Why Lead Poisoning May be Causing Your Health Problems

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WE ARE TOO HEAVY — and I don’t mean overweight. We’re heavy with metals, not fat. Nearly 40 percent of us have toxic levels of lead in our bodies. And we don’t even know it. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have symptoms …

You may have headaches, insomnia, irritability, a low sex drive, or tremors. You may have mood problems, nausea, depression, memory difficulties, trouble concentrating, poor coordination, or even constipation. Yet most of us attribute these symptoms to other problems. We don’t recognize that they may be caused by lead poisoning.

I recently went to a medical conference on heavy metals and health. Although I have been treating toxicity from heavy metals for more than a decade (including in myself), I was surprised to hear about research that has been completely ignored by the media.

A study published in 2006 in the conservative medical journal Circulation, for example, should have been on the front page of the New York Times. Today I will tell you why the study was so important, and why you probably won’t hear about it from your doctor. Then I will give you six tips to help get the lead out.

Studies Show Any Lead in Your Body May be Unsafe

In the study I mentioned above, researchers measured the blood lead levels of 13,946 adults who were part of the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They were recruited from 1988 to 1994 and were then followed up on for up to 12 years. The goal of the study was to track what diseases people developed and why they died.(i)

Now, it’s important to remember that since lead was removed from gasoline and house paint several decades ago, the average person’s blood lead level has dropped dramatically. But our levels of lead are still a great deal higher than those of people who lived before the industrial age. That’s because we continue to be exposed to lead in our soil and water, as well as from our own bones, where it is stored once it’s introduced into our system.

Nearly 40 percent of all Americans are estimated to have blood levels of lead high enough to cause serious health problems.

Fifty years ago, the average blood levels of lead were about 40 micrograms/deciliter. The level considered “safe” by the government has continued to fall and is now considered less than 10 micrograms/deciliter. But this new study and others like it question the idea that ANY level of this toxic metal is safe.

In this study, researchers found that a blood level of lead over 2 micrograms/deciliter (that’s 2, not 10 or 40) caused dramatic increases in heart attacks, strokes, and death. In fact, after controlling for all other risk factors, including cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, and inflammation, the researchers found that the risk of death from all causes in people with a lead level that high increased by 25 percent, deaths from heart disease increased by 55 percent, risk of heart attacks increased by 151 percent, and risk of stroke increased by 89 percent.

What’s even more remarkable is that nearly 40 percent of all Americans are estimated to have blood levels of lead high enough to cause these problems. This is potentially a greater risk for heart disease than cholesterol! But this study is not the first indication we have of problems with lead.

A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that high blood pressure in postmenopausal women is strongly correlated to blood lead levels. This is because bones break down faster during menopause releasing stored lead and injuring blood vessels, which leads to high blood pressure.(ii)

High lead may also be responsible for kidney failure as well. A study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that using chelation therapy with EDTA to reduce lead levels in patients with kidney failure could prevent further loss of kidney function, save billions in healthcare costs, and eliminate the need for dialysis in millions of people. (iii)

Wow! Take a moment to digest that. Chelation therapy saves lives and billions of dollars. But your doctor probably isn’t offering this as standard treatment, because, as I have said many times, doctors, don’t learn two of the most important things in medical school: How to help people improve their nutrition and how to deal with environmental toxins.

Lead is not only linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, and kidney failure, it is also connected to the epidemic of children with ADHD, developmental and learning problems, and autism. Even though the “safe” blood level of lead has been set as 10 micrograms/deciliter, recent studies show that the greatest drop-off in IQ scores in children occurs in those who have lead levels between just 1 and 10 micrograms/deciliter. (iv) This is particularly troubling, because more than 10 percent of poor and inner city children have lead exposure levels higher than 10 micrograms/deciliter!

I recently treated a young boy with extremely high lead levels who had Asperger’s syndrome, severe ADHD, and violent behavior. He likely got the lead from his mother, who had very low vitamin D levels and had developed osteoporosis, which released a lot of lead from her bones during pregnancy.

This lead got into the boy’s body in the womb across his mother’s placenta. Thankfully, we got rid of his lead over time through chelation and nutritional support. Doing so dramatically improved his attention, behavior, and social skills.

This young boy is, unfortunately, not alone. We live in a sea of heavy metals. Lead is still found in our soil and water. In areas with a history of industrial pollution, people track lead into their homes from contaminated soil. The sad result is that regular house dust often contains 17 times the level of lead it once did.

In Washington, DC, the water was so contaminated with lead recently that the government had to provide free water filters for everyone in the city. Up to 20 percent of the city’s tap water may be contaminated.

So what can you do about this?

Six Tips to Help You Get the Lead Out

Luckily there are steps you can take to help you heal from lead poisoning if you have been exposed. Try the following:

  1. Find out if you are lead-toxic. The easiest test is a simple blood lead test. Be sure the lab can measure VERY low levels of lead accurately. Anything higher than 2 micrograms/deciliter is toxic and should be treated. Unfortunately, the blood test only checks for current or ongoing exposures, so you must also take a heavy metal challenge test with DMSA, EDTA, or DMPS, which can be administered by a doctor trained in heavy metal detoxification. (See www.functionalmedicine.org or www.acam.org to find a qualified doctor.) Consider undergoing chelation therapy if your lead levels are high.
  2. Reduce your exposures by having a “no shoes in the house” policy. A great deal of lead can be tracked into your house in the dust on the soles of shoes. Leaving your shoes at the door helps reduce the amount of contamination in your home.
  3. Test your water for heavy metals. There are a number of home test kits available online. If you prefer to have a professional test your water, call your city water provider or look for labs in your area that will perform this kind of test.
  4. Buy a carbon or reverse osmosis water filter for your drinking water. These filters remove lead and other toxic substances like PCBs. They are my favorite kind of filter and the type I use in my home.
  5. Take 1,000 milligrams of buffered ascorbic acid (vitamin C) a day. This helps remove lead from the body.
  6. Take 2,000 to 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day to prevent your bones from releasing lead into your bloodstream.

Even though many of us have toxic levels of lead in our bodies, there is a lot we can do to prevent it and treat it. Doing so is an essential step to healing your body and achieving lifelong vibrant health.

Now I’d like to hear from you…

Do you suffer from any of the symptoms of lead toxicity?

Have you been tested for lead poisoning? Do you plan to be?

Which of the other steps have you tried?

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below – but remember, we can’t offer personal medical advice online, so be sure to limit your comments to those about taking back our health!

To your good health,

Mark Hyman, M.D.

References

(i) Menke, A., Muntner, .P, Batuman, V., et al. (2006). Blood lead below 0.48 micromol/L (10 microg/dL) and mortality among US adults. Circulation. 114(13):1388–94.

(ii) Nash, D., Magder, L., Lustberg, M., et al. (2003). Blood lead, blood pressure, and hypertension in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. JAMA. 289(12):1523–32.

(iii) Lin, J.L., Lin-Tan, D.T., Hsu, K.H., and C.C. Yu. (2003) Environmental lead exposure and progression of chronic renal diseases in patients without diabetes. New England Journal of Medicine. 348(4):277–86

(iv) Canfield, R.L., Henderson, C.R. Jr., Cory-Slechta, D.A., et al. (2003). Intellectual impairment in children with blood lead concentrations below 10 microg per deciliter. New England Journal of Medicine. 348(16):1517–26.

