Heavy Metal Toxicity
Heavy metal toxicity is increasingly becoming a concern in our health and illnesses. As our world becomes more polluted we will all find that our environment has great impact on our health.
Heavy metals are substances that are frequently ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. These substances, such as mercury, lead, thallium, arsenic, cadmium, bismuth, antimony or like substances frequently disrupt immune function, neurological function and endocrine function.
Common effects of heavy metal toxicity are
- Brain fog
- Attention deficit
- Concentration problems
- Bi-polar disorders
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Thyroid or Adrenal fatigue
- Developmental delay in children
- Autistic symptoms in children
- Hyperactivity or insomnia
- Fibromyalgia or chronic pain symptoms not related to injury
- Yeast overgrowth or frequent yeast infections
- Frequent colds/flus or viral infections
- Neurological disorders such as tics, memory loss, dementia, tremors etc.
- Diminished eye sight
- Diminished hearing, sense of taste or smell
Heavy Metals and Autism
Mercury toxicity has become a frequent issue in childhood development delay and autism but children are not the only ones being impacted by mercury or lead exposure. In conventional medicine many doctors are confused about heavy metal exposure and its impact on health, illness and recovery. Heavy metals are rarely found in blood due to their toxic nature, they are quickly moved out of the blood and stored in body tissues (liver, kidney, nervous system, and other organs). This is why most people who take a blood test for mercury or lead are mistakenly told that they are not at risk for the health risks of these heavy metals. A more accurate test for identifying heavy metals is a chelated urine test. Chelation is a method where a substance is ingested to bind the heavy metals in the tissues and then the metals are pulled out of body through the stool/feces and/or urine. There are a few chelation substances and in our offices we utilize DMSA. DMSA has long been studied and utilized as an excellent chelator (or binder) of mercury, lead, thallium, arsenic, antimony, cadmium, bismuth etc.
Dr. Wang is trained in environmental medicine and is well versed on the impact of chemicals, pesticides, herbacides and heavy metals on the health and healing of a patient. She has extensive experience in gently guiding the body to eliminate the heavy metals while ensuring appropriate mineral and antioxidant status. Because we combine chelation with homeopathy our patients rarely experience any side-effects of chelation protocols.
Many patients have found that in addition to neurological and psychiatric symptoms resolving, chronic pain syndromes too quickly resolve in cases of long standing fibromyalgia, arthritis, autoimmune disorders etc. The chelation protocols that our office utilizes is extremely safe and very effective in children as well as adults. In Dr. Wang's autism patients, heavy metal analysis and treatment is almost always integrated into her treatment protocol.