Although chelation therapy has traditionally been used to treat heart disease, new evidence demonstrates that it may be useful in treating fibromyalgia as well. Chelation therapy, which uses an amino acid called EDTA (ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid), helps bind and then remove toxins from the body, including substances such as zinc, magnesium, iron and lead. No one knows the cause of fibromyalgia, but one theory is that the accumulation of heavy metals in the body can exacerbate its symptoms. These toxins become stored in fatty tissue, making it difficult for the body to get rid of them. Symptoms of this buildup include exhaustion, breathing problems, muscle pain, problems with urination and achy joints. The theory behind chelation is that the removal of these heavy metals will help relieve fibromyalgia symptoms.
Can you believe this? For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup, tea or warm water after a meal.
We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It's not as easy as you think. It's important to know how and when to eat. What is the correct way of eating fruits? IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS! FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.
If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities. Let's say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so. In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil. So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals! You have heard people complaining * every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc * actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat! Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyes all these will NOT happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach.
There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the Secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight. When you need to drink fruit juice drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don't even drink juice that has been heated up. Don't eat cooked fruits because you don't get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste. Cooking destroys all the vitamins. But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!
Erectile dysfunction may be an early warning sign of coronary artery disease, even in men without typical risk factors, new research shows. In a small study done in Italy, men with erectile dysfunction showed more signs of being on the road to coronary artery disease than men without erectile dysfunction."Erectile dysfunction should be part of a cardiovascular risk assessment. These patients should be considered at high risk for coronary artery disease and should have high priority for aggressive treatment," says Chiurlia, in a news release.
Chiurlia works for the Institute of Cardiology at Italy's University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. The study appears in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. It's "not a surprise" that erectile dysfunction and artery problems can go hand in hand, the researchers wrote. Erectile dysfunction often stems from blood vessel problems tied to atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries, the researchers write. They probed that connection by studying 143 men living in Italy. All of the men were white, had similar heart health profiles, and didn't have known coronary artery disease. Seventy men were being treated for erectile dysfunction at a local clinic. Erectile dysfunction related to blood flow was verified with special Doppler testing. In the study none of the men had coronary artery disease -- at least, not yet. However, men with erectile dysfunction were more likely to show three early warning signs of coronary artery disease: Higher levels of Creactive protein (CRP), which is used as a marker of inflammation. Abnormal blood vessel response to changes in blood flow.
Calcium deposits in heart arteries (coronary artery calcifications). "We think that erectile dysfunction represents the 'tip of the iceberg' of a systemic vascular disorder, thus potentially preceding severe cardiovascular events," says Chiurlia, in the news release. Reduced blood supply is often the culprit in sexual impotency. Improved circulation improves libido and potency and will noticeably improve sexual feelings and performance in both men and women.
Don't You Need Calcium In Your Body For Bones? Yes you do- and some people may assume that EDTA depletes the body of needed calcium. However, when EDTA lowers blood calcium, it also stimulates the parathyroid gland to produce a hormone called parathormone. This hormone is responsible for removing calcium from places such as the inside of arteries and depositing it in the right places, such as bone.
STENTS- Does EDTA effect metal in stents and joint replacements? EDTA has no effect on intact metals used for implants in the body, or anywhere else for that matter. EDTA binds only dissolved and positively charged (oxidized) metal ions dissolved in solution. Stents and joint replacement are made from alloys such as highly refined stainless steel, vanadium alloys and titanium, that will not dissolve in body fluids.
Essential Minerals It's always important to supplement your diet with a good mineral supplement because: 1) physical or emotional stress causes a drain on the body's resource of minerals, and a mineral deficiency can result in illness. 2) According to the 1992 Earth Summit Report, America's soil has suffered an 85% mineral depletion in the last 100 years, which means we're only getting a fraction of the minerals we need from our food.
