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Common Heavy Metals Making You Sick

How to Detox Your Body | Chelation Therapy

Mercury toxicity has been known as ‘The Great Mimicker” because it can show up as numerous diseases, from cancers to autoimmune diseases and psychiatric problems. When you have symptoms that are not clear (like mine were in the past) or do not seem to be getting better despite great efforts (like mine weren’t in the past) or when you suspect exposure to heavy metals from either silver dental fillings or eating lots of tuna or other mercury-laden fish, have your Integrative M.D. test you for heavy metals. Blood mercury and hair analysis aren’t the way to determine if you are mercury toxic. The only reliable test is a 24 hour Urine Challenge Test using a chelating agent such as DMSA. I use the Doctor’s Data lab but you can also use the Metametrix lab, too.  I also have done two Organic Acid Tests, which allow you to tailor a supplement regiment specific to you as opposed to taking whatever supplements you read about in a magazine – that may actually not be good for you. This test is performed by Metametrix. If you have specific concerns or issues, consider additional testing such as thyroid, hormone levels, adrenals or parasites. I went through two years of chelation, infrared saunas, Epsom salt baths and much more to remove my heavy metals along with detoxing my food, cleaning supplies, cosmetics and other toxic substances that were making me sick.

Here are a few hidden sources where heavy metals are lurking in your food, environment and home.


  • Aluminum Cooking Utensils
  • Baking Powder
  • Antacids
  • Antiperspirants
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Drinking Water
  • Milk and Milk Products
  • Pickled Foods
  • Nasal Spray
  • Toothpaste
  • Ceramics (AL 203 Clay)
  • Dental Fillings
  • Cigarette Smoke
  • Car Exhausts
  • Pesticides
  • Color Additives
  • Vanilla Powder
  • Table Salt
  • Seasonings
  • Bleached Flour
  • American Cheese
  • Certain Medications
  • Rat Poison


  • Drinking Water
  • Soft Water
  • Soda
  • Refined Wheat Flour
  • Canned Evaporated Milk
  • Processed Foods
  • Oysters
  • Cigarette Smoke
  • Superphosphate Fertilizers
  • Dental Appliances
  • Ceramic Glazes
  • Paint Pigments
  • Electroplating
  • Silver Polish
  • Polyvinyl Plastics
  • Rubber Carpet Backing
  • Nickel-Cadmium Batteries
  • Rust-Proofing Materials


  • Car Exhausts
  • Lead House Paint
  • Drinking Water
  • Produce from Contaminated Soil
  • Canned Fruits & Juices
  • Canned Evaporated Milk
  • Milk from Animals Fed in Pb-Contaminated Land
  • Bone Meal
  • Organ Meats
  • Lead-Arsenic Pesticides
  • Leaded Caps on Wine Bottles
  • Rainwater and Snow
  • Pottery
  • Painted Glassware
  • Pencils
  • Toothpaste
  • Newsprint
  • Colored Printed Materials
  • Eating Utensils
  • Curtain Weights
  • Putty
  • Car Batteries
  • Firing Ranges


  • Adhesives
  • Felt
  • Leather Tanning Products
  • Fungicides for Lawn & Shrubs
  • Certain Batteries
  • Wood Preservatives
  • Air Conditioner Filters
  • Floor Waxes & Polishers
  • Fabric Softeners
  • Mercurochrome, Merthiolate
  • Hemorrhoid Suppositories
  • Latex & Solvent-Thinned Paints
  • Cosmetics
  • Skin Lightening Creams
  • Psoriasis Ointments
  • Tattooing
  • Body Powders, Talc, Laxatives
  • Mercuric Chloride
  • Certain Lake Fish
  • Predator Fish
  • Grain Seeds Treated with Methyl Mercury Fungicide
  • Broken Thermometers & Barometers
  • Dental Fillings
  • Sewage Sludge Used as Fertilizer


  • Wallpaper Dye & Plaster
  • Wood Preservatives
  • Sewage Disposal
  • Colored Chalk
  • Wine
  • Household Detergents
  • Automobile Exhaust
  • Drinking Water, Sea Water, Well Water
  • Rat Poisons
  • Insecticide Residues on Produce

It is essential to work with a nutritionist and an Integrative M.D. because I am sharing general information that is not intended to be medical advice. This information is only given for informational purposes.

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  1. Hi Amie,

    I saw you this morning on ABC The More You Know time slot. I usually do not watch television on Saturday mornings but just happen to have it on and saw your segment. The mango cabbage salad looked so good I decided to look you up,. Well to my surprise you have suffered with a many symptoms that my 23 year old daughter is suffering with presently. Also, I just found out that I have leaky gut. Christina has lymes too. The reason for contacting you is that I was wondering if you have any programs that you run in NYC. We would love to be able to see if we could attend any. I would truly appreciate anything you could provide. Greatly appreciated. Donna

    1. Thank you Donna; lovely to hear from you! Glad you enjoyed my TV segment this morning. My book will help you a ton. Look at my right side bar; it’s called Eating Clean and you can click on the link to purchase on amazon. That will help you. Keep checking my EVENTS page on my website to see all my upcoming retreats and events. Sending you so much love; thank you again! oxx