Andrew Hall Cutler, Ph.D., P.E., a chemical engineer and mercury chelation consultant, died July 29 in Seattle of a possible heart attack. For two decades he encouraged people to investigate the neurotoxicity of mercury in medical products such as tooth fillings and vaccines.
Cutler gave scientific advice – and the occasional diatribe – to online members of the Yahoo Autism-Mercury listserv. There, thousands of members discussed chemical chelation to eliminate mercury and other toxic heavy metals from the body. In recent years similar advocacy groups appeared on Facebook, such as the Andy Cutler Chelation Think Tank.
Cutler was born in 1956, received a B.S. in physics from the University of California, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Princeton. He was a registered patent agent and a licensed professional chemical engineer. His research has been published in chemical engineering, chemistry and space journals. Though he’d earned a Ph.D., Cutler eschewed the title “Dr.” and took care to point out that the information he dispensed should not be construed as medical advice from a physician.
A former NASA employee, his life changed when he developed a debilitating cluster of symptoms – a “mystery syndrome” that allopathic medicine could not heal. Using his scientific knowledge as a base, Cutler embarked on intensive self-study in biochemistry and medicine. Eventually he identified his disorders’ causal agent as mercury amalgam from his tooth fillings; after having those safely replaced, his health improved.
To help others suffering similar illnesses and to prevent new cases, in 1999 Cutler wrote “a book on how to cure mercury poisoning” – Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment. The self-published book is detailed at his no-frills website, and is also for sale at Amazon.
Eventually Cutler developed the low-and-slow “Cutler protocol”: administration of DMSA (dimercaptosuccinic acid) and/or ALA (alpha lipoic acid) in timed, metered doses to rebind mercury for excretion while minimizing its redistribution in the body. Empirical evidence of “Cutler protocol” successes has been documented by users online in listservs, blogs and YouTube videos. (However chelation is not without its critics, and some people have suffered adverse reactions to the chelator chemicals.)
In 2004 Cutler followed up by publishing Hair Test Interpretation: Finding Hidden Toxicities, which describes how to interpret hair tests for mercury and other heavy metals. Cutler alerted readers to biological paradoxes to watch for when measuring toxic heavy metals in humans:
“Some of the essential elements can be toxic if they show high hair level, others actually show high hair levels when the body is deficient and needs more of them. Excessive stress, poor digestion, adrenal issues and thyroid problems all show up in hair tests long before they can be identified by other laboratory methods.”
Cutler traveled across the U.S., Canada, England, Japan and other countries providing information on his pioneering mercury-removal protocol. He faced opposition from the traditional medical community, which viewed chelation as an arcane and dangerous branch that should be left to practitioners of occupational medicine. Hampered as he was by most people’s lack of understanding of how mercury behaves in the human body (including many scientists), Cutler pressed on to communicate technical complexities with user-friendly descriptions.
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.
Here are some recent videos of Cutler, such as his interview by Tex of The Thinking Moms’ Revolution.
Thinking Out Loud: Ep.4 Pt. 1 of 2 - Dr. Andy Cutler
Thinking Out Loud: Episode 4, Part 2 - Tex interviews Dr. Andrew Cutler
Wise Traditions podcast #48 Detox mercury safely w/ Dr. Andy Cutler (October 31, 2016)
A memorial service for Andy Cutler is being planned for August, in Seattle.
Nancy Hokkanen is Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.