By Dr. David Foss, D.C.
At one time in my life I thought the biggest heavy metal offenders were AC/DC, Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and Motley Crue. Now that I’m older, those heavy metals can still bring a smile to my face, but heavy metals like mercury (not Freddy Mercury), lead and aluminum are some of the most poisonous substances on earth. These heavy metals can do much more damage to a young child’s mind than some music from the 80’s. Include to this list fluoride, a byproduct of aluminum manufacturing, and you’ve got a toxic everyday environmental recipe for disaster. In this article I will cover the most relevant sources of these toxins and how to safely eliminate them from your body.
I think the first place to start in this discussion is mercury. Mercury is an extremely toxic substance and has an affinity for organs in the body like the brain and nervous system, kidneys and lungs. Symptoms of mercury toxicity include behavioral and neurological disorders, such as excitability, quick temperedness, lack of concentration, seizures, and sensory impairments. Do any of these sound familiar? Mercury toxicity is the reason behind the personality disorder called Mad Hatter Disease. This syndrome was described in workers with occupational exposure to mercury in the felt-hat industry during the 18th and 19th century. Some environmental sources of mercury come from coal mining and volcanic activity; however, the most damaging source of mercury can come from a direct placement (such as a dental amalgam) or through direct injection into the body, which is why many parents have expressed concern with vaccinations. Some still contain what are considered “trace amounts” of mercury. The EPA’s “safe” level of mercury to be consumed by an individual is 1 microgram per kilogram of weight. For instance, a 60kg woman can “safely” consume 6 micrograms of mercury. Which is one of the main reasons there has been much worry surrounding the flu shot, which can still contain up to 25 micrograms of mercury.
Next on the list of damaging metals is aluminum. Aluminum toxicity can cause brain damage and encephalopathy and has been linked to ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as autism. The most common exposure to aluminum has been found in antiperspirant deodorant, or as adjuvants in vaccines, and even been linked to common household items, such as aluminum foil and cookware. What is scary about aluminum is that it has a toxic synergistic effect when coupled with mercury; meaning, it takes very little of either substance to create an extremely toxic effect.
It seems best to follow up aluminum with fluoride. One of the byproducts of aluminum and steel manufacturing is fluoride, specifically hydrofluoric acid. This is the fluoride used in drinking water, high-octane gasoline, fluorescent light bulbs, plastics, herbicides, pharmaceuticals and toothpaste. Surprisingly, the primary source of fluoride is our food. This is because of widespread used of fluoride-based pesticides in non-organic food. Fluoride is a poison and a known neurotoxin. Once in the body, fluoride also destroys enzymes in the body. In human biochemistry, thousands of enzymes are necessary for various essential cell reactions that take place every second. Without enzymes, we’d die instantaneously. It is important to eliminate fluoride from your life. Do this by eliminating fluoride treatments, fluoride toothpaste, fluorinated water and non-organic food.
Lead has long been on our radar as being a very toxic substance. Because of this knowledge it has been removed from gasoline, pencils, paint and plumbing. Lead toxicity can be passed down from generation to generation due to its ability to be transmitted through breast milk. Exposure to lead today can occur in tap water, canned foods and even makeup. Everyday exposure can exist if one lives in an older house that still has lead pipes or lead based paint.
These are some of the biggest offenders we come across. But don’t worry — below are 5 healthy ways to safely remove heavy metals:
Healthy Ways to Detox Heavy Metals:
1. Infrared Saunas: Perspiration and sweating are one of the best ways to get rid of toxins in your body. Infrared saunas penetrate even deeper and allow for improved detoxification.
2. Glutathione: Supplementing liposomal glutathione into your regimen will boost your detoxification efforts, as glutathione is a powerful detoxifying molecule. See my last blog for more details!
3. Chlorella: Chlorella acts as an efficient detoxification agent by binding to toxins, such as mercury, in your body and carrying them out of your system. It is the chlorophyll in chlorella that makes it so powerful, as chlorophyll helps you process more oxygen, cleanses your blood and promotes the growth and repair of your tissues.
4. Eat Clean: Many of these toxins come from our food and supply, so it is important to stop the flow of toxins into our body by buying organic.
5. Chiropractic adjustments: In order for the detoxifying organs to function properly they need proper nerve supply. Chiropractic adjustments help restore proper neurological function to the organs of detoxification: the liver, kidneys, skin and bowel. It is important to have the spine and nervous system evaluated by a qualified chiropractor to ensure optimal detoxification.
About the Author:
Dr. David Foss received his chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2000 and since then he has focused his skills in pediatrics and neuro-developmental disorders. Dr. Foss has been a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association since 2002. In his post-graduate training, Dr. Foss has become an expert in his field at identifying potential causes of autism and how to correct them. Dr. Foss’ chiropractic practice has a central focus in neurology and utilizes integrative therapies including nutrition, supplementation and detoxification to name a few.
Dr. Foss’ passion for autism stems from having an older brother with neurodevelopmental disorders. He understands the stresses and joys that parents experience in raising children on the spectrum. Dr. Foss enjoys life with his beautiful wife Jaime and son Gabriel.
Disclaimer: None of the information presented here should be considered medical advice or a “cure” for autism. The information presented represents strategies for dealing with autism that have been reported as successful by professionals and/or families with autism. While we believe this information to be accurate we are not in a position to independently verify it and cannot guarantee that it will work in any particular case. No treatment for autism should be attempted without prior consultation with a physician familiar with autism spectrum disorders.