Heavy Metal Toxicity Is the Accumulation Of Heavy Metals, In Toxic Amounts, In the Soft Tissues Of the Body.
Symptoms and physical findings associated with heavy metal poisoning vary according to the metal accumulated. Many of the heavy metals, such as zinc, copper, chromium, iron and manganese, are essential to body function in very small amounts. But, if these metals accumulate in the body in concentrations sufficient to cause poisoning, then serious damage may occur. The heavy metals most commonly associated with poisoning of humans are lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium. Heavy metal poisoning may occur as a result of industrial exposure, air or water pollution, foods, medicines, improperly coated food containers, or the ingestion of lead-based paints.*
We are presently being exposed to hundreds of thousands of toxic compounds in the form of inorganic chemicals and toxic metals. These substances are everywhere including the air we breathe. Most people are absolutely clueless about just how toxic mercury is. It is toxic at one in one billion-part quantities. That is about the same concentration of one grain of salt in one swimming pool. That is why having mercury fillings is such a major challenge to your health.
Heavy metal toxicity, just like chemical toxicity, has become one of the most pressing health hazards of our day. Your body is assailed by chemicals and heavy metals on a daily basis, oftentimes from the most innocent-looking sources, from your everyday cookware to your child’s rubber ducky. *(Dr.Mercola)
It has now gotten to the point where babies are being BORN toxic due to the toxic load of their mothers. A 2004 study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that blood samples from newborns contained an average of 287 toxins, including mercury, fire retardants, pesticides and chemicals in non-stick cookware
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Types of Metal Poisoning That Can Create Toxicity Include:
Aluminum PoisoningAntimony PoisoningArsenic Poisoning
Many of the Toxicity Symptoms listed below are also signs that you could have developed any number of health conditions including autoimmune disease, liver and kidney disease, Crohn’s disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, fibromyalgia, Leaky Gut Syndrome, and neuromusclular disorders.
Symptoms/Diseases Related To Heavy Metals:
Allergies and/or Overburdened Immune System:
Heavy metals – especially mercury – are highly toxic, killing the friendly bacteria in our guts. Friendly bacteria are responsible for a beneficial gut flora and the internal mucosa which protects the gut from toxins or allergens. Therefore, a compromised gut opens the door to all kind of toxins and allergens, which, in turn overburdens the immune-system and leads finally to all kind of allergies.
Heavy metals eventually bind to body proteins. The immune system recognizes these proteins as a foreign and attacks them, leading to so-called autoimmune disorders.
All skin problems originate in the intestine which has been damaged by toxins (heavy metals), non-nutritious, processed and refined foods, anti-biotic use and stress.
High Cholesterol- Cardiovascular Disease:
A rise in cholesterol typically accompanies the inflammatory response and it serves to protect the nerve and brain against exposure to fat-soluble toxins and heavy metals. Studies show that when decreasing the cholesterol level with medication there is a corresponding rise in all-cause mortality, which includes a higher risk in cancer, mini-strokes and suicide.
Depletion of the Immune System and Cancer:
Heavy metals increase the production of free radicals and oxidative stress leading to tissue acidification. All Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment!
Having a constant inflammatory response to heavy metals (fight or flight reaction) the cancer killing immune system becomes depleted. When this happens cancer cells proliferate.
Heavy metals create an over-production of free radicals (rust), leading to chronic inflammation (pain). Chronic inflammation generates a further overproduction of free radicals. In order to stop this vicious circle, heavy metals must be eliminated first.
Heavy metals combine with bile from the gallbladder and cause it to become more alkaline, providing a favorable environment for parasites and bacteria. The immune system is suppressed by heavy metals – thus parasites and bacteria find an opportunistic environment.
The parasites plug up the hepatic or bile duct so that needed digestive enzymes are not released.
With a blocked gallbladder, good oils are not processed. Without enough oils, hormone production is affected.
Adrenal glands can weaken and burn out as they are trying to self-regulate the compromising effects of heavy metals. This leads to fatigue, as the adrenal glands put out adrenaline, the energy hormone.
Heavy metals bind to oxygen and hemoglobin in blood, lowering blood and tissue oxygen, causing lack of energy and cancer development. Cancer thrives on low-oxygen environment.
