Metal ToxicityIt is believed that chronic exposure to metal toxicity may escalate into mimicking such disorders as Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. Also, according to the International Occupational Health and Safety Information Centre, it was reported in 1999 that, “Allergies are not uncommon and repeated long-term contact with some metals or their compounds may even cause cancer.” Conventional medicine rarely considers metal toxicity however treatment can consist of blood transfusions, dialysis, intravenous drug therapy (chelation) and cardiac stabilization. Acupuncture and naturopathic medicine consider metal toxicity much more often, deeming it a highly possible source of many ailments. Integrative Med Solutions (IMS) uses this approach through an effective resource of alternative choices.

Acupuncture: Ridding Stagnant Energy due to Metal Toxicity

Licensed acupuncturist, Dr. Lisanti, will use a comprehensive acupuncture protocol applicable to your possible metal toxicity symptoms. Because there are a variety of symptoms, determining the best points to work entails a detailed health history as well as visual intake. In addition to those mentioned above, other metal toxicity symptoms include: memory loss, depression, hyperactivity, bipolar disorder, candida, autoimmune diseases, chronic sinusitis and macular degeneration. After you are assessed, acupuncture points that strengthen the kidneys, spleen, lungs and other vital organs may be applied. This protocol can be an essential ingredient in working with other IMS naturopathic remedies to rid your body of metal toxicity.

Detoxification: The Deep Cleanse

By detoxifying the system, Dr. Lisanti can create a ‘clean slate’ to begin an effective preventative program. Many people feel that a detoxification program will interfere with their daily routine. At IMS, it is working with your level of comfort that is most important so integrating a detox protocol is done at your own pace. By naturally eliminating the built up metal toxicity along with other poisons in your body, Dr. Lisanti will attempt to allow your system to slowly embrace a more optimal quality of health. The process all depends on your specific needs and abilities. It could last twenty-four hours or longer and may consist of organic juicing, filtered water intake, raw, organic vegetable integration, special soups and /or formulated herbal remedies.

Oral Chelation Therapy & EDTA: Removing Toxic Metals

Oral chelation therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical, safe administration of anti-oxidants, minerals and other various nutrients ingested orally with the intent to grab toxic metals as well as plaque and remove it from the system. The word ‘chele’ means claw in Greek which is exactly what oral chelation therapy does; gripping the atoms of these substances. EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid) is a powerful antioxidant used to remove lead and other toxic metals while at the same time protecting blood vessels from free-radical damage.

Botanical Medicine: Cilantro, Chlorella and more

There are many natural remedies to assist in detoxifying the system of heavy metals. This is done by causing the metal ions to attach to them as they exit the system. Some botanical medicine choices IMS may implement into your metal toxicity detoxification are:

  • Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) – A study conducted by Omura for The Heart Disease Foundation between 1995-1996 found that cilantro proved to “accelerate the elimination of mercury, lead, and aluminum through the urine.”
  • Chlorella – This single-cell, fresh water algae was reported to The General Meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan in 1973. It cited chlorella’s ability to considerably increase the elimination of cadmium from the body shortly after the atomic bomb fallout in 1945.
  • Garlic (Allum sativum) – Possessing healing capabilities as anti-fungal and anti-microbial, garlic also contains specific sulph-hydryl groups (sulphur components) that are able to oxidize damaging metals such as mercury, cadmium and lead. This renders these water soluble enabling easy secretion from the body.

Nutraceutical Supplementation: Preventative Compounds

IMS can also offer a preventative remedy approach to metal toxicity by increasing vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids such as: glutathione which prevents cellular damage; selenium and zinc to rid the system of free radicals and lactoferrin, an iron-binding protein.

There are many more options that IMS can apply to your potential metal toxicity. Homeopathy, Clinical Nutrition and Detoxification are only a few that Dr. Lisanti may use to allow you to reach optimal health. At Integrative Med Solutions, we will design an acupuncture and naturopathic treatment program that works for you.  In many cases, insurance covers portions of the acupuncture treatment. Allow us to support you to achieve optimal health.  To make an appointment or find out more about how acupuncture and naturopathic medicine can benefit you, please call our office at 914.337.2980 or click here to schedule an online appointment.

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