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How to Cleanse From Heavy Metals Poisoning: Detox Naturally

Updated on February 20, 2014

The necessity for people to partake in a heavy metal cleanse program first began about 200 years ago when people began to dig up the earth in search of heavy metals for industrial use and other purposes. Since heavy metals have become a part of our everyday environment they are now appearing regularly in the human body. We can not keep our systems free of these toxins because we have to eat and breathe. Substances that come into contact with our skin are absorbed into the bloodstream.

Having one heavy metal infiltrate our system is bad enough, but different heavy metals enter the body creating synergy. Basically this means that one plus one doesn't equal two, it equals two hundred. So the damage these metals can do working together is severe. Heavy metals are known to be Neurotoxins which are substances attracted to the human nervous system.

The nerve endings absorb the toxins and they travel to the cell body. On their way they disrupt vital functions such as nutrient transport. The body is constantly trying to eliminate these toxins through the liver, kidney and exhaled air. The liver is the one that does most of the work sending the toxins into the small intestine. Unfortunately, most of the neurotoxins are reabsorbed through the intestinal wall.

Here is a partial list of common neurotoxins beginning with the most dangerous: Mercury, Lead, Cadmium, Iron, Manganese and Aluminum (are the most common). Common Sources: Metallic mercury vapor escapes from dental amalgam fillings (they contain about 50 % Mercury, the rest is Zinc, Silver, Copper, Tin and trace metals). Cadmium: car fumes, cigarette smoke , pigment in oil paint Lead: outgasing from paint, residues in earth and food chain from time when lead was used in gasoline, Aluminum cookware, drinking water

According to The American Academy of Neurotherapy any illness can be caused by, or contributed to, or exagerated by neurotoxins. Here is a partial list: Neurological problems: Fatigue, depression, insomnia, memory loss, blunting of the senses, chronic intractable pain (migraine, sciatica, CTS etc.), burning pain, paresthesia, strange sensations and sounds, numbness. Autism. Seizure disorder. Hyperactivity syndromes. Premature ejaculation and inorgasmia, emotional problems: inappropriate fits of anger and rage, timidness, passivity, bipolar disorder, depression, psychotic behaviour, deviant behaviour, mental problems: memory loss, thinking disorder, loss of intelligence, premature aging, G.I. problems: candida, food allergies, leaky gut syndrome, parasites, inflammatory bowel disease.

Orthopedic problems: joint arthritis, persisiting musculo-skeletal pain, fibromyalgia, recurrent osteopathic lesions, Immunological disorders (autoimmune diseases, hypothyroid disorders, MS, ALS, Sjogen´s Syndrome, CFIDS, MCS etc.),Cardiovascular disorders ( vascular disease, arrythmias, angina, increased heartbeat), Cancer –mercury, arsenic, copper etc. can be a trigger, ENT disorders: chronic sinusitis, tinnitus, glandular swelling, Eye problems: macular degeneration (dry and wet), optic neuritis, iritis, deteriorating eyesight, etc.) Internal medicine problems: kidney disease, hypertension, hypercholesterinemia, syndrome X, OB/gyn: difficulties of pregnancy, impotence, uterine fibroids, infertility.

As we get older we are bound to experience some of the symptoms of heavy metal exposure. I began to notice a gradual onset of some of the symptoms mentioned for heavy metal comtamination, but I don't like going to the doctor and getting tests. I prefer to take a total body cleanse approach using a method that will effectively eliminate as many heavy metals as possible. Even if you have no symptoms you may want to consider cleanse methods that eliminate as many heavy metals as possible before you develop symptoms. A formulation is the way to go because you get the power of synergy working for you. Remember that heavy metals work synergistically together, so if you are focusing on an agent that only eliminates one heavy metal you should still take several agents together to get the synergistic effect and remove other heavy metals.

Here is a list of natural agents that eliminate heavy metals: Amino acids have a valuable detox effect. Minerals such as selenium, zinc, manganese, germanium and molybdenum are a healthy mineral base needed for all metal cleanse attempts. Electrolytes (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium) help to transport toxic waste. Lipids (made from fatty acids) make up 60-80 % of the central nervous system and need to be constantly replenished. Deficiency makes the nervous system vulnerabe to the fat soluble metals. Cilantro (chinese parsley) is capable of mobilizing mercury, cadmium, lead and aluminum in both bones and the central nervous system.

It is probably the only effective agent in mobilizing mercury in the nucleus of the cell (reversing DNA damage of mercury). Because cilantro mobilizes more toxins then it can carry out of the body it ends up retoxifying the body. This can easily be avoided by simultaneously giving an intestinal toxin-absorbing agent such as chlorella. Chlorella binds toxins - all known toxic metals, environmental toxins and repairs and activates the bodys detoxification functions. Super nutrient: 50-60% amino acid content methylcobolamin - the most easily absorbed and utilized form of B12, B6, minerals, chlorophyll, beta carotene, immune system strengthening, restores bowel flora, digestive aid.

