Diagnosing Heavy Metal Toxicity
Heavy metals can accumulate in the body over time. If one’s health progressively deteriorates, most doctors are unlikely to consider heavy metals as a cause, and low levels of metal toxicity are difficult to diagnose. Long-term, low-level exposures, in which the toxic load gradually increases, represent a dangerous source of chronic stress. On the other hand, acute exposures to heavy metals, while potentially deadly, are often easier to identify and treat.
As an investigation into your chronic health issues evolves, it is wise to have your provider run tests that can detect levels of heavy metals. Excellent lab testing is available using urine, hair, feces, and blood. Each medium has its own respective value in the diagnosis and monitoring of detoxification. Lab tests not only identify levels of metals, they can also correlate immune system dysfunction with specific metal exposures.
Chelation and Detoxification
If the tests confirm that you have heavy metal toxicity, your doctor should develop a detoxification program to remove the metals, while using care to not overwhelm your immune and detoxification systems. In more acute cases where larger amounts of metals are ingested, vomiting may be induced. Washing out the stomach (gastric lavage) may also be useful. You may require intravenous fluids for complications from poisoning, such as shock, anemia, and kidney failure. Like many of the stresses discussed in this book, treatment measures depend on the severity and timing of the exposure.
Heavy metal detoxification should be conducted under the guidance of a doctor experienced in the proper use of chelation, saunas, and other treatments that aid in the safe removal of heavy metals. Many patients, both children and adults, who have tested positive for heavy metal toxicity have all responded very well to carefully managed detoxification programs.
People with heavy metal toxicity commonly have chemical toxicity as well—and the reverse is true. This is why it’s important to remember that the process of liberating chemicals from the body will invariably liberate heavy metals. Again, it takes special knowledge and experience to safely and effectively administer heavy metal and chemical detoxification.
We would be not to mention the link between heavy metals and autistic spectrum disorders. Experts in the treatment of these disorders routinely share success stories about autistic kids who improved as a result of undergoing heavy metal removal through chelation. It is saddening to see money taking priority over the general welfare of human beings, especially children.
Regardless of age or symptoms, discover whether you are harboring toxins. With any chronic illness, heavy metal toxicity must be considered, particularly if you have metal in your mouth or a history of risky exposures.