Toxicity and Heavy Metals
We live in a toxic world and our bodies are a toxic timebomb. Because of pollution and increased toxic chemicals in the environment, we are seeing rapidly rising numbers of cancer, asthma, allergies, autism, attention deficit, autoimmune problems, Alzheimer’s disease and plaque in the arteries, which leads to strokes and heart attacks.
Mold and toxic mold spores are so difficult to get rid of that some buildings become permanently uninhabitable. Until recently medicine has pretty much ignored these important factors that bombard our health. In the future, an assessment of toxicity in the body will become an essential part of routine physicial exams. Simple blood tests for toxic metals rarely show any problem because toxins often do not stay in the blood stream for very long after exposure. Heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic, are stored in the fat cells, bone and brain. Thus to detect metal toxicity, one needs to do a challenge test, in which a chelating agent is given and the amount of metals pulled into the urine is measured. Intravenous EDTA is a good general challenge agent, but DMPS is better for mercury (which is found in silver amalgum tooth fillings and many fish).
Looking at a smear of live blood cells, simple liver function tests, and assessing the ability to distinguish various shades of gray with a visual contrast test are other ways to determine how much toxicity is present in an individual patient.
Once detected, there are lots of ways to detoxify, depending on the substances identified (if possible), the degree of poisoning evident, and the preferences of the patient. Antifungals. allergy desensitizations of various kinds, milk thistle, colonic hydrotherapy, oral and intravenous antioxidants, chelation therapy, saunas and vigorous exercise are some of the best.