According to Hugh Fudenberg, M.D., the world's leading immunogeneticist and the 13th most quoted biologist of our times with nearly 850 papers in peer review journals: If an individual has had 5 consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 (the years studied) his/her chances of getting Alzheimer's Disease is 10 times higher than if he/she had one, 2 or no shots. Dr. Fudenberg said it was due to mercury and aluminum that is in every flu shot (and most childhood immunization shots): The gradual mercury and aluminum buildup in the brain causes cognitive dysfunction. Flu shots contain 25 micrograms of mercury. One microgram is considered toxic.
Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.
Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.
Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.
Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our Immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene * the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.
Guava & Papaya
Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.
Heavy metals tend to accumulate in the soft tissues of the body. They tend to accumulate slowly, over time, such that people very often are unaware of their burden in the body. What kind of metals can be in the body? Here are 3 common ones:
Aluminum – from aluminum cookware, aluminum foil, common table salt, processed cheeses, refined flours, baking powders, contaminated water, deodorants, cigarette filters, beer, pesticides, and over-the counter drugs such as antacids, anti-diarrhea drugs and drugs used for pain and inflammation.
Mercury – from dental fillings, vaccines, from breathing air from coal burning power plants (even as far away as China), adhesives, air conditioner filters, fabric softeners, felt, floor waxes-polishes, fungicides, mercurochrome, paints, photoengraving, psoriatic ointments, skin lightening cream, tanning leather, tattooing, wood preservatives, and from eating contaminated fish.
Lead – from contaminated drinking water; metal candle wicks; from living near an incinerator or toxic dump; breathing leaded gasoline; hair dyes, insecticides, lead crystal dishes and glassware, lead water pipes, liver, mascara, milk, evaporated milk, porcelain glazed sinks and bathtubs, toothpaste, toys, vinyl mini-blinds and lead oxide fumes from the demolition of industrial buildings.
Think you are without metals? Think again. In a landmark study led by Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, in collaboration with the Environmental Working Group and Commonweal, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 91 industrial compounds, pollutants, and other chemicals in the blood and urine of nine volunteers, with a total of 167 chemicals found in the group. Like most of us, the people tested do not work with chemicals on the job and do not live near an industrial facility. Scientists refer to this contamination as a person’s body burden. Of the 167 chemicals found, 76 cause cancer in humans or animals, 94 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 79 cause birth defects or abnormal development. Heavy metal contamination caused lowered IQ, developmental delays, behavioral disorders and cancer at doses found in the environment.
EDTA Chelation Therapy is approved to remove heavy metals from the circulatory system by the FDA. It is used by doctors everyday to do just that. These metals cannot be metabolized by the body and if they accumulate can cause many physiological problems. EDTA, the organic chemical ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, was first synthesized in Germany in the 1930s. In the bloodstream, the EDTA molecule acts like a catchers mitt. The EDTA molecule catches the heavy metal molecule as they pass by in the bloodstream. However EDTA has preferences as to which molecule it favors most. EDTA is water-soluble and chelates (catches) only metallic ions that are dissolved in water. The normal PH of the blood is pH 7.4 and at that PH the EDTA catches dissolved metals in this order. It's favorite metal is iron, and then mercury, copper, aluminum, nickel, lead, cobalt, zinc, iron, cadmium, manganese, magnesium, and calcium in descending order. These heavy metals are increasing on a daily basis in the air we breath, the food we eat and the water we drink.
Chelation therapy has been used successfully with over 200,000 children with lead poisoning with no side effects. Most of these children got the lead poisoning from lead based paint. This lead based paint is not used anymore and is specifically warned about every time you buy a house in most states. Heavy metals like mercury in vaccines are now being blamed for certain childhood conditions such as autism. There are over 4,900 cases before federal judges and one has been recently settled with the Department of Social Services in favor of the little girl who had mercury poisoning. The main reason for mercury poisoning is dental fillings. However, there are many other ways in our industrial and technological society. Some people think that in some cases their children are having autism symptoms after they have had inoculations containing mercury. The majority of flu vaccines contain mercury as well as aluminum and formaldehyde.