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101 Responses to Why Lead Poisoning May be Causing Your Health Problems

  1. Gary Rintel October 10, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    Great articles all. I have read everything you wrote on the “Huff Post” this year and everything related on your site. I have a yeast-overgrowth-caused UVetis, jaw tightness and other symptoms of sickness that an overabundance of Lead, Antimony and Cadmium caused.

    But I cannot find a functional-medicine doctor who specializes in the cause of UVetis symptoms (and, when I mention your spiel about addressing the underlying causes instead of simply bombing my eyes with steroids, this Dr. Samson– at the NY Eye Infirmary– got so offended that he got rid of me as a patient).

    Then, when I told what happened to a family eye-doctor, Dr. Ronald Siwoff, he chastised me for using “fighting words” with a Uvetis specialist (when I asked if he did anything but testing for UVetis cells… i.e. insight re: underlying causes ).

    “That’s why you live alone,” his wife/secretary came on the phone to insult me.

    Very frustrating. I live in NY City and, unfortunately, canceled my two appointments with you in Lenox, Mass when the unscrupulous Dr. Maurice Beer called you an attention-seeking blowhard.

    He was treating my metals and yeast problem with a scam treatment he uses with Dr. Patricia Kane. They gave me 18 $800 IV infusions of Lipostable, Leukovorin, Procrit and Glutathione and put me on a one-size-fits-all diet filled with dairy (evern though I have always tested lactose-intolerant and even had a growth-disorder due to this as a teen).

    She then sent me for two six-month separated DNA blood adduct tests from Acumen Labs in England, but changed the testing metrics so I couldn’t compare and contrast what, if any, progress was made over the 6 months.

    That’s when I realized I should have insisted my Dad drive me to Lenox (where he has a house 10 minutes away). But he listened to Dr. Beer, due to his laziness, and I would have continued with his ineffective treatments until broke (even going so far as to take them monthly for life– as once advised by Dr. Beer– if I continued falling for his scam).

    He cites you when convenient, but is very envious of your profile (and, when threatened with visiting you for the chelation I should have begun 6 months ago, he disparaged your qualifications).

    Dr. Jeff Morrison is a “mensch” however, and is treating me now. But I’d do a phone consult if you are interested. I just wanted to share my story and also to ask if you know of the best way to chelate antimony (which the Acumen blood adduct test said I have).

    However, the EDTA showed a 12 of lead (which was 6 times higher than pre-provocation score of 2). And I am currently using EDTA to hopefully lower it (in addition to your suggested supplements… well, all except Folate, whic Dr. Beer disparaged).

    Anyway., Any advice on functional-medicine eye doctors with a background in UVetis? Or any tips of antimony chelation would be appreciated.

    If you don’t read these personally, that’s okay. I have already gained much from your comprehensive articles and appreciate how you and Dr. Morrison are not just about the money. Thanks:

    212-663-2137. Gary Rintel.

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 19, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

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      • aa June 6, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

        gary,

        i too have uvetis (arthritis of the eyes). i was diagnosed 8 years ago. it is a painful disease when it flares up. here is what i know, it is caused by the count on your white blood cells and is most likely hereditary. when inflamed it can also lead to stiffness in the back. i am very lucky and a wonderful specialist in portland oregon at ohsu, dr. justine smith: http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/health/services/casey-eye/clinical-services/doctorresults.cfm?subspecialty_id=121

        there really is no cure for uvetis and yes, continued steriod drops are still perscribed in more rapid doses. however, i have not had a bad flare up in 3 years (after i saw dr. smith) good luck to you.

    • Patricia McClain December 16, 2013 at 2:21 am #

      Dear Dr. Hyman,
      I appreciate all you do to improve our optimal health. I have lead toxicity in my body and a genetic mutation of MTHFR with 1 copy of C677T which prevents demethylation. My doctor wants me to have chelation, however I am not sure if the risks of the chelation medications are not in themselves worse than lead toxicity. Are there more natural ways to demethylate the lead? I am working with my acupuncturist and also doing far infrared sauna treatments. Please…what are you thoughts?
      Thank you

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        Team Hyman December 27, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

        Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
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    • durand amerson May 31, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

      i work in a battery plant an my lead got up to 66 in dec.2013 the company doctor told me I coundnt work for two months after mt health doctor told me my lead was at 66 I was very sick an couldn’t remember things after two months he sent me back to work at 44 I work in charging dept. were there is not serpose to be lead got down to 31 went back to mantance which is what I do an have gone back up to 36 so now I work maintance in charging trying to get it back down iam going to try an take vitian c an d3 an see if it will help lower it hope this lead is not going to give me problens later iam 58 years old now only been working hear 4 years if you can help get it out sooner tell me what to do, thank you

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        Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 1, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

        Hi Durand,
        Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

        You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
        Wishing you the best of health,
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    • Toyoko Leonard June 6, 2014 at 8:49 am #

      I developped hives/rash in December 2013, I was tested for contact allergy, and environmental allergy because my IgE level was very high, Dermatologist concluded although I had a some reaction to Thimerosal, the test result is negative for contact allergy, Allergist test result for environmental allergy came out, HDM, Cats, Dogs, cockloaches,a couple of tree pollen, and one kind of weed all positive, my PCP said, my hives/rashes would be from over loaded immune response, on the other hand, my Allergist doesn’t think my environmental allergy doesn’t cause hives/rash. My Allertist told me I am Atopic. This hives all started at my work place, I work for assisted living housing. I used to work over rent night shift there, I changed to work day shift that at I do not need to stay inside of there house more than a couple of hours, my hives/rash dramatically improved. 4 other co-workers and 2 residents developed the same hives/Rash in past 6 months. My house manager replaced old couch, but we all still have reaction. They contacted pest control, they said, not bed bugs infestation. I recently checked my vitamine D level, it was low. Speaking of my environmental allergy, I have no runny nose, my lung x-ray was normal. I have not history of allergy in my life also no major medical problem either, this started after two year rare of overreacting night shift. Only I know is my work switched to natural gas water heating and the boiler is in the building down stairs. The residents down stairs have no health problem. All other staff and residents also went to see their doctor, they were puzzled of the hives/rash, but spconcluded it must be bug bites, Problem I have is extreme fatigue and headache, my PCP thinks it is still from environmental allergy, my Allergist thinks my symptoms are not allergy related. My dermatologist did skin biopsy, he found numerous eosinophils in my skin and my Allergist and PCP confirmed I am Atopic. So, I just read your article, could it be something like cholonic lead, or mercury poisoning at work? I am wondering if all other people and co-workers (they are all over night workers) are having allergic reaction or we just have some sort of airborn chemical poisoning because their hives are on going just like mine. One more thing is the pest control was wrong, and we actual ally have bed bugs. I definately mention the website to my PCP and and make a resolution for my recent work place health problem.

  2. robert peterson November 4, 2010 at 6:40 am #

    I was lead poisoned 40 years ago and and have a number of medical problems.My bll is now 2mg but my zpp and epp is 88 ans 80.
    problems include frontal lobe atrophy,heart valve insuf, enlarged spleen joint problems, numbness in hands, shortness of breath, sleep disorders, kidney ,and liver. When the poisoning occured I was age 19.A medical study by medical doctors of long term effects of lead poisoning would be welcomed. thanks, RP

  3. Faye Yates November 10, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Dr. Hyman, I am struggling with memory loss (age-62). I don’t believe it’s our well-water because we put a $6000 filter system and the lab tests revealed the water was good and safe.

