Toxins are in every aspect of our environment today from the air we breathe, to the water we drink, to the food we eat and even the clothes we wear. One of the biggest culprits of the acceleration of the aging process are heavy metal toxins. Much of what we call “aging” may actually be oxidation caused by heavy metal toxicity.
Not coincidentally, the symptoms of heavy metal toxicity are virtually identical to the normal symptoms of aging: sleeplessness, chilliness, exhaustion, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles, headaches, dizziness, sore throat, physical pain, rheumatic stiffness, cough, hay fever, and unhealthy skin. When it comes to aging, we all want to preserve our mental faculties. Aluminum toxicity is linked to Alzheimer’s disease, and mercury destroys brain cell function.
Antioxidants are a good way to enhance brain health, but it’s a catch 22 with mercury. Mercury corrupts enzymes necessary for the transfer of the electrons between antioxidant carriers and the oxidized cells that need them. When the enzymes and their pathways are corrupted the antioxidants lose their effectiveness. Heavy metal toxins enter the body through foods tainted with herbacides and pesticides, fish, factory-farm-raised meats, high fructose corn syrup, contaminated water, body care and household products, cigarettes, dental fillings, dentures, vaccines, over-the-counter and prescription drugs, and air pollution. Infants sometimes receive heavy metal toxicity in utero, and up to the year 2001 used to get more in vaccinations containing thimerosol.
Detoxification options include: chelation; a clean, nutrient rich, whole food diet rich in fiber; adaptogenic herbs, antioxidants; exercise; homeopathy; and perspiration. The avenues of elimination must be working well enough to prevent further damage from the toxins on their way out.
Clinical studies have shown that homeopathic remedies facilitate the removal of heavy metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium from the body. One such study validated the efficacy of using homeopathy Arsenicum album to help people living in high risk arsenic contaminated areas. Patients with toxicity have a high risk of repeat toxicity after cleansing with chelation and nutrition. But homeopathy detoxification products minimize such recurrence. To be healthy (and wise) in today’s world, lifestyles should facilitate constant detoxification.