Heavy Metal Toxicity


heavy metal toxicityHeavy metal toxicity displays itself in each individual differently and comes from many sources.  Signs and symptoms of heavy metal exposure will vary in nature and intensity depending on the type and quantity of metal involved.  Early symptoms of toxicity can be missed because they are often non-specific. Excessive exposure and damage to several different organs can occur even if you have no, few, or nonspecific symptoms. However, having some idea of what to look for can be very helpful as you try to determine if this is an option you should pursue.

Symptoms of Heavy Metal Toxicity:

Again, signs and symptoms of heavy metal toxicity are dependent on the type of metal that is present.  If you are experiencing more than 5 of the symptoms from the list below please consider getting a hair analysis to evaluate your level of metal exposure:

  • Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Nervous system symptoms such as numbness, tingling of hands and feet, weakness
  • Anemia
  • Kidney damage
  • Liver damage
  • Burning
  • Over acid stomach
  • In the lungs – irritation, edema
  • Brain dysfunction, memory loss
  • Changes in behavior
  • Malformed bones in children, weakened bones
  • In pregnant women – miscarriage, premature labor

Mercury can cause intermittent paralysis in some individuals.  Arsenic disrupts thyroid-mediated gene regulation, and may be a cause of diabetes, as well as obesity.  Molybdenum can inhibit the liver enzymes leading to a yellow coloring of the skin.

A heavy metals panel may be ordered if your doctor suspects that you have been exposed to one or more heavy metals.  Keep in mind that this will be a blood test that may come back normal.  Why?  Because the body will do all it can to keep the blood values normal.  Therefore, the blood test don’t show issues with metal toxicity until they are extremely severe.  Generally speaking, metal toxicity is often over looked because sources of exposure are not widely known or mentioned when one goes to see a physician.

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Two Examples of Heavy Metal Toxicity

Since heavy metals are literally heavy, gravity pulls them downward. Therefore, they tend to settle in your hand and feet. More tends to settle in your feet. The more you have settling, the higher up your arms and legs the settling will occur.  As the metal tends to irritate the skin from the inside, the rashes below are what we at Optimum Health have come to consider classic for long-term heavy metal exposure.


This client’s legs were so heavy and restless that he could no longer lift them normally to climb steps and constantly moved them around in exaggerated motions while sitting. His feet were blue on the bottom and his right foot had very little feeling and he could barely move the toes.

His legs felt lighter immediately. After over 20 dermal chelation session, the bottom of his feet were normal in color. He could move his toes, walk up steps normally and had full feeling in his feet. Of course, the rash decreases with chelation.

This client’s legs were very heavy and burned like they were on fire.

His legs felt lighter and the burning stopped after metal was removed with his first chelation. The burning came back within 24 hours but would stop with each chelation. The burning will stop completely once all of the metal is removed.



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