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

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  4. rebecca saville November 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    hello. your story and information have been a transformative help for me and my many health problems over the last few years. i have the priviledge to be treated by an awesome doctor, Bruce Sokoloff, who introduced me to your work. he works very hard to be current in an holistic approach toward his patients’ care.
    most of my health problems seem to stem from inflammation and very high white blood cell count. after extensive testing (and with DMSA), it was revealed i have high levels of lead AND mercury toxicity.
    i am about 1 month into chelation therapy.
    while i don’t think one thing can cause all problems, i am hopeful some of the symptoms i have, will lessen or clear up as the therapy progresses.
    thank you again for your work.
    rebecca

  5. Sharon Kiehlbauch November 16, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    My husband & myself have been diagnosed with high metal levels, antimony, mercury, lead etc (I don’t have the test results with me so I can’t give you a comprehensive list) and we’re unsure of which detox method to pursue. .. . …iv chelation, chelation by suppository (Detoxamin) etc. How does one know which will work best for us. Conventional medicine is unable to offer us any assistance in getting rid of these metals. In the interm we have been taking large quanities of Vit C and I am taking glutathione. A partial source of contamination has been identified as our well water.
    Thankyou for any input you may be able to offer.
    Sharon

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

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      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

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  6. Anne November 19, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    To help remove metals of all kinds from the system
    The herb Skull cap is most beneficial in aiding the body of removal.
    It is a mild tranquiizer so best taken at night.

  7. Mary November 19, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

    Dear Dr. Hyman:

    What do you think about the ionic foot baths? Is it effective detoxifying?

    Is the color of the water wholly unrelated to the alleged toxins pulled out of your body?

    This chemist says it is a hoax: http://www.chem1.com/CQ/FootBathBunk.html

    Your thoughts are greatly apprceciated?
    Very truly,
    Mary Lenahan

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

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      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

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  8. mildred December 3, 2010 at 2:32 am #

    Thank you Doctor Hyman for this very informative work up on “Lead” in our bodies.
    I was not aware of the danger that we carry in with us from outside. Shoes seem like a very small thing to remove not only street dirt, but poison also. Thanks again.

  9. Lead answer December 7, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    Well, everyone knows that lead usage can lead you to serious health problem, but people doesn’t want to understand it.They even don’t know that the daily things which they are using can cause them health problems.

  10. Terrilyn Seiwell December 8, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    My best friend has just been diagnosed with lead poisoning. In his bones and blood. He worked with lead making stained glass for years. Is there anything else he can take to get the lead from his system ? Does Chelation really help ?
    He lives in Texas, now works in construction so he is probably still getting exposure to lead.

  11. Helena McMahon December 10, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    Hi Dr. Hyman:

    I am very concerned that our family is being continuously exposed to lead in our home. It is an old home (built in the 1930’s) and I’m quite sure that the paint underneath the outer coats that we used when we moved in contain lead. Where can I get my family tested for lead? We live in SF, just switched health plans and do not currently have connections to any particular doctor. Should we test ourselves first or the house? How can we have the air in the house tested? I am SO concerned as I have had terrible headaches over the years, trouble sleeping, memory problems and heart palpitations and have gone to doctors repeatedly about the symptoms without any relief. No one has ever suggested lead. I am also especially concerned about my two children, ages 14 and 11-we have lived here for 5 years and I am so worried that they are being impacted by lead-they don’t really show symptoms, although my younger daughter has some mild ADHD symptoms. Your help is GREATLY appreciated!!
    Thank you, Helena McMahon

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 26, 2011 at 12:41 am #

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      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  12. Brenda Johnson December 10, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    Greetings, Dr. Hyman. I enjoy your articles and I learn something new almost every time I read them. Thank you for that! I am 59 a year old Black woman (people say I look much younger, but I digress). My major health issues are glaucoma and congestive heart failure. For glaucoma, I use Cosopt and Xalatan. I was diagnosed with chf (diastolic) earlier this year and I was prescribed Lasix, potassium, and Lopressor. Recently, my doctor noticed that I was dangerously low in vitamin D, so she gave me a prescription for that, also. I have always been very healthy and active. But since the onset of these illnesses and taking all these meds, I feel dizzy, depressed, and toxic all the time. I have trouble concentrating and I am completely lethargic. I know that you can’t diagnose via email, but I am interested in anything you can suggest to help me feel more normal and get back to the business of enjoying life. I also have a huge problem controlling my weight. I was thin for most of my life. I only became overweight within the last 6 or 7 years. I don’t over eat and I am conscious about what I eat. Perhaps you can suggest a line of conversation I should have with my doctors and/or something I should read which might give me more information. Thank you for anything you can do for me.

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 26, 2011 at 12:39 am #

      Thank you, Brenda, for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  13. karen ribaro December 16, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    Hi Dr. Hyman,
    How long does it take to detoxify a 5 year old child who has lead toxicity of 11 mcg?

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

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      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  14. Liz Avery December 18, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    I have always had a problem with migraines but after having all of my silver mercury taken out of my mouth and the root canals I have a headache every day upon awakening. This has been going on since I had that done I think. They gave me a large dose of Vitamin C before doing the procedure but nothing after. I am on hydrocodone to manage the pain of having a headache every day but my doctor wants me to get off of it. I also take anitdepressant, Celexa, Klonapin, Diovan and Soma and the triptans for the migraines. I also see a chiropractor but still have neck pain and have bicep tendonitis that does not want to heal. I do have your book(my doctor recommended it) but when I ask about having some of the blood tests suggested he says they are not needed or he doesn’t believe in them.

  15. Nuzi Haneef December 25, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    Hello, thank you for the article on Lead Poisoning. My physician recently discovered (after a DMSA provoked 6-hour urine test) that the lead in my body is more than three times the upper expected limit per the reference population (more than 24 ug/g creat, whatver that means). She has started me on a DMSA detox program, with three days of DMSA — 600 mg in two divided doses per day — followed by 11 days free. It seems this will go on for 10-12 months. I wanted to know if you think this is a good plan. Some of my history is as follows: I am a female, age 58. Grew up in Pakistan, in the US since 1978. I had hepatitis A at age 12. Have had chronic fatigue and fibromyaligia since 1987; that has grown mild over time but some still seems to exist. Also have arthritis and hypothyroidism; feel very cold. Also, some leaky gut problems. Thanks in advance for your response. Regards, Nuzi

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

      Thank you, Nuzi, for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

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      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  16. gillian lawrence December 31, 2010 at 7:10 am #

    hi very interesting reading we have just come to learn my family have this lead my 2 year old was hospitalized in october and now is partially paralysed due to it my other 2 boys have signs of it and my partner suffering reallyt bad with his stomach the doctors here in england not doing anything really and were at a loss on what to do we all have it in our bones any help from you would be fantastic as this end were fighting a losing battle xxx

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

      Thank you, Gillian, for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  17. carol leskanic January 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    i am checking your website for information about treatment for my 22 month old daughter who has had a high lead level for almost a year and it is only half way down, at 14mcg. i am beside myself that this is still in her body and that everyone keeps telling me that there is nothing we can do about it, not to worry about it. how can i not worry about my beautiful little one whose brain is in such important developmental stages!!!! i am just holding on from falling into a total depression, but i have to hold on so i can help her.

