We are ALL Toxic!
On a daily basis our bodies come in contact with harmful compounds that can cause numerous health challenges, disease, and a decreased quality of life. Harmful toxins are found in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. If you’re alive, you absolutely HAVE harmful toxins circulating throughout your body. It’s impossible to avoid.
In today’s environment, these toxins come in many types. However, one type often overlooked by the traditional health care system is toxic heavy metals. Common metals such as lead, mercury, aluminum, cadmium and arsenic are widespread toxic elements that are exceptionally harmful. Awareness of the dangers of these toxic heavy metals has increased over the last decade, but real understanding of their systemic cytotoxic danger is still emerging.
A “heavy metal” is a metal with high atomic weight and specific gravity. With both slow and prolonged (chronic) exposure, as well as acute gross exposure, inorganic heavy metal contact generates systemic intra-cellular and extra-cellular cytotoxins to the brain, nervous system and body.
Constant exposure at work and/or home to heavy metals is of concern. The metals most dangerous are the heavy metals, such as: antimony, arsenic, bismuth, cadmium, cerium, chromium, cobalt, copper, gallium, gold, iron, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel, platinum, silver, tellurium, thallium, tin, uranium, vanadium, and zinc. What people fail to realize completely is that in an inorganic, large, heavy metal form, these metals are harmful to one’s health. However, if they are in a carbon-bonded, trace mineral form, these organically complexed elements are actually beneficial for the body and are necessary to maintain a proper level of energy, health and wellness.
The human body has no ability to remove toxic heavy metals from extra-cellular spaces, interstitial fluids or fatty tissue. Because of this, chelation therapy has become the treatment of choice for this process. Chelation therapy helps reduce the levels of heavy metals in the body, thereby reducing the production of free radicals and preventing peroxidation or breakdown of cell membranes, DNA, enzymes, lipoproteins and many other key metabolic and neurological functions. Additionally, reducing “free-radical” threats and damage may free up the body’s natural healing mechanisms so it can focus on halting and possibly even reversing the progression of disease.
EDTA (Ethylene Diamine Tetraacetic Acid), has been known as a broad-based chelator of heavy metals since the 1920’s when it was used industrially, and now is one of the most widely used chelating agents in medicine with the capacity to attach and remove (chelate) almost every heavy metal.
Due to its rapidly expanding acceptance, ground-breaking doctors like Norman Clark, M.D. observed peripheral benefits such as improvement in cardiovascular health (i.e., cholesterol and arterial plaque removal), and thus discovered EDTA’s ability to chelate more than just inorganic lead.
IS EDTA CHELATION THERAPY SAFE?
As mentioned previously, other than the temporary mild side effects of any chelation/detox program, EDTA has been used safely since the early part of the 20th century and has been used in medicine since the 1950s to treat both mercury and lead poisoning.
As with most detoxification programs, mild side effects may occur such as: aches, fatigue or rashes. These are all temporary and will likely cease once the system is cleansed.
TRANSDERMAL DELIVERY (Topical Application)
The application of medications to the skin to ease ailments is a practice that has been utilized by humankind over the millennia and has included the use of poultices, gels, ointments, creams, and pastes.
Transdermal Delivery Systems (TDDS) offer advantages over the oral route and improved patient acceptability and compliance.
What you put ON your body is just as significant as what you put IN your body. Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it.
There are several layers of skin that serve as protection. However, one layer, the stratum lucidum isn’t even present in thin skin. And the thickest part of the epidermis, the stratum corneum, consisting of keratin-packed dead cells, is substantially thinner in areas of the body such as the inner thigh, under the arm near the axilla, the inside of the wrist, etc. Reducing the stratum thickness can speed up the diffusion of small water-soluble molecules into the body by up to 1000 times!
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health looked into the skin’s absorption rates of chemicals found in drinking water. It showed that the skin absorbed an average of 64% of total contaminant dosage. Other studies found an absorption rate of 100% for underarms and genitalia. There is nearly an 80-fold difference in skin thickness between the thinnest and thickest skin in different parts of the body.
Therefore to achieve the best absorption, EDTA cream should be applied to areas on the body (not face) where the skin is thinner as mentioned above.