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Heavy metal toxicity occurs far more often than one would ever expect. We are exposed to toxic metals on a day-to-day basis in our environment. Whether heavy metal poisoning comes from pollution, cooking utensils, deodorants, pesticides, etc., all have a devastating effect on the human body. The worst effect is free radical damage. Many good alternative care mined physicians (Naturopathic Doctors, elect Medical Doctors, and other professionals), agree that free radical damage is the primary cause for the degenerative disease process.
EDTA chelation IV therapy: EDTA has been successfully used in the treatment of atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis for over 50 years. It has also been used successfully in many other complaints. (See section on Chelation, EDTA). Yet there is a very select few Medical Doctors and even fewer Naturopathic Doctors who have received proper training in this wonderful technology. It will be difficult to find a doctor who practices EDTA because the AMA and FDA do not promote this technology to Medical Doctors. EDTA is administered directly into the blood veins and must be administered in a medical office, hopefully under the direction of a doctor who has been trained in EDTA IV chelation therapy.
You may need to check out the International College of Integrated Medicine, icimed.com, (ICIM), to find a doctor in your area that uses EDTA in his or her practice.
If you are an Oregon resident, you may be able to call the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners and request help in locating a Naturopathic Doctor in Oregon, licensed to administer EDTA Chelation. (971-673-0193)
Oral EDTA: Orally administered EDTA is only absorbed 5% into the bloodstream, limiting it’s use as a treatment. Therefore oral EDTA is best if only used for prevention of re-absorption of heavy metals during a regular chelation session. Most heavy metals are imbedded within various cell walls where they do their damages to those cell, and are not freely moving around in the body. All heavy metals have varying stability constants with the chelation molecules. During the normal chelation process, the chelator picks up heavy metals, then when a metal with a higher stability constant comes in contact with the chelator molecule, the chelator will drop the metal with the weaker stability constant in favor for the metal with the higher stability constant. Thus, during a normal chelation session, some unbound heavy metals will be freely moving around in the body. Due to the normal perfusion of blood and body fluids through the intestines, some heavy metals will find their way into the intestines where they will eventually be re-absorbed back into the blood stream. The very fact that oral EDTA is only absorbed 5% makes taking oral EDTA good preventative practice under these conditions. If oral EDTA is taken shortly after a normal chelation session, any unbound heavy metal toxins found in the gut will be bound (chelated) by the oral EDTA, and then safely excreted. Depending on the dosage, these oral EDTA capsules could be sold a food supplement, or a prescription. If the dose is high and a prescription is needed, it must be through a doctor who is licensed to prescribe EDTA in the state of his licensure. Oral EDTA can also prevent normal absorption of needed minerals in your diet. Therefore, taking oral EDTA on a daily basis is contraindicated. Oral EDTA is best used under the direction of a doctor who has this understanding.
EDTA suppositories: Each suppository is 1/10 a normal IV dose. Suppositories come packaged ten to a box. Therefore one box is equivalent to one medically administered EDTA chelation IV therapy. The suppositories can be administered in the privacy of your home. There are a few doctors who do not agree with this delivery method because they feel the EDTA is not very well absorbed via the rectum. (It is only minutely absorbed in the stomach, which is why the manufacturer produced the suppositories.) The manufacturer has doctors who do believe, and some evidence to back up their claims, that suppositories deliver 90% of their EDTA into the bloodstream.
You may need to visit the manufacturer’s website www.medicardium.com, to help locate a physician in your area who sells these suppositories.
DMPS chelation: An IV push form of chelation therapy which must be administered under the supervision of a doctor who is licensed to use DMPS in the state of his licensure. The Journal of Chelation Therapy, produced by the American College for Advancement in Medicine, advises that DMPS be used only as a diagnostic tool to determine current levels of heavy metal toxicity. Also, if you have old silver amalgam dental fillings, it is strongly advised you do NOT receive DMPS as DMPS has been found in saliva and is believed may actually leach out mercury from the old fillings, thus causing a RISE in mercury toxicity in the body.
DMSA chelation: An oral form of chelation therapy which is the most gentle form of chelation, yet is highly effective. DMSA must be administered under the supervision of a doctor who is licensed to use DMSA in the state of his licensure.
Selenium: Competes for the same binding sites as mercury.
