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Heavy Metal Detox

Heavy Metals and their Detoxification

 

Heavy metals in the body

 

      In trace amounts, certain metals have benefical physiological functions in the body – however, when their presence exceeds their physiological norm, they  are a MAJOR cause of immune system suppression, increased free radical activity (causing cellular and tissue damage in vital organs) and disruption of cellular functions. Some metals have no business being in the body at all and have a toxic effect at any level.

 

-        Physiological trace metals include:

 

         Zinc

         Selenium

         Iron

         Copper

         Manganese

         Chromium (III)

 

-       Health- toxic metals include:

 

         Mercury

         Arsenic

         Chromium (VI)

         Lead

         Cadmium

         Barium

 

 

-       Some metals are not physiological metals, but can aid health in small amounts

 

         Silver (antibiotic)

 

      Health effects of toxic metals – even at a low level, toxic heavy metal ions can cause serious health effects, including reduced growth and development, cancer, organ damage, nervous system damage, and in extreme cases, death.

 

To give an idea of the problems caused by or associated with toxic metals:

  

         Aluminum has been associated with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, senility, and presenile dementia.

 

         Arsenic exposure can cause cancer, abdominal pain, and skin lesions.

 

         Cadmium exposure produces kidney damage and hypertension

 

         Lead and mercury may cause the development of autoimmunity – whereby the immune system attacks its own cells. This can lead to joint diseases and ailments of the kidneys, circulatory system, and neurons. At higher doses, lead and mercury can cause irreversible brain damage.

 

      Heavy metals enter the body from various sources (consumed, breathed, transdermally acquired or via other contact):

 

         Dental amalgam (silver colored ones contain mercury)

         Vaccinations

         Food – Fish can contain mercury and cadmium,  aluminum found in antacids, canned foods, aluminum foil, some baking sodas; arsenic in CAFO-produced meat

         Water – E.g. arsenic , and more

         Cookware – E.g iron or aluminum pans contaminate food

         Air pollution – E.g. arsenic, cadmium; coal burning adds mercury to the air, etc.

         Cigarette smoke - Cadmium

         Household chemicals – E.g. arsenic in wood preservatives, cadmium in some paints

         Lead water pipes – introduce lead into water

         Gasoline – lead

         Batteries - lead

 

How to detoxify the body of heavy metals

 

      “Tools” to help rid the body of heavy metals :

 

         Zeolites

         Vitamin C,

          EDTA chelation by I.V. or Bio-chelat®

         Chlorella/cilantro

         Humifulvate

         Iodine - promotes excretion over base-line of cadmium, lead and mercury

 

How to Supplement Iodine

(Lugol’s Solution recommended)

 

         Magnesium  - protects cells from aluminum, mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium and nickel  

 

  Transdermal Magnesium Chloride or Nebulizing Magnesium

 

      Silver dental amalgams containing mercury should be removed by a holistic/biological dentist  - with the concurrent use of a heavy metal detoxification protocol.

 

Avoid taking in any more toxic heavy metals;

 

Diagnosis

      Lead poisoning diagnosed by analyzing blood samples - The maximum allowed concentration of lead is 10 micrograms (3.5 × 10 −7 ounces) per deciliter of blood.

 

      Hair samples give meaningful data on heavy metal toxicity – the United States Environmental Protection Agency reviewed over 400 studies of the use of hair for toxic metal detection, concluding that:

 

“Hair is a meaningful and representative tissue for (biological monitoring for) antimony, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, vanadium and perhaps selenium and tin.“

 

 

How do heavy metals cause problems in the body?

 

The heavy metal ions form complexes with proteins involving carboxylic acid (–COOH), amine (–NH 2 ), and thiol (–SH) groups

 

-          These complexes (modified biological molecules) lose their ability to function properly and result in the malfunction or death of the cells - When metal ions bind to these groups, they inactivate important enzyme systems, or affect protein structure ( linked to the catalytic properties of enzymes).

 

-          Heavy metals may also increase formation of damaging radicals - that can oxidize and cause damage to body molecules, cells and tissues of vital organs.

 

 

References

 

Chemistry Explained – Heavy Metal Toxins

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