A herxheimer's reaction is a paradoxical phenomena during which a person feels worse while getting better. Here's the explanation. The immune system has many functions, one of which is to be what I refer to as the "garbage man" of the body. It's one of the less glamorous roles, but one of the most essential. However, in the setting of an acute illness which develops into a chronic illness, as in such conditions as fibromyalgia, the immune system's capabilities are mainly concentrated in an attempt to restore normal health or, at the very least, focused on keeping the chronic condition stabilized to prevent furtherdeterioration of that individual's condition. Thus the "garbage man" function, which is to remove damaged, dead and therefore toxin-filled cells, is diminished or severely curtailed. When transfer factor is added to the picture, it can produce an immunostimulatory effect in those with immune system deficits and transfer factor. Plus, does so to even a greater degree.
The end result is a restoration of the immune system's ability to begin to remove those damaged and dead cells which it had deferred in removing earlier, and this can then result in those previously mentioned intracellular toxins being spilled out into the body during the removal process. Of course, this accumulation of toxins can make one feel TOXIC. Thus one may, as they are experiencing immune function restoration, feel worse even though they are beginning the healing process as manifested by the revitalization of their immune system. The resultant symptoms have been described as everything from a mild feeling of illness to symptoms resembling a severe influenza syndrome. headaches, myalgias ( which are muscle aches ), rashes, a metallic taste and other symptoms aren't unusual. many refer to a herxheimer's reaction as a "healing crisis." Try to explain to those who are experiencing such, that it really is a "healing opportunity." We recommend if the reaction is too severe, to simply cut back on the amount of the transfer factor product that is being given and to resume the prior dosing schedule slowly, while advising the individual to let his or her body "be your guide."
Ones bodily symptoms will give guidance as to how rapidly the transfer factor product can be introduced. Also, we point out that if a product produces a herxheimer's reaction, then that means that it is truly having an effect on the immune system. Lastly, if someone states that they have a product that never produces a herxheimer's, one must question its effectiveness in beneficially affecting ones immune system's ability to appropriately respond. Thanks, Rob (Rob Robertson, MO)
Vitamin C, arguably the most famous of all the vitamins, is essential to general good health and well-being. Some of the many important biochemical reactions and processes that require vitamin Care: normal growth and development; collagen formation for strong connective tissues and healthy skin; healing and repair of wounds or surgery; adrenal gland function and hormone production (especially important in times of high stress and/or inflammation); proper cholesterol metabolism; bile production for adequate digestion; alcohol, drug, and smoking detoxification; protecting the body's cells from the damaging effects of pollution and substances called "free radicals;" adequate dietary iron absorption; and immune function. Vitamin C's role in how well the body responds to infection may be its most illustrious property.
Factors known to help our bodies fight infection include: eating a balanced diet consisting of high fiber, high-complex carbohydrates, low-fat and moderate protein in the form of fresh, whole, unprocessed foods; good psychological health achieved through stress control, positive thinking, visualization and rewarding activity; and good physical conditioning through aerobic exercise, passive stretching, adequate sleep, rest and relaxation. Since the publishing of Dr. Linus Pauling's book Vitamin C and the Common Cold almost twenty-five years ago, many people have sworn by megadoses of vitamin C as one of the best ways to keep from getting sick. Scientific data suggests that vitamin C may reduce the incidence of the common cold. However, more significantly the majority of the studies consistently show that it shortens the duration of colds and lessens the severity of symptoms. Although more study is needed to clearly establish the anti-infection characteristic of vitamin C, the following summary of current knowledge is very encouraging.
Studies have shown that vitamin C increases the activity of specific white blood cells, the cells involved in fighting infection. It has been observed that in the presence of vitamin C, white blood cell movement is stimulated, as is their ability to destroy bacteria. It has also been noted that virus growth is inhibited when vitamin C is present.
