles along the outside of the colon to work in a wave-like action to help loosen the build up so that the psyllium can then trap and remove it entirely.

Since my bowels were in good working condition, I did not need to do a colon cleanse before or with the Parasite Cleanse. Some people do the two cleanses together to save time and possibly reduce die-off symptoms, but I wanted to experience each separately the first time around. Knowing what I know now, I would probably do the cleanses together next time, IF I were to use HUMAWORM again, since I am trying to finish sooner and get back to chelating. Or I would take organic psyllium husk for cost-savings.


HUMACLEANSE Instructions & Expectations

1. Take 3 capsules 3 times per day for 30 days. Swallow ONE PILL at a time and drink lots of water after each pill.

2. Drink at least 8 – 8 ounce glasses of water per day every day during the cleanse to allow the psyllium to do its job properly.

3. Take supplements only 2 hours after HUMACLEANSE. (Why?)

4. What To Expect:

  • Larger volume of stools that are of a soft, formed texture.
  • May see some strange things in stool, like dark black colored bits of material, long ropey strands of foreign looking material, maybe even a parasite or two. All normal during a colon cleanse.
  • Mucoid plaque…

Mucoid Plaque

A few months ago I did a cranberry, psyllium husk, clay, and flax oil flush. With that flush, my bms were like rubbery tubes. After much research and a few frantic calls to practitioners and labs, I learned that taking psyllium husk results in mucoid plaque elimination. When I flushed with other fiber powders, I did not get the plaque so my theory is that psyllium husk and clay may create mucoid plaque.

Any waste that’s not completely removed during bowel movements will accumulate in the colon. This accumulated waste is a breeding ground for bacteria which causes toxic waste to leech into your system. These things can create a build up on the colon walls. This build up is also called “mucoid plaque”. This fecal matter will coat the walls of the colon. It allows stool to come through a much smaller opening – much like the hole in a doughnut. (1)

The term mucoid plaque was created to define the unnatural accumulation of mucins caused by a highly toxic intestinal environment. Once the mucoid plaque accumulates to a certain degree, major problems begin to occur. For an example: Too many layers of mucins can interfere with the natural muscular actions of the intestines (peristalsis) that are essential for moving food through the intestines in a timely manner. Though there are several different mechanisms that can cause constipation, this is the number one cause. Most Naturopathic physicians define constipation as having less than 3 bowel movements daily, that is, if you eat 3 meals a day. Ideally, if we eat 3 meals daily we should have 4 BM’s daily. When we first get up in the morning and about 30 minutes after each meal. (2)

“Mucins are glycoprotein solutions and very sticky and viscous mucus-like substance that are designed to adhere strongly to the intestinal wall. Each time the cells come in contact with more acids or toxins, another layer is formed along the intestinal wall. As long as acids and toxins continue to pass through the intestines and/or should they accumulate in the gut wall, the intestinal cells continue to create more layers of mucins.” (3)


My HUMACLEANSE Journal 11/26/15

Day 1: Still white on middle of tongue and minor phlegm which I think is clearing yeast from my throat and nasal passages. Still too tired to exercise, but did go for a walk, started rebounding after taking a week off, and continued saunas. Second small bm at night which is not usual for my body.

11am Took 3 capsules on HUMACLEANSE after waking with 2 cups of warm water.
3:15pm 3 capsules
11pm 3 capsules before going to bed.

Day 2: Nauseous at night – maybe gas?

Day 3: 4 BMs have not really changed except more firm. Acne. Immune system still down from last cleanse. Still have a little phlegm / sore tonsils, and cough from Humaworm cleanse. Thank goodness for the neti pot and warm salt water rinses!

Day 5: 7 BM 25% larger. Started probiotic supplementation.

Day 8:  12 Candida overgrowth is back. Thanksgiving treats with sugar that I normally do not eat?

Day 13: Sore tonsils / phlegm finally over. Tongue starting to clear again. Not inspecting bms like I did with HUMAWORM cleanse.

Day 14: 23 Waking several mornings with kink in left neck. Feels like lymphatic sludge. Had chiro adjustment which helped a little. Adding in more supplemental vitamin C. No changes in bm or gut although seems like toxic-belly is not sticking out as much. Less inflammation? Not bingeing on food – less parasites means more nutrition is available for my body cells. Less brain fog too – finished paperwork and bills that I had put off for a few months.

Day 23: More mental energy. Started pilates workout again!

Day 24: Feeling great, happy, better than before I started cleansing. Around midnight I had some intestinal pressure. Finally passed second bm today around 3am (rare if I go twice). Except for losing a few hours of sleep, I am back to feeling well.

Day  25: 30 Nice to have a non-die-off time period before doing more Candida cleansing. Nothing else noteworthy to report except no longer craving yogurt, peanut butter, or sugar.


Healing = Nutrients In + Toxins Out

1. Nutrients In

2. Toxins Out

Using Culter’s Frequent-Low-Dose Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) Protocol To Remove Mercury From The Brain

Part 1: Aiming For Euphoria With ALA Chelation

If you’ve read my other writings, you know I am detoxing heavy metals post-holistic amalgam removal with saunas, rebounding, nutrient dense food, supplementation & other natural remedies like herbal cleanses.

After over a year of detoxing, I feel better than I have in years. This in large part is because mercury is not flooding in from the “silver” fillings that I had safely removed. My heavy metal tests confirm that mercury is not flooding in and that my body is eliminating mercury from extracellular areas.

However, there are still numerous brain, tissue, and central nervous system related symptoms:

  • Mild brain-fog, anxiety, fatigue, mild tinnitus, and less mental sharpness
  • Head pressure / pain, like a constant tight band around my head
  • Over-taxed organs (liver, spleen, gall bladder, uterus, gut)
  • Cellulite (the body safely tucks away toxins in fat)
  • Nutrient malabsorption (e.g. low ferritin levels)
  • Seasonal allergies

I believe these symptoms are in part due to the fact that mercury wreaks havoc all over the body. Mercury hides away in bones, fatty tissue, and organs, and crosses the blood brain barrier (BBB) where it binds with the fatty organ known as the brain and disrupts numerous biological processes. [*Update – I have since learned, that mercury and electromagnetic field radiation (EMR) have a synergistic negative effect causing many of the symptoms. I share more below.]

To my knowledge, Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) may be the only way to move mercury out of the brain. So I planned to move from detoxing to chelating with frequent, low-doses of ALA around my one year amalgam-free anniversary and set out to learn as much as I possibly could.

What follows are my notes on ALA chelation from reading Cutler’s book on amalgam illness, forum posts, asking questions, doctor visits, etc. It is a long post because it is where I keep all of the key info I refer back to personally. If it seems like too much (I get it, reading with a mercurial mind or brain fog is rough), just read one section at a time:

  • Who Is Cutler & Why The Controversy?
  • What Is Chelation?
  • What Is ALA?
  • The AC ALA Chelation Protocol: Half-Life, & Mercury Redistribution, Rounds, Dosing and Supplements
  • When Not To Chelate
  • My Trial Week Journal (Dosing, Scheduling, & Lessons Learned)
  • Appendix: Resources, DMSA & DMPS

Q: What could someone expect as side effects [of ALA]?

A: “The symptoms due to heavy metals can get worse while you are giving the LA. Other random new symptoms can appear, too, like obsessiveness or depression or euphoria.” Culter


Who Is Cutler & Why The Controversy?

Dr. Andrew Hall Cutler (AC), Princeton chemistry PhD, came up with a protocol to heal himself from amalgam mercury toxicity. He wrote books about heavy metal poisoning, hair testing, and chelation. He explains:

“I wrote this book because I became seriously ill while most doctors told me there was nothing wrong. After an “environmental medicine” doctor suggested I had amalgam illness I had to read lots of medical literature to figure out what was going on and what to do about it. I got better after having my fillings replaced and taking appropriate chelating agents.” (Cutler)

Finding out that the AC ALA Chelation Protocol even existed was a blessing. It was not mainstream when I was researching it and may never be. The protocol has helped many and also hurt some. There are a lot of reasons why I believe this could be the case. Since this protocol can be done without a practitioner, and is often done by patients who are mercury poisoned, many things can go wrong. Here are a few examples:

  1. The protocol needs to be followed VERY carefully — not always easy with a mercurial brain or when sleep-deprived.
  2. It is easy to miss a dose, especially in the middle of the night or on a busy day, or any day when one has brain fog. If a dose is missed by more than an hour, you MUST STOP the round. However, stopping a round early means there will be too much mercury redistribution.
  3. Some try to chelate while still having amalgams or other mercury exposure.
  4. Some start the doses too high. In fact, the original high-end of Cutler’s dose range may have been too high. He has since addressed this.
  5. Some try to raise the doses too quickly — it is tempting to think increasing the dose will get more mercury out but this is not true! This may be because the body can only handle chelating what it is able to eliminate without getting backed up.
  6. Elimination pathways need to be working well to get rid of all of the heavy metals that are mobilized, adrenals need to be healthy, the body needs to have the right co-factors which are often lacking, and adequate hydration is imperative.
  7. Some want to chelate non-stop to get more mercury out. However, down-time must be taken between rounds to give the body a break. Otherwise, adrenal fatigue and other problems may arise.
  8. A smaller number of people have allergic reactions to ALA, DMSA, or DMPS or have sulphur issues.
  9. Some health practitioners will insist ALA is bad and suggest taking R-lipoic acid. R-lipoic acid is not the same as using ALA for chelation. Cutler covers this in his book.
  10. Cutler’s book is difficult to read. Lots of science! Understanding the science or biology can be confusing (e.g. see half-life below). But the science is why I trust this protocol.

Given all that, if you can follow rules and are okay with being more like a tortoise than a hare (i.e. slow and steady wins the race), The AC ALA Chelation Protocol might be the appropriate choice.


Chelation

From what I understand, chelation is the process of binding an organic compound (e.g. a dithiol agent like ALA) to a metal ion (like mercury) to pull it from the body. The word is derived from the Greek work “chele” meaning claw.

To chelate mercury, Cutler recommends avoiding thiol binders and using at least one of three dithiol binders:

Thiols, like chlorella and cilantro, are natural detoxifiers that only have one binding claw. They are more likely to grab hold of heavy metals with one claw and easily release the metals at random places in the body. That can lead to redistribution.

Dithiols — ALA, DMSA, and DPMS — are chelators with two binding claws (hence “di” meaning two) that more efficiently grab mercury, hold on to it, and drop it off at the correct place for detoxing and elimination. This is different from detoxification with thiol binders. e.g. A crab grabbing hold with one vs. two claws
e.g. A football receiver catching a football with one hand vs. two and then getting tackled. A two-handed catch is more likely to result in a completed pass

In Cutler’s book, forums, and interviews he said only the anti-oxidant ALA is necessary for chelation and that the other two synthetic (not made in the body) chelators, DMSA & DPMS, are optional for mercury chelation. [Outstanding question: is ALA synthetic if in supplement form made in a lab…]

Because my body reacts easily to chemicals I believed that DMSA & DMPS were not a good choice for me. I met with a mercury support group as part of my research and the people using DMSA and DMPS were having a difficult time. However, I have read many following the protocol do take DMSA or DMPS without problems so I may try to incorporate one or both in the future to expedite mercury chelation and chelate lead and arsenic. I mostly cover ALA in this post but have written a few notes about DMSA&DMPS in the appendix below.


Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

Lipoic acid (LA), also known as α-lipoic acid[2], alpha lipoic acid (ALA) and thioctic acid[3] is an organosulfur compound derived from octanoic acid. LA contains two sulfur atoms (at C6 and C8) connected by a disulfide bond and is thus considered to be oxidized although either sulfur atom can exist in higher oxidation states. (Wikipedia)

ALA is an anti-oxidant manufactured in the body. However, ALA is often not made in the body in the amounts necessary for metabolic processes, including glucose metabolism, energy production, and supporting the nervous system and liver function. (ALA tested low on my Genova NutrEval Test so I believe this was true for my body).

Because ALA is water and fat soluble, it can cross the blood brain barrier (BBB), and according to Cutler’s theory, latch on to mercury and pull it out of the brain! I once heard ALA described as an elite military operator — when it is in the body, it neutralizes harmful free radicals and chelates both intracellular and extracellular mercury (and arsenic) from the brain and nervous system.

But how did Cutler know once ALA crosses the BBB that it can chelate mercury out of the brain?

While a hair test can indicate heavy metal burden in an individual, there is no true way to measure the amount of mercury in the brain and how much is eliminated unless an autopsy is performed.  So how did Cutler arrive at his conclusion? Here are a few of his words I found helpful:

So we have journal papers that say lipoic acid crosses the BBB, lipoic acid chelates mercury (and tons of other stuff), lipoic acid increases urinary and fecal excretion of mercury, lipoic acid is effective for treating mercury poisoning in a variety of mammals, lipoic acid prevents the pathological brain changes characteristic of mercury poisoning, and we have a bunch of adults who tried it and have had their neurological and centrally mediated endocrine symptoms cured. This set of facts leads me to conclude lipoic acid effectively chelates mercury out of the human brain. It is up to you what you make of it. Andy Cutler

The 1979 Gigiena Truda paper by Leskova is the best journal article on the subject. Of course the more definitive proof is all the formerly mercury toxic people around who got that way using lipoic acid, including by now a few formerly autistic kids. Andy

To be honest, I am not 100% sure what I “make of it”. The 1979 Gigiena Truda paper by Leskova is a Russian study based on rats so Cutler did have to extrapolate. (Why there is so little research available, especially with the rise of Alzheimer’s and other diseases is another topic for another day!)

I eventually landed here: If Cutler is correct about ALA chelating mercury out of the brain, that would be amazing! And if Cutler is not correct, ALA does chelate mercury from the body. I have plenty of mercury stored in my organs and fat cells that needs to be eliminated so following the protocol is still relevant in my healing journey. I also had a feeling that I would have to try the protocol to know how it affected me to validate what other formerly mercury toxic people felt so definitive about.

So the more important question for me was – how to use ALA safely in order to prevent mercury from repeatedly settling in the brain and organs and causing more damage.


