Heavy Metals: The Minerals You Don’t Want

Approximately 98% of my clients that perform a hair tissue mineral analysis find they have some level of aluminum and mercury in their system.  Both heavy metals are physically toxic, and neurotoxic, and have no known positive role in the body.  These and other heavy metals, such as lead and arsenic, are a major cause of inflammation and infection, can cause tissue damage, and have been linked to neurological disorders like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and MS.

Heavy metals are not degradable, which means they will remain in your body and brain until they are coaxed out of storage and eliminated from the body.  While in your body, heavy metals will replace nutrient minerals in enzyme binding sites and tissue structures such as arteries, joints, bones and muscles. They will also support the development of fungal, bacterial, and viral infections that make it very difficult to alleviate until the HM burden is eliminated. 

The heavy metal detoxification process has several components and should only be undertaken with the support and direction of a knowledgeable and experienced practitioner, but there are steps you can take to help yourself. 

The most important step is to stop increasing your heavy metal load by doing the following:

  • Eat organic to the largest extent possible.  Many fertilizers are contaminated.
  • Avoid highly processed foods, which often use metal compounds in the processing of their foods as well as in their packaging.  Common table salt has been found to contain aluminum. Use Real Salt, a nutritious sea salt.
  • Drink clean water by installing water filters at home, testing quality and contents of well water, and drinking bottled water that comes from a trusted source. Locally, Simpson Spring in Easton is a great choice and they will deliver.
  • Read ingredient labels in your body care products.  Most deodorants, if not specifically listed as excluded, will contain aluminum.  Applying it under your armpits daily, near your primary lymph nodes, is not a safe practice.  Native, Schmidt’s, Primal Pit Paste, and one version of Arm & Hammer are all safe choices.  Or add good old Milk of Magnesia to a recycled roller ball and use it.  It works!
  • Avoid antacids, which are high in aluminum.  Instead, take 1 tablespoon of Bragg apple cider vinegar 10 – 15 minutes before your meal to eliminate heartburn and acid reflux.
  • Many cosmetics contain aluminum.  Use clean brands like Beautycounter (full disclosure, I am a consultant) or Cln&Drty, a local company.
  • Some vaccines contain Thimerosal, or ethlymercurithiosalicylate, which is a mercury-containing preservative.
  • Speak to a biological dentist about plans to replace dental amalgams (i.e.; silver fillings), which contain mercury, cadmium and other heavy metals.  If your dentist insists there is no issue with amalgams and/or cannot speak to the unique process they must follow to remove them, find another dentist to perform the removal.
  • Use organic lawn and garden treatments. Avoid Round-up!
  • Avoid aluminum beverage cans, cookware and use of tinfoil.

Hair tissue mineral analysis is a relatively inexpensive and non-invasive method to reveal your toxic metal load.  If you’re interested in learning more, feel free to schedule a 30-minute complimentary consult and I’ll be happy to review the process, share sample test results, and answer any questions you have.

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