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Heavy Metal Detox & PurificationIrvine, CA

Often, exposure to heavy metals are from our environmental pollutants in the air, water, and food sources.

Heavy metal detox involves the removal of toxic heavy metals from the body through certain foods and medications. Small amounts of heavy metals, such as iron and zinc, are important for healthy development. However, large amounts of these heavy metals can cause poisoning, illness, and severe complications when left untreated.

At Harbor Medical Clinic and Wellness Center, we offer Heavy Metal Detox & Purification treatments for patients experiencing heavy metal poisoning. Our team can help you through the detoxification and purification process and bring you back to full health. To learn more about a procedure or schedule an appointment, call 1-949-551-1234 today.

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    Evaluation and Purification

    Heavy metals are not water soluble and are deposited in the fat tissue, including the central nervous system. Heavy metal overload can cause reduction in contractility of the heart muscle and may be a possible underlying cause of dilation of heart muscle, which can cause conduction defects such as arrhythmias or seizure, or cause discoloration or hyper pigmentation of the skin. It can lead to allergies where you may not be able to wear nickel jewelry or develop gingivitis. Heavy metal toxicity can be underlying cause of many disease processes especially neurological problems including tremors, neuropathy, abnormal sensation, reduced palpation, reduced sense of smell, ringing in the ears, and likely associated with bone mass loss. Heavy metal loads can be measured. We use a ligand or chelating substance that forms a compound with heavy metals and makes it water soluble, which, in turn can be measured.

    A chelating agent is chosen, and it is taken either orally or by an injection or perfusion intravenously. Then urine is collected for 6 to 24 hours. A sample of that total urine is sent to laboratory specializing on measurement of heavy metals and reported. The total sum of the heavy metals found on this exercise represents the total body load of different types of toxic heavy metals.

    If you have had less than perfect detoxification mechanism in your body or have been exposed to heavy metals, then the level of some of the harmful metals would be elevated.

    This is where an expert physician distinguishes the symptoms of disease and the relativity of the results associated with the symptoms. After evaluation and diagnosis, the therapeutic modalities are taken and gradually, the patient is purified and detoxified of these harmful substances.

    As a physician, I have seen many so-called Idiopathic or unknown causes of disease to be resolved after the removal of toxic heavy metal substances and revitalizing body. I have seen patients with chronic joint pain gradually normalize with therapies. Stiff arterial systems regain their elasticity and high blood pressure resolve.

    Many exposures to heavy metals are from our environmental pollutants in the air, water, and food sources. Also, dental fillings can be a portion of our exposures. Treatment is variable depending on the severity of overload and types of heavy metals that your body has accumulated over time.

    What are Heavy Metals?

    Heavy metals refer to natural elements with an atomic number higher than 20, an atomic density over five grams, and have metal properties. Heavy metals are classified as essential and non-essential. Essential heavy metals, such as copper and zinc, provide fundamental processes like growth, metabolism, and development of different organs. Non-essential heavy metals, such as lead and mercury, are not required for functioning purposes and can produce toxicity in the human body.

    Heavy metals have a high density and toxicity level. These metals can be released into the environment naturally and non-organically, such as with industrial discharge, automobile exhaust, and mining. A 2019 review found that heavy metal poisoning is becoming an increasingly common health issue due to the prevalence of industrial, agricultural, and sewage waste.

    Understanding Heavy Metal Detox

    Heavy metal poisoning can lead to various health issues, including acute and chronic intoxication, liver damage, and inflammatory and metabolic disease. The type of poisoning depends on the heavy metal, the cause of intoxication, and the individual’s exposure. To begin detoxification, we must first collect urine, stool, and blood samples to determine the type of heavy metal in the patient’s body.

    Heavy metal detoxification and purification involves the removal of heavy metals in the patient’s system through chelation. The chelation process consists of binding metals in the bloodstream through intravenous (IV) therapy or by taking a pill. The heavy metals accumulate and exit the body through the patient’s urine or stool. The purification process relies heavily on eliminating toxic or harmful foods and avoiding polluted areas.

