Medical Detoxification as a means to achieve Optimal Health
We are constantly exposed to toxins on a daily basis in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. The toxins we are exposed to include plasticizers, insecticides and metals. The most toxic metals include cadmium, mercury, lead and arsenic. Routine blood work will not often reveal these unless there is significant current exposure. However, these toxic metals are stored in our bones, kidneys, brain and fat tissue and impact multiple functions of the body including the nervous system, the cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal system, kidneys and reproductive system.
Sympoms related to environmental exposure are quite non-specific such as brain fog, memory loss, chronic pain in muscles and joints, chronic fatigue, headaches and chronic infections such as candida. Basically the toxins, particularly the metals cause oxidative damange. Think of your car when rust eats away the car. This is what is happening to your body on the inside causing inflammation, which long-term will lead to signficant damage to the cardiovascular system. The inflammation effects the walls of your blood vessels, this can lead to medical issues such as high blood pressure and blocked arteries.
In our office we do chelation therapy orally to bind these toxic metals. Chelation removes both toxic and essential metals, thus mineral supplementation is important part of treatment. Chelation has a long standing history in medicine, dating back to the 1940's when it was used on workers who were exposed to contaminated lead at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II. Following treatment for this exposure to lead, the individuals that had angina (chest pain) had significant improvements in their angina as well as circulation. Since that time, other studies have been done showing improvements in cardiovascular health with chelation, particularly in patients with exisiting diabetes mellitus.