Alpha Lipoic Acid: Antioxidant that will also help protect the brain cells from mercury.
Antioxidants: Free radical damages can be linked as one of the causative roots of many diseases, including dementia. Antioxidants help correct and then protect from further free radical damages. What is a Free Radical? A Free Radical is an unstable oxygen molecule that possesses an unpaired electron. This molecule is constantly trying to become whole by robbing cells of vital components. These biochemical compounds called Free Radicals damage our body and its cells. Both external pollutants and biochemical process of the body cause excess Free Radical reactions; Environmental pollutants, numerous food additives, and stress are only a few of the many ways Free Radicals are formed. The way in which Free Radicals are normally kept in check is by the action of Free Radical Scavengers that occur naturally in the body. These scavengers neutralize the Free Radicals. It’s important to assist our body by additionally supplementing daily with Antioxidants. Supplementation with only a few antioxidants though, gives us much less protection, than utilizing a complete array of antioxidants. This is due to the fact that the antioxidant defense system works as a team. If members of the team are missing, the outcome is poor. Maximum protection requires the complete array of established antioxidants in nutritionally meaningful amounts. Stressful living produces a much higher amount of free radicals than found in otherwise normal individuals. Free radical damage has many extreme negative complications, including faster aging, and is believed to be the root cause of many of our degenerative diseases. It is my professional conviction that "Type A" personalities will have a far greater amount of free radicals in their bodies when compared to Type C personalities. It is well known that Type A personalities die more often of heart disease, stoke and cancer than Type C personalities. Type A personalities do not handle stress well. Type C personalities are not affected by stressful situations like Type A personalities are, and they handle everyday stressors calmly. Most people I have met while working in my profession are Type A.
Co- Q-10: Coenzyme Q-10 is a naturally occurring substance found within our food and is synthesized by each and every cell of our body. It is a vitamin-like substance that resembles Vitamin E, but is an even more powerful Antioxidant. It is the only antioxidant found in human tissue. Coenzyme Q-10 declines with age and should be supplemented in the diet. The New England Journal of Medicine reports that Coenzyme Q-10 alone is effective in reducing mortality. Its functions include: 1. Antioxidant ability - By scavenging free radicals this compound stops damage to cell membranes that may occur from excess free radicals 2. Energy function - Coenzyme Q-10 is vitally important in the formation of ATP by the cells of the body. ATP is the molecule responsible for energy stores within the body. All cell functions are dependent on adequate cellular levels of ATP. Adequate levels of ATP must be maintained or the body suffers from severe energy loss and poor organ function. The supplemental use of Coenzyme Q-10 has been well researched in cardiovascular disease. There are numerous double blind studies that show its benefits in congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy (poor pumping of the heart). Co-Enzyme Q-10 appears to increase the heart’s ability to tolerate lower levels of oxygen and has shown benefits in individuals with angina (chest pains from decreased blood flow to the heart). It also benefits allergies, asthma, and respiratory disease, and is used to assist the brain for abnormalities of mental function such as those with Alzheimer’s.
Vitamin E: It was discovered during autopsies that patients who died of heart disease had far less stores of vitamin E in their heart tissue than patients who died for other reasons. (Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Michael Murray, N.D., available at many bookstores) Vitamin E has been shown effective in suppressing free radicals. Studies have shown that mixed tocopherols have greater enhanced immune system benefits, improved antioxidant properties, and improved cardiovascular benefits above and beyond alpha tocopherol alone.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C is the single most cost effective antioxidant (dollar-to-dollar amount for antioxidant properties), than all other available antioxidants. Vitamin C performs many vital functions within the body. It increases the strength and integrity of connective tissue including the inside of your blood veins, producing significant positive effects upon the cardiovascular system. Vit C supports the immune system, fights viruses and some bacteria, functions as an important antioxidant and enhances adrenal gland function. Vitamin C was first discovered because of unresolved scurvy when sailors were out on the seas. Scurvy is the breakdown of small capillaries, or small blood vessels. Additional Vitamin C is needed during times of stress.
