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Dec 13 2013, 05:22 PM
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Can someone explain this "test" Daniel is running on Eric? What's it doing beside making him hot and sweaty?
The procedure is supposed to cause Eric great pain because the chemicals are going deep into his body (I don't know what organs or bone marrow or what exactly. lol) to access and expose the drug Dr. Chyka used.

Daniel said the half life of the drug was a long one and still in Eric's body.
Is ANY of this based in real life science? Or are we just supposed to role with this bullshit?
Yes, actually --even though it sounds so 'out there' when Daniel explains it -- DOOL does seem to be doing a fairly decent job of tracking a real medical procedure called chelation therapy. This procedure has been around for decades. I think -- not sure -- it was first developed after WWI for gas poisoning. Anyway chelation is frequently used today with great success to treat heavy metal poisoning after exposure to toxins such as lead, mercury, arsenic, etc. The body cannot successfully excrete such heavy toxins, which have incredibly long 'half lives' and lodge in organs and bones to cause damage years later.

Chelation works by injection of different organic compounds through heated drip therapy. The compounds find and bond with the toxins and pull them from the bones and organs into the blood stream, where the toxins are broken apart and can then finally be excreted from the body. Chelation therapy can be quite painful and can cause high fevers during and after treatment. In addition to its traditional use in heavy metal poisoning, chelation has also been tried recently in other more risky procedures for other diseases.

I don't know much about that, but I know a good bit about the chelation therapy because one of my cousins had to undergo the treatments for months to save her life. She and her husband are artist/photographers who have lived in the Colorado mountains for many years. When they were in their twenties, they participated in summer art workshops held at an old Victorian mansion which used well water. They loved being in the mountains so much that they lived there year round as caretakers for several years, before they moved on to other pursuits. Literally decades later, they were both diagnosed with heavy metal poisoning, ultimately alleviated by chelation therapy. It was a very hard time. My cousin had some horrible problems with multiple organs. Unfortunately, such long term poisoning by well water is not uncommon in Colorado.

So I'm OK with DOOL on this part of the story. It's not exactly medically correct but a good effort -- close enough for soap stuff. And it brought sweaty, shirtless Eric together with Nicole in a fever delirium. Can't complain about that.
Doesn't chelation require you to know what toxin it is you're trying to remove from the body? From what I remember, Dan has no clue what the masking agent used was. All he knows it that it apparently has a long half-life. (Not sure how he can be sure of its half-life if he doesn't know what it is.) Also, how can he be sure that the original drug has an equally long half-life? Couldn't the masking agent have a longer half-life than the drugging agent?
The other difference is that heavy metal poisoning is commonly the result of extended exposure to lead, mercury, etc., not just a single dose of it.
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