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 29, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

      Thank you, Carol, for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  18. Don January 18, 2011 at 9:11 pm #

    I was born & bred in the UK & lived there for 35 years. All water at that time was lead piped and at that time all paint was leaded etc. I now have nuetropenia. Suposed to be no cure & little research if any. Lead seems to be a qualifier for the symptons, could it be the root cause? Bone marrow test show low nuetropyls.
    I am curious to know if at 80yo it would be worth going for blood tests and perhaps chelation to get rid of any remaining lead? Or do you see no connection?

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

      Thank you, Don, for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  19. Karen Eubank January 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    Dr. Hyman– I was very interested to read your information on lead toxicity. I have been diagnosed with lead, mercury and aluminum. I have gone through chelation for all three. The lead keeps coming back. I suspect it is in the hair dye I was using, even though the manufacturer calls it “all natural”, and the water I have been drinking at work. I mistakenly thought that the water was being filtered by a commercial filter company, but the machine was not being serviced. Since having been re-leaded for the second time, I have decided to stop using the dye, and of course change my water supply.
    I tried to receive chelation therapy this week with EDTA, but had a severe allergic reaction. Within seconds of the injection, I was breaking out in hives, with an itching throat, and wheezing and coughing, and feeling like I was going to pass out. Any ideas on what I was reacting to? I will add that I have been having an allergic reaction to my hair dye since having an application almost a week ago. Maybe I was still too reactive to that.
    I’d also like to know any food or drink sources to be aware of that might contain lead. Specifically, does red wine? I have read that the foil tops on bottles can contain lead, and that the bottle top should be wiped off after removing the foil. But do you know if the wine itself can contain lead?
    I have been suffering greatly with this for the last 3 years, along with Lymes disease. I continue to keep active, going to work, and doing yoga, in spite of it all. Actually, yoga helps me greatly in reducing the pain and stiffness from both conditions. I am a very healthy, soon-to-be 56- year young woman, on no medications, and intend to stay that way. Any suggestions or information you have will be greatly appreciated,. Thanks. Karen

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

      Thank you, Karen, for your message and interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  20. Taimoon January 28, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    I tested for heavy metal toxicity using DMPS, and the result was shocking: 20 for lead (normal 4) and 110 for mercury (normal 20). I am now using DMPS fortnightly, taking bentonite and psyllium every night, Vit. C and Vit. D plus a range of supplements to support my immune system and bodily functions.

    My symptoms were severe shortness of breath, pain caused by lymph congestion under my right arm and to my right breast, headaches, moodiness, forgetfulness, tiredness, and compromised immune system, so that I kept getting sore throats, and it took more than a month to clear away the flu. I finally succumbed to taking a dose of antibiotics which cleared the throat infection, and got better. I would never have thought of heavy metal poisoning. A naturapath in Canada, Sat Dharam Khur, suggested that I take the urine test using DMPS.

    It is quite an insidious and deadly poisoning. But, I think I am doing fine now. The symptoms have largely disappeared, and I am exercising, soaking in the ocean after walking for an hour, rebounding, drinking lots of water, and I am vegetarian and eat healthily.

    What puzzles me is the source. I have osteopenia and that could explain the release of lead from my bones. I had a dental check up and two of my amalgam fillings were leaking (discoloration on the enamel around the fillings) so they were removed and replaced with porcelain. But, the high level of mercury is puzzling. I live in the Cayman Islands, on the beach. There are no industries here. And, I eat freshly caught fish very occasionally, and usually snapper.

    I am still trying to identify the source. Taimoon

  21. Anne February 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    I have tested positive for mycotoxins in my system and have been receiving glutathione iv.’s three times per week. I have tremors on my left side but the glutathione has not helped. I then tested positive for heavy metals and I have very high levels of lead in my system. Today I started chelation iv therapy along with a meyers cocktail and glutathione. It has been four hours and my entire body is shaking…I am hoping this means that I am detoxing. I have no idea why my lead levels are so high. We have had our water tested and all was okay. We are installing a reverse osmosis water system this week. Thank you for all of your information. I consider myself lucky as I have a doctor that practices alternative medicine and my husband and I can pay for the services. We pay $1800.00 per month for insurance and the insurance covers none of my care. That is of course another story!

  22. kat February 16, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    Hi my name is Kat and I am 27 years old and I have been suffering from severe anxiety and depression. I used to be on Paxil, then met a nutritionist who got me off of it with the help of a doctor and put me on all sorts of supplements and gave me a strict diet to follow. I still was having the problems but not as severe. I also like to mention that I had LASIK surgery done which left my eyes severely dry and added significant stress, anxiety and depression in my life. In any case, i finally did a DMPS test which my nutritionist insisted on me having and when i got the results back my mercury levels were as high as you can go on the chart. With 1cc injection, i was at 45, not sure how to read these numbers but thats what i was told. In any case, apparently thats really high. Now im going to start this process but i must say the days have been brutal. I cry daily, i get nauseous etc. Im really nervous to do this because i am a grad student, but I cant live a life with constant anxiety and depression. So we’ll see how this goes.

  23. Angela March 19, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    I am one of those many people….i have been under detoxoing for 9 months
    now…it has been a tough road …to get where i am today… Suffering now from depression,low drive,everthing mentioned above..
    i still don’t know the origen . Have tested water, home…has not been easy to acquirer infor or direction tor tests…..or anyone to take it secerioisly..
    I am in the right direction..taking care of myself by Dr Sherr Welliness Center in North Port Long Island…New york.
    i was very surprised to get this email and see the part about lead…Great information for those who are still seeing directiom….
    Thank you
    Angela Hauppauge NY.

  24. joanne johnson March 19, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    hi i was hoping you can answer my question. I was in a car accident 11 years ago and as a result I have surgical rods plates and screws in my left arm, leg and foot. Can these metals make my body toxic. Im looking forward to hearing from you. THANK YOU joanne

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 29, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

      Thank you, Joanne, for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  25. Margaret Stone March 19, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    Would a good detox product do much good in eliminating heavy metals from the body? I do not wear shoes in my home, I also take 3,000 I.U. of Vita D3 per day and drink water purified by reverse osmosis along with other vitamins and herbal products. I have not had my blood measured for lead levels to my knowledge. At my next check-up I will request that the lab includes this test. I really enjoy your e-mails and sometimes pass on the info to family and friends. Sad to say, too many of them are not too interested in seeking natural medical solutions to their problems they love their prescription drugs, even though their problems get worse and the strength of the drug has to be increased. I’m happy to know that more and more people are seeking natural solutions to their health problems. Now if Cdn and US governments will get out of the way of these natural solutions that work, not only will we have healthier nations but the gov’t will save billions on health care.

  26. Dr. Sandra Cottingham March 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    Fantastic article about lead! It amazes me how indifferent people are given how much we know. You might want to check out my book: LEAD BABIES, How heavy metals are causing our children’s autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, low IQ and behaviour problems.

    Thanks again. Your newsletters are terrific!

