Today I tested my reaction to Alpha Lipoic Acid by itself. I’ve been chelating with intravenous DMPS (9 rounds) but want to try the frequent, low dose protocol championed by Dr. Andrew Cutler.
I would not say that I have had a particularly bad experience with DMPS. Overall the recovery I’ve made thus far has been nothing short of incredible. However, I can tell that there is stress on my kidneys due to lingering kidney pain. Additionally there were some Leukocytes in a urinalysis done last week. This can be an indicator of kidney stress or damage, however it could also be a side effect of the amount of Vitamin C supplements I am taking.
The Cutler Protocol calls for ALA dosed every 3 hours based on ALA’s 3 hour half life in the body. Typically, most people use DMSA to lessen the side effects and prevent mercury from recrossing the blood brain barrier once ALA has helped to mobilze mercury out of the brain.
My Test Protocol
My plan was to take 50 mg total, split evenly in doses of 12.5 mg, every 3 hours. At the end of the day I took a bentonite clay bath to pull out any remaining extracellular mercury to reduce redistribution effects. Overall, the goal was to safely determine my body’s reaction to this dose.
- Brain Fog: Started within an hour of taking my first dose, continuing throughout the day.
- Low Grade Headache: I’ve been experiencing low grade headaches for a while anyways so I’m not sure that this was due to ALA.
- Itching: Primarily on my left hand, but there were some spots on my right hand that began itching. This was mostly during the first dose.
- Parasthesia: Also known as numbness and tingling. This has been a constant symptom, but became more pronounced at the end of the day.
Overall I would deem this experiment a success. I was able to determine that there were not any significant or worrying side effects at this dose AND I was able to tell that ALA was working at this dose. When I start chelating with frequent, low dose rounds of DMSA next week I am confident that I will be able to handle this level of ALA with it.