Alzheimer, MS, ALS, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Parkinson’s:
All heavy metals are neurotoxic, increasing the free radical production a million fold and destroying the nervous tissue.
In order to dilute toxins (heavy metals) the body retains water and fats in the adipose tissue.
Heavy metals replace essential minerals, also called “the fight for the site”. The heavy metals grab the biological spaces which should be filled by necessary minerals instead.
Since essential copper and iodine ions are not being absorbed the thyroid function becomes compromised.
Low Libido, PMS, Impotence, Prostate Problems:
Heavy metals lower (replace) zinc levels which are necessary for the proper levels of progesterone and testosterone.
Heavy Metals Inhibit the Effects of Certain Neurotransmitters:
Dopamine: Well-being, controls pain
Serotonin: Well-being, relaxation, sleep
Adrenaline: energy and stamina
Melatonin: Sleep Cycles
Heavy metals – in particular, mercury – sets the perfect terrain for the overgrowth of yeast and fungus (Candida). Metabolic waste released from fungus, called mycotoxins, inhibits the absorption of insulin, thus creating diabetes. By decreasing the sugar intake, the yeast and fungus proliferation will decrease, but it will not solve the real cause, which is heavy metals.
Other diseases are: Crohn’s Disease, Kidney Disease, Liver Disorder, Lupus, and Reproductive Disorders
Psychological, Physical and Behavior Problems:
Tired in the morning upon waking
Hypoglycemic (with unexplained energy bursts)
Difficulty to concentrate
Sleep disorders, Trouble falling asleep, waking too early
Difficulty in making decisions
Central Nerve System
DizzinessLoss of muscle control in the hand sometimes in the feetLoss of muscle co-ordination
Vision gets more and more limited or troubled
Shacking hands or arms
Loss of hearing
Auto immune disorders
Diagnosed with cytomegalovirus, herpes, Epstein Barr
Tendency to diabetesRenal stonesThyroid dysfunction
Low sex drive
Cold hands and feet
High blood pressureTachycardiaPain in the heart region/angina
Low blood pressure
Loss of cardiac rhythm
Intestinal spasms (alternates from diarrhea to constipation)Irritable Bowel SyndromeStomach pains
Metallic taste in mouthBleeding gumsParadontitis
Formation of calculus
Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Heavy Metal Poisoning
Impaired blood sugar regulationAching JointsAlcohol intolerance
Allergies (environmental and food sensitivities)
Anxious and irritable
Cannot lose weight
Chronic unexplained pain
Cold hands and feet
Dark circles under the eyes
Female reproductive problems**
Frequent colds and flus
High levels of toxic metals in your blood, urine or tissues
Impaired blood sugar regulation
Intolerance to medications & vitamins
Loss of memory and forgetfulness
Low body temperature
Metallic taste in mouth
Muscle and joint pain
Muscle tics or twitches
Prone to mood swings
Prone to rashes
Sensitive to smells like tobacco smoke, perfumes, paint fumes and chemical odors
Small black spots on your gums
Sore or receding gums
Tingling in the extremities
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
**… such as menstrual difficulties, infertility, miscarriage, pre-eclampsia, pregnancy-induced hypertension and premature birth;
Heavy Metals and Autism, PDD and ADHD
*Evidence supports the role of heavy metals in causing autism, PDD and ADHD. These children often have biochemical impairments that put them at greater risk for damage caused by heavy metal accumulation.
The research of Dr. William Walsh, Ph.D. and Dr. Anjum Usman, MD has found alterations in the functioning of metallothionein protein (MT) in children with autism. This impairment impacts brain development and causes extreme sensitivity to toxic metals and other environmental substances. This supports and begins to explain why environmental toxicity combined with genetic susceptibility leads to autism.
In a study of 503 autistic patients, Dr. Walsh and Usman found abnormal levels of copper and zinc in blood. This indicates defective functioning of MT proteins. These MT proteins regulate blood levels of these trace minerals, detoxify mercury and other heavy metals, and assist in development of the nervous system. Consequences of defective MT during pregnancy or early infancy are consistent with several classic symptoms of autism. This has led many leading experts to believe that MT impairment is a causative factor in autism.
