Many people have become aware of the mercury toxicity problem and so become concerned about heavy metal poisoning. But it would be a mistake to think that metal poisoning is unique to this particular toxin. The fact is that all metals are toxic and our bodies require special elimination mechanisms to keep them from harming us. This applies just as much as essential minerals, like iron, zinc and chromium, as it does to non-essential metals and metalloids, like cadmium and arsenical compounds.
Avoiding Heavy Metal Exposure is Impossible
Pollution is inevitable in a big city. It is only a matter of how much and how often.
Heavy metals are found in everyday existence and are frequently hard to avoid entirely. In some more remote rural areas, they may be found in the soil, making it very difficult to escape it! Most people can excrete toxic heavy metals from the body successfully. However, some people – especially those who suffer from chronic conditions – cannot excrete them efficiently enough and a build-up occurs, thus creating heavy metal toxicity. Some of the most common heavy metals that humans are exposed to are aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.
You may have heavy metal toxicity if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- Chronic pain throughout the muscles and tendons or any soft tissues of the body
- Chronic malaise: general feeling of discomfort, fatigue, and illness
- Brain fog: state of forgetfulness and confusion
- Chronic infections such as Candida (Candida is attracted to mercury by electrostatic)
- Gastrointestinal complaints, such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, heartburn, or indigestion
- Food allergies
- Migraines and/or headaches
- Visual disturbances
- Mood swings, depression, and/or anxiety<
- Nervous system malfunctions, such as burning extremities, numbness, tingling, paralysis, electrifying feeling
- Unexplained infertility and/or frequent miscarriages
- Hair loss
- Worsening of skin conditions such as eczema
Oftentimes, the vague symptoms produced by heavy metal poisoning are mistakenly misdiagnosed as incurable chronic conditions. How often do family doctors hear the complaint “I’m tired all the time, Doctor!”
Discuss heavy metal toxicity with your doctor or healthcare professional before receiving any diagnosis or treatment for a serious chronic condition. If you have unexplained symptoms and suspect mercury or other heavy metal toxicity, a hair analysis test will give you the answer you need.
Hair Analysis and Heavy Metal Toxicity
Hair analysis is the easiest and one of the best way to find out if toxic heavy metals have accumulated in the body. It also provides a comprehensive and reasonably accurate vitamin deficiency test or a mineral deficiency test.
The hair tissue is affected by the blood, perspiration, environment, genetics, hormones and enzymes. The hair represents what is occurring inside the cells and the sub-molecular figures of the body. A blood test shows what is happening outside the cell and organs, not really a reflection of heavy metals stored in the body.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported that “human hair can be used effectively for the biological monitoring of the highest priority toxic metals – lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic,” and “For toxic exposure… (testing) hair appears to be superior to (testing) blood and urine.”
Another way to test for heavy metal toxicity is Kinesiology. Discuss with your healthcare professional the most appropriate testing method for you.
What Can You Do?
The answer is chelation.
Chelation means, by definition, grasping and eliminating heavy metal poisons.
Our integrative health clinic recommends zeolite, a “chelating” or cleansing formulation containing pure Australian Clinoptilolite, a natural volcanic ash, for a safe and natural removal of toxic minerals and metals from the body. It comes in an enjoyable liquid suspension formula. Zeolite is a more gentle chelator than the chemical agents such as EDTA, DMSA, and DMPS.
Zeolite, technically a mineral, consists of alternating Silica Tetra Oxide and Aluminum Tetra Oxide crystals that arrange themselves in a lattice-like configuration. The compound has a negative electrostatic charge, while toxic heavy metals have a positive charge. Zeolite thus provides an extensive negatively charged surface area that can attract and bind positively charged toxic metals. The zeolite-metal complex is then excreted from the body.
Please contact The Dr Susan Jamieson Integrative Medical Practice at 2523-8044 to discuss your situation with your family doctor.