Aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and nickel are heavy metals that tend to accumulate within the brain, kidneys and immune system, where they can seriously impair normal functioning. Most heavy metals in the body are the result of industrial contaminants in the environment. Other sources include aluminum from antacids and cookware; cadmium and lead from cigarette smoke; lead from pesticide sprays, cooking utensils and the solder in tin cans; and mercury from dental amalgam fillings, contaminated fish, and cosmetics. Workers with high exposure to heavy metals include battery makers, dentists, gasoline station attendants, printers, roofers, and solderers.
Early signs of heavy metal poisoning are often vague and attributed to other causes. They include: fatigue, headache, indigestion, muscle pains, tremors, anemia, pallor, constipation, dizziness, poor coordination, and a metallic taste in the mouth. Almost everyone with even mild heavy metal toxicity experiences impaired ability to think or concentrate. As toxicity increases, so do the symptoms.
Intravenous EDTA chelation removes heavy metals from the bloodstream. Homeopathic dilutions of the specific heavy metals involved (e.g., aluminum, cadmium, lead, nickel) stimulate the release of heavy metals from all tissues of the body. Frequent saunas can also be helpful.
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