Could You Have Heavy Metal Poisoning and Not Know It? ~ Part One

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Heavy Metal Poisoning. Could You Have It and Not Know It? Metals are found in our food, water, air--everywhere. Could a heavy metal buildup be wrecking your health? Find out how I found out that I had heavy metal poisoning--and how I try to keep metals and toxins out of my body now.

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Heavy metal poisoning.

Sounds alarmist, doesn’t it?

I almost can’t believe myself that I am writing that title.

But then–life has a way of teaching us lessons that we really didn’t want to learn.

Metal poisoning is one of them for me.

In my younger, more naive days, I used to think things like:

  • life threatening food allergies were all in someone’s head
  • autism and Asperger’s were just being overdiagnosed
  • heavy metal poisoning  or chronic fatigue was an excuse for someone who just was feeling tired and didn’t eat well or something and really had something else wrong with them

It’s hard for me to admit that, but it’s true.

There’s something about younger, full of energy years that makes one think that these things just aren’t real.

But they are.

I found out the hard way.

I’ve shared a lot with you all already about autism and Asperger’s, like in the following posts:

And though I haven’t shared our whole story about life threatening food allergies, believe me—they are real.

I’ll share more in the future.

But heavy metal toxicity?  That’s just a little too weird to be true, right?

Well, I’m going to share with you just a little bit today about our path with heavy metals, with more to come.

When my oldest son was born, we knew he was very sensitive.  His poor little body was covered (literally) with horrible eczema at 3 months.

I went to great lengths to continue to breastfeed, including doing trials to figure out what he was allergic to and adjusting my diet accordingly.

But when his health took another big downturn at age 6, we knew our work with him needed to go beyond food elimination.

Heavy Metals in Our Family–the Beginning

My son was super anxious and had obsessive behaviors that were almost impossible to handle.

Basically we were trapped in our home for a year.  And mom went into overdrive trying to figure out what was wrong with him.

Finally, we arrived at a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of autism) for my son, and I ended up with candida and adrenal burnout (see my post on a test for adrenal fatigue).

That’s when the visits with alternative practitioners and the heavy metal questions began.

There’s a lot of info about heavy metals and autism on the internet.

Some of them are fascinating.

Did you know, for example, that:

  • Babies with autism have less mercury in their hair than neuro-typical babies?  That’s because the babies with autism don’t detox the mercury so it is staying in their little vulnerable bodies. Source
  • Vaccines still contain mercury?  See this chart and become informed.  Why would anyone want to get a flu shot and inject mercury into themselves? Makes absolutely no sense to me.  Believe me, a little mercury goes a long way.
  • Titanium dioxide, which is used often as a “natural” coloring is really a heavy metal – titanium is a heavy metal.
  • Aluminum is used in medicine in many ways, typically as a preservative?  Source
Anyway, we worked with a number of practitioners and over and over, the issue of mercury and metal toxicity came up.
The practitioners pointed to the following as possibly being connected to heavy metal toxicity that alternative practitioners brought up include:
  • my son’s autism
  • candidiasis (an overgrowth of yeast in one’s entire body)
  • receding gums (which I had)
  • varicose veins (which I had, despite my not having many of the risk factors except for my paternal grandmother, who had quite a few.  However, she also bore 7 children.)
Honestly, I really didn’t want to talk about metals, mostly because I didn’t know what to do about it and I wasn’t too keen on the chelation protocols that I’d read about and the risk factors involved with them.  I never felt good about using an IV or suppositories to yank the metals out of mine or my son’s bodies.
Well, something really bizarre happened to me that changed my mind completely about metal toxicity and made me realize that I really needed to do something about it.
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The Evidence of Heavy Metal Poisoning Becomes Undeniable

One of the kind souls who helped me along my path to healing was Martin Pytela of Life Enthusiast Co op.

Martin himself was almost wheelchair-ridden from mercury poisoning.

He recommended several immune boosting supplements as well as liquid zeolite (a supplement that makes a small cage to trap toxins and heavy metals and the releases them in your urine) to remove toxins and metals from my body.

So, on his recommendation, I tried some purified liquid zeolite drops in my water as a detox supplement.

What happened to me was, well — very interesting.

This might qualify as the current expression “TMI” for “too much information”, but in the interest of sharing what I think is important health information with my readers, here goes.

I first tried a normal dose of the zeolite in each glass of water, but it was too much for me, apparently. I had fatigue that was like a cloud in my brain.

So, assuming I was having a herxheimer reaction (detox symptoms such as flu-like symptoms, fatigue, headache, or uneasiness, that occur when toxins are flooding your body faster than you can deal with them), I cut back to 1 drop per glass of water.

I tolerated that dose.  And my urine smelled.  Like metal.  For over 2 months.

My husband started taking the liquid zeolite as well.

As for his urine–well–he now describes it as “glow-in-the-dark Mountain Dew” (not that we ever drink that stuff, mind you :-)).

At that point, I was introduced to Theresa Vernon and Nutritional Balancing.

I mentioned Theresa in my post on Adrenal Fatigue.

I will share more later about how I met Theresa, but I called her to talk about possibly working with her.

I mentioned my husband’s urine color and she replied that cadmium is bright yellow,but she said that it was uncommon for cadmium to be released this easily.

However, months later when we had my whole family’s hair tested, guess what came up on my husband’s hair test?

That’s right—-CADMIUM!

I was a believer.  The metals were there and they needed to come out.

In my next posts on Heavy Metal Toxicity, I’ll share more about zeolite, what it is and how I use it now.  Also, I’ll share about other metals that have impacted our family.

I will also be sharing why I think metal toxicity is such a problem in our world today and some options for you to deal with it if you suspect that you have a toxicity problem.

If you are intrigued, and you’d like to try a bottle of liquid zeolite yourself, please check out my store page.  It’s not set up with a fancy-schmancy shopping cart yet, but I hope to have one soon, once my new site design is up.

I’ll also be happy to send along to you the dosing information that we used and are using now.

(Update 10/13: I apologize for the delay in the follow up posts. I’m learning a lot more about detox and trying different things out so I can share with you all in the future. I am still using the zeolite but some of my thinking about other aspects of my protocol are changing so I need to regroup before putting the information out there.  Thanks for your patience!)

So–have you thought about heavy metal toxicity before?  What are your thoughts?

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  1. Heavy metals and possible heavy metal poisoning has been on my mind lately, the last 6 times I have flown I have been tagged for an additional pat down at the airport after going through the scanner. Each time they concentrated on my lower abdomen, one screener was kind enough to she me a spot on the scanner that was showing up. I am wondering if this is an indication of heavy metal build up in an organ.

  2. Wow this is just crazy! I’m sending this article to my friend. Very useful information

  3. This is really interesting! My metals must really be bound up in my body because I noticed no effect after taking the zeolight. I even took 6-10drops at a time and no symptoms came up.

    • I found since the first heavy outpouring of metal that I am just taking it a little bit ongoing to get rid of whatever is coming into my body…and then heavy doses when I can tell that I am detoxing.

  4. Adrienne…I’m very interested in this topic & can’t wait to read more. What improvements have you seen since doing the drops? Is this detox something that is ongoing for life or are you ever fully detoxed? Has your son’s Asperger’s gone away or lessened? Oh I can’t wait for the next installment. Dr. oz had chlorella on his show as a metal detox supplement…how does that compare to your drops?

    • Hi Brooke. Personally, the benefits have been ongoing but sometimes getting better doesn’t feel good. Overall, our family has been doing much better. All of us, with the Nutritional Balancing, have been getting better. I will have to add that. I am puzzled myself about what is down the road….do we become more able to detox? My son’s Asperger’s for sure has lessened. I think the detox and taking sugar out has made the biggest improvement. And being calm :-). I don’t know much about chlorella, but I have taken it. It has other benefits. I will have to ask my practitioner. Cilantro is another detox option as well. The zeolite, I would assume, works more quickly.

      • I’m curious if you have taken gluten out of your son’s diet.

      • Hi again, going back to Zeolite being an industrial product, isn’t it a bit risky to use an industrial products or in any case a product being used for nuclear cleaning? I would be scared to swallow something like that…:)

        • That’s the very thing that makes it work – it cleans up stuff you don’t want in your body. They make it safe for internal consumption. You don’t, of course, want to use the same form for internal usage.

  5. wow, that is fascinating! i had no idea! thanks for sharing! i’m passing this along to a friend!!

  6. Kirstin says:

    I have been thinking a lot about heavy metals lately as my cousin is in the process of having all of her mercury fillings removed. I am interested in trying the zeolite but I am breastfeeding at the moment and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon (probably not for many years). Should this be something that I wait until after I am done nursing to try?

    • Hi Kirstin. The zeolite removes toxins out through the urine – I did not see any contraindications regarding breastfeeding from the manufacturer. Just let me know what you think!

    • Pat Sheek says:

      To be on the safe side I would NOT detox while pregnant or breast feeding. The detox releases the toxins from wherever they are stored in your body. While they are supposed to be removed through your urine, there is a chance that some could get to the baby. This is why you feel worse for a while when detoxing-the release of toxins into your body. It’s important to use a detox that “traps” the toxins and transports them out of your body rather than just setting them loose, but I would still wait to detox until after pregnancy and after breast feeding just to be on the safe side. Babies are more susceptible because of their small size.

      • My practitioner said that little ones get so much from the air that she wasn’t worried about it but everyone should decide w/ their practitioner.

      • I know of a woman that did heavy detox while pregnant using ala/dmsa every 3 hours for 3 days on 4 days off. Best to get it out so it minimizes the amount the baby gets. IMO

  7. Thanks for sharing this information. I had heavy metal poisoning due to an amalgam filling that was removed and the doctor didn’t take the proper precautions. I ended up with Hashimoto’s disease and had hives from the neck up for 9 months. The doctors told me there was nothing they could do. I turned to a holistic doctor who has helped me detox all of the metals out of my body. Three years later, I feel amazing and I’m so thankful I found someone who could help me!

    • Thanks for sharing, Carrie! I have followed your blog a bit! I just made a version of one of your cookies the other day. I am so glad to hear you are doing better! What a blessing! I am still at work on my body but there are other things going on as well. Blessings and thanks for stopping by!

  8. Gwendolyn says:

    What can i do to get this zeolite? Im very interested in this. I am always thinking in a fog. It gets very frustrating at times. I can usually describle the word im trying to say, but icant remember what it is. Im wondering if this could help me. Thank you:)

    • You’re welcome. Just email me at wholenewmom at gmail dot com and you can send me a check or paypal and I will get it to you (with your address, of course!)

  9. Kathryn Arnold says:

    Cilantro chelates the metal out of tissue… chlorella binds it so that it can be eliminated instead of taken back up and re-deposited. There’s an article about natural chelation of heavy metals at http://www.imva.com (Marc Sircus, first guy in the US to be certified as an acupuncturist, among his many ahead-of-the-pack specialties). VERY interested in this subject. So many things wrong at the same time and no money right now for anything. :( Hope to get back to work, then we’ll see. I was thinking I’d try colloidal silver to try to keep some of the fires under control (mainly widespread fungus issues), but silver, too, is another heavy metal!

    So glad for the research you’re doing (though sad for you that you’ve had to go through all this). Keep up the good work.

    • How interesting. I didn’t know that about those. There are very many things to think about. The zeolite was just the beginning for me. Well, going off sugar was. That’s another story. Now the adrenals need help and there is still detox going on. A lot. I so hope others can gain from what I’ve learned. So much of it has amazed me. I hope that the Lord can use it to bless others after all we’ve been through.

      Thanks, Kathryn. The woman I am working w/ is very reasonable so keep it in mind for when you are working again. All consults are included w/ her.

