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Safe Detoxification for Heavy Metal Toxicity

Eliminate Toxic Chemical & Heavy Metal Poisons from Your Body Like:
Mercury      Lead      Aluminum      Arsenic      Cadmium      Nickel      Copper
Pharmaceutical Drug Residues     Nicotine     Pesticides     PCBs     Industrial Chemicals

We live in a toxic world. Every day we are exposed to hundreds of toxic metals and chemicals. The heavy metals that most commonly cause problems are mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium (cigarette smoke), and iron. Other metals include aluminum, antimony, chromium, cobalt, copper, manganese, selenium, tin, thallium and uranium.

Chemical compounds that are sources of poisoning include food additives, pesticides, insecticides, fungicides, benzene, carbon dioxide, chloroform, formaldehyde, hexane and toluene to name a few.

Disorders Linked to Heavy Metal and Chemical Toxicity
The following is a list of the most common disorders found by independent research studies to be directly linked to toxic metals and chemicals:
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Autism Spectrum disorders
  • Auto-immune disorders
  • Candidiasis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gulf War Syndrome
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia
  • Infertility
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS)
  • Multiple Scleroris
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Schizophrenia
  • Thyroid disorders

Signs and Symptoms of Metal and Chemical Toxicity

Heavy metal poisoning and chemical toxicity lead to the accumulation of toxins in our tissues and organs causing nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and the breakdown of the immune system, the central nervous system, and the organs of the body. This breakdown of bodily organs and systems will encourage numerous diseases and disorders (listed above) to take hold in the body.

It is important to know some of the early signs and symptoms of environmental toxicity so that you can take action to reverse it. The following is a few of the many symptoms of heavy metal poisoning and chemical toxicity:

  • Environmental allergies
  • Food allergies
  • Brain fog
  • Coated tongue
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Frequent colds and flus
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of memory
  • Metallic taste in mouth
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Muscle twitching
  • Night sweats
  • Parasites
  • Prone to mood swings
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Sensitive to smells
  • Skin problems
  • Sore or receding gums
For a complete list of the most common and not-so-common signs and symptoms of chemical and metal toxicity, please click here.

Traditional Therapies for Heavy Metal Overload

The primary treatment for most heavy metals is chelation therapy. Chelating agents are substances that go through the body to attract and bind heavy metals. Chelating agents are usually given in pill form but may also be given intravenously, transdermally, by suppository or by injection.

It takes anywhere from many months to several years for chelation therapy to remove toxic metals, and can cost several hundred to several thousand dollars.

Though chelation therapy has been considered to be generally safe for most people, new information has surfaced that suggests these substances may not be as benign as once believed. The chelating agents used by the medical profession are drugs and do have side effects, sometimes severe ones.

Two of the most important factors in determining chelation safety are dosage and frequency. Too much can be extremely dangerous, and too little is ineffective. Respected toxicologists have stated that synthetic chelators should be used only in cases of acute metal poisoning, or as a last resort when other methods have been exhausted. Natural methods should be tried first.

Alternative chelating agents include combinations of herbs, amino acids and other nutritional supplements. The drawback to most of these is the time it takes to really clear the body of toxic metals and chemicals.

For instance, certain toxic elements can be removed by taking specific combinations of minerals and vitamins: For example, a daily regimen of six magnesium oxide tablets plus one teaspoon of calcium/magnesium powder taken with fresh lemon juice is said to rid the body of arsenic - eventually. But at this rate, it could take years to clear all the chemicals and metals from the body.

Also, heavy metals are not removed by fasting! And unfortunately, there is no medical treatment for chemical toxicity.

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To take a look at the chelators used by the medical profession, click here.

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If you're interested in chemical detoxification only, click here for our Chemical Toxicity Report.

Test Yourself For Toxic Metals

Tests that help to diagnose metal and chemical toxicity include blood tests, urine tests, and the analysis of hair, nails or other tissues. The most accurate of these are a chelation challenge test or a hair analysis.

Regular blood tests and urine tests are not accurate in diagnosing heavy metal toxicity, as they only tend to show what is happening in the body at that brief moment in time, and do not give the long-term picture.

This makes sense since the body works hard to keep the levels of nutrients in the bloodstream within fairly tight limits. If large fluctuations in mineral levels occurred, serious illness or even death would result.

A chelation challenge test needs to be performed by a doctor who specializes in chelation therapy. The patient is given a chelating drug, commonly DMPS or DMSA, and the patient's urine is collected and analyzed over a 24 hour period. This test is a highly accurate way of knowing just what heavy metals are present in the body.

