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By James Templeton
As our environment becomes more polluted, we are exposed to more toxins that our bodies need to process and eliminate. Babies now are born with over 200 cancer-causing chemicals in their bloodstream, there’s rocket fuel in breastmilk, lead in drinking water, and the list goes on. This early and constant bombardment of toxins takes its toll on our ability to detox and ultimately can cost us our health. Once I decided to treat my cancer naturally, I started to take these exposures very seriously and help my body do its best to eliminate this toxic soup we’re all exposed to.
Over the past several weeks in this blog, I’ve introduced what I feel are root causes or contributing factors to the Stage IV Melanoma cancer I was diagnosed with over 30 years ago: diet, parasites, toxic mold, candida yeast, toxic sunscreen and need for healthy sun exposure, dental amalgams and root canals, radiation, lack of healthy exercise (in my case over-exercise), and adrenal fatigue (see them here). Today I want to go more in-depth on heavy metal exposure, a topic I introduced in the Dental Health article.
Here at UNI KEY, we do Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) testing, and heavy metals are a primary reason people ask to have this test done. Hair is one of the tissues the body deposits metals in after exposure, and it’s non-invasive to test. The average sample represents 3 months of hair growth and metals elimination, so if you do a HTMA and heavy metals are elevated, it’s good to repeat it 3 months later to monitor progress if you’re trying to detox.
If you’d like to try our HTMA testing, I’m happy to offer 10% off with coupon code TMA10 now through 9/8.
I’d like to go through the top 8 heavy metals we see elevated on the HTMA test, and where you most commonly come in contact with them. All except nickel are neurotoxins and they can be a root cause of neurologic illnesses like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Chronic Fatigue, and even Peripheral Neuropathy.
Once you know you’ve been exposed and your levels are high, there are a lot of options to support healthy detox and ongoing elimination of heavy metals that are toxic to humans. When my teeth were being repaired and I realized heavy metals were an issue for me, I created my own detox program from alpha lipoic acid (ALA), bentonite clay, our Daily Greens Formula with chlorella, a lot of organic leafy greens and fiber in my diet, infrared sauna, sweating, exercise (regular walking), and plenty of good quality water. Other good additions include S-Acetyl Glutathione, NAC, probiotics and cilantro.