Age 20: 0050 mg
Age 30: 0200 mg
Age 40: 0390 mg
Age 50: 0620 mg
Age 60: 0970 mg
Age 70: 1310 mg
Age 80: 1780 mg
Age 20: 10 mcg
Age 30: 20 mcg
Age 40: 30 mcg
Age 50: 40 mcg
Age 60: 50 mcg
Age 70: 60 mcg
Age 80: 70 mcg
Age 20: 0.6 g
Age 30: 1.2 g
Age 40: 1.7 g
Age 50: 2.2 g
Age 60: 2.8 g
Age 70: 3.4 g
Age 80: 3.8 g
Age 20: 0190 g
Age 30: 0380 g
Age 40: 0580 g
Age 50: 0760 g
Age 60: 0940 g
Age 70: 1100 g
Age 80: 1210 g
Each amalgam filling in your tooth releases up to 17 mcg of mercury every day. This increases up to 500 mcg with the smoking of cigarettes, the drinking of hot liquids, gum chewing, acidic saliva or the grinding of teeth at night. Mercury accumulates in the brain, heart, kidneys, and endocrine glands and can cause depression, autoimmune diseases, memory loss, tremors, anemia and heart attacks.
The half-life of mercury is 67 years in the human body. It accumulates in the neurons (nerve cell bodies). It is very difficult to get rid of. There is enough mercury in one amalgam filling that if it were extracted and put into a 10-acre lake, the EPA would shut down that lake due to contamination of the fish. Yet it has been OK for years to put into amalgam fillings.
Not too many years ago some dentists began to speak out against mercury, telling their patients that mercury was a poison. Then the ADA (American Dental Association) told the dentists they would get their licenses to practice dentistry revoked, if they did not shut up. Just recently here in Oregon, the “gage” order was lifted and dentist can finally tell the truth about mercury.
Our clinic works with a few selected dentists in the Portland Oregon area who understand mercury for what it is. These few dentists are extremely careful when removing old amalgam fillings so the patient will not get contaminated. Composite fillings are the way to go, but the dentist must be very precise to be certain those composites are as strong as possible.
A hair analysis will demonstrate the amounts of mercury, and other metal toxicities, which are acute to the patient. Acute meaning the patient is consuming the contaminated products on a regular basis. One example is canned Tuna Fish. Since mercury has gotten into our water sources, rivers, lakes, and oceans, certain fish are susceptible to this contamination, depending upon where in the ocean they usually are found.
Chelation of metals and mercury is possible and highly recommended. Taking extra selenium is helpful as selenium competes for the same binding sites, as does mercury in the human body. Alpha Lipoic Acid is also very beneficial as part of what is does is protect the brain cells from the mercury.
Aluminum can be found in drinking water, antiperspirants, baking powders, feminine hygiene products, cow and soymilk, baby formula, antacids, aluminum foil, and old cast aluminum pots and pans, and backpacking (camping) aluminum cookware.
It accumulates in the skin, bones, brain, and kidneys and can cause Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Barium compounds are found in soaps, ceramics, paper, glass, plastics, textiles, dyes, fuel additives, rubber, paint and pesticides. In my old pre-med days while working as an X-ray technician, we regularly used barium enemas to get a good x-ray picture of the large intestine.
Barium toxicity can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
Nickel is found in stainless steel cutlery, pots and pans, coins, dental fillings and batteries. It accumulates in the bones, kidneys, liver, lungs, immune system and the brain.
Nickel can cause genetic damage and cancer.
Arsenic is found in cigarette smoke, laundry detergents, beer, seafood and drinking water. It can cause headaches, confusion and sleepiness.
Arsenic can damage the kidneys, liver, and lungs.
Lead is found in cosmetics, plastics, batteries, gasoline, insecticides, pottery glaze, soldered pipes and paint. Lead accumulates in the brain, spleen, liver, kidneys, and bones.
For each 30 mcg of lead in a child’s blood, his or her IQ drops 10 points.
Cadmium is found in soft drinks, cigarette smoke, water softeners, seafood, rubber, motor oil, pesticides, fungicides, and poly-vinyl plastics.
Cadmium can cause chronic fatigue syndrome, hair loss, high blood pressure, edema, arthritis, kidney stones and impotence.
Uranium is a radioactive element that disintegrates eventually into lead. There have been over 2,000 nuclear detonations on our planet since Hiroshima casting uranium into our atmosphere, not counting events like Three Mile Island and Chernobyl.
Radioactive materials can cause cancer and birth defects.