In my own personal experience, EDTA has been quite ineffective at removing mercury from my body. (EDTA is known to be effective at removing lead.) So without knowing many of the details in this particular case (were they trying to chelate lead and/or mercury?), I really have a tremendous amount of sympathy for this family because I believe they were using a chelation therapy that is largely ineffective for mercury. My opinion is based not only on my own experience, but on many things that I have read through the years.
As I have talked about on this blog before, I have had the best experience to date with TD-DMPS using Dr. Buttar's protocol. (And again, I have no financial connection to Dr. Buttar or anyone making or selling any version of TD-DMPS.) I am now almost 9 months into the protocol with probably another 9 months left to go.
I do believe TD-DMPS will eventually become the gold standard for mercury chelation because:
1) DMPS is the best known chelator of mercury.
2) TD-DMPS is a transdermal cream that is delivered directly into the bloodstream through the skin. This means no trips to the doctor's office for an IV.
3) The protocol of small dose of DMPS and glutathione (GSH) every other day helps to move mercury and other heavy metals gradually and continually from the body.
UPDATE: Here's the full story from today, Boy dies during autism treatment. I have to hand it to Karen Kane and Virgina Linn for writing an article that is actually pretty fair and balanced. Though I have to vehemently disagree with the statement by child psychiatrist Dr. Gary Swanson who said chelation is "...probably a quack kind of medicine." That is just complete ignorance. (And wasn't psychiatry once considered quackery?)
As Craig notes, "How it will be spun is anybody’s guess."
UPDATE 8/26 3:55pm: Ginger from Adventures in Autism has a very thoughtful post on what this means for chelation.
...in the last week I found out that [DMSA] , along with EDTA, are over the counter drugs.
So... FDA… which is it? Is chelation a potentially dangerous procedure that should only be done under a doctor’s care in a hospital setting? Or should we consider it as safe a cold medicine?