The AC ALA Chelation Protocol

Half-life & Mercury Redistribution: Half-life, in short, is the time it takes to break down and eliminate a substance from the body. Medication is often dosed in this way to provide a steady level of the chemical in the blood over a given period of time.

Cutler says ALA’s half-life is 3 hours. That means it takes 3 hours for the body to break down ALA and eliminate it from the body. Thus, the protocol requires chelation with ALA frequently, i.e. at its half-life every 3 hours, to ensure that ALA is constantly in the body to escort mercury out and prevent redistribution into tissue and organs for each round.

Breaking down ALA chelation further:

  • A low dose of ALA is taken e.g. 1-50mg.
  • That ALA goes around the body in search of mercury.
  • When the ALA finds mercury, it grabs it and takes it to the correct elimination facility where it is removed from the body through urine, feces, and sweat.
    • This is why elimination pathways should be working well and hydration is extremely important. “72% leaves in feces, 28% in urine. If you sweat you get rid of extra. DMSA and DMPS make more come out in urine. You excrete lots on your ow[n] without chelators.” Cutler
    • To minimizes elimination pathway bottle-necks and prevent damaging organs, the ALA dose should be low enough so that it is not more than the body and organs can efficiently clear.
    • From a timing perspective, some of the ALA crosses the blood brain barrier and supposedly binds to mercury in the brain. This new compound passes through the liver (it takes a day to be moved out in the bile) and into the gastrointestinal tract and the kidneys. Two days after an ALA round begins, mercury is then excreted in the stool. “It also does clear some in urine, and once in the blood mercury comes out in urine and stool on its own as well.” Cutler.
  • At ALA’s half-life of 3 hours, ALA expires or starts go away. Any mercury that had been picked up (a.k.a mobilized) by the expiring ALA, and not yet eliminated, can then be released and redistribute back into the brain, organs, tissues, etc. and cause harm all over again.
  • Replenishing ALA at its half-life means new ALA is continuously available to pick up mobilized mercury and escort it out through the elimination pathways. I think of it as a hand-off from one employee leaving a job and another seamlessly taking its place.
  • Bound mercury is continually excreted until the end of each round.
  • At the end of the round, the last ALA half-life, there will be a small amount of mercury left that does get redistributed. In a perfect world this is not ideal. But, according to Cutler’s science, taking ALA every 3 hours for a 72 hour round means that there will be a net movement of mercury out of the body and only a small amount left to redistribute after the last dose of ALA. The body supposedly can heal from this small amount.
  • There is an exception to this rule. Some people will need to take the ALA even more frequently if their body metabolizes it faster. As this is not my case, I did not document that info here.

Is a round 64, 72 hours, or longer? 

  • In Cutler’s book, a round is 72 hours. Typically 3 day on / 4 day off.
  • Online Cutler says “The correct interpretation is from arising on day 1 to bedtime on day 3. This typically is 64 hours for those who sleep 8 hours a night.”
  • From my research, 72 hours is optimal to chelate unless you are a child in school chelating over the weekend and can only do 64 hours.
  • Taking ALA every three hours over the minimum time needed to have a net movement of mercury out of the body that exceeds the amount redistributed (64+ hours) ensures that there is a net removal of mercury.
  • Rounds can be longer than 3 days, but there should be an equal amount of time off round as spent on. For example, a 7 day round requires a 7 day break. This may be harder on the adrenals but I believe it mean less mercury redistribution.
  • ALA causes less copper to be released during rounds causing problems in the long-term (especially for copper toxic people) so the off-days are important to allow balance to return to the body.

What is the correct dose?

  • Start with a low dose and see if there are any side effects (e.g. adrenal fatigue, allergic reactions, headaches, etc.)
  • Being too aggressive with dosing sizes may lead to painful side-effects.
  • The body does not release mercury consistently, so dosages should be increased after using the same dose for many rounds with diminished or no side effects.
  • If no symptoms after several rounds, increase the dose by no more than 50% e.g. 1%, 5% or 10% are all less than 50%. Start low until you have completed a lot of rounds.
  • If too many symptoms cut back the dose the next round but try not to stop the round early. At least try to make it to 64 hours.
  • Do not expect symptom-free rounds. The most common side-effect is fatigue.

How long does one chelate?

  • In his book, Cutler estimated that ALA + DMSA “removes about 1/2 to 1% of the mercury in the brain every day that you chelate” p 90. Cutler likely determined this from the Russian rat study (100mg of ALA + DMSA…)
  • Frequent-low-dose chelation can take anywhere from 70-300 rounds to recover (1 – 3 years) with 70 rounds chelating out 50% of total mercury from the brain.
  • Cutler advises to continue chelation for another 6 months to a year AFTER you think you’re well. Wait a few months, and start another round at a lower dose, just to make sure.
    • Cutler allegedly followed his protocol for around 9 months and did not finish chelating although he planned to start again.
  • Mercury has been removed when one can take high doses of the chelators with no side-effects. (e.g. 200 mg.) I read that it can take years to get to the maximum dose of ALA per day of about 1200 mg over twenty-four hours without causing bad or intolerable side effects (1). I personally do not plan to go that high.

Supplements According To Cutler

  • Dithiols pull on both mercury AND essential minerals so supplementing is critical.
  • Antioxidant vitamins C, B, & E and zinc & magnesium should be taken while chelating on and off rounds to support detox pathways and minimize symptoms.
    • ALA enhances the activity of vitamins C and E.
  • Many are deficient in specific micronutrients due to genetics or lack of minerals in modern industrialized food so those should be tested and supplemented.
  • In addition, hair tests using Cutler’s counting rules may show deranged mineral transport.
  • Mercury often interferes with the metabolism of sulphur foods. According to Cutler a “high sulphur” person may need to limit the ALA dose amount and/or limit sulphur foods (like dairy, eggs, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower with free thiols.) To figure this out, test plasma cysteine – if high, avoid, if low, continue eating. (Read molybdenum info in Part 2.)
  • It took a lot of time for me to research and purchase ALA and the support supplements that I was not already taking. And then more time to trial the new support supplements to make sure they didn’t cause any negative reactions. If interested in more info, please read: Part 2: Chelating ALA: Procuring Supplies & Resources.

When Not To Chelate

According to Cutler, a recent mercury exposure means one needs to wait at least 3 months before chelating. In other words, only chelate if ALL of the amalgam fillings metal is removed from the mouth (including under crowns) and there has been no recent exposure to mercury from the amalgam removal, flu shots, broken compact fluorescent lightbulb or thermometer exposure, high mercury fish consumption or other sources like some broken cell phones.

Cutler’s reasoning: The amount of mercury in the body needs to be less than the amount in the brain to prevent ALA from redistributing mercury from the body to the brain via the path of least resistance vs. out the elimination pathways.

Unfortunately, while attempting to remove my lighting kit with 18 CFL’s, I was exposed to mercury from a broken CFL. I do not know why I did not wear protective gloves, clothing, and a mask as a precaution. That was my first experience with acute mercury poisoning (i.e. not chronic like from amalgams). As I carefully discarded the broken CFL bulb, I hoped that it had broken months prior and the mercury had maybe settled and was not airborne. However, that night I experienced fever sweats, joint and muscle aches, brain inflammation, headaches, etc. Regardless of what government organizations say, no amount of mercury is “safe”.

I explained what happened to Cutler on a Facebook group and asked if it was safe to start ALA. He said yes, so I decided to do a trial week of ALA chelation. After that week, I decided it would be better for my brain to postpone chelation for three months and switched gears to parasite cleansing. Two noteworthy lessons: one, radiation from a nearby cell tower was a major reason why chelating then resulted in painful symptoms and two, I maybe would have taken DMSA to mop up the CFL mercury as it can be taken after 4 days of exposure (or four days after amalgam restoration is completed).


My Trial ALA Week Following The AC ALA Chelation Protocol

Because of the broken CFL mercury exposure, I started ALA at a lower dose of 12 mg instead of Cutler’s recommendation of 1/8 mg per pound of body weight up to 1/2 mg per lb. (In my case that would have been 17 mg to 68 mg.)

I started my round on Monday at 11am, taking 12 mg of ALA every 3 hours for 72 hours around the clock without missing a dose. Major symptoms: fever sweat, fatigue, neck pinch.

Lessons Learned

  • With a mercurial brain, I made preparing for ALA chelation more complicated than necessary.
  • I am so glad I did a trial run of ALA chelation and no longer have fear of the unknown. Three days and three nights answered so many questions without feeling like I was signing up for a two to three-year-long sleep deprivation sentence.
  • I need to get in a good sleep pattern even with mercury messing up melatonin production. My optimal number of hours sleeping is somewhere between 9 and 10 hours, so waking up 3 times by alarm at night for three nights kinda sucks to put it nicely. Having to wake up in the middle of a deep REM cycle is even more disruptive.
  • Stretching out the night doses to every four hours twice during the night is ok so I do. However, this means each day the dosing time changes by and hour and can impact having a consistent bed time.
  • Having a good alarm system in place so I didn’t miss a dose was extremely important! I use two alarms so I have a fail-safe in case I do not hear one of the alarms or accidentally set one alarm incorrectly (which I surprisingly do more than I would think).
    • 1. An itouch (on airplane mode) – set the alarm for 24 hours before the round. Because I switch to dosing every four hours at night I have to shift the alarms each day.
    • 2. A four event timer – set the 4 alarms to go off 5 minutes after the itouch alarms. I was surprised how I could not remember if I took the ALA or not moments later so I only turn off this timer after I physically take the ALA. At night, I sometimes need this loud buzzing alarm after sleeping through the itouch music alarm.
  • After the last ALA half-life wears off I took a sauna (three hours after the last dose of ALA) to help excrete mercury. I experienced no noticeable symptoms or side-effects when I did this.
  • Keep a journal, number each round, and document symptoms in case you need to look back. Honestly, I cannot remember one round from the next most days unless I look back at my notes.

*UPDATE

I am chelating full-time now with higher doses of ALA. I don’t have major symptoms on or off round from chelating, however, I can feel what I call a burn on the back of my neck on day one of each round. Could this be mercury bound to ALA crossing the blood brain barrier? I also have much less brain fog and more mental sharpness with each passing round.

But the most important thing that I want you to know is that I actually stopped chelating for over a year until I was able to be in a home environment with very minimal EMF. If this had not happened to me, I don’t know if I would relate or believe it. But now I believe it all too well.

Most of the symptoms I mentioned at the start of this post were from cell tower radiation. A cell tower with four powerful antennas was placed less than 200 feet from my window. Did you know that Radio Frequency (RF) radiation from cell towers and wireless devices accelerates the release of mercury from my amalgams? From a recent Iran study:

Effect of radio frequency radiation from Wi-Fi devices on mercury release from amalgam restorations (Source: Study published on NIH.gov)

In a vicious cycle, the mercury released from the amalgams into the body and brain then act as an antenna attracting more radiation.

The most painful part of this is that the high levels of mercury in the body combined with too much radiation can cause a physical impairment to all wireless devices and electricity. This would not be that big of a problem if wireless communication devices were not so ubiquitous. The condition is commonly referred to as electrosensitivity and it is on the rise.

So if I had anything of true value to add to the AC ALA Chelation Protocol it would be this:

DO NOT CHELATE IF EXPOSED TO HIGH LEVELS OF ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION!

You can read how to eliminate or reduce radiation here. I am also completing a book that follows where this blog leaves off. My goal is to write a cohesive story that will reach more people in order to 1. share my experience with others going through similar trials, and 2. help prevent what happened to me from happening to others.

If you are interested in reading the book or sharing it with someone you care about, sign up for updates by following this blog.

 Be Gutsy!

P.S. On the 29th July 2017 Cutler passed away. I feel fortunate to have been able to have had the opportunity to ask him personal questions on several different occasions. He will be missed.


Appendix

Resources

There is plenty of info on how to chelate online without spending upwards of $80 on Cutler’s books. However, I will not expose my body to anything without educating myself as much as possible and have referenced the following repeatedly:

  1. Books
  • Both of Cutler’s paper-bound books are well researched and worth the investment — though difficult to grasp with a mercurial brain. I use Cutler’s second book to interpret heavy metal hair tests and research all of the other modern-day heavy metal toxins we are exposed to like Thallium, Arsenic, Nickel, and Cadmium.
  • Many parent’s with autistic children use the protocol to heal their children with the help of a book called Fight Autism And Win. It is only 100 pages and when I received it I thought it was on the pricey side for such a short book. But it the book is concise, well-written, and covers how to do the protocol in a much more user-friendly form. I think of it as the cliff notes version of Cutler’s book. It is helpful regardless if one is chelating an autistic child or themselves.

2. Online Forums

  • Cutler comments on a private Facebook Group and the community is actively moderated by people who use the protocol. It is difficult to search the FB page for info and a lot of newbies who have not read Cutler’s book ask basic questions there. There are a few moderators who interacted quite a bit with Cutler and work hard to maintain his legacy as best they can.
  • Prior to Facebook, Cutler posted in the Yahoo Group Frequent Dose ChelationAdult Metal Chelation. Both groups are still active and there is one specific moderator who knows a lot of history and Cutler-isms. Grateful for his input!
  • Onibasu Forum is the forum that preceded the Yahoo Groups. It is read only but has a lot of Cutler’s original answers to questions about his protocol. (I actually prefer using this resource to hear words directly from the source since his passing.)
  • If you have a child that needs chelation, you can join the Fight Autism And Win Facebook Group or Yahoo Group. Jan, co-author of the book of the same name above, moderates the Yahoo Group and should win a lifetime achievement award for supporting members with such grace, generosity, and knowledge.

3. Service Providers

  • There is a nurse in Seattle who works with client’s chelating using the protocol. She will work with patient’s over the phone, but was booked several months out when I called. In lieu of postponing chelation, I learned as much as I could from Cutler’s book and online resources. I was comfortable moving forward with a trial week knowing that I could stop future rounds and meet with the nurse. One person online even shared that it is more cost-effective to do a trial first so I could share those notes with the nurse. Good tip!
    • Update: Nurse Julie is semi-retired in Arizona and may stop taking patients in the near future. Her rates may be on the higher-end for some, but I found her to be very well-versed in health from a holistic perspective, not just chelation.

