Could You Have Heavy Metal Poisoning and Not Know It?

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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.

Post Updated 4/19/17

We've dealt with a bunch of health issues in our family from autism to candida to thyroid disease to adrenal fatigue.  But one thing I never really thought I would deal with is Heavy Metal Poisoning.

Just the concept of heavy metal toxicity 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 over-diagnosed
  • 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 Metal Poisoning - Our experience with it and what we did about it.

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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Heavy Metal Poisoning Evidence

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 a Nutritional Balancing practitioner.

I mentioned her in my post on Adrenal Fatigue.

 

We didn't get much progress with this method or this practitioner, but this situation was very interesting.

I mentioned my husband's urine color to her 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.

I'll share more later about zeolite, what it is and how I use it now.  Also, I'll share about other metals that have impacted our family.

Metal toxicity, along with many other toxic concerns, is a huge problem in today's world.

If you are intrigued, and you'd like to try a bottle of liquid zeolite yourself, please check out my Whole New Mom Store.

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

Current Thoughts on Heavy Metal Detox

There are so many different thoughts on how to detox from Heavy Metals.  Some people do IV chelation (I have concerns about that) and others use prescription detoxifiers.

I currently use Liquid Zeolite on an ongoing basis as a sort of “insurance plan” to continue to keep toxins out of my body.  Additionally, I have added Diatomaceous Earth to my protocol.  I'm still researching about it and the best way to use it, but it seems to be a very versatile and inexpensive product with many uses, including the removal of heavy metals, pest control, and more.

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

Mercury Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pgordon/4097094562/

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  1. Wow! Coincidentally, I randomly came across your post and it reminded me that last week my chiropractor told me I was showing signs of heavy metal toxicity. She suggested I consult a naturopath. Honestly, I blew it off at the time. I really don’t know how I would be accumulating heavy metals. But after reading your post, I exhibit almost all the symptoms you mentioned. I am going to look into it. I believe the makeup I use daily contains titanium dioxide. In fact, I just checked it now and it says the active ingredient is titanium dioxide at 5.8%. It also contains 7.75% zinc oxide.

    • Hi there and thanks for commenting. So zinc oxide isn’t typically an issue but it can be drying as it’s an astringent. What brand are you using? This post might be of interest: https://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/heavy-metals-in-cosmetics/

      I have actually been really digging into personal care companies and had to remove several off of my blog due to unethical labeling issues and more. I have since found out that there are others that I will not have on here so be careful. There are other sources of metals too. Happy to answer any other questions.

  2. If you read the book “Medical Medium” by Anthony William, he talks a lot about Lyne disease, autism, and heavy metal toxicity. He says the root of all of it is the Epstein Barr virus. A very interesting read–he is a spiritual medium and if you google him you will find his website, plus he’s on facebook. He also has a detox 30-day programme in the book which consists mainly of fruits and veggies–raw. He also says to stay away from dairy and eggs.

    • I have been looking into this. I have conflicting thoughts and after reading the Amazon reviews and hearing what some others said in a group that I am in, I will not be reading this book. Additionally, I have concerns with someone who calls himself a Medium. Did you read the Amazon reviews? Seems that he has a habit of blocking negative reviews and such. I know that some things aren’t to be believed, but that, backed up w/ the things I heard in the group, seemed very disconcerting to me. I do think EBV is a problems, but…..

  3. Zeolites put to the test by the “Health Ranger.”
    http://www.naturalnews.com/051761_zeolites_heavy_metals_lab_tests_aluminum.html

  4. Where/how did you do the hair test anc is that only necessary during taking the zeolite to see if your body is excreting it ?

    • I had it done by a Nutritional Balancing practitioner. I’m not sure how valid they are but I do think that we all are suffering from an overburden of toxins.

  5. Have you all ever been tested for Lyme Disease? Candida, heavy metal toxicity and autism can all be caused from Lyme as the underlying disease. Just a thought for you! Check out http://www.lymestop.com.
    I was diagnosed with Lyme a year ago, and since then my husband and two of my four children. We all have candid overgrowth, one heavy metal toxicity, and a whole myriad of other things. I have received treatment from Dr. Smith in Idaho and my family is receiving treatment from a Dr. in December who has been trained by Dr. Smith.

    • Actually we have not. I don’t think my issues are bad enough but I’m willing to consider this. Can you tell me what test you think is the best and do any of these doctors work long distance? Thanks!

      • Also, I have heard that many tests are not accurate so I would love any recommendations that you have to that end as well. Thank you!

        • I would recommend a kinesiologist/chiropractor for the testing. There is one in Wisconsin whom I would trust for accurate testing and also the Dr. I mentioned in Idaho and one in Kansas City. You are correct that conventional testing is not accurate, therefore, I would pursue a kinesiologist who actually tests for Lyme. Lyme is an extremely complicated he and the only treatment that I trust at this point to be effective is the one you can read about at Lyme Stop . This treatment gets your own immune system to fight the disease and the co-infections that go along with it. I’d be happy to discuss with you via phone or e-mail if there is a way I can give my contact information to you privately.

          • Lyme stop treatment consists of one trip to Idaho, for a three day treatment–two days in a row, skip a day and then one more day. Then a follow-up appointment 3 months later. If you live in Wisconsin, Minnesota or Iowa, treatment is available in Wisconsin by a doctor who was trained by Dr. Smith for those living in those 3 states.

      • Michele Hohman says:

        Actually many people that suffer from Lyme have Mercury toxicity that is because Mercury’s #1 goal is to hinder your immune system, therefore you cannot keep illnesses away especially lyme. I was diagnosed with Mercury Toxicity and have met several people along the way that also have Lyme. My doctor thinks that many people have been bitten by ticks and get Lyme but their immune systems are strong enough to keep it at bay so that you never actually know that you have it, its the ones that have Mercury toxicity that are unable to get better and why they are sick from it. If you read “Why Can’t I get better” by Richard Horowitz(The pioneer Lyme doctor from Lymes, Connecticut ) their is an entire chapter on Heavy Metals keeping you from getting better. Mercury hogs your cells so that nutrients cannot get into the cells and keep you nourished, therefore your immune system reaches its breaking point and crashes. Then start the food allergies, anxiety, brain fog, memory loss, lethargy, and if you keep obtaining more metals (vaccines, dental amalgums, seafood, tatoos, makeup and cosmetics) then comes autoimmune disease, MS, mental illness, etc, etc….Mercury is typically the root of all evil when it comes to health.

  6. Katherine says:

    I have purchased the liquid zeolite b/c my daughter has high levels of mercury. I had been having her take one Standard Process Gastrex with it. Is that necessary? Does the Ultra Liquid Zeolite remove Mercury entirely? I also have Diatemaceous Earth. I assume that helps absorb toxins from what others have said. I previously have only used DE for parasite concerns.

    • Hi there. I am sorry but I am not familiar w/ that product (Gastrex) and can’t medically advise. I have heard mixed things about how much mercury and metals the zeolite removes and from where. We just started using DE as well. Take care.