A few months back, realizing I had committed too many funds remaining in my flexible spending plan and risking losing them at year-end, I agreed to one more test paid 100% by me - having my heavy metal load assessed. The test involved having Calcium EDTA administered by IV, then monitoring my urine over a 6 hour period. A sample was mailed off to a lab for analysis. I was aghast to receive the results – three times what is regarded as a safe level of lead in my body! Maybe it comes from my childhood when, for a period of 11 years, we lived in a very old house with lead soldered copper plumbing. My cadmium was slightly elevated, and mercury not graphed though I have plenty of amalgam fillings. I don’t have any symptoms of lead poisoning – weakened bones, exhaustion or cognitive problems as yet, but this could predispose me to such problems as I age.
Soon after, I scheduled for the initial minerals loading, prior to a 15 session course of IV chelation therapy, but was unable to tolerate the infusion. I was referred to the website of Dr. Garry Gordon who pioneered chelation therapy in the U.S. and was able to borrow his book on oral chelation therapy from our library. I am currently reading up on this slower method of getting the lead out, along with many other natural chelators I can add to my diet – Vitamin C, garlic, malic acid (from green apples), beets to name a few.
My health provider also recommended I use an ionizing footbath to start reducing the load myself. I was able to borrow this gizmo from a chiropractor and it seems to be working very well. Every three days I spend 3o minutes with my feet in a tub of warm water with a pinch of salt added. Also immersed in the water is a coiled component called an array that is attached to a low dc power supply, and I wear a dampened wristband also connected to the unit. The current causes the metals in the array along with the water and a pinch of salt to generate positively and negatively charged ions by separating the oxygen and hydrogen in the water. These draw toxins of various kinds out through the feet, which feel slightly tingly. You can tell the nature of the toxins by the color of the bath. For example, black flecks are heavy metals; orange is toxins from the joints. My husband who has been tested with a lesser lead load than mine tried the bath too. He had a much slower reaction and less intense color in the bath. I intend to do several courses of treatment, then have my heavy metal load retested. I’ve been warned that as one metal comes out, others may show up as my body works to dispel layers of toxic build up. I may still take oral chelation, but for now I am fascinated to experiment with the foot bath – maybe it’s all I’ll need!
If you’d like to know more about this therapy, see “IonCleanse detoxification: Getting the issues out of tissues.” Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, Jun.04: 100-104. http://tinyurl.com/mxcqkp (UAA/APU access)