    Causes of Heavy Metal Poisoning

    Various environmental and behavioral factors can cause heavy metal poisoning. The cause typically depends on the patient’s exposure and the amount of exposure. Common causes of heavy metal poisoning include:

    • Consuming raw foods (mercury poisoning)
    • Fossil fuel emissions
    • Industrial waste
    • Mining
    • Pesticides on crops
    • Smoking tobacco
    • Soil erosion
    • Waste water
    • Working in toxic environments

    Our team will examine the patient’s test results, discuss their symptoms, and implement proper treatment. We will also suggest certain foods that purify the body post-treatment and those to avoid.

    Symptoms of Heavy Metal Poisoning

    Signs and symptoms of heavy metal toxicity or poisoning vary from patient to patient, depending on the type of heavy metal they are exposed to and the cause of exposure. The most common heavy metals include mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium.

    Symptoms of these heavy metals in the early stages or in their acute form include:

    • Abdominal pain and cramping
    • Diarrhea
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Headaches
    • Fatigue
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting

    Symptoms of more severe cases of chronic heavy metal poisoning include:

    • Brain fog
    • Burning and tingling sensations
    • Chronic infections
    • Insomnia
    • Paralysis
    • Visual disturbances

    Patients experiencing acute or chronic symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. Heavy metal toxicity and poisoning can lead to severe health conditions and be fatal if left untreated.

    The Detox and Purification Process and Recovery

    Medical intervention is often required for severe cases of heavy metal toxicity and poisoning. Chelation along with other alternative supplements, such as Glutathione, Modified citrus pectin, Sulfur-containing amino acids, Alpha-lipoic acid, and Selenium, are effective in removing heavy metals from the body. We will assess the patient’s case and determine the right treatment for their condition.

    Aside from medication and chelation, we recommend patients incorporate detox foods such as cilantro, garlic, wild blueberries, lemon water, spirulina, chlorella, green tea, tomatoes, and probiotics into their diet. Those with a deficiency in vitamins and minerals can take certain vitamin supplements upon checking their blood test results. Patients should avoid consuming heavy metal-rich foods such as rice, fish, alcohol, and non-organic foods. Brown rice tends to contain arsenic, while larger long-living fish tend to contain more mercury.

    Schedule a Visit Today

    Consultations and treatments for heavy metal detox and purification are available at our office. The Harbor Medical Clinic and Wellness Center team looks forward to treating you and helping you recover quickly and efficiently. Call our office at 1-949-551-1234 to learn more or schedule an appointment.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Heavy Metal Detox & Purification

    What is heavy metal toxicity or poisoning?

    Heavy metals are essential and good for our health in small amounts. However, large amounts of heavy metals can cause adverse health effects, ranging from headaches to organ damage and, in severe cases, death. An overabundance of heavy metals in your system produce toxins in the body and gradually intoxicate the bloodstream and various organs.

    How does heavy metal detoxification and purification work?

    Treatment depends on the type of heavy metal toxicity and how much exposure the patient has. Typically, treatment involves chelation for the removal of the heavy metals, medication, and diet alteration or modification. We will discuss this during the consultation on a case-by-case basis.

    How do heavy metals enter the body?

    Heavy metals exist in many foods, water, and the environment. All heavy metals can be classified as essential or non-essential. Essential heavy metals are healthy for the body in small amounts. They help in organ functioning and metabolism. However, large amounts of heavy metals, essential or non-essential, are a problem.

    What are the kinds of heavy metals?

    There are a plethora of heavy metals. Heavy metals are elements that have an atomic density of over 20 with metal properties. Common heavy metals include zinc, titanium, chromium, manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, copper, and lead.

    How can I prevent heavy metal toxicity?

    The most effective way to prevent heavy metal toxicity is by avoiding polluted environments, working in industrial spaces, and consuming metal-rich foods. It is important to regularly check vitamin and mineral levels, routinely visit the doctor for checkups, and monitor your health for any irregular symptoms. We can determine the cause of heavy metal toxicity after running some tests and conducting a thorough examination.

    Contact Us

    Harbor Medical Clinic and Wellness Center is located at 33 Creek Rd., Building C, Suite 310 Irvine, CA 92604.

    (949) 551-1234