You should be worried about heavy metals because they affect your vitality and health. Toxicity from heavy metals is linked to conditions such as autoimmune disease, mood disorders such as depression, and fatty liver. You should be especially worried, however, if you are planning to have a child soon, as in Hong Kong it is quite commonly linked to infertility.
Every day we are exposed to hundreds of toxins in Hong Kong through the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, cleaning products, and the building materials that surround us. Mercury, for example, is extremely toxic. In power stations, mercury is released into the air when coal is burnt, and rain carries mercury into sea water. We then breathe in the toxic air and consume contaminated seafood. In addition, silver-amalgam fillings have also been linked to mercury toxicity. Studies show that 40% of adults and 60% of children have mercury levels above the standards recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Toxins accumulate in our tissues and organs. Our body can only tolerate a certain level daily as we detoxify and excrete the toxins in the liver and kidneys. "When we overload ourselves with toxins or are exposed to increased levels of heavy metals, at a certain point the protective detoxifying capacity of the liver runs out," explains Graeme Bradshaw, Co-Founder and Director of IMI. "In addition to a long list of symptoms, the elevated level of mercury is associated with infertility because it leaves rapidly dividing cells such as sperm unprotected."
Research has also shown that heavy metals such as mercury can be passed from mother to the foetus during pregnancy, which could lead to many child development issues. A video produced by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) called "10 Americans" explains how babies are born polluted with as many as 300 industrial chemicals and describes the possible health effects.
Test Yourself for Toxic Metals
To assess the levels of heavy metal in your system, the simplest method is Hair Mineral Analysis, but it can miss the toxicity in many cases. for this reason Graeme Bradshaw has switched to a urine test, called "Urinary Porphryns" Certain porphryns only appear in the urine if cellular damage is occurring, preventing proper red blood cell production. It is the only test showing us if mercury and other heavy metals are indeed at toxic doses within the patient.
If high heavy metal levels are indeed detected, you should identify and then eliminate the sources of contamination. You may also consider undergoing a clinically-based, therapeutic detoxification program to lower the level of toxicity in your body. IMI offers safe and effective detox programs, should you be interested.
Heavy Metal Detoxification With Chelation Therapy
Chelation therapy is a proven treatment for more burdened patients whose tests show high heavy metal concentrations. Derived from the Greek word chele, which means "claw," chelation is the process by which heavy metals and other toxins are removed from the body by using a binding agent to grab and carry away these elements. Different chelating agents are used depending on the metal needing removal.
Chelation is a process that happens in nature. Chlorophyll is a chelate of magnesium, and hemoglobin is a chelate of iron. The human body naturally cleanses itself of small quantities of heavy metals by manufacturing its own chelating agents such as cystein, glutathione, histidine, and metallothioneins. Using proteins and sugars as building blocks, our bodies produce what is needed to naturally chelate heavy metals from the body.
Chelation therapy using EDTA, a chelation agent, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for lead poisoning for over forty years, while DMPS is usually used for mercury poisoning.
"Chelation therapy, when administrated by a qualified healthcare practitioner, is considered to be generally safe for most people," said IMI practitioner Alen Liaw, M.D. Dr Liaw gained board certification in Intravenous Chelation Therapy from the American College for Advancement of Medicine (ACAM) and has been helping patients with heavy metal detoxification. "Toxicity levels are recorded by urine assessments during the treatments. People usually begin to feel better after three to four treatments."
Because EDTA can reduce the amount of calcium in the bloodstream, chelation therapy could have a possible effect on blood vessel rejuvenation. The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) is sponsoring a ###study through The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to determine the efficacy of EDTA chelation therapy for patients with coronary artery disease. The results of this study are currently being analyzed.
Dr Liaw will present a free seminar, "Flushing Out Heavy Metals" on Thursday, 23 February 2012, from 7 to 8:30 pm. The harmful effects of heavy metals will be further explained. Dr Liaw will also go into detail on the safety and effectiveness of chelation therapy.