Heavy metal toxicity refers to the harmful effects that can occur when certain heavy metals accumulate in the body to excessive levels. Heavy metals are naturally occurring elements that are present in the environment in various forms, and can be found in soil, water, air, and food.
Some examples of heavy metals that can be toxic to humans and animals include lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, and gadolinium. These metals can enter the body through ingestion, inhalation, or skin contact, and can accumulate in various organs and tissues such as the liver, kidneys, bones, and brain.
The toxic effects of heavy metals can vary depending on the type of metal, the amount and duration of exposure, and individual factors such as age, health status, and genetic susceptibility. Some common symptoms of heavy metal toxicity may include fatigue, headaches, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, muscle weakness, and neurological or cognitive problems.
Long-term exposure to heavy metals can also increase the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurological disorders. Therefore, it is important to minimize exposure to heavy metals and to take appropriate precautions to prevent and treat heavy metal toxicity when necessary.
Chelation therapy is a medical treatment that involves the use of chemical agents known as chelating agents to remove heavy metals or other substances from the body. These agents bind to metal ions in the bloodstream and form a complex that can be excreted by the kidneys. Agents commonly used at Lifespan Integrative Medicine include EDTA, DMPS and DTPA.
Chelation therapy is most commonly used to treat heavy metal poisoning, such as lead, arsenic, cadmium, gadolinium and mercury. It is also used as an alternative treatment for heart disease.
Chelation therapy is typically administered intravenously, although oral forms are also available. It should only be used under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional, to avoid adverse reactions.