Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
What Is Heavy Metal Poisoning?
With an ever increasing understanding of the world, individuals are realizing the effect that the variety of foods they eat and items they encounter have on their bodies. One such realization has involved the increased awareness of everyday toxins in the environment. While heavy metals including zinc, copper, chromium, iron and manganese are essential in small amounts for effective bodily functioning, these elements are toxic when they accumulate in the soft tissues of the body. As such, heavy metal poisoning is a toxic issue that arises when heavy metals overpopulate in the body. This accumulation causes poisoning and may have serious and even fatal effects.
The exact symptoms of heavy metal poisoning vary depending on the type of metal present in the body. Nonetheless, common symptoms include muscle and joint pain, headache, memory loss, gastrointestinal issues, vision problems, chronic fatigue and mental confusion. In general, heavy metal poisoning can have adverse effects on several of the body’s systems including the nervous system, gastrointestinal system, cardiovascular system and reproductive system.
The root cause of heavy metal poisoning is the buildup of heavy metals in the body, specifically the soft tissues. Heavy metals that are responsible for heavy metal toxicity include cadmium, antimony, chromium, mercury, lead and arsenic. Individuals frequently encounter these metals via the environment, water supply and residential applications.
Heavy Metal Detox and Natural Treatments
The best way to avoid further issues with heavy metal poisoning is by completing a detox. Typically, once the exact types of metals present in the body have been identified, a treatment regimen is prescribed that involves nutrient recommendations and chelation therapy. Many individuals, however, experience advice heavy metal detox side effects until the process has been completed. These side effects include gas, bloating, gastrointestinal issues, nausea, dizziness and headaches.
Many natural options can be used to support and complete a heavy metal detox and avoid extensive heavy metal detox side effects. Adzuki beans or bentonite clay can be consumed to cleanse the body. Likewise, cinnamon and turmeric support toxin removal as do apple cider vinegar and borax.
Continue reading below for treatment protocols, measurements and feedback from Earth Clinic readers.
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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Adzuki Beans
- Alkalizing Remedies, Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation
- Amalgam Fillings
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Borax
- Borax Remedy, Iodine Painting
- Chelation Therapy
- Chlorella, Cilantro
- Chlorella, Spirulina
- Clay Baths
- Copper Toxicity Remedies
- Detoxing from Gadolinium
- DMPS Chelation
- Epsom Salts
- General Feedback
- Green Clay
- Heavy Metal Tests
- Lead Poisoning Remedies
- Master Cleanse, Yoga
- Mercury Toxicity
- Multiple Remedies
- Oil Pulling
- Olive Oil, Cilantro and Garlic
- Om's Chelation Pesto with Coriander
- Remedies Needed
- Ted's Remedies
- Ted's Remedy Feedback
[YEA] 12/11/2007: Adam from Tucson, Arizona: "Adzuki Beans for Heavy Metal detox:
Recently I was in a natural foods grocery store looking at remedies for the basic candida a lot of americans seem to live with. I had recently learned that candida was a sort of mechanism by your body to absorb heavy metals, so get rid of the metals, get rid of the candida. A man from Brazil was working in the homeopathic suggestion and we started talking about candida, heavy metals as a sort of cause, and he gave me his suggestions he had learned for detoxing heavy metals. The first was bentonite clay, which he said was very effective at removing heavy metals and other non-nutritional substances from your body. When I asked about food I could eat, he of course said Cilantro. He also reccomended Adzuki beans, saying they also chelate hevy metals. So I decided to buy some and try them. He said to was the beans and soak them overnight, and save the water you soak them in for cooking as they contain part of the 'medicine'. Upon trying them, I noticed a strongly effective sensation of detox much like when I consume a good amount of cilantro, and the best part is they are VERY delicious. My wife also tried them and agrees. Apparently, depending on your toxcicity levels, they can either be intense or mild. They also had a lot of cleansing effects on my kidneys. I am going to continue incorporating them into my diet little by little. I find they are very tasty with some turmeric and cinnamon, or even plain with some sea salt. It seems they can be substituted for most kinds of beans in a wide variety of recipes. I hope this helps you all on your quest to more ideal health!"
