3rd round with 4 consecutive saunas completed

I finished my third chelation round yesterday evening and just took my fourth sauna in a row (one each day).  Here’s what I’ve noticed:


  • While chelating, I get some very slight headaches occasionally where the pain is located in the middle of the head  a little to the rear.  I notice because I don’t normally get headaches  except when I take too much vitamin D.  My vitamin D headaches are always right between the eyes very close to the bridge of the nose.
  • On Monday morning when I start my round, I feel a little accelerated and think I’m more active than usual that day. Then as the week wears on, I lose that feeling of acceleration and feel progressively more tired probably from waking at night.
  • I’ve had very vivid dreams which is extremely unusual for me.  Clearly related to chelation and probably to the DMSA  because the first night that it happened I was not using ALA.  The same is true for the headaches; they first happened when I was not using ALA.
  • I’ve had unusual pains in random places such as foot and abdomen.  Sharp pains as if someone were poking me with a pencil point.  They don’t last long and don’t bother me very much,  but they are odd and I’ve never had them before.
  • As I get closer to each three-hour dose,  I’m feeling more fatigued.  However, that may just be an artifact of the timing I chose (because I always feel fatigued two hours after a meal or sooner). My doses are at 8 AM, 11 AM, 2 PM, 5 PM, 8 PM, 11 PM, 2 AM, 5 AM.
  • I chewed up an ALA and it tastes very bad,  kind of like you and would imagine an acid to taste!
  • I look forward to the start of the next round and am thinking about increasing my dosages.


  • I have heat intolerance and expected the sauna to be extremely traumatic as a consequence.  However,  the sauna has been tolerable probably because I’m at rest whereas my typical experience with heat would be outside in the sun, hiking.  I’m very tired and slow the rest of the day,  but it is sort of a pleasant kind of tired.
  • Preheating the sauna to 100°F and getting out in 30 minutes at around 110°F  allows me to work up a good sweat.
  • It helps me feel like I’m being proactive and doing everything I can to detoxify.
  • My energy levels crashed over the next three days  while I was “off round”  and I will try limiting the sauna used to once per week probably off-round.
  • I don’t like all the cables and electricity involved  with the DIY approach. Wish I had a real sauna in my house.


  • I’ve started alkalizing my urine using 1/2 teaspoon of  baking soda with the juice of one lemon  and a cup of water,  which I drink half in the morning and half in the afternoon.  It’s getting the job done.
  • I don’t like adding so many new supplements all at once.  It goes against painful lessons I learned in the past, but in this case, so far so good.

My notes:

Round 3 (2.5 days) –  50 mg DMSA, 50 mg ALA every 3 hours, total chelation days to date: 8.5

  • Monday, April 1: forgot to set alarm and went 5.5 hours between doses, kept going
  • Tuesday, April 2: first sauna, added potassium, started lemon with baking soda
  • Wednesday, April 3: second sauna
  • Thursday, April 4 (off): EO, nap, sauna, exhausted
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    Anna Thea October 18, 2013, 3:50 pm

    Hi Eric! It is great to come across your blog because I am pretty much exactly your age, and have struggled with health issues my entire adult life. I just got genetic DNA results back from “23 and me” and it was shocking. I haven’t reviewed results with my doctor yet. I am about to take heavy metals test. I’ve been working with this “functional medical” doctor for about 8 months now. My question is how to follow your blog…is there a place to sign up to know when you post entries? Thank you — I have been really lonely with healing CFS and possibly Lyme, and looks like best support is online. _- Thea

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      Eric October 18, 2013, 5:28 pm

      hi Anna, thanks for writing! I am waiting for my “23 and me” results… just sent the kit off. you can follow my blog and others by using a blog reader. The link you need for that is this:

      I use this reader http://www.newsblur.com/ but there are others that are free.

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    Viking Expat April 14, 2013, 5:03 am

    During the first 10 rounds (25-75 mg ALA) I often got mild to medium headaches, but in my case it was located around and befind the eyes. I have never had anything like that before. This mainly went away in later rounds.

    The “unusual pains in random places such as foot and abdomen” is very interesting, since something very similar happened to me a few times. In my notes from around round 12 I write:

    “Small pain in lots of different places in body (one spot on right leg close to the foot, left ribcage and one spot in belly). Comes and goes”

    “During the last days off round, this pain that I felt in the beginning of the round came back. It really moves around. It is always a small area and the pain is medium to strong but comes and goes for a few hours. Then it happens somewhere else. ”

    Looking over my notes, I see that it happened a few times, but now seem to be gone. Also, on one round I got “some pain in large joints. First one knee, then the other and then left shoulder. Seems to last a few hours, but is also on and off” and on other rounds I got it in small joints. It was all tolerable but nothing like that has ever happened before chelation.

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      E April 14, 2013, 3:30 pm

      those are amazing similarities Viking! thanks for commenting on them..

"...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 48 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 and Lyme disease. I spent 18 months chelating the metals out and starting up methylation but stopped when I felt myself circling the drain. Currently going after Lyme and co-infections. More about me here.

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