Toxic Metals

By  Dr. Jason Porter - at  September 4, 2008    

We live in a toxic world. These toxins are leading the way as the number one underlying cause of all disease. Cancer rates increase while we observe pesticides concentraing in breast tissue. Autoimmune disease is linked to common drugs such as Accutane, yet we continue to prescribe as if that only happens to someone else. We are ignoring all the warning signs.

Probably the most significant toxic category is heavy metals. Metals such as lead, arsenic, aluminum(found in deodorant and cookware), cadmium, gadolinium(contrast agent in imaging studies), and many others are directly linked to many diseases. Simply google lead and any number of health issues and immediately you will find numerous articles, many hosted on our major medical and governmental health publications, yet it is being ignored.

Chelation therapy is the dosing, either in intravenous or oral form, of an agent which has a high affinity for binding to a toxic metal. Once bound this metal is carried out of the body through the kidneys to be removed. The choice to do chelation or not, often is made after an evaluation of total toxic metal load or burden, by taking a chelating agent and collecting urine for 6 hours. A sample of this urine is then sent to a lab for evaluation to determine the presence and measure of total body burden. Patients who have undergone chelation therapy praise its effectiveness in treating many ailments. Chelation therapy has shown to be beneficial in the treatment of depression, anxiety, memory, hypertension, circulation disorders, cancer, autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and a host of others. Whatever the purpose, chelation serves as a foundation to all detox protocols, because without removing toxic heavy metals from the body, not many others therapies can work as they can and should when such a burden is present.


Dr. Jason Porter

Dr. Jason Porter

Dr. Porter is a graduate of the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Arizona, and a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association (AzNMA), the Naturopathic Association of Therapeutic Injection (NATI), and the American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM) where he is certified in chelation therapy. Dr. Porter is also a supervising physician at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine where he teaches Naturopathic Medical Students methods for treatment of chronic pain conditions and disease prevention for longevity and improvement in quality of life.

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