*To what extent is chelation therapy considered an 'alternative' treatment?
=== There are standard methosd that doctors are trained to use when there is an accident in a chem factory, etc. Low level long-term exposure is less frequently treated.
*Why is it that 'conventional' GPs have never looked for lead poisoning - and that it took an 'integrative' GP to find it?
== May be due more to what your insurance will cover.
*Is chelation therapy considered 'conventional' at certain levels (eg for heavy cases of poisoning) but not for less heavy cases?
*Are there options other than chelation therapy?
== Not that I'm aware of but some say there are certain supplements that help to offset some of the effects of HMs.
*What are the different ways of receiving chelation therapy - eg at a GP? in hospital? At some kind of toxicologist?
*What are the costs involved in chelation therapy?
== This is a huge issue. Do your homework!!!
Everyone will probably agree that you use DMSA, a US FDA approved drug for lead in kids. However you have to decide on the protocol--how often to take it, how much per dose, whether to use large occasional doses or a series of doses over several days.
== After considering several options I chose the latter, specifically, Cutler's protocol. I broke my leg playing non contact sports--snapped like a piece of chalk. Bone density test showed osteopaenia--low bone density for my age (43) and sex. I also had other symptoms of heavy metals--ADD, poor mood, brain fog, fatigue, lethargy, sensitivity to certain foods and odors, etc.
== A followup Dexa bone density scan a couple of years later did not report significant improvement and my back actually got slightly worse while on my endocrinologist's supplements and medicine.
== A year or so later I started on Cutler's protocol. After 1.5 yrs on it a followup DEXA scan reported an 8% bone density improvement in my back. I had improvements in mood, memory, food sensitivities and was only taking a tiny amount of ADD medicine.
== Hair tests while chelating reported cadmium and lead in the red. My symptoms were consistent with this; however I suspect mercury was somewhat involved too.