Question: Can someone please explain what all this frequent low dose means and why it's important?
Answer: We chose to use frequent low dose chelation after doing a lot of research on how to treat heavy metals. I wanted something safe because I was not willing to risk safety at all. After much deliberation I came upon Andy Cutler PhD and his work on low dose chelation.
While I'm not a chemist I could understand that medications and supplements had a life span in the body. I knew they only lasted so long before they are broken down, used up and excreted. This is why medications have dosing frequency. For example, a cough medicine label may suggest taking it every 4 hours. This is because it's no longer working after 4 hours. This process isn't any different for chelators than it is for aspirin or cough medicine.
The problem with most mainstream chelation methods is they ignore this fact. The fancy name for this process is "pharmacokinetics". Pharmo what?
That's what I said when I learned about it years ago but essentially what is means is the half-life of a substance. It's how long something lasts in the body.
Half-life is so important in chelation because every time you take a chelator, it grabs onto to some metals and they are escorted out of the body with the chelator. This happens over and over as long as there are chelators in the blood. This process stirs up metals, drag them out of storage for excretion. That is what you want to happen.
However, if you only take one dose of a chelator and then stop it. You have stirred up metals but the one dose of chelator can only grab a bit of it and the rest is left to float around and then settle somewhere. This process is called "redistribution".
The tricky part about redistribution is that mercury really likes the brain and nervous system. This is usually where it gets stored. So that's where it is most likely to go when you stop chelators. If you keep taking single doses of chelators randomly this will keep happening and likely cause a worsening of symptoms known as a "regression".
The good news is this can be prevented from happening if you respect the half-life of the chelators.
This is how frequent low dose chelation works to prevent that. By keeping a steady blood level of chelator for set number of hours, (at least 64-72 hours) this allows a good pull of metals which lowers the blood levels so much that you don't push mercury back into your brain when you stop the chelators. It is also going to pull more out of storage than a random dose here or there.
The protocol also uses very low doses in relation to the weight of the person taking them. Since you don't never use high doses it is much gentler. What a concept right?
We have to thank Dr. Andrew Hall Cutler PhD who developed this safer method when he recovered himself from mercury poisoning. (you can read in-depth about Andy's protocol and mercury poisoning in his book Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment)
Since the late 1990s people have been using this protocol to recover from mercury poisoning safely.
I've used it to recover my children and myself from mercury poisoning. I hope that helps!
Best in Recover,