02/18/2013: Tygerlily from Murray, Ut replies: "Fresh Cilantro, internally taken Bentonite clay and Chlorella are all very good heavy metal detox agents."
08/10/2009: Ameen from Linden, New Jersey: "Responding to Zeina from Abu Dhabi, UAE:
As Salaamu Aleikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh Zeina,
How are You. To quickly comment about your article; there are numerous sources for health information and these are a few I will put more later
www.majidAli.com---Wholistic Muslim Doctor; www.garynull.com---Wholistic Doctor (kosher). look on google.com put in the search box any subject and get an answer---put bob beck and get help for any virus, however i can not guarantee a cure, but every little bit helps."
08/10/2009: Zeina from Abu Dhabi, Uae: "Hi TED, bless you for the help you are providing on this wonderful site!
We constantly hear about dairy product and white flour how it harm our health and I am kind of convienced about it but the problem is our middle eastern diet is full of cheese and yogurt and kefir and all dairy product also rice and so.. I can stop this all for some specific period of time for cleansing but can not cut it off for ever :(
Can you let me understand why it's harmful? is it the matter of alkalisation or fungus or what? Could you please tell us what to do to NOT feel guilty toward our body and health? is there any supplement we can take to minimize the bad effect of dairy product and white flour? Is camel milk or ship milk are also bad as cow products? My naturopath even doesn't recommend soya milk, he do agree just for rice milk :(
Also can you advise us how to do detox in general and for heavy metal specificially?
Thanking you support and care in advance"
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 09/05/2010: Ruben from Bs.as., Argentina: "I've been suffering of chronique fatigue, muscle sores, joint pain and tinnitus for the last 8 years. As many of you I couldn't find any answers from doctors other than "it's psychosomatic". After many research I think my condition is related to heavy metal poissoning and fungus. I've been using for the last weeks Ted's alcalinization remedies as lemon baking soda and baking soda potassium citrate and I started feeling much better but not cured. I'm taking also cilantro and chlorella to chelate the heavy metals. Four days ago I began using Bill's HP inhalation technic and almost instantly made me feel better and energized. The problem is that every time I pump the hp I feel a burning sensation in my throat and afterwards I have a flu-like sore throat. I'm using 35% food grade HP diluted to 3% with distilled water. Has anyone have the same experience? Any ideas?
Thank You all!"
01/12/2012: Grannykeeperpdx from Portland, Or replies: "I have the same problem. I tried drinking the diluted 35% and got a sore throat after every dose. Now, I am inhaling it and the same thing. I know from his You Tube video that you are supposed to exhale before you take your inhaling dose, but I choke on that every time. Before I watched the video I was just aiming for the back of the throat and had no problems until today. I have known other people that have gotten further along in the drinking HP and had no burning sensation. I don't really know what to think. If it continues, I will have to stop as it is too painful. I followed the directions very carefully when mixing: 1 part 35% to 11 parts distilled water.
Can anyone tell me what they think it might be? Thanks for your help. If Ted has any ideas, I would like to know. Thank you all."
01/13/2012: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hi Grannykeeperpdx, If you are inhaling the 3% that you made then personally I think that is strong. I would be using it diluted to about 1%. It may be best to stop till everything settles down and try again at a lower dose, plus take some extra anti-oxidants when using H2O2."
12/15/2011: Andrew from Charlottetown, Pei, Canada: "I'm having mercury fillings removed in a week by my dentist. I have two fillings. I'm not sure what his procedure is but isn't it better to have them out even if he doesn't use the best procedure than to leave them in? And not sure about all the things to take to remove metal toxins, but shouldn't one feel better from just having them removed???
