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Debbey
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Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2012 - 1:26 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

looked in archives
do not know much about it\
cardioligist wants me to take it
any imput would be appreciated
Roy Piwovar
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Posted on Monday, March 05, 2012 - 1:01 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sounds good to me.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipoic_acid
LisaS
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Posted on Monday, March 05, 2012 - 9:22 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

ACK!!!

ALA is a very powerful chelator of mercury and crosses the Blood Brain Barrier. That means it can pull bound mercury out of tissues (and very possibly fillings) and redistribute it to the brain, so it should be used with extreme caution for anyone with heavy metal toxicity.

Additionally, mercury, aluminum, and likely other heavy metals in the bloodstream (which is where ALA will drop it once it reaches a certain halflife if I understand correctly) radically increase FGA sensitivity in my experience, so anything that pulls mercury could cause an FGA-reaction in the presence of very small amounts of FGA.

Personally, I would start with 5-10mg and see how you feel, and only increase in 5-10 mg increments (which probably involves opening and re-dividing the contents of capsules). If it increases symptoms you may be dealing with heavy metals.

I feel very strongly about this because I took a mineral supplement with 100mg of ALA in it and it really screwed me up for a while.

Andy Cutler believes that due to this half life issue it can be dangerous to take chelators unless they are taken on a very strict schedule (every 3-4 hours even at night, a few days on, 10-14 days off to replenish minerals). From a google search:
"http://onibasu.com/archives/am/39746.html - Cutler outlining how the brain has a higher affinity for mercury than blood. Taking ALA and waiting longer than 3 hours will result in the net brain absorption of the mobilized mercury after the ALA half life."

Google search "Cutler" and ALA if you are interested in details as I am going only from memory.
Roy Piwovar
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Posted on Monday, March 05, 2012 - 11:20 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks, Lisa. I think I will expand that section of the Wikipedia page.

"Do not take ALA after the removal of mercury fillings; it can cause more mercury to enter the brain if you start using ALA too early. It's a good idea to wait at least 3 months after your last mercury filling has been removed."

http://www.mercurypoisoning.me/dangerous_chelators_for_mercury_removal.html
Di
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - 4:41 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

There is always something to consider when thinking of taking a pill or supplement (that most think are safe). Almost everything has a potential side effect:

Side effects of alpha lipoic acid may include headache, tingling or a "pins and needles" sensation, skin rash, or muscle cramps.

There have been a few reports in Japan of a rare condition called insulin autoimmune syndrome in people using alpha lipoic acid. The condition causes hypoglycemia and antibodies directed against the body's own insulin without previous insulin therapy.

The safety of alpha lipoic acid in pregnant or nursing women, children, or people with kidney or liver disease is unknown.

Possible Drug Interactions:
Alpha lipoic acid may improve blood sugar control, so people with diabetes who are taking medication to lower blood sugar, such as metformin (Glucophage), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase), should only take alpha lipoic acid under the supervision of a qualified health professional and have their blood sugar levels carefully monitored.

Animal studies indicate that alpha lipoic acid may alter thyroid hormone levels, so it could theoretically have the same effect in humans. People taking thyroid medications such as levothyroxine should be monitored by their healthcare provider.

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/alphalipoicacid/a/alphalipoicacid.htm
Debbey
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - 11:18 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I so appreciate all the info
he wants me to take 600 mg a day
same time every day
i am hypoglycemic (very well controlled)
and hyperthroid take PTU really low dose now
he believes it will help circulation
and heart issues (got zapped by epi at dentist messed up heart valve and endocrine system)
take low dose bisopropal
all imput is wonderful am reading all research
I so appreciate it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Di
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Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - 4:44 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Debbey, Computers are wonderful tools, we are so lucky to have access to them and the internet. I don't know where we'd all be without them....well most of us would probably still be feeling lousy.

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