A Few Notes On DMPS & DMSA

“DMPS and DMSA do not remove mercury from the nervous system and can redistribute mercury to it. It is necessary to use a protocol specifically designed to minimize this… Lipoic acid DOES remove mercury from the nervous system and DOES substantially accelerate mercury clearance. Using DMPS and DMSA with it reduces its side effects, and I speculate that it synergistically accelerates mercury clearance much more than using the agents separately” Cutler p. 202

DPMS (Dimercaptol-propanesulfonic acid)

  • According to Doctor’s Data, taking DMPS results in marked increases in copper excretion.
  • May be beneficial if cannot use DMSA, and of not lead toxic
  • May reduce redistribution when ALA round ends
  • 2.5mg taken every 8 hours ongoing unless deciding to take a break
  • DMPS is easier all around to start with

DMSA (Dimercaptosuccinic acid)

  • May get mercury out of the body around 30% faster than if taking ALA alone according to Culter.
  • Water soluble chelator
  • Removes mercury and other metals like lead from the body
  • Lead protocol: 8 rounds of DMSA then once monthly (not sure how long)
  • Can be used several days after an exposure
  • Can reduce spaciness and adrenal symptoms from taking ALA alone
  • Lowers neutrophils so yeast might become a problem
    • “Neutrophils are in charge of killing off extra yeast. Mercury is known to inhibit some of the specific chemistry neutrophils use to kill yeast.” (2).
    • “Arginine increases neutrophil production of NO, which neutrophils use to kill yeast. If take too much arginine without lysine may increase susceptibility to certain viral infections.”
    • “Taurine increases neutrophil ability to withstand their own OCl- (bleach) which they also use to kill yeast.”
  • Also skin reactions for some
  • Has sulfury smell when fresh
  • DMPS does not need to be increased above 25-50 mg max

Finally, DO NOT DO A PROVOCATIVE URINE CHALLENGE TEST! This is often recommended by some Naturopaths, to determine the amount of metals in the body. A hair testing is a safer and less expensive way to test metals in the body for the majority of people without redistributing metals to the brain and other organs. (The challenge test uses high amounts of a chelator like DMPS or DMSA that mobilize high amounts of heavy metals from tissues and organs in the body. Once the high dose of DMSA half-life of three hours passes, the mobilized mercury left in the body will redistribute into the blood and then back into the tissues and organs. I think it is equivalent to getting acute poisoning all over again and can make one more sick. Www.dmpsbackfire.com is often referenced as a placed where people who were harmed by the Provocative tests document their experience.


Healing = Nutrients In + Toxins Out

1. Nutrients In

2. Toxins Out

Frequent-Low-Dose Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) Supplements To Take While Chelate Mercury

Do not reproduce without written permission.Part 2 – Supplements For The Cutler ALA Chelation Protocol

As I wrote in Part 1, chelating mercury with ALA burns through vitamins, minerals, and other co-factors as it works to remove mercury from the body and brain. This is why supplementing is necessary when using this protocol.

Understanding and purchasing the supplements has been time-consuming — finding cleaner supplements and ALA in low doses is challenging. However, I believe understanding supplementation is important for health in general for everyone. So I am grateful I had a compelling reason to invest my time and resources into this endeavor.

In this post:

  • Avoiding Excipients, Binders, & Fillers
  • Vitamins & Minerals To Support The AC ALA Chelation Protocol
  • Where To Buy ALA

Avoiding Excipients, Binders, & Fillers

Supplement manufacturers often add excipients (binders, fillers, etc.) to make production quicker / cheaper, coatings to make supplements easier to swallow, or colors to make them look nice. In small doses, they say it is “safe”, but I’m not convinced that taking numerous capsules a day for an extended period of time is okay for my body. This may be a controversial statement, but here is one  example:

“previous research has shown that stearic acid suppresses T cells—your natural killer cells—which are a key component of your immune system. According to that study, stearic acid causes the collapse of cell membrane integrity—an effect that was found to be time and dose dependent—which, ultimately, can destroy cell function.” Dr. Mercola

When I first started this process, part of me wished Cutler had recommended supplements online to make his protocol easier. I read on an archived forum that Cutler suggested using supplements in the citrate form but he no longer shares / endorses brands online. However, even if Cutler had recommend brands I would have probably had to search on my own — I asked Cutler on Facebook about excipients and he did not think they were concerning.

When purchasing supplements, I look for:

  • Physician / high-quality
  • Natural food-based
  • Well-absorbed
  • No additives (like artificial colors)
  • No binders (like hydrogenated soybean oil or gluten)
  • No fillers (like magnesium stearate as a lubricant that may suppress the immune system & titanium dioxide that can lead to problems with the immune function.)
  • No toxins (like GMO corn or heavy metals, GMO gelatin capsules, or Microcrystalline cellulose (MCC)
  • Not grown with genetically modified yeast
  • No common allergens (like wheat, dairy, soy, etc.)
  • Manufactured in the US (not China, however this is usually not an option so at least make sure highest quality of testing and certification are in place.)
  • Not from the local drugstore (quality concerns), local health store (too many excipients), or Amazon (unknown sellers, possible knock-offs)

Vitamins & Minerals To Support ALA Chelation

For dosing supplements, I find serum testing and symptom tracking to be helpful in deciding what my body needs. And to know if what I am taking is absorbing. I also used Fight Autism & Win and AC’s book / AFC yahoo group doses listed below as starting points.

Please note that all humans are unique and react to supplements in different ways. I share my notes on supplements and brand I have tried below, but none of this is advice, an endorsement or recommendation, and all of it is subject to change.

1. Essential Supplements – For simplicity, I initially purchased the Basic Four from Everything Spectrum. One capsule taken four times a day with Vitamin C, E, magnesium and zinc in the forms helpful for chelation. (Note: They are not inexpensive and I still need to research if there are any GMOs, heavy metals, or quality concerns from this company —  the owner made these for her kin, my hope is that they are legit!)

I also purchased these supplements in individual forms:

    • Vitamin C “Buffered” form
    • Dose: 125-200 mg (4x/day, total 500-800 mg) [adult: 1/2 to 2 grams 4x/day].
    • Brand: Now Foods Magnesium Ascorbate. (GMO corn?)
    • Brand: Lypo-Spheric C (Expensive so I take on special occasions, like amalgam removal, traveling, cold/flu. I take half the packet in the am and half in the afternoon. I put a gulp of water in my mouth, tilt my head back, and then squeeze the contents directly into the water in my mouth and swallow. Some like the taste, me not so much. I used to put water in a small cup and put the C in the water but the contents are wasted and stick to the container.)
    • Brand: Calcium Ascorbate Nutribiology (I rotated this in only once in a while as I don’t want to do too much calcium in this form).
    • Notes:
      • AC: “Sodium ascorbate form is good if taking large amount bc it will not make the body acidic like the more common ascorbic acid forms”. On Onibasu Cutler mentioned some are made from beets instead of corn…
      • What does buffered mean…”Mineral salts of ascorbic acid (mineral ascorbates) are less acidic, and therefore, considered “buffered.”” (3)
        • Potassium ascorbate: “The minimal requirement for potassium is thought to be between 1.6 and 2.0 g/day. Fruit and vegetables are rich sources of potassium, and a diet rich in fruit and vegetables may provide as much as 8 to 11 g/day. Acute and potentially fatal potassium toxicity (hyperkalemia) is thought to occur at a daily intake of about 18 g/day of potassium in adults. …The purest form of commercially available potassium ascorbate contains 0.175 grams (175 mg) of potassium per gram of ascorbate.”
        • Magnesium ascorbate: “(RDA) for magnesium is 400-420 mg/day for adult men and 310-320 mg/day for adult women….(UL)…should not exceed 350 mg/day”
    • Vitamin E
    • Dose: 400-800 iu (1 dose or multi) [adult: 1000-3000 IU daily].
    • Brand: Unique E d-alpha tocopherol 400 IU 1333 % (Has glycerin but no soy, if purchasing others look for non-GMO soy). Hurts my chest when I take it orally.
    • Notes: AC: take d-alpha form (NOT dl-alpha form).
    • Magnesium.
    • Dose: 73-150 mg (4x/day, total 300-600 mg) [adult: 500-1000 mg in divided doses]
    • Brand: Pure Encapsulation Magnesium Glycenate 120 mg 30% (PE purchased by Nestle in 2018)
    • Notes: I take one to three of these every night in addition to the multi-vitamin.
    • AC: Not oxide form. Mercury blocks the body from utilizing magnesium.
    • Zinc
    • 1 mg per pound of wt + 20 mg (1 dose or multi) [adult: 50-100 mg daily]
    • Brand: Metabolic Maintenance Zinc Picolinate 30 mg 200%
    • Notes: When I supplement extra zinc, I take it with evening primrose oil or black currant seed oil (GLA’s) to help with absorption. (See anxiety supplement post for detailed notes). Nausea if taken on empty stomach or wrong form for individual.

2. Optional Supplements – Many of the optional supplements are in the multivitamins I take so I do not supplement them individually: ANRC (this is the brand I use the most), EverythingSpectrum children’s multi-vitamin, and Klaire Labs Vitaspectrum powder (no longer manufactured).

  • Vitamin A
    • Dose: 5,000-10,000 iu / day.
    • Brand: May purchase Rosita Real Foods Norway extra virgin cod liver oil.
    • Notes: Currently not supplementing vitamin A individually.
  • B complex (methylated)
    • Dose: 12-25 mg /day (divided into 3 doses) [adult: equivalent to “b25” or “b50” 4x/day].
    • Brand: Thorne Research Basic B Complex Vegetarian Capsules (has Additives).
    • Brand: Pure Encapsulation B Complex Plus – 120 VegiCaps (has Asc. palmitate).
    • Notes: Currently not taking either. When I did take them, I rotated and split caps into four smaller capsules. I learned the hard way that I have to be careful with some B vitamins even though they are considered water-soluble because it is possible to overdose on them. (Read more on my other supplements here).
  • Calcium
    • Dose: 5-20 mg / lb (divided into 4 doses).
    • Food source: Vegetables and Strauss full fat Greek yogurt sometimes.
    • Notes: Supplementing calcium is controversial so I’m not taking it except a small amount in a multi-vitamin. Prefer food source. Dr. Huggin’s thought calcium does the most damage in excess.
  • Chromium
    • Dose: 100-200 mCg / day or w/every meal if blood sugar issues
    • Brand: Innate Response, 100 mCg (-silica)
    • Notes: I take this ~2/month when I eat something that gives me GI discomfort. May try picolinate form that I can take more often. Chromium can help with sugar levels.
  • Vitamin D3
    • Dose:1000 – 2000 iu / day.
    • Brand: Biotics Research Bio-D-Mulsion Forte Vitamin D — 2000 IU – 1 fl oz as cholecalciferol 1 drop = 1,000 IU 500% (sesame).
    • Brand: Rx Vitamins Physician Formulated Liqui-D3 (evoo base).
    • Brand: Thorne Research Vitamin D3 1000iu / K2 (menatetrenone) 200mcgs per 2 drops
    • Notes: I take this in the morning as it can keep me up at night if I take it too late in the day. I like liquid forms — put it right under the tongue and it absorbs into the body without having to go through the digestive tract. I also try to get in the sun for 20-30 minutes mid-day in non-winter months without sunblock. Sunshine is the best way of getting this “hormone” but I need to supplement on top of that until my tests show otherwise, especially if looking at genes. I’ve heard repeatedly that vitamin D levels should be on the upper range, like 80, for a healing crisis.
  • Vitamin K1 or K2
    • Dose: 500-1000 mCg / day.
    • Brand: Thorne Research K2 liquid 15 drops = 15 mg, 18,750%
    • Notes: I take only 1 drop of this K2 daily with 1 drop of vitamin D in the morning if not taking the combined Thorne version above. Vitamin K helps prevent calcification, especially if supplementing calcium.
  • Molybdenum
    • Dose: 5-20 mCg / lb (divided into 4 doses) [adults: ~1000 mcg/day].
    • Notes: High dose warning if chelating lead. Need to find and take? ALA is sulfury. I am still trying to understand sulphur, sulfate, sulfur

Part of sulphur metabolism produces poisonous sulphites [R-SO3] further down the chain. Sulphites are also found in many foods e.g. white wine. These must quickly be converted to non-toxic sulphates [R-SO4] by the liver. This process uses an enzyme called sulphite oxidase (SO) which requires molybdenum in its core. Often mercury substitutes itself for molybdenum rendering the enzyme useless. This is why molybdenum is one the important minerals to take while chelating, especially those with high copper as molybdenum reduces copper absorption. ALA tends to increase copper retention and molybdenum will help a lot when ALA is being used. (1)

  • Selenium
    • Rec. Dose: 1-2 mcg / lb (divided into 3 doses) [adult: 200 mcg as selenomethionine].
    • Food source: Brazil nuts.
    • Notes: Taking in multi-vitamin. Prefer food source. Started consuming one brazil nut one to a few times a week after testing indicated low-ish. Chew well until paste. I plan to soak and dehydrate them in the future to get rid of anti-nutrients.
    • AC: selenium “binds very tightly to mercury and passivates it so I did not supplement any selenium when I had amalgams and avoided it initially for approx 6 months after.
    • AC:Taking more selenium: 1. Reduces the level of “free” mercury that is bouncing around doing damage. 2. Since mercury binds very tightly to selenium it interferes with the enzyme creation (e.g. glutathione peroxidase and the enzyme which converts the thyroid hormone T4 to the more active form T3.) . Taking more selenium lets the body make more of the enzymes that require selenium.

