In today’s world we are exposed to numerous toxins on a daily basis. Heavy metals are a part of that toxic load. Some of the heavy metals are essential to our normal daily functioning, but in excess amounts they cause health problems. Other heavy metals are toxic even in the smallest amounts. Heavy metal toxicity can affect both men and women, children and adults.
The heavy metals that are most commonly seen causing health problems are mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum, and cadmium. Heavy metal toxicity can occur as a result of exposure in our air, water, food, medicines, products, etc. Arsenic is used in the manufacture of several pesticides; aluminum is common in cookware, antiperspirants, antacids and food cans; cadmium can be found in cigarette smoke and can be ingested in certain foods; lead is in old paint, some PVC plastics, and lead pipes; and mercury has been used for dental fillings and is found in a variety of fish. This is just a small sampling of how we get exposed to heavy metals on a regular basis.
Heavy metal toxicity can present in several different ways as a health problem. An acutely toxic person is usually easy to diagnose and typically gets immediate medical attention. However, if you are exposed in small amounts over time your body tends to store the toxin in your bones, organs, or fatty tissue; making the heavy metal toxicity difficult to pinpoint. The heavy metals can wreck havoc on your body slowly over time. In traditional medicine this type of heavy metal toxicity is typically overlooked. A slowly toxic individual may have an overall feeling of fatigue or malaise; a decreased sense of well being. Neurological disorders have been the most commonly linked to heavy metal toxicities; things such as autism, Alzheimer’s dementia, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy, increased irritability, headaches, etc. Other systems in the body can also be affected: the cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels), kidneys, gastrointestinal system (stomach and intestines), etc.
What can you do?? First be aware of what you are exposed to on a daily basis and take action to decrease your exposure.Here are some basic things that you can do: eat organic products, use glass cookware and storage containers, avoid food or drinks dispensed out of aluminum cans, use safe personal care and cleaning products, use a water purifier and air cleaner in your home. EWG.org is a wonderful resource regarding healthier products to use. However, toxic heavy metals are difficult to completely avoid in today’s world. Establish a regular detoxification routine to allow your body to eliminate heavy metals, and other toxins, on a regular basis. Infra red saunas and epsom salt baths are a great way to detoxify through your largest detoxifying organ: your skin. Colonic hydrotherapy is a wonderful way to detoxify through your gastrointestinal system.
If you want to know what heavy metal load your body currently has, get your urine tested to see where your heavy metal toxic load is at. This test should be sent to a specialty laboratory that has specific testing set up for heavy metal detection. It is best to get a first morning urine that shows what heavy metals your body excretes on a regular basis. Then, you take a chelating agent (this is a prescription) and collect your urine over a set period of time on the same day. This second urine sample shows what heavy metals are being stored in your body and if they can be pulled out with a chelating agent.
Essentially, a chelating agent is administered either orally or intravenously and travels throughout the bloodstream removing toxic heavy metals–it grabs onto the heavy metals and allows your body to excrete the heavy metal instead of storing it. The chelating agent also neutralizes free radicals. By neutralizing free radicals chelation therapy also acts like a very powerful antioxidant protecting our tissue and organs. Free radical damage is linked to degenerative diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and more. In neutralizing the free radicals and removing damaging heavy metals, chelation therapy can potentially have a profound effect on your health status.
There are many, many stories of incredible successes. Many patients have experienced a decrease in heart symptoms, a decrease in neurologic symptoms, increased focus, improved memory and energy. People who could never lose weight may even be able to lose weight since toxins are often stored in fat and occasionally a person’s body does not want to get rid of that fat because it releases the toxins. Of course, results vary and there is never a promise to treat a particular disease.
The bottom line is that heavy metals are all around us and it is important for us all to be aware of their potential danger to our health. In today’s world it is prudent to minimize your heavy metal exposures, detoxify on a regular basis, and know what your overall toxic load is.