Welcome to week three of my 10-week series, 10 Barriers To Recovery From Lyme Disease. Number 3 on the list is heavy metals.
Toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and aluminum can easily build up in the body. They may first float around in the blood stream, but then they will be taken up into the body tissues where they lodge and can cause strife. Where they lodge determines the amount and type of strife they cause. For some it may be in the connective tissue such as joints and muscles, causing arthritic symptoms and pain. For others it may be the cardiovascular system, contributing to heart disease (did you know that in some European countries, a patient presenting with blockage of coronary arteries will be detox’ed of lead before there is any consideration of bypass surgery?). For other people, toxic metals can lodge in the neurological tissue – yes, the brain. This can cause cognitive decline, memory loss, problems with focus and concentration, word-finding difficulties and a generally foggy-brained feeling. Sound familiar?! [Read more…]