3. Additional Supplements Based On Bio-Individual Needs

  • Adrenal Support – common for chelation to tax the adrenal glands. Not currently taking any.
  • Antifungals (See Parasite post)
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
    • Dose: Adults: 100-400 mg
    • Notes: NutrEval test showed my body had good amounts without any supplementation. Will re-test when chelating full-time.
  • Essential Fatty Acids
    • Dose: 1-3 TBS / day via fish oil, flax, [1-2 2/3 TBSP = 15-50 g] and borage oil [1-4 g].
    • Brand: Barlean’s flax oil with lignans. Looking for good quality borage oil.
    • Notes: Make sure flax oil is high quality refrigerated / not rancid. Taking first 2 weeks out of monthly cycle. Avoiding fish oil for now (See Anxiety post.) Need to understand EFA breakdown from my NutrEval test – need more DHA and EPA.
  • Herbs – like Swedish Bitters, organic herbs & greens for liver and kidney support. Never found a good brand for bitters but I eat a lot more greens and herbs
  • Milk Thistle
    • Dose: 20-80 mg (3-4 times/day) [250-750 mg silymarin 4x/day pref w/meals].
    • Notes: Supplemented split Pure Encapsulation capsules only on days when chelating.
  • Mixed carotenes, lycopene, etc.:
    • Food source: Organic fruits & vegetables?
    • Notes: Need to research
  • Hydergine
    • Dose: 10-20 mg / day
    • Notes: Need to figure out need?
  • Lithium Orotate
    • Brand: Priority One Vitamins Lithium Organic 5 mg.
    • Notes: Taking in one multivitamin and also when chelating full-time.
    • COMT (+/-) VDR Taq (-/-) individuals will be susceptible to iodine and lithium depletion as they detoxify. No dopamine precursors such as quercetin or herb macuna puriens. Diet low in tyrosine, the amino acid precursor of dopamine. (2)
    • AC: “mercury toxic people need it during chelation, especially when the hair test shows it to be low.”
  • Probiotics
  • Sulphate – Epsom salt baths – make sure sans heavy metals!

4. Supplement I take occasionally:

  • Digestive Enzymes took Integrative Therapeutics Similase on as needed basis. (The company recently added magnesium stearate so switched to a different brand.)
  • Potassium – Currently taking in my multi-vitamin. Potassium is regulated in larger doses and needs a prescription so I get it from food sources like Bieler’s Broth / Potassium Broth.
  • Riboflavin – My B complex that I used to take has vitamin B2 as Ribolfavin 5′-Phosphate Sodium 10 mg 588%. Not supplementing in capsules individually. B2 is hard to find without excipients. I would have supplemented it individually because it tested very low in my body after thallium toxicity.
  • Thiamin – currently getting in a multivitamin (B1 110 mg 7,333%). Tested very low in my body after thallium / arsenic poisoning. Hard to find individually without excipients.
  • Iodine – take food source Dulse when craving it and Kelp supplements. A lot of good info on taking Lugol’s iodine, but I have not had the time yet.
  • Bentonite Clay – binds with mercury but can dehydrate and build up in the gut. I took it on occasion with fiber like organic psyllium husk to help with motility but now just use it for face masks.

5. Supplements I avoid:

  • No Copper (see anxiety posts for more on copper toxicity)
  • No Iron (too much oxidative stress in supplement form, focusing on food forms for now).
  • No Liquid Trace Minerals (contain heavy metals. It is sometimes added to reverse osmosis water. Same with a lot of salt products.)
  • No Amino Acid Supplementation
    • Notes: Genova NutrEval test indicated my body was low in quite a few amino acids. I supplemented once but did not like how it made my head feel. Amino acids like tryptophan, 5HTP GABA help make neurotransmitters, but I think it is complex and try to give my body the food sources to work it out on its own. e.g. GABA is known to cross the blood-brain-barrier and mine is compromised by mercury toxicity.

Sourcing Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

Synthetic ALA, aka thiotic acid, is available OTC, without a prescription in the U.S. However, it is mostly sold in large doses e.g. 100-600 mg capsules.

I was advised to buy the larger capsules and split them as equally as possible by eyesight or buy ALA in bulk powder form (to avoid excipients) and a microscale or micro-scoops, size 4 (smallest) to save money over the long-run.

I purchased measuring tools and a small bag of bulk ALA — ALA looses its potency over time so not good to stock up. But it was too much work to figure out how to use the scale or trust the micro-scoops for my first few ALA rounds. Plus I could only find red micro-scoops sold in 5 packs, blue micro-scoops in a 100 pack and could not find yellow or green ones.

I continued to look and found smaller ALA capsules (5mg, 12mg, and 25mg) made without excipients from a small independent company called EverythingSpectrumA grandmother of an autistic child figured out how to do this! I found it convenient and helpful for the first few rounds of chelation in spite of the price and manufacturing origin.

EverythingSpectrum

  • Size / Price: 5 mg 60 caps $13.75, 12 mg 60 caps $14.25, 25 mg 60 caps $14.75.
  • Country origin: China, though high level of testing.
  • Other ingredients: Vegetarian capsule (hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, water) cellulose and l-leucine.
  • Notes: There was no website security so I used PayPal. Also, many supplements are often out of stock.

Two other ALA brands I may try:

NutraBio

  • Size / Price: 300 mg 150 caps $13.99 (250 g powder $32.99)
  • Country origin: US NutraBio FDA registered & inspected facility.
  • Other ingredients: None.

MRM

  • Size / Price: 100mg 60 caps from local health food store. (300 mg has fillers).
  • Country origin: ? sent email?
  • Other ingredients: Rice flour (arsenic?). Capsule made of plant cellulose.

ALA options I researched but chose not to purchase:

1. Livingsupplements.com Size / Price: 1 mg, 3 mg, 5 mg, 6.25 mg, 12.5 mg and up. Country origin: Manufactured in a GMP-certified facility using USP-grade raw materials only. Ships from South Africa, takes a few weeks. Other ingredients: 5 mg Microcrystalline cellulose (no MCC!), vegi-caps, all others have MCC, silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate & vegi-caps. This is where I would have to buy DMSA or DMPS that also have these other ingredients.
2. Kirkman Labs Size / Price: 25 mg 90 capsules $18.25 and 50 mg 90 capsules $22.25. However, Additives: Sorbitol, Natural Tropical Punch Flavoring, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Citric Acid, Natural Menthol Flavoring, Silicon Dioxide, Sucralose, Plant Cellulose Caps.
3. Purebulk.com – Country origin: China.
4. Pure Encapsulation – Country origin: China.
5. Local Compounding Pharmacy – Resells Pure Encapsulation.

 Be Gutsy!


Healing = Nutrients In + Toxins Out

1. Nutrients In

2. Toxins Out

How To Go To Sleep Earlier And Stay Asleep

Intro: Night Owl Roll Call

Quality sleep, nutrition, and reducing stress are the most important factors I can control in supporting my immune system while healing from mercury poisoning.

So I have tried to shift and extend my sleep hours by learning as much as I could about mercury’s impact on sleep.


Mercury & Sleep

“The biological clock is disturbed. Waking up late and staying up late is more common than being an ‘early bird’. Try as they might, the mercury poisoned person simply cannot control their circadian rhythm.” – Andy Cutler

Mercury is among the most toxic elements known to man. No one can avoid mercury from manufacturing pollution in the air we breath and the food we eat. And many in my generation and above have “silver” amalgam fillings put in our mouths by dentists which are made of over 50% mercury which constantly off-gasses into the body.

Mercury (and fluoride) can accumulate in the pineal gland, which can make the gland sluggish and reduce melatonin production.

To limit mercury exposure, I had the “silver” mercury fillings in my mouth holistically removed. I also continue to detox & chelate heavy metals and avoid high mercury seafood like tuna (see the EWG 2016 report).

To limit aluminum exposure, I avoid drinking fluoridated aluminum tap water and using dental products like toothpaste, floss, or mouth rinse that are “fortified” with the thyroid disruptor and marketed to us as “healthy”. Unfortunately, I still get the industrial by-product fluoride when I take shower and baths since I live in an apartment and cannot set up a whole house water filtration system.

I would like to think that my “night owl” tendencies are caused by environmental toxins — like mercury, aluminum, Electro Magnetic Radiation, and light pollution — disrupting my neurotransmitters & hormones, and not DSPD (see below).

So until I am able to finish chelating the mercury out of my brain, I am focusing primarily on addressing circadian rhythm disruptors. If you want to skip the science below, feel free to skip to ahead to my four sleep steps:

Step 1: Reset Circadian Rhythm
Step 2: Create A Sleep Sanctuary
Step 3: Set A Regular Sleep Schedule & Night Time Routine
Step 4: Stay Asleep

Otherwise, continue reading here:

  • Why Sleep Is Important For Healing.
  • Delayed Sleep-Phase Disorder (DSPD).
  • Sleep Stages.
  • Neurotransmitters, Melatonin, & Cortisol.

Importance of Sleep

Sleep is essential for basic maintenance and repair of the neurological, endocrine, immune, musculoskeletal, and digestive systems. However, until more recently, I believe sleep is one of the most overlooked and undervalued nutrients in healing and staying healthy:

  • During deep sleep, the body produces human growth hormones necessary for healing, tissue repair, and cellular regeneration.
  • The hormone melatonin naturally increases at night, which increases immune cytokine function and helps protect against infection.
  • Sleep enhances cognitive performance (including concentration, focus, learning, and memory), boosts mood & overall energy (prevents irritability, depression, and lack of motivation), and reduces cravings (especially sugar, simple carbs, and chocolate or caffeine.)
  • And, our brain shrinks and wrings out toxins during REM sleep.

Delayed Sleep-Phase Disorder (DSPD)?

In my teens and twenties, I could pull all-nighters and get by on less than six hours of sleep a night. After chronic mercury poisoning, I need eight to nine hours of sleep to function at my best. The problem is that I often find myself procrastinating going to bed.

As a proverbial night owl, my second wind still kicks in around 10 p.m. and I am extra productive. So I am conflicted hearing that I should be asleep by 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. For example, thyroid repair is said to happen between 10 p.m. – 12 a.m. & 1 – 3 a.m. But what if I go to bed later on a regular basis? Wouldn’t that just shift the healing time? Or is the adage true: “An hour before midnight is worth two”?!?

I honestly could not find answers on the science of early sleep. (If you know the original source that is quoted so factually, please let me know). I did learn that mercury is a leading cause for circadian rhythm disruption, Wi-Fi and cell tower radiation can cause insomnia, and there is actually a sleep disorder called Delayed-Sleep-Phase Disorder (DSPD) that describes the night-owling phenomenon:

Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (1)

1. People with DSPD have a sleep / wake cycle that is delayed with respect to the external day / night cycle. Their circadian rhythm, is dysregulated compared to the general population.

2. Generally, they do fall asleep around the same time every night, some hours after midnight, and can sleep well. However, they find it difficult to wake up in time for a typical school or workday. If allowed to follow their own schedules, e.g. sleeping from 3:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, their sleep is improved and they may not experience excessive daytime sleepiness.

3. Attempting to force oneself onto daytime society’s schedule has been compared to constantly living with jet lag; referred to as “social jet lag“.

4. Sleep deprivation does not reset the circadian clock, as it does with non-DSPD people. They have difficulty falling asleep before their usual sleep time, even if sleep-deprived.

5. Tends to run in families. May be associated with human period 3 (hPer3) gene.

6. May be overly sensitive to evening light.

7. Supplemental melatonin reduces sleep onset latency more with DSPD than with insomnia.


Sleep Stages

As most of us have learned, there are 5 stages of sleep. The important take away imo: repeating the different sleep stages throughout the night is optimal for healing as is waking naturally during a light sleep stage and not during deeper slow-wave stages or a REM cycle:

“Sleep starts out sequentially, but then it cycles through the stages in an out-of-sequence progression. It begins in stage 1 and progresses into stages 2, 3, and 4. After stage 4 sleep, stages 3 and then 2 are repeated before REM (stage 5) sleep begins. The body usually returns to stage 2 sleep after REM sleep is over. The first cycle of REM sleep is about 90 minutes after falling asleep and can last only a very short amount of time. With each cycle, REM sleep lasts longer.” (Natural Medicine Journal)

Here’s a bit more detail on each stage:

Normal Sleep Physiology (1)

1. Light sleep includes stages 1 and stages 2 in the sleep cycle.

Stage 1 sleep is a transition period between wakefulness and sleep and lasts only 5-10 minutes. It is characterized by mixed frequency theta waves (very slow brain waves); slow, rolling eye movements; and slightly reduced eye movement and chin electromyography (EMG).

Stage 2 lasts for approximately 20 minutes and involves mixed-frequency brain waves with rapid bursts of rhythmic brain wave activity known as sleep spindles. Body temperature starts to decrease and heart rate begins to slow.

2. Deeper slow-wave sleep includes stages 3 and 4.

Stage 3 sleep is characterized by 20%-50% slow brain waves known as delta waves. It is a transitional period between light sleep and very deep sleep.

Stage 4 has greater than 50% delta waves and is sometimes referred to as delta sleep because of the slow brain waves that occur during this time. Lasts approximately 30 minutes.

3. Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the 5th stage, is when most dreaming occurs.

Stage 5 is characterized by increased respiration rate and brain activity. REM sleep has mixed frequency EEGs with theta waves in combination with rapid eye movements and nearly absent chin EMG. REM sleep occurs approximately every 90 minutes in adults, with a predominance of slow-wave sleep in the first half of the night and a predominance of REM sleep in the second half.


Neurotransmitters, Melatonin, & Cortisol

Neurotransmitters: are chemical messengers used in the body to transmit signals. They are made from precursors like amino acids made from the food we eat. There are over 100 identified neurotransmitters. Here are a few examples: dopamine (controls pain, well-being), serotonin (relaxation, sleep, well-being), adrenaline (energy and stamina) & noradrenaline, and melatonin (sleep cycles).

a. Tryptophan a precursor to serotonin and hence melatonin, tested low on my Genova NutrEval blood test. So I am working with my holistic doctor to support this neurotransmitter pathway. I’ve shared this before, but I am not a big fan of amino acid therapy with tryptophan, 5HTP, or GABA… from a brief trial and from what I have read so am trying to do this with nutrition and herbs. I am also not interested in taking melatonin or other supplemental sleep aids.

b. Serotonin is produced by and found mostly in the gut and in smaller amounts in the brain. It helps regulate appetite, sleep, memory and learning, temperature, mood, behavior, and more.

c. Noradrenaline & SAMe: SAMe is a chemical in the body that reduces the level of noradrenaline at night. Mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium and other chemicals can bind to SAMe and make it less affective at reducing the night-time noradrenaline. To complicate this further, melatonin and serotonin come from SAMe function. ~Does my body needs supplemental SAMe?

