You and I are consuming heavy metals each and every day of our lives.

How heavy metals get into our bodies:

Each year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reviews an average of 1,700 new compounds that industry is seeking to introduce. Yet the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act requires that they be tested for any ill effects before approval only if evidence of potential harm exists - which is seldom the case for new chemicals. The agency approves about 90 percent of the new compounds without restrictions. Only a quarter of the 82,000 chemicals in use in the U.S. have ever been tested for toxicity (The Pollution Within, 2008 National Geographic Society, May 23, 2008).

Heavy Metals, toxicity, chelation, mercury, detox, psoriasis

Heavy metal toxicity is common and is growing immensely. It causes an array of debilitating symptoms, destruction to the nervous system, and leads to chronic, devastating diseases like:

Adrenal fatigue
Allergies (food and environmental)
Autoimmune diseases
Heart disease
Menopausal problems
Multiple Sclerosis
Thyroid dysfunction

Where are the heavy metals?

Heavy Metals, toxicity, chelation, mercury, detox, psoriasis Aluminum: tap water, toothpaste, aluminum foil, cans, cookware, deodorant, animal feed, antacids, aspirin, auto exhaust, baking powder, bleached flour, ceramics, cheese, color additives, construction materials, cosmetics, dental amalgams, dust, insulated wiring, medicinal compounds, milk products, nasal spray, pesticides, pollution, salt, tobacco smoke.

Heavy Metals, toxicity, chelation, mercury, detox, psoriasis

Arsenic: insect sprays, pesticides, soils (arsenic rich), seafood from coastal waters, especially mussels, oysters and shrimp, burning of arsenate treated building materials, and coal combustion.

Heavy Metals, toxicity, chelation, mercury, detox, psoriasis Cadmium: tap water, airborne industrial contaminants, batteries, candy, ceramics, cigarette smoke, colas, dental alloys, fertilizers, food from contaminated soil, fungicides, processed meat, paint, pesticides, processed foods, refined grains/flours, cereals, rubber, seafood (cod, haddock, oyster, tuna), sewage, tobacco, vending machine soft drinks, tools.

Heavy Metals, toxicity, chelation, mercury, detox, psoriasis

Copper: tap water, birth control pills/IUDs, copper cookware, dental alloys, fungicides, ice makers, insecticides, swimming pools, chocolate, corn oil, gelatin, grains, lamb, lobster, margarine, milk, mushrooms, nuts, organ meats, oysters, perch, seeds, shellfish, soybeans, tofu, wheat germ, yeast.

Heavy Metals, toxicity, chelation, mercury, detox, psoriasis Mercury: adhesives, air conditioner filters, antiseptics, body powders, cereals, cosmetics, dental amalgams, diuretics, fabric softeners, felt, floor waxes, fungicides, germicides, pesticides, insecticides, grains, industrial waste, laxatives, lumber, manufacture of paper and chlorine, medications, mercurochrome, paints, paper products, polluted water, Preparation H, seafood (especially tuna and swordfish), sewage disposal, skin lightening creams, soft contact lens solution, suppositories, tattooing, water (contaminated), wood preservatives.

Heavy Metals, toxicity, chelation, mercury, detox, psoriasis

Iron: tap water, iron cookware, iron pipes, welding, blackstrap molasses, bone meal, bran, chives, clams, heart, kidney, leafy vegetables, legumes, liver, meat, molasses, nuts, organ meats, oysters, parsley, red wine, refined foods, shellfish, soybeans, wheat germ, whole grains.

Heavy Metals, toxicity, chelation, mercury, detox, psoriasis Lead: tap water, toothpaste, auto exhaust, battery manufacturing, canned fruit and juice, car batteries, cigarette smoke, colored inks, cosmetics, eating utensils, household dust, hair dyes, refineries, industrial emissions, lead pipes, lead-glazed earthenware pottery, mascara, milk, organ meats, paint, pencils, pesticides, produce near roads, rain water, snow, tin cans with lead solder sealing (such as juices, vegetables), tobacco, toys, wine.

Heavy Metals, toxicity, chelation, mercury, detox, psoriasis

Nickel: butter, fertilizers, food processing, fuel oil combustion, hydrogenated fats and oils, imitation whipped cream, industrial waste, kelp, margarine, nuclear device testing, oysters, stainless steel cookware, tea, tobacco smoke, unrefined grains and cereals, vegetable shortening.

Heavy Metals, toxicity, chelation, mercury, detox, psoriasis Chlorine and fluoride are not heavy metals, but they are very harmful chemicals that are in our tap water, baths and showers, swimming pools, and whirlpools and steam rooms. The April 1987 issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Magazine contains a 31 page report that is frightening to anyone concerned with health: "We are in the midst of a chemical revolution in which some 65,000 commercial compounds enter our environment each year. Some are proven carcinogens - cancer causing substances - and many more are suspected of being so. Yet, only eight chemicals are listed as hazardous...and regulated at their source by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)." As of 2007 there were 82,000 commercial compounds entering our environment, and there is no end in sight.

What should we do?

1. Do you know what you are drinking? Find out! If at all possible, get your water tested. Stop drinking regular, unfiltered water. Bottled water is not much better and neither are the department store water purification products. Get yourself a quality countertop water filter, and if you can a shower filter as well. If you must take a bath and can’t find a filter, I read that adding one or two cups of baking soda should help neutralize or inhibit the absorption of chlorine. However, I don’t have any hard data to support that claim.

2. Have your hair tested; this would be a good way to find out the major contaminants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded in a 1980 report that human hair can be used effectively for the biological monitoring of the highest priority toxic metals - lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic, and for toxic exposure...(testing) hair appears to be superior to (testing) blood and urine.

3. Undergo chelation. Chelation therapy involves the intravenous infusion of EDTA (ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid = four molecules of vinegar) to remove heavy metals from the body. EDTA chelation is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating lead poisoning and heavy metal toxicity. A licensed medical or osteopathic physician must administer chelation therapy. To find a practitioner contact the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM) at or call or write to:

23121 Verdugo Dr., Ste. 204
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
800 532 3688

This type of administration is quite costly. There is a lot of evidence to suggest that oral or anal chelation is just as effective. Other forms of chelating agents include dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA), 2,3-dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid (DMPS), and alpha lipoic acid (ALA), which is an organic compound. There are a lot of these types of products on the market that you can try, but I cannot speak to their efficacy.

4. Deep tissue massage or lymphomassage to dislodge heavy metals from soft tissue.

The sooner you can accept your co-habitation with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, the further ahead you will be in reducing illness and extending the quality of your life. No matter where you are in life, you can begin today…right now. Just do it.

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