Heavy metal toxicity from heavy metal poisoning in people can create widely varying symptoms of a number of chronic and degenerative conditions. The list of heavy metals includes mercury, lead, aluminum, antimony, arsenic, bismuth, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, silver, zinc and tin. Heavy metals is the term used for a group of elements that have particular weight characteristics. They are on the "heavier" end of the periodic table of elements. Some heavy metals - such as cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, vanadium, strontium, and zinc - are essential to health in trace amounts. Others are nonessential and all can be harmful to health in excessive amounts. These include cadmium, antimony, chromium, mercury, lead, and arsenic - these last three being the most common in cases of heavy metal toxicity.
The medical establishment would like you to think that it is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. But that is not so. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms. You will be admonished with statements such as this: if you treat yourself for the wrong illness or a specific symptom of a complex disease, you may delay legitimate treatment of a serious underlying problem. In other words, the greatest danger in self-treatment may be self-diagnosis. If you do not know what you really have, you can not treat it! That is just propaganda. Metal toxicity is just that - toxicity. Whatever malfunction it is causing in your body will be undone, and in time reversed, once you get rid of the toxins. You can either spend a pile of money on getting to know exactly how much of what is poisoning you, or you can apply the same funds to a proven detoxification protocol. Specific individual metals cause varying degrees of multiple illnesses depending on the levels of acute and chronic exposures.
Causes of Heavy Metal Toxicity
Sources of toxicity can include the air you breathe, the water you drink, the things you touch, things you encounter in industrial or professional capacity, or during your hobby activities. You can spend a lot of energy trying to pinpoint potential heavy metal sources. In the end it does not matter, unless you are trying to launch a class action suit.
Signs & Symptoms of Heavy Metal Toxicity
The most common symptoms of heavy metal toxicity include mental confusion, sense of unreality, distorted perception, pain in muscles and joints, headaches, short-term memory loss, gastrointestinal upsets, food intolerances/allergies, vision problems, chronic fatigue, candida and other fungal infestation, and many others. The symptoms are so vague that it is quite difficult to diagnose Metal Toxicity on symptoms alone.
Symptoms of arsenic toxicity include nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, garlic odor on breath, excessive salivation, headache, vertigo, fatigue, paresthesia, paralysis, kidney failure, progressive blindness, and mental impairment. Signs include mottled brown skin, hyperkeratosis (increased pigmentation) of palms and soles, cutis edema, transverse striate leukonychia, perforation of nasal septum, eyelid edema, coryza, limb paralysis and reduced deep tendon reflexes. Mental symptoms include apathy, dementia, and anorexia. Causes of arsenic toxicity include ingestion of arsenic (found in insect poisons), skin contact (e.g. some linseed oils) and even drinking water.
Symptoms of lead toxicity include combinations of gastrointestinal complaints, hypertension, fatigue, hemolytic anemia, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, weight loss, peripheral neuropathy, cognitive dysfunction, arthralgias, headache, weakness, convulsions, irritability, impotence, loss of libido, depression, depression of thyroid and adrenal function, chronic renal failure, gout. Symptoms indicating lead poisoning may be very subtle until the condition has progressed. Mental symptoms of lead poisoning include restlessness, insomnia, irritability, confusion, excitement, anxiety, delusions, and disturbing dreams. Lead can affect your nervous system, gastrointestinal system, cardiovascular system, blood production, kidneys, and reproductive system.
Mercury toxicity has been linked to, among other things, mercury dental fillings, particularly when people have a large number of them. Symptoms include a metallic taste in the mouth, excess salivation, gingivitis, gum recession, tremors, stomach and kidney troubles. Mental symptoms include shyness, irritability, apathy and depression, psychosis, mental deterioration, and anorexia.
Cadmium may promote skeletal demineralization and increase bone fragility and fracture risk. It often causes cleft palate in babies. The most common source of cadmium is cigarette smoke.
Testing for Metal Toxicity
Lab tests that doctors use include Urinalysis (Oliguria, Hematuria, Hemoglobinuria); Complete Blood Count and Peripheral Smear (Macrocytic Anemia); Tissue Exam (reveals arsenic deposits - urine, nails, hair) and Serum Arsenic levels. The challenges are many. About one quarter of the population has a genetic defect - they are unable to detoxify metals. This means that their hair analysis will show no toxins, yet their body could be riddled with it. These people are the victims of the statistics based medicine. Because majority of people do not have the devastating reactions to metal poisoning, such as autism, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons, etc., the companies that are responsible for poisoning you with heavy metals are able to hide from the consequences.
Once it becomes common knowledge that a full quarter of the population is suffering needlessly because of careless use or release of toxic metal, we stand a chance of preventing these tragic illnesses. Until that time we have to treat each person individually. The only truly indicative test is a urine challenge test. In phase one you'd collect 24 hour urine sample and have it analyzed. It should show very little toxicity. In phase two, once you start using our suggested metal detoxification protocol, you'd collect another 24 hour urine sample, and have that analyzed. It will undoubtedly show high levels of toxins coming out in your urine.
As always, an ounce or prevention is worth a pound of cure. It is difficult to know whether you are going to be able to detox heavy metals on your own. Typical sources of poisoning are dental mercury amalgams, Thimerosal based vaccinations, lead paint, wood preserving chemicals, smoking, industrial exhalations (especially from coal burning).
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- Vitamin C and mineral infusions are recommended to support the body through the metal removal process.
Symptoms will often begin to improve within weeks or even days after you start your treatment. The full therapeutic program may last from 6 months to 2 years. You can expect that most symptoms will be resolved, though some may linger, indicating residual damage to organ systems. Specific therapies targeted to these systems and specific problems will have to be tailored to your needs. Although complete cure is possible, many people suffer the effects of toxicity for extended periods. Some of the damage may not be fully reversible.