We are exposed to heavy metals everyday through the air, skin and ingestion. It has become a normal thing to find them in the human body. It is wise to remove them periodically through a heavy metal cleanse. Not only is it a great preventative measure against disease, but the ellimination of unpleasant symptoms affecting quality of life make it very desirable. Before embarking upon this or any other new dietary schedule, consult with your health care professional.


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      4 years ago

      We are all very ignorant or carefree when it comes to putting anything on our plate. If only we take enough precaution we would never suffer from the health problems that we do.

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      7 years ago

      I have almost all my teeth filled with amalgam since I was a child and I am wondering if it is true that eating cilantro can cause the metal to wear off and spread through my system? I love cilantro and eat tons of it. I have no plans to remove my amalgam fillings. I eat very few processed foods and huge amounts of raw vegetables and fruits and seeds and nuts. Need I worry about bad effects of eating cilantro??

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      Dr. Stephanie, DMD 

      7 years ago

      My brother showed me this website, and I have a few comments. I'm a new dentist, but also a health nut with a MS in nutrition and biochemistry. I use many natural herbs in addition to frequent exercise and healthy eating to treat everything from indigestion to acid reflux to migraines in order to avoid prescription medications (this does not include antibiotics when necessary). Furthermore, I research everything I put into my body and bring in to my life thoroughly through peer-reviewed scholarly journals (especially natural remedies and supplements). You wouldn't believe that there are toxins everywhere that no one even imagines - in carpets, couches, flame retardants in electronics, many commercial foods, and even soaps), but what I will say is that any major research journal or public health group worth its weight such as NIH, PubMed, and the Cochrane library database will tell you that amalgam fillings are negligible. I have a doctorate meaning that I was trained specifically to make you feel better, relieve your pain, and not actually make you sick!

      Removing amalgam fillings is actually kind of a way some dentists will swindle you into paying for a medically unnecessary procedure (according to the ADA) and charge you for new fillings sadly enough - and placing a second restoration means you'll have to cut more healthy tooth tissue, which could lead to further complications. This problem concerning amalgam fillings is actually specifically mentioned in the American dental code of ethics in that removing amalgam fillings is viewed as a non-ethical practice. And complain all you want, but those other fillings (we call them composites) also have another chemical you're familiar with... Basically, those the white / tooth-colored ones contain BPA, but the amount present is so negligible that there is more BPA consumed in a plastic water bottle than the entirety of a white filling. So if you need a cavity filled with either amalgam or composite, you can feel safe knowing that the dentist does have your best interest at heart! The materials we use are often thoroughly researched, especially amalgam fillings. You will get more mercury exposure from a single serving of Lake Michigan salmon than you can get from an amalgam filling during your entire life.

      In fact, fish in general seem to have problems with heavy metals; many herbal and non-herbal supplements in bottles also have heavy metal issues. These are reasons why you do your research and find it from respectable sources. Packaging doesn't always tell the hidden truths.

      If you want research as far as detox, look up a term called "chelation". The omega-3 ALA (and a handful of journals indicate milk thistle) seem to have some natural chelation properties, but the efficacy and possibility of heavy metal detoxification through natural remedies seems to be pretty contentious currently. Eat right, choose the right products, exercise, get your research from reliable sources (especially in holistic treatments), and then you'll be happy and healthy!