Melatonin is considered a potent anti-oxidant that works within the central nervous system to protect against methyl mercury toxicity. As mentioned above, when the body is working well, the hormone melatonin naturally increases at night and is absent or low during the day. When melatonin increases, immune cytokine function increases. Immune cytokines help protect against infection and mercury toxicity.

For those who like to geek out like me, here is the science on how melatonin is made using tryptophan and the serotonin pathway:

Melatonin  (2)

Melatonin, chemically N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamin, is a hormone that anticipates the daily onset of darkness. It is synthesized from the essential amino acid tryptophan in four enzymatic steps and follows the serotonin pathway:

L-tryptophan is converted to 5-hydroxy-L-tryptophan (5-HTP).
5-HTP is then decarboxylated (CO2 removal) by the enzyme 5-hydroxytryptophan decarboxylase to produce serotonin.
• In darkness, the key enzyme, aralkylamine N-acetyltransferase (AANAT) is activated and converts serotonin to N-acetyl serotonin.
N-acetyl serotonin is ultimately converted to melatonin by the enzyme acetylserotonin O-methyltransferase.

Cortisol: is the primary stress-response hormone. It is needed for true fight or flight situations. And also at low levels for improving memory. But at chronic levels, high cortisol can lead to a cascade of problems such as insulin resistance, melatonin deficiencies, and sex hormone depletion.

Cortisol should be higher in the morning and lower in the evening, when melatonin is higher for sleep. Too much cortisol may prevent the right amount of melatonin from being made. Which is why high cortisol levels at night, instead of very low, may keep one up too late with a “second wind.”

Cortisol plays an important role in maintaining blood sugar (glucose) levels around the clock. Stress and sugar consumption raise blood sugar and cortisol, which can then affect melatonin and sleep. So not stressing and stabilizing blood sugar levels are key to improving cortisol and melatonin levels. (Unfortunately, mercury contributes to yeast overgrowth which causes sugar cravings so I have had to work extra on controlling blood sugar levels.)

I took Sanesco / NeuroLab’s Adrenal Hormones Profile test which measured salivary cortisol 4x/day and DHEA 2x/day. The results were within normal ranges.


Next

Once I understood the basic science of sleep, I took these action steps to get to sleep earlier and stay asleep:

  1. Step 1: Reset Circadian Rhythm
  2. Step 2: Create A Sleep Sanctuary
  3. Step 3: Set A Regular Sleep Schedule & Night Time Routine
  4. Step 4: Stay Asleep

How To Go To Sleep Earlier And Stay Asleep | Reset Circadian Rhythm

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Intro: Sleep Training For Night Owls

Do not reproduce without written permission.Step 1: Reset Circadian Rhythm

At a high level, circadian rhythm is our biological rhythm which is controlled by an internal biological clock. The primary function is regulation of day-night cycles based on photosensitive cues, like light. It affects, and is affected, by things like sleep timing, body temperature, hormone secretion, alertness, and appetite. (1)

Additionally, our biological rhythm can be disrupted or influenced by external or environmental cues like heavy metals, radiation, food, and stress. In my case, I believe my body’s rhythm has also been disrupted by mercury + wireless radiation, which dampens the pineal gland and melatonin / serotonin pathway and more.

So while I am chelating mercury out of my brain, I have adopted five natural lifestyle changes to reset my circadian rhythm and get to sleep earlier:

  • Reduce Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR).
  • Eliminate Light Pollution.
  • Enhanced Nutrition.
  • MindBody Wellness.
  • Exercise During The Day.

1. Reduce Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) / Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF)

In a nutshell, EMR is anything electrical — wired & wireless. It causes stress to the body and interferes with sleep, including hormonal changes in melatonin.

Because most of us spend up to ten hours a night resting and sleeping in bed (on average, over 1/3 of our lives), I have tried to eliminate all forms of EMR in the bedroom to allow my body to rest better.

Four main types of EMR that I have been researching that may be impacting my sleep are:

1. Radio Frequency (RF) radiation: from cell towers, Wi-Fi, cell phones, wireless computers, tablets, DECT cordless phones, baby monitors, etc..
2. Magnetic Fields (MF): from electrical sources like high voltage power lines, transformers on the street, electric blankets, and appliances with transformers like clock radios, laptop plugs, or power cables often placed under the bed.
3. Electronic Fields (EF) like wiring in the wall and incorrect wiring, and
4. Dirty Electricity (EMI) from sources like dimmer switches, CFLs, and solar inverters.

I live in a city apartment, so there are a lot of things out of my control like PG&E digital smart meters, neighbor’s wi-fi, Comcast wi-fi hotspots, and cell towers,…(Put in your address on the latter two links and see what lights up.)

However, there are plenty of things that are in my control. Like removing all wireless devices from the bedroom and unplugging electronic gadgets and lights. (More in the next post.)


Circadian Rhythm (2)

• The biological “circadian clock” is located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN).
• The SCN is a pair of distinct groups of cells located in the hypothalamus.
• The SCN receives information about illumination through the eyes.
• The retina of the eye contains photoreceptors, which are used for conventional vision. But the retina also contains specialized ganglion cells that are directly photosensitive, and project directly to the SCN, where they help in the entrainment (synchronization) of this master circadian clock.
• These cells contain the photopigment melanopsin. Their signals follow the retinohypothalamic tract pathway, leading to the SCN.
• The SCN takes the info on the lengths of the day and night from the retina, interprets it, and passes it on to the pineal gland, located on the epithalamus.
• In response, the pineal secretes the hormone melatonin. Secretion peaks at night and is absent from the system or undetectably low during daytime.

2. Eliminate Light Pollution

Artificial light disrupts circadian rhythm and throws off sleep. A single pulse of artificial light at night disrupts the circadian mode of cell division. And compact fluorescent light bulbs have a high frequency flicker that cannot be observed by the human mind. (CFLs also contain mercury.) so I am using light and dark therapy to fall asleep earlier:

a. Light Therapy: promotes a normal sleep-wake schedule by aligning circadian rhythm with nature’s daily light-dark cycle.

To increase exposure to natural light during the daytime:

  • Opening shades upon rising.
  • Walking outside in the morning for sunlight exposure. Or,
  • Using blue light phototherapy on dark cloudy days. Blue light lamps are sometimes used during the winter time to trick the mind into thinking it is experiencing more daylight and prevent depression from Seasonal Affect Disorder (S.A.D.).

b. Darkness Therapy: inversely, if blue light makes the mind think it is daytime and suppresses melatonin production, avoiding it at night-time logically follows. A dark bedroom helps the body produce melatonin and helps ensure production is not decreased or eliminated.

Before heading into the bedroom at night, I avoid blue light in the hours before bedtime by:

  • Turning off the television, computer, and lights with blue when the sun sets.
  • Wearing my super-non-sexy amber-colored blue-blocking glasses that filter out blue light if I need to make an exception. These were the least expensive option and I got what I paid for — they rest on my cheeks and look silly, but they work. In hindsight, I would pay a little more for these glasses since I don’t have a big nose bridge.
  • I have not tried them but have heard programs like Redshift or f.lux adjust colors on computers & screens in the evening. Note: they do not claim to eliminate blue light.

3. Sleep Related Nutrition

What we ingests and when we ingest it affects hormones and sleep. (I share much more about the gut & nutrition here.) As for specifics around food and sleeping early:

a. Insulin levels: stabilizing blood sugar levels is key to improving cortisol levels. As mentioned in the intro post, cortisol, the primary stress-response hormone, is produced by the adrenal glands and plays an important role in maintaining blood sugar (glucose) levels around the clock. High cortisol levels at night, may keep one up too late with a “second wind” so what we eat and when is important for sleep.

I already incorporated plenty of healthy fats and eliminated gluten, processed sugar, and most dairy when I switched to a WAPF / Paleo diet. In addition, I took several salivary one-day (4-sample) home saliva tests and the results were within normal ranges so not focusing on this now.

b. Timing: since digestion requires energy and raises cortisol levels, avoiding large meals before bedtime can be helpful. I have always liked the adage, “eat like a queen for breakfast, a princess for lunch and a pauper for dinner”. It does not always work out, but my ideal set-up is:

  • Eat protein and healthy fat within 45 minutes of waking.
  • Lunch and snack when I am hungry.
  • Finish a smaller portioned dinner by 6 p.m.
  • Limit fluid intake in the evening to prevent sleep interruptions, which means front-loading water in the morning and afternoon.

c. Caffeine: avoiding stimulants before bedtime is a no-brainer. I am not a coffee consumer, but the few times I have had caffeine in this form, it took hours to fall asleep. Chocolate, however, was my weakness. Supplemental magnesium can help minimize chocolate cravings especially around that time of the month for gals.


4. MindBody Wellness

A ruminating mind that stresses about things like work & relationships can make it difficult to fall asleep. In my case, I believe toxins like mercury disrupted my GABA pathway and made it difficult to shut off my thoughts.

Before I knew tablets and wi-fi had EMR & light pollution, I would listen to music or watch a bedtime story on an iPad before going to bed to try and distract my brain.

Then I switched to the following strategies, in lieu of an iPad:

  • Limit thinking, worrying, or emotionally upsetting thoughts before bed, and in general. I like what Dr. Amen says: Stomp out the ANTs! (Automatic Negative Thoughts). Or when possible, proactively decide not to stress.
  • Ask others to share stimulating conversations earlier in the day.
  • No blogging, praying, or reading that stimulate my mind before bed.
  • Weened myself off social media.
  • Fill my thoughts with laughter & comedies, and calm my mind with yoga & meditation.
  • Also tried talk therapy a few times — did not work for me.
  • Researched neurotransmitter support aka amino acid supplementation — decided not to supplement as it seemed more like a band-aid, not a root-cause fix in my case.

The good news is now that I no longer have mercury flooding in or extremely high amounts of Wi-Fi radiation in my bedroom I fall asleep with minimal effort.


5. Exercise

Here are a few things I have learned about exercise, mercury, and sleep:

  • Exercise is known to improve sleep quality. For example, exercise can help build up adenosine in the brain (an end-product of breaking down ATP/energy source) which creates “sleep pressure”.
  • Mercury sits on the same cell receptor site as oxygen, so exercise may bring more oxygen into the body and brain and improve sleep.
  • Over-exercising can raise cortisol and stress the body so individualized quality exercise is key.
  • Exercise can be stimulating at night so it may be better to do it in the morning or daytime.

Next
Step 2: Create A Sleep Sanctuary
Step 3: Set A Regular Sleep Schedule & Night Time Routine
Step 4: Stay Asleep

Electro Magnetic Radiation: Why I No Longer Use A Cell Phone, Tablet, And Wi-Fi

Thank You For Not Radiating

I rarely use a cell phone today. If you told me I would be writing this a few years back, I would not have believed it myself.

I love technology and the convenience, and efficiency that come along with it. But when my body hit its toxic load a few years ago, it could not handle any additional toxic burdens. At the time, I did not know my body had mercury poisoning galvanized by RF radiation from a very powerful cell tower with four antennas placed less than 200 feet from my home.

In this post, I share a few key lessons I learned that helped me understand the complex topic in order to avoid or reduce symptoms like brain fog, headaches, and fatigue caused by every day radiation:

  • Is Cell Phone Radiation Like Second Hand Smoke?
  • What Is Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR)?
  • Simple Steps For Avoiding or Eliminating EMR

Is Cell Phone Radiation Like Second Hand Smoke?

Most of us have cell phones. But what most of us do not know is that cell phones may be carcinogenic:

The World Health Organization classified radio-frequency EMF as a Class 2B probable carcinogen in 2011.

And not just to the cell phone user. Six years ago, I read the article quoted below. If you click on the link you will see the photo of a cell phone next to a cigarette pack. Just as non-smokers breath in secondhand smoke and take in nicotine and toxic chemicals, anyone within ~15 feet of a cell phone is radiated. What is more alarming is the potential impact of the cell phone on the user:

Warning: Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Earlier this winter, I met an investment banker who was diagnosed with a brain tumor five years ago…. He explained that the tumor was located just behind his right ear and was not immediately fatal—the five-year survival rate is about 70 percent. He was 35 years old at the time of his diagnosis and immediately suspected it was the result of his intense cell-phone usage…When Jim asked his neurosurgeon, who was on the staff of a major medical center in Manhattan, about the possibility of a cell-phone-induced tumor, the doctor responded that in fact he was seeing more and more of such cases—young, relatively healthy businessmen who had long used their phones obsessively…A handful of Jim’s colleagues had already died from brain cancer; the more reports he encountered of young finance guys developing tumors, the more certain he felt that it wasn’t a coincidence. “I knew four or five people just at my firm who got tumors,” (2)

If that’s not enough to give one pause for thought, recently, the NIH study confirmed the connection with cell phone use and brain tumors:

Cell Phone Radiation Boosts Cancer Rates in Animals; $25 Million NTP Study Finds Brain Tumors U.S. Government Expected To Advise Public of Health Risk

So the next question is, what is it about cell phones that makes them a possible cancer-causing toxin? The short answer is that cell phones emit electromagnetic radiation and that radiation damages all living cells.


What Is Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR)?

EMR (a.k.a. EMF) is radiant energy released from anything electrical. The radiation can stress or damage DNA in all living cells, including those in humans, animals, and plants. The damage is based upon the radiation’s proximity, power, and frequency.

Here is another way to think about it: Water containing minerals can conduct electrical energy. The human body is approximately 3/4 mineralized water and therefore collects & conducts electrical frequencies. That is why, for example, x-rays and EKG’s (electrocardiograms) are used in hospitals to measure what is happening within the human body.

The problem is that we are now living in a technologically advanced world where it is almost impossible to avoid the damaging electrical frequencies from cell phones, cell towers, and wi-fi. And while most of us are too busy or do not understand how the invisible and silent radiation is harming us, there are plenty of non-industry funded scientific studies that say otherwise.  (See the Bioinitiative report for more scientific info.)

