Heavy Metals Neurological Challenge
What Does It Test For?
The heavy metals challenge is to check for heavy metal toxicity in a patient. It may be that the patient is susceptible to damage from heavy metals in the environment or that they already have elevated levels of toxic metals in the body already.
What Is The Test?
Specific testing vials are used combined with manual muscle testing to assess the patients response to individual metals, both heavy metals and other non-heavy metals that can be toxic. (aluminum for example)
What does it mean?
Heavy metal toxicity is more common than most people may think. In cases of autism for example, mercury and aluminum toxicity are common. I find heavy metals in cases of multiple sclerosis quite often also. Sometimes it can be due to overexposure to metals, but more often I have found it is due to impaired elimination. A person with under functioning elimination processes but normal exposure to the environment will develop toxicity over time.
Excess heavy metals can lead to multiple signs and symptoms including neurological, hormonal, immunological and musculoskeletal systems. There is often heavy metal toxicities in people who have seen many doctors and can’t find the right answer. They are not commonly checked for in traditional medicine.
If a patient sense me asking some seemingly unrelated questions or asking in depth questions about lifestyle, I am often looking for a source of heavy metals. Some of the most common sources of heavy metals include:
- Mercury: dental or “silver” amalgams, most fish especially large fish (tuna, swordfish, shark), thimerosal preservative in vaccines and paints
- Arsenic: pressure treated wood (now illegal), pesticides, rice, water and seafood
- Aluminum: table salt, deodorants, antacids, cookware, water, aluminum-containing baking powder and processed cheeses
- Lead: plumbing fixtures, paint, newspapers and dolomite
- Tin: primarily from tin cans, especially containing acidic foods
- Nickel: dental amalgams, cocoa, chocolate, batteries, hydrogenated oils and water
- Cadmium: cigarettes or cigarette smoke, fertilizers, paints
- Copper: (common in Arizona) drinking water, copper piping (acidic water will pull the copper into the drinking water), birth control pills & other hormonal therapies – high estrogen levels in women, which is extremely common, causes a woman to accumulate copper and become copper toxic
Heavy Metal Supplements
Most metals have an antagonist metal, meaning they balance each other out, when one is high the other is low and vice versa. This is managed by adding the low nutrient/mineral. Other times it is a matter of helping the body eliminate the excess metal via body organs like the liver or supplement like Takesumi Supreme.
Common supplements for heavy metal toxicity include Metal Free, Lipoic Acid, Takesumi Supreme, Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc, Folic Acid or 5-MTHF and B6 or P-5-P.