Healthy Beginnings

Reversing Toxic Heavy Metal Poisoning

  • May 2, 2017
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  • By Michael Gerber, MD, HMD
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Every week we discover toxic heavy metals in our patients. By using a simple hair analysis ($60) we can measure 39 different metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, tin, nickel, uranium, titanium and others. It also shows if good minerals are present, deficient or poorly absorbed such as zinc, manganese, chromium, copper, sulfur, selenium, lithium, calcium, magnesium and vanadium. Hair is an important substance to measure because it holds the memory of the toxic metals over time. Metals like mercury are bound to connective tissue, and blood tests don’t measure their chronic impact on the system, such as the mercury leaking out of silver fillings, which contain 50 percent mercury. Unless you just ate a thermometer full of mercury and are acutely sick, blood testing won’t show chronic mercury toxicity, as it is bound on the tissue. Even more accurate is challenge testing, which uses oral or intravenous chelating agents such as EDTA, DMPS or DMSA, which pull the heavy metals out of the tissues and then are collected in a urine collection afterwards. Chelation, (key-la shun) is a term from the Greek root meaning the claw – to grasp or to bind such as the eagle’s talon or the crab’s claw – and is a well-known chemical process, which complexes minerals.

Northern Nevada has many toxic metal sources. In test results we frequently find high arsenic levels from south Washoe County (Washoe Valley), Fallon, Bishop and Spring Creek near Elko. Many wells around Portola and Quincy are high in copper and iron. Uranium can be toxic, and is found in the water supply all along the Eastern Sierra and comes from the granite rock. Mercury is high all along the Carson River, Fallon and in people with many Silver/mercury fillings (if your dentist wants to give you silver/mercury fillings run, don’t walk, out of his/her office, as they are toxic and the mercury comes off in the saliva and breath every time you chew food or drink hot liquids). All European countries are trying to stop the use of amalgam fillings. Watch a video on YouTube called “Smoking Teeth = Poison Gas.” Lead and cadmium are frequently seen in our patients and are very toxic. All heavy metal accumulations have been improved and/or resolved with chelation therapy.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Acknowledges EDTA Chelation Therapy

After 41 years of performing chelation therapy, I am thrilled to report the NIH has acknowledged a “modest reduction” in death after a heart attack using intravenous EDTA chelation therapy and a nearly 50 percent reduction in diabetics. Doctors who have been doing chelation for years have found numerous benefits from chelation. There are many chelating agents. I will spare you the litany of different agents but they include garlic, alpha lipoic acid, cilantro, chlorella, N-acetyl cysteine and the above chemical agents, which have a long and respected history of metal removal.

For a modest copying expense I am happy to transmit a review of 23 human studies in EDTA chelation therapy, which show marvelous improvements in vascular disease. Although in the last 20 years we have seen great clinical improvement in neurological disorders such as numbness, tingling and muscle twitching with chelation. Vascular disease is the most potently documented. Gangrene reversal in diabetes, improvement in carotid artery blood flow in the neck, avoidance of coronary artery surgery, macular degeneration relief and improvement in disorders of dementia are among the many healthful aging benefits of chelation.

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  2. Human Studies of Chelation Therapy in Vascular Disease by Michael L. Gerber, MD, HMD