Information On Heavy Metal Poisoning

Defining Heavy Metal Poisoning

When the body is overwhelmed with heavy metals in the bloodstream, it can lead to what is called heavy metal poisoning. This can happen in a number of situations including changing environmental conditions and/or industrial factors. The body becomes prone to exposure and this causes the ingestion and inhalation of heavy metals that are bad for humans.

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The metals may vary and include elements such as iron, copper, and zinc. Yes, these metals do have value in small amounts but any type of overexposure is going to lead to fatal symptoms. This is why understanding the importance of staying safe becomes important.

The exposure is going to be diagnosed as soon as a blood test is done and this is when treatment is started with the use of IV meds. A specialist is able to put together a series of medications to help eliminate heavy metals from the body. To do this, they use a process by the name of chelation. This is done by testing for toxins in the bloodstream and then eliminating them using specific medications.

Along with chelation, a patient may also have to go through a detoxification process, which is seen as an organic step in the right direction. Please note this is not as renowned as medications! Also, doctors may state it’s important to consume specific foods to make sure the toxins are flushed out of the body in a timely manner.

Underlying Symptoms

Heavy metals can become increasingly toxic with sustained exposure. This leads to a number of side effects, which can include headaches to far more severe issues involving organs. This is why it’s best to seek medical assistance as soon as possible.

Each case is going to vary based on the level of exposure and the type of heavy metal. In general, most cases involve cadmium, lead, mercury, or arsenic.

Symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal Pain/Cramping
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Troubled Breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Paralysis
  • Visual Disturbances
  • Brain Fog
  • Tingling Sensations
  • Burning Sensations
  • Chronic Infections

Therapies will vary and may include:

  • Chelation Therapy – Targets metals with an emphasis on elimination from the body
  • DMPS – Oral Medication to help treat mercury, arsenic, and cadmium toxicity
  • Succimer (DMSA) – This oral medication is used to combat various forms of mercury, arsenic, and lead toxicity
  • Calcium-Disodium EDTA – Used for lead poisoning cases

New Therapies

  • Toxicogenomics – Gene therapy targeted for toxin exposure
  • Chelation Therapies (new) – Involve the use of polygamma-glutamic acid-coated superparamagnetic nanoparticles

Nutritional Changes

  • Eliminate all forms of mercury amalgam dental fillings and stick to a mercury-free composite material
  • Emphasize staying nutritionally balanced and avoid increasing the intake of heavy metals (i.e. zinc, iron)
  • Avoid overconsumption of fish due to potential mercury increases

Integrative Interventions

  • Selenium – Ideal for managing mercury buildup in the human body and helps eliminate arsenic toxins
  • Vitamin C – Great for managing free-radicals in the human body due to lead exposure
  • Folate – Can help reduce cadmium and mercury levels
  • Garlic – Ideal for tacking lead toxicity and well-regarded for industrial factors (i.e. chelator d-penicillamine)
  • Alpha-Lipoic Acid and Glutathione – Good for managing copper, cadmium, and lead