Toxic Metals and Chelation
We are continuously exposed to toxic metals in our environment. We use the term toxic metal rather than heavy metal for the following reason: A heavy metal is defined as a metal with a specific gravity five or more times that of water. Therefore zinc, iron, manganese and chromium (all necessary metals) are heavy metals. Aluminum on the other hand has a specific gravity less than five times that of water and so is a light metal. Clearly the “weight” of the metal does not determine its toxicity. To measure metal toxicity, first a baseline test of the urine must be taken.
This should be measured from the first urine of the day, (and any urine passed during the sleeping hours). This will show the amount of toxic metals the body is currently removing without assistance. Then, a second test, called a challenge or a provocation test should be done. To do this test, the client takes an EDTA suppository in the evening, and all urine passed, after the insertion of the suppository, up to and including the first urine of the next day, should be collected.
This will show the levels of toxic metals coming out as a result of the EDTA. This test can be repeated every few months depending on the severity of the readings. Keep in mind that mercury will not show up in the urine unless huge doses of EDTA are taken, otherwise they will be in the stool, for which a fecal metal test would be required.
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