Chelation is a therapy that helps rid the body of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and aluminum.
Symptoms of metal toxicity include: headaches, dizziness, tingling of the hands or feet, digestive issues and fatigue. Of course, these symptoms can be caused by other medical issues such as thyroid disease or vitamin deficiencies. For this reason, we usually review your medical records prior to checking for medal toxicities.
Different tests for heavy metal toxicity include bloodwork, urine or hair samples. Standard bloodwork is not as effective at detecting metal levels as urine testing, however, it is often the least expensive test. If you have an elevated level of any metal, we will council you on how to avoid further exposure to that metal. We find mercury is one of the most commonly elevated metal levels. It is found in large mouthed fish that eat other fish, such as grouper, snapper, tuna and swordfish. It may be found in dental fillings as well. Other common metal exposure comes from water pipes, paint, canned food and work related exposures.
If your level is high enough, I recommend Detoxamin. This is a physician grade chelating agent that is administered rectally.
Anne Hermann, MD is double board certified in Internal Medicine and as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. To schedule your appointment, please call (813) 902-9559. Click here to visit the website of Anne Hermann, MD, PA