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Heavy metals including lead, mercury, cadmium, metalloid arsenic, and thallium are persistent in the environment and have documented potential for serious health consequences.
Heavy metal toxicity may damage the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, gastrointestinal system, respiratory system, endocrine glands, and detoxification system, including liver and bone health.
Urine testing is a preferable method for diagnosis because it can show metals that are currently circulating in the body (current exposure) and metals that are retaining in the tissues (past exposure, trapped by the body to prevent further damage and harm). Once diagnosed, treatment protocol tends to include chelation therapy and strengthening of the detoxification pathways in the body.
Medical Research on Heavy Metals and Various Conditions
“Heavy Metals and Fertility,” Gerhard I, et al, J Toxicol Environ Health, 1998;54(Part A):593-611.
In 501 infertile women with an average age of 30 years, urinary heavy metal excretion with body load was evaluated after chelation with oral administration of 2,3-dimercaptopropane-1-sulfonic acid (DMPS) at 10 mg/kg body weight following a 12-hour fast and initial urine sample. Significant correlations were found between heavy metals and clinical parameters such as age, body mass index, nationality, and gynecological conditions such as uterine fibroids, miscarriages, and hormonal disorders. The reduction of heavy metal body loads improved the spontaneous conception chances of infertile women.