The question that no one seems to dare ask is why, if Cutler was so 'correct' when it came to matters of health, did he die of a heart attack at such a YOUNG age?
== Good question. I was surprised too. I am told by one of the Yahoo group mods who knew him better than I did that Andy's father died of heart problems at an even younger age.
== His more recent pics suggest that he lost quite a bit of weight, but he was still a big guy. He said he had thyroid issues most of his life. I bet there is more to it than that.
Could it be because he was so adamant that things like methylation were 'fads' and 'nonsense -- and so he ignored concepts that may have helped him?
== That is actually very incorrect. He took large amounts of many methylation related supplements. He encouraged others to get methylation support--assuming they could tolerate it without becoming intense or violent. I was one such person until around 5 yrs of detox.
== He was critical of much of the genetic-related methylation claims. He thought that too many healthy people have the undesirably genetic variations.
== This is a pretty good summary of his view. Notice he was especially critical of doctors who told their patients they could not detox because of their methylation-related genes.
== Remember, the enzyme methionine synthase that is part of the methylation cycle is quite vulnerable to mercury.
-- or was it that he was so angry most of the time, or "brusque" as noted in the article, that that anger took a toll on his health?
== He was not angry most of the time, but in the early years of the Yahoo detox groups he could be set off, especially if someone was giving a person dangerous advice.
== In more recent years he became more grandfatherly. This is a good example
I know you're a big fan of his work Joe, but look at his picture in the last link in your post; He looks quite bad, at least 10 years older than his age, and clearly overweight (a risk factor for heart disease).
Yes, he helped a lot of people, but he wasn't a saint. He was often very dismissive and outright rude to people who were just looking for help.
== He was quite generous with people who were just looking for help. He was quite happy to debate people quite vigorously.
Plus he could never explain why the vast majority of people -- millions of them -- who take ALA for diabetic neuropathy and have a mouth full of Amalgams
-- never develop mercury toxicity.
== That is what you say. I've seen plenty of reports of people who suffered dearly for that mistake. I watched it happen to my long--time lady friend when she accidentally took ALA in a new formulation of her multivitamin for just 10 days. It messed her up. Thankfully I recognized the symptoms and found the source. It took more than a year for her to just recover what she had lost in 10 days! She's much improved now.
== I know a guy at work who got nice gains in neuropathy from ALA but he looks quite brain fogged to me. I bet he would not say he has a mercury problem, but he looks like it to me.
== These are a few others.
-300mg ALA 2x/day while I still had amalgams....from really-sick-but-functioning to completely disabled, in just 6 months http://onibasu.com/archives/fdc/24221.html
- KellyB. "...took 50 mg of ALA once per day for months...while I had Amalgams
in, during the removal process, and even after they were removed....I have suffered tremendously because of this. My health deteriorated rapidly - MCS, extreme food intolerances
, depression, anxiety, etc."
- 20mg ALA in the weeks after Amalgam
removal. "...has given me the worst severe burning brain for 2 days straight, along with extreme burning muscle pain and weakness all over."
-R-Lipoate w/ hidden Amalgam //www.curezone.org/forums/fm.asp?i=2027011
...I took close to 200 different powerful herbs, and nutraceuticals including R-lipoate. It was at the end of that 5 month period, that I begin to get severe jaw pain around the rotten tooth ( the one that I did not know had an Amalgam
in it). It was around this time that I essentially had chronic fatigue and anterograde amnesia set in. It was a profound, rapid, failure of my health, I went from ...going to college full time, to just being debilitated.
- ALA 600 mg 3x a day + NAC 1200mg x 2 a day. "... have severe ringing in my ears, brain fog, funny taste in mouth , headaches, blurred vision, memory problems and having difficulty functioning...stopped 8 days ago ...but it did not go away-- also head aches..." http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Autism-Mercury/message/306306
== So even if most people don't have much or even any problems from taking ALA, you have to warn the sensitive people. The potential for harm is too great and the effort required to fix the damage is also great.
I agree with this quote from the article:
"Over the years some people found Cutler’s concise and unflinching communication style brusque and abrasive. Some listserv commenters would argue with him; the terminally offended would depart the listserv with a final huffy post. But Cutler was unwavering: he had little patience for people whose unwillingness to question corporate allopathic medicine led to unnecessary health damage."
== I read more posts than most people and had some personal communication with him. While the quote above is not so unfair, it fails to account for his amazing generosity and patience with so many frazzled parents of autistic kids. He was also very kind to pregnant women. He would always reply to their posts when we notified him of one.
He should've had more patience, he should've been kinder and less rude and abrasisve. That was uncalled for, and suggested perhaps that even though he said he successfully chelated almost 20 years ago, that maybe he still was toxic, as there were clearly times he was 'mad as a hatter'.
== Actually I think he would agree with the last phrase. He wrote about the mistakes he made early in the detox process. He wrote that people in the groups could tell he was taking too much ALA so he cut back.
== It takes a long time for some people to get more than 75% recovered, even if they got most of their gains in the first year or two.
== He seemed to think that by being over-the-top with some of his statements he would arouse people to action. My personality is different. I try to make friends. We need them because we are not going to out-spend Big Pharma, especially now with the movement towards socialist medicine. Pharma contributes to the power hungry politicians and they provide profitable policies for their supporters.
"Having said that, I'm sorry for the loss of your friend.
== Thanks, I did not know him well enough to call him a friend. I admired his intellect and willingness to share his knowledge even though it was against the main-stream. He clearly had a soft spot for suffering kids.
== I've not heard any evidence of foul play but there have been a strange number of deaths of big-name alternative medical professionals in recent years. Andy was supposedly working on a book about vaccines. He was quite critical of the toxins in them but was not opposed to them in general.