The drawbacks to this method are that it requires a visit to a health care professional's office, it is expensive, and there is a possibility of side effects to the chelating drugs.

A hair analysis is also a good way of determining what toxic metals are present in the body. In addition, it also measures the levels of essential minerals in the body, such as calcium, magnesium and zinc. This test can provide you with much-needed information about your body.

Hair Analyses

A tissue mineral analysis or hair analysis provides a unique reading of mineral levels in the cells over a two to three month period. It takes into consideration that toxins are stored in the tissues of the body, not in the blood. For instance, you can have normal copper levels in the blood, but high copper levels in the tissues.

To get an idea of how helpful this test can be, think about this: Researchers using tissue mineral analysis determined, more than 100 years after Napoloen Bonaparte's death, that he had been poisoned by arsenic. Even though his hair sample was tested more than a century after his death, it still revealed pathological amounts of arsenic that had gradually proved fatal.

Comprehensive Hair Analysis

A hair analysis usually needs to be obtained through a health care professional. However, we now have a comprehensive hair analysis from a federally licensed laboratory that does not wash the hair at the lab.

(Washing the hair removes some of the loosely bound minerals and can reduce some mineral readings by 50 percent or more).

The Comprehensive Hair Tissue Analysis report details 8 toxic metals and 15 essential minerals, as well as 15 additional elements. It comes with an analysis report that is 6-12 pages in length, and recommendations are given for foods, diet and supplements based on individual results.

Glutathione - An Important Detoxifier

Glutathione is a short string of amino acids called a peptide. It is composed of three amino acids: glycine, glutamine and cysteine.

Glutathione is a major player in detoxifying the body of many toxic pollutants, including toxic metals and chemicals. Glutathione deficiency impairs the body's ability to get rid of toxins whether they are environmental or the by-products of cellular metabolism.

If we have low glutathione levels we slowly become toxic, storing away poisons in our tissues, organs, muscles and brain. We simply cannot detoxify effectively if our glutathione levels are too low, no matter what form of detoxification we undertake.

Glutathione is made by all the cells in the body, and is the body’s master antioxidant and detoxifying agent. In one review, almost 80% of people with chronic ailments were found to be deficient in glutathione. In fact, low levels of glutathione are involved in all disease states.

Why? – because the heavier the cumulative toxic burden on the body, the greater this depletes supplies of glutathione. For example: One molecule of mercury uses up one molecule of glutathione. Since all chronic, degenerative disorders are triggered, in part, by the toxic load, it is small wonder to see why glutathione levels are such an important marker.

Glutathione is a supplement that is extremely difficult to absorb.  Most oral supplements are worthless, because the digestive tract destroys the nutrient before it can be absorbed. 

Supplements such as NAC can help your body make more glutathione, but the effect is mild. This is why intravenous therapy was once considered to be the only therapy that really works.

According to Dr. Marcus Laux, it is important to find an oral glutathione supplement that your body can truly absorb.  It survives the trip through your intestines because the glutathione is contained in microscopic little pouches called liposomes. Thus, the glutathione enters your bloodstream intact.  According to Dr. Laux, liposomes were recently tested in rigorous scientific studies, and were found to have an amazing 90% absorption rate.  That’s comparable to intravenous glutathione therapy, for a fraction of the cost. 

A cell culture study was conducted on glutathione at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School by Gail Zeevalk, PhD. The study showed the neuro-protective nature of the glutathione from damage due to the known neuro-toxicants maneb (fungicide) and paraquat (herbicide).

R-Lipoic Acid for Removing Metal Ions from the Brain

Being both water and fat soluble, R-lipoic acid passes the blood-brain barrier and has been shown to chelate metals like mercury that can attach to fatty cellls and brain neurons. It has also been shown to help decrease metals from the liver as well.

R-lipoic acid also extends the life of other antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and CoQ10 in the body. This is important because a heavy metal load creates more free radical activity. The longer an antioxidant can scavenge these free radicals, the less the "detox cleansing" reaction may last.

There are two forms of alpha-lipoic acid, an S-form and an R-form. Researchers believe that R-Form may be "up to 12 times more effective" than regular alpha lipoic acid which contains a synthetic by-product.

Additional Supportive Products
Helpful For Heavy Metal Detoxification Incude:

Vitamin C

Vitamin C, in large doses, (at least 2000 mg daily) acts as a chelating agent. An antioxidant in its own right, vitamin C also helps to protect us from heavy metals, particularly lead and arsenic which can poison certain enzyme reactions in your body.