Optimal Benefit From Vitamin C Because of this kind of research, and often a positive personal experience, many people regularly take vitamin C. But human beings face a significant problem in trying to insure adequate vitamin C is available when the body needs it. Unlike many animals, the human body lacks the ability to manufacture vitamin C. Having this ability affords animals a distinct advantage because they automatically produce more when more is needed. For example, goats will manufacture a remarkable 600% more vitamin C to meet their needs during times of physical stress. Humans must depend on diet or vitamin C supplements to supply their needs. This being the case, many people may wonder "what is the best way to insure that my body will absorb and utilize an adequate level of vitamin C when I need it most?" The answer is clear; by providing a form of the vitamin that is easily absorbed, long lasting and effective.
A Better Form of Vitamin C Basic vitamin C, called ascorbic acid, due to its acid nature, can irritate the mouth and stomach, and cause gas and diarrhea when taken in moderate to high quantities. A more tolerable form of vitamin C is a blend of mineral ascorbates. A mineral ascorbate is vitamin C bonded to a mineral such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, etc. It provides added benefit by making the vitamin C less acidic and therefore less irritating to the stomach and intestine. The blend of mineral ascorbates may further be improved by a very unique form of vitamin C called ascorbyl palmitate. Ascorbyl palmitate is vitamin C bonded to palmitic acid. It is postulated that the palmitic acid portion of the molecule permits the vitamin C to attach to, and become embedded in the fatty membrane of the white blood cell. This would allow for more efficient vitamin C uptake into the white blood cell. A final improvement is accomplished when vitamin C metabolites are blended into the mixture. A "metabolite" is either a substance essential to or affecting metabolism or a product of metabolism. When vitamin C metabolites are added, the functional activity of vitamin C may be enhanced. For example, the metabolites ribose and xylitol may help to slow the breakdown of vitamin C by a mechanism known as feedback inhibition. An additional advantage of vitamin C metabolite mixtures is that acidity is neutralized and very rarely causes any stomach or intestinal upset. These attributes probably result in a better form of vitamin C for most people.
Men who have heart disease and erectile dysfunction die sooner than heart patients without erectile dysfunction, researchers report. They found that men who had both conditions were twice as likely to die and twice as likely to have a heart attack than men with heart disease alone. The researchers expressed concern that using drugs such as Pfizer's Viagra or Eli Lilly's Cialis to treat erectile dysfunction could mask the symptoms that point to widespread heart and artery disease and said men complaining of impotence should be checked by a cardiologist. "Erectile dysfunction is something that regularly should be addressed in the medical history of patients; it might be a symptom of early atherosclerosis," says Dr. Michael Bohm of the University of Saarland in Germany. His team studied 1,519 men in 13 countries taking part in some larger studies of various heart disease treatments.
As part of the study, the men were also asked if they had erectile dysfunction. More than half of them, 55 percent, did. During the two years of the study, 11.3 percent of the patients who reported erectile dysfunction died, compared to 5.6 percent of those with mild or no impotence problems. "It has long been known that erectile dysfunction is a marker for cardiovascular disease," said Dr. Sahil Parikh at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, who was not involved in the study. "In order to have proper erectile function, you have to have adequate blood flow to the genitals. If you have atherosclerosis, whether in the arteries on the neck, which can cause stroke, or the arteries of the heart, which can cause heart attack. It is the same disease." But while the erectile dysfunction drugs help blood flow all over the body, they do not treat the underlying hardening and narrowing in the arteries that is causing the problem. "If patients have erectile dysfunction, we have to be very aggressive about screening and treating them for heart disease." Bohm and Parikh both agree that patients and their doctors need to look at the hearts of men with erectile dysfunction.