For simplicity, there are four types of EMR exposure that were important for me to understand in order to gain back my health:

  1. Radio-frequency (RF) radiation: Radiation emitted from cell towers, wi-fi modems / routers, and wireless devices such as cell phones, computers, tablets, and DECT cordless phones.
  2. AC Magnetic Fields (MF): Electrical sources like high voltage power lines, transformers on the street, cell phones, tablets, laptops, electric blankets, and appliances with transformers like clock radios, laptop plugs, or power cables.
  3. AC Electronic Fields (EF) like wiring in the wall.
  4. Dirty Electricity (EMI) from sources like dimmer switches, CFLs, and solar inverters. All of these types of electro-pollution can damage cells and cause environmental illness (EI).

It took me a while to understand each type of EMR and keep them straight. Learning how to measure EMR with different meters (see below) helps as does trying different ways to shield and avoid radiation. But to be honest, until one is forced to avoid radiation due to symptoms, it might seem untrue, foreign, or not worth the time. All I can say is that I wish I had known that taking a few simple steps could have prevented me from hitting my radiation toxic-load. I share some of those steps here.


Tips For Avoiding or Reducing EMR

Tip #1: Keep cell phone use to a minimum

  • Keep the cell phone on airplane mode. Cell phones on standby mode still emit strong radiation intermittently.
  • Turn call forwarding on the cell phone and route calls to a corded land line when at home. (Text messages do not forward so I use Google Voice on my wired desktop.)
  • For special situations, turn airplane mode off AND then turn bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular data off. Phone calls and text messages work with less radiation, but the internet and most apps will not work unless cellular data is turned on.
  • Use the speaker phone with the phone at a distance or a corded air tube headset instead of wired headsets, wireless headsets, and bluetooth.
  • Follow safety guidelines when using a cell phone. e.g. Use the cell phone in areas with good reception (aka full bars) and avoid using blue tooth and cell phones in the car, elevator, or metal stairwells. RF can create reflections and bounce around inside the metal enclosures.

Tip #2: Create A Sleep Sanctuary and Wire The Home

  • Sleeping in an EMR-free environment is one of the most important things I did for healing and recovery. Read how to create a sleep sanctuary here.
  • If Wi-Fi routers must be used instead of ethernet wires:
    • Turn the router off when sleeping or not in use
    • Turn down the transmission
    • Comcast customers can call and ask them to turn off the Hot Spot
  • Turn off all wireless devices, bluetooth, and Wi-Fi or put on airplane mode.
  • Opt out of electric “Smart Meters” and avoid “smart” devices like home thermostats, security systems, TVs, Google Home, Amazon Eco, Sonos, smart watches, fitness watches, etc…
  • Replace cordless “DECT” phones
  • Ditch the microwave oven
  • Use infrared remotes over RF remotes for the tv, shades…
  • Unplug appliances when not in use
    • Exception 1: refrigerator — since this cannot be unplugged without effecting food, try not to stand next to it for long and do not have a bed behind it in an adjacent room.
    • Exception 2: oven — stand at an angle when cooking on an electric stove. And with any stove, keep a safe distance from the control panel and clock if at waist level.

Tip #3: Limit flying, driving and outside exposure

  • Cell towers / antennas line the freeways and emit high amounts of RF.
  • Avoid electric cars or measure the EMR to make sure it is not too high.
    • I have heard hybrid vehicles emit more EMR than non-hybrid vehicles. However, 1) I do not feel EMR discomfort in my hybrid, 2) My certified electrician and EMR specialist drives the same make and model hybrid, and 3) I have yet to find a video or study measuring EMR pollution in a hybrid.
  • Avoid going to the mall, sitting in coffee-shops, movie theaters, large public gatherings, or other venues with strong Wi-Fi or cell towers, balanced equally with enjoying life.

Appendix

From my research, I found it helpful to know that some governments outside of the U.S. are more advanced in addressing radiation exposure limits. For example, in France, Wi-Fi has been removed from public schools. Several families have sued and won against telecom corporations and their radiating cell towers. In the U.S., the FCC has passed laws (i.e. The 1996 Telecom Act), that make it illegal for anyone to sue Telecom companies on the basis of environmental effects from cell towers. (This has somehow been translated as health effects?) I suggest doing your own research. To help, I’ve listed a few links below as a starting point:

Helpful Meters
1. Radio Frequency ~$346 + S&H: Currently using the Accoustimeter from SLT.co. Will add link.
2. Magnetic Fields ~$299.95 + S&H: Switchable Single Axis And 3-Axis Gaussmeter
3. Electric Fields ~$159.95 + S&H: Line Noise Meter
4. Dirty Electricity: Greenwave (also sold under Alpha Labs). Will add link soon.

Resource Links
bioinitiative.org
electromagnetichealth.org
emrsavvy.com
emfanalysis.com
emfcenter.com
healthandenvironment.org
microwavenews.com
report: Electromagnetic Radiation Hypersensitivity 

Videos Worth Watching
1. TakeBackYourPower.Net
2. Ted X Talk by a Bay Area engineer (only 16 minutes long and a great primer)

3. CBC Marketplace Video “The secret inside your cellphone”. 22 minute investigation on cellphone radiation asking 1. Are cell phones safe and 2. do consumers have enough information on how to use cell phones safely?

Electro Magnetic Radiation (EMR): Setting Up A Home Office Without Wi-Fi

Get Wired!

GetWiredBG

Did you eliminate hardwire cables for the convenience and aesthetics of wireless? And did you ditch your home landline when you realized that owning a cell phone made paying for two lines redundant? Like most people, I did too.

However, if you’ve read my other posts on How to Get to Sleep Earlier or Why I No Longer Use a Cell Phone, you know that I have given up Electromagnetic radiation (EMR) to reduce radiation exposure and symptoms. In my case, less fatigue, brain fog, and headaches have made the time it took to research, modify my home, and change my habits worth the effort.

For those wanting to get wired, this is where I share products I personally use to reduce radiation in my home office:

I. Hard-wiring the home office
II. Wired telephone service


I. Hard-wiring The Home Office

ModemRouter © BeGutsy.com

Obihai VOIP, Surfboard Modem, & Netgear Router

A. Internet Access – typically a modem and router are needed to access the internet. Sometimes these devices come combined in one device. And sometimes only a router is needed, like in modern condos with built-in wiring.

  1. Set up – in my case, I use a separate modem and router (NETGEAR N750) that are compatible with my internet service provider, Comcast, with the following set up:

2. Benefits this router has a button on the front right corner to turn off Wi-Fi functionality so no Radio Frequency (RF) radiation is emitted. Here are additional benefits:

  • Faster internet speed. (Gamers often use ethernet cables for this reason).
  • Better security.
  • Reduced long-term expenses: It costs $10/month to rent the modem / router device from my internet provider. After around fifteen months my modem and router were paid off.
  • Your personal modem & router cannot be used as a “hotspot” for other Comcast users.

However, if you still prefer to rent a combo modem and router from Comcast, ask Comcast to  disable your xfinitywifi public hotspot by following the directions below or calling an agent 800-934-6489.

  • Comcast says the hotspot can be re-enabled if the modem is reset due to a power outage, IP address changes, or system refresh, etc. so it is not possible to permanently opt-out.
  • I’ve heard that they don’t always disconnect the hotspot when requested. Look at available Wi-Fi connections on your computer or “smart” phone before calling to see what hotspots are available and make sure after calling (they say it can take up to 24 hours) that the specific hotspot is no longer listed.
  • Another way to check for local Xfinity hotspots can be found on Comcast’s map, however I do not believe all hotspots are listed there.
  • I have heard that AT&T does not have the option for customers to disconnect their hotspots if using their rented devices.

How to Turn XFINITY WiFi Home Hotspot Off – My Account Help

In addition to your private WiFi network, select Comcast-provided wireless gateways broadcast a public hotspot called xfinitywifi that extends the XFINITY WiFi network into your home, allowing any XFINITY Internet subscriber to connect to it there.

We encourage you to keep the XFINITY WiFi Home Hotspot feature enabled, as it allows more people to enjoy the benefits of XFINITY WiFi.

This xfinitywifi WiFi signal is completely separate from your private XFINITY WiFi home network and won’t slow down your home broadband connection.

To learn how to enable or disable your XFINITY WiFi Home Hotspot, please read the instructions below.

Disable the XFINITY WiFi Home Hotspot Feature in My Account

  1. Go to https://customer.xfinity.com/#/settings/security/hotspot.
  2. Sign in to your account using your XFINITY username and password.
  3. Click Turn Off to disable your public hotspot. (Note: Your default hotspot status is enabled.)
    Home Hotspot Turn on or Turn off screen
  4. Confirm your selection.
    Hotspot confirmation pop up.
  5. A confirmation message will appear.
    Hotspot confirmation screen

Note: If you are presented with information about XFINITY WiFi but do not see the option to Turn On or Turn Off, you have a device that is not eligible for the feature and is not broadcasting a public hotspot signal. To learn more about the home hotspot feature, to find a hotspot near you, or to download the XFINITY WiFi Hotspots app, visit xfinity.com/wifi.

3. Alternative Solutions – if you cannot replace your existing modem & router, or if Wi-Fi must be on during non-sleep hours

a. turn the router off at night when sleeping with one of the following:

b. turn down the RF transmission to 25%, 50% or 75% if possible (log in to the router’s manufacturer website as you would to initially set the router up).

c. If it’s not possible to turn down the router transmission:

  • Place the router in room farther away
  • Place the router in a metal media cabinet
  • Purchase a router guard and place the router inside

B. Ergonomic Desk With Less EMR – in addition to reducing the radiation from RF, it was important to reduce the radiation exposure from Electric Fields (EF) and Magnetic Fields (MF)

  1. Computer, Keyboard & Mouse – Using an external wired keyboard and wired mouse creates distance from a computer or laptop and prevents EF & MF from flowing directly into the body. For that reason, I never use a laptop on my lap either.
  • In order to do this, I purchased a desk clamp with an extension for the laptop and separate monitor (see photo above) creates more desktop space and makes it possible to add an external wired keyboard.
  • Move all power-strips, plugs with attached transformers, and the lamp as far from the body, legs and feet as possible.

2. Printer – most printers with Wi-Fi emit radiation when turned on and in standby mode or just simply plugged in and not powered on. (Same for gaming consoles).

  • An ethernet cable can be used to connect the printer and computer, but Wi-Fi RF radiation may still be emitted. A RF meter can be used to verify.

3. Tablets – it is possible to use an ethernet wire adaptor with a tablet, iPhone, and some newer android phones in airplane mode without Wi-Fi. The devices will still emit EF & MF so it would be best to use a stand in lieu of holding the device while using it.

  • I personally use a wired computers for 99% of my digital work and do not use a tablet except to play downloaded videos or music from a distance.
  • I did purchase a 6″ Kindle for reading books. That Kindle is the only model I know of that does not emit measurable amounts of EMF / RF when used in airplane mode.

4. Wired Telephone – my main criteria for the wired telephone was the ability to plug in an external headset, volume control, speaker phone, and no electrical source required (except batteries for the caller ID).

Ultra Low EMF TelephoneHeadset ExtensionStereo Air Tube Headset


II. Wired Telephone Services

There are several telephone services I explored when I stopped using my cell phone at home:  Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) service and traditional copper landline service.

With these options there is no charge for me to forward cell phone calls to my landline phone number. That enables me to turn my cell phone on airplane mode when at home and still receive phone calls.

Text messages cannot be forwarded unless an app is used, so I work around this by texting from my computer using a Google Voice number.

Option 1: Obihai VOIP Device + Google Voice (GV) Number:  Obihai OBi202 device for two lines (or an OBi101 with one line) and my existing GV number.

1. Upside

  • One time cost for VOIP device.
  • GV can ring to multiple devices at the same time, including my cell phone, land line phone, and desktop computer. 3. Minus the cost of privacy, GV is free to use.
  • Voicemail and text messages are accessible once logged in to Google.com/Voice on the computer. Both can be forwarded to a google email account as well.

2. Downside

  • Router must always be on.
  • No home telephone service if the internet goes down.
  • EF can travel from the Obihai, through the telephone wire, to the telephone. To address this I connected  a USB grounding cable wire from the Obihai to the surge-protected power strip.
  • Obihai (or Google Voice) drops calls a few times a month and needs to be rebooted by unplugging the power source briefly and plugging it back in.
  • The first time I tried to port a number from a different google email account, it did not go through correctly and there is no live customer service.

3. Notes

  • Obihai is well integrated with Google Voice. In 2014 there was concern that GV was dropping Obihai integration. Reviews discussed this issue quite a bit. It did not happen, and if it does in the future, using this option was less expensive than having a copper wired service for two months.
  • It is easier if you just use a Google Voice number and not a separate cell phone number. However, I did not want to have to give a new phone number out so my immediate circle knows to call, email, or text my Google Voice number since I do not check text messages on my cell phone often.
  • Update: Google Voice was updated in 02/2017 to allow for group text messaging and photos. Yay!
  • Google Voice can be used without a VOIP device or corded landline telephone. Just purchase a USB headset and mic for your computer or just use the computer mic. However, the computer must always be on / not on sleep mode to receive incoming calls.

4. Set Up

  • Shielded cat 7 cable to connect the Obihai device into to a router / broadband connection
  • USB grounding cable to connect the Obihai to an electrical outlet or surge protector. (Purchased from my local EMF electrician.)
  • Shielded telephone line cord  to connect the Obihai device and corded telephone.
  • Register with the ObiTALK portal, add OBi device and use the configuration wizard to set-up the OBi with your Gmail username + password, and start making calls! (May need to sign-in to Google Voice – select “Settings” link in the upper right corner of the window and then choose “Voice Settings.” On the “Phones” tab, check the box next to the “Forwards to: Google Chat.”)
  • *For more detailed information and latest updates, please see Obihai and Google Voice

Option 2: Copper Wire / Fiber-Optics

I also re-activated my home phone number on a copper wire land line telephone with a local service provider. Telephone jacks were previously wired into my apartment so all I had to do was have AT&T send a technician to make sure the wires were still connected in the media room to their external hub. Unfortunately, in newer homes and condos, copper wire options are not always available.