      Blessings,
      Adrienne

      • Hi, Adrienne! I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes, because I really believe the Lord DID lead me to your website. I clicked on your Costco and Coconut Oil link you left on Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s “Real Food Wednesday”, and got to this! I think I’ve been dealing with thyroid, adrenal, and metal toxicity for years- I just didn’t know what was wrong with me. I’ve had really horrible pregnancies, just complete chronic fatigue during the entire 9 months, and hair falling out in clumps after each birth (5 of them). Then 3 1/2 years ago, I fell down (literally fell) with Meniere’s Disease in less than 3 minutes. I couldn’t breathe without throwing up from dizziness (13 times the first night). I had to be carried to the bathroom for a month, then used walls to prop me up while walking for the next two months, and couldn’t drive for at least 3 months. I lost 1/2 of my hearing, yet the sounds of my kids voices (3 at the time) caused me to cover my ears and was like clanging pots and pans to my ears. When I was well enough, and for the last 3 years, I’ve researched all I can about this, and have found out that ALL Meniere’s sufferers also have low thyroid, and high levels of mercury. 2 months before I got it, I had 6- SIX!- “silver” (aka mercury) fillings removed in one sitting, by whoever was covered under our dental insurance, and I’m sure they weren’t appropriately trained to do so. I felt like I had to do it then, because we were moving out of the area, and my husband was losing his dental insurance for our family. And I was breastfeeding. :(

        Now, I’m a little dizzy all of the time, I have a 4 month old baby, and the hair has started to fall out this month. Funny thing, is that I am NOT dizzy when I’m pregnant- at all. So I know it is related to hormones in a significant way. Now I’m making tinctures and drink tea (no coffee) that include red rhaspberry, alfalfa, dandelion, nettles, gingko, maca root, ginseng root, licorice root, oatstraw, rosemary, burdock root, and several others. We eat lots of homemade salsa (cilantro), take Lugol’s Solution, and use chlorella powder and bee pollen in our smoothies. I haven’t been able to afford any kind of professional care since this has happened, but am at the point where we can finally get a professional opinion/ help! I will definitely bookmark your site and try the zeolite. Thank you so much for putting yourself out there to help others! I am very grateful!!! :)

        • Wow – I am so glad to “meet” you. I am soo busy but you can drop me a line at wholenewmom at gmail dot com. I can share w/ you the practitioners and products that I am using. Of course, I can’t medically advise, but perhaps they will help you as well. Blessings.

        • I just wanted to say that a certain amount of hair loss is NORMAL after childbirth. It usually starts several months after. It can feel like a ton, but it is because of the way your body does NOT shed hair as much when you are pregnant. If postpartum is the only time you deal with excess hair loss, I’d suggest that symptom itself is normal.

  10. Amazing. This is the first I’ve heard about this. I will be purchasing some for sure. I am one of those who drink coffee all day and go, go, go because…when I stop–CRASH.
    Lately, laying in bed (trying to sleep) I keep thinking I should do a (grapefruit/caster oil/ Epsom salt) liver cleanse. This instructional I found is great. http://www.angelhealingcenter.com/LiverCleanse.html

    Must be my bodies way of saying help me!! Well, Off to cleanse and feel better- thanks for the Zeolite tip.

    • Hello Kelley. The coffee is something that for sure needs to go for adrenal health, from what I’ve been told. I am taking a great liver support. I hope to have it on my site very soon. It is top notch. You are very welcome. Thanks for sharing! I’ll check out the link.

  11. Alright–you’ve got my attention. I’m intrigued! Going to go read about this some more…

  12. looking forward to reading more Adrienne! i was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis just months after a dentist refused to use white fillings on my cavities and filled my mouth with amalgam/ mercury fillings. and I had my thyroid removed on the side of my neck where most of the fillings are same side of mouth/ neck/ body.

  13. I’ve been aware of the problem of heavy metal poisoning and am very interested in this subject having been poisoned myself. I find it surprising how many folks still don’t know about it, even little things such as drinking from aluminum cans is a scary habit of some.

    • I know what you mean. My practitioner told me the other day that there is aluminum in the air. I am going to try to do an interview w/ her about this.Thanks for sharing.

  14. Our daughter had alot of immunizations in preparation for going overseas as a missionary. After she arrived there she became very ill and weak and severely gluten intolerant. After one year she was so ill that she had to come home. The cause was heavy metals from all of those immunizations. After cleaning up all of the metals she was fine. Then 6 months later she was hospitalized after a bad car accident and given a flu shot without her consent. She was right back to being so ill in just a few days after the shot. The detox was not as much the second time but she can never again have an immunization of any kind.

  15. One more thing—one way to know if you have heavy metals is if your fingers and/or cuticles or feet are cracked and /or if you have moles on your neck. This info is from our kinesiologist. After I got my metals cleaned up my fingers stopped cracking and the moles on my neck went away.

    • Wow…very interesting. I am looking into further detoxing and metal detoxing. I used to get cracked fingers…and now it is cracked feet. I have used the liver cleanses and am seeing results…but got backslidden and have not do so in the last 2 months. I wish to try this Zeolite to see if that will clear me out in addition to doing my montly liver cleanse. Nothing worse than having cracked finger tips in the winter.

    • gisella tso says:

      Can you tell me more about your fingers please….my husbands fingers crack when ever it gets too cold and it can get so bad that they bleed….he is a helicopter mechanic are there chemicals there that can do that….

      • If there is a problem with cracked hands in the winter, it is likely due to cold, dry air. It saps the moisture out of the skin. Your husband can try making sure he has gloves on whenever he goes outside. There are a number of different creams he can use to help add moisture, as well.

  16. Hi Adrienne! This is really important information. I had a number of amalgam fillings removed about 20 years ago and my health improved dramatically as a result :-) I’d love it if you’d share it with us at Scratch Cookin’ Tuesday.

  17. This is a fascinating post! I had just written a paper on GMO’s when I became ill with fibromyalgia 7 years ago. I went on to research toxins, especially bio-accumulative toxins. I made some changes – organics, stress reduction, etc. that enabled me to manage my illness without medication for 3+ years (and with far fewer symptoms!).
    When my grandson was born with a congenital heart defect, the Dr’s wanted to do heart surgery when he turned 1. He’s been so healthy though, on an organic diet, that surgery hasn’t been necessary, and he’s almost four now.
    Discovering heavy metal toxicity just seems to be the natural next step and I’m grateful to you for bringing it to my attention!

    • Thanks, Cynthia. I hope you stay in touch. I believe I may have had fibromyalgia as well. I am not sure, but I had horrible flu like achiness and fatigue. It is much less now but seems to happen when I am in a heavy detox.

      Blessings,
      Adrienne

  18. Hi Adrienne,
    Just starting to detox everything. I’ve been diagnosed with Candida overload and probably have metal issues too. What brand is the zeolite?

  19. In October2010, shortly after my wedding, I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. In November of that same year I had a port placed to make the chemo easier. The day I had the port placed I developed a rash on my chest and along all of my cuticles. Over the next few months the rash flourished, covering my hands, arms, head, face, and thighs. I also began to experience symetriical muscle weakness. We asked about the port numerous times, but we’re brushed off, I was diagnosed with a rare cancer induced form of Dermatomyositis. I’ve been to hell and back, almost dying three times. My husband and I made the decision, mostly against doctor advice to have the port removed right after my chemo was done. After the port was removed, it seemed as though my body began to heal. I was given rituxin and methotrexate shortly after, but have not needed any further rituxin treatments, and though I have some lingering rash, I am now rebuilding my body from 5 months of being bed ridden. We contacted the Melisa (sp?) foundation while I was I’ll, and they were the only people who concurred that what was happening to me could be from the titanium in my body. It’s extremely scary that all doctors involved saw the placement of the port and the start of the rash as a coincidence and not one suggested removing the port while I was extremely ill for over a year. I hope metal toxicity and metal allergies get more research and publicity so people don’t have to suffer needlessly. Thank you for your blog post!

    • What a horrible story. I personally can’t believe all of the reactions I’ve had. We’re like canaries in a coal mine. :-(.

    • Kari! There is hope for you!! I developed a SEVERE nickle allergy. I could have no human contact, water, dust, and of course anything metal…whatever I came into contact with I would get covered in itchy blisters. I did not sleep due to the itching, was a prisoner in my home and had to keep covered 24/7. I looked like a leper and could not even touch my baby. Every dr said there was no cure. I saw a naturopath, went through 3 months of chelation (I had lead and mercury toxicity) – and am now TOTALLY CURED. I can touch anything and even eat foods that were cooked in metal pots. The traditional “Dr’s” still argue there is no cure – my money no longer goes to them….

      • Just my 2 cents, chelation can work but it can also deplete your body of minerals so some say that it can harm your health.

        • Hence my comment about finding the right practitioner! That is why you are on for 3 days and on the off days you super dose all of the postential losses. The diet and supplement regimine is very important…if it is done right, you will not feel bad or have typical detox symptoms since it is being escorted out properly. It is only for a couple of months and it gets the metal out….I can post a photo of my pre and post chelation metal urinalysis results. It literally saved my life.

      • I did DMSA on 3 days and off 4. I also did IR sauna, rebounding, and followed a VERY strict supplement and diet regimine. You really need to find a naturopath who is well experienced in this. My “baby” is now 8 and I have 3 more babies :-) I nursed him for 18 months before I chelated so now it is his turn since I dumped it all into him. He has always struggled with eczema, rage and cannot wear metal glasses or will get small blisters on his nose. I put him in an IR sauna and after 20 minutes he was itching and getting small blisters all over as it began to “draw” the metals out of his pores. I am waiting to see my naturopath to get on a pediatric diet/regimine that will support his organs while detoxing…..you NEVER want to chelate without proper organ support while all of the toxins are mobilized. All of the issues listed in this blog starts with the digestive system – a great book to read is GAPS…it explains why some people cannot get rid of metals properly and hang onto them. Fasting and Detoxing will be a lifelong habit that me and my children will have to follow.

        • Are you sure all the metals went into him via breastmilk? I don’t know that that is the case from what my practitioner has told me. I would personally think it more likely that your child doesn’t detox and is merely being exposed to what you are plus took it in while in the womb. I think the nursing would only be a help, IMO. Bless you as you continue on your path.

          • ABSOLUTELY! Breastfeeding unfortunately is one of the best ways to detox…your glands are being drained into that baby :-( Yes, they cannot detox either and that is why their symptoms hit them so quickly, it is compounded (eczema etc). That is why my other three children (5,3, 11 months) do not exhibit symptoms. My Naturopath is in the link below and I am very blessed to have her local – she specializes in this and is simply amazing and a young mom herself. Btw, we should NEVER do any sort of detoxing while pregnant or nursing…it mobilizes the toxins and will be passed into the baby. It is not worth the risk. I will finish up nursing soon and start a juice fast and IR sauna along with Vit B and Chlorophyll :-)

            • Well, I suppose that different practitioners have different thoughts on this. Mine specializes in heavy metal toxicity as well. That and adrenal health are her business. So I want to be careful giving out advise to moms not to do work on their health or advice that might affect their decisions to breastfeed. It might be the type of detox as well. I am not talking about chelating. It is very different. So I would defer to my practitioner on this one. I will be interviewing her on the blog soon hopefully. Again, so glad you are going better. I am taking links out of my comments, by the way, b/c they are causing malware on some blogs. There is a way I can maybe do it but it takes a lot of time. If you want to leave info w/o the link that would be better. Thanks!

            • According to Dr. Jen, this is the only way to support natural detox while pregnant/nursing…more extreme detoxing should be done in between pregnancies etc. :Supporting Detoxification in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

              Congratulations! The idea behind this work is to support your body during this precious time and to minimize what we pass on to our children. If you are only able to do one thing from this list, choose to drink lots of Water!