With the rising prevalence of chronic illness, the increased cost and side effects of pharmaceuticals and the need for safe, inexpensive therapies for chronic illnesses, people are seeking new means for treatment of their health concerns. One of these methods is IV nutrient therapy. IV nutrient therapy is an effective means of treatment with typically no adverse effects for a variety of conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome; fibromyalgia; Parkinson's; migraine headaches; autoimmune conditions; Lyme disease and other chronic infections; environmental toxicity; and malabsorption problems. Due to aging or illness, the body is not always able to absorb its required dietary nutrients effectively. IV nutrient therapy allows for optimal utilization of these required nutrients by being introduced directly into the body's circulation. Further, IV therapy allows for the administration of therapeutic doses of nutrients that are not available to the body by oral routes for the treatment of disease. A person with chronic illness often needs a boost that will allow the body to restore itself to its natural state of harmony. Vitamin C, Glutathione, and customized nutrient therapies such as Myers' Cocktail are a just a sampling of the IV supplements that are utilized.
The most common composition of the Myers' Cocktail is:
Magnesium: either chloride or sulfate
Frequent additions are:
Adrenal cortical extract (ACE)
Glutathione (an antioxidant)
Side effects are rare, almost always limited to irritation at the site of the injection. The most common sensations are heat and flushing (a magnesium effect), and the taste of vitamins soon after the IV starts. Myers' Cocktail IVs are usually given one to two times per week, and beneficial effects are usually felt by the fourth treatment. Many patients with chronic conditions choose to continue the IVs every one to four weeks or whenever they feel their energy decreasing.
IV therapy can help treat a variety of conditions:
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Lyme Disease and other chronic infections
Peripheral Artery Disease
Several factors are considered when customizing an IV protocol for a patient: detailed medical and nutritional history; symptom analysis; gastrointestinal status; and blood lab testing. Other testing may be done to evaluate the patient's ability to absorb nutrients that aid and support the absorption of other required bodily nutrients. Most importantly, we take into consideration the therapeutic effects of certain nutrients on the specific disease state being addressed when formulating customized IV nutrient components for the patient. Benefits seen by patients vary and depend on the severity of the illness and individual response to treatment. The desired goals expected are improvement in energy and appetite, enhanced well being and decreased symptoms related to the chronic illness addressed.
Because kidney stones are usually composed of calcium and oxylate, and because virtually all EDTA passes through the kidneys on its way out of the body, EDTA is capable of helping remove them.
Garlic The use of garlic is based on available research. “Atherosclerosis”, a journal focusing on the major disease of arteries, recently published a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study showing that garlic appears to prevent plaque buildup in arteries. In a 4-year study of 280 adults, German researchers found that subjects taking nearly one gram of garlic per day (900 mg) had up to an 82% reduction in the plaque volume in their arteries, compared to controls who took placebo, a "dummy" powder, instead. It is theorized that garlic may play a role in "thinning" the blood.
Toxic metals are present in our environment. You can be exposed to toxins without even being aware of their hazards. An undiagnosed problem is one that is never treated correctly. Specialized testing is required in order to discover hidden toxic metals that can be damaging your body. Many different and often vague or generalized symptoms might be caused by toxic metals, not by "aging," or "stress" or other illnesses. Several toxic metals are associated with "fatigue or with high blood pressure." Unless the true cause is discovered, all attempts at treatment will fail to treat the real problem that is causing your problems.
ALUMINUM (Al) is a potentially toxic element. Possible sources include aluminum cookware, (especially if used for acidic foods like tomato sauce), aluminum coffee pots, oral antacid preparations containing aluminum, aluminum paints, hardware, packaging and containers, some cosmetics, many antiperspirants, contaminated foods, some herbal products containing significant aluminum, foods and baked goods with alum additives, drinking water treated with alum, water from hotwater tanks with magnesium - aluminum anode terminal. Aluminum accumulates progressively in the body following the paths of increasing phosphate concentrations: blood fluid > > cell fluid> > cell nucleus > > cell DNA and RNA(nuclear material). Long term deposition occurs in long-lived cells such as neurons, where aluminum can be toxic to these nerve cells. It likely has some part to play in Alzheimer's dementia. Aluminum slows or blocks the energy production system inside cells. In bones, it can block tissue growth and repair. There might be no evidence for aluminum intoxication for a long period of time. Acute or increasing exposures might cause headache and fatigue.
