A Heavy Subject
Heavy Metals, AIM, Chelation, and You
There is a lot of talk about heavy metals these days. They’re in the water, they’re in the air, and they’re even in the fish! What exactly is meant by heavy metals, why are they an issue, and what can you do about it though?
Heavy metals is a loose term at best and is generally thought to refer to elements on the periodic chart that have certain metallic characteristics. Some of these are beneficial and necessary for life such as Iron, Copper, and Zinc though in high enough concentrations even these can be dangerous. What we are more concerned about however is a group that should more accurately be known perhaps as Toxic Metals. These are metals that have no place in the body. Several of the most talked about are Lead and Mercury though there are plenty of others.
The issue with these metals is that they are not readily bio-soluble so they are not easily excreted from the body. This allows these substances to build up over years and years until they reach toxic levels. Heavy metals have been linked to a wide range of health issues. Various heavy metals have been linked to fatigue, mood disorders, high blood pressure, insomnia, mental cloudiness, and many more.
With the prevalence of these toxic substances in our environment and the insidiousness of their symptoms it is no wonder that heavy metal toxicity is a big topic of conversation in modern health. So what can you do about it?
AIM offers heavy metal challenge testing. We believe this is one of the most accurate and effective ways to determine if you are suffering under a toxic metal load. The test is safe and simple.
Once we establish whether you are toxic we can begin a course of treatment that may involve several different avenues. One of the best ways to treat toxic metals is with chelation. Chelation was first introduced as a result of poison gases used during World War I which contained high levels of arsenic, a toxic metal that is not readily excreted by the body. The idea behind chelation is the introduction to the body of a second substances that will chemically bond with the toxic metal and transform it into a more bio-soluble form so that it can be eliminated. In the years since many advances have been made in chelation and a wide variety of substances may now be safely treated and removed from the body.
We encourage everyone to at least have a heavy metal test in order to determine if a part of your health issues are arising from a toxic level of one or more of these substances.