Heavy Metals Chelation

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A common reason for decreased voltage in our society is heavy metal poisoning. “In medical usage, heavy metals are loosely defined and include all toxic metals irrespective of their atomic weight: "heavy metal poisoning" can possibly include excessive amounts of iron, manganese, aluminum, or beryllium (the fourth lightest element) or such a semimetal as arsenic. This definition excludes bismuth, the heaviest of stable elements, because of its low toxicity.” (Wikipedia).  The most common toxic metals are mercury, lead, aluminum, and cadmium.

Metal toxicity usually cannot be determined by a simple blood or urine test because these metals don’t stay in the blood very long.  They get bound to tissues like brain, bone, heart, etc.  If you find these metals in a simple blood or urine test, it means that you have current, ongoing exposure to that metal.

A chelation molecule is a pharmaceutical that is able to pull the metals out of the tissue and dump them into the liver so they can be excreted in the urine.  This test is called a “Urine Provocative Test”.  An injection of a chelating agent is given followed by a six-hour urine collection.  Specialty labs analyze the urine for metals.

Hair tests are sometimes used to look for heavy metals.  However, some people do not have the ability to excrete metals into the hair.  For example, it is rare to find significant metals in the hair of autistics since they have trouble excreting metals.  For this reason, our clinic does not use hair testing for heavy metals.