What are Toxic Metals?
Toxic metals are metals that are not required or of use to your bodies chemistry. Mercury is the example we are all probably most familiar with. Toxic metals can also be variations of metals for which there is a biological use, but in the wrong form are toxic.
What is the Weight Loss Connection?
For the purpose of weight loss, or an inability to lose weight no matter what, the effect of toxic metals on thyroid function and estrogen production becomes of particular interest.
Impaired thyroid function, specifically the impairment of T4 to T3 conversion will act like an invisible force field around your body fat. No amount of diet or exercise will be of use for someone with sufficiently impaired thyroid.
There is good scientific evidence that metal toxicity can impair endocrine (thyroid) function.
When we look at the scientific evidence for toxic metals and impaired thyroid function, there are numerous studies indicating lead, cadmium, and mercury with impaired thyroid function.
What we can say for sure is this
1. Toxic Metals in your body are undesirable
2. Toxic metals may impair thyroid function in certain individuals
3. If you cannot lose weight, and have high levels of heavy metals, you may consider a protocol to remove toxic metals.
The Best Test to Objectively Measure Your Level of Heavy Metals
I recommend having your physician order the 3 or 6 hour urinary heavy metal toxic test using a challenging agent such as DMSA or DMPS.
The following test was ordered on a patient who had an impossible time losing weight. She simply was unable to convert T4-T3.
Once the patient was treated and the mercury and lead were reduced and removed her weight problem was solved. Her T4-T3 conversion issue was again solved.
How Can You Rid Yourself of Toxic Metals?
1: Find a doctor thoroughly trained in the evaluation and treatment of heavy metal detoxification
2: Be certain your phase I and phase II detoxification pathways are functioning optimally
3: Eliminate all heavy metal exposure (we provide guidelines to all of our patients on potential exposure)
4: InfraRed Sauna
5: After a careful evaluation by your health professional, they may recommend DMSA or DMPS chelating agent.
To find a healthcare professional certified in functional medicine, go to www.FunctionalMedicineDoctors.com. These are clinicians who have been trained at Functional Medicine University (www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com)
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