There are three steps involved in almost any detoxification program, including lead detox:
1. You need to determine that this is the detoxification you need.
2. You should avoid future contact with the toxin.
3. You need to clean out the toxin.
You can do some of this; you might also need medical therapy.
Children are at greater risk from lead poisoning. Additional symptoms for children include reduced IQ and slower growth.
You should also ask yourself, “Where could I be in contact with lead”?
Ask your doctor if there are other medical explanations for your symptoms. Many of the listed symptoms are common and not very significant if they occur infrequently. However, a blood lead test gives sure results. Discuss the results with your doctor to determine if it's necessary to do a lead detox.
There are four pillars for a lead detox program:
This step may be very easy or very difficult and costly. It seems obvious that you should avoid further exposure to lead, but it is the absolutely necessary first step.
Identifying leaden or lead-painted toys, jewelry, and other items may not be easy. Putting them away should be easy.
Curtailing your fishing, hunting, or soldering hobbies may be straightforward, but it is not emotionally easy to give up a hobby.
You might want to re-paint a room if you know it has lead paint – but what about preparing the surface? Sanding would scatter lead dust into the air.
Paint stripping may release chemicals into the air. Hire a professional, and inform them of the problem. You should consider a thorough professional cleaning (including air ducts) to remove contaminated dust.
You might need to contract to have the soil removed from your yard – possibly while you go out of town to avoid the dust. Will you hose down the house afterwards?
You might need to upgrade the plumbing in your home.
Good nutrition is always important, but more so when dealing with lead toxins. Lead interferes with the body’s absorption of some nutrients, but these nutrients also help the body avoid absorbing lead. To do a lead detox, Iron, calcium and vitamin C are important. Raw fruits and vegetables are important, both for vitamins and as fiber.
Several foods and herbs may be used to specifically target lead:
You can induce perspiration by soaking in a hot bath. Add ½ cup each of Epsom salts, baking soda, and ginger juice. After perspiring for at least five minutes, rinse off with a shower. Opinions are mixed regarding exercise. Aerobic exercise will help induce perspiration, and is generally a good thing.
Far infrared sauna is another wonderful method of removing toxins by sweating. You may purchase a personal sauna, or visit a spa or a naturopath who has one.
Medical treatment involves chelation therapy. A drug is injected, which binds to the lead and produces a compound that the kidneys can filter into the urine. Chelation therapy can be done by many reputable naturopaths, so if you suspect lead may be a problem in your system it would be advisable to consult a naturopath about removal via chelation therapy.
According to the naturopath I consulted, most people today are plagued by high levels of one or more heavy metals in their system. He was able to provide Tom and I with liquid oral chelation, which was much more cost effective than the IV procedure.
Recently I have found that there are pills (EDTA) that are effective methods of performing chelation therapy as well, and at a much more reasonable cost than either the IV or the liquid.
If you determine you have high levels of lead, or other heavy metals, consider one or more of these options for removal.
The U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) listed 1-800-424-5323 as the number for the National Lead Information Center. They can advise on how to get your home tested.
They also offer a web site, http://www.epa.gov/lead/ .
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