Heavy Metal Toxicity
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. The build-up of metals may occur as a result of industrial exposure, air or water pollution, foods, medicines, improperly coated food containers, or the ingestion of lead-based paints1.
Why does Heavy Metal Toxicity Cause Health Problems?
The heavy metals most commonly associated with poisoning of humans are lead, mercury, aluminum, arsenic and cadmium. Numerous heavy metals, for instance zinc, copper, chromium, iron and manganese, are essential to the human biochemical processes in very small amounts. When an abundance of these metals start to accumulate in the body or if the usual mechanisms of elimination are impaired2, it may cause poisoning, which can lead to further damage. Metals compete with and replace certain essential minerals in many pathways and organ systems in the body1. This disrupts the body’s ability to regulate and function at optimal levels.
What are Symptoms of Heavy Metal Toxicity?
Symptoms of toxicity vary depending on the metal in question and can include:
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
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.
Can Acupuncture Help Treat Heavy Metal Toxicity?
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.