"I did not take any supplements that night. The only one I did take back then was a GNC MegaMan Multi."
== That contains 25mg of Alpha lipoic acid--ALA. You really should learn about it. It is a highly touted antioxidant and very well regarded for those with diabetes; however, it is a very powerful chelator of mercury (Hg)! Many doctors are not aware of that.
== In contrast cysteine ( NAC) has only one SH group and so cannot hold on tightly. It will just move Hg around and make it more likely that Hg from parts of the body that are not very vulnerable to it will find organs that are quite vulnerable--brain, thyroid, adrenals, liver, etc. http://www.worldofmolecules.com/life/cysteine.htm
== the blood brain barrier (bbb) protects the brain from the most common form of Hg in the body, inorganic Hg. However ALA can move inorganic Hg across the bbb. However in a person that still has silver Amalgam fillings (50% mercury) ALA in saliva will pull Hg from Amalgam and make it more likely to be absorbed. Those who still have exposure to Hg have it in the blood. ALA does not hold onto Hg extremely tightly. It is more likely to find some of that Hg and move it into the brain. The mice in this study that received Hg and ALA ended up excreting more Hg than control mice but they also ended up with *more* Hg in the brain and organs! Andrew Cutler, PhD Chemistry, author and detox consultant explains more here. http://onibasu.com/archives/am/74605.html
"I just checked my amalgams, they look perfectly fine (no chunks missing)."
== that just reduces the surface area but there is still plenty of surface are for ALA to use to kick up Hg.
As far as detox phases and all that (stuff I am very ignorant in) what do you think about the Methylated B6-Folate-B12 and NAC the doc has me on?
== The Bs are excellent, especially for some people. Hg fouls up a methylation related enzyme, methionine synthase, and so by taking more Bs your body has a better chance to make more normal amounts of the very important chemical SAMe, etc.
== Some people do well with NAC and others are sensitive to it. I don't have time to get into it but it is commonly discussed in the Yahoo detox groups.
== When I was at your stage of the process I was looking for the safest effective detox method. I ended up choosing Cutler's protocol over Haley's new OSR that was still available at the time. Early on I decided to avoid IV. I've done well with the most serious of my problems and many minor ones too. Life isn't perfect but it is better and my future does not have the big clouds over it from the more serious problems.
== If you use ALA *after* your blood stream has been cleared of Hg, LA will more likely go into the brain without Hg attached, find some there and bring it out. Cutler addresses the basics in this 30min audio interview--#96 http://zentertainment.org/podcasts.html
== There are lots of reports from people who used ALA while Amalgam was still present or shortly after and had a major setback. A close female friend is one. She had to go on hydrocortisone--HC because she was emotionally melting down. Her intellect was messed up. She was a mess for a while. Thankfully I noticed the ALA in a new formulation of her multi. After a year or so of Cutler detox she was close to being back to where she started although she is still on low dose HC.
This is what I have in my notes from detox group members who reported setbacks from ALA.
== While I cannot be certain this is what is happening to you, it is consistent with what I've heard from quite a few people. Even after years of detox myself, I'm still fairly sensitive to ALA. Some people are more sensitive to it than others.