ANTIMONY (Sb) is widely used in alloys to increase hardness or strength. Possible sources include: metal type solders (as in printing) Anti frictlon allows (as in bearings) ammunition, bullets and powders, lead batteries, paints, enamels, glass and pottery glazes, Flame -proofing and retardants for textiles, mordant aid in the dyeing process for textiles and leather dyes, vulcanizing and colorizing agent for rubber, tobacco, mines and smelting operations. Symptoms associated with low-level or long term antimony contamination might have a delayed or insidious onset. It clears from the blood quickly and accumulates in the adrenal (stress) glands, thyroid, kidneys, liver, spleen, and bone. Higher levels can block certain metabolic steps (by combining with sulfur groups on enzymes) and can lead to elevated uric acid, ammonia, inosine, or hypoxanthine. Various chronic toxic symptoms are possible: metallic taste, loss of appetite, fatigue, muscle changes, gout-like joint pains, low blood pressure, fragile red blood cells, interference with nerve transmitters, and heart pains. Skin spots can show with contact - nose congestion, nosebleeds, and lung irritation can occur from inhalation exposure.
ARSENIC(As) is a potentially toxic element. Possible sources include: contaminated shellfish or other seafoods, processes for the production of semiconductor or photoelectric components, electroplating, galvanizing, etching processes, some fungicides and pesticides, chemical process industry (used in "chemical reagents" and "catalysts"), fireworks (intense white and "blue flame" colors), leather tanning and taxidermy, textile printing (calicos), lead and copper alloys (used in cable sheaths, solders, shot), specialty glass manufacture (opal glass, infrared transmitting, decolorizing).
Arsenic has been used to preserve wood, to prevent fungal growth on coated surfaces, and to kill pests, including rodents. The most common source of ingested arsenic is contaminated seafood. It clears quickly from the blood and transfers rapidly to other body tissues, especially liver, kidneys, spleen, skin, bone, and muscle. Arsenic can bind to selenium (essential mineral), phosphate compounds, and sulfur in various proteins and it inactivates lipoic acid, a key cofactor for metabolism. Symptoms of excessive exposure include garlic breath, increased salivation, fatigue, chest pain, diarrhea, and low blood pressure. Long term exposure can include loss of hair, loss of skin coloring, white streaks on fingernails, loss of appetite, nerve disease changes in the arms or legs, low white blood cell count, and fragile red blood cells.
CADMIUM (Cd) is a clearly toxic element. Some possible sources include: cadmium-plated hardware (nuts, bolts), electroplating processes, Nl-Cd("ni-cad") batteries, some photovoltaic cells, brazes and solders, cadmium pigments (paints, inks, glazes), cigarettes, old copy machine drums, plastics for which cadmium compounds are heat stabilizers, photographic and engraving chemicals, sewage sludge and "earths" from sewage treatment, ore smelting operations, and power plant exhaust plumes. Symptoms with low level or long term exposure might not be evident for years. Cadmium accumulates in the kidneys, bones, nerve cells, and heart and blood vessels. It interferes with energy production systems, red blood cell and muscle proteins, and detoxification pathways, and it can block needed zinc activation of enzymes. Cadmium can worsen the toxic effects of lead or mercury also present. Toxic effects can include sugar and protein spilled into the urine (along with beta-2microglobulin, a marker for kidney damage), fatigue, sexual impotence in men, and anemia looking like iron deficiency.
