Heavy metals toxicity caused by increasing levels of pollution and use of chemicals in industry is a growing threat to our health and development of our children. High levels of toxic metals deposited in body tissues and subsequently in the brain, may cause significant developmental and neurological damage, including autistic symptoms, depression, increased irritability, anxiety, insomnia, hallucinations, memory loss, aggression and many other disorders.
Some possible sources of heavy metals poisoning include chemical products, fertilizers, industrial paint, building materials, fish that is high in mercury, silver dental fillings, and mercury preservatives in vaccines, nasal sprays, and many more.
Lead may be found in dirt near roads and is commonly present in paint from older houses. Children with pica or who eat paint chips may develop toxic lead levels. Cadmium is used in batteries, steel-belted tires, and plastics. The clear plastics used to cover foods may be a source of cadmium and it is also found in cigarette smoke. Mercury is used in batteries, dental amalgam, vacuum pumps, valves, and seals. High amounts of mercury from the dental fillings of the cremated deceased have caused contamination of the surrounding neighborhoods. Arsenic is high in seafood and may also be found in animals fed arsenic in their feed. Arsenic is also present in wood preservatives, fungicides, herbicides, corrosion inhibitors, and in lead and copper alloys.
Advanced laboratory testing will help determine levels of heavy metals deposited in body tissues and best course of treatments. People suffering from above mentioned disorders may respond favorably to removal of toxic metals. These patients may also have low values of essential elements like calcium, potassium, zinc, and magnesium, which can also be diagnosed with the test by the Great Plains Laboratory. Treatment of heavy metal exposure usually involves the removal of the heavy metal source and treatment with chelating agents.