Before embarking upon heavy metal detoxification, you need to do some testing. Please don’t assume that you have a problem with heavy metal, make sure you confirm it through appropriate testing.
A hair analysis is a good starting point for heavy metal detection. Take a sample from the nape and have it analyzed at a reputable lab.
Most conventionally trained doctors will argue that a blood test or biopsy is what’s needed to diagnosis heavy metal toxicity. Blood tests will only provide a measure of recent exposure – they don’t tell you how much metal is being stored in the body. These doctors often haven’t been trained in toxicology.
I once had a man bring his mother to see me in my clinic. She has a lot of weird symptoms, and I sent away a hair analysis. Turns out, her lead level was 600 times normal. It was off the chart. This lady had been melting lead to make fishing sinkers for her husband. She also would swallow some of the lead shot that was left in the ducks her husband shot and brought home for dinner. She was eating lead pellets.
Before coming to see me, this woman had seen a neurologist who diagnosed her with Parkinson’s syndrome. She didn’t have Parkinson’s syndrome – she had lead toxicity.
We spent about six months detoxifying this elderly woman.
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Detoxification protocols vary with age. With a person in their 30s or 40s, I would do hair analysis and then a urinary provocation test. In the urinary test, the client swallows a sulfur-based compound. Urine is collected for a few hours afterward. Heavy metals are measured in the urine.
Both hair analysis and urinary provocation tests are cheap and reliable ways to test for heavy metal detoxification.
A word of warning – watch out for the one-trick-pony doctor who believes everything is a result of heavy metal toxicity. Rely on proper, reliable testing from labs like Doctor’s Data or Genova Diagnostics, both of which provided hair analysis.
The four metals that cause the most problems with toxicity are arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and lead. Aluminum, copper, and zinc can also occur in overly high amounts.
If heavy metal toxicity is confirmed, be careful when it comes to cleansing. There are simple ways to do it and complicated ways to do it. You don’t need a lot of expensive products to clean the body of heavy metals.
Also, remember that heavy metals aren’t the only issue when it comes to toxicity. There are about 50,000 other chemicals that could be affecting your body right now. A better solution is to stop smoking, stop drinking alcohol, and lead a cleaner, healthier lifestyle. All those lifestyle changes will improve your body’s ability to process toxins.