12/28/2011: Bibi from Nashville, Tn replies: "This is the first time I've seen your posting. I'm hoping it isn't too late, but regardless, please read the following link. From what I understand from various websites, there IS a difference in what kind of dentist you use. Regular dentists and "mercury" dentists are supposedly not safe. The recommendation I've heard is for a biological dentist. Of course, I have four or five cracked mercury fillings and cannot afford to get them sealed, much less removed. I'm suffering symptoms of MS, but a muscle biopsy has ruled out muscle diseases and metabolic disorders. Please read:
10/24/2012: "The more I read about amalgam fillings and mercury poisoning, the more desperate I become. Everyone seems to be absolutely convinced that regardless of your healthy lifestyle and abundance of natural remedies out there, unless you safely remove the fillings from your mouth you will inevitably suffer some horrible illness down the road (the list seems to be also never ending... ). However, there are many of us who cannot afford to remove their fillings at the moment due to a variety of circumstances- financial reasons, serious health issues, life situations, etc. (And yes, I did see all of your recommendations for affordable dental work and helpful networks. ) So my question is, is there anyone who can offer advice, however small, for reducing the effects of mercury poisoning while one still has amalgam fillings? Clearly, any chelation is out of the question, which rules out all the cilantro, ALA and what not suggestions. I suppose detox won't hurt but it won't prevent the mercury deposits from building up. Anyone, please? Thank you in advance."
10/24/2012: Wayseer from Motown, Ca/ Usa replies: "Sweetie, this is the beauty of Vit C: it simply renders mercury non-toxic. It still remains in the body. --T."
10/24/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "No need to get all worked up. Many healthy people have amalgam fillings till a ripe old age. I would focus on maintaining health and not getting too many new cavities!"
10/25/2012: Helen from New York, Ny replies: "@ Wayseer: Thank you so much, this is very encouraging. I read here on EC that selenium does something similar, although it could do damage if overdosed. Thanks again.
@Mmsg: Thanks for bringing me back to earth (pun intended). I think I tend to get carried away with worries sometimes :) Cheers."
[WARNING!] 01/07/2013: Joy from London, Uk replies: "No, no, no. Do NOT have them removed without proper protection. I had two replaced at the dental hospital without correct procedures, thinking they were better out than in, and in short order was very ill with viral pneumonia, which took 11 weeks to recover from. Another infection followed immediately, and I'm up to 9 now with virtually no break in less than a year. My chest has not yet recovered from the first infection."
03/26/2013: Andrea from Ventnor, Nj replies: "Regarding Amalgams... As someone that has suffered with Heavy Metal Poisoning for several years, I believe that the use of amalgams should be banned for everyone. I have seen an holistic dentist that takes all the precautions and had all of my many amalgams removed. I have worked very hard for the years since to pull the metals from my body. Clay baths, foot baths, heavy metal oils, cilantro, etc... It will take many, many more years to cleanse the body. It took me many years to absorb the metals so it's only rational that it will take many years to get rid of metals trapped in the body. I wish you all good luck in your journey.
Check out this site: http://www.dams.cc. It will lead you to people that can help in your area. Best Wishes!"
08/27/2013: Hotlava from Seattle replies: "To Joy from London: using NAC (n-acetyl cysteine) can help you completely recover from any lung infection, by breaking up bacterial biofilms and boosting your own endogenous detox process (increase glutathione). make sure to take it with zinc, selenium, and vit C, (best food sources: grassfed beef, brazil nuts, lactofermented sauerkraut or lemon or lime juice) which will also support GENTLY getting residual mercury out of your system..
Try not to do any active mercury detoxes until you have at least 3 straight months of feeling fantastic. Otherwise, you could damage your kidneys (ever been to a dialysis clinic?) and worsen your immune system (more chronic infections). Best to put in nutrients that support normal detox processes and to trust your innate cell wisdom to do what it can! Also, avoid cilantro (corriander leaf)- it will mobilize mercury and if your body detox systems are already overwhelmed, it will just cause more damage.. brain fog and feeling 'hit by a truck' is typical with mercury toxic people after eating cilantro.
After many years of repoisoning myself trying to detox mercury (will not bore you with the details, but I've done almost everything under the sun), I personally have had health success taking very small doses of ca-na edta suppositories (about 250 mg), along with mineral supplementation. But that is not supposed to be for mercury detox, but rather lead and cadmium. perhaps it helps the mercury symptoms by reducing overall toxic metal body burden, easing the ability for the cells to detox in general.
