Toxic metals, such as lead, mercury, and arsenic are abundantly found in the air, water, products you use, and foods you consume. Over time, these metals can accumulate in your body, where they cause serious health problems. Jonathan Collin, MD, is a leading expert in toxic metal detoxification and using chelation therapy to safely eliminate toxic metals from your body. To learn whether your symptoms may be due to metal toxicity, call one of the offices in Port Townsend or Kirkland, Washington.
Toxic metals, also called heavy metals, are widely used in industry, agriculture, and technology development. They’re also used in various medical applications. As a result, they end up in the air, water, soil, and ultimately, they’re found in certain foods. Significant environmental contamination also occurs where metals are mined.
The most common toxic metals include:
It only takes a small amount of these metals to significantly damage your health. They’re also known or probable carcinogens.
The toxicity of a heavy metal depends on variable factors, like the amount in your body and your age, genetics, and nutritional status. Toxic metals can enter your body through your skin, by inhaling air or eating or drinking contaminated items.
You can develop toxic metal poisoning through sudden exposure to a large amount or from long-term exposure to a small amount. Once the metals are in your body, they accumulate in tissues where they can cause significant harm.
Some of the most common symptoms of toxic metal poisoning include:
Toxic metals can cause a miscarriage in pregnant women. Children who are exposed to toxic metals suffer malformed bones, growth retardation, and developmental disabilities.
Once you’ve been exposed to toxic metals, there are three important steps to detoxification: Identifying which toxic metals are in your body, eliminating your exposure to the metal, and chelation therapy to remove the metal from your body.
Dr. Collin typically performs urine toxic element screening, which measures the type and amount of metals excreted in your urine. He also uses blood tests to check for levels of lead. But if you receive chelation for lead poisoning, your urine is collected for six to eight hours afterward and analyzed for lead content.
Chelation therapy is performed using an intravenous infusion of agents that bind with the toxic metals and then carry the metal out of your body. In addition to chelation therapy, Dr. Collin may recommend vitamin and mineral supplements or other alternative medicine options to promote your overall health.
If you’re worried about toxic metals and want to learn whether you should undergo detoxification, call one of Dr. Collin’s offices.