LEAD (Pb) has multiple toxic effects. Possible sources include: leaded or soldered joints in water systems, contaminated herbal preparations and teas, "dolomite" calcium chips of old lead-containing paint, art supplies, colored glass kits, bullets, fishing sinkers, balance weights, radiation shields, lead-acid batteries, bearing alloys, some ceramic glazes or pigments, sewage sludge and "earths" from sewage treatment soils, vegetation along highways (from engine exhaust fumes). Historic uses of lead: house paint, anti-knock gasoline additives, and soldered joints in water systems - have mostly been discontinued, due to its toxic properties. Absorbed lead quickly leaves the blood and accumulates into red blood cells; it later binds in bone tissue and also in the aorta (largest body blood vessel), kidneys, liver, adrenal (stress glands), thyroid, and brain. Deficiency of calcium, zinc, and/or iron can increase absorption of lead that gets into the gut. Lead binds to multiple chemical groups in enzymes, proteins, and cell membranes. It interferes with formation of red blood cells, kidney transport of uric acid, and detoxification pathways. Lead can worsen toxic effects of cadmium or mercury also present toxic effects in children include loss of intelligence (I.Q.) and behavior disorders. Anyone can show loss of appetite, metallic taste, headaches, fatigue, low blood counts, and gout changes.
MERCURY(Hg) is clearly toxic. Possible sources include: contaminated shellfish or seafood, contaminated water supplies, dental amalgams (silver fillings), recent dental work, electrical switches and relays, explosive detonators, batteries and certain electrodes (calomel), laboratory equipment, barometers, thermometers, some specially formulated fungicides, old paint containing mercury, fungicide chemical process industry ("chloralkali electrolysis"), mining and smelting operations.
Mercury binds tightly to sulfur sites on proteins and enzymes throughout the body, so it can deposit in many tissues and organs, especially the kidneys and liver, as well as the brain. It interferes with body metabolism processes, including detoxification and energy production. Symptoms are variable and can include metallic taste, increased salivation, nerve sensory changes, decreased hearing, decreased sense of touch, decreased vision, high blood pressure, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, and fine muscle tremors (such as poor handwriting), as well as an emotional disturbance pattern (bipolar depression or excitability and poor concentration) .
NICKEL(NO) is a potentially toxic element. Possible sources include: foods, especially hydrogenated cooking oils, cocoa, chocolate, cigarettes, contaminated water supplies, non precious dental materials, costume jewelry, "German silver," nickel-plated objects, Nickel containing implantable prostheses (artificial parts, dental "plates"), batteries (Ni-Cd,"ni-cad"), exhaust gases from combustion of coal, oil, or diesel fuel, chemical process industry, catalyst formulations, mining and smelting operations.
Nickel deposits into the kidneys, liver, brain, bone, intestines, and skin. It can cause "hypersensitivity," inflammation, contact sensitivity, and allergy reactions for the skin, sometimes continuing after no other evidence of nickel is present.
THALLIUM (T1) is a highly toxic element. Possible sources include: cadmium-lead-zinc mining, smelting, purifying operations, sulfuric acid production from mineral sulfides, contaminated ground water, chemical Industry processes, hydrocarbon oxidation, polymerization liquid amalgams in low-temperature electrical switches, semiconductor materials, photoelectric cells, infrared detectors, and scintillation counters, some luminous (glowing) paints, colored glass, artificial gems, lenses and prisms (high-refractive-index glass). Thallium can get into the body by ingestion, inhalation, or skin contact. Different forms thallium distribute in different body tissues, mostly going to kidneys, heart. muscles, testicles, and brain. It interrupts formation of genetic material (DNA, RNA), energy production systems, and nerve cell function. Symptoms can be insidious and multiple, including walking and coordination difficulties, inflammation of nerves in arms and legs, loss of appetite, mental confusion, tremors, and facial palsy. Longer-term symptoms can include: high blood pressure, weight loss, loss of hair, crossed eyes, slow degeneration of eye tissue, worsening nerve degeneration, and severe mental disturbances.