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      7 years ago

      I was diagnosed 18 years ago with fibromyalgia. In 18 years I have had migraines nearly 4-6 days a week with severe shoulder and neck pain/tightness daily. I had an all over body ache daily, some days light ache, some days... Once a week or so I would get a centralized pain that felt like I got hit by a dump truck or beat with a baseball bat. I had weakness in my legs and arms, some days better, some days... I had no balance and felt sometimes that I walked like a drunk. With fibro your body can only take so much pain and then your amygdala, in your brain, shuts down going into a cooling off period. You get what is referred to as "fibro fog." This causes short-term memory loss; confusion; dysphasia(interruption in thought patterns from brain to mouth or brain to hand(writing)basically, things just don't come out the way you meant.)I have suffered from distymic disorder, which is double depression. Aspartame is a neurotoxin. Some people are more chemical sensitive than others and their body cannot handle it. Aspartame is NutraSweet, found in Equal and over 6,000 food products. From pretty much everything that is low calorie, low-fat, sugar-free to Metamucil, breath mints, gum and diet drinks. Aspartame poisoning reduces the amount of dopamine, norepenepherine, and serotonin in your body. The reduction of serotonin causes depression. Then you add all the pain, confusion and everything else you get more depression. Sometimes it felt like triple-depression. Insomnia and chronic fatigue have been almost daily. If I fall asleep, I get maybe two or three hours then cannot even get back to sleep. It is a vicious cycle. I had numerous other symptoms and syndromes associated with fibro. I came across an article about aspartame poisoning in a Facebook group for fibro sufferers. I avoided ingesting aspartame and the first week my migraines disappeared. By week two the pain left my neck, the first time in 18 years that I have not felt some sort of pain in my neck and shoulders. By week three I could lift up my leg, standing on one, and put on underwear without holding onto something or falling over. My balance is markedly improved. The "I feel like I got hit by a dump truck" feeling has not been around, I am now on week 9 or 10. My legs are not as weak. I am now running circles around some of the girls at work. My mental health has improved. Certainly my mood. My memory is better, I can think and focus clearly. I did sleep a little more than 5 hours a few times, but I am still suffering from the insomnia and restless leg syndrome. I am hoping it will be resolved over time. I have just started taking iron and magnesium supplements to help with the rls. And someone told me to eat bananas. I got rls the other night and took the pills and ate a banana and the rls was gone in half hour or so and I slept five hours. I know the rls has something to do with insomnia, too. And I read that rls is a neurlogical disorder and possibly can be caused in some cases by aspartame poisoning. The aspartame poisoning prevents your body from getting nutrients. Your body is lacking in iron, magnesium and potassium, which causes the rls. Next I am going to have my old dental fillings removed. I have started using body products without chemicals. Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap is great for my hair. I use "Kiss My Face" deodorant and body lotion. They contain no chemicals. Found at lots of stores, yes, WalMart, too.

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      8 years ago from Utah

      Heavy Metals are working havic with our health. It is something we all need to be aware of.

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      8 years ago

      After reading this, it occurred to me that the new Keurig coffee maker I just bought uses K-cups with aluminum tops which get punctured (made active) as I make the coffee. This could possibly be a new source of aluminum in our bodies. I also just bought a new faucet made of brushed nickel which when I touch the outside and drink water with those hands, I get a metallic taste in my mouth. I never thought the faucet I went to in an effort to get clean may be now contaminating me; how else could the water taste metallic (I have CPVC pipes)?

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for writing such a great hub full of details on how to remove those harmful toxins in our body.


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      9 years ago

      My fathers was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease last year and has been seeking treatment for this. We have recently discovered his well water tested high in Manganese. Do you know how to test or detox out Manganese? Could this be causing Parkinson like symptoms if he has this built-up in him?

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      Candida Symptoms 

      10 years ago

      Great hub lots of good info. Keep up the great work.

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      Karen Ellis 

      10 years ago from Central Oregon

      I love cilantro, but it sounds like if I take some chlorella when I eat it, it could really go a long way in removing toxins - who knew? Well, I guess you did. It's a good day when I've learned something new - thanks.

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      11 years ago

      Thank you! I will check them all out. I already have an herb garden, so maybe this will be a better direction for me. (How could it be any worse?) Thanks again. (o:

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      11 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your response pgrundy. I firmly believe that a study of alternative medicine would benefit you greatly. Here is a list of references for you.

      The Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants - Andrew Chevallier

      The New Holistic Herb - Hoffman, D

      The Green Pharmacy - J. Duke, PH.D.

      Prescription for Herbal Healing - Phyllis A. Balch, CNC

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      Roberta Kyle 

      11 years ago from Central New Jersey

      I absolutely agree with yoou about heavy metals-- in fact I think( for no scientiffic reason) that the increase in chronic diseases and conditions like autism have a lot to do with heavy metals. Problem is where medicine is concerned there is so little research on this. Meanwhile, the environment gets worse, not better.

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      11 years ago

      Thank you for this. Over the past seven years my health has deteriorated--ok, I'm 55 instead of 48, I grant that's part of it--but seriously, I've been thinking a lot about these issues lately. I have lots of joint inflammation and pain now, and I just can't afford to go to a physician anymore. I have heath insurance, but every time I go they run thousands of dollars worth of tests then direct me to a specialist to run thousands more. I'm still paying off the knee I twisted in January--I got Vicodin and an appointment with a joint specialist I didn't keep--that took 5 hours in a waiting room and cost over $600 after the insurance paid their share. I'm just not submitting myself to that madness anymore. I'm going to look into diet & exercise more thoroughly: thanks for the great start. Do you recommend any books in particular? Thanks for a great hub.

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      In The Doghouse 

      11 years ago from California

      I thought it was merely too much exposure to rock music. lol lol Thanks for setting me straight!

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      11 years ago

      Cool find. Thanks for the health information.

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      11 years ago from Durham, UK

      What an amazing article. I know we're all merrily poisoning ourselves but I didn't realise to that extent. My teeth are full of amalgam fillings - will have to do something about that.

      Many thanks for a great hub.


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