  27. Janice Z March 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    I was tested and found to have an 84 for lead (urine challenge test). After IV chelation (22 treatments) plus some oral chelation and IV nutrition support, lead is down to 30. Do I need to continue IV or is oral sufficient? I have severe muscle cramps in left foot after walking a short distance despite Mg and Ca supplements, which started before chelation. Could high lead levels be causing this? Any suggestions? I am 56 and have no idea as to source of exposure. Thank you.

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      Mark Hyman, MD May 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

      Thank you, Janice, for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. That site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Regardless of becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, it sounds like you need to consult with a doctor. Please seek medical attention for the issues that you outlined in your message.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

  28. James C. March 19, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007. A friend of the family who is a biochemist suggested checking for heavy metals toxicity.

    A test was done in May, 2007 and the lab was Doctor’s Data. It showed “elevated” levels of antimony and arsenic as well as “very elevated” levels of mercury. The method was “ICP-MS”. There was also a presence of lead. It looks like the ppb measurement for these elements were antimony = 1; arsenic = 260, mercury = 120 and lead = 4.1. I am not sure how to translate this information to compare with the measurements given in your article.

    I can tell you that I have received some chelation since then and will soon be getting additional. The antimony, arsenic and lead levels were substantially reduced, but the mercury remains “very elevated”.

    The doctor currently doing the chelation indicated that the toxic metals probably deranged my hormone balance which contributed to, if not caused, the prostate cancer.

  29. John Mendoza March 27, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    Once again, I am happy to read this. It would have been more beneficial to provide examples of foods with Vitamin D3 and great sources of calcium, even though providing exaamples may be common. I just have to ask “do you think the presnece of heavy metals or gluten also plays role in people’s ability or willingness to actually try to look up good foods or even have motivation to get tests and make things happen?

  30. cindy deems April 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    Great informative article. I was recently tested in my urine for heavy metals and came up very high in lead. I have just begun a detox procedure with DMSA. I hope it goes well.

  31. Sydney kennedy April 30, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    My husband has tremors. We suspect it’s due to his working with lead as a printerbut never gave a thought to find out what his levels were thinking it was the hazards of the careerchoice and what could be done at this late stage. He also has high BP and poor circulation. Additionally a blow off the handle at the slightest provacation. Thanks for the information.

  32. Terri Williams May 1, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    Hello Dr. Hyman
    thank you for all your wonderful expertise in the medical field, & the staight forward treatments to help us heal and recover to better health.
    I am currently seeing as my primary Dr.Gerald Camarata ,in Santa Rosa, CA. he has always spoke of you and your helpful treatments. I receive your newsletters, which is teaching me to take control of my health and body. thank you again very much.

  33. Nick May 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    Hi Dr. Hyman. I read the Ultra Mind Solution and was blown away by the depth of information provided. I have had varous health issues that led me to do a challenge test for metals and it revealed that i have excessive mercury and lead levels. i did have amalgams and was a smoker for a few years. I am 34 years old and will have my 5th chelation treatment (out of an initial 20) tomorrow. I think a blog about the effects of chelation treatment might be appreciated by your patients and the public. I have tried to search this on the internet as I go through my chelation and experience so many different feelings, emotions, physical pains and just weird symptoms. I think this would be very helpful for those currently going through detox. I am grateful for the work you do, please continue! Much Love from Toronto.

  34. Richard Clark July 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    I was experiencing many strange symptoms that had never occurred before, such as loss of strength, difficulty in walking, loss of use of my hands, cramps, severe at times, lack of focus. I have lived a very active life, very physical, long distance running, hiking the rockies etc, etc. now back in New Zealand after 43 years away I was at a loss. I found a Doctor, Tessa Jones, in Wellington who has conducted blood and hair tests. Toxicity of Lead, Mercury and Arsenic possibly began when I was a child and my father burned his red lead paint pots at end of day. So today I take a daily sauna, inject myself with growth hormones, apply testosterone and take many supplements. I know this is going to take time and I am fortunate to have a great partner who totally holds me to this regime. I have written about this on my Blog, kiwicafe.com, and it was from there that a stranger in Portland sent me a link to your web site that I am now exploring, many thanks, you do the community a great service.

  35. Gina July 23, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    I have the question no one else as asked. Can lead enter your body through taking a bath or shower in water that has lead content? Thank you.

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      Mark Hyman, MD August 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

      Hi Gina, thank you for your question and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s website. We cannot advise you about lead content when bathing but suggest you that you take a look a Reverse-Osmosis Filters and what they filter out at http://www.h20distributors.com/index.asp. This is one of the references we list in Dr. Hyman’s books.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

    • satpathi August 11, 2012 at 9:14 am #

      Lead follows 4 pathways into the body. Ingestion, Inhalation, Dermal, Invitro. Dermal pathway is rare unless you are working in Refineries/ labs where solvent and lead are used (both form organic compound that can enter via skin). That leaves Ingestion, Inhalation, Invitro. Lead from shower will not get absorbed into your skin. But it can follow Ingestion route. Lead has BIOCUMULATIVE PROPERTY (adds up in the body). If you have lead as tested in blood, the source must be from some where else other than water unless you drink that water.
      Lead deposited in bones in childhood would get mobilised during pregnancy and recirculate in Blood (from secondary storage in bones).

  36. Winnie Skinner August 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    We have had health problems which turned out to be found recently to be because of heavy metals such as lead and cadmium in the city water we were exposed to for 8 years. This same water also caused the deaths lf 14 of our pets over those years. It took us forever to find out what was wrong. I went to doctor after doctor. Er after Er. Specialist after specialist and when they could not find the problem; we were called lairs, fakers, hypchodriacs. histroronic, faking to get drugs. When we participated in trying to find the answers by doing research I was accused of looking up things in order to fake symptoms. It was a horrible nightmare. I had unnatural anxiety attacks after moving to this town so I was put on drugs. When symptoms got worse and new ones came up they could not explain them so then they said I was an addict and I was even put in rehab.

    Our kids health also went down hill and our son went from an honor student to failing. We finally realized the water was the common denominator between all of us and put a filter on it. We improved to the point of functioning and I now need only my high blood pressure medicine and vitamins. But it was not even until months after this point that heavy metals was considered we tested the water by going back to that state and getting a sample and having it tested. It came back with a lead problem. We got the sample from two different locations in the town. Which tells us it is the city water overall. Not just the house we lived in. I also had a urine tested done that came back positive for cadmium. Our son’s urine test came back with a combination of metals. And my grown daughters who grew up on that house hopefully will listen and test themselves too. Unfortunately the are in the same area still so we are going to buy them a water filter for their homes. We suspect factories in that area polluted the Tennessee River which is the source of the drinking water we used.

    Also; when we told our current doctor about the result of the water test she said we don’t do anything about it. It simply leaves your body all by itself with time as long as you are no longer exposed. Is that true? Because everything I am reading says different.

    This has been a horrible nightmare for my whole family. When the doctors could not find it; my children literally thought I was nuts. Thanks to a foster sister; who is a nurse who also could not figure it out as well and accused me too. Thought I was a hypochondriac. It damaged our relationship and my reputation. I want to know why more doctors are not taking this seriously. How lead can be in public drinking water high enough to make people ill even if the EPA is not thinking it is too high? etc. And our pets all died from the same symptoms: loss of appetite, loss of weight, bloody diahrra, anemia and death. I also want to know what can be done to spare my children who live there still as well as the other people in that community the hell weve been through. And lastly the pets in that area. For god’s sake it killed ours. How can anyone not notice something is terribly wrong there?!!!!!!