TIN (Sn) is a potentially toxic element. Potential sources include: tin-plated cans (tin cans) with damaged polymer coatings, Toothpaste, perfumed soaps, metal alloys, brass, bronze, pewter, babbitt, printer's alloy, soldered joints in cans and water systems, manufacture of poly vinyl chloride (PVC), plastics (used as a heat Stabilizer), dyes and pigments (used as a mordant aid in the dyeing process), electroconductive coatings on glass (window defrosting systems), porcelain, ceramic glazes, tin biocides, mining, smelting, and ore processing facilities. Chemical forms of tin vary in where they deposit, with the inorganic form going first to the kidneys then liver tissue and later to bone; organic tin distributes to liver, brain, kidneys, and lymphatic (immune defense) system. Organic tin interferes with the energy production system. Excessive organic tin (which has a very high toxicity compared to the inorganic form) can cause walking and coordination difficulties, headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, high blood sugar, and spilling of sugar into the urine. Liver changes are possible, including liver pain (right upper belly). Kidney damage, low white blood cell count, low lymphocyte white blood cell count, and reduce immune defense responses can occur with certain forms of organic tin.
URANIUM (U) is a potentially toxic element. Possible sources include: ground drinking water containing dissolved natural uranium, geological phosphate deposits or mines, uranium mining and ore-milling operations, uranium enrichment (U-235) operations, nuclear power plants, nuclear stockpiles, nuclear weapons, Military ammunition containing "depleted" uranium (U-238), fallout or vented debris from nuclear weapons tests, dry copying inks (uranyl acetate), photography (uranyl nitrate toner), ceramics, glazes, and colored glass (yellow uranium oxide). Biochemical toxicity is the primary concern with natural uranium (mostly U-238), though exposure to fuel-grade uranium (U-235) would pose a radiological health hazard as well. Since uranium is reactive and can combine with organic acids, phosphates, and carbonates, it can deposit in liver, kidney, spleen, and bone. Most of the documented toxicity deals with damage to the kidney filtering system, Spilling of protein, albumin, amino acids, and sugar in the urine are sometimes found with uranium excess. The primary symptom of chronic, low-dose natural uranium body burden is chronic fatigue. Higher doses or radioactive forms can cause tissue changes, including cancer.
For more information on illness problems associated with body burdens of heavy metals, get and read several of the recent books published on chelation therapy. One of the more informative reference books in this regard is Toxic Metal Syndrome, by Dr. H. Richard Casdorph and Morton Walker, available at fine booksellers and health food stores.
IV EDTA Chelation therapy is an intravenous drip of sterile solution (water) and ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). Chelation Therapy has long been administered in doctors’ offices as a safe and effective alternative to the drug and/or surgery protocols used for many health challenges especially heavy metal toxicity and heart disease. Chelation involves the infusion of intravenous EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid), an amino acid, over a course of treatments. Chelation Therapy is a safe and effective method for drawing toxins and metabolic wastes from the bloodstream and is a non-surgical treatment to remove heavy metals such as lead and mercury from the body. Chelating agents administered intravenously can also increase blood flow and remove arterial plaque. Chelation Therapy can potentially help reverse atherosclerosis, prevent heart attacks and strokes, and in some cases may be used alternatively to bypass surgery and angioplasty. Chelation is also useful for treating a variety of disease conditions and most importantly regular Chelation Therapy appears to provide a strong anti-aging effect and remarkably increases energy. The amount of EDTA that is added varies by practitioner. 2.5 to 3.0 grams is considered a complete treatment. Depending on the practitioner the other ingredients may vary as well.
Below you will find an example of ingredients of an average treatment. However, ingredients vary depending on the clinic and individual patient needs. The ingredients are EDTA in sterile water. Vitamins added are C, B1, B6 and B12. Also included is sodium bicarbonate. Most Chelation centers are set up very similar. Each center has a room or rooms filled with lounge chairs. Some large centers have 25 to 30 chairs and small centers have 2 to 4 chairs. Each center has their own procedures. The patient sits in the lounge chair, which is a good thing, and one of the personnel starts the IV drip by inserting the needle in hand or arm. They time the drip to last normally from one to two and a half hours. During the treatment people read, talk and sleep. After the drip is finished you go about your business as usual. The number of treatments and frequency is usually proportional to the original problem.