Best of luck! Mercury is a beast to get out!"
[YEA] 05/31/2008: JS from Asheville, NC: "I have been trying to get rid of a fungal infection on my feet that I have had for years. Athlete's foot and now, in the past, 2 years, severely cracked heels (a sign of fungus, I have read). The over-the-counter creams that I have used do work, but they don't work permanently: the infection just moves around and later returns.
After reading up on the many of the remedies on Earth Clinic, I decided to make up my own recipe for a foot bath. So for the past 4 days, I have done the following:
3 heaping tablespoons of borax (20 mule team) dissolved in hot water, then added to a large tupperware storage container (cheap and perfect size for 2 feet).
Add 1 cup of apple cider vinegar.
Add enough hot water to cover my the bottoms of my feet and ankles.
I soak my feet for 10-15 minutes every morning.
I can't tell you at this point if it will cure the fungal infection. What I can tell you is that after 9 minutes, I get a very powerful taste in my mouth. It is the same taste I get when I am taking supplements to detox from heavy metals. What's weird is that it happens every day at the 9 minute mark. (Coincidentally, oil pulling causes my sinuses to open at the 9 minute mark too). I think that this foot soak may be a powerful way to detox from heavy metals, particularly fluoride. I hope other people will give it a try and give me their opinions. I will report back with more results in a week or two."Replies
06/14/2010: Bee from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia replies: "what is oil pulling ?"
08/21/2012: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "Try to find some castile shower soap or the body wash. It is coconut and antifungal. Really works on that tough foot fungus!"
05/09/2011: Tm from Brisbane, Australia: "I am 3 weeks into my Borax remedy 4 days on 3 days off, I also last week used iodine painting on my foot and became very ill, so I must be detoxing some heavy metals out of my body. I have a question though, has anyone else experienced swelling in their legs and feet? It happens as soon as I start back on the borax. Thanks"
04/30/2013: Savvy from Austin, Tx: "I would like to see a category for people's comments re having done intravenous chelation therapy for heavy metals."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 11/09/2011: Margaret from Indianapolis, In, Usa: "Hello, I have been using a cilantro with chlorella formula as a heavy metal detox. I have been experiencing sore muscles and joint pains. Does this mean I should stop my detox or is this a good sign?
11/09/2011: Jay from Toronto, Ont, Canada replies: "Chlorella Cilantro Detox(from heavymetaldetox.net)
Dosage: start with 1 gram (=4 tabl) 3-4 times/day. This is the standard maintainance dosage for grown ups for the 6-24 months of active detox. During the more active phase of the detox (every 2-4 weeks for 1 week), whenever cilantro is given, the dose can be increased to 3 grams 3-4 times per day (1 week on, 2-4 weeks back down to the maintainance dosage). Take 30 minutes before the main meals and at bedtime. This way chlorella is exactly in that portion of the small intestine where the bile squirts into the gut at the beginning of the meal, carrying with it toxic metals and other toxic waste. These are bound by the chlorella cell wall and carried out via the digestive tract. When amalgam fillings are removed, the higher dose should be given for 2 days before and 2-5 days after the procedure (the more fillings are removed, the longer the higher dose should be given). No cilantro should be given around the time of dental work. During this time we do not want to moblize deeply stored metals in addition to the expected new exposure. If you take Vitamin C during your detox program, take it as far away from Chlorella as possible (best after meals).
Side effects: most side effects reflect the toxic effect of the mobilized metals which are shuttled through the organism. This problem is instantly avoided by significantly increasing the chlorella dosage, not by reducing it, which would worsen the problem (small chlorella doses mobilize more metals then are bound in the gut, large chlorella doses bind more toxins then are mobilized). Some people have problems digesting the cell membrane of chlorella. The enzyme cellulase resolves this problem. Cellulase is available in many health food stores in digestive enzyme products. Taking chlorella together with food also helps in some cases, even though it is less effective that way. C. vulgaris has a thinner cell wall and is better tolerated by people with digestive problems."