*Diagnosing metal toxicities can be difficult; the symptoms and consequences of many, especially chronic toxicities, are non-specific and may resemble other diseases. A careful analysis of dietary, environmental, and occupational exposure history is one of the most important tools in evaluating a potential metal toxicity (Vearrier 2010). Metal testing can be an important aid to confirm or rule out a diagnosis of metal toxicity. Some metal tests include:
Blood Testing. Commercial blood tests are available for many metals (universally toxic metals, such as lead and mercury, as well as essential metals that are toxic above certain thresholds, such as iron or copper). Blood levels of cadmium and lead are usually indicative of recent exposures and may not reflect whole body burdens (ATSDR 2007b; ATSDR 2012b). For example, in the case of lead, blood levels are only indicative of exposure over the previous 90 days (ATSDR 2007b). In the case of arsenic, which is cleared rapidly from the blood, blood tests may only be reliable during early stages of intoxication (< 7-10 days after exposure) (Rusyniak 2010). There is a poor correlation between blood levels and exposure for aluminum (ATSDR 2008b). Reference ranges for individual tests depend on the laboratory performing the analysis.
Urine Testing. Because of differences in the rates of excretion for toxic metals, urine tests are indicative of cumulative exposure/total body burden for some metals (e.g., cadmium) and recent exposure for others (e.g., mercury) (ATSDR 2001; ATSDR 2012b). Urinary arsenic can be elevated following seafood consumption, limiting its diagnostic value in some cases (ATSDR 2007a). Post-challenge or post-provocation urine tests, which involve the measurement of urine metal concentrations following administration of a chelator, may reveal sources of stored toxic metals. However, since there are no broadly accepted reference ranges for urine metals determined by this technique, these tests are likely of limited diagnostic value and are not validated (Vearrier 2010; American College of Medical Toxicology 2010). Reference ranges for individual tests depend on the laboratory performing the analysis. Hair and nail analysis. Hair and nail analysis can be used to determine cumulative exposure to cadmium, lead, arsenic, and methylmercury. While reliable for large body burdens, it may not be sensitive enough to resolve differences in lower exposures; it is also sensitive to external contamination (Suzuki 1989; Hughes 2006).
X-ray Fluorescence (XRF). XRF is a non-invasive technique for assessing tissue deposits of metals (cumulative exposure). It can be used to detect cadmium in kidneys and lead in bones (Nilsson 1995; ATSDR 2007b). XRF is not a widely available technique.
Remedies and Treatment
Here is a List of What to eat and what To Avoid for a Heavy Metal Detox:
- Chelation therapy can work to help draw the heavy metals out of my body.
- Eat fresh organic cilantro, which helps remove the metals. (Information on Why to Choose Organic).
- Taking powdered Citrus Pectin every day for several months.
- Avoid eating anything out of a can (this includes tomato sauce, vegetables, fruits, etc. anything that came from a can).
- Avoid high-mercury fish such as tuna and swordfish as well as most seafood.
- Use liquid chlorophyll every day mixed into hot tea and water with fresh organic lemon.
- Remove mercury fillings if possible through a special Integrative Medical Dentist so that the mercury was not drawn into the brain or organs.
- Use a water filter that removes toxic chemicals and heavy metals from tap water.
- Use infra-red saunas as much as possible to sweat out the toxins. Relax in an infra-red sauna or steam bath to cleanse your system.
- Do acupuncture as much as possible to the liver to remove toxins.
- Detox the face and body lotions, eye makeup remover products, hairspray, makeup, self-tanners, etc. and threw away any that contained parabens. Now I only use Barlean’s Organic Coconut Oil to remove my makeup. You can read more about parabens and toxic chemicals in beauty products on my Beauty Detox Page.
- Use Organic Baking Soda or Toothpaste with no metals.
- Drink lots of fresh organic green juice daily.
- Eat lots of fresh organic vegetables and healthy fats.
