Heavy metals such as mercury, lead, aluminum and cadmium can be very harmful to the body. I see it frequently in my patients. So in my own ongoing habit of checking my metals, adrenals, thyroid etc., I did my own heavy metal labs to make sure my sushi habit wasn’t creeping my mercury up. I was shocked at what I saw. Mercury was a bit high, but my lead level was 19 (it should be less than 2), and my bismuth was 54 (it should be less than 4). Wheweeeee, it’s time to physician heal thyself! I’m designing a protocol for myself, and thought I’d share some ideas about how to detox lead from the body in case any of you are in the same boat!
Heavy metal toxicity is an issue that exists alongside many other health conditions and diagnoses. Many of my autistic-spectrum patients have heavy metal toxicity, many of my Lyme disease patients have heavy metal toxicity, but I would bet that many people without any official diagnosis have high levels of heavy metals in their bodies that may be affecting their neurological function. With the pollution surrounding us today, heavy metals are a part of the environment. Reversing heavy metal toxicity can provide a massive boost in one’s overall health levels.
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that encompasses a range of symptoms, including fatigue, chronic pain, muscle aches and weakness, sleep problems, headaches, and brain fog. There are 18 tender points that have been identified that contribute to the diagnosis of fibromyalgia – specific points on the body, many concentrated around the back of the neck and shoulders, that when pressed cause major pain and distress. Depression and anxiety can go along with fibromyalgia too. Fibromyalgia renders people sick and debilitated for years of their life: but what really causes fibromyalgia? [Read more…]
Toxic metals in one’s system can lead to all kinds of health issues, ranging from autistic traits in children, up to full-blown neurological and cardiovascular disease in adults. Many of my patients have high levels of heavy metals, especially mercury and lead. So how does one find out if they have toxic levels of metals ? There are a couple of ways of testing for heavy metals:
In today’s medical environment, it is increasingly difficult to wade through the myriad of information available and decipher exactly what is involved in achieving optimal health. Most Americans have some health problems, many of which are medicated, but not actually treated at the root cause level. In other words, the symptoms are being treated, but not the underlying cause of disease. [Read more…]
One of the things women ask me who are looking to get pregnant is about heavy metal detoxification, aka chelation. Heavy metals are not necessarily a great thing to have in abundance for women carrying a baby for 40 weeks, and yet there are times when stirring the pot can actually be worse. Here are my thoughts on it. [Read more…]