I found this in Anthony Williams book “Medical Medium Celery Juice”
“Heavy metals and heavy metal oxidation are undiscovered leading causes of brain fog, memory loss, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism as well as sever mental and physical deterioration such as Alzheimer’s, ALS, and Parkinsons.”
High levels of toxic metals like lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, and aluminum, inhibit the bodies ability to process and assimilate specific nutritional elements that are essential to good health. ” Anthony Williams
Heavy metals are just plain nasty and the problems from them are getting worse. One of the best ways to determine your heavy metal load as well as nutrient deficiency is through Hair Mineral Analysis. Here is a link to more info on that:
It was a fascinating day spent learning both lecture style and out in the bush hands on learning about some medicinal plants that we are fortunate enough to have here in and around The Great Lakes.
Although the focus that day was not specifically about Labrador Tea, I did find his blog post about it and it blew me away! Especially for the fact of his reference to Mercury removal from the body and brain, as I work with clients and help them with identifying the presence of heavy metals in the body and brain and in the removal of these nasty buggers.
His blog post is loaded with good info about the benefits of Labrador Tea and covers all about mercury and how difficult in can be to remove from the brain. *Labrador Tea to the Rescue* Here is the link:
You can read the full article but here is a snippet of just some of the other amazing benefits of Labrador Tea from Joe’s blog post:
Labrador tea at concentration levels that of a cup a mild tasting tea improves insulin sensitivity by reducing blood glucose levels by 13%, reduced the response to oral glucose tolerance test by 18.2% and reduced plasma insulin by 65%. Also induces a 42% reduction in hepatic triglyceride levels, Stimulates glucose metabolism (akt pathway) by 55% and increases GLUT4 (skeletal muscle glucose transporter) expression by 54%. All while improving renal function and lowering adipogenesis.
I for one will be heading out to the bush pronto to find what I need to make this tea. I already have an idea of who will take me and show me what I need. I will share back with you all on how that goes.
If you are at all concerned, (and you should be) about heavy metals and would like to learn more about the best way to test for the presence of heavy metals in the body as well as nutrient deficiencies which are often caused by the evidence of heavy metals in the body (heavy metals can displace minerals), here is a link to what I use with my clients:
The term heavy metals refers to any metallic chemical element that has a relatively high density and is toxic or poisonous at low concentrations. Examples of heavy metals include mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd), arsenic (As), chromium (Cr), thallium (Tl), and lead (Pb).
Here is a link to a Pubmed article that shares a really in-depth explanation of heavy metals, their role, and where they come from in our environment.
Heavy metals in the body and brain are a real concern. How does one find out if they have the presence of heavy metals in their body? We cannot see inside our bodies, and so just like our family physician needs to run blood work to assess cholesterol, sugar levels, triglycerides and the like, we can use a form of testing to check for this. A Hair Mineral Analysis test can help us to see our unique mineral foundation and possible toxic exposure and toxic load that may be comprised of excesses heavy metals in combination with nutrient deficiencies.
Hair Mineral Analysis screens the levels of up to 60 essential minerals and toxic metals. With correct testing and interpretation, one can construct a comprehensive metabolic profile of the human body.
Hair is an excellent biopsy material. It is easy to sample, easily preserved and transported, represents a soft tissue of the body, and is a storage and eliminative tissue. As hair grows it forms a permanent record of the body’s nutritional deficiencies or excesses.
This information, along with dietary and nutritional evaluations, will provide the basis for a nutritional balancing program to establish and maintain optimal levels of wellness. By correcting tissue mineral levels and ratios with proper diet, supplementary nutrients and lifestyle modifications, many physical and behavioral health conditions can be prevented or reversed.
Minerals screened include electrolytes – calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and phosphorus and trace minerals – copper, manganese, chromium, selenium, iron, molybdenum, lithium, cobalt,and zinc.
