Lessons learned

These are the sticky notes on my bathroom mirror…

  1. Only start a round when you are feeling relatively rested. This is tricky because fatigue is my old friend, but there are degrees. I found the hard way that if I start a round without a couple nights of relatively better sleep under my belt, the round won’t go well.
  2. Order small dose chelator capsules to avoid increasing your doses based on convenience. I made a 25% increase of ALA from 60 mg to 75 mg because those were the sizes I had available – not smart.  You can get small increment doses of chelators from Livingnetwork and avoid a heaping dose of pain and suffering.
  3. Wait until after redistribution is over to make any risky supplement changes. This one has hurt me a couple times, once when I increased folate on a redistribution day and another time when I increased lecithin. Wrong move!
  4. Forget about exercising if you can’t make it work. Everyone wants you to exercise and we don’t want to gain weight, but I have found it terribly difficult to manage chelation and exercise together. I’ve ruined many days with 90 seconds of exercise. Until my body starts responding better to it, I’m confident I’m better off without it. Or maybe I just need to try 30 seconds instead of 90…
  5. Review the supplement list every couple months because something might’ve dropped off accidentally. if you’re taking a lot of supplements like I am, it’s a big logistics project. I noticed recently that I had stopped taking molybdenum. It feels like maybe two months without it but honestly I can’t remember when I stopped because it happened accidentally…
  6. When you’re feeling like garbage, remember it’s part of the game plan. This is not supposed to be fun. Stop worrying and trying to attach meaning to it or trying to figure it out. Just feel lucky that you’ve identified the source your problems and there’s a cure! If chelation and methylation didn’t make you feel shitty, something would be wrong. Just do your time, one foot in front of the other.
  7. Plan for clumsy mistakes. I’ve stumbled as many as three times going up the stairs, I’ve bitten my cheek and tongue and made silly mistakes in my work. I tend to forget very easily that I’m going to make mistakes. It’s a little like being high without the fun. Often can’t remember what I just said a minute ago and can’t remember how impaired I am….

What do your sticky notes say?

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  • avatar

    Bob April 16, 2016, 7:31 pm

    Hello Eric. I have high levels of lead, mercury and especially copper confirmed by a challenge test. Have tried the Cutler protocol with some temporary improvements and major backfires being too brain fogged to read his whole book and missing some important requirements. At the moment I am looking more seriously into methylation (I do have the MTHFR mutation (heterozygous), COMT and a few other.

    My main question is if you think improving methylation has the potential in and of itself to remove toxic metals (provided they are not too abundant). I am going today to purchase the b-right that fredd recommends but have just been taking methylfolate plus from biotics research which seems to help in some areas but has been causing skin breakouts (hives, itching, rash).

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      Eric April 17, 2016, 8:26 pm

      Hi Bob, yes I do think that repairing the bodies natural detox mechanisms has the potential to remove some level of heavy metals. It’s not a bad place to start and my hope is that it’s a good way to get in a better position to handle chelation. For people like us it is really difficult to pick a starting point!

"...nothing ever goes away
until it has taught us
what we need to know.
-Pema Chodron

"God, whose law it is that all who learn must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget, falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God."


My name is Eric - I‘m 46 and saw a doctor for fatigue at 17. I lived fairly normally if a little subdued by lack of endurance at times. But then, 12 years ago I fell into a nosedive after moving to South Florida. Now, I know heavy metal toxicity is a significant source of my troubles along with genetic methylation cycle dysfunction. I spent 18 months chelating the metals out and starting up methylation but stopped when I felt myself circling the drain. Currently doing liver, colon, kidney and parasite cleanses. More about me here.

Timeline and current dosing:

Rounds completed: 29
Total chelation days: 125
Dose: 25 mg DMSA and 25 mg ALA every 3 hrs

* supplements
* hair test
* genetics
* lessons learned

"Battles are won in their darkest hours. Wars are won by learning something from each battle."

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