Freddd you have more confidence than I do in the HMO design if you were even willing to evaluate and challenge them. In my mind I mostly already tried, judged, juried and convicted them of fraud. I have not agreed with how it is set up and do not look forward to how the Health Care Act will complicate this. As many people say, it will likely strongly deprive people of options. Mostly those who are dependent on the actual insurance, though since you will be forced into the insurance system and every doctor will have to subscribe to it. . . well the outcome seems bleak. What I fear most of course is not being able to order non prescription OTC supplements from the internet or local health stores. . . As I have mostly exclusively treated things with cash to health professional or self treatment and self diagnosis. I guess you could say I have no faith in the system, and you have devoted your life and career to trying to uphold the system despite it being over run with fraud. My medical costs are nil. I did the reading and research for 4.5 years, rather than spend 30,000 $ on doctors. This is what you see in the alternative health crowd on the internet. People who are victims of fraud from the established HMO design and from genuine quackery or some combination of the two, since some holistic doctors are on HMO. Frankly, I never regretted not having insurance. My aunt had insurance, and still could not get any reasonable care. Yet she continued to go to doctors and ignore my theories even when I pointed out the evidence. She has repeatedly had the quacks push bariatric surgery on her. It was HMO that caused my stepmother to receive shock treatment. I am pretty sure the insurance preference for high risk high expense treatment was what ultimately killed my father. They chose to use the most invasive surgery to give him a colestemy bag, the cortisol steroids, and high doses of anti-biotics against a great deal of opposition from his family. By the time his family had gone to other sources of opinion it was just about too late. This seems pretty probable. And I made many examples of other cases above. My remaining challenge is probably going to be teasing apart what is and what is not mercury. And I essentially try to go by the results of the discussion boards of those who have tried Cutler's protocol. What makes Cutler a little more believable, is that he does mostly just post all his advice on the internet, since he is not a health care provider and is not invested in it. Shade is also not a MD. I pretty much run from MD's screaming.They are too institutionalized. Cutler's boards on yahoo cover about 12 years. This makes me at least consider something is going on. I have studied, and have several books on Autism. I can definitely conclude it's sole cause is not mercury. But mercury plays a nasty involvement. Another problem with heavy metals is that they enhance the toxicity of much more dangerous chemicals. You may not have enough heavy metals in you to create symptoms, but it might be enough to derail functions in the body that allow to detox solvents, plastics, etc. This combined with the processed diet, sets up a very nasty situation. Given the MANY MANY benefits of R-LA, I do not see a lot of harm in trying to prophylatically treat heavy metal toxicity. R-LA will not even affect certain metals. I am at least currently interested in Shade's MicroSilica. I cannot say beyond a doubt or a proof that it is not a fraud. But I have a background in environmental remediation, and have read technical papers where microsilica was used in remediation cleanup jobs. I am willing to experiment. It doesn't pose much of a threat. R-LA and microsilica are most likely to remove mercury, and also least likely to bother other minerals. I have not been sold on DMPS or DMSA, and even less on the other chelators. The quackery comes in with the IV chelation doses quite a bit. The only real danger in trying to treat heavy metal toxicity are these IV chelations with chemical chelators, or the misuse of RLA in those who REALLY have heavy metal problems. I have one tooth I suspect is an issue, and I am going to an oral surgeon on May 30th to get it removed. It is far easier to pay cash to have it extracted than deal with restorations or HMO's.