Heavy Metal Toxicity: Are You at Risk?
Posted on: Friday, April 20th, 2018
Environmental toxicity has become a leading cause of disease in recent years. Unlike bacteria and infections that we resolve with medication, environmental toxins like heavy metals pervade nearly everything that we use, touch, eat, and drink. Are you at risk of heavy metal toxicity? The answer, unfortunately, is most likely “yes.”
What Is Heavy Metal Toxicity?
Heavy metals include lead, mercury, aluminum, and cadmium. Lead was commonly used in paint and plumbing in the 20th century, mercury is present in fish and dental amalgam fillings, and cadmium is released in tobacco smoke, solar panels, and electric batteries. Heavy metals can even be found in common household items like soda cans, cosmetics, and cookware. It is virtually impossible to avoid heavy metals altogether, and they are known to cause serious health consequences when they accumulate in the body.
Heavy metal toxicity is defined as a condition caused by high levels of heavy metals in the body. This disrupts the body’s normal biochemical processes and contributes to serious conditions that diminish quality of life and accelerate the development of other diseases.
Signs You May Have Heavy Metal Toxicity
Many people suffer from heavy metal toxicity but attribute their symptoms to other causes. The most common symptoms of heavy metal toxicity include:
- Digestive problems
- Mood swings
- Skin irritation
- Mental fog
- Metallic taste in mouth
- Poor circulation
Are My Dental Amalgams Causing My Heavy Metal Toxicity?
It is very possible that your dental fillings are causing your heavy metal toxicity if your fillings are made with amalgam. Amalgam fillings contain about 50 percent mercury. Of the many natural and non-radioactive substances on earth, mercury is the most poisonous! The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that there is no safe level of mercury, and scientists and health professionals now know that mercury can directly or indirectly cause, contribute to, or aggravate just about every health condition.
Every single time a person with an amalgam filling chews, brushes, or drinks a hot beverage, mercury vapors are released into that person’s body. Those vapors pass easily through cell membranes, across the blood-brain barrier, and into the central nervous system. It can seep into every cell it contacts to cause immunological, neurological, and psychological problems. Since the effects of a heavy metal like mercury are gradual, most people don’t realize the damage being done until it has become dangerously significant.
Seeking Treatment for Heavy Metal Toxicity
Though heavy metal toxicity is a serious issue, there are a few treatment methods that can help you cleanse your body of heavy metals and regain your optimal health.
The first is chelation therapy. During chelation therapy, molecules of the amino acid EDTA are delivered through an IV into the body. EDTA naturally latches onto heavy metals and carries them out of the body through the urine. Research indicates that chelation therapy can improve heart health, fight free radical damage, reduce muscle and joint pain, improve cognitive functioning, and more.
The other solution to heavy metal toxicity is to seek out a holistic dentist to carefully and strategically remove your amalgam fillings. This is a serious procedure that must be done using specific techniques in order to prevent mercury exposure. At Natural & Cosmetic Dentistry in Clearwater, Florida, Dr. Carlson and Dr. Gilton follow the IAOMT protocol for removing amalgam fillings by using a strong dry suction to eliminate any vapors. They also replace amalgam fillings with safe biocompatible materials and then support patients as they detoxify from mercury by providing specific supplements and recommending foods high in sulphur.
With the help of the professional team at Natural and Cosmetic Dentistry, it is possible to improve your health and quality of life by being tested for heavy metal toxicity and seeking treatment to cleanse your body. Call (727) 888-6523 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Carlson and Dr. Gilton today.