“My conclusion after six years of research is that fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue are linked to high levels of mercury, cadmium, lead, bismuth.” Dr. Joseph Hickey, MD of South Carolina.
Today, we are exposed to and absorb a wide variety of toxins daily, especially heavy metals. They are found in our food chain and in our internal and external environments.
Human bodies today are being impacted by many different sources of toxicity.
A study was made of fibromyalgia patients who had all been tested positive to at least one of the metals. The most frequent reaction was to nickel, followed by inorganic mercury, cadmium, and lead. After decreasing metal toxicity exposure and absorption, 5 years later, half of the patients were no longer diagnosed as with fibromyalgia; all patients reported a significant health improvement.
Significance of heavy metals
It is very difficult for the body to maintain its energy levels when burdened with toxic heavy metals. Science has now verified a link between adrenal fatigue and toxic metal accumulation. The body is in a constantly poisoned state; as a result, the adrenal gland function becomes weaker and weaker. Normal cell function is affected and diminished; this also includes the body’s ability to detoxify.
Toxic metals play a key role in all fatigue syndromes such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalopathy, and autoimmune disease. These metals have been linked to all chronic and degenerative illness. Metal toxicity is common to both chronic fatigue and chronic adrenal fatigue.
A study involving 930 fatigued patients saw more than half (62%) test positive for metals. The majority of those who went on to remove the offending metal reported substantial health improvements.
Detoxification and recovery
Major organs of detoxification: the liver, kidneys, bowel, lymph and skin, need help. When these organs, their primary purpose being elimination, become overwhelmed by toxicity, they cannot function properly and therefore toxicity accumulates in the body.
Copper in excess tends to impair various energy pathways in the cell and therefore causes fatigue.
Aluminum causes a great deal of chronic pain; it has been linked to fibromyalgia. Toxic metals undermine the immune system and cause many physical, mental, emotional and behavioral symptoms.
Mercury, when it affects the thyroid gland, can induce CFS type symptoms, including profound tiredness, musculoskeletal pain, sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal and neurological problems along with other CFS symptoms and fibromyalgia. Mercury has been found to be a common cause of fibromyalgia. For more information, access our eBook – “An Introduction to Toxicity” and our previous blog on fibromyalgia – “Fibromyalgia – effective relief.”
Depletion of essential minerals
Today, depleted bodies suffer from mineral deficiencies due to diet, soil deficiency, and stress. When minerals are missing, the body substitutes metals such as cadmium for zinc, lead for calcium, and aluminum for many other needed minerals.
We are all exposed to toxic metals every day; we absorb and accumulate them internally from our diets and environments: copper and lead from water piping; aluminum from foil packaging and deodorants; lead in gasoline and nickel in hydrogenated fats, and mercury from vaccinations and amalgam fillings. Many people are exposed to heavy metals in their work.
Working on recovery
So what can you do to release accumulated poisons, such as heavy metals, from your body effectively?
Many remedies and methods claim to release toxicity, but how well do they perform this task?
Chelation therapy is a common method to release heavy metals, yet it has its drawbacks. This approach pulls minerals out of the body, whether they are good minerals or bad minerals. As a follow-up process, the good minerals have to be built up again by supplementation. Chelation and supplementation can be time-consuming, expensive, invasive, and uncomfortable – many people shy away from this method for these reasons.
Other methods include herbal detox kits, fibre pills or powders, clay, fasting, vitamins and mineral supplements, protein drinks, and alkaline drinks. All of these methods can be quite potent and care has to be taken with the correct concentration and frequency.
Finding a solution
What is vital is to find a gentle, slow-release method; one that does not cause the organs of elimination more stress and overload. They are taxed already.
This is where wisdom, knowledge, and experience are needed. It is essential that alternative methods do not detoxify too quickly – fast methods of detoxification causing immediate and dramatic releases are not advisable. You need to know what you are doing to avoid complications or worsen your condition.
It is important that the solution does not stress the body and is pleasant and convenient to use, and one that can be incorporated into a busy life – a method that works and has been proven to be effective.