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Intoxication by heavy metals like lead, mercury, arsenic, and aluminum has significant adverse effects on our long-term health. Unfortunately, in our modern-day world, almost everyone is exposed to heavy metals and is affected to some extent by heavy metal intoxication.

Among others, heavy metals attach themselves to our nerve tissue where they cause long-term, irreversible havoc, like damaged or reduced mental and central nervous function. They can dramatically lower energy levels, do damage to blood, lungs, kidneys, liver, and other vital organs. Long-term exposure can result in slowly progressing physical, muscular, and neurological degenerative processes that mimic Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis. They can cause allergies and cancer.

Once attached to our tissue we have to employ extraordinary means to part these compounds from the tissue and make them available for elimination again. The process involved is called chelation, where a chelation agent attaches to the metal, releases it from the tissue, and makes it transportable by blood and the lymphatic system. The chelation agent can be administered orally or as an IV infusion.


A good lab will give us different thresholds for both measurements, knowing that the second one was done when applying a chelation agent. We all have values elevated above the baseline threshold when using a chelation agent. Thus, we have to know what is right, average, or wholly out of range when detoxing using the chelation agent.

Unfortunately, we cannot measure the absolute amount of heavy metal in our bodybodies. The test can only tell us how much we can drain from the body when applying chelation. It's like opening the faucet of a barrel. We can just say if and how much outflow we have. However, we cannot deduct the capacity of the barrel itself.


The most effective therapy to eliminate heavy metals from the body is a combination of an oral (DMSA) and two IV chelation agents (ZnDTPA & DPMS) working together. Chelation agents attach themselves to heavy metals and break them loose from the tissue and transport them to the excretion organs. However, a certain amount of these bonds break up during the transport phase, freeing the metal ion which now would be free roaming in our body. DMSA is a weaker chelation agent than the two IV agents but lingers much longer in our system. By applying it before the IV treatments a 'safety net' is created that catches metal ions lost by the stronger, but shorter-lasting IV chelation agents during transport. The combination therapy is up to three times more efficient than using oral DMSA on its own.


There are several herbs like cilantro, green tea, garlic, chlorella, and compounds like alpha lipoic acid that aid the body in removing heavy metals. Supplementing them can improve our baseline detoxification. This is especially advisable when undergoing medical chelation that might stir up bound heavy metals in the body that should be eliminated in the days after the therapy.

Herbs and supplements can help detoxification, but in no way they can match the profound effect of a therapeutic chelation therapy.

See more: Heavy Metal Detoxification (leflifeextension.orgcom)

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