The Problem with Heavy Metals
The body can not use heavy metals for any beneficial purpose, so they are stored away in tissue that is inactive, eg fat, ligaments and bones. Heavy metals silently accumulate over time. The body is ideally equipped to automatically flush out toxins when they occur, however because there are so many pollutants, often, the body is overwhelmed. As a defense mechanism, the body stores heavy metals away for possible elimination in the future. However our body’s detoxification pathways ere not designed to handle heavy metals and current levels of daily exposure and our immune system cannot destroy them.
If the body is unable to repair resulting mutations, a disease state may occur or the cell can die. Heavy metals must be eliminated for long term positive health effects. In addition, damaged cells need to be repaired and the body revitalized.
Toxic heavy metals are found in construction materials, cosmetics, medicines and fuel. They infiltrate your daily life through common everyday commodities such as personal care products pesticides, antibiotics and cooking ingredients.
Top 5 Heavy Metals
Once the body is poisoned by heavy metals, cells can be harmed or even killed by their resulting generation of free radicals. Free radicals can affect DNA which can damage the cell membrane and potentially initiate the cancer-causing process. Metals can bond to cell membranes, producing complexes that paralyse the cell from performing its daily tasks.
Research has shown that metals can activate signaling of genes responsible for triggering cancerous conditions in the body.
There are many symptoms of metal toxicity which manifest as damage to the body, starting at the cellular level.
Global chronic low-level metal toxicity is recognised as a problem by agencis such as the US Environmental Protection Agendy (EPA), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Heavy metals cause a domino effect. When internal free radicals from heavy metals damage the cell’s ability to excrete wastes, the cell can die in its own waste. Then when the cell dies, it adds to the mix of free radicals.
Chelation therapy (pronounced kee-lay-shun) is a method of eliminating heavy metals from the body by binding them with chelating agents. The most widely recognised chelating compound is an artificial amino acid known as ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA). The EDTA seizes a positively charged metal ion and surrounds it. This inactivates the metal so the body can safely eliminate it, primarily via the kidneys. The process is complicated, but interesting to understand. The toxic ion and the amino acid connect and are sent to the kidneys for elimination as the body regards EDTA as a foreign substance.