Re: A Possible Precaution About Cilantro.
The problem with cilantro is that we don't know too much about it. We don't even know what component of cilantro is doing the chelating. Some people have positive experiences if they use it in a limited or controlled way, but far more either have no visible effects or negative experiences.
Cutler recommends cilantro only if the individual has a strong allergic reaction to lipoic acid. ALA is the only thing that we know for certain will chelate mercury past the blood-brain barrier in a way that is clinically significant, but needs to be used in small dosages around the clock every 3 hours, generally for 3 days straight followed by 4 days off. Most people on the Yahoo group suggest that you start off with no more than 12.5 mg of ALA, which is less than can be found in any supplement on the market. So you have to cut it and recapsule it.
Since cilantro has some repute of also crossing the blood-brain barrier, Cutler suggests it as a last resort, to be used in a way similar to ALA. Problem is that we don't know enough about it, whether it is beneficial or if it just moves mercury around without removing it.
I'm glad that there is a lot of talk about Cutler lately, so I'll quickly sum up what is the core of his basic therapy. You take chelating agents at timed dosages based on their half-lifes in the body. ALA is only active in the body for 6 hours, so you take it every 3 hours to have pretty much a stable amount of it for the chelation period. That cuts down on redistribution effects. If you go for 3 days straight, that is 72 hours of cleansing with only point in time at the end where the mercury is redistributed. And you use small amounts that, while still cleaning out the body over time, don't prompt severe symptoms, particularly when you do stop at the end of a chelation round. Similar approach is used with DMSA and DMPS.
This is much safer than taking a big dose of DMSA every other day, not to mention some of the other really, REALLY scary things like DMPS injections.
If anyone wants to learn more about Cutler's protocol, go to