              Intestines
              • One or more bowel movements daily is important because constipation means that toxins get reabsorbed instead of efficiently eliminated
              • For fiber, take 2 TBSP ground flaxseeds or 1 TBSP psyllium seeds daily followed by a large glass of water
              • For sluggish bowels use exercise, good quality fish oil, ½ cup prune juice and/or magnesium (supervised use of magnesium in pregnancy)
              • ½ lemon in water first thing in the morning increases bile excretion (bile is a natural laxative)
              • Lemonbalm, chamomile, peppermint and fennel tea soothe the intestines
              • Probiotics are safe and help normalize digestive upsets. If there is a family history of allergies, Culturelle (Lactobacillus GG) can be taken in the last month of pregnancy and first 6 months of the baby’s life (to nursing mother or directly to the infant) to help prevent allergies

              Liver
              • Avoid coffee, alcohol, grapefruit juice, stomach acid blockers and antihistamines.
              • Include a portion or more of brassica family vegetables daily – watercress broccoli, broccoli sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, kale, arugula, kohlrabi, radish, daikon, bok choy. Note: add iodine/seaweed for thyroid support since brassica family can reduce iodine uptake.
              • If tolerated, have whey protein daily and other sulphur rich foods such as cabbage, garlic, onions, asafoetida, beans and eggs
              • Include glutathione-containing asparagus, avocados and walnuts
              • Include high antioxidant foods such as berries, grapes, beets, cooked tomatoes, pomegranate and organic green tea
              • Include liberal amounts of tumeric, cilantro and walnuts in cooking
              • Supervised use of milk thistle

              Kidneys
              • Filtered water! – aim to pee clear. Remember that breastfeeding GREATLY increases your need for water
              • Unsweetened cranberry juice, celery, parsley and watermelon are safe diuretics

              Lungs
              • Deep breathing and exercise
              • Prenatal yoga

              Skin/Lymph
              • Dry skin brushing towards the heart with a brush or rough washcloth
              • Rebounding or skipping to mechanically move lymph (careful with rebounding if it does not feel right in first trimester)
              • Manual Lymphatic Drainage
              • Safe lymphatic herbal teas include cleavers, calendula and nettle

              To Avoid
              • Saunas, detox baths and hot yoga mobilize toxins from the fat tissue, so are only safe to do when NOT pregnant or breastfeeding.
              • Stronger cleanses such as fasting, liver-gallbladder cleanses and the like should not be done while pregnant or breastfeeding
              • Laxative herbs such as senna and cascara should be avoided!!

              Emotions
              • Motherhood is challenging!! It is especially tempting to put one’s feelings aside or suppress tem because of lack of time, fatigue and one’s focus on parenting. Consider having some protected time once weekly (1 hour would be great!) to journal, do yoga, record dreams, make art, cry, hit pillows, tear newspaper, drum or use creative movement to give expression to your emotions

  20. wow! i’m a newbie to all this – i love getting educated on things i never took serious! thank you so much for sharing! love your site!

  21. This is fascinating! I’d never heard of the zeolyte supplement and I’m with you on being leery of the chelation protocols, as you said. Thanks for linking up to Healthy 2Day Wednesday and come back next week to see if you were featured!

  22. Would the zeolite be safe to take while pregnant?

    • Hi.

      This is the answer that I found for your question:

      Answer: The FDA considers these zeolites to be completely safe and non toxic for anyone — any age and gender, including pregnant and nursing women. It’s safe because it is not only non-toxic, but 100% excreted. There is no build up or depositing of liquid zeolite in the body. A recent study by the Red Cross (click here) showed that umbilical cords of newborn babies had over 200 toxic compounds identified in them, 71 of which are potentially carcinogenic. So not only is Activated Liquid Zeolite safe for pregnant and nursing mothers to supplement with liquid zeolite, but may even be a necessary factor for optimum health of mother and baby.

      I was pretty sure it was safe…but this is very reassuring – and disconcerting at the same time….

  23. Adrienne – I think it’s wonderful that you are bringing these things to our attention. Most of us live our lives blissfully unaware of many of the dangers around us – until it’s too late! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experiences!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  24. Great article :) I didn’t know about the connection between varicose veins and heavy metal toxicity. I’ll have to pass that one on to my mom…

    Also, just a heads up that you might want to look into mthfr gene mutations and their connection to autism. Having this mutation means that one cannot methylate as easily – needed to detoxify heavy metals and such.

    • I’ve heard about that. Not sure what to do about it. We did a genetic workup but it was very confusing for me what to do about it. If you have any ideas I would love to hear. Thanks.

      • Hmmmm . . . your best bet would probably be to read up on http://mthfr.net/ or ask a question there. I only found out about it after a long search as to why I would react with depression soon enough after taking folic acid supplements. I changed over to a higher quality multivitamin with methylfolate instead (AOR multi) and don’t have that issue anymore. There are different combinations of genes you can inherit which make the issue more or less difficult, but my basic understanding is that having this mutation makes methylation more difficult and one needs support via diet and proper supplementation in order to deal with the greater amount of toxins in our environment than there were 100 years ago.

        • Thanks. I will check it out and talk w/ my practitioner as well. I am wondering if what we are doing w/ her is addressing this already but I will be certain to investigate.

  25. I had never heard of heavy metal poisoning. My family and I are in good healthy, but I found your post absolutely fascinating, and I look forward to learning more.

  26. A friend of mine was just in the hospital for swelling of her face. While she was there, she was pumped with massive doses of steroids. She swears now that she got mercury poisoning in the hospital. I sent her a link to your post in hopes that it would help her. She happens to be a Love Canal baby and is very sensitive to all kinds of stuff and medicines.

  27. I have a few friends who have children who are autistic, so found this article very interesting and enlightening. Hadn’t heard about the affect of heavy metals before as being related to that. I have to say that I prefer that people not use the meme to advertise their store or products, but I do understand that you’re only trying to help with an issue that’s near and dear to you so I am not going to delete it this time. But I do appreciate your linking up!

    • Hi. I hadn’t even thought about that – the product thing. I have been blogging for 1.5 years and haven’t ever mentioned it actually. So it didn’t even cross my mind. Honestly, I am offering it at such a low price that w/ shipping & handling and paypal I’m not making much at all. I really think it’s important to get the word out. Thanks….

      • Oh I totally know that. I know that selling it wasn’t your intention at all, you just want to help others and it was obvious in your post. I only mentioned it because I felt like I should, just in case someone else saw your post and then thought it was o.k. to put their etsy shop or other sales items on there. It’s happened before and I’m just trying to be consistent! Thanks!

        • Thanks for clarifying. I have a lot more to share…..this metals thing has been a nightmare and I’m learning more all the time. Lots of which I don’t wish to know. Take care!

  28. I am very curious about the zeolite, and am wondering if it is safe to take while amalgam fillings are in your mouth. Do you know anything about this? It seems that I’ve read about some metal detox protcols that should be undertaken only after amalgam fillings have been properly removed.

    • I have not heard anything about that. In fact, my current practitioner recommends zeolite and she doesn’t necessarily think all metal fillings should be removed. Or at least, she is cautious about when they should be removed. I did check and it is fine to take them when you have metal hip replacements and the like, according to the literature that I read.

  29. We need this. I’m going to talk to Honey-Face this evening and hopefully email you for some. Thanks for this post. I look forward to more info as you post more. :)

  30. Dr. Andrew Cutler has a dim view of zeolite:
    http://onibasu.com/archives/fdc/10104.html
    http://onibasu.com/archives/am/261167.html
    I’ve been chelating using Cutler’s protocol for almost a year. A recent followup hair test showed dramatic improvement. There’s a substantial online community around his protocol:
    http://home.earthlink.net/~moriam/
    http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/frequent-dose-chelation/
    Found this while Googling cutler zeolite:
    http://heal-thyself.ning.com/profiles/blogs/amalgam-removal-risks-and?id=2814160%3ABlogPost%3A8668&page=2
    Cutler talks about DAN! doctors who deviate from his protocol:
    http://onibasu.com/archives/am/53055.html
    Audio interview:
    http://www.healthcentersofthefuture.com/DrCutler/

    Cutler’s site:
    http://www.noamalgam.com/
    The best plain English book on the protocol that I’ve found:
    http://fightautismandwin.com/

    Also, never chelate while you still have amalgams in place. You’ll make yourself seriously ill.

    I had some improvement from removing refined sugar, artificial food additives, going Paleo/Primal, etc. It certainly made me look better. It probably made chelation less stressful. Grains put a lot of unnecessary stress on the immune system.

    • Hi.

      Thanks for adding to the discussion. I am only vaguely familiar w/ the Cutler protocol. I am obviously not a physician, but I am not involved w/ the MLM zeolite company. I can say that the person whom I first discovered zeolite through said it was crucial to his healing and I clearly smelled metal in my urine for 2+ months after using it. My statement about my husband’s urine is accurate.

      The practitioner w/ whom I am working now is also very cautious about what supplements she recommends and she is convinced that it is crucial to detox effects and very helpful. She has a different way of testing hair than is typically used.

      I have heard that Cutler recommends chelating. I am not comfortable w/ that. Neither is my practitioner. I am hoping to interview her for my blog and I would love to have her address that.

      I am glad you are doing better but I would encourage you to stay tuned. I’d love to hear your thoughts after hearing what she has to say.

      I will say that some of the links didn’t seem to have very logical arguments to me, particularly the 2nd link on the zeolite. Is there something that you particularly thought was compelling? I’d be glad to look at it again but I am swamped for the rest of the day.

      And….I am very skeptical of MLMs, but I do think that some of them have good products. Thanks again!!!

  31. The link I gave where Cutler talks about DAN! doctors is one of the most instructive. It’s critical to use a low dose of chelator frequently enough that you keep a relatively steady amount in your system for several days, then take at least that many days off, then repeat. If you take too much at one time you’ll hurt yourself. IV chelation is particularly dangerous. Too infrequently and you’ll redistribute rather than remove, often taking mercury from benign areas of the body to more critical ones. If you start taking 600mg ALA capsules every other day you’ll hurt yourself. Starting at 12mg or so, every 3 hours or less, stretching to 4 hours overnight to minimize sleep interruptions, should be safe but some people have had to start with less. I got away with a heavier dose, 50mg, but Cutler points out that doubling the dose quadruples side effects but only increases effectiveness by 30%. Body weight plays a big role in how much you take too. Unfortunately there are so many doctors who don’t know what they’re doing who have hurt people with improper chelation that more conscientious doctors are afraid to try it at all. Most people should start out with DMSA, which doesn’t cross the blood-brain barrier, then later add ALA which does get into the brain. DMSA also chelates lead much better than ALA.

    Whatever the merits of zeolite it won’t remove mercury from the brain. There are a few entries for zeolite in the “Adverse reactions to inappropriate chelation, supplements like chlorella and cilantro, vaccines” links folder (membership probably required):
    http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/frequent-dose-chelation/links/Adverse_reactions_to_inappropriate_chela_001207966931/

    You’ll still need to deal with the adrenal damage, etc that mercury caused. But fixing all that is a whole lot more effective with mercury out of the way.

    • Hi Brian. I think you will be intrigued by what Theresa has to say. She specializes in adrenal health. I don’t believe that she even like DMSA. I will make a note to ask her about metal in the brain but she has written a paper on metals and the mind that is on WAPF’s site. Her whole protocol is about adrenals and metals. She was healed of epilepsy after 4 years on the program. I have had 3 chronic conditions healed after 1.5 years. Moving forward :-). By the way, I get nothing from referrals to her, just so you know. Thanks again for dialoguing. I recall talking w/ her about Cutler’s protocol and I think it was the chelators that she wasn’t keen on.

  32. Informative post. There are so many stressors in our modern world, as well as toxins bombarding our bodies. It is so important to spread the word and help inform. Thank you for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  33. Found another zeolite link:
    http://savingsavannah.org/zeolites-do-not-chelate-heavy-metals/

    If zeolite is mopping up ammonia, which is often a problem with ASDs, that would explain symptom improvement. Alpha ketoglutaric acid looks like the proper way to deal with ammonia, still researching that. More about AKG here:

    http://savingsavannah.org/2012/06/19/the-good-and-the-bad-viral-protocol-part-two/

    I read Theresa’s article on WAPF. Very interesting. My hair tests suggest that I’m a slow oxidizer but my copper level before and after chelation is normal, within the green range. Hmm. There seems to be less written about stressed adrenals than fatigued. I’ve been experimenting with ashwagandha, which seems to help for a while and then I have to take some time off. Interesting article about such herbals:

    http://naturalanxietytherapy.com/1430/adaptogens-the-swiss-army-knives-for-adrenal-fatigue/

    There’s overlap between what Theresa recommends and the required minimum supplements of Cutler’s protocol: zinc, magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin E. I need to reread her article, awful lot to comprehend. And read her website. Too much to read…

    • Hi Brian. I found that disconcerting and did a little digging.

      I asked my practitioner and she pointed out that Haley is referring to MLM zeolite, but I don’t think that makes sense.

      Anyway, I contacted a zeolite company and found several things. I think Mr. Haley is wrong.

