As our environment becomes more polluted, we are exposed to more toxins that our bodies need to process and eliminate. Babies now are born with over 200 cancer-causing chemicals in their bloodstream, there’s rocket fuel in breastmilk, lead in drinking water, and the list goes on. This early and constant bombardment of toxins takes its toll on our ability to detox and ultimately can cost us our health. Once I decided to treat my cancer naturally, I started to take these exposures very seriously and help my body do its best to eliminate this toxic soup we’re all exposed to.
Over the past several weeks in this blog, I’ve introduced what I feel are root causes or contributing factors to the Stage IV Melanoma cancer I was diagnosed with over 30 years ago: diet, parasites, toxic mold, candida yeast, toxic sunscreen and need for healthy sun exposure, dental amalgams and root canals, radiation, lack of healthy exercise (in my case over-exercise), and adrenal fatigue (see them here). Today I want to go more in-depth on heavy metal exposure, a topic I introduced in the Dental Health article.
Test, Don’t Guess
Here at UNI KEY, we do Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) testing, and heavy metals are a primary reason people ask to have this test done. Hair is one of the tissues the body deposits metals in after exposure, and it’s non-invasive to test. The average sample represents 3 months of hair growth and metals elimination, so if you do a HTMA and heavy metals are elevated, it’s good to repeat it 3 months later to monitor progress if you’re trying to detox.
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The Dirty Eight
I’d like to go through the top 8 heavy metals we see elevated on the HTMA test, and where you most commonly come in contact with them. All except nickel are neurotoxins and they can be a root cause of neurologic illnesses like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Chronic Fatigue, and even Peripheral Neuropathy.
- Mercury is found in dental amalgams (fillings), fish, seafood, high fructose corn syrup, vaccines, coal and hydroelectric power plant emissions, fossil fuels, mining and paper mills. It gets in the air then it settles in lakes, streams, ocean, and our water supply. As I mentioned in my previous article, my health improved a lot once I had all my dental mercury properly removed.
- Aluminum is commonly found in drinking water, cookware and utensils, coffee pots, aluminum cans and foil, deodorant, antacids, infant formulas, processed cheeses, table salt, baking powders (and baked goods), bleached flour, cake mixes, pickled foods, and non-dairy creamers. We also see aluminum high on our testing when dental work has recently been done. Replace your aluminum pans with porcelain finish, enamel, glass or cast iron. Certain types of stainless steel used in cookware contain nickel, which you want to avoid.
- If you’ve read many murder mysteries, then you’ve probably heard of arsenic being used as a poison. Arsenic is in drinking water, rice, chicken, infant formula, treated wood and old plastic toys.
- There is no safe level of lead exposure. Lead is found in drinking water, soil, paint, cosmetics, some herbal and Ayurvedic remedies, batteries, bullets, solder, lead-glazed pottery, window blinds, crafts and old furniture.
- If you are a sushi lover, then it’s a good idea to have your Cadmium levels checked on HTMA. Nori seaweed, the wrap around sushi rolls, is high in cadmium. Other sources include pesticides used on produce, rice from China, bolts and nuts, batteries and industrial pollution. This is why you choose organic produce over conventionally grown, so you can bypass the pesticides and heavy metals and still get the nutrients you need from the fruits and vegetables.
- Do you use dry shampoo? We had one young lady test very high in uranium, and the source was her dry shampoo. Uranium is also found in drinking water, root vegetables, and nuclear testing residue in the soil. Yet another good reason to eat organic produce and drink filtered water.
- Tin is one of the metals used in dental amalgams and can register very high after a visit to the dentist. It’s also found in cans, rodent poisons, and dyes.
- Nickel is everywhere, from snaps on baby clothing to drinks and foods like chocolate and nuts; from cigarettes to diesel fumes. It’s in batteries, jewelry and dental materials. Nickel makes the immune system hypersensitive, so it overreacts and causes allergies, sensitivities and rashes to a variety of foods and other substances.
Heavy Metal Detox
Once you know you’ve been exposed and your levels are high, there are a lot of options to support healthy detox and ongoing elimination of heavy metals. When my teeth were being repaired and I realized heavy metals were an issue for me, I created my own detox program from alpha lipoic acid (ALA), bentonite clay, our Daily Greens Formula with chlorella, a lot of organic leafy greens and fiber in my diet, infrared sauna, sweating, exercise (regular walking), and plenty of good quality water. Other good additions include S-Acetyl Glutathione, NAC, probiotics and cilantro.