Today heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium. arsenic, aluminum, nickel and tin are ubiquitous in our industrialized society. Metals are present in virtually every area of modern consumerism - cosmetics, healthcare, medications, energy, transportation and construction. We cannot escape exposure but we need to do everything in our power to minimize it, especially continuous exposure in our children. Of particular concern is lead, which is stored in our bone tissue for decades and is re-mobilized during lactation causing toxic exposure to babies. Lead has been implicated in low birth weights, impaired neurological development, aggressive behaviors, ADHD and reduced growth rates.
Lead is not the only offender, all of the heavy metals have been strongly implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders.The environmental protection agency is finally releasing a long overdue list of heavy metals that are known contributors to autism.
As part of my comprehensive intake I will determine a child's risks of exposure and use laboratory testing to confirm any suspicions. It is imperative that these metals be actively chelated once found as they are stubborn obstacles in the road to recovery.