Heavy metal & Lyme disease
Heavy metal toxicity can be a major problem when also struggling to heal from Lyme disease. Heavy metal toxicity is abundant and virtually unavoidable in our world today and, like mold, it can slow the body down and prevent it from properly healing.
The most common heavy metals that can affect the body are Lead, Mercury, Arsenic, Aluminum and Cadmium. The symptoms for both heavy metal toxicity and chronic toxicity are pretty vague—similar, in fact, to those for Lyme disease. The most common symptoms are vomiting, nausea, convulsions, cramping, headaches, breathing problems, impaired motor and cognitive skills, sweating and more. Some chronic symptoms include: depression, fatigue, achy joints, digestive problems, blood sugar issues, menstrual problems, etc.
What does heavy metal toxicity mean for people also trying to heal from Lyme disease? Heavy metals in the body can begin to interfere with other treatments owing to the fact that heavy metals, once built up, will start to form protective layers. This not only prevents and protects the heavy metals themselves, but also other bad guys that may be floating around in your body (ie. Lyme bacteria).
Testing for heavy metal toxicity can be a simple process. The most common way to test would be via blood, hair, or urine sample. In rare cases, nail samples would be tested. Rarer still, a tissue biopsy would be taken and tested. If heavy metals is a concern, the option to additionally test your living environment (which can also be done for mold) should be considered.
Treatment for heavy metal toxicity consists largely of reducing exposure, detoxification, supplements and/or therapies such as chelation therapy (with aid of a doctor). Chelation therapy is the procedure of administering chelating agents into the bloodstream to bind the heavy metals and remove them from the body. Other natural methods can be used as well.
Ways to reduce exposure:
-Be aware of what types of materials the products you use to cook with are made of (ie. Cast iron is good, waxes are bad).
-Always check that cosmetics, deodorants, toothpastes and other personal care products are made using safe ingredients. A good rule of thumb, if you can’t pronounce it you should look it up.
-Avoid all forms of smoking, including E-cigarette’s.
-Only use safe cleaning products.
-Eat organic, local, fermented and raw foods.
-Even check with your Dentist about what type of metals were used in fillings
Ways to Detoxify:
-Foods and herbs like wild Maine blueberries, cilantro, lemon (in water) and some types of seaweed and algae are natural detoxifiers. Additionally, sweating (like when using a sauna) and making sure you are well hydrated throughout the day, every day are great for helping your body detoxify.
PROS: Heavy metal toxicity can be a silent enemy in your fight against Lyme and the moment you begin to fight it you’ll start to feel better. By riding your body of harsh toxins, you’ll be much more able to rid your body of Lyme and coinfections.
CONS: Treatments may not be covered by insurance. You will need to work closely with a medical professional to get the proper tests, to understand the results and then properly treat. Even detoxifying and reducing exposure can become expensive as ‘safe’ products are often more expensive than the usual brands.