Last Modified on Mar 31, 2016
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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Remedies for Heavy Metal Poisoning
The Popularity of Heavy Metal Poisoning Remedies - Full List
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|Detoxing from Gadolinium||0||2013-10-16|
|Heavy Metal Tests||0||2010-06-14|
|Lead Poisoning Remedies||0||2013-11-25|
|Master Cleanse, Yoga||1||2007-10-02|
|Olive Oil, Cilantro and Garlic||2||2007-08-24|
|Om's Chelation Pesto with Coriander||0||2014-01-23|
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[YEA] 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!
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Posted by Ameen (Linden, New Jersey) on 08/10/2009
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.
Posted by Zeina (Abu Dhabi, Uae) on 08/10/2009
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
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BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS (1) 100%Posted by Ruben (Bs.as., Argentina) on 09/05/2010
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 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!
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WARNING! (1) 100%Posted by Andrew (Charlottetown, Pei, Canada) on 12/15/2011
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???
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by JS (Asheville, NC) on 05/31/2008
[YEA] 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.
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Posted by Tm (Brisbane, Australia) on 05/09/2011
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
Posted by Savvy (Austin, Tx) on 04/30/2013
I would like to see a category for people's comments re having done intravenous chelation therapy for heavy metals.
SIDE EFFECT (1) 100%Posted by Margaret (Indianapolis, In, Usa) on 11/09/2011
[SIDE EFFECTS] 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?
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Tlphil2 (Lorton, Va, Us) on 08/12/2011
[YEA] 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.
Posted by Clare (Stephenville, Nl) on 02/18/2013
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
Posted by Robyn (Melbourne) on 10/21/2013
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?
YEA (1) 50% NAY (1) 50%Posted by Jen (Atlanta, Georgia) on 01/06/2008
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
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Posted by Kelly (Denton, Texas) on 01/03/2008
[YEA] 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.
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