  37. Charlotte Hord December 5, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    Thank you for the information on lead poisoning. I have been dealing with
    cadmium poisoning for over a year and now my last EDTA urine challenge
    I am showing lead to be 4X the level it should be. I have been told that heavy
    metals exit the body in a certain order but I can not find anyone to confirm that.
    Do you know if that is true? I have had experiences much like other folks where
    many many doctors do not understand and are not trained to look for heavy metal poisoning. Actually I thought I was going to die until I found an Environmental doctor who was doctor #26. Even after finding him I have seen another 10-12 doctors and dentists to get to where I am now-I feel that there are other folks out there going thru this and may not be strong enough to fight thru it to finally find better health.

    Thank You,

    ch

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      Mark Hyman, MD December 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

      Hi Charlotte,

      Thank you for writing about heavy metal concerns. It does seem that the body selects the order which the heavy metals leave as will the chelating agent you use. EDTA does not work for mercury for example and DMPS does not work for lead… Make sense?

      In good health

  38. louise courtney December 20, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    After two years of terrible neurological problems that virtually stopped me from walking to my front gate – with no formal diagnosis. I have just found that I am 7 times higher than the safe level of lead! I improved after a year with dietary changes, no wheat, dairy, coffee and supplements. I am now scheduled for chelation with an ACAM doctor here in Ireland. Is there anything else I can do to reverse my symptoms more?

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      Mark Hyman, MD December 22, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

      Hi Louise,

      Thank you for sharing your concerns re: lead. It is great you are getting treatment from a trusted practitioner! We suggest following the protocol outlined by Dr. Hyman in this blog. Read the section on vit D and C especially!

      In good health

  39. louise courtney January 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    Thanks. Do you think it is likely that the lead toxicicty that I have is the cause of my neurological problems? Nothing else was found except quite a low b12 (injections helped a bit)

    Louise.

    • satpathi August 6, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

      Pl check source of Lead in your daily life. There is no safe level for Lead Level in the body.CDC has set a level that has been reduced over time as more damaging information has been uncovered. Chelation will help you but unless you remove source of Lead exposure, it will keep coming back. Lead stays in blood for 30 days, moves to soft tissues foe next 45 days and finally settles in Long Bones for over 15 yrs. Lead recirculates from Bone Reservoir at times of stress/ illness/pregnancy. This is how it crosses into fetus (unborn child in the womb).
      Remedy – chelation and Remove yourself from source of Lead exposure. What are the sources ? How to avoid them ? You will have to do some searching on this.

  40. satpathi August 6, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    Lead settles in long Bones after going trough blood and soft tissues. Lead does leave the body, but in very small doses. It does not go away with time. Water may not be the only source of Lead. Other items round the house may have some Lead eg cookware, crystal ware,toys (painted or plain metal- lead added for some property), hair dye, traditional medicines, crockery (lead is used for shine)…
    Pl get your daughters and grandchildren tested for Lead poisoning. Read LEAD BABIES by Dr. Sandra Cottingham (listed above at 19 Mar 2011). Nutrition may help in stopping (reducing )Lead absorption.

  41. Joe October 28, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    Can you describe by what mechanism lead causes heart decease? Thank you.

  42. Alexander Diamond November 18, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    How vulnerable are people like me who handle ammunition consisting of lead bullets and/or lead pellets for airguns? Is lead absorbed through the skin of ones hands. What do you recommend for handwashing in this case.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff March 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

      Hi Alexander,

      Practicing proper hygiene is of course beneficial but ensuring your constitution is fortified with the appropriate nutrition for allowing your own body to naturally detoxify is important.

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to: http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  43. Dr Karen Carrick November 19, 2012 at 7:16 am #

    If the blood-brain barrier is not intact. shouldn’t chelation be avoided?

  44. Ellen Mary November 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    Dr. Hyman:
    We are about to move into an Apartment built before 1978 with out two children. My youngest did have a lead level of 5 @ 1 year of age (no ideas on how exposed & he was not treated). The home was just painted (unfortunately with VOCs, but that is another issue!) & the paint is in good condition. I plan to purchase a HEPA vac & filter our water for drinking. I also will have my son’s monitored on an every 3 month basis. What are your thoughts?

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      HymanStaff January 24, 2013 at 12:21 am #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. You can test your apartment for lead and do all the things you are already doing, great job!

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  45. Geoff December 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    I have 13 years in the military and my profession requires involves being in live fire shoot houses and dirt flat ranges where we fire hundreds of thousand of rounds per year. I also worked at the live fire shoot houses and ranges as an instructor for two years. We never had laundry facilities at the ranges or respirators until last year. The EPA forced the usage. I began having health issues in 2007. I kept asking to have my hormones, vitamins and blood checked and to be tested for heavy metals. The Doctors kept telling me there was nothing to be concerned about. After three years of the military telling me they couldn’t find anything I found Dr Anthony Beck ND. and he ran a full spectrum of blood, urine and saliva labs and found that I had extremely high levels of Lead, Mercury, Tin and Copper. He also found I had vitamin D deficiency, low HDL Cholestorol, adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalances and problems with my metabolism. Dr beck used DMSA to do the heavy metals test which the military does not recognize. My testosterone was also 266 ng/ml and I am 36. The military also told me that was normal for my age which I know is definitely not true. I had all the symptoms of low testosterone and they still persisted it was nothing to be concerned about. I am 6 months into Dr beck’s Balance Protocol Program and improving. The last part of his treatment for me is the testosterone replacement heavy metals chelation which the military does not recognize. I would be glad to share my story if it helps other soldiers step forward and demand to be tested and treated. Besides all the toxins we are exposed to we are also on high dosages of antibiotics such as Mefloquine (Neurotoxic drug) Doxycycline for 9 months at a time for years plus vaccines on top of all the others.. THESE ARE MY VIEWS AND OPINIONS AND DO NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS OF THE ARMY, NAVY, MARINES and AIRFORCE.

  46. TAMARQUE December 23, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    I find there are many way to detox heavy metals. I have used calcium bentonite clay for the past couple of years. There seems to be controversy over EDTA intravenously or orally. Have not seen anything definitive to even provide a standard of evaluation for using this method or its success rate.

    Fasting intermittently can be helpful. As well as eating organic and cutting out grains and sugars as best possible to improve health.

    Mark Hyman will not comment of what I say nor will he give advice here online, as he has stated and demonstrated. So either call for an appt with his clinic, or continue to study the situation of heavy metal toxicity. Not being a medical doctor, I am free to say that going to an allopathic doctor and asking about causative and curative protocols will get you patronizingly insulted for asking and get you thrown out. One needs to understand and accept the nature of conventional medicine–drugs and surgery. That is the focus and those are the tools. The medical industry is not interested in cure and even if you find a doctor who is willing to look outside that box, fear of retribution and loss of license will keep him/her in their place as drug pushers.

    What has also been very helpful in creating cure is homeopathy, a protocol that Hyman does not use. It can be compatible with functional or orthomolecular holistic protocols. There are many homeopaths in the NYC area where some of the commenters are from. There are many homeopaths nationally some of whom will do phone consults.

    Hyman talks about his journey to Bhutan in this newsletter. One of the points of Buddhism is acceptance of reality and being present. Expecting an allopathic medical industry to be something it is not, is not realistic and results in crazy making.