1. Upside

  • No VOIP device needed.
  • Do not have to leave the router on to use it.
  • The phone line works even if the electricity, internet, or cable goes down.

2. Downside

  • Cost: AT&T in my area ranges from $50-70 / month. To compensate for the expense, I reduced my cell phone data plan by almost the same amount when I used this option.
  • Activation appointment needed

3. Notes

  • AT&T has a policy named “2020” that states that they will phase out their copper networks or legacy systems, in 2020
  • Frontier has submitted an application for the acquisition of Verizon’s landline network that will be voted on by the end of 2015
  • Sonic – a Bay Area Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) company has been replacing AT&T copper wires with fiber optic wires. Sonic provides internet service using fiber optic cables / copper wires plus free landline telephone service with voicemail. I do not have the option of using Sonic, but I would if I could.

Option 3: Cable VOIP (I did not try this option.)

1. Upside

  • May be less expensive than a copper wire landline service
  • Easy to add this service to an existing internet / cable service provider for a monthly fee

2. Downside

  • Cost
  • Will only work if the internet is working

Review: The Bellicon Rebounder For Detoxing

Bellicon Rebounder BeGutsy.com

Rebounding To Detox Heavy Metals

As a gymnast, my most favorite apparatus was the long tumbling trampoline. I loved doing tumbling passes, flips, and jumps with the added bounce. So when I learned that mercury was dampening my lymphatic system, I knew that rebounding would be a great addition to my detox protocol.

Before I share which rebounder I purchased, how I use it, and when I do not use it, here is a brief look at how the lymphatic system works from Bellicon’s website:

The “lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels and organs that recycles body fluid, in the form of “lymph,” as it targets and removes invading bacteria, viruses and waste. It accomplishes this by moving the thick lymph fluid through a filtering process, including passing it through lymph “nodes” to remove impurities and to allow specialized cells, called “lymphocytes,” the opportunity to attack any harmful organisms… When your lymphatic system becomes sluggish, unhealthy or fails, you become vulnerable to a wide variety of illnesses and health problems.

Our lymphatic system has no pump to circulate its fluid. It depends on enough body motion, gravity, and muscular contraction to do the job, which our normal, daily activities rarely provide. 10,000 years ago, our ancestors were chasing herds, foraging for food and providing more than enough movement to keep their lymph systems healthy. Today, we go from our beds to our cars to sitting in front of computer screens… and our lymph fluids sit, too.” 


Choosing A Rebounder

There are a plethora of rebounders, a.k.a. mini-trampolines, on the market (thankfully not as many as saunas!)

In order to make the best choice for my situation, I created a list of criteria to help with the decision process:

  • Is the bouncing low-impact? (i.e. will my knees hurt using it?)
  • Is the rebounder noiseless?
  • Where is the rebounder made?
  • Are the parts chemically safe?
  • How much does the rebounder cost?(Dollar value, durability, good value?)

I looked at many options, but narrowed the list down to three:

Option 1: I briefly considered purchasing the least expensive option, called the Stamina for around $40 as a starter rebounder that I could give away if rebounding did not feel right.  However, I knew that the steel springs would bother my temporary joint / ligament knee pains from heavy metal poisoning and that it would be on the louder side.

Option 2: The 39″ Jumpsport was the second best option, however, reviews said it was not noiseless and it is made in China.

Option 3: The Bellicon hit all of my criteria except price. The Bellicon rebounder was around $200-$250 more than the similar 44″ Jumpsport with elastic cords.

In the middle of a healing crisis, it can be difficult to research and purchase anything, especially with doctor visits, tests and other numerous expenses. At the same time, I am a big believer in “you get what you pay for” so I knew that investing once in a well-made rebounder would be a good value IF I actually used it.

Fortunately, there was a fitness studio down the street that gives free Bellicon trials (in trade for purchase referrals). There is nothing like actually trying before buying so I very much appreciated the thoughtfulness in both companies for providing the unique trial opportunity. I took my SO along to make sure he thought it was a good purchase. We both gave it a thumbs up!


Purchasing A Bellicon Rebounder

Given space and budget constraints, I chose the Classic 44” Bellicon with folding legs, strong bungee strength, black bungees, and a pink mat (just like the photo above).

1. Rebounder Model: Classic $499 | Premium $899

~The Classic frame is steel coated with black powder-coated finish. The Premium made with stainless steel makes it largely anti-septic and the “high-tech inner thread where the legs meet the frame, makes the join firmer and more durable” (For those without space & money constraints, I would have purchased the 49” Premium Stainless Steel model with screw in legs, silver bungees, and a black-grey mat. A splurge at almost a grand $!)

2. Frame Size: 39” | 44” +$100 | 49” +$200

~Frame sizes should fit the person and the space (the inches reflect the diameter of the frame). The 44” was the most purchased size option and so I went with it. I imagine the 39” works just as well at $100 savings, but I have not done more cardio type rebounding which may be easier on a larger frame.

3. Leg Option: Screw-in legs | Fold-up legs +$50

~I chose the folding-legs so I could easily store the rebounder if needed. They are very easy to use, however, they make a VERY slight noise when jumping because the join is not as firm as the screw-in legs. If I had to buy it again, I would save the $50 and opt for the standard screw-in legs that Bellicon says takes less than two minutes to remove and less than four to attach.

4. Bungee Strength: Soft | Medium | Strong (110-200 lbs) | X-Strong | Ultra.

~For the most part, this is based on a person’s weight. (See Bellicon website for info on specific health conditions like osteoporosis.)

5. Bungee Color: Orange | Neon green | Pink | Silver | Black | Blue | Alternating.

~The colored bungees made me dizzy looking at them on the website so I went for black.

6. Mat Color : Black-orange | Black-green | Black-pink | Blue-orange |Black-grey | Black-blue.

~I love color and am happy when I see the pink ring on my rebounder. The ring is a raised layer of fabric so you can feel the edge with your feet, but a bright color makes it easier to see the edge of the jumping surface as well if you need it.

7. Price/Shipping: $729.00 Subtotal + $95.00 Shipping & Handling -$25.00 Discount = $799.00 Grand Total (Incl.Tax)

~Bellicon has had sales on major holidays and lower or sometimes free shipping options in the U.S.

Note: I list info as a reference, but please get up-to-date options and prices on the Bellicon website. And of course, work with your doctor and research your specific contraindications.


Final Thoughts

I have no regrets from this one wellness splurge — the Bellicon rebounder is easy on my knees, noiseless, made in Germany, and chemically safe. It is also easy to set up and most importantly, has held up extremely well with daily use.

  • The bungees are far superior on the joints compared to spring trampolines.
  • There is virtually no noise when bouncing on the rebounder.
  • The company says they use environmentally safe materials made in Germany and assembled in the USA.
  • I did not experience off-gassing effects or smells when I unpacked it, which was important since I need to avoid additional toxic exposure.
  • And there is really no set-up — just open the box, take the rebounder out of the plastic bag, and unfold or affix the legs. (Note: My shipping box had some holes in it resulting in several scrapes on the Bellicon frame so it is a good idea to check for shipping damages.)

How I Rebound

To be perfectly honest, I don’t have much energy for exercising these days. For one reason, mercury sits on the oxygen receptors which causes fatigue. So cardio is out of the question, as well as some of my long-time favorite workouts like yoga and Pilates. Rebounding is the one exception. It is a gentle form of getting oxygen in my body, stimulating my lymphatic system, and bringing out happy endorphins!

1. Before I start, I turn my sauna on to heat it up.

2. I don’t drink water before to prevent water from sloshing around my belly and putting pressure on my bladder (fyi: I read that incontinence is possible for women who have conceived but that in the long-run rebounding can help strengthen the bladder.)

3. Sometimes I dry skin brush.

4. I wear comfortable loose organic cotton clothes and non-slip Exersocks so the mat stays clean.

5. I like using the DVD that came with my rebounder. I follow the 20-minute beginning routine without having to think. I look outside my window at the bay, the sky, and the trees, and hummingbirds and bounce.

6. After, jumping, I hop in the sauna and drink two glasses of warm water.

7. I keep the rebounder covered when not in use so it does not get dusty. This is not recommended by the manufacturer, but I am not concerned about anyone tripping on it and I use it more because all I have to do is take off the cover and start bouncing.


When I Do Not Rebound

1. When I first received the rebounder I tried it a few times. I enjoyed bouncing but then felt terrible afterwards — similar to when I ate cilantro before I had my silver amalgams removed. I learned that rebounding with amalgams releases more mercury into the lymphatic system and should be avoided. So I stopped rebounding until after holistic amalgam removal.

2. When my body had a thallium poisoning and then mold toxicity my knees felt inflamed so I did not jump as high as normal and even took a break.

3. During herbal cleansing I was knocked off my feet for a few weeks.

Other than that, I LOVE Bouncing! Hope you will too!!

Be Gutsy!

P.S. The best thing about rebounding is that the trampoline does not need any electricity to run like other exercise equipment. Super important when trying to avoid electromagnetic radiation!!


Healing = Nutrients In + Toxins Out

1. Nutrients In

2. Toxins Out

Holistic Mercury Amalgam Removal a.k.a. Total Dental Revision (TDR)

Mercury Poisoning

Mercury is one of the most toxic naturally occurring substances known to humans.

Mercury is toxic because it can invade every single in the body and brain and damage the mitochondria. It interferes with how minerals are used (or not used) in the body. And it disrupts the endocrine system as it is a xenoestrogen (mimics estrogen in the body).

Mercury is a cumulative poison, meaning that it accumulates in the body over time. As it accumulates health can decline and manifest as different symptoms often equated with aging. When the body reaches its maximum accumulation level, the body will become impaired and the minor symptoms will become severe. From what I have learned, sometimes this shows up with aging like with Alzheimer’s, and sometimes this can happen long before, as seen in Autism.

“Mercury poisoning is the most common heavy metal problem. It is also difficult to diagnose because the exact problems it causes vary so much from person to person.” Andrew Cutler, Hair Test Interpretation: Finding Hidden Toxicities, p.81

Each person’s toxic breaking point varies:

  • We all have a unique set of genes that determine many things, including how quickly or slowly one is able to remove toxins from the body.
  • We are all exposed to different toxins at homes, schools, workplaces, and other frequented locations.

In other words, Genes + Toxic Exposure = Individual’s Bio-accumulated Toxic Load.

It took a while to figure out why my body broke down. I was always cold, had chronic illnesses, fatigue and a host of other symptoms. Thankfully I found some resources on-line and took a hair metal and elements test along with a metal fecal test that confirmed that I had a lot of mercury floating around in my body and accumulating in my tissues, organs, and bones.

Once I had identified mercury as the main toxic element in my body, the next important step was identifying where the mercury exposure was from. Because of the rise of industrial manufacturing, we are exposed to many sources of mercury: compact fluorescent light bulbs, high fructose corn syrup, dental amalgams, some vaccines, and as a bi-product of coal-burning (which pollutes our air, water, and land.)

In my case, I had mercury flooding into my body at a high rate for an extended period of time after placing a gold crown and copper-filled amalgam into my mouth that already housed six additional amalgam fillings (more in step 1 post).

“Copper fillings emit mercury fifty times faster than conventional amalgams.” Dr. Huggins

This meant I had to have all of the metal dental work removed from my mouth. Drilling the metal out is when the highest amounts of mercury can enter the body. So removing the metals safely is key to accumulating less mercury in the body and brain. And preventing autoimmune diseases or other illnesses. So I began my research into what the grandfather of holistic dentistry Dr. Hal Huggins called “Total Dental Revision (TDR).

I share my TDR experience and the 7 steps I took to get the best possible health outcome in my upcoming book. For now, you can start by reading step 1:

Step 1: Educate Myself On Holistic Dentistry
Step 2: Prepare Financially / Understand Dental Insurance
Step 3: Finding a Holistic Dentist Who Follows ALL safety removal protocols & has experience*
Step 4: Testing Heavy Metals via Doctor’s Data & Dental Product Compatibility via Biocomp*
Step 5: Creating a Detox Protocol
Step 6: Receiving Holistic Amalgam Removal
Step 7: Chelating Mercury From The Brain, Tissues, and Organs

*If I were getting a TDR done asap, I would definitely not skip these two steps*

UPDATE: Here is a recent study published this year on Radio Frequency (RF) releasing mercury from amalgams at a higher rate:

Effect of radio frequency radiation from Wi-Fi devices on mercury release from amalgam restorations (Source: Study published on NIH.gov)

Background

Dental amalgam is composed of approximately 50% elemental mercury. Despite concerns over the toxicity of mercury, amalgam is still the most widely used restorative material. Wi-Fi is a rapidly using local area wireless computer networking technology. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study that evaluates the effect of exposure to Wi-Fi signals on mercury release from amalgam restorations.

Results

The mean (±SD) concentration of mercury in the artificial saliva of the Wi-Fi exposed teeth samples was 0.056 ± .025 mg/L, while it was only 0.026 ± .008 mg/L in the non-exposed control samples. This difference was statistically significant (P =0.009).

Conclusion

Exposure of patients with amalgam restorations to radio frequency radiation emitted from conventional Wi-Fi devices can increase mercury release from amalgam restorations.

Holistic Amalgam Removal | What Is Holistic Dentistry?

Breaking Bad-ly

A few years back, I was enjoying a great life — happily married to my soul mate, pursuing the career of my dreams, and in pretty good health. And then one day my nails started shredding, I had repeat illnesses, fatigue, anxiety, and depression, to name just a few symptoms.

It took me over half a year of intense research to start to figure out what was going wrong. The root cause of illness was heavy metal poisoning. From mercury. But not mercury from eating tuna fish, or from a broken thermometer, or an industrial accident.

I had mercury toxicity from my “silver” amalgam dental fillings and “gold” crowns.

What!?! First, I never even knew that there was mercury or other toxins in those fillings. Second, how could it be possible that my dentist, the caretaker of my oral health, would knowingly put toxic metals into my mouth?


Test Don’t Guess

Do not reproduce without written permission.California has laws preventing patient’s from ordering tests or receiving results directly, so I had to find a holistic doctor.

The new holistic doctor (both western and easter trained) that I chose was well-aware of mercury toxicity and had a decade of experience working with patients in this area.

