Heavy metals are substances which exist in the nature, particularly in the earth’s crust. Natural phenomena, such as volcanic eruptions, forest fires and the tides contribute to the emission of these substances. Human beings, as always, play an equally important and sometimes more important role than that of nature through industrial activities, managing to increase the number of emissions. The progressive environmental and food pollution that accompanies and characterizes industrialized societies undermines our detoxification system, producing a spread of chronic degenerative diseases, such as cancer, immune deficiencies, autism, Alzheimer’s and the appearance of various symptoms.
Heavy metals can enter our body through water, air and food.
What are heavy metals?
They following elements are usually considered as heavy metals: aluminium, iron, silver, barium, beryllium, cadmium, cobalt, chromium, manganese, mercury, molybdenum, nickel, lead, copper, tin, titanium, thallium, vanadium, zinc and certain metalloids with properties similar to those of heavy metals, such as arsenic, bismuth and selenium.
Are they toxic?
Within the group of heavy metals, we find metals which are essential for living organisms, because they are used in many metabolic processes: iron, cobalt, chromium, copper, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and zinc. However, many others can be considered toxic metals: aluminium, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, mercury, nickel and lead.
Each metal has a specific tropism for organs or tissues, for example:
What are the most common consequences of a heavy metal poisoning?
The presence of mercury in nervous tissue can lead to:
Chelation therapy is also effective in cardiovascular care, particularly atherosclerosis.
Often, it is also useful to cure diseases of the digestive tract:
In addition, you may have a reduced immune capacity with:
Can amalgam cause problems to teeth?
Amalgam is a composite material, consisting for the most part of mercury (one of the most poisonous substances existing in nature). Its effect on the nervous system is severely toxic, often irreversible.
Because of its chemical properties, it binds very well with some proteins and cell membranes by altering cellular metabolism.
Other elements that contain amalgam are: copper, silver, zinc and tin. These substances are potentially toxic to our body.
Amalgam was in different materials from the first third of the 19th century, and it is still in use among many dentists, very popular because it is easy to work with and expands slightly in the cavities of teeth during the iodization process. It also has a disinfecting effect.
Although it was abolished shortly after its introduction (due to significant side effects already seen in those days), the manufacturing industry (US) managed to impose itself and amalgam is still being used today.
In Germany, the company DEGUSSA, is the largest producer of this material in the world. The company has stopped producing amalgam, fearing legal battles by sick people affected by this dental material.
What causes the toxicity of heavy metals?
Heavy metals have the ability to bind to substances that are essential for the normal functioning of many metabolic activities. In particular, heavy metals impede the proper functioning of certain enzymes by binding to sulphur atoms present in these molecules.
How can such materials be measured?
There are several techniques that can be used to measure the presence of heavy metals:
At Ortho-bio-med, we use an innovative method based on spectrophotometry (Oligoscan). This method can detect the concentration of heavy metals at the tissue level.
In addition to heavy metals, we will have information about minerals, in particular: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sodium, potassium, copper, zinc, iron, manganese, chrome, vanadium, boron, cobalt, molybdenum, iodine, lithium, germanium, selenium, sulfur.
The method is painless; the spectrophotometer analyses specific points located on the palm of the hand.
Can such heavy metals be eliminated? Are there effective methods for that?
Heavy metals are eliminated through urine, saliva and perspiration. The problem is that heavy metals tend to accumulate in the tissues. Then eliminating them becomes difficult.
At Ortho-Bio-Med, we carry out intravenous infusion therapy with agents that have the ability to bind to the toxic substances allowing their elimination via urine.
The substances used are different:
– EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid): this compound is especially used in cases of lead poisoning.
– DMSA (meso-2,3-Dimercaptosuccinic acid): mainly used for chelation of mercury
– Phosphatidylcholine: assists in liver detoxification by improving the effect of chelation therapy
– Alkalizing Infusions: they enhance the effect of chelation therapy.
The treatment may last several months (in the case of mercury, possibly a year).
Depending on the clinical setting, you can integrate infusion therapy:
Is there any preparation needed for chelation therapy?
Yes, chelation therapy, in addition to eliminating toxic substances, removes minerals and vitamins. This is why an adequate preparation therapy is prescribed in the days before therapy.
What are the contraindications to chelation therapy?
The few contraindications concern:
Are there any side effects?
Side effects can be caused by inexperience. At Ortho-bio-med, we have decades of experience and we have never seen side effects associated with chelation therapy.
How many sessions are needed?
Based on the result of the assay of the heavy metals and the clinical context, a customized program is prescribed. We will carry out controls every 3-4 months.
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