By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness
December 12, 2018
A few months ago my 35 year old neighbor collapsed in his driveway taking the trash out.
He was immediately rushed to the hospital where the medical staff performed a full work-up on him. One diagnostic test after another was carried out. Finally they gave him the good news…
There was nothing wrong with him. He could go home.
My neighbor didn’t believe this for a minute. After all, he still felt horrible. And guess what happened when he tried to leave the hospital?
His blood pressure drops. His pulse rate sky rockets. He can barely function. He is NOT okay.
There is definitely something wrong here.
What did these doctors MISS?
You’d be surprised how many times I’ve seen this “invisible” problem. It brings patients streaming into my clinic.
Mainstream medicine has a blind spot for serious conditions… conditions that can trigger cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.
You see, my neighbor had evidence of heavy metal toxicants in his blood and urine, in layman’s terms heavy metal poisoning… in this case it was lead. But it could have easily been mercury, aluminum, or even arsenic.
And the doctors completely missed it.
It never occurred to the hospital staff to check for heavy metals – even though my neighbor was regularly exposed to lead at his job.
But after a few trips to my office for chelation therapy, my neighbor was feeling better for the first time in months..
You see, back when I was in med school, I was taught to treat the patient, not the symptoms.
This is a message I took to heart. And as medicine started changing to be less about the patient and more about drugs and diagnostics, I became part of the very first group of U.S.physicians ever trained in functional medicine.
That means my focus and treatment plan is personalized to each patient based on their comprehensive history, physical exam, specific concerns, lifestyle and genetic and environmental variables . I give my patients ALL their options… not just drugs and surgery.
Start Your Own Chelation Therapy – Without Coming to My Clinic
Heavy metal toxicity is a serious problem today. Toxic compounds like lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic are all around you. They’re in your air, water and food. You can’t avoid them.
But they’re sneaky. They don’t cause health problems right away. It’s usually months or years of low level exposure and build up without their elimination that builds a toxic burden, and that spells trouble.
To confound matters even further, heavy metal toxicity masquerades as a host of other ailments. So it can easily fly under the radar of conventional healthcare practitioners.
Some of the symptoms of chronic heavy metal exposure include heart abnormalities, neuropathy, memory loss, behavioral changes, nausea, fatigue and anemia. Rising immunotoxicity is being recognized as a result of altered genetic expression because of heavy metal toxicants. Additionally,horizontal lines may appear on the nails – one of the few visual symptoms associated with heavy metal toxicity.
But here’s the thing. Tests for heavy metals aren’t routine. Yet all it takes is a simple blood or urine test to find out if you’re in toxic overload from these metals. In fact, this is one of the tests I run on my new patients if their history, lifestyle (think tuna fish and a mouthful of mercury amalgam fillings) and physical exam infers the need for testing. I suggest you have one, too.
If your burdens are high, you might want to consider chelation therapy.
In the case of severe toxicity, intravenous chelation therapy can be especially helpful. This is where a special medication (EDTA) that binds with metals is delivered directly into your bloodstream through an IV at a physician’s office by trained staff.
Once the metals are bound,they leave your body when you urinate.
You can also opt for oral chelation therapy.
Just look for a high potencyoral chelation supplement that contains EDTA. Chelex from the Xymogen company is my go to tablet for most people.
Any over the counter chelating pill should also include some combination of natural chelators or supportive nutrients like: N-acetyl cysteine, alpha lipoic acid, chlorella, cilantro, spirulina, vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc to be effective. Like everything in medicine there are caveats. When you’re checked for heavy metals get a metabolic profile too to make sure your kidneys are functioning normally to handle future metals removal and replace the other minerals (that may leave with the toxicants) with a supplement.
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