Heavy Metal Toxicity

What is Heavy Metal Toxicity

Heavy metal toxicity is a term used to describe the condition a person is suffering from when it is determined they have high levels of heavy metals in their body – they could also be described as being “heavy metal toxic”.

Heavy metal toxicity is caused when the build-up of heavy metals such as aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury disrupt the normal biochemical process in the body. The heavy metals may come from exposure to multiple sources including cookware, fish, soda cans, freeway dust, cosmetics, vaccines and many, many more.

In particular, heavy metal toxicity can contribute to degenerative diseases, but other conditions can be linked to heavy metal toxicity including chronic fatigue, memory loss, hypothyroidism, insomnia, unexplained tremors, depression, joint pain and chronic headaches.

Heavy metal toxicity can be determined by a urine analysis, which shows the levels of heavy metals in the body. If metal levels are found to be high, chelation therapy is a safe, FDA approved treatment of heavy metal toxicity. Ridding the body of heavy metals is an important step in relieving debilitating symptoms of heavy metal toxicity and helping to improve overall health.

What are the Symptoms of Heavy Metal Toxicity

Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity are very varied and unless a practitioner is really informed about the threat to health which heavy metals pose, heavy metal toxicity may be overlooked as the root cause of the condition. Lack of energy, poor circulation, weight-gain, high blood pressure and unexplained aches and pains are some of the symptoms of heavy metal toxicity. Other symptoms of heavy metal toxicity include:

  • Allergies
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Digestive problems
  • Frequent colds and flus
  • Loss of memory
  • Metallic taste in mouth
  • Mood swings
  • Night sweats
  • Parasites
  • Skin problems
  • Sore or receding gums

Where do Heavy Metals Come From

Many people do not realize that they are exposed to heavy metals on a daily basis and are unaware where heavy metals come from. The truth is that heavy metals often come from the most innocent-looking sources, from everyday cookware to lipsticks to children’s toys. Being aware of where heavy metals come from is an important step in avoiding them. Here are some of the most common heavy metals and their sources:

Aluminum: Aluminum is found in soda cans, cookware, deodorants, automobile exhaust, dental amalgams and vaccinations.

Arsenic: Arsenic is present in some drinking water, pesticides, mushrooms, pressure-treated lumber and poultry.

Cadmium: The main source of cadmium is cigarette smoke but it is also present in coffee, steel cooking pans, fertilizers, batteries, copper refineries, pesticides and processed foods.

Copper: Copper is found in hot tubs, swimming pool chemicals, cookware, jewelry, piping, fungicides, dietary supplements and multi-vitamins/mineral.

Lead: Lead is found in dyes, airplane fuel, lead based paint, old plumbing, tobacco smoke, textiles, and car batteries.

Mercury: One main source is mercury amalgam fillings which leak into the mouth and then into the body. Other sources include, fish (especially tuna), cosmetics, plastics, fabric softeners, floor waxes/polishes, tattoos, hair dyes and batteries.

Common Heavy Metals

The most common heavy metals that humans are exposed to are aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury. A build-up of these common heavy metals can lead to a person being labelled with heavy metal toxicity.

What Can Be Done About Heavy Metal Toxicity

The first thing that can be done about heavy metal toxicity is to find out what your heavy metal levels are. At LifeWorks Wellness Center, urine analysis is done to establish the levels present in a patient’s body. When the test results are known, the practitioner will advise what can be done about heavy metal toxicity. The preferred protocol at LifeWorks for removing heavy metals from the body is chelation therapy.

Chelation therapy involves getting EDTA by IV drip, along with vitamin C, B complex, Magnesium and specific homeopathics. Normally the practitioner will recommend treatments 2-3 times per week for a total of 10 and then re-evaluate to see if more are needed. Each treatment takes between 30-40 minutes to deliver.

Why You Should Find Out What Your Heavy Metal Levels Are

It is important that anyone suffering from a serious health condition be tested to find out what their heavy metal levels are because they could be the underlying cause of the condition. High levels of one or more heavy metals can lead to many different conditions occurring from fatigue and headaches, to Alzheimer’s, gastro-intestinal irritation, autism, kidney disease and many more.

If you are lucky enough to be healthy it doesn’t mean you don’t have significant quantities of heavy metals in your body which may affect your health in the future, It is important to find out what your heavy metal levels are and if they are high you should begin treatment to reduce them.

Heavy Metal Toxicity Treatment Options

The primary heavy metal treatment option is chelation therapy, using EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid). EDTA is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a heavy metal treatment option, and is considered safe and routinely used for that purpose.

Heavy metals have been shown to relentlessly accumulate in human tissue over a lifetime. The removal of these metals with chelation therapy helps to normalize biochemical activity thereby improving circulation and energy.

It is becoming increasingly clear that we all intoxicated with numerous toxic metals, which is why it is important to investigate heavy metal treatment options. When these metals are chelated and periodically removed by EDTA the treatment can benefit well-being, prevent toxic metal induced disorders later in life and very often results in a reduction of minor symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches/spasms and fatigue.

Get Tested for Heavy Metals

Lifeworks Wellness Center is long recognized as one of the foremost natural health clinics in the US. At our Tampa Bay, Florida alternative medicine office we have been offering treatment for heavy metal toxicity for a long time and many of our patients have benefited from it. Our patients fly in from all over the world because they simply can’t find clinics offering tests for heavy metals where they live.

We have helped many patients regain their health and we would love to help you, too. To become a patient, or for more information, feel free to call our New Patient Coordinator at (727) 466-6789 or simply submit an online web form with your request.

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Dr. David Minkoff, M.D.
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In 1995, Dr. Minkoff's wife became ill and her physicians couldn't find what was wrong. Not accepting their "no hope" conclusion, Dr. Minkoff went on a search to help her which led him out of emergency medicine into complementary and alternative medicine to find the answers. In the process he gained expertise in Biological medicine, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. The answers he found were soon in demand when others learned of his wife’s return to good health. In response to this, he and his wife, Sue Minkoff RN established Lifeworks Wellness Center in 1997 and it quickly became one of the most comprehensive complementary and alternative medicine clinics in the U.S.

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