      1. Here is info on the aluminum:

      zeolite has alumina which is bonded to other minerals .. it doesn’t leach into the body .. zeolite will actually remove aluminum from your body ..

      example:
      H2O when you drink water you are drinking water you are not drinking HYDROGEN !!! the H is bonded to the O !! it take electricity to break the bond ..

      zeolite bonds can only be broken under extreme pressure or extreme heat
      which dont occur in the human body ..

      2. Here is a study from RNA on their zeolite:

      And then, of course, there is my personal experience and that of my husband and of others. I was certainly smelling metals for 2 months or more and his urine had the color of cadmium. I know another gentleman who was almost killed from mercury and he swears by this.

      I hope that helps.

      • I read something similar about tuna and mercury in What the Bible Says About Healthy Living. Wish I knew how to look up the original source, though, and the author is deceased. :( He says that mercury levels in tuna are high because they contain a compound that draws it out – and that it will do the same thing your body. But, as I said, I’m not sure what his source was for that.

        • Interesting. I wish I could see that. I thought that the mercury is high in tuna b/c of what they eat. So you think it’s OK to eat it from what they said or just that they were explaining it….and if so, do you remember what it was “drawing it out of”? Seems odd to me b/c I think a lot of fish have a lot of mercury.

          • Okay, I found it in the book. He says, “Do you remember being frightened by the publicity about mercury being found in tuna fish? Actually, the alkylglycerols in the lipids of this clean fish pull out the toxic mercury from its flesh. When we eat the fish, the alkylglycerols also remove mercury and other heavy toxic metals from our bodies.”

            Oh, wait – there is a footnote, and it’s to a book I have! Fats that Heal, Fats That Kill says, “Remember stories about tuna being contaminated by mercury?…The part of the story that was not included in this ‘scare’ is that these fish also contain substances (alkylglycerols) that remove mercury from their body. When we eat fish, alkylglycerols also remove mercury from our body….When we talk about mercury contamination, we must distinguish between metallic mercury, which is less toxic and passes through our body, and methyl-mercury, an organically-bound, more toxic form….Alkylglycerols are unique in that they are oil-based chelating agents. they ‘grab’ and remove mercury from human tissues. they also decrease the risk of cancer.

            “Alkylglycerols are different from fats, oils, and membranes in several ways. They are not sources of EFA’s. Their fatty acids are saturated or monounsaturated, 16 and 18 carbons long. The way these are bonded to glycerol is different, too. Instead of ester bonds, they are linked to glycerol by ether bonds. They contain no phosphate groups, lecithin, choline, or inositol.

            “To be fair, alkylglycerols are not the only chelating agent that can remove mercury from our tissues. Sulphur compounds in garlic, as well as vitamin C and ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA of chelation therapy fame) also remove heavy metals from our system, but all of these are water-soluble chelating agents. Nor are alkylglycerols alone in decreasing cancer risk. Here, vitamin C, EDTA, w3 fatty acids, iodine, niacin, potassium, magnesium, antioxidants, fiver, and enzymes also play powerful roles.”

            And I knew someone would ask that about the rolls and eggs! :) I haven’t had a chance to try it yet with flax meal, but if you do I’d love to know how it works for you!

            • Very interesting. I am going to run this by my practitioner who is pretty well-versed in metals.

              I will try to order yeast this week and try – yum!!!

            • I just heard back from my practitioner. She said the following (her specialty is metal toxicity):

              Hair testing has shown me over and over that this is not true. Fish eating is a big cause of high mercury in the hair.

          • Thank you for sharing! Obviously, I didn’t/don’t have any way to verify it, so it’s good to get an expert’s opinion/information. I had wondered if the studies were based on what they find in the fish, or what they find in the PEOPLE after eating the fish.

            Did she say anything about the different types of mercury? The book (Fats that Heal…I think) mentioned mercury toxicity in a couple of instances due to environmental issues (one-time-type events was the impression I got) and the OTHER kind of mercury mentioned.

            I’m clueless, so I am quite interested in anything she has to say.

          • Pretty much. But there was the comment about metallic mercury vs. methyl-mercury. (I don’t understand exactly how the distinction was meant to relate to the fish issue, honestly. I am hugely interested in nutrition and its effects but, unfortunately, not very knowledgeable about chemistry!)

            There’s a section in there that I left out, though, being confused about the flow of the book section and how it was meant to be relevant:

            “methyl-mercury, an organically-bound, more toxic form that produced deformity and mental deficiency in children of Japanese women who ate fish contaminated by industrial effluents containing large amounts of the organic form of mercury in Minamata Bay, Japan. Another contamination of water by the more toxic form of mercury poisoned Natives near Hudson Bay in Canada….[and then it goes on to the thing about oil-based chelating agents]”

            I apologize for having left out something important – I shouldn’t try to type so late at night! I guess I am wondering which type of mercury is normally found in tuna. And which one they say the alkylglycerols pull out – that doesn’t seem to be clear from the book, unless I’m missing something. Is it bad to eat tuna because it’s “naturally” high in mercury? Is it bad to eat tuna because there’s some environmental reason it’s unusually (that is, abnormally) high in mercury? Is it usually high in the one kind, but contamination can make it high in the other? Is tuna no more mercury-heavy in its effects on the body than other foods in our highly-contaminated modern environment, but are villainized due to partial information?

            Sorry; I know I’m not being helpful! But it does seem to me that we’re looking at a food that God called good, being told that it’s harmful, and not really being given any solid information as to why/how, or if it is a problem truly unique to this food. (I mean, what do we not get contamination from nowadays? You said yourself that the practitioner said there’s aluminum in the air!)

            I hope I don’t sound like I’m being argumentative, because that’s not at all my intent. I just like hard facts (because nutrition recommendations seem to change as often as the wind), and I don’t have a way to find these myself, so I appreciate your practitioner’s insights!

            • I don’t know that this is much help but I found this article. I think it’s like other things. They are finding a lot of arsenic in Southern U.S. brown rice. There’s a lot of Al and other things in the Midwest and NE air and soil. I think it likely depends on a lot of things. That’s why I am detoxing and I like to have my whole family use the zeolite daily (when we all remember). And watch our adrenal health.

        • PS _ Your rolls look great!! I wonder if I could get them to work w/o eggs!?

        • I used to work for the USFWS and did my thesis on this – The larger the fish the more it bioaccumulates heavy metals; so yes it is a result of diet and pollution. It is a chain (macrobenthic invertebrates and flora eaten by creatures, which are then eaten by small fish and then the small fish by larger etc.) and the substrate/sediment at the bottom of the water source is contaminated with the heavy metals. This is one reason why I do not eat any “bottom” feeders either. 2,000 years ago ALL of our food was a lot different :-(

  34. Hi Adrienne,

    Honey-Face decided that we needed to just order out Zeolite through Azure Standard since we were already placing an order. It came via UPS yesterday. I’m wondering how long it took you to notice the effects? How long did it take you to know the initial does you took was too much for you? On my bottle it says that one dose is 11 drops 5 times per day for a total of 55 drops each day. That seems like a lot compared to what you talk about.

    I’m very much looking forward to your next post. I keep checking your blog for it. LOL!

    • Hi Heather. I will say I felt tired right away but I am not the norm and it’s becoming apparent that I have a lot of metals. They continue to come out. I only used 1 drop per glass of water at the beginning and at most I will use 6 when I am feeling bad effects of a detox. I would save your money and use less if I were you :-). No worries you bought elsewhere but if you’d like more I would be happy to send you some :-). Maybe they want you to buy a lot more :-(. Working on more posts. Probably several interviews w/ my practitioner. Blessings!

  35. Michelle says:

    Hallo Adrienne,
    Thanks for the info. Really an eye opener. Just wondering whether you ship to Europe? If not, do you have any advice about brands? Liquid or capsules? That kind of thing. It’s all so new, I’m trying to find out information on local websites too.
    Thanks ahead.

    • Hi Michelle. I would be more than happy to ship to you. I could calculate the shipping and just charge something for it. Let me know your address – you can email me at wholenewmom at gmail dot com :-).

  36. Hey Adrienne-
    MY chiropractor does nutritional testing and I have been working wiht him since the end of January. I had been feeling much better after he had changed some things in my diet, put me on supplements and started detoxing me for mercury. But just last week I took a nosedive…energy was at a definite low. When I went in for testing this past week he discovered high levels of ALUMINUM in my system. He said it was most definitely what was responisible for my fatigue, headaches etc. My question to you is: where did all this aluminum come from all of a sudden? I can think of places here and there where it could have come from (tin foil for grilling veggies, a new “natural” lipstick with alumina in it, cooking homemade BBQ sauce in older non-stick pans), but nothing that would have made such a drastic change. Or does it build up in your body? Could little amounts here and there add up so quickly? He has me on HVS Metals Detoxosode and that really helped with my mercury issues before, so I am thinking it will do the trick again. But I would really like to rid myself of any sources that I can. It zapped my energy and with 5 kids, I can’t afford a whole day or more in bed. Any ideas??

    • Hi Jen. That is why I am working w/ Theresa Vernon. She can tell you about where it all is coming from….air, etc. From what I understand, it was in your body already and now it is coming out and wiping you out. But I can’t be sure. I have had to go off my supplements when I can’t take the fatigue anymore. I take a Chinese Herb product, a liver support and the zeolite to help when I feel awful. I can give you more info on the other products if you like. Let me know :-). I plan to interview Theresa soon for several posts but you can always contact her directly as well. She is a pleasure to talk with.

  37. Emilie Roush says:

    Hi, I am interested in the zeolite you sell in your store. What is the brand name and who is the manufacturer? I tried looking at the photo but it was tiny. Thanks!

    • Hi Emilie. It is made by Liquid Zeolite Company. I buy it direct from them. Happy to help in anyway. Please note the reduced price. I just added it there. I wrote a post recently about it and offered a lower price :-).

  38. This is all really interesting! It seems like everyone has some level of HMT in their body. We have recently discontinued all toxic personal care products, so that’s a start!

    Hrer’s my dilemma. I am exclusively BF’ing my 10 month old
    (no solids). I’ve been afraid to take the chlorella we have from Mercola…..I hear that detoxing while BF is a huge no-no…..I would really like to try the Zeolite….

    • My practitioner has said not to worry about it. She says that the baby gets just as much stuff from water and food and air as he would from breastfeeding. But of course it’s your decision :-).

  39. Wow. I have recently started on Diatomaceous Earth for a parasite cleanse, but not before researching it immensely. Many websites state that it helps to detox heavy metal as well as help skin and hair health, but I wasn’t holding my breath. Ok, now time for TMI. My urine is usually absolutely clear, even first thing in the morning, and I assumed that this was great- well hydrated, etc. Once I started the diatomaceous earth my urine turned bright yellow! I just thought I was dehydrating and needed more water, but more fluids didn’t help. I had no idea I could really be detoxing!! I have noticed I dream in technicolor every night now since taking the DE, and my sleep is much more restorative than it has been in months. I feel very blessed to have such bonuses from a simple cleansing product.

    Thank you so much for your website, you have truly inspired me to look into serious heavy metal detoxing.
    Cheers!

    • Wow – how intereting! It’s all pretty wild, isn’t it. I haven’t noticed my sleep being better, but I am doing a lot of other healing that seems to be stirring up a lot of issues. Take care!

  40. Donna Gilliam says:

    What about bentonite clay baths ? Any information ?

    • I’ve heard mixed things about bentonite but I am thinking it might be a good option.

      • Dina Murphy says:

        Hi, when my dentist removed all my old metal fillings, he had me bathe in 1c. Bentonite clay to a tub of very hot water. I also mixed some with water and put it along my jawline…

  41. I was sick for 10 years and getting worse and no Dr. could figure it. Basically they kept saying I was fine!! Finally I found a Naturopath who diagnosed Mercury toxicity from the fillings in my teeth! Quite an adventure but The detox process gave me my life back!!!

  42. Fascinating information. Thanks for all you do here.

    I do the ionic foot baths which draw out the metals and everything else. What’s interesting is that after two weeks on chlorella, no more heavy metals were in the water. Chlorella also cleans you so much that it eliminates body odor.

  43. Wow! This really makes me want to get myself and my 6 kids tested! I wonder what’s lurking in our hair and bodies, yikes!

