Published on July 23, 2018 Carolyn Candido
Chronic low-level heavy metal exposure through air pollution, water contamination, and iatrogenic exposure is widespread compared to acute heavy metal poisoning. Heavy metal toxicity contributes to neurological problems, chronic disease, and mineral deficiencies. Below I highlight a few heavy metals of concern.
Lead: Lead is a toxic heavy metal that causes brain damage and organ damage in the human body. A Reuters examination of lead testing results across the country found almost 3,000 areas with poisoning rates far higher than Flint, Michigan. Sources of lead include crumbling paint, plumbing, emissions from coal power plants or industrial waste left behind. Reverse Osmosis Systems will remove common chemical contaminants and lead.
Arsenic: There is an association between adverse pregnancy outcomes and neurological effects in early life with inorganic arsenic exposure. Nearly half (47 percent) of infant rice cereals sampled from retail stores in 2014 were above the threshold of 100 ppb inorganic arsenic. The report tested 65 wines from the top four wine-producing states in the U.S. -- California, Washington, New York, and Oregon -- and found that all but one of the wines contained arsenic levels that exceed those allowed in drinking water by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Mercury: Mercury is a heavy metal that can cause brain damage, kidney damage, reproductive damage, and contributes to many chronic diseases and infections. Common exposures to Mercury include dental amalgams (1-5 micrograms per filling per day), fish (1-100 micrograms of methylmercury), flu and tetanus vaccines (12.5 – 25 micrograms per dose). Mercury’s toxicity may be amplified by exposure to other toxic metals such as lead and aluminum.
Testing for heavy metal through blood, urine, and hair test is not straight- forward. In acute exposure blood and urine levels may be high, in chronic toxicity levels may be low since heavy metals may go into the brain or bone, which as not amenable to sampling. I correlate symptoms and a physical exam with testing.
Urine testing: Toxic and Essential Elements from Doctor’s Data tests for Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Bismuth, Boron, Cadmium, Calcium, Cesium, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Gadolinium, Iron, Lead, Lithium, Magnesium, Manganese, Mercury, Molybdenum, Nickel, Palladium, Phosphorus, Platinum, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium, Strontium, Sulfur, Tellurium,Thallium,Thorium, Tin, Tungsten, Uranium, Vanadium, Zinc
Blood Testing: Genova Nutraval tests for Lead, Mercury, Antimony, Arsenic, Cadmium, Tin in whole blood.
Hair testing: Trace Elements Hair Mineral Analysis tests for Antimony, Uranium, Arsenic, Beryllium, Mercury, Cadmium, Lead, Aluminum
Folium Px was originally created for the victims of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Folium pX supports a healthy immune system with its clinically tested formula to remove excessive heavy metals. I have personally used Folium Px to perform a chelation challenge by taking 9 capsules a day for 10 days and then performed a Doctor's Data Heavy Metal test and found heavy metals come out in my urine.
Fulvic acid is found in nature as a product of microbial metabolism processes. It is a antioxidant and free radical scavenger. It chelates heavy metals and body toxins, removing them from the system. My favorite Fulvic Acid supplement is Divine Vine Elixir from Humalife, they combine Life Crystals (ATP, GTP) extracted from fruit juices, honey, oolong tea, and coffee and combine it with Fulvic Acid in a delicious tincture.
Glutathione and its associated enzymes can efficiently bind a wide range of toxins, including reactive oxygen species, peroxides, lipid peroxides, and heavy metals. Once captured and neutralized by glutathione, these toxins can be safely eliminated through the liver and gut. Glutathione may also recycle important antioxidants such as Vitamins E and C, and it can support proper immune function.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can support healthy mitochondrial function, may help the body remove metals and can protect us from damage by free radicals. It is vital to immune function and is an essential cofactor in many enzymatic reactions in the body.
Water and Air Filters
Water Filter: The Multi-Pure Aqua Perform filter provides the broadest and greatest contaminant removal of any water filter tested by NSF. It is the only filter certified to remove arsenic and provides an impressive 99% + performance rating at the end of the filter life for items like arsenic, mercury and even radon. It’s also the highest rated filter for the certified removal of herbicides, pesticides, emerging chemical compounds and pharmaceutical drugs.
Air Filter: The FreshAir Everest is an air purifier that uses the same the technology as the NASA space station called radiant catalytic ionization reduce harmful contaminants such as dust mites, microscopic bacteria, viruses, mold, indoor and outdoor pollutants.The FreshAir Everest was purchased by Southern California Gas Company to remediate the houses affected by the Porter Ranch disaster.
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