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Causes of Heavy Metal Toxicity

The prominent causes of Heavy Metal Toxicity are environmental sources that may be based in the food that is consumed or the water that is being drunk or even over exposure to industrial metals and chemicals. One’s environment and living habits often decide on the level of Heavy Metal Toxicity that a person is being exposed to.

Often causes of arsenic toxicity include the inclusion of arsenic to be found in insect poison, drinking water sources and skin contact from oils like linseed oils besides others.

Acute exposure can occur as a result of:

  • Receiving vaccinations that contain thimerosal (mercury preservative)
  • Mishandled metals at a job site
  • Chemical and heavy metal spills–even from a broken mercury thermometer

Chronic exposure happens over a period of time, and includes:

  • Having mercury amalgams ("silver fillings") in teeth
  • Living in a home built prior to 1978 that has lead-based paint
  • Smoking and/or inhaling second-hand smoke
  • Eating foods (such as contaminated fish) that contain high levels of heavy metals
  • Living near a landfill
  • Working in an environment where exposure is prevalent, such as at a dentist’s office where amalgam is used to fill cavities

Risk Factors of Heavy Metal Toxicity

There are many risk factors which are associated with Heavy Metal Toxicity. The biggest problem is that one is often unaware of the Heavy Metal Toxicity and its dire consequences till it is already too late. The subtlety of the effect and the prolonged consequences make this a very potentially harmful disease. In order to be aware of the risks of Heavy Metal Toxicity, one needs to be aware of the sources of such poisoning.

The Liver and Kidneys as well as the Gallbladder and Lymphatic System are major "filters" of the blood system, removing toxic wastes and debris. The kidneys especially aid in ridding the body of excess "acids" while rebalancing critical pH. If these "filters" are damaged or continuously unclean, your blood will remain laden with debris and heavy metals that could travel to your brain and cause a stroke, or become part of the cholesterol plaque hardening your arteries and veins, or become "stones" painfully lodged in your kidneys. The clean and efficient functioning of key blood filtering organs is critically essential for life.

Some of the main sources of Heavy Metal Toxicity occur through:

  • Consumption of contaminated water
  • Consuming fish contaminated in mercury
  • Mercury contamination from badly fitted dental fillings.
  • Poisoning from vaccinations containing thimerosal.

People who are at risk from Heavy Metal Toxicity are those who work in Factories without proper detoxification precautions, exposure to metals by living in old houses and peeling paints, consuming water in areas with high arsenic levels, consuming food that is not organic.

Conventional Treatments of Heavy Metal Toxicity

Initial steps in treating heavy metal toxicity involve identifying of the toxic elements that are causing the problem and then begin the removal process of these very metals from the body. Hair analysis, urine collection with the use of chelating drugs are often some of the easiest process of diagnosis.

Once the problem is identified treatment is more individualistic purely based on the type of problem one has. Most treatment process involves use of metal chelating drugs or intravenous EDTA chelation. Some patients are also recommended intravenous Vitamin C and replacement mineral infusions that support the body through the metal removal process. Treatment is often successful in curing most of the symptoms though some may linger, which again indicate residual damage to the system.

Patients Medical’s Heavy Metal Toxicity Treatment

It is very important to note that treatment regimens vary significantly and are tailored to each specific individual's medical condition and the circumstance of their exposure. Providing a complete history of the person, including their occupation, hobbies, recreational activities, and environment, is critical in diagnosing heavy metal toxicity. A possible history of ingestion often facilitates a diagnosis, particularly in children. Findings from physical examinations vary with the age of the person, health status of the person, amount or form of the substance, and time since exposure.

At Patients Medical Heavy metal toxicity is treated by the Chelation Therapy. This is a well recognized therapy which is safe and effective and quite affordable too. The therapy bases its treatment in the elimination of toxins and heavy metals from the body system.

Chelation Therapy requires intravenous infusion of the prescribed medicine namely Ethylene Diamine Tetra-Acetic Acid (EDTA), and vitamins and minerals in therapeutic dosages.  The therapy while removing undesirable metals from the body also normalizes the distribution of metallic elements in the system.

Our set of specialized doctors, monitor the patients regularly, while carrying out tests for producing the desired effects.  Throughout the course of each treatment, the patient is monitored, in line with the internationally accepted ACAM and US Government National Institute of Health TACT trial standards.

Definitions of Various Terms

Thallium Poisoning - A medical with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, leg pains, and severe sensorimotor polyneuropathy; about three weeks after poisoning, temporary extensive loss of hair typically occurs; usually occurs after accidental ingestion of a rodenticide.

Mercury poisoning - A disease caused by the ingestion of mercury or mercury compounds, which are toxic in relation to their ability to produce mercuric ions

Iron poisoning - Iron supplements meant for adults (such as pregnant women) are a major cause of poisoning in children.

Arsenic poisoning - severe poisoning of over exposure to Arsenic resulting in nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, rapid heart rate, apprehension and difficulty breathing.

Lead poisoning - An environment hazard from lead-containing paint, leaded gasoline,etc. The condition may cause brain damage.

Thimerosal - an antiseptic.