  47. AC January 9, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    My coffee stimulation been going waning and been feeling mentally unwell . Lower mental stability and moodiness . I couldn’t figure out what the heck was wrong.

    Then I hit me, the small dish I used as transfer medium has colorful decoration.

    And my case was that I resumed using brew coffee. First day the caffeine hit was ok. But second and third was negligible. And the start of the fourth day was when I made the connection. I woke with slight confusion and moodiness. So I applied your vitamin C idea and milk and I felt distinctly better though it did took a little while for to reach default state(pre-coffee state).

    Then here is where it gets interesting. I left out contact with the colorful dish. Then I actually felt a good amount of euphoria and caffeine headache, and stimulated cognition though. This is what I been missing the second and third day. Do you think this means lead poisoning? Too unlikely to be a coincidence?

    I do believe I have a mild case here. But what kind of doctor and treatment do I seek for this case? Do you have any recommend what I can do on my own to heal. I read that the the human body actually grows new brain cells and neurons. I’m already a coffe drinker and does weekly exercise normally. I’m an avid learner.

    I’m not fully as well as I once was yet but much better already.

    Regards,

    AC

  48. LP April 11, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    I began developing hairline fractures on several metatarsals of both my feet around the age of 47. I had, had bone scans done to look at possible osteopenia a few years earlier just because I wanted to make sure things were ok but the scans came back as good. The podiatrist was puzzled and made a list of guesses as to why I was having this problem. I’ve also had a history of other medical issues including kidney stones, adrenal fatigue and thyroid issues.

    A few months later I had my four amalgams replaced correctly by a biological dentist who used all the proper techniques and protection. After one of the procedures I experienced side effects of the mercury being in my body from the procedure – I was very cold and had trouble warming up, my head hurt especially at the back and base of my head, I could ‘feel’ my brain separate from my skull and it was an awful feeling. The only thing that relieved the icky feeling of my brain was to rock my head. My memory was blanking out, I don’t have any kind of significant memory issues, to the extent that if my husband mentioned the name of someone I saw several times a week I couldn’t remember who they were. One day, while I was driving my car, I suddenly couldn’t remember what all the controls were for as I went down the highway. I took supplements recommended by my naturopath that would grab the mercury and get it out of my body and within a week I was back to normal. But this allowed me to know what it felt like to have heavy metal issues.

    Jump a couple more months, feet are still healing and it’s hard to walk a lot, and I had a massage. Within 20 minutes of having the massage I began to turn very cold and over the next couple of days experienced all the heavy metal issues again. Assuming it was more mercury that was in my tissues that the massage had released I saw my naturopath again for testing. After a six hour urine challenge test for heavy metals in which I took a high dosage of chelator we found that although I did have some mercury in my body it was lead that was totally off the chart. In fact the doctor said she’d never seen someone with so much lead in their body – stored in my bones. The challenge test actually caused a bone in one of my feet to begin re-fracturing!

    The doctor said she’s noticed that in many of the women who come to see her, much older than I, who have osteoporosis, that they also have hi lead content in their bones. As a child my family remodeled our home tearing out walls and windows while we lived there for a year. I’m sure I spend a year eating, breathing and drinking lead dust. When a child takes in lead it gets stored in the bones instead of calcium.

    I read a study that was from Sweden I believe in which they showed that chelation will remove the lead from the bones and that the body will then replace the lead with the minerals including calcium. Chelation removes the calcium from the blood stream which tells the parathyroid that the body is low in calcium and it then begin to pull the calcium to store back in the bones.

    After chelating with oral capsuls every 2 – 3 weeks for about a year we did a re-test and my lead levels were 15 time lower. My feet healed after another six months and I haven’t had any issues since. I’m hoping and praying that that was the cause of my feet issues.

  49. bett smith April 18, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    Hello, my oldest son was diagnosed with high levels of lead over 40 at the age of 2
    Now he is 18. He has had a history of behavior issues in school and at home. Now he shows signs of anxiety and weightloss along with joint pain. I am worried but don’t want chelation treatment. I’m one of those mothers who won’t take medication and have never treated my son other than healthy food and vitamins. He now has a child, so should we be cautious of anything ?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

      HI Bett,

      hank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

      In good health,
      The Nutrition Coaching Team

  50. LB May 7, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    I’ve been having memory, concentration, mood and neuromuscular problems related to 9 months of exposure to lead dust in my apartment. I am obviously moving but…

    1) How should I treat the porous articles in apartment (bed, couch, clothes, etc.) Should I through them out, professionally clean them or do nothing? I don’t want to have carry over contamination in my new home.

    2) I will be going in for a BLL to see how bad my levels are, but I already know that the 1/2 dust in all my window frames contains highly concentrated lead levels (tested it a few days ago), and I’ve been having typical SXS of lead poisoning since August. This was dismissed by doctors as other (health anxiety) related issues, but I’ve never had any mental health or physical problems in 27 years of life and my SXS (H/A, confusion, leukonychia, tremors) have resulted in me leaving my job and reduced scholastic performance. In you experience, have you seen OTHER cases of mental recovery in symptomatic Adults chronically (9 months) exposed to Pb?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

      Dear LB,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

      In the meantime, you might be interested in Dr. Hyman’s The UltraMind Solution. Have you heard of it? http://www.ultramind.com/
      In Good Health,
      The Nutrition Team

  51. Edith Ray December 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    Hello,
    I have a question to ask you. I have a 19 son, who has a very low IQ, He has been tested and said to have a Learning disability. All through his school years he has struggle. And now he is in college and still struggling. I recently found out that the house i was living in, a child received lead posion from it, I want to know if my son at age 19 has lead posion and was not tested for it. Is there any testing i can do to find out ?
    Thank You

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      Team Hyman December 27, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/
      Did you know you can work with Dr. Hyman’s nutritionists virtually? For personalized nutrition coaching, please see: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs
      In Good Health,
      Dr. Hyman’s Wellness Staff

  52. Marshal December 7, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    Hello, and thank you for the info. I have a question that maybe you can answer:

    I am a 36 year old male. In 1998 I was shot two times with a shot-gun filled with “deer-shot” (These are shells filled with about 200 small lead pellets each). I was shot int he back of the shoulder, and in the hand (resulting in the loss of two fingers, and extensive muscular and skeletal damage in my shoulder/arm). When my surgeries were performed, I was told by the doctors that they will be leaving most of the lead pellets in my arm, that “it would do more harm to try and remove them all, than to leave them”. So I now have a lot of lead pellets in my body today (I have seen x-rays and I guess about 100 small pellets).

    I have never really felt healthy since this happened. I am very physical, I keep moving, and I eat healthy. But I have “spells” which most people tell me are like “panic attacks”. My body aches constantly (worse at night), sometimes my heart-rate increases for no reason at all, my stomach becomes upset (usually accompanied by diarrhea or constipation), my ears ring loudly, and they make “rushing noises”, and there are various other random symptoms too. I will admit, that I do feel a sort of “panic” when these episodes occur, (almost daily/nightly). But I can’t help but feel that there is some underlying cause for this all.

    I have seen doctors, but they never seem to be able to tell me what’s wrong. I have not been tested for lead poison however, could the lead pellets in my arm be behind this? Is there any precedent for this?

