Heavy Metal Toxicity
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What is Heavy Metal Toxicity?
Heavy metal toxicity, or heavy metal poisoning, refers to the accumulation of heavy metals in the tissues of the body. It is a serious health concern that can lead to a variety of symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, damage to the nervous system, kidneys, and lungs, as well as an increased risk of cancer. It is important to be aware of the potential sources of heavy metal exposure and take steps to reduce your risk of heavy metal toxicity. This can include being mindful of the foods you eat, the medicines you take, and the products you use. Additionally, regular testing for heavy metal levels in the body can help detect and address heavy metal toxicity early on. If you are experiencing symptoms that may be related to heavy metal toxicity, it is important to seek medical attention right away.1.
Why does Heavy Metal Toxicity Cause Health Problems?
Heavy metals can disrupt the body's ability to produce and use enzymes, which are necessary for many metabolic processes. They can also disrupt the nervous system and cause damage to the brain, leading to cognitive and behavioral problems. They can also damage the kidneys, liver, and other organs, leading to chronic health problems. Heavy metals can also cause damage to the immune system, making it less effective in fighting off infections and illnesses. They can also increase the risk of cancer, due to the ability of some metals to cause DNA damage. Overall, heavy metal toxicity can lead to a wide range of health problems and complications, making it important to take steps to reduce exposure and address it promptly if it does occur.
What are Symptoms of Heavy Metal Toxicity?
Symptoms of toxicity vary depending on the metal in question and can include:
Immune system: allergies (environmental and food sensitivities), frequent colds and flus, autoimmune diseases
Mental health: feelings of anxiety and irritability, depression, prone to mood swings, alcohol intolerance
Neurological: brain fog, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), headaches, insomnia, loss of memory and forgetfulness, sensitivity to smells (tobacco smoke, perfumes, paint fumes, chemical odors), sensitive teeth, muscle tremors, tingling in the extremities, unsteady gait
Hormones: inability to lose weight, night sweats, low body temperature
Digestion: digestive issues, IBS, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, poor absorption of vitamins and minerals
Pain: muscle and joint pain, muscle tics or twitches
Skin: prone to rashes, skin complications, small black spots on your gums, hives, eczema, psoriasis, acne
Kidney and liver: frequent urination, dark circles under the eyes, jaundice, chronic kidney or liver problems
Heavy metal toxicity can also have serious long-term effects such as damage to the nervous system, kidneys, and lungs, as well as an increased risk of cancer. It is important to be aware of potential sources of heavy metal exposure and to seek medical attention if you are experiencing symptoms that may be related to heavy metal toxicity. Regular testing for heavy metal levels in the body can also help detect and address heavy metal toxicity early on. It is important to take steps to reduce exposure and address it promptly if it does occur to prevent long-term health complications.
How is Heavy Metal Toxicity Treated?
At Ananta Health, we take an assessment of the patients’ health history and perform BioScan SRT testing to diagnose the presence of heavy metals. A protocol is individualized to each person and may include ionic foot baths, diet and lifestyle changes, and traditional Chinese medicine and supplements - and if present, the removal of mercury (amalgam) fillings with a biological dentist. The safe removal of heavy metals from the body is an extensive process, as we want to ensure the metals are fully eliminated. We also provide education and support for lifestyle changes, such as eating a healthy diet, reducing stress, and avoiding exposure to environmental toxins.
At Ananta Health, we understand that heavy metal toxicity can have serious long-term effects on your health, which is why we take a holistic approach to treatment. We work closely with our patients to ensure that they receive the best possible care, and we take a personalized approach to treatment to ensure that each patient receives the specific treatment that they need.
If you suspect that you may be experiencing heavy metal toxicity, please contact us and schedule an appointment with us. We would be happy to help you assess your risk and provide you with the care and treatment you need to recover your health.
Can Acupuncture Help Treat Heavy Metal Toxicity?
Acupuncture can be used as an adjunctive therapy in the treatment of heavy metal toxicity, it can help to reduce symptoms related to heavy metal toxicity and support the body's natural detoxification process. Acupuncture can help to stimulate the liver and kidneys, which are important for detoxifying the body and removing heavy metals. It can also help to reduce inflammation and promote healing in the body. Acupuncture can also help to alleviate symptoms such as pain, insomnia, anxiety, and depression, which are common with heavy metal toxicity.
In addition, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help to strengthen the body's immune system, balance the body's energy, and improve overall health. Herbal medicine can be used in conjunction with acupuncture to support the liver, kidneys and other organs that are involved in detoxifying the body.
It's important to note that Acupuncture and TCM should be used in conjunction with other treatments for the best possible outcomes. It is also important to work with a qualified practitioner who have experience in heavy metal toxicity treatment.
Overall, acupuncture can be an effective complementary therapy for treating heavy metal toxicity and supporting the body's natural detoxification process
1© 2021 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc. Rare Disease Database: Heavy Metal Poisoning. Retrieved from http://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/heavy-metal-poisoning/.
2© Adal, A. MD. (2020, December 31st). Heavy Metal Toxicity. Retrieved from http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/814960-overview.