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Heavy Metals, Chelation, and YOU!

The effects of heavy metal toxicity on the body and what to do…

What are Heavy Metals?

Who is at risk?  Why should we worry?

Smokestacks_jpeg1-199x300There are many types of metals which may cause symptoms of illness based on the degree and length of exposure. Heavy metal (not the music) is the term used for certain elements that are ranked by their atomic weight with regard to the periodic table of elements. Some, such as cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, vanadium, strontium, and zinc, are essential to health in small, trace amounts. Harmful to health in excessive amounts and found in many products, both household and industrial,  include cadmium, antimony, chromium, mercury, lead, and arsenic.  Of this group, mercury, lead, and arsenic are the most common in cases of  toxicity.

EVERYONE is exposed to heavy metals. For the most part, your body handles it, but some have higher exposures than others due to their occupations.  Welders, pharmaceutical workers, pesticide handlers, painters, metal and chemical workers are at higher risk than the rest of the population, just to name a few. However, no one is safe. Heavy metals are abundant in the air we breathe, the water we drink and bathe in, and the food we eat. Pollutants are discharged into our air from factory and vehicle emissions.  Acid rain brings these pollutants to the soil as well as rivers, streams, and aquifers.  Chemicals used to kill insects and more…

 Physiological Significance

traffic-jam_jpeg-300x218If this scene looks familiar, chances are you’ve inhaled quite a few molecules of heavy metals in the form of gasses which bypass the liver’s detoxification process, and proceed directly to your blood stream.

Heavy metal toxicity can cause:

· Sleep disruption
· Lethargy (chronic fatigue)
· End organ damage (liver, kidney, lungs, heart, brain, eyes, bones, and skin)
· Shortness of breath
· Nerve damage (neuropathy, muscle cramps)
· Cancer
· Birth defects, miscarriage, and infertility

Chelation: Facts and Myth

Chelation is the removal of heavy metals from the body by combining with another agent, and excretion from the body.  IV (intravenous) chelation with EDTA has been scientifically proven to be ineffective against heart disease and reducing plaque build up in the arteries.

FACT: IV EDTA, regardless of protocol, is quackery and dangerous.  It has caused death due to hypocalcemia and does NOT improve outcomes in autism.

Oral chelation with EDTA is effective in the reduction of lead levels and some other heavy metals, but is ineffective in arsenate poisonings.

At The Natural Path, our position is to screen for the presence of heavy metals though the use of an early detection urine toxicity screen.

Most medical practitioners do not screen for the presence of heavy metals unless their experience or training (OCC MED) raises a high level of suspicion for symptom causation.  By the time heavy metal toxicity is found through serum analysis,  organ damage has been done.

Oral chelation, in combination with immune support and a diet rich in natural chelators, is much more effective in reducing the toxic levels of heavy metals.  Engineering (controls) safeguards for those involved in industrial exposures are, and will always be, the best method of preventing toxic exposure.

If you have concerns about heavy metal toxicity, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We will provide you with a plan to deal with your health related issues that does not involve life-threatening, expensive, and ineffective methods.

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