Heavy Metal and Detoxification 
By Gisella Thomas, Director, 
Center for Advanced Medicine, Encinitas, CA. 



Have you ever checked your blood for heavy metal content? Trace metals such as cadmium, mercury, lead, antimony and beryllium are involved in at least half the deaths and many of the disabling diseases in the U.S. They also belong to the most poisonous environmental toxins. There are more than 100,000 synthetic chemicals in commercial use today and more than 25,000 of them are known toxins. You will find toxins in everyday items such as styrofoam, mothballs, house deodorizers, paints and gasoline, only to mention a few. 

The health problems heavy metals can cause range from neurodermitis, autoimmune disorders, allergies, headaches, joint pains, wheezing, tight or stiff neck, angina pectoris, circulatory deficits, high blood pressure, mood changes, anxiety, depression, to cancer of all sorts. 

Working environments, homes and the air we breathe are just some major sources of toxins that affect humans. Amalgams in our teeth often contain more than 50% mercury. The remainder is made up of silver, tin or aluminum. Mercury escapes the amalgam as a vapor and is breathed into the body of the person carrying the amalgam. Mercury in all forms is poisonous and the most common toxicity people have.

 Approximately 20 million pounds of mercury flow into the ocean every year from industrial and natural sources contributing to the contamination. Anyone suffering from mercury contamination may experience mental confusion, pain in muscles and joints, headaches, short-term memory loss, allergies, vision problems, etc. Cadmium, another heavy metal is found in the air, water and food. Symptoms of chronic cadmium intoxication range from high blood pressure to sore joints, back pain, osteoporosis and anemia. 

Heavy metal toxicity, mercury poisoning, and methyl mercury intoxication is an overload of toxic substances in your body. Response to treatment is usually positive and symptomatic relief can occur within days to week. Treatment ranges from chelation therapy, monitoring kidney and liver functions, having amalgam removed, if present, personalized nutritional and supplement regimen and/or natural detoxification. 

A heavy metal test kit is now available which allows everyone to check for heavy metal contamination. The test is very easy, fast and inexpensive, and can be used as an early warning system, but not for diagnostic purposes. Dust, paint, garden dirt, crystal, soap and other items can be tested with minimal procedures. Whenever a heavy metals threat is present, the test sample will change color. The more intensive the color, the more metals present, although the test will not tell which metals 

For more information about heavy metal testing procedures, contact the Center for Advanced Medicine in Encinitas, CA. (760) 632-9042 or see www.ctradvmed.com .

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