- Avoid all processed foods, not only those that are high in salt, sugar and preservatives and follow a Low FODMAP Diet (FODMAPs are carbohydrates (sugars) that are found in foods. Not all carbohydrates are considered FODMAPs. The FODMAPs in the diet are: Fructose <fruits, honey, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), etc.> Lactose <dairy>)
Replace simple sugars and carbohydrates with whole grains, complex carbohydrates and fruit. See below, How To Detox Your Pantry Page* below and my Anti-Inflammatory Page for more information. See below, How To Go Sugar Free. See below, How To Cook With Whole Grains.
- Identify food allergies through The Elimination Diet and avoid eating those foods that cause inflammation in the body.
- Drink 6 to 8 glasses of filtered or purified water daily.
- Use a dry brush to get the lymphatic system working on the legs after showering.
- Use only organic, non-toxic products cleaning supplies Chemicals in most commercial cleaning products can act as hormone disruptors, which may interfere with the body’s natural chemical messages, either by blocking or mimicking the actions of hormones. I use natural items like baking soda, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide that clean and disinfect without noxious chemicals. You can read more on my Natural Household Cleaning Detox Page.
- Get rid of all plastic containers and water bottles made from BPA plastic. BPA found in many plastic containers is considered to be an endocrine disruptor or xenoestrogen, a class of compounds that can suppress male hormones and mimic female hormones by binding with estrogen receptors. I opt for stainless steel and glass containers and use glassware instead of plastic. Check out my How To Detox Page for more information.
- Get rid of all pots and pans that are Teflon-coated or aluminum They can release chemical toxins into the air when the pans are well heated, contributing to indoor air pollution. Specks of coating in scratched pans can flake into your food. I use Pyrex and cast iron cookware instead.
Also These Guidelines Can Help Limit Your Exposure:
- Use glass, cast iron, carbon steel, titanium, and enamel cookware. Both aluminum and non-stick cookware are well known for their toxic dangers, and stainless steel can expose you to carcinogenic nickel.
- Minimize consumption of restaurant food as restaurants are required to use stainless steel pots and vats.
- Avoid stainless steel thermoses; the glass lined kinds are best. Later this year I will be offering glass water bottles that can also be used in lieu of a thermos, with neoprene sleeves to protect them from breaking.
- Avoid cosmetics with aluminum bases, mineral powders that contain bismuth, and aluminum-laden antiperspirants, which have been shown to increase your Alzheimer’s risk by as much as 300 percent!
- Avoid vaccinations that inject mercury or aluminum directly into your bloodstream.
- Avoid stainless steel orthodontics such as braces and palate wideners.
- Avoid costume jewelry if you are sensitive to metals.
- Avoid smoking and second hand smoke as it causes cadmium poisoning.
- Make sure you purchase your natural herbal remedies from a reputable source with strict quality testing. Some colloidal silvers can lead to silver poisoning, and some folk remedies can be high in mercury, lead and arsenic, either due to alleged medicinal properties or through unintentional contamination.
- Avoid conventional insecticides and herbicides. Also be VERY cautious when using the “natural alternative” Borax (boric acid), which can also cause serious health problems, including death.
- Zinc: 30 mg, 1 – 3 times daily
- Calcium: 700 – 1200 mg daily
- Selenium: 200 mcg daily
- Silicon: (as Choline-Stabilized Orthosilicic Acid): 5 mg twice daily
- Vitamin C: 500 – 1000 mg daily
- Folate: (preferably as L-methylfolate): 1000 mcg daily
- Alpha-lipoic acid: 250 mg twice daily
- Glutathione: 50 mg, 1 – 3 times daily
- N-acetyl cysteine (NAC): 600 mg, 1 – 3 times daily
- Probiotics (supplying at least 2 billion colony forming units [CFUs]): 1 – 2 times daily
- Chlorella: 3 g daily Garlic extract (std. to 10 000 ppm allicin potential [12 mg]): 1200 mg, 1 – 4 times daily
- Modified Citrus Pectin (with alginate complex): 1.5 g twice daily
- Cilantro (herbal extract): Steep 1 – 15 drops in hot water two times daily. Take for 5 days, then stop for 2.