I asked her if we could order two tests from Doctor’s Data — one measuring heavy metals & minerals from hair, which reflect 3-6 months of metals and minerals in the body, and the other measuring heavy metals in a fecal specimen, which reflect recent metal levels in the body. Both test results established that my body’s mercury levels were high and had been high for some time.

Since I did not really eat seafood, or work in manufacturing, we both agreed that the most logical place to look for the source of mercury in my body was in my mouth.

Note: In addition to the two heavy metals tests, my annual blood serum profile with a Complete Blood Count (CBC) was helpful at diagnosing inflammation and more. Wish I had been able to monitor the excretion of porphyrins in urine as a way to measure the success of treatment (Huggins p.94), but had to prioritize my time and budget.


“But we know that there are two definite ways that mercury comes out of fillings: through electrical current and mercury vapor.” – Dr. Hal Huggins.

Drill, Fill, & Bill! 😦

“Silver-colored” fillings, also called amalgams, were used heavily on my generation and the previous generations to fill cavities. These fillings are actually an amalgam (a mixture) made up mostly of mercury, as well as silver, tin, and sometimes copper or other toxic heavy metals. When that mercury in the fillings mixes with saliva, it becomes methyl mercury that vaporizes into the body, possibly causing gut and cell damage, autoimmune disorders like Hashimoto’s, and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, MS, or Parkinson’s.

In Dr. Hal Huggin’s book, It’s All In Your Head, he explains that the American Dental Association (ADA) has always known the toxic effect of the mercury and kept this information on the down low — “Today, any dentist who mentions that mercury might be a hazard is liable (under the new dentistry commandment of “ethics”) to lose his license.” (p.15) … “in all states except California.” (p174)

But how could dentists put such toxic substances in our mouths and therefore our bodies? (FYI: Countries like Sweden have banned amalgams.) My former dentist, of almost twenty years, is part of the old school of dentistry who were trained to believe that the mercury in amalgam fillings cannot come out of the tooth and harm the body.

In 2011 my dentist upgraded offices. That year he recommended filling a small new cavity in my mouth. The content of the filling was about 50% mercury, 28% silver, 14% tin and 8% copper. In 2012, he replaced my “silver” onlay (similar to a crown) with a “gold” one. The content was 74.5% gold, 3.5% Palladium, 11.0% silver, 10.45% copper, .5% zinc and .05% Iridium. At the end of that year, my body broke down.

That is when I read Huggins book and learned:

1.”Plain mercury when not combined with anything is poisonous.” “When mercury combines with methyl groups it is called methyl mercury. Methyl mercury is 100 times more toxic than plain, elemental mercury. It is especially toxic to the brain and nerve tissue”(p. 31).

2.”Let a gold crown be placed beside an amalgam filling, though, and all kinds of electrical fury are generated.” (p26) Because “gold” crowns galvanize each “silver” filling and “porcelain” metal-infused crown, Huggins states “Under no circumstances would I now put gold in a mouth that contains amalgam.” (p115)

3. Most gold crowns and some amalgam fillings are made with copper which (p.76-78).
• “reacts adversely with over 90 percent of our populace”
• “emit mercury fifty times faster than conventional amalgams” and
• “Clinically, when a person becomes ill due to high-copper amalgam, it is extremely difficult to correct his or her disturbances…is probably the most deadly.”


Holistic Dentistry

Today, most conventional dentists have since switched to using white “porcelain” fillings made with aluminum, mainly for aesthetic purposes and possibly for financial reasons.

Other holistic / environmental dentists, have learned that the amalgams and some porcelain fillings are toxic and have switched to using biologically compatible dental material and safer removal protocols to protect themselves and their patients.

Many of the holistic dentists belong to an organization called International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT.org). The Academy has 

“chronicled and promoted the research that has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that dental amalgam is a source of significant mercury exposure, and a hazard to health. It has taken the lead in educating dentists and allied professionals in the methods of safely dealing with amalgam fillings, and safely disposing the waste.” 

However, I first learned about mercury poisoning from dental amalgams, while trying to heal my gut, from Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. On her FAQ page she discusses dentistry and references dentist Dr. Hal A. Huggins, to understand how to safely remove amalgam fillings.

Both Dr. Natasha and Dr. Huggins books are extremely helpful but dense reads — heavy on the science/biology and not so easy to grasp when you have a lot of mercury on the brain.

In addition, I listened to several podcasts, read through various websites like IAOMT.org, and read another informative technical book by Andrew Cutler called Hair Test Interpretation: Finding Hidden Toxicities.


Huggin’s Protocol

The late Dr. Huggins is considered the grandfather of holistic dentistry by many. (There is some controversy over Dr. Huggins. I believe this article explains it well.) From Huggin’s book, It’s All In Your Head, I learned that removing amalgams without the proper equipment is dangerous because the highest amounts of mercury are released and absorbed into the body during the drilling and removal process. In some patients, the careless removal advances potential thyroid auto-immune disorders, like Graves or Hashimoto Thyroiditis, and other severe neurological disorders.

Making sure the biological dentist I chose followed all of the mercury safety removal protocols and had several years of experience doing it was very important to me. My biological dentist is trained by both Huggins and IAOMT and uses a combination approach for removing amalgams. We worked together to make sure she implemented more of Huggin’s protocol than she normally did.

Below are a few noteworthy steps in the Huggin’s protocol:

1. Sequential Amalgam Removal – In short, fillings have both positive and negative electrical charges on them. “If the negative fillings are removed first, the patient’s chances of improvement are good. If the positively charged fillings are removed first, leaving the negative behind, changes for success drop substantially.” (p.114).

2. Seven-Fourteen-Twenty-One-Day Immune Cycle – It is worth reading the explanation in Huggin’s book, but at a high level: “White blood cells, like all cells in your body, live a cyclical existence. Seven, fourteen, and twenty-one days after a challenge, legions of your little defense soldiers are dying off while new, inexperienced recruits are being brought in. During the changing of the guard, there is a time of reduced defense. Herein lies your susceptibility.” (p.119)

3. Complete amalgam removal within 30 days. I called the Huggins Center to find out the why behind this rule. I think the gist is that there is less burden on the immune system. In addition, once all of the mercury is out, I was able to start a full detox protocol. And, as Huggins wrote, many of his patients did not start to feel well until the last bit of amalgam was removed from their teeth. Last, “Usually within twenty-four hours of final amalgam removal, body temperature has moved [1 to 2 degrees] toward 98.6°F.”(p.122)

4. “Even if the procedures are quite short – like 15 minutes – never, never cross the midline during the same appointment. The midline is an imaginary line dividing the head into two halves at a point between the front teeth and between the eyes. Unless, of course, you are utilizing IV conscious sedation. Then you can do things upside down and backwards with no effect on the immune system.” I don’t think this rule was in Huggin’s book but it is on his website.

5. Dental Bio-compatibility Testing. This test measures serum blood against many commonly used dental products and metals. It is one of the most important tests I’ve ever taken and I am thankful I invested in it. There are two companies that offer the test. I chose Biocomp and trust their testing methodology.

Huggin’s also focused his work on the dangers of root canals and cavitations, which can lead to bacterial infections, inflammation throughout the body, and heart attacks. I only briefly explored cleaning up those areas since I had to prioritize getting the mercury out.


Next

Today I am amalgam-free and am feeling better each day. It takes several years to recover from mercury poisoning. I am continually working on healing my gut cells, addressing my body’s micronutrient imbalance from heavy metal damage, and eliminating stress and other toxins from my body and environment that wreak havoc on my weakened immune system.

I share the 7 steps I took to get the best possible health outcome in my upcoming book. My goal is to share my experience with others going through similar trials, and help prevent what happened to me from happening to others with a cohesive book that can reach more people!

Step 2: Prepare Financially / Understand Dental Insurance
Step 3: Finding a Holistic Dentist
Step 4: Testing Dental Product Compatibility With Biocomp
Step 5: Supplementation Support Protocol
Step 6: Receiving Holistic Amalgam Removal
Step 7: Detoxing & Chelating Mercury From The Brain, Tissues, & Organs

In the meantime, you can read the other related posts in my healing protocol linked below.

Be Gutsy!


Healing = Nutrients In + Toxins Out

1. Nutrients In

2. Toxins Out

Choosing Traditional, Near Infrared (NIR), or Far Infrared (FIR) Saunas To Detox Heavy Metals

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How Saunas Improved My Health

There are many benefits from taking a sauna. For example:

  • Relaxation and the release of feel good endorphins
  • Increased blood flow which helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to the cells
  • “Hyperthermic effect” — meaning a rise in body temperature that can activate detoxification and even kill some viruses and bacteria

However, choosing the type of sauna to use can be complicated!

Before I explain how I chose my sauna, here are a few of the reasons why I believe sauna detoxing was the right choice for me in recovering from mercury toxicity:

1. From testing, I have seen mercury levels in my body decrease significantly after using the sauna post holistic amalgam removal..

2. For as long as I can remember, my average body temperature was around 97.4°F and my hands, feet (& butt) always felt cold. My body hardly ever broke a sweat even when exercising. Now, my body temperature averages around 98 to 98.6°F and is not usually cold to the touch. Truth be told, I cannot sleep with socks on anymore!

3. My body sweats on its own now when I am outside of the sauna, like while sleeping, on brisk walks, cleaning my apartment, and when exercising.

Note: Contraindications, e.g. MTHFR polymorphisms, histamine issues, M.S. etc, should be considered when using any sauna along with the advice of a knowledgable physician.


Traditional, Near Infrared, or Far Infrared Sauna?

I looked into three different types of saunas before settling on a Far Infrared sauna for my home. Here are some of the factors I took into consideration for each type of sauna:

Option 1. Traditional Steam Or Dry Saunas

I was most familiar with traditional dry (and wet) heat saunas from using them at gyms and spas. Home versions are available, however, I thought the easiest option for me to sauna was to join a local gym. Although traditional saunas seem like the most natural, I chose not to go this route for several reasons:

  • I read that traditional saunas can increase circulation to the surface of the skin and cause one to sweat — similar to exercise sweat — but not as much deep toxin release from organs and tissues. (½ inch does not reach the majority of muscles and connective tissues or organs).
  • Traditional saunas operate at a high heat level so I could only stay in for a short amount of time (i.e. 10 to 15 minutes) before overheating. (And the air in a wet sauna is saturated with moisture so the body cannot cool itself by the evaporation of sweat on skin.)
  • The possible exposure to other people’s heavy metals and germs (as well as potential mold & bacteria from the moisture in a wet sauna.)
  • The cost of joining a nice gym, parking, travel time, communal showers, and gym hour restrictions.

Option 2. Near Infrared Saunas (NIR)

Dr. Wilson, who advocates NIR saunas over FIR saunas, is frequently referenced. He made NIR saunas sound both appealing and affordable:

“While traditional saunas require high temperatures for copious sweating, infrared penetrates the skin and heats from the inside as well as on the skin.”

“The infrared lamp sauna penetrates deepest due to the fact that the heat source is all concentrated in a small area, and not due to the frequencies of the energy used.”

“Near infrared is an antioxidant nutrient, activates the cells, supports metabolic processes and decouples toxins from water molecules. Near infrared is helpful for wound healing and cellular regeneration as well.”

“The bulbs emit mainly near infrared energy, with a bit of middle infrared as well. This type of sauna also provides warming and stimulating color therapy. The lights emit a small amount of red, orange and yellow visible light. These particular frequencies draw energy downward in the body and can assist the digestive and eliminative organs to some degree.”

“Far infrared saunas use metallic, ceramic or black carbon elements for heating that mainly emit in the far infrared range. The electric heating elements are spread around the sauna space. Unfortunately, all of these far infrared saunas give off stray electromagnetic fields that may be extremely harmful.”

I considered making my own NIR sauna panel with a few bulbs and clamp lamps and also looked at Dr. Wilson’s NIR sauna purchasing recommendations, however:

  • At the time, I could not find much specific NIR research, studies, or other advocates who did not refer to Dr. Wilson.
  • There were no chemically safe NIR options available for sale.
  • And I was concerned about using the NIR sauna in a closet or bathroom as chemicals from wall paint and other toxins might be absorbed more easily into a heated body.
  • I experienced a single NIR lamp at acupuncture and while I enjoyed incubating under the warmth, it did not make me sweat.
  • I read that looking at the red bulbs was not good for the eyes, etc.
  • Update: Concerned about man-made EMF exposure from electric fields and magnetic fields even with distance

Option 3. Far Infrared Saunas (FIR)

I continued researching saunas and found quite a lot of information (maybe too much?!) on FIR saunas that made them seem like the best choice for detoxing heavy metals. There were many FIR sauna companies claiming that FIR was better than NIR, but truth be told, I still do not know if the infrared info for FIR saunas applies to NIR as well:

FIR initiates a stronger and sooner detox sweat than near-infrared does…Near-infrared must be positioned properly for optical safety and it should not be positioned directly in front of the upper body as is often found. (1)

Infrared heaters send out a wave of light in the infrared range known to penetrate 1 ½ or so into the body. And the rays do not carry the dangers associated with ultraviolet rays or x-rays.

Because the heat penetrates deeper, directly heating the body, organs, and cells (vs. heating the air and room), the composition of sweat is different from that produced in a traditional sauna. Therefore, the body releases more harmful metabolites, solvents, chemicals, heavy metals, and toxins.

Because the largest organ, the skin is used to excrete toxins, liver burden is decreased. (Toxins are released via the skin with sweat and later through urine, feces, and hair.)

Infrared heat is more effective at delivering the blood supply to fat. This liberates dangerous lipid-trapped toxins and creates a mode for excreting them out of the body instead of re-circulating them.

The heaters run at a lower temperature range of 90°F – 130°F, so one can stay in longer, breathe easier, and sweat more heavily.

Based on all of the info I read, and several health advocates strongly promoting FIR saunas, I decided on a medical-grade FIR sauna for chemically sensitive detoxing:

  • Made with non-off-gassing wood or glue
  • Low-EMF
  • Made in the USA

I share my quest for the ideal FIR sauna in the next post:

Part 2: Purchasing The Best FIR Sauna Brand

Be Gutsy!