Heavy Metal Toxins

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Heavy Metal Toxins

Chris Goetz - Friday, November 21, 2014

Heavy Metal Toxins Are All Around Us


Goetz with CaptionHeavy metal toxicity, or poisoning, refers to the toxic effect certain metals have on life forms. Some metals are not minerals that are essential to biological processes and therefore have no beneficial biological role to play. This makes some of them toxic in certain doses and forms. Lead, for instance, can have harmful effects on one's health in any dose. Other heavy metals that are toxic to the body are mercury, cadmium, arsenic and polonium as well as radioactive metals. Not every heavy metal is toxic, however. Iron is one example of a heavy metal that is essential to biological processes.

Some toxic heavy metals imitate bodily functions and therefore interfere with the regular metabolic process, in turn causing illness. The persistence of toxic heavy metals, like lead, in the environment makes them a serious concern to public health in general. Humans are at risk of overexposure to toxic heavy metals all of the time, and it is generally not possible to completely avoid exposure to them. But reduction of the risk of heavy metal toxicity is possible by making lifestyle choices that reduce exposure. Some of these include diet and reducing the risk of workplace exposure

Know When You Have Been Affected by Toxic Heavy Metals

Acute intoxication from heavy metals can damage the gastrointestinal, cardiovascular and central nervous systems as well as the kidneys, lungs, liver and bones. Chronic exposure has been linked to some degenerative diseases and even cancer. Symptoms can be different depending on the specific metal exposure, but some symptoms are common to all and may indicate heavy metal poisoning.

  • Vomiting, diarrhea and nausea
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Central nervous system problems
  •  Heart problems
  •  Anemia

An acute case of heavy metal poisoning can be dangerous and may require immediate medical attention. If you believe you have been exposed to a dangerous amount, visit your hospital's emergency room.

Proper diagnosis of heavy metal toxicity can be difficult because some of the symptoms are similar to those of some diseases. There are heavy metal tests that can be employed, but an analysis of possible exposure is also important. At Advance Health Services we offer hair analysis to determine if there has been a cumulative exposure to the toxic heavy metals lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic. If you have been experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, we can help you confirm or rule out the role of toxic heavy metals. Call Advance Health Services today if you think you have been exposed.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.