    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance – M

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      Team Hyman December 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/
      Did you know you can work with Dr. Hyman’s nutritionists virtually? For personalized nutrition coaching, please see: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs
      In Good Health,
      Dr. Hyman’s Wellness Staff

  53. rae ann reed April 9, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    My daughter is having these issues we need to find help fast, as she can’t endure much more of this. Is there someone here in Utah who could help?

  54. Thistle April 13, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    Hey everyone! I was diagnosed with high levels of lead in my body through a urine test several months ago. Symptoms included chronic yeast overgrowth, blood sugar irregularities (so much that my doctor had me stop eating grains and even fruits for a while), sleep disorders (insomnia and night terrors), severe digestive difficulties and debilitating sensitivities to multiple foods, as well as pain in my liver area, chronic fatigue, drastically decreased sex drive, and heart cramping and pressure in the heart area. I have had most of these symptoms for years, and it’s hard to determine when I first got lead poisoning because I have lived in many old houses. However, six years ago I began renovating my 100 year old brownstone, and I am positive that I became poisoned at that time, if not before.
    I have been receiving EDTA chelation IV’s, once a week, for several weeks. Well, I started about two months ago and I have had four of these treatments. On the day of the treatment immediately afterward, I feel very woozy, and then I’m just in a lot of pain. It feels like I’m dying. My whole body just hurts. Which is how I used to randomly feel before the treatments. However, I just need to drink as much water as possible when I feel this way. The following day after treatments I always feel great. I am already enjoying higher energy levels, improved sex drive and overall greater functionality in my life. My quality of sleep has also improved, although it’s still terrible.
    I highly recommend chelation treatment. Also, it’s important to seal any old paint you have. A special paint is made that seals the lead in. It is a no-VOC paint as well. Do not ever sand your old paint! Any homes built before the 1980’s will have lead paint in them. So be very careful! I knew about the dangers of lead poisoning, but didn’t take it seriously when I was sanding my entire house. And I have paid dearly. I expect to be recovering from this for a long time, but hopefully the chelation treatments will keep improving my quality of life.

  55. search May 19, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve
    found something that helped me. Thanks a lot!

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      Team Hyman June 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

      So glad that this article was of help to you! Thank you for contributing!

  56. Amy May 29, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

    Hi.

    Thank you for this article. My son we recently tested with Doctor’s Data by DMSA provocation urine test for heavy metals. His lead levels are 3 x higher than the normal range (very high). I have read that maybe we should do a test without the DMSA. I was confused that the controls of their testing are people who have not had DMSA before being tested. Do you think the results for my son are showing higher as a result of this information? I am just wondering if I should be fully alarmed yet or should I have another test done: blood test or non-provocation urine test? We are using Zeolite to help remove the lead from his body. However, we have a 300 year old house and I am in panic mode a bit. Additionally, my daughter and me are having symptoms too.

    Thank you so much,
    Amy

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff May 30, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

      Hi Amy,
      Thank you for sharing your story and concerns. Unfortunately, we can’t offer personal medical advice online.

      To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman who can help you with your condition, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637-9991.
      Wishing You the Best of Health!
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  57. John Wakefield July 5, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

    There has been an outbreak of chickungunya here in the Dominican Republic. The vectors are announced as two mosquitoes, aedes agypti is one. At ground level, here – almost EVERYBODY is suffering chickungunya. The outbreak began in December. At ground level NO ONE believe the vector is chickungunya. They believe it is either toxic wastes from the gold mine, or the toxic waste from a ship that came in (these countries sometimes buy toxic wastes from the U.S. – sick jokes could be made out of this scenario, there is not a tradition of stand-up comedy here). So? So!

  58. John Wakefield July 5, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

    There has been an outbreak of chickungunya here in the Dominican Republic. The vectors are announced as two mosquitoes, aedes agypti is one. At ground level, here – almost EVERYBODY is suffering chickungunya. The outbreak began in December. At ground level NO ONE believes the vector is chickungunya. They believe it is either toxic wastes from the gold mine, or the toxic waste from a ship that came in (these countries sometimes buy toxic wastes from the U.S. – sick jokes could be made out of this scenario, there is not a tradition of stand-up comedy here), that it comes from China. So? So!

  59. Monique Von August 17, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

    Hello,
    At the mere age of 18, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease that came along with a host of other ails and one of which being heavy metal toxicity. I had suffered for years with bouts of bowel issues, mood disturbances, social anxiety as well as numerous other ailments. Luckily, I have been lucky enough to have a doctor like Dr.Hyman, who is also a functional medical professional. He was the one to get me tested for the heavy metals & do a strict full regimen of IV Chelation. I would say that after the 8th treatment or so, I felt like a completely different person.
    I now have been having a relapse of symptoms, so tested again and the lead is now coming out through my bones. So, I am again on the IV treatments and feeling better. If it weren’t for chelation, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be as happy and healthy of a young lady as I am today! Thanks.

  60. Susan E Muller August 19, 2014 at 3:32 pm #

    Is 2,000 – 4,000 IU of Vitamin D3 excessive for someone with reduced kidney function? I participated in the recent Detox Summit hosted by Dr. Deanna Minich from August 3 to August 11, 2014. On August 9, 2014 Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND, stated that people with kidney problems should not take Vitamin D, and to add potassium citrate to assist kidney function. Do you have a comment about this statement?

    I am a health researcher who knows a CN biochemist who works to detoxify people from heavy metals after a Hair Analysis Profile.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

      Hi Susan,
      Thank you for your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. We recommend that anyone with reduced kidney function work with their doctor to determine if vitamin D supplementation is appropriate and the right dosage to replete their level based on labwork.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  61. sohalekalam August 26, 2014 at 11:37 am #

    I need help of experience persons cause c i have lead in my body like 9,7 so what can i do to get out of lead in my body

  62. Alison Grewal August 28, 2014 at 1:05 am #

    Which drinking water test kit(s) do you recommend?

  63. Michelle August 31, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    I have a 5 year old son who unfortunately inherited high lead levels from me through the placenta and also breastmilk. I have taken him to a number of doctors but they all seem to want to treat his gut first. So I have done several gut-healing programmes, and he has been on countless mineral and vitamin supplements, all to no avail. He gets sore joints/sore legs and has low energy and fatigue. I have started giving him some zeolite recently as I have been frustrated by the doctors lack of interest in treating the lead problem. My question is why do doctors want to treat the gut first, when the problem obviously lies in the high lead? Surely by getting out the lead this would resolve the gut issues? I would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff September 2, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

      Hi Michelle,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide your son the proper care he needs we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  64. Kate September 8, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

    Current heavy metal protocols are very unsafe if you have intestinal permeability (leaky gut). Heal the gut first and foremost. Conventional chelation protocols can also be quite nephrotoxic, Take it VERY slowly when chelating and make sure you have support from someone who knows what they are doing. It’s definitely a slow walk through chelation, not a sprint.

    Another protocol that is showing a LOT of promise is a relatively new protocol from Dr. Christopher Shade, PhD who suffered from heavy metal toxicity and devised a protocol to get himself better. It binds the metals and takes them out through the GI tract instead of through the kidneys and liver. See his talk describing the protocol in detail here:

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/01/13/mercury-detoxification-protocol.aspx
    and more can be found here: Quicksilver Scientific: http://www.quicksilverscientific.com/clinical.html

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