It is important to note that heavy metals in the body can displace minerals creating nutrient deficiencies or excesses. Nutrition is a lot more complicated than people realize and the idea of just ‘eating right’ no longer fits the paradigm of the world we live in. We are exposed to toxins, pollution, pathogens, and more. The game of health has entirely changed and we need to be an active proponent in the game of detection.
If you are at all concerned about the presence of heavy metals and the possibility of nutrient deficiencies in your own body, and are interested in learning more about Hair Mineral Analysis testing, here is link to the information:
Selenium is a trace mineral and although your body only needs small amounts, these are critical to your health and vitality. Selenium deficiency is quite common in this part of the world. For example, large areas of North America are deficient in soil selenium levels. For those of us living in Ontario, Canada, this includes large parts of Ontario. Soil deficiency usually translates into human deficiency.
As a Health Coach who utilizes Hair Mineral Analysis testing, I almost always see low levels of selenium in my client’s lab results. It is the very reason that has prompted me to write this blog post!
Selenium acts also as a very powerful antioxidant helping to combat free radicals in the body and reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been linked to chronic diseases like heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer, as well as premature aging and the risk of stroke. Selenium is an essential component of glutathione peroxidase, which protects the body from a vast array of toxins including free radicals and heavy metals, particularly Mercury. Selenium and glutathione peroxidase levels are often low in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, and psoriasis and may be low in most inflammatory conditions.
Selenium also helps to maintain normal liver function and protein synthesis. The liver is critical to ‘life’ and it is probably the most important area of the body to support overall health and wellbeing.
Selenium in necessary for the health of the heart and other muscles. It has been reported to improve the function of the mitochondria (the energy producing units of cells) by protecting them from lack of oxygen. This may account for the fact that selenium supplementation has been found to be effective in the treatment of chest pains associated with heart disease (angina pectoris). Selenium is also required for the production of a specific type of hormone-like substance called prostaglandin, which, among other things, helps regulate blood pressure.
Selenium is important for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. In fact, thyroid tissue contains a higher amount of selenium than any other organ in the human body.
This powerful mineral helps protect the thyroid against oxidative damage and also plays an essential role in the production of thyroid hormones.
Selenium may also protect the body against contaminants such as mercury, cadmium, and silver. Source: 1. Yoon SO, Kim MM, Chung AS. Inhibitory effect of selenite on invasion of ht1080 tumor cells. J Biol Chem. 2001;276:20085-20092.
In populations at higher risk for prostate cancer, selenium supplements decreased risk and growth rate of tumors. Source:
3. Costello AJ. A randomized, controlled chemoprevention trial of selenium in familial prostate cancer
Selenium supplements may also be able to halt the growth of polyps in the colon and reduce the risk of lung and liver cancers. Source: 4. Chigbrow M, Nelson M. Inhibition of mitotic cyclin B and cdc2 kinase activity by selenomethionine in synchronized colon cancer cells. Anticancer Drugs. 2001;12:43-50.
There are many studies that have shown that the lower the intake of selenium, the higher the incidence of cancer of the colon, breast, pancreas, ovary, bladder, prostate, rectum, skin and lungs. In a recent study (Environ Health Prev Med, 14,261,2009) Selenium has an inverse correlation with cancer (higher levels of selenium – lower levels of cancer). Other conditions that have been reported to respond to supplementation with selenium include AIDS, allergies, arteriosclerosis, cataracts, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
I have really only skimmed the surface here on the importance of selenium, but I encourage each and everyone of you to explore the role of selenium in your daily life. I just stopped typing to go and take my selenium supplements right now!
If you need help with a good quality supplement choice, please reach out to me and I can help you with that. You may also desire to have a Hair Mineral Analysis test done. This test checks for the presence of heavy metals and mineral deficiencies like selenium. For more info here is a link to my website for that Hair Mineral Analysis Info
One of the best food sources for selenium are brazil nuts. Try adding at least 3 a day into your diet.
Some other food sources grains, some vegetables, lentils, meats, dairy products, canned tuna. Unfortunately foods like canned tuna can add to the heavy metal load in the body and brain. Also, meats and dairy products can feed pathogens in the body like Ebstein-Barr Virus which is now being linked to many diseases such as MS, Fibro, RA, and more, so choose your foods carefully for various reasons. I highly recommend supplementing with selenium to ensure adequate levels.
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who works with clients all over the world. She is an avid researcher and studies consistently on the latest research and information available on both heavy metals and nutrition as well as the implications of nutritional deficiencies when it comes to the body and brain.
Some time ago I posted here about starting the Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie protocol from the Medical Medium. I have been getting many requests for the recipe so I thought I would update everyone on the results from my hair analysis and share the recipe for the detox smoothie.
I sent my hair away to be tested at the lab and when the results came back, I was surprised to find out what I was high in as far as heavy metals go. It shocked me actually. First off Hair Mineral Analysis is screening test to measure the levels of up to 60 essential minerals and toxic metals. With correct testing and interpretation, one can construct a comprehensive metabolic profile of the human body and then take corrective measures to balance nutrients and remove toxins.
I ended up being very high in Lead!! This was a surprise as I have had my water pipes tested in my house several times and apparently the levels are safe. It is my understanding that older homes can have a lot of lead paint on the walls, even if they have been painted over, which is probably the case in my house. I can’t wait to get the results for the rest of my family to see if there is a common theme here.
Needless to say, I am getting more focused on doing these heavy metal detox smoothies and supporting my body with the necessary nutrition and supplementation to deal with this nasty heavy metal that is very toxic, as well as the other imbalances that showed up.
Heavy metals can wreak havoc on the body and mind. Here are some signs indicating the possibility of heavy metals in the body.
1.) Chronic and frequent general feeling of fatigue, illness and discomfort
2.) Chronic pain, mainly in the tendons, throughout the muscles or soft tissues of the body
3.) Brain fog like being confused or forgetful
4.) Digestive issues like constipation, bloating, gas, diarrhea, heartburn or indigestion
6.) Migraines or headaches
7.) Mood swings
8.) Visual disturbances
9.) Depression or anxiety
10.) Nervous system disorders, including numbness, tingling, burning or paralysis in the extremities
11.) Female reproductive issues like infertility, miscarriage and menstrual problems
12.) Speech problems
Here is an excerpt from the Medical Medium blog about heavy metals along with the link to a full article that is very insightful and educational.
Heavy Metal Toxicity Symptoms
“Heavy metals can cause ADHD, ADD, autism, depression, OCD, mood disorders, Alzheimer’s, focus, concentration and memory loss issues, and much more. They can also increase any viral or bacterial issues you may be battling. For example, heavy metals can serve as a feeding ground for Streptococcus A or B, E. coli, C. difficile, H. pylori, and yeast cells. This can create an overgrowth of multiple bacteria in our gut, resulting in a condition known as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), which is characterized by bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation (or both), and can lead to nutrient deficiencies. Additionally, when viruses such as Epstein-Barr and shingles feed off toxic heavy metals, this can produce symptoms such as tingling, numbness, fatigue, anxiety, heart palpitations, ringing in the ears, dizziness and vertigo, as well as neck pain, knee pain, foot pain, pain in the back of the head, and a variety of other aches and pains that are often attributed to other causes.”
I highly recommend finding out if you or your family members are being affected by heavy metals. If you would like to learn more about testing for heavy metals and mineral imbalances here is a link to more info: Hair Analysis Info
If you have any questions about hair analysis, making the smoothie, or anything at all, be sure to shoot me a message or comment below and I’d be happy to help if I can.
I will keep everyone updated on my heavy metal detox progress when I retest in the future.
Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner and a Certified Life Coach who helps people with wellness of body, mind and spirit. Maggie is currently heavily focused on helping individuals and families through Hair Mineral Analysis, Nutritional Assessments, and Nutrition Protocols to promote optimal health and wellness.