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Do You Suffer From Heavy Metal Toxicity?

Written by

Deborah Freudenmann BHSc

Heavy metal toxicity has been proven to be a major threat to our health. It poses several health risks by creating a toxic effect on vital organs such as the brain, heart, muscles, bones, gut, and so on.

Heavy metal toxicity can affect the normal functions of vital organs putting you at a risk of degenerative, inflammatory, and neurological diseases. Hence, it is important to be aware of the impact of heavy metal toxicity and what you can do about it.

What is heavy metal toxicity?

Heavy metals like mercury, lead, copper, cadmium, and aluminum enter our body through various sources such as foods, the air we breathe, medications, the substances our skin comes in contact with like cosmetic, and so on.

These metals have a high affinity for body tissues that are high in fats such as the brain, bone marrow, and nerves. It should be noted that the myelin sheath, which forms the protective lining of the nerves, is made of 70% fat.

These organs bear the greatest burden of metal toxicity. This can make you prone to develop various disorders by causing inflammation, faster degeneration, and damage due to oxidative stress.

Hence, there is a need to address heavy metal toxicity primarily with regard to how it affects the functions of the bone marrow, brain, and nerves.

Let us have a closer look at the conditions that may develop due to the increased exposure to heavy metals.

Neurodegenerative disorders

The accumulation of heavy metals like cadmium, lead, and mercury in the brain can speed up age-related degenerative changes due to which you would be at a much higher risk of developing neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s at a younger age.

These heavy metals tend to bioaccumulate in the brain causing inflammation and oxidative damage. Once they enter your body through foods or other sources, they are transported to the brain tissues where they get compartmentalized into brain cells as they have a higher fat content.

These metals also bind to nucleic acids and proteins destroying these macromolecules thus disrupting cellular functions.

As a result, you may develop degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s at a much younger age.


Damage to the brain tissues due to heavy metal toxicity could affect the ability of the brain cells to maintain the balance of hormones. It may result in an increase in the production of stress hormones like cortisol and a reduction in the production of feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin.

This unfavorable balance of hormones can increase your risk of depression and psychosis.

Nerve degeneration

Studies have found that people who work in jobs that involve exposure to heavy metals are more likely to develop diseases linked to nerve degeneration such as multiple sclerosis and motor neuron disease.

The affinity of heavy metals to the fat content in these tissues allows them to accumulate in the nerves causing damage.

It is important to protect yourself against the effects of these metals to avoid damage to the delicate nerves and prevent the risk of multiple sclerosis and motor neuron disease.

Bone marrow disorders

The risk of development and faster progress of bone marrow disorders is substantially higher in patients who are exposed to heavy metals at their workplace.

Damage to the bone marrow due to metals can reduce its ability to form new blood cells due to which they may develop anemia, leukemia, and other forms of blood cancers.

Immune suppression

Suppression of the immune system is a common complication associated with heavy metal toxicity.

Inflammation and oxidative damage triggered by heavy metals can reduce the efficiency of the immune cells to fight disease development due to which your risk of infections, cancer, allergies, and autoimmune disorders may increase.

Learning and behavioral disorders

Not just adults, but even children can develop signs of heavy metal toxicity. Research studies have revealed that excessive exposure to heavy metals can trigger the development of learning and behavioral disorders in children like autism and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

The accumulation of these metals in the body of the mother during pregnancy and breastfeeding can also put the child at a risk of developing these diseases.

It may affect the development of their brain, and nerve tissues thus creating disruptions in the neurological functions due to which they might fail to learn skills or achieve milestones at respective ages.

Most effective ways to prevent heavy metal toxicity

One of the best ways to protect yourself against heavy metal toxicity is to minimize your exposure to toxins.

It is also important to promote faster clearance of heavy metals from your body to prevent their accumulation in healthy tissues.

Let us have a look at the best ways to support the clearance of heavy metals through natural detoxification processes.

A word of caution

When embarking on any treatment that draws heavy metals out of tissues, make sure that there is enough available chelating agent or cysteine (such as NAC) to bind heavy metals.

If not, you will not only increase the load on the sulphation pathways, which may exacerbate any other current symptoms, but you can also run the risk of re-distributing heavy metals into the central nervous system if they cannot be eliminated.

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Supporting your sulfation pathways

Heavy metals enter the cells and attach to sulphur groups on proteins and enzymes, disrupt their function, paralyse the antioxidant systems and initiate a cycle of free radical damage and inflammation.

Heavy metal detoxification normally occurs through the sulphation and glutathione pathways; unfortunately, heavy metals can also tie up the sulphation pathways.

Magnesium, B vitamins, N-acetylcysteine (NAC), methionine, cysteine, taurine, glutathione, zinc alpha lipoic acid – all of which contribute to the detoxification and elimination of heavy metals.

Ensuring your body receives an adequate amount of essential nutrients through diet or supplements would help eliminate but also protect you against the risk of diseases caused due to metal toxicity.

Why we recommend the black box?

Although in theory supplementation might sound easy, having the right balance of each nutrient to support detoxification is often done incorrectly. The last thing you want to do is throw the balance out further!

Unless you work directly with a health coach, doctor or health practitioner we often recommend using the Quick Silver Scientific Black Box.

The Black Box is scientifically formulated to mobilise toxins, bind and eliminate them from the body, this includes heavy metals! In addition, many individuals who have a high heavy metal toxicity – struggle with absorption of nutrients via the gastrointestinal tract. As the Quicksilver Scientific are liposomal delivery, they bypass the gut and absorb almost immediately into the bloodstream.

PEMF therapy

PEMF (Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy) supports the natural detox pathways of the body. It would help in faster elimination of toxins and restore the normal functions of vital organs.

The main effect of PEMF is the increase in membrane potential. The voltage of cells that are bombarded with negative ions from magnetic pulses increases and allows the cell to clear out the membrane ion channels.

The intense magnetic wave of PEMF washes through all of your cells like a wave clearing out all the toxins, heavy metals and waste products. This clearing of ion channels allows the cell to absorb proper nutrients, oxygen and glucose to up regulate the ATP production. To effectively apply this therapy in the elimination of heavy metals it needs to be coupled with appropriate binders/supplementation to avoid reabsorption.

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Sauna/hyperthermia therapy

Sauna therapy offers an effective way to speed up the elimination of toxins including metals from the body. It works by increasing the production of sweat, so that the body can remove toxins thus supporting faster clearance of heavy metals.

A regular sauna or hyperthermia treatment would cleanse your body system and leave the tissues healthier and rejuvenated.

Would you like to know how to test for heavy metals?

Not sure if heavy metals are at play in your health? It is extremely important to test your heavy metal load and burden to see if these may be contributing to your ill health.

However, testing your heavy metal load or burden isn’t as straightforward as you might think. There are many tests available on the market to check you levels. Some are complete quack, while others have some limitations. The most common tests include the examination of urine, whole blood, serum blood and hair.

Interested in exploring the positives and negatives of each common testing type and thereby learning how to get the right test, at the right time, for the right heavy metal.

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Adopting detoxification methods to promote the clearance of heavy metals from your body would protect you against the impact of toxicity. It would reduce your risk of diseases affecting the nervous system, immunity, and bone marrow and help you stay healthy.

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