Toxic Elements Testing
No matter how hard you try to live healthy, there’s a very good chance that right now — or a few minutes ago — you were exposed to toxic metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, and others
Maybe you were putting on lipstick… or handling an herb from China or Japan… or in contact with soil contaminated by car exhaust or other pollutants, or consumed mercury laden tuna. There are many sources of toxic metals.
How Lead Affects Us
Lead inhibits enzymes that affect brain chemicals and oxygen-carrying red blood cells, causing malfunctions in nerve signal transmission, muscle contraction and heartbeat. It depletes the liver’s stores of glutathione, an amino acid vital to detoxification and liver cell regeneration. Lead may contribute to autoimmune disorders (in which the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues), such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
Children are particularly at risk because they absorb lead more readily… and because their developing organs and nervous systems are more vulnerable to lead’s damaging effects.
Symptoms of toxicity include…
- Gastrointestinal problems — abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation.
- Muscular weakness and fatigue.
- Impaired kidney and liver function.
- Neurological effects — headache, dizziness, tremors, poor memory and possibly dementia.
- Central nervous system problems — mood disorders, sleep disorders, seizures, decreased libido.
- Cardiovascular effects — high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries.
- Reproductive problems — decreased sperm count, menstrual irregularities, increased risk for miscarriage and stillbirth.
- Developmental and behavioral problems in children.
- Blood sugar elevation and diabetes
Dr. Stengler, Dr. LaBeau and Dr. Williamson can run state of the art tests to look at your body burden of toxic metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and many others. Then specific protocols can be followed to eliminate this disease causing toxins.
Prevention & Treatment
Calcium competes with lead for absorption in the digestive tract and for storage sites in the bones. With adequate calcium, you retain less lead. As a general preventive measure, we recommend that all teens and adults take 500 milligrams (mg) to 600 mg of calcium twice daily… and that children ages three to 12 take 500 mg once daily.
If lead toxicity is diagnosed, do not delay treatment. The longer lead remains in the body, the more difficult it is to get out. Still, even if the metal has been inside the body for decades, treatment can improve symptoms considerably, especially for young to middle-aged adults. Sadly, some damage may be irreversible in older adults and in children whose cognitive function has been impaired.
Chelation treatment is needed to pull lead from tissues so that it can be excreted. The form used depends on the severity of toxicity. Options (from least to most aggressive) include oral medication taken five to seven days a week… rectal suppositories used every other night before bedtime… or intravenous (IV) therapy for one to three hours weekly.
Patients must have kidney and liver function tests done before starting chelation to ensure that treatment will not overtax the organs responsible for detoxification. Follow-up testing indicates when treatment is complete. Unfortunately, insurance rarely covers chelation.
To guard against mineral loss during treatment,Dr. Stengler, Dr. LaBeau and Dr. Williamson have patients take supplemental minerals and vitamins.
If you have lead toxicity, ask your doctor for a blood test to measure iron levels. Iron-deficient people absorb two to three times more lead than those with adequate iron.
Smart: If you suspect that any portion of your home was last painted before 1978 — when paint containing lead was banned — paint over it to minimize flakes or dust that might pose a threat. If your home was built before 1940, install a charcoal filter on each water tap.
Jobs & Hobbies Lead to Lead Exposure
As mentioned above, lead exposure continues to be a potential problem in more than 900 vocations and avocations. If you are involved in any of the following, ask your doctor to test you for lead toxicity…
- Battery manufacturing
- Chemical industries
- Construction or demolition
- Firing ranges
- Gasoline additives production
- Lead mining, smelting, soldering or refining
- Pigment manufacturing
- Plastics industries
- Sewage treatment