Heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, takes the lives of about 2,500 Americans each day. This disease is so prevalent that it’s responsible for 40% of all U.S. deaths, killing more people than all forms of cancer combined, according to the Mayo Clinic. While heart disease is often serious, the good news is that you may have more control over heart disease risk than not. There are many risk factors such as family history and age which you can’t control, but plenty that are within your power of influence. To read on about these factors, click here.
This article talks about the potential that a toxic accumulation of mercury in your body may be a significant factor in heart disease. Other toxic metals may also play a role such as cadmium, lead and nickel. There is a relatively inexpensive test one can do that involves taking a chelating agent called DMSA first thing in the morning and then collecting ones urine for the next six hours. You take a sample of that and send it off to the lab for diagnosis of toxic metal accumulations. They will look at the above toxic metals and a few more for good measure. The cost to our patients for this test is $95, which includes the chelating DMSA agent. Call our office (805) 569-5000 for the test kit if interested.
There is yet another and considerably more expensive test that will look at the question of whether or not your condition with regard to the toxic metals has deteriorated so far as to cause your body to start developing antibodies to the toxic metals. The reality is that we live in a toxic world and most of us have significant accumulation of toxic metals in our bodies. The question becomes, is one’s body handling the toxic burden or is it causing problems. I can assure you that if you have developed antibodies to the toxic metal, it is most definitely having a significant detrimental impact on your health. Get it treated – yes we do such treatment without the IV chelation route, and then redo the test to check on your progress after about four to six months of nutritional therapy.
Please contact our office at (805) 569-5000 to discuss heart health and what actions you can take to avoid heart disease.