How Heavy Metals Affect Health
Since metals aren’t typically found in the body, it doesn't have an inherent mechanism to excrete them. Known to be neuro-endocrine disruptors, heavy metals can cause numerous health issues:
Neurological Disorders: Including tremors, memory loss, decreased cognitive function, Alzheimer's, ALS, and Parkinson's disease.
Hormonal Imbalances: This includes thyroid, adrenal, and sex hormone imbalances, adrenal fatigue, and infertility.
Cardiovascular Diseases: Lead and cadmium are particularly linked to hypertension, coronary artery disease, and peripheral arterial disease.
Kidney Damage: Prolonged exposure can result in kidney damage and chronic kidney disease.
Weakened Immunity: Increased susceptibility to infection and autoimmune disease
Mental Health Issues: Mercury and lead burden have been associated with depression, anxiety, and mood swings due to their impact on brain chemistry and hormonal balance.
The Science Behind Chelation
The term "chelation" comes from the Greek word "chele," meaning claw. This therapy utilizes chelating agents that bind tightly to heavy metals, forming a stable complex. The key mechanism behind chelation therapy is the strong affinity these agents have for metal ions. Once bound, these complexes become biologically inactive, and can be safely excreted by the kidneys. This process effectively reduces the toxic effects of metal burden, and the symptoms associated with their accumulation. Chelation therapy is particularly used for treating lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium poisoning.
Dr. Jay is certified in Chelation Therapy by The American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM ) which establishes qualifications for practitioners who wish to be trained in chelation therapy, authorizes and approves training seminars, administers examinations for board certification, and grants board certification to qualified applicants.