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Natural Ways to Keep Toxic Lead From Poisoning Your Health

Natural Ways to Keep Toxic Lead From Poisoning Your Health
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"Millions of people across America have high levels of lead in their bodies, and most of them don't realize it," says nationally known holistic doctor David Brownstein. "It's a modern-day epidemic that hasn't been recognized.

"Lead is one of the most toxic substances on earth," Dr. Brownstein tells Newsmax Health. "It accumulates in the bones and in our neurological system over time and can be released into the blood long after the original exposure.

"In my practice, we've tested thousands of people over 20 years for heavy metals, and over 80 percent of them tested high for lead," says Dr. Brownstein, author of the newsletter Dr. David Brownstein's Natural Way to Health.

"Lead poisoning can manifest as common symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, irritability, and insomnia," Dr. Brownstein says.  Heavy metals such as lead are associated with devastating health problems, including heart disease, ADHD, Alzheimer's, autism, and gastrointestinal disorders.

Lead can have a drastic effect on children, especially their intelligence, causing lower IQs, shortened attention spans, and increased antisocial behavior, according to the World Health Organization.

One of the most common sources of lead is drinking water transported by old lead pipes that leach lead into the water. A recent investigation by USA Today Network found lead present in almost 2,000 public water systems in all 50 states. Although the Environmental Protection Agency says that lead levels above 20 parts per billion (ppb) are excessive, the investigation found lead levels as high as 5,000 ppb, a level the EPA labels "hazardous waste."

Lead was used as a gasoline additive beginning in the 1920s and only outlawed in 1986, meaning that anyone alive before that time has been exposed to lead, says cardiologist Dr. Gervasio Lamas of the Columbia University Division of Cardiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida, who has associated high lead levels with cardiovascular disease.

Although lead-based paint has been banned from household paint since 1978, it's still in many older homes. Some occupations, such as auto repair and construction work, also expose workers to lead, and the toxin can enter homes through water that's added to foods such as reconstituted fruit juices, soft drinks, and even baby formula.

The only way to know the amount of lead in your body is to be tested, says Dr. Brownstein, who advises going to a doctor who is "heavy metal literate." "Most doctors don't know how to test or treat for high lead levels. You need a doctor who understands heavy metal toxicity, how to diagnose it, and how to treat it." (To find a doctor, check out the International College of Integrative Medicine at www.icimed.com)

"You need a blood level test, but to tell you the body load of lead, you also need to take a provocation test," he says. In a lead provocation test, a patient is given a chelating agent and then their urine is tested to see how much lead the body excretes in urine. "The tests should cost under $200." Lead can also be measured in a hair analysis, says Dr. Brownstein.

High levels of lead or other heavy metals in the body can be removed with chelation therapy, an FDA-approved prescription treatment that uses intravenous injections (also called infusions) of EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid), a synthetic amino acid. EDTA binds to toxic metals and minerals in blood which are then excreted in urine.

Costs of chelation therapy vary widely. "In my office, an infusion costs about $100," says Dr. Brownstein. "It takes about 10 minutes, and I do an average of six treatments that are spread out over six months to a year. I usually don't have patients come in more than once a month, because releasing too much of a toxin at once can make people sick.

"However, some doctors give long series of IV treatments — about 30 — that cost $300 each."

EDTA tablets are also available without a prescription and can be very effective, says Dr. Brownstein. "When combined with alpha lipoic acid — 300 mg twice a day with food — a synergetic effect is created, and the two pull even more lead and heavy metals out. It's a very gentle way of removing heavy metals from the body."

Dr. Brownstein also recommends iodine. "Iodine can also help push heavy metals out of the body."

Dr. Russell Blaylock, author of The Blaylock Wellness Report, believes that specific supplements are also effective at removing lead. "Toxic metals can be removed by a number of flavonoids, such as saffron, curcumin, quercetin and baicalein," he said.

"Since over 80 percent of people in my practice test positive for lead, I believe everyone should be tested," says Dr. Brownstein. "They will know whether or not they need treatment and will have a baseline for the future."

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