11/10/2011: Jen from Bozeman, Mt, Us replies: "Thank you Jay, for the wonderful advice. I am getting amalgam fillings removed next week and I tried chlorella and spirolina a while back and had a bad reaction. I was taking very low doses though so now I understand what I can try to possibly counteract the reaction. It was nothing life threatening but just bothersome. I got a weird orange peel like texture to my skin. It took a few weeks of taking both of them before I realized it was the algea. I don't know which one or if it was both but I think I will try just chlorella with the enzymes you suggested and hope for the best. Thanks again!"
[YEA] 08/12/2011: Tlphil2 from Lorton, Va, Us: "Chlorella is one of the best ways to naturally and safely remove heavy metals from your body. Spirulina will remove all the other toxins and acid buildup. These are simple, one-celled plants... ALGAE.
These are two super-foods. They are the most nutrient-dense food on the planet. They are a WHOLE FOOD - like eating a banana or spinach.
They used chlorella to remove radiation from people after Hiroshima and the latest nuclear incident in Japan... Fukashima.
You can't overdose on it... and it doesn't have any side effects (except initial detox response).
These are the MOST researched foods in history! They have so many healthful benefits, to include having ALL the nutrition you need to sustain a healthy life with nothing more than these algaes and water (ionized, alkaline water! ). I recommend you start using it today! It can reverse cancer, eliminate tumors, and MANY, MANY other positive effects. Don't mess around with potentially harmful, chemicals and supplements.... Just start taking ALGAE! ALSO - read Mike Adams, Health Ranger's report on Chlorella and Spirulina."
02/18/2013: Clare from Stephenville, Nl: "Good morning, I want to do clay baths to pull heavy metals from my skin. Last check, I had fifteen heavy metals. I have been doing castor oil packs but it takes so long and so I would like to do clay. However, the clays are about 16% aluminum and what with the chem trails and aluminum poisoning, and mercury pulling more aluminum in, well, I would like to find a clay that is aluminum free. Does anyone know if such a clay exists. Please and thank you. Clare"
10/21/2013: Robyn from Melbourne: "I have been following this site for some years now. I have addisons disease, thyroid, parathyroid, thymus, liver are not working. I have tried nearly everything suggested on this site but it seems difficult to help your glands if you are still toxic. I've tried everything on here for that too and have had success (taken 6 yrs) to reduce lead & cadmium but no reduction with the copper or calcium. I am almost still as allergic as ever, still homeless because of it, suffering is intense. My posture is still skew which gives me extra pain but difficult to do anything about that when I'm so full of this other stuff. & who knows how much pesticide & other stuff. I can't see any more options. Anyone successfully removed copper who has dysfunctional adrenal glands?"Replies
10/22/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "@Robyn: The immediate remedy to reduce Copper is to supplement Molybdenum, is it not; and Zinc will bind to Copper to form Zinc-Copper Superoxidedismutase (SOD).
Have you tried Fulvic/Humic Acid? I seem to be in about the same league of toxicity as yourself and like yourself find no lasting cure, but after taking a hot bath w/ added concentrated Fulvic/Humic Acid, it was obviously way more beneficial than past clay or major/minor mineral baths.
I am also benefiting from Lipospheric Vit-C and Lipospheric Reduced Glutathione."
10/16/2013: Melisa from Texas: "I have been exposed to Gadolinium from a MRI.. Have retained a large amount. I know some do IV chelation for this. Has anyone had any experience on this site in regards to this?"Replies
10/17/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "@Melisa: I saw an ihealthtube video on this some time back; sorry don't have a link but maybe it won't be hard to find nowadays."
01/06/2008: Jen from Atlanta, Georgia: "I have found that i have a large amount of heavy metals which i believe is causing my acne. I found a natural way to detox this on www.mgoldmandds.com/detox1.htm. It starts with Glutathione which is in every cell in the body and we are often deficient of. So if it works I'll let you know. I found too many side effects with DMPS Chelation, which is not FDA certified but is a chemical not natural. Thanks"Replies
09/05/2010: Aria from Port Huron, Mi, Us replies: "With regard to glutathione and taking supplements: glutathione is produced by the liver and acts as a blood cleanser. It is effective in removing toxins from the blood. I have read that stimulation of the liver through utilization of a coffee enema will increase the liver's production of GSH; therefore, will aid in removal of toxins from the body. This method has been used for years to rid the body of tuberculosis and cancer.