  44. Kate Murphy says:

    Hello,
    Do you think this is safe for children? My daughter is 4. For the past eight months she has been SICK..SICK SICK! We are dealing with leaky gut, candida, food allergies and autoimmune disorders. Through all my research and changes I have made (no help from doctors) She is getting better. But there are still certain symptoms that are there. Her life has totally changed..she is no longer the child she once was and it breaks my heart. She has had most of her vaccines..unfortunately I was not educated in the damage vaccines can cause until she was about two. I stopped all of them then. But the damage is done. Do you have any advice?? Thank You

    • I have heard of no contraindications for children. In fact, my practitioner recommended it. We just used less. At this point, there are so many things to try, but I am very pleased working with Theresa as mentioned in the article. She would be willing to talk with you about what you are dealing with. Of course, the candida diet is a must but candida and metals exist together, from what I have been reading.

  45. I think I have a heavy metal toxicity. My finger have a black film on them under my 14k gold rings. I have to wash them thouroughly everyday to get the film off.I started the Renew Life program and now I am doing the heavy metal cleanse. It doesn’t have that ingredient in it. So I am seriously interested in that. Thanks for sharing this info and I look forward to your next post! Thanks!

  46. Very, very interesting! I also came across @Deliciously Organic’s comment about her fillings… I have three fillings I need to replace but I have been nervous to do it for exactly that reason! I am very interested in zeolite and so look forward to your future post on it :)

    • ONLY get your fillings removed by a holistic dentist. There is a very strict preventative regimine to prevent further mercury toxicity! Every dentist will say that they can take them out, sure, but you make become very ill if it is not done right!!!!

      • I ended up getting mine removed from a dentist who followed a holistic protocol almost perfectly and we had no ill side effects. I wasn’t comfortable with the holistic dentist in our area. So you can also take what you want done to someone who is willing to work with you and just ask a lot of questions. I worked w/ my practitioner on it and the dentist was very helpful. I think it’s a good way to educate other dentists as well.

  47. Jeannie Van Popta says:

    This is the first time I’ve heard of Zeolite. I think it would be good for me. I smoked for a long time and have received many vaccines and have mercury fillings. But upon researching I found this and would like your thoughts on it. http://www.zeohealth.com/zeolite/liquidvspow.html

    • Hi Jeannie. Can you tell me what you would like to know specifically? Thanks!

      • Jeannie Van Popta says:

        What I got out of the article is that liquid zeolite is ineffective and actually dangerous. He says there is no way of making something that in nature is solid, into a liquid without destroying the healing properties. Shouldn’t we then be using powdered solid zeolite?

        • Can you tell me what article you are looking at please?

          • Jeannie Van Popta says:
            • Hi Jeannie. I think this info is a little one sided and perhaps misleading. Yes, zeolite that isn’t completely “cleaned” has some metals in it, but the nature of zeolite, as I understand it, is that is grabs the metals and holds onto them tightly. The zeolite that I have is maybe 10% less clean that the Waiora brand (according the manufacturer, but a TON cheaper. I didn’t read all of the link so tell me if you have specific questions please. I will look into them as I can. I am looking into another zeolite as well but it will be more money. Thanks for being thorough and understanding!

  48. I’ve noticed in the last few months that a lot of supplements and some food products have titanium listed as an “other ingredient”. Seems to me that this heavy metal would be as bad to consume as any other. If anyone has any knowledge about it please share….

    • I have been wondering about this as well. It’s in some toothpastes. I’ve talked w/ a practitioner about it who isn’t concerned, and I can’t find anything on the internet about it but I have a friend w/ an autistic son who has been excreting it. So I am not sure what to think.

  49. I’m having a hard time navigating your blog. how can i find part 2? thanks so much!

    • Sorry – you aren’t having trouble. It hasn’t been written yet. After I get the essential oils series down I will go in that direction hopefully. Too much to write and still working on my health.

  50. I use powdered zeolite in my smoothies. I have a titanium screw in my jaw, and used to have mercury fillings in my mouth before I got them replaced with composite fillings. I also use my detox foot pads, they are awesome at getting out heavy metals. (www.purifyyourbody.com). When I had mine tested they also found cadmium in them. CADMIUM? Really? What did I do as a child, eat batteries?

    I really think that you are on the right track with the zeolite. That stuff is awesome.

    Another thing to consider is looking into clays… bentonite clay, french green clay, diatomaceous earth.

    Heavy metal poisoning is real, and rampant in our society. It does contribute to many of the chronic illnesses that we see in our society today as well. I had one customer who had custody of her grandson who was about 3 or 4 years old. He was so sick and his blood tests came back with super high, toxic levels of lead. They gave the grandma 1 month to reduce those levels or he would be taken into state custody. I don’t know all the details but within weeks of having her grandson use the detox foot pads, his lead levels were astronomically lower and he wasn’t so sick anymore. It took another month of use before they where an acceptable level, but it really saved that little boys life. Using them with zeolite would be an awesome combination, as the foot pads don’t cause the herx reaction.

    Another good way to get rid of heavy metals is with a far infrared sauna. The only caution with that is that far infrared saunas also sweat out magnesium,sodium, etc that your body needs, so if you use a sauna frequently, you need to supplement with a good ionic mineral supplement a few times a week.

    Ok, one last tip. :) When I got my mercury fillings out, I did some research into how to not let the mercury dust (when they drill) be released into my mouth. When things are introduced sublingually, they go straight to the blood stream so I wanted to use caution.

    I megadosed on Vitamin C a couple days prior, and a couple days after. I also took Chlorella supplements, which are awesome at helping to chelate the body of heavy metals. And, during my appointment I used my foot pads. I drank a lot of water afterward. I did not experience any adverse reactions like many people do. I felt blessed.

    Hopefully some of these tips will help you. I know that zeolite used to be sold in little half ounce bottles for about $40 so the $14.95 is an awesome price. And all these measures are great for children, too!

  51. My mouth is full of the old fillings. Am 61 and have fibro,and auto ammun, fatigued, foggy brain, restless legs. working on health. Can not afford to remove the fillings so what can I do.? I do kiefer,and kabocha, and people have commented about the mercury. I have tasted the metal in my body been told I was wrong. Also get shocked a lot when touching metal, like when I go to get in the car. What things could I do?

  52. Pam Gentry says:

    Can you use this detox while breastfeeding?

  53. I’m mobile and it seems difficult to figure out where to go to buy the zeolite. Is it possible to send me an wnvoice via PayPal?

  54. Thanks for your article! I will be getting some zeolite after I finish with getting all my amalgams removed! I have traced most of my illness’s back to when I was 10 and got a mouth full of them! :( Had to have my tonsils out a few months later, then on to many many auto immune illness’s, RA, fibromyalgia, asthma, and my lungs shut down. I have been on a whole foods, plant based diet for 18 months and have improved greatly. I also started using natural, organic shampoos, soaps and cleaners and that helped too. I am going to a special dentist and we are working at getting all the amalgams out safely. At 52 years old I am now feeling better than I have in many many years! :) Again thank you, it just confirms what I am learning. :)

  55. Just one for now, found the store tab, and sent you a message through the contact me link.

  56. Debbie D. says:

    I wondering about all these children with braces. What kinds of heavy metal problems will we be seeing in the future as a result?

  57. Yes. I have thought about heavy metals about 5 years ago. Didn’t want to give my son the blood test at that time as he was so small. I am still courious about it but don’t really know where to start or how to share this info with my husband who is sort of skeptical about alterntive options.

    • From what I have learned, blood is that body’s last defense – so when the metals show up there it is either an acute poisoning or the body just can’t do anything else with it. I am doing the nutritional balancing program mentioned in the post. I hope to do more posts on this and of course, you are welcome to peruse Theresa Vernon’s site. You might find it interesting.

    • Blood tests are not truly accurate since heavy metals settle into the tissues. A metal urinalysis using a chelating agent prior to sampling will give an accurate portrayal of what is inside your body….it will be eye opening I am sure.

      • Hi Rachel. I don’t mean to be commenting on everything you are saying or being “argumentative,” but the chelating thoughts, but the chelating advice is very counter to what my practitioner recommends and I need to watch that I am not perceived as “giving out medical advice” by allowing other advice to be approved w/o my commenting. I am very concerned about chelating agents and don’t recommend them to my readers. I am doing a totally non invasive testing of hair that is very specialized and I will be sharing that with my readers. I have too many friends who have done chelating who are not well. I have had numerous health conditions reversed with the work I am doing, plus I also attribute it to the Miessence products I am using that I outlined in my posts on probiotics.

        I appreciate your sharing and hope you understand.

  58. wow, I have heard of heavy metal poisoning before but for some reason never connected the dots… I have tasted metals for years, had amalgams removed incorrectly and now have Hashi’s and adrenal fatigue…major ah ha moment here. I will be ordering some today! Thank you!!

  59. I cannot wait to hear what else you are learning on this topic. Alzheimer’s runs on both sides of my family (every person who has lived over 50 has gotten it). I know that people with Alzheimer’s have a hire amount of metals in the brain. I would be very interested in learning more about getting metals out of the brain. Someone mentioned that zeolite doesn’t remove them from the brain. Have you looked more into this to find out if it is true? Also, I sadly have two metal fillings. I am not sure what to do about those as they were gotten at a time before I knew what I know now. Thanks.

    • Hi Paula. I think there are different thoughts about different zeolites but I will ask. My practitioner is a great heavy metal resource. Email me if you don’t hear back, please – or just leave another comment here.

  60. Sue G in UK says:

    Great it works…… So November 15th – December 12th I was exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning whilst at work from a faulty gas heater and car exhaust fumes. Eventually heater was switched off. Went on working there until Feb 2012 – could not put up with ill feeling any more. I truly believe my system was overloaded and that heavy metal toxicity is affecting me to this day. Symptoms – swollen and bleeding gums/metallic taste in mouth/dizziness/extreme fatigue/mood swings/palpitations and tightness in chest/sore painful joints especially big toes/thumbs/knees and heel pain. dark lines going across finger nails. Forgetfulness. At times bright flourescent yellow urine.
    Having to wee often. Tooth extracted in 2011 and socket never healed = referral by my Dentist to Dental Hospital (all thought it might be cancer) Still under Dental Hospital – socket has healed after much exploration and cleaning by Dental Hospital.
    But gums/jaw/neck/glands in neck all play up all the time. In December ultra sound showed my thyroid very very small and some lymph nodes playing up in neck. Not enough know in UK or to me it seems they do not want to recognise heavy metal poisoning.
    I take Vit C (double normal dose) garlic capsules (just started again recently and urine again bright yellow) drink plenty of water and orange juice. Have purchased zeolite pads for my feet – but these are very expensive. Dental hospital took many blood tests and I am hoping some of them will be to check for heavy metal poisoning. I now think I am sensitive due to overload and I have to avoid all car fumes or suffer the consequences. Metal taste – palpitations and dizziness – always have dry mouth nowadays and even some supermarket freezers affect me badly. Told by A & E doctor its because of the gases they kick out.
    In the summer had gutterings/downpipes and window ledges painted by chap who used HAMMERITE paint (metal based paint) Even when indoors I could taste it and when myself and Hubby smelt my hands they stank of this paint – Lastly, and sorry for going on – Since the initial poisoning I have suffered from Candida – itching just above vagina – also rectum at times. Ears too itchy and damp at times. The Dental Hospital found froth in mouth ???? yeast??
    I just don’t know but I am so fed up with thinking I am going mad.
    I just want this invader out of my body and want to feel more like my old self

    • Dear Sue. I am sooo sorry for your suffering. I know, in a way, how you feel. I have suffered from candida and metals now for awhile and it is miserable.

      I am thankful that some of my misery can hopefully be of help to you now. In fact, you are perhaps an answer to prayer. I was thinking I was too busy with this blog and maybe I should stop, but I really want to help others w/ what I have learned.

      I would consider buying the zeolite but I would for sure contact Theresa Vernon. Her link is in my post on metals and I get paid nothing for referrals. Please tell her I sent you though. She can work with anyone anywhere and I know she would be happy to talk with you.

      From all my research I am convinced that candida and metals go hand in hand. I am on a pretty strict anti-candida diet. You can read Whole Approach.com for advice on that. Theresa is well-versed in that as well. Please touch base and let me know how it goes. The white in your mouth is likely thrush, based on my understanding. Basically, for the diet you eat no sugars and cut starchy foods to 3 servings per day maximum. I would think that should help you a bit now. There are also ear drops that I have found to be helpful. They are called Pro Seed. They seem to be hard to find now but I think they were grapefruit seed extract in w/ some carrier oil.

