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Heavy Metal Detoxification

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Long term scientific reserach has shown that as people age they continuously accumulate toxic metals such as mercury, lead, aluminum, iron, cadmium, and arsenic. The accrual of these toxins invites an increased risk for heart disease and other degenerative conditions.

Analysis of the levels of toxic metals in urine after the administration of a metal detoxification agent is an objective way to evaluate the accumulation of toxic metals. Acute metal poisoning is rare. More common, however, is a chronic, low-level exposure to toxic metals that can result in significant retention in the body that can be associated with a vast array of adverse health effects.

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To evaluate net retention, Dr. Riddle will compare the levels of metals in urine before and after the administration of a pharmaceutical metal detoxification agent such as EDTA, DMSA or DMPS. Different compounds have different affinities for specific metals, but all function by sequestering “hidden” metals from deep tissue stores and mobilizing the metals to the kidneys for excretion in the urine.

EDTA chelation is an effective therapy used by Dr.Riddle by which repeated administrations of a weak synthetic amino acid (EDTA, ethylenediamine tetra-acetic acid) gradually reduce atherosclerotic plaque and other mineral deposits throughout the cardiovascular system by literally dissolving them away. Oral EDTA chelation refers to the ingestion of the EDTA as opposed to intravenously injected EDTA which is called I.V. chelation.

Due to the fact that EDTA is so effective at removing unwanted metals and other minerals from the blood, it has been the standard, Health Canada approved treatment for lead, mercury, aluminum, and cadmium poisoning for several decades.

Toxic Metals can be detected either through the analysis of urine or fecal material.

For testing information please see: Heavy Metal Testing and Analysis

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