Monday, January 11, 2010


I recently completed the Chelation Certification Training workshop at the ACAM (American College for Advancements in Medicine) convention in Las Vegas. I was introduced there to many new and some not so new protocols for treating certain stubborn chronic diseases. It is still shocking to me how profoundly our health is affected by toxins in our environment and in our food.

Since humans reside at the top of the food chain, every ingested toxin ends up in our bodies. Physiologically, we are just not designed to handle and detoxify so many poisons. As I’ve discussed in previous posts, we are genetically derived from Paleolithic times. Our genetics may not changed, but our environment is dramatically different. It’s easy to understand then why we can become overwhelmed with toxic substances that didn’t exist as we were genetically evolving.

Eventually, when the accumulation reaches critical levels, normal cellular function begins to fail and we start experiencing signs and symptoms. The most toxic class of substances we deal with on a daily basis are called heavy metals. These toxins are quite widespread in today’s food chain and mostly result from industrialized pollution in the atmosphere that falls as rain into the oceans. As a result, sea life becomes contaminated. We ingest these heavy metal toxins in seafood, and it concentrates in our tissues. Since our bodies were never designed to remove heavy metals, they slowly accumulate in our cells.

Eventually, diseases can result from inflammation caused by metal toxicity. Examples are chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, sleep disturbances, autoimmune diseases, disorders with sugar and cholesterol metabolism, and calcium build-up in the arteries. This last effect can cause arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Other problems include osteoporosis, chronic headaches, an inability to lose weight, low libido, depression, anxiety and more.

Another prominent source of heavy metal toxicity is dental amalgams and implants. Heavy metal toxicity causes inflammation in the body. We’ve discussed before how inflammation is at the foundation of virtually every disease. In addition, other dental problems can lead to systemic inflammation such as root canals and gum disease. Having more than one type of metal in one’s mouth can create a “battery like” effect. The Dental profession is slowly coming around to recognize that maybe it wasn’t such a good idea after all to use these materials. In the past, dentists have cited lack of defining research to support such claims. Yet, many people report feeling dramatically better once they have their mercury fillings removed and are detoxed. If Dental professionals admitted that these substances were toxic, it might lead to mountains of litigation.

So, it is always a good idea to be checked for heavy metal levels. We are all exposed at different rates and detoxify differently. Our detoxification capacity is genetically determined. As a result, some of us have no problems while others can be incapacitated due to the inability of the body to excrete these toxins. Regular quarterly or biannual detoxifications are a good way to ensure the elimination of toxic metals. Detoxification can be accomplished many ways from nutritional supplements to weekly intravenous chelation, depending on the toxic load and medical condition. We will talk more about detoxification programs in future posts.

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