      Take care of yourself.

      • Hi Adrienne,
        I have been reading this with great interest, and was going to e-mail you with a question. I will likely look at Theresa’s site. MY 15 year old daughter has had numerous issues since birth, beginning with Failure to Thrive at 3 months, due to a slightly tight frenulum, resulting in improper breast feeding, and a loss of my ability to BF. From there we have gone to Sensory Integration Disorder, ADD, dyspraxia, PDD, emotionally disturbed, etc., etc. Two years ago she started having seizures, was diagnosed with epilepsy, took Keppra for 8 horrible months. Finally found out that the Keppra was causing rage, which was getting so bad that the school was looking for placement. Against the express wishes of the doctors at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, I refused to put her on another epilepsy med, choosing instead to try magnesium supplementation. At the same time she had neurotherapy treatments. The seizures stopped. If she is lax about the MG, she can have a seizure. We have also been through a mess with ADD meds. Recently switched to an integrated practice, and the doctor looked at 2 year old testing, and discovered that candida is a definite problem. We’ve done GF,CF, for several years, MSG. Free, etc. for a year. Due to the fact that she’s 15 and has so many issues (including non-compliance) the doctor says to begin slowly. In my research I found Whole Approach, which is exactly what I was going to question you about after you mentioned that you have candida as well. We’re working on the diet, and I’m saving for the detox, fungicide part. It makes so much sense to me. What do you think of the WA protocol? Wondering about metals-I have already thrown out all aluminum pans etc. We (she and I) only used organic shampoos, etc. I plan to start the WA protocol during Feb. vacation. Do you think the zeolite would be okay to use at the same time? I am desperate to do something. I don’t see her life going anywhere if things stay the same. She is totally unable to deal with life in a socially acceptable manner. She’s in a special school where they use behavior modification, but still can’t figure out what makes her tick. She tests quite well- her intelligence in not in question. The doctor says that the candida probably started when she had to go on formula at 3 mos. So we have a lot to overcome! I am on the diet with her, as support, and also because I wonder if I don’t have some of the same issues. I have a lot of fillings from my teen years. Recently my dentist indicated that he wanted to remove one because it has a small line which might be a crack. I asked him about the safety of removing it due to the mercury content. He said they could use a dam if I wanted, but I suspect that he isn’t up on the research. I cancelled the appointment. Can’t afford to have it done properly. My husband isn’t with me on any of this, so isn’t willing to sacrifice for health.

        • Hi Gail. I really feel for you.

          The only contraindications that I am aware of with zeolite is those on chemotherapy, but you could check the manufacturer’s website. I will say that I did the Whole Approach protocol. While I did feel the diet helped me, I wasn’t sure about some of the supplements. Another friend of mine did it as well. She ended up with Nutritional Balancing with me. It is a confusing protocol in that I am still figuring out the science behind it, but she and I are both a lot better.

  61. So glad to read this! Can’t wait until your follow-up post happens!

    I had my mercury level tested which was .99, being told that 1.0 was the starting bad level. I rarely eat fish and check the list of better choices if I do. I was pregnant and just stopped breastfeeding – 4 years! :) – so I am ready and concerned that my eczema-prone daughter will need to detox what she got from me.

  62. I’m really interested to read more about how you’ve used the Liquid Zeolite and dealt with heavy metal toxicity when you get the chance to write a Part 2 to this article :) Thanks for sharing your personal experiences, and also all the research you’ve been putting into the Essential Oil articles – I’m checking back regularly for any updates!

    • Thanks! I was just talking w/ my practitioner about getting back into this series w/ her. You can always subscribe to my blog so the updates come to you :). Thanks for the kind words.

  63. This is a very interesting story. I have one question. If you had candida at the time too that mean you had leaky gut. Was that safe to detox heavy metals with a leaky but -ie. leaky brain?

    • Good question, but hmmm…so you are wondering why someone would do detox when they have leaky gut? Can you explain a little more please? Toxins don’t only come out through the bowels. Zeolite takes them out through the urine from my understanding.

    • Hi there. Here is my practitioner’s response:

      You could say that the cure for leaky gut is detox as clearing candida and food allergies is a big part of improving it. Also, copper toxicity is an important cause of candida, colitis of all kinds and weak connective tissues such as occurs in leaky gut.

  64. Just want to share our experienced with our baby “she’s 8 yrs old now” 4 yrs ago she was diagnosed a low platelet and had internal bleeding except her brain, normal count of platelet is 150-300 and hers was 2, I am so glad she fell on the road and start a couple bruised then following day more bruises till the 5th day was all over her legs. Took her to the hospital and keep her all day night long but there is no cure and medicine for it, Pediatrician specialist wants to take her spleen off and hubs said NO WAY! He then start searching for alternative and found a Homeopathic in GA ” we live in WA” to do a saliva test, long story short we had our baby tested and found she was lack of mercury and aluminum “got it from immunizations” she sent us medicine to detox for a month and then tested again result was clear and her first food was avocado and almonds to start building her immune system. After 2 months took her to specialist and they were shocked her platelet count normal. Since then we never get shots for our 5 Children and they are more healthier and didn’t get sick often. Avoid from process food also and eat natural most of the time.

  65. Hi, my son today went and had a amalgam filling removed and they didn’t use a rubber dam, just used the little vacuum and filled it with composite. I can still see tiny spots of the amalgam filling around the top edge of the tooth. I didn’t know that would be done today. I am really worried about the amount of mercury he was exposed to. He does have a mthfr gene mutation. I took him back to school when the appt. was over. Then I went to the store and bought some epson salt because I have read that it helps with detox. I am not sure what to expect in signs of heavy metal poisoning because he already has signs of an ASD. Any info would help. The product you talk about sounds great just trying to figure out the first step Thank You!

    • Hard to say. I know I heard it over and over w/ the practitioners I talked to. I hope to do more posts soon and you can hear the perspective of my practitioner then. She has some info on her site which might be of interest to you. Did you head over there?

  66. Hi Adrienne, Thank you so very much for sharing your journey and knowledge. To make a long story short, we have two little ones who are EXTREMELY sensitive (eczema all over); I breastfed and eat non-starchy vegetables and chicken and beef and olive oil to avoid their discomfort. We are working with a NT (Carrie Theines), but I am curious what you think… Do Zeolite (I ordered it from you) while BF? It seems to bother the baby (now five months); do you think it might be encouraging her to detox? I, and my two year old, are also taking supplements to help us detox heavy metals (including mercury) and balance our systems.

    Many, many thanks,
    Analise

    • Hi there. I can’t give medical advice, but I will say that my practitioner said it’s OK to use zeolite when breastfeeding. Of course, I think any practitioner would say if you think it is bothering your child then you should stop. Hang in there. This stuff is really tough.

  67. Thank you Adrienne. I started a detoxification program in 2009, but stopped after having a flare. It used herbs and a homeopathic called Metox. I’m not sure if the detox had anything to do with the flare, but I’m a little scared to start again.

    Something I’ve been worried about is that the B-12 injectable I use has aluminum in it and I have an aluminum toxicity (also mercury and copper). I keep using it because it’s the one thing I can use my insurance on; and I need to be thrifty. I think I better switch to a sublingual no matter what the cost is.

  68. I have been thinking a lot about this subject lately and as much I would like to try Zeolite I’m not sure what the side effects, if any, would be on my baby. I am currently breastfeeding. My son was born hypotonic and even though the doctors say he is fine I can’t help but wonder if he really is normal, and think that my poor diet habits while pregnant compromised his health. I wonder how this would benefit him also.

    • My practitioner says it is safe to use in breastfeeding and I have read of no contraindications for that—only for those on chemotherapy. I use this for my kids as well. Thanks! I just adjusted the dose for their size.

  69. I am having a mercury filling removed in two days- so excited to be rid of it! Our family is going to start the GAPS diet in April and I’d like to detox metals in conjunction with the diet. I know this post is over 6 months old, so I’m wondering if I can still get the Zeolite from you. I’d like to use it on all of us (there are four of us + a baby, who has never had vaccinations, but has probably gotten metals through my milk :( ). I’m not sure how many bottles I would need and how long we would need to take it, so I would love if you could share your dosage amounts with me! Thanks!

    • Yes, of course you can. I think everyone is getting metals. Every day. I am going to do more posts w/ my practitioner’s help. I think you just decide how many you want to go with. I don’t use much now, but my husband takes 5 drops per day for maintenance and I am going to start my kids on about 3-4 drops per day for the same reason. I started w/ 3 drops per glass of water once I could tolerate it. I have read that the zeolite goes out of your body in about 3 hours.

  70. TY so much for your wonderful posts. You have fascinating topics that I really learn a lot from.

  71. I have a titanium screw in my jaw due to an implant. I had thought at the time (17 years ago) that it was a good choice. Now I am worried. I don’t think I can get it removed, as it is a firm anchor for my implanted tooth…

    • I don’t know what to think about that. Is there another way to get a tooth in? I have read mixed things about titanium. Does it come off and react w/ things in the body easily?

      • The three options I had were:

        1. Bridge. A bridge would ruin the healthy teeth on either side of the one missing. And it is not long lasting (I would need a new one in 10 years, or whenever…

        2. An implant. The most long term solution — doesn’t ruin healthy teeth, but requires a few surgeries — to drill into the jaw bone and screw in a titanium screw to anchor the “new” tooth in… will last a lifetime.

        3. Do nothing and my whole mouth/teeth would move, you know when there is space for teeth to move around, they end up moving, not recommended especially since I was 21 when this happened. I would end up with gaps and crooked teeth.

        So, I did the one that was most logical to me. But it was 1997, and I was young…

        The thing that worries me is that my one symptom is brain fog / fatigue. I also use (and sell) my detox foot pads, which have been proven to take out heavy metals, and work exceptionally well in conjunction with things like zeolite and the clays.

        But the fatigue is really getting to me. I have chronic pain — in my shoulders and hips — these are physiological, not anything like fibromyalgia — but the pain is debilitating and I don’t take any pain killers. One time I went to get an energy healing session done with a natural healer that I had just met. She asked me what pain meds I was on… I told her none… why? and she told me that the pain my body was emanating was powerful and in all her decades of work she never knew someone with as much pain as I was in, that wasn’t on pain meds.

        Anyway, one reason for my fatigue may be because when you are in pain, it is very physically draining on your body. I also stress and worry about tons of things, and may possibly have adrenal fatigue. So those are other things that may be contributing factors.

        But you really worry me when you bring up titanium. I wonder if that is why when I wear my detox foot pads, I put them on all areas of my feet, but the toes correlate to the head (mouth, sinuses, jaw, brain, etc) and every single time I wear them I get tons of goo coming out… but on the rest of my feet (correlating to other areas of my body) after time they are clean and I only wear them once a week for maintenance… no more goo.

        I will have to get back on the zeolite. I use a powdered version of it, but haven’t been using it regularly. We also plan on moving to Panama (Central America) and want to try to live the simple lifestyle, vs. all the demands we are facing here. So… maybe that will help.

        Thanks for the article and the response. :)

        • Very interesting. My practitioner is an expert in adrenal fatigue. You might be interested in contacting her. I just don’t know what to think about it all. But metals and stress are a huge problem.

  72. Very interesting infomation. I have put off oil pulling even tho I would like to try it. I have a broken tooth that exposes a amalgam filling along with a cracked tooth that has a amalgam filling. We don’t have dental insurance and have been living with these teeth for a long time. My question is “what good it do to do a metal cleansing if my teeth are leeching this mercury?” Oil pulling warns about doing it with exposed fillings. I try my best to fix a healthy, organic diet.

  73. How much did you research the zeolite before taking it? Any links/research you can share on it’s safety?

    Thanks! Am looking more into this for my husband and I…

    • A lot. I got it first from a person who is super picky. My practitioner now recommends it and she is very picky as well. It appears it attracts toxins and metals and then pulls them out through your urine. Of course, I can’t guarantee everything but I am doing the best I can. If I worry about every little thing I won’t put anything in my body – you know?

