Why is heavy metal and mineral testing important?
Tissue Mineral Analysis
At least 20 minerals and trace elements are essential for one’s body to function properly. They are the essential building blocks of our bodies and the key to the health of every body system and function. In an ideal world, we should be getting these nutrients through the food we eat and the water we drink.
Unfortunately, the reality is that we are becoming mineral depleted, even born mineral depleted, more than ever before, because of the very low mineral content in our food supply. This depletion is due to hybrid crops, the use of superphosphate fertilisers, toxic sprays, monoculture (growing one crop over and over again on the same soil) and the over refining and processing of pre-ripened fruits and vegetables.
Ideally, our daily food should be the source of all essential minerals, but mineral depleted soils mean we cannot assume that our foods contain the right amounts. For example, many Australians are lacking in zinc, magnesium and iodine.
I can’t tell you how many people come to see me in the clinic with chronic mineral deficiency. What’s even more surprising is that they bring in a bag full of supplements that they have been taking for months, even years in some cases. So you can imagine the look on their faces when we perform a scan and their tissue analysis reveals deficiencies in the very minerals they have been taking … Why is this?
Toxic Metal Poisoning
The danger of toxic metals is greatly aggravated today by the low mineral content in our food supply. This is because vital minerals protect us from heavy metal toxicity and if a patient is low in vital minerals, invariably they will show high levels of toxic metals.
In fact, the higher the concentration of toxic metals in the tissues, the more they bind and block the absorption of vital minerals. Thus the mineral depletion becomes irreversible, unless the toxic heavy metals are removed.
This is why I have many patients that measure low in minerals even though they have been supplementing with them.
Example Case Study
Mrs MP presented complaining of poor taste and smell. She explained that she had been taking liquid zinc, 50mg/day for six months. Below is a graph of what her scan revealed.
Obviously she was a little shocked to see that her mineral levels in her tissue were extremely low in Zinc.
We have tested many patients and their results show high levels of toxic metals. Where do these come from?
Mining and industrial wastes, vehicle emissions, lead-acid batteries, fertilisers, fluorinated and chlorinated water, paints and treated woods are all sources of toxic heavy metals.
These enter human tissues via air inhalation, drinking water, diet and manual handling. Mercury can leach into the body from certain types of dental fillings.
These heavy metals bind to vital cellular components such as structural proteins, enzymes, and nucleic acids, interfering with their functioning. The problem is compounded since heavy metals ‘gang up’ on minerals and deplete them.
In the case study discussed above, this was the reason why her Zinc levels were low. Her heavy metals were high (see below), particularly mercury, and this causes depletion of Zinc in the tissue. So regardless of the amount of Zinc that Mrs MP was taking, it was not effectively absorbed and utilised in the tissue.
Toxins in our environment are impossible to avoid, but our clinic can provide strategies to help your body get rid of them.
Whether you have health issues or simply want to look after your health and prevent disease, we provide useful insights into what is going on inside your body. The levels of heavy metals and nutrient excess or depletion is intimately related to the health of your body overall.
Heavy metals may be responsible for the following signs and symptoms:
- Alcohol intolerance
- Allergies (environmental and food sensitivities)
- Anxiety and irritability
- Brain fog
- Chronic unexplained pain
- Coated tongue
- Cold hands and feet
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Digestive problems
- Extreme fatigue
- Frequent colds and flus
- Inability to lose weight
- Intolerance to medications & vitamins
- Loss of memory and forgetfulness
- Low body temperature
- Metallic taste in mouth
- Muscle and joint pain
- Muscle tics or twitches
- Muscle tremors
- Mood swings
- Night sweats
- Sensitive teeth
- Tingling in the extremities
- Unsteady gait
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies