Case 3: Heavy Metals
GENOVA DIAGNOSTICS: Specializes in biochemical analysis, vitamin deficiency, inflammatory lipids, Omega 3 index (DHA, EPA and Omega 6 ratio), environmental toxicity and nutritional assessment contributing to risk of inflammatory status.
A 72 year old criminal defense lawyer with complaints of insomnia, decreased libido, aching muscles and sensitivity to food and chemicals. He has a medical history of coronary artery disease (CAD) and has had a stent placed after his first episode of angina which went on to a myocardial infarction (MI). He also suffers from leg edema, anxiety, and arthritis. He lives on a rural property with a well and his hobbies include oil painting and riding his motorcycle. Genova diagnostics First Morning Void (FMV) is a serum-based analysis of organic acids, minerals, heavy metals, and essential fatty acids. Besides identifying he had a critical lack of B vitamins and folate, it also showed that his Omega 3 index was critically low, which was not addressed by his current cardiac regimen and put him at increased risk for another heart attack. Interestingly, he was found to have excessive levels of lead and tin on the surface of his red blood cells. Heavy metals (such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, and tin) commonly enter our bodies through the local water supply which has been contaminated by waste disposal run offs. Industrial smoke that drifts over our farmlands can also enter the water cycle that falls on our crops (organic or otherwise). Heavy metals are prime disruptors of many enzyme systems and can effect Vit B metabolism and also disrupt the sex hormones. The first thing we need to do is identify where the source of contamination is coming from: exposure at work, smoking, water, food, or accidental exposure from contact with hazardous materials. Some of the heavy metals such as mercury and lead can be bound (chelation) with sulfur containing antioxidants and then excreted in the urine and bile. More severe cases will require chelation therapy which can usually done on an oral basis in conjunction with antioxidant supplements. Heavy contamination will require intravenous treatment as well. Remember to check and change your drinking water filters according to the manufacture’s instruction. Not all filters work equally well and independent water testing may be advised if you are on a rural well water system.
For more information: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4427717/