  74. It means a portion of my tooth is missing-it broke off leaving a part of the filling totally exposed.

  75. I have been reading about heavy metal detox and am interested in the zeolite. I have many amalgum fillings that are about 20 yrs old. I have recently had major problems with asthma, and am beginning to wonder if it is from my cracked amalgum tooth. I had a root canal last week and the dentist broke the titanium file in the canal. It is still stuck in there under the crown. I am wondering if I should get the tool tip removed. The crown is not glued on permanently yet, so I could go to a specialist. If I don’t get it removed will the titanium be an issue for the detox? Will it the titanium be absorbed as a heavy metal?

  76. I hope it is alright to do this. I’m quoting a post from another forum because I think it brings up an interesting point and cites a source for further research: “It is my understanding that during digestion selenium binds with mercury, and if the selenium content of a food exceeds the mercury content, the mercury will be harmlessly excreted from the body. Fortunately, virtually all commonly eaten fish have greater selenium content than mercury, so there is no reason to not eat tuna in fear of increasing the body’s mercury levels. The concern should be with mercury- silver amalgams placed in children’s teeth, not the canned tuna mom ate. Listen to Ckris Kresser’s excellent podcast on Fatty Acids for the whole story!”

    • I heard that and forwarded it to my practitioner whom I consider to be an expert in heavy metal issues. She said that her experience is that those who eat a lot of seafood have metal issues. Doesn’t mean she is right, but that is what she said. :).

  77. Thank you Adrienne. You have inspired me to use the Zeolite I have had on hand for quite awhile but never used. I too am very sensitive. It seems 1 drop a couple times a day is well tolerated. One thing I can recommend for you and your readers is a probiotic product called ThreeLac. It’s the only thing I have found to get my candida under control easily. I use it regularly to keep it that way… :)
    Thanks again…

  78. Hi – very interesting post! I’m wondering how to find out if this could be my husband’s problem. His breath is so metallic-smelling that it’s toxic! He’s on a few meds for allergies, which include a dust allergy, but we try to eat fairly healthy. We live near Minneapolis – is there anyone in this area who could help us, or do you have any ideas if this could be caused by heavy metals? Thank you!!

  79. Melonie says:

    I followed your link to Theresa’s article and she said that zeolite can only be obtained through a health practitioner?

  80. We moved in to a new house when my son was about 3 months old, I stopped breastfeeding at 6 months and then he got sick. He had non-stop ear infections and was always uncomfortable. He had trouble breathing at night because he was constantly in pain and so congested. We tried antibiotic after antibiotic then ear tubes, still no relief. When he was 18 months the next step for our ENT specialist was to take his adenoids out. I ended up taking him to a kinesiologist/natural medicine doctor who quickly determined our whole family had high levels of iron. She did a home visit and we found out that the iron was leaching from our cast iron piping in our home. We detoxed on DMSA, got clean water to drink, D3 supplements, strong probiotics, and like a prayer answered my son is happy with no more ear infections. We all feel so much better!! I am still so shocked that our house was poisoning us and we had no idea. If I would have followed our MD’s “symptom” treatment my son would still be living a miserable life. Thank you so much for this post!!

  81. Interesting article. Thanks for the information!

  82. Epiphany Britton says:

    What a wonderful stumbleupon! Adrienne, you are doing wonderful work, helping so many.
    This was a long thread, and I wanted to respond so many times. Please forgive me that I cannot single out the names of those I particularly wanted to address, however the message is general:
    When you try everything, nutritional, diet changes, chealation etc. and find that certain issues linger — LOOK AT GENETICS and epigenetics. The most simple and straightforward test is the MTHFR. Many of us are unable to clear toxins due to glitches in the “methyl” pathways. It is a complicated topic,and I could go on about it, but the basics are not too difficult to understand. Basic idea: (waaay oversimplified) Environmental factors e they toxins, mold, etc…can “trip” certain genes to act. This might, in SOME CASES, not all – underpins autism (see Amy Yasko) and may underpin the majority of auto-immune diseases (of which we see far too many now a days). Other things that can act as ‘triggers” for disease are infections from bacteria, protozoa, and other forms of microbes, many of which are carried by insects and arthropods (read: Tick Borne illness here). Your average medical doctor will not be trained in these matters, unfortunately. If you suspect any of these as factors, best to seek out a well recommended “alternatie practitioner”. Also, for people with tick borne infections, chealtion is not always desirable at just any point of treatment– even something as mild and seemingly innocuous as CILANTRO might be best timed for AFTER you have cleared the infection. (Or at the very least tamed it- some of these bugs are difficult to eradicate.) Thanks again for such an informative site.

    • Thanks for the great comment – I agree that other things need to be looked into. One thing I will mention is I asked my practitioner about MTHFR and she said (which I agree with) that metals contribute to the issues of gene expression and that gene expression in itself is very complex. I did genetic testing on my son and I must say, interpreting and dealing with the results were quite stressful and totally mystifying. Anyway, I should read more on this but I think metals are a HUGE issue. Thanks and hope to see you around again!

  83. Bob Levy says:

    Have read all 183 posts that have generated a couple of questions and comments.
    Sent email asking about part 2 but found yor answer is a previous post. so ignore email

    I have just begun research on Toxic posining.
    1. What is a ” practitioner ” and how do I find one?
    2. It appears that hair testing for toxics is the best way to procede but I see no mention of how or where.
    3. It appears a majority of the posts are related to “teeth”. Is that the major source of toxic posining?
    4. My mentor(Go to guy) also recomended zeolite so that gives this column a great boost!
    5. Most interesting is the original date of your post (2012/06/05) and the latest 2013/03/27
    Found your site on google – how do you test for toxic poisoning
    Your posting is now almost a year old activity and still beinging updated, there is obvious desire for information
    look forward to “part2″, my reasearch is for a friend that may have toxic posining so I am attempting to learn what that phrase means, how to diagnose, and how to treat.

    • Hi there.

      1. I am working w/ Theresa Vernon in California. It would depend on what type of practitioner you are looking for. She specializes in heavy metals, adrenals and Chinese medicine.

      2. Same answer as above. She does a different type of hair testing than most natural practitioners. It is called Nutritional Balancing.

      3. I can’t say but toxins are in food, water, air, and home and personal care products.

      4. Interesting.

      5. I am trying to balance so many things…I am working on a probiotic series and essential oils and this one. I need to get to it though – thanks!

  84. Oil Pulling – If you have MERCURY FILLINGS in your Mouth, you should not be Oil Pulling, unless you take a Chelation Supplement. Oil Pulling has the ability to pull Mercury from your Dental fillings, and return it back into your Body. Excess Mercury is released from your Mercury fillings every time you eat, swallow, gargle and Swish Oil in the mouth. I’ve been oil pulling for 18 Months for 20 minutes everyday, and my Mercury level is much higher than before. When I eat Fish, my Blood pressure elevates to very unsafe levels. I know this because I monitor my Blood Pressure Daily. Mercury is processed by the Thyroid. The Mercury is Sent to the liver, then to the Kidneys. I have heard complaints about Thyroid issues with individuals who Oil Pull. My Bad reaction to excess Mercury was High Blood Pressure. Continue to Share and Stay Safe.

  85. Tracy | Screaming Sardine says:

    I’m VERY interested in your second part. What is the link to it? When I do a search on your blog, it just takes me back to this post.

    Thanks!

  86. Tracy | Screaming Sardine says:

    Oops, sorry! I thought you had already posted it. :) Well, I’m a recent email subscriber, so I’ll definitely see it when you post it.

  87. A couple of years ago I did a hair analysis with Analytical Research Labs and was told I had adrenal exhaustion, deranged mineral ratios, and high aluminum toxicity. Mercury did not show up in my hair test probably because it was locked up in my brain and liver. They put me on oral chelation supplements for about 3 months, which I could only tolerate a third of the recommended dose, and they told me not to drink water containing fluoride. We went from drinking filtered water from the refrigerator (which does not remove fluoride) to buying water filtered by reverse osmosis. 2 weeks after starting this program the plantar fasciitis that I had been suffering with for over 10 years just went away. I have not had one twinge of foot pain since! I don’t know if it was the chelation or the change in water that made the difference but I’m just happy to have happy feet. The hair analysis people said something about fluoride in our bodies facilitating the uptake of aluminum into our cells.

  88. This is all so, so interesting. I have been dealing with some chronic health issues for the past year or so, with no resolution from my doctor. I’m just exhausted all the time, randomly ache all over my body, and have digestive problems. I wonder if it could be related to this?

    In addition, my son has had a lot of health problems as well, and after seeing countless specialists, we are still drawing a huge blank. He is one-year-old. I’m curious as to what treatments/testing we could do for both of us. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Katie. I am sooo sorry. Did you check out the link to my practitioner’s page? I am not sure if I had one in the post or just in the adrenal posts, but your story sounds sadly familiar. Let me know. I know she would be happy to talk to you. Of course, I am not a doctor, but it sounds like fibromyalgia / adrenal burnout.

  89. Heather says:

    Really glad I found this page. I have had different body fat measurements. On several occasions the trainers that have done the measurements have mentioned that I may have excess metals in my body. Evidently and indication is a retention of fat in the back.

  90. I found your article VERY interesting!! Thank you so much for all your info about your families experience AND yours. I have thought about metal toxicity for me as I have had a lifetime of extreme fatigue, PMS, adrenal-thyroid issues. My kids are the same. I have had a lifetime of 4 mercury fillings in my mouth. I am now aware of these health issues being an effect of them in my mouth. I’m very interested in trying the zoelite to detox. But, if the fillings are still there it might be a while to totally get the toxicity gone. Right??

    Looking forward to reading the articles to follow this one.
    Thanks.

    • I can’t advise medically but if I remember correctly my practitioner has said to only get the fillings out if you need to. I hope to get on the rest of this soon. Sorry it’s been so long :).

  91. Momat32 says:

    Thanks for writing this. I was just dx’d with heavy metals toxicity. My nickel value was the highest my practitioner had ever seen. I’m going to start chelation with a wonderful doctor that I recommend to anyone in the SF Bay Area (Molly Roberts).

    I look forward to your future posts about this subject.

    • Please see the comments above about chelation. I am concerned about the side effects. My practitioner is getting metals out of my body w/o chelating agents.

  92. Good stuff here! I know you’ve had success with using liquid zeolite, but I’ve read conflicting information regarding it’s efficacy and that micronized zeolite is the appropriate chelator. I don’t know if this is just marketing scheming going on or what. Happy healing!

    • I’m not sure on that. I have been trying another zeolite as well and it appears to help also but I did notice some of the data on their site was for using a whole lot of the zeolite – way more than one would normally use, so I am needing to look into that more. Thanks!

      • I got my 6 year old vaxxed for Hep A (long story, 2nd VAX she ever got) and now, a month later, she is acting super OCD. Can you tell me what dose you used for your son? Or use… The drop in a glass, for you, was that once a day?? Thanks a lot. I got the zeolite from you.

        • I used 1-2 drops per glass of water per day. I can’t medically advise, of course, but I have heard from the manufacturer that it won’t hurt a child – it just might make them feel icky if they detox after taking too much.

  93. Interesting.
    I am seeing a nutritionist and acupuncturist for all sorts of issuesbut metals have not come up. I will b sure to ask.
    I have been thinking about the metal in my mouth but am sure insurance will not pay to remove it so i have been thinking of what to do so they will fall out!
    What r these foot pads some people mention? One person said they made them.
    Thanks!

    • I’m not sure how but insurance paid for ours. I know they will if they are getting older and need to get repaired. Maybe contact a holistic dentist? I have heard that the foot pads are a scam. I have never used them.

  94. My daughter tested positive for high levels of arsenic. In fact it was borderline toxic level! The first question they asked us if we buy conventional chicken or organic. Conventional chicken if full of arsenic thanks to the Monsanto company (leader in farming pesticides and antibiotics). We switched to organic meats all together and it came down to normal. We also gave her complex B vitamin drops which helped clear it from her body.
    Your water is also another source of arsenic. Buy an RO system to put under your sink which super filters your drinking water. Bottled water is another BIG source to watch out for. Drink only Evian or Figi bottled water. Yes they are more expensive, but if you want to avoid the arsenic you need to think about it. We cut other places to afford organic and healthy water.