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*How To Detox Your Pantry
What to Remove: Preservatives, Refined Foods, Trans Fats, Sugar and Chemicals
Processed hot dogs, sausages
Refined canola oil
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
Spices and condiments filled with preservatives
All Soy products such as soy milk, soy beans, soybean oil
Hormone treated, Factory Farmed, Antibiotic Filled Poultry and Dairy
*How To Go Sugar Free
- Replace sugars with stevia, a calorie-free sugar substitute made from a plant.
- What is stevia? Stevia can be up to 300 times sweeter than regular cane sugar. Stevia doesn’t raise blood sugar; it has no calories or sugar because it is an herb. It’s an herb from a plant that grows in Brazil and Paraguay. A little bit of stevia goes a long way; it’s sold in powder and liquid form. Store stevia in your pantry.
- Use stevia in baking recipes for breads, cookies, pudding, pies, ice cream, pancakes, etc.
- Stay away from processed sugar substitutes such as aspartame and Splenda.
- Use fresh fruit: fresh fruit adds such a natural sweetness to recipes without the refined added sugar.
- Try using pureed pumpkin or sweet potato and no-sugar added applesauce in recipes in place of the sugar for a sweet taste without the sugar rush.
- Sugar comes in many forms included (but not limited to): maple syrup,honey, brown rice syrup, evaporated cane juice, sucanat, brown sugar, molasses, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup.
- Eat naturally sweet fruits and vegetables such as beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, fennel, leeks, onions, scallions, oranges, berries, bananas, apples, pomegranates, etc.
- Eating green vegetables, alkalizes the body and detoxes it of unwanted toxins. Greens are filled with minerals and nutrients that are vital for cellular regeneration.
- Use fresh herbs such as cilantro, basil, mint and marjoram.
- Whole foods are what belong inside your body! Try these naturally sugar-free foods: fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, organic eggs, organic turkey, organic chicken, low-mercury fish, beans, legumes, whole grains such as brown rice,millet, quinoa or buckwheat (all gluten-free).
- Remember, sugar is still sugar in any form and if your body is inflamed then sugar will fuel your inflammation.
*How To Cook With Whole Grains
Use these basic guidelines for cooking whole grains including amaranth, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, cornmeal, couscous, Kamut®, millet, oats, pasta, quinoa, brown rice, rye berries, sorghum, spelt berries, wheat berries and wild rice.
- Try lightly roasting grains in a dry skillet before cooking. This gives them a lighter texture and a nuttier taste.
- Most grains become sticky if stirred, so leave them alone while they cook. The result will be fluffier and tastier.
- Some grain dishes, such as bulgar and couscous, are actually fluffier if you do not cook them. Just pour boiling water over the grains, let them stand for 15 to 20 minutes, then toss them with a fork before adding other ingredients or serving.
|To 1 cup of this grain||Add this much water or broth:||Bring to a boil then simmer for:||Amount after cooking|
|Amaranth||2 cups||20-25 minutes||3 1/2 cups|
|Barley, hulled||3 cups||45-60 minutes||3 1/2 cups|
|Buckwheat||2 cups||20 minutes||4 cups|
|Bulgar||2 cups||10-12 minutes||3 cups|
|Cornmeal (polenta)||4 cups||25-30 minutes||2 1/2 cups|
|Couscous, whole wheat||2 cups||10 minutes||3 cups|
|Kamut® grain||4 cups||Soak overnight, then cook 45-60 minutes||3 cups|
|Millet, hulled||2 1/2 cups||25-35 minutes||4 cups|
|Oats, steel cut||4 cups||20 minutes||4 cups|
|Pasta, whole wheat||6 cups||8-12 minutes (varies by size)||Varies|
|Quinoa||2 cups||12-15 minutes||3+ cups|
|Brown rice||2 1/2 cups||25-45 minutes (varies by variety)||3-4 cups|
|Rye berries||4 cups||Soak overnight, then cook 45-60 minutes||3 cups|
|Sorghum||4 cups||25-40 minutes||3 cups|
|Spelt berries||4 cups||Soak overnight, then cook 45-60 minutes||3 cups|
|Wheat berries||4 cups||Soak overnight, then cook 45-60 minutes||3 cups|
|Wild rice||3 cups||45-55 minutes||3 1/2 cups|
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