Chronic Heavy Metal Toxicity and Detoxification
Over the past 50 years human exposure to heavy metal toxins has risen dramatically. Each day we are exposed to some kind of heavy metal toxin whether it is the air, the water we drink or the food we eat.
The consequences of impaired detoxification are systemic toxicity and oxidative stress leading to increased susceptibility to chronic disease.
Common symptoms of chronic exposure include:
General fatigue and malaise
Brain fog and memory loss
Muscle aches and joint pains
What are Heavy Metals?
Heavy metals are naturally occurring elements Their multiple industrial, domestic, agricultural, medical and technological applications have led to their wide distribution in the environment, raising concerns over their potential effects on human health. Their toxicity depends on several factors including the dose, route of exposure, and chemical species, as well as the age, gender, genetics, and nutritional status of the exposed individual.
Because of their high degree of toxicity, arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead, and mercury rank among the most likely metals to be of health significance. These metallic elements are considered systemic toxins that are known to induce organ damage, even at lower levels of exposure. They are also classified as human carcinogens (known or probable) according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Different individuals, different rates of mercury detox
Based on studies the half-life of mercury (meaning the time it takes to decrease the blood level of mercury by half) for most people is 60 days . But the range is 40 to 120 days. In someone who only slowly detoxifies mercury, exposure to a constant source, even if small, such as with dental amalgams, leads to significantly greater accumulation and toxicity than would occur in someone who quickly moves it out of the body.
Intestinal inflammation inhibits elimination of toxins by causing a strong down-regulation of the body’s natural detoxification pathways. Unfortunately, exposure to pesticides, chemicals and certain toxins, such as the corrosion by-products of dental mercury amalgam (”silver” fillings) contributes to intestinal inflammation. In addition to inflammation, it has been demonstrated that a buildup of metals alone slows the transport proteins. The data suggests that continuous removal of metals from the intestines is essential for the proper daily functioning of natural detoxification processes. The continuous removal of metals is also critical for any successful practitioner-directed detoxification program.
We have a variety of detoxification protocols which can be tailored to your lifestyle.
Our Nutritionist will discuss these protocols with you in depth and support you during your detoxification.
If necessary we can refer to a dentist who is licensed to remove mercury amalgam safely.