  95. I was sick for 10 years with aches, fatigue and flu like symptoms….constantly!!! I went to tons of Dr.’s, Naturopaths, Chiropractors and finally found one that diagnosed mercury toxicity from the amalgams in my teeth! It took another 2 months to find a dentist who believed me and knew how to take them out and replace them the right way. If it’s not done correctly you can be sicker than ever. Half way through the procedure I felt better than I had in years!! He truly gave me my life back.

    It’s been 20 years and I still go to a Naturopath to get checked and get detoxed periodically. Other metals have shown up on the tests now that the mercury has subsided. I also bought an ion cleanse machine from A Major Difference which helps a lot. Needless to say I’m very careful about what I eat and only drink distilled water. It’s a never ending journey!

  96. No one is more concerned about toxic metals than myself. However, titanium in its metal form is biocompatible and nontoxic. It is used in everything from prosthetic devices to dental implants to watch cases to eyeglass frames. I cannot speak to the safety of titanium dioxide found in food, which is also an ingredient in paint.

  97. I have noticed from reading a few different articles that there sometimes seems to be a connection between Heavy Metal Toxicity and dermatitis. Has anyone noticed a connection between Heavy Metal and psoriasis?

    • I have heard about candida and metals being connected and of a connection b/t candida and those conditions, so that would make sense.

      • I sure hope so! I have been battling psoriasis for nine years with very little relief being found in prescription medications. I have just started using a heavy metal detox so I will keep my fingers crossed. Thanks for your thoughts!

  98. Hello people, we are being bombarded by chemtrails… ( heavy metals) If you never heard of this you need to google it, you tube it, whatever it takes because we are being poisoned by design and this is NO LIE!

  99. Hi there!
    I was just wondering if there was part 2 to this article …
    Also, where do you get the hair testing done?
    Thanks
    ~Tracie

    • Hi there.

      I had to suspend things. At first it was personal and professional issues and then became my needing to pull my thoughts together more. I did get my hair tested w/ Theresa Vernon and you can see her on my Links Page. There are other practitioners. There are many folks w/ different thoughts on this so I am pretty conflicted at the moment. I hope to share more – thank you!

  100. HI-
    Sorry if someone already asked this but have you considered diatomaceous earth? I’m just wondering if it’s something you considered and why you chose Zeolite as the way to do your metal detox. After reading this I’m wondering if I also have some toxicity from fillings that were removed years ago.

    • I have but I didn’t feel as comfortable. I didn’t weigh them at the same time honestly. I found someone whom I respected who thought highly of zeolite and after doing research I felt very good about it. I can’t speak to what might be there from the fillings but I do know that there are other metals we are exposed to daily.

  101. Erica Shaw says:

    Hi Adrienne,

    Can I use Zeolite on my 2 year old son? Thanks!

  102. I have been doing more research on the internet on zeolite after reading your article. Why do you recommend liquid zeolite over powdered zeolite? Thanks!

  103. Yes – I have! I am wondering if the liquid zeolite is the only kind that works so well? I am using a very fine powder zeolite right now that I was tested for (bioenergetic). Hmmmmm……now you have me curious. You definitely have proof that it was working with the timing of the hair test :) Right now, I have no idea whether it’s working, but I will be doing a retest (bioenergetic) soon and we’ll see what that says. Now I’m wondering if I shouldn’t go ahead and get my second hair analysis done just to see if it’s changed significantly from my first!

  104. Question about titanium. They use that for implants and such — I have an implant in my tooth that is connected with a titanium screw. I taste metallic all around that tooth, but yet was told (even by my naturopathic doctor) that it was the best metal to have in the body.

    That is the only one that you didn’t source, on the list (you linked mercury and aluminum but not titanium).

    I would like your source for that so I can show my naturopathic doctor.

    I have started using zeolite more often — prior I used it frequently but in the past few years I haven’t, so I started using the powder along with diatomaceous earth. I don’t like the taste of bentonite clay but I do use that as a base for my toothpaste.

    I also use my detox foot pads (www.purifyyourbody.com) to pull out toxins from my body. The weird thing is that I use them all over my feet, including on my toes. All the other areas (except my toes) have come “clean” after use but not my toes. NEVER. And so I think it may have something to do with the metal in my dental work (the thing is, I have all my amalgams removed and only 2 root canals. The root canals were not caused by improper care of my teeth — one was because I had something called osteosclerosis, where the bone was growing so dense and pinching the nerve of my tooth, it was horrible, and the other was a result of me getting the amalgams removed. The tooth was SO sensitive afterward that the root died. Crazy. So while getting those amalgams removed is important, there are risks).

    Anyway, just wanted to share my thoughts and ask about the titanium, as that might be my problem but would like a source. Thanks!

    • Hi Rebecca. I have been puzzled about titanium as well and am considering an implant. Have you heard of the zirconium ones? What did you mean by “source” for the titanium and what source do you mean to show your doctor?

      Odd about the foot pads. What do they have in them? I am using some more detox things as well as things have changed for me health wise. I have a lot to think about and sort through.

      What do you think about the root canals? That is something I am really bothered by as I have one. It was a very rare situation that caused it.

      • I have not heard of the zirconium ones… here is where I am requesting the source:

        You wrote in your article, this paragraph below, and cited the mercury and aluminum but didn’t include any sources for the titanium. I would like to see the source so I could approach my doctor about it. :

        Did you know, for example, that:

        Babies with autism have less mercury in their hair than neuro-typical babies? That’s because the babies with autism don’t detox the mercury so it is staying in their little vulnerable bodies. Source
        Vaccines still contain mercury? See this chart and become informed. Why would anyone want to get a flu shot and inject mercury into themselves? Makes absolutely no sense to me. Believe me, a little mercury goes a long way.
        Titanium dioxide, which is used often as a “natural” coloring is really a heavy metal – titanium is a heavy metal.
        Aluminum is used in medicine in many ways, typically as a preservative? Source

        • I did know about the hair. I did know that some vaccines still have mercury. I have heard that titanium isn’t as dangerous but I am not thrilled. I mentioned Al in my post – perhaps you missed it?

  105. What causes heavy metal toxicity? Are there side effects from the zeolite? How do you know you’re not stripping away essential minerals? :)

  106. I have just been told I have a severe allergy to Nickel and I am having bad skin problems, swelling burning itching. So I have been looking into doing a heavy metal detox, I have been taking Natures Sunshine heavy metal detox and I am feeling exhausted. I have been looking into Zeolite but there is so much confusing information, the sellers of powdered zeolite say that there is no way to have zeolite in a liquid base and it is a waste of money the other side is from the liquid producers that say it is much more readily available and 100% of it is absorbed into your cells and better than the powder. I could use help in deciding. Thank You

    • I dont think that is possible based on the research I have done and my experience. Sorry it took so long to respond. I’ve been swamped. I think it is just more convenient but that is my opinion.

  107. My daughter (just turned 19) has experienced eczema & allergies all her life. The last 5 years she’s had 3 surgeries for TMJ. She had a lot of digestive & neurological (chiefly brain fog & migraines) issues during this time from the steriods, pain meds, and antibiotics. Following the 2nd surgery she began experiencing worsening digestive and neurological issues and was diagnosed with gluten sensitivity, and dairy, almond and hazelnut allergies. She’s had worsening itchy skin rashes that are not eczema and worsening joint pain. The second surgery involved surgically cutting the jaw bone on both sides, repositioning it and installing titanium plates and screws. The 3rd surgery, last week, was to remove the plates & screws because of her ongoing aching at the site of the plates over a year later. The skin rash is backing off and I’ve been led to wonder if there is a possibility of metal toxicity leading to the worsening symptoms just when we thought things were going to get better for her. I’d appreciate any ideas & input you can give me so much. I’ve been exploring sites and considering yeast overgrowth and leaky gut as the cause, but wonder if I’m on the right track. It’s so much to consider and the medical community is really no help. After multiple tests, the told her to take a low dose antidepressant to relax her stomach because there was nothing else wrong.

  108. Hi have you looked into gaps for your son??

  109. Hi there! Your website is full of interesting information. My blood test have shown I have super high copper and low zinc, we are supplementing with vit c (corn free), vit e, zinc. My levels had not gone down with this help. I am keen to try the Ziolite. Do know of any effective results regarding copper particularly? Thanks for all your time writing these articles for others. :)

    • I have read that zeolite removes copper but of course there is more to it than that, I don’t know enough to advise and I can’t legally give out medical advice. I am working w/ a woman who is fabulous if you would like her contact info.

  110. Needless to say, this post intrigued me greatly! I did some research on ConsumerLab.com to see what they had to say about Zeolite.

    “Although zeolite is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA, this does not mean that it has been rigorously tested for safety. In addition, some evidence suggests that zeolite may inhibit absorption by the body of certain medications. Zeolite can have a buffering effect and increase the pH in the stomach (i.e., making it less acidic). Reduced acidity in the stomach could, theoretically decrease absorption of certain nutrients that require a certain amount of acidity. Consequently, it would seem unwise to take zeolite on a regular basis.”

    Now, I get that there are many alternative health products out there that don’t get the thumbs up for a variety of reasons. I also know that you are EXTREMELY careful about what you give to your family! I’m curious what you found when you did your own research. I’m just worried that the Zeolite will interfere with my meds. There is no point talking to my doctor about this because he thinks a lot of these products are a waste of money.

    • Thanks Kristina. I have never heard that. Interesting. I can fwd it to the manufacturer and see what he says. I have had this recommended by several people whom I respect.

  111. Mrs.Momof6 says:

    Hello!

    Been perusing your site, found this post on metal toxicity. I have mercury poisoning, and my daughter who had an autism spectrum disorder had some metal poisoning too. We never had the hair tests done, but I am sure of it. When I started her on the GAPS diet and did the detox baths, she would leave a nasty greasy ring of grey around the tub each time. Now, years later I have had my amalgam fillings removed because I was having crazy symptoms: mental fatigue (brain fog), memory loss both short and long term, physical issues like loss of dexterity, loss of balance, numbness in feet and fingers, pins and needles, extreme vertigo, chronic fatigue and irritability… I started a regimen of cilantro and chlorella, coupled with epsom salt baths with ginger root. I take the detox protocol one week on then 2-4 weeks off… when I take the detox baths, I leave streaks of a dark grey oily substance that smears. I am relatively certain it is mercury.
    Do you happen to know if I can take the zeolite with the cilantro? I will do further research to find out myself… but was wondering if you might already know about it.

    Thanks for these posts. I too have dealt with much of what you have; adrenal fatigue, candida, gut dysbiosis, autism spectrum disorders and heavy metal poisoning. Thanks again.

    • I have never heard of a reason you can’t. Just some chemo drugs and a few others like lithium and platinum. I am working w a new practitioner whom I love if you are interested. haven’t posted about her yet.

  112. Ref. Toxic metals, I once read on naturalnews comment by someone who did try detoxing toxic metals and he said that it can be a dangerous taking products internally as they will cause the toxic metal that might be attached to an organ or something and actually releasing in circulation in the system, blood or else….this is roughly what I remember about the comments. I hope it makes some sense to you. What do you think? I sure have toxic metals Starting from mercury and so does my daughter. I am not at all sure how to tackle it as I would not want to cause more damage than good.
    I would appreciate a response. Thanks

    • My understanding is that zeolite grabs the metals and pulls them out of the body so that would not apply to the NN reasoning. Hope that helps. It has been used to clean up nuclear waste – it is basically a cage-like structure with affinity for the charge of the metals. Thanks! I am not a medical practitioner, however. But I don’t think regular docs work w/ zeolite :).

  113. What’s A GAPS Diet? where is the information? on this site?
    Thanks

  114. You must try food grade diatomaceous earth!! Google testimonials and where to buy it. Its fossilized diatoms & all natural. It draws out the metal toxins in your body. You’ll have amazing results…..

  115. Hi Adrienne! Just stumbled across your site and will definitely be reading more!
    Just wanted to share about a book I just read called “The Cure” by Dr. Timothy Brantley. He talks about helping to body to heal, I read it in 2 days! Thanks for posting!

  116. Sequoyia McGhee says:

    I have just learned about chemtrails. Their is a video about chemtrails on YouTube called “what in the world are they spraying”, that is very informative on the subject. Chemtrails are metals and chemicals being spread by planes globally over cities and rural areas. Thank you for teaching about zeolite.

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