Heavy Metal Toxicity

What is Lead Poisoning?

All You need to know about lead poisoning

Lead poisoning particularly affects conditions of the brain but it can also lead to other physical symptoms. Oftentimes missed by practitioners who are not used to testing for heavy metals, if left unidentified, lead poisoning can reek havoc on the body.

Where Does Lead Poisoning Come From

Lead poisoning comes from regular exposure to sources which contain lead. These sources are varied and some may be surprising, so it is important to be aware of items which may contain lead.

Here are some of the most common sources:

  • dyes
  • gasoline (airplane fuel)
  • lead based paint
  • old plumbing
  • potter
  • insecticides
  • tobacco smoke
  • textiles
  • scrap metal
  • automobile exhaust
  • canned fruit juices
  • car batteries
  • crayons
  • hair coloring
  • air pollution
  • mascara
  • smelting of lead

Symptoms and Effects of Lead Poisoning

Symptoms of lead poisoning are varied and so are the effects. For this reason it can be difficult to diagnose that lead poisoning is the root cause of certain conditions. The effects may include; abortion, ADD, anemia, damage to the kidneys, brain, blood, chronic kidney disease, damage to muscles and bones, fatigue, hypertension, gout, sterility, irritability, hyperactivity, and memory loss.

Lead Poisoning in Children

Lead poisoning is a risk for everyone as lead is routinely used in everything from batteries to construction materials. However, lead poisoning in children is particularly high risk as their developing bodies are more prone to absorbing and retaining lead. Also children’s gastrointestinal tract can absorb lead more easily than adults and in particular, lead poisoning in children can affect their brains and lead to behavioral problems.

One reason why lead is a problem for children is a problem is because that by their nature, young children tend to put objects in their mouths, such as lead-contaminated toys, or they may suck on their fingers after they have been in contact with lead paint or dust. Lead poisoning in children is never a result of a one-time event, more a slow process of on-going exposure and accumulation.

What can be done about Lead Poisoning?

An initial step that can be done about lead poisoning is to undergo a test which will test the levels of lead in the body. A urine test is recommended by LifeWorks Wellness Center, urine analysis is done to establish the levels present in a patient’s body. When the test results indicate that lead levels are high, the practitioner will advise what can be done. The preferred protocol at LifeWorks for removing lead 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.

Testing for Lead Poisoning

A urine analysis will indicate the levels of lead in the body and is the preferred test for lead poisoning at LifeWorks. This test will be ordered after the patient has one session of chelation therapy, which stimulates the release of heavy metals into the urine.

Effective Treatments for Lead Poisoning

The primary treatment option for lead poisoning is chelation therapy, which is delivered via an IV drip.

Lead levels can take many years to accumulate in the body and so this treatment for lead poisoning may have to be repeated many times in order to excrete the lead from the body.

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 benefitted from it. Our patients fly in from all over the world because they simply can’t find clinics offering treatment 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 inquiry with your request.

Dr. Minkoff

About Dr. Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.