Metal toxicity or 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. 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. Symptoms of toxicity vary depending on the metal in question and can include; alcohol intolerance, allergies (environmental and food sensitivities), feelings of anxiety and irritability, brain fog, inability to lose weight, unexplained chronic pain, cold hands and feet, dark circles under the eyes, depression, digestive issues, extreme fatigue, frequent colds and flu, headaches, high levels of toxic metals in your blood as well as urine and tissues, insomnia, intolerance to medications and vitamins, loss of memory and forgetfulness, low body temperature, metallic taste in mouth, muscle and joint pain, muscle tics or twitches, muscle tremors, night sweats, parasites, prone to mood swings, prone to rashes, sensitive teeth, sensitive to smells (tobacco smoke, perfumes, paint fumes and chemical odors), skin complications, small black spots on your gums, sore or receding gums, tingling in the extremities, unsteady gait, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and more.
At Ananta Health, we first take an assessment of the patients’ health history, including family history and occupational history and then perform a BioMeridian Assessment to diagnose the presence of heavy metals. A protocol is individualized to each person based on the metal toxicity and may include diet and lifestyle changes, the use of Chinese herbs and supplements, Ionic Foot Bath detox, 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 to ensure the metals are fully eliminated from the body.
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(1)National Organization for Rare Disorders. (1989, 1991, 1998, 2006). Heavy Metal Poisoning. Retrieved from http://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/heavy-metal-poisoning/
(2)Adal, A. (2016, June 30). Heavy Metal Toxicity. Retrieved from http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/814960-overview