I found this web page detailing the procedure:
[NAY] 08/15/2011: Ll2 from Boulder, Co replies: "WARNING!!
DMPS is known to cause severe problems for people, particularly irreversible nerve damage. To chelate out mercury, lead and some other toxic metals, the best known protocol is the one that Andy Cutler devised. He has a ph.D. from Princeton in Chemistry, was poisoned himself and discovered the pharmacological effects of different substances, based on the half life of chelating elements in the body. The reason this is so important is because when mercury is moved around, it cause havoc. I had 13 almagam fillings, plus 2 gold crowns, (which is a big no-no, even for dental text books--and funny the dentist who did this taught at the dental school in Philly--obviously didn't read the textbook! ). In any case, I had all these removed, followed Cutler's protocol and have had many many problems go away, including problems I didn't think could be connected to Mercury. His protocol is the ONLY safe way to get rid of mercury; it works. (plus, he's not trying to sell anything. The protocol is available on the web, even if one doesn't buy his book). In a nutshell, the protocol is:
alpha lipoic acid 50mg- MUST BE TAKEN Every 3 HOURS, even at night. For 3 days on, 4 days off. I've done his protocol for 2 years now and it really works, safely!"
08/27/2013: Hotlava from Seattle replies: "To LI2 from Boulder:
Cutler's ala detox protocol ruined me for a year (I was taking 10 mg of ALA every 3 hrs)... The ALA makes me want to hit my head against the nearest wall and bite my own hand... And I dont have ocd or a history of those behaviors! It obviously mobilizes mercury, which is great, but it can mobilize too much too fast, and overwhelm the body's elimination channels. That's when it really damages your body, and should be avoided (many people have had similar reaction to DMPS, might I add). although that is true for any detox protocol...
Since I already have so much mercury in me, I am very wary against any strong detox due to having such negative reactions consistenly in the past.. I have found the most relief by improving my own glutathione levels (zinc, selenium, vit c, green tea, dark roast coffee, avoiding excess environmental toxins (other than the caffeine), green-coffee enemas) and improving my ability to excrete toxins (charcoal capsules with coffee, high fiber diet when not taking fat-soluble vitamins, etc). I also have found gentle relief by using low dose (250mg) ca-na edta suppositories every other night. Nutrition wise, I eat a Weston Price style diet (traditional foods), and thrive on that."
[YEA] 01/03/2008: Kelly from Denton, Texas: "Having had moderate to slightly severe acne since puberty , I have tried it all short of Accutane. I became COMPLETELY acne free at age 40 when I started DMPS chelation for mercury poisoning. The treatments were a week apart and each time would worsen the acne right after the treatment but would then look great until my next treatment. Each treatment would make it worse then better until about the 5th or 6th treatment completely cleared it. That was 9 years ago. The doctor had no idea the Dmps would do this and I have not seen where it is mentioned to cure acne anywhere. Not sure if it is the sulphur in the medicine that did the job or the clearing of mercury from the gut. Either way this was a complete cure and the answer to many prayers."Replies
06/08/2013: Anonymous from Bythewater, Ca replies: "Just like anything you need a Clifford chemical test to see if your allergic to DMPS. My ND used DMPS chelation at much lower dose because she wants to eliminate any side effects, then it was followed with glutathione to help the liver detox, I was told to later in the day to take multiple vitamin and mineralize. I was told 40% of people have a flu like reaction for few hours then it goes away. It is interesting that some peoples bodies will execrete the mercury, while other peoples bodies will store the mercury."
06/08/2013: Tony from Philly, Pa replies: "I'm currently reading Andy Cutler's amalgam illness book... Let me tell you, there is too much info and I'm a little confused? Definitely getting the metals out of my mouth and then I'll go from there!!"