It is also used to protect us from the effects of environmental pollution and is a free radical fighter.

The use of Vitamin C is one of the most effective methods for raising cellular glutathione levels. Glutathione is the cell's master detoxification agent.

Vitamin C can help to lower toxic metal levels as well as elevate calcium and magnesium levels, minerals that are essential for the body, and are often depleted in a toxic terrain.

Vitamin E

In combination with vitamin C, vitamin E is a traditional agent for detoxifying heavy metals.

Vitamin E is a very potent antioxidant that protects the body from free radical damage and oxidation. This is important during chelation because a heavy metal burden in the tissue and bones creates oxidative stress on cell membranes and a general inflammatory condition. Vitamin E has also been shown to help chelate heavy metals such as mercury.

Unique E® Vitamin E You want to use a vitamin E that is devoid of all fillers or additives, and provides 400 IU of d-alpha tocopherol and is extra-high in the total tocopherol complex, especially d-gamma tocopherol.

Vitamins C & E Together
Together, these supplements enhance each other's effectiveness as a detoxifying agent. The combination of the two not only inhibit the free radical activity that increases while carrying a heavy metal burden, the presence of one prolongs the presence of the other.

This makes the two vitamins a great combination during a detoxification process. Suggested uses vary, but 4,000 - 5,000 mg of Vitamin C and 600 IU of Vitamin E per day is generally considered to be therapeutic in nature.

You shower, brush your teeth and wash your hair on a regular basis. But do you clean yourself inside? In this modern, toxic world it’s becoming a simple fact of life that our colon (the “sewer system” of the body), liver and other organs also require regular cleaning – just like a car requires an oil change periodically.

How do you know when it’s time to free your body of accumulated toxins, parasites and other waste materials?

If you experience one or more of the following, then it may be time to detoxify:

  • Frequent fatigue and low energy
  • Flatulence, gas and bloating
  • Excess weight
  • Food allergies
  • Impaired digestion
  • Irritability, mood swings
  • Bad breath & foul-smelling stools
  • Frequent colds
  • Recurring headaches
  • Chronic constipation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Protruding belly
  • Powerful food cravings
  • Skin problems, rashes
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Candida

Thermal Life® Far Infrared Saunas
Far Infrared Sauna Infrared Saunas have an excellent reputation for removing both toxic metals and chemicals from the body. They are a wonderful addition to other natural chelators, especially for removing chemicals that one is exposed to on a daily basis and eliminating metals from the lipophilic (fat) cells in the body.

One drawback is that they can be expensive ( $3,500 and up), or require visits to a health care practitioner's office.
An excellent sauna that we use and recommend is called the Thermal Life® Far Infrared Sauna by High Tech Health. It uses state-of-the-art technology that emits an infrared electromagnetic energy wave capable of penetrating the body to a depth of 1.5-2.0 inches. This stimulates the body's cellular detoxification process more effectively than a traditional sauna. We feel this particular sauna is the top of the line and if you can afford it, is definitely worth the investment.

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Besides linking to their site in the below-mentioned link, you can call them directly at 1-800-794-5355 or 303-413-8500 and speak to one of their product specialists. By mentioning our company name Evenbetternow, LLC you will receive the discount when you place the order from them. As well, High Tech Health offers a 30 day money-back satisfaction guarantee, so you can try it risk free.

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Disorders Linked to Metal and Chemical Toxicity

  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • ALS
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Candidiasis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gulf War Syndrome
  • Heart Diseases
  • Insomnia
  • Infertility
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Schizophrenia
  • Thyroid Disorders

Addtional Information About Heavy Metal Toxicity

Leaf motif Signs and Symptoms of Metal
and Chemical Toxicity

The two major symptoms of chemical & heavy metal toxicity are the breakdown
of the immune system and diseases of the organs and central nervous system. 
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Leaf motif The Most Common Sources of Metal and Chemical Toxicity
The heavy metals that most commonly cause poisoning are iron, lead,
cadmium, arsenic, mercury, aluminum, antimony, chromium, cobalt, copper, manganese, selenium, tin, thallium, and uranium. Toxic chemicals include formaldehyde, benzene, hexane toluene. 
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Leaf motif The Growing Problem of Toxicity
We are presently being exposed to hundreds of thousands of toxic compounds in the form of inorganic chemicals and toxic metals. 

These substances are everywhere including the air we breathe.
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Leaf motif Mercury Poisoning
Read this informative report by Dr. Thomas Nissen, an environmental toxicologist, on the effects of mercury poisoning in the body.
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