This week Lisa shares her insights into what Heavy metal poisoning is. It is the accumulation of various heavy metals in your body. Environmental and industrial factors expose you to high levels of heavy metals every day, including the foods you eat and air you breathe.

Some of these metals — such as zinccopper, and iron — are good for you in small amounts. But overexposure can lead to heavy metal poisoning over time. 

Heavy Metals damage our bodies and brains in so many ways and none of us living in this toxic soup environment of our world is immune to it's effects so what can we do to support our bodies in detoxifying from things like Mercury, Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, Thallium and co. In this webinar Lisa shares her heavy metal detox methods and what you need to be careful about.
Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity vary depending on the type of metal you're overexposed to. Mercuryleadarsenic and cadmium are some of the more common overexposed metals.

Acute symptoms associated with these metals include:

In more severe cases of chronic heavy metal poisoning, you may experience symptoms including:

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Speaker 1: (00:01)
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Speaker 2: (00:11)
Well, hi everyone. Listen to how many here again and fantastic to have you back on the course today, we're going to be talk, talking about heavy metals and what they do in the body and why you need to be aware of this and why you need to get a test support and why it's important for brain health and a whole lot of stuff. So heavy metal poisoning. It affects nearly all of us. We are pretty much living in a toxic soup and now modern day environment that our bodies were not made for all the chemicals that are out there. There are a heck of a lot of heavy metals in our environment. Things like mercury thallium, Arsenic, Nickel, uranium, and lead and others. And this is leading to a boat up and our bodies, unfortunately, that everywhere in our environment, from our water supply and the soils that grow our food and the fish that we eat and the meat that we eat and even in the vegetables that we consume and the ear, of course, that we breathe not to mention all the chemicals that are in our houses.

Speaker 2: (01:18)
You'd be surprised at the amount of chemicals in our houses and offices and the like, and of course, through our cars and so on and through industry. Now, as these metals slowly build up over time, it's like a slow poisoning of the systems. And many of the things that we think of as aging are really just, well, can at least be partly attributed to heavy metal toxicity. So heavy metals slowly, we can ask some agents and cause cellular damage, and that can suppress also our thyroid functions, making us feel quite sluggish, cold and fatigued, and our immune system can also take a hit so we can get more infections and have immune system functional problems. So arsenic, cadmium lead and mercury are the most toxic and the most ubiquitous metals in our environments. The ones that we really need to be aware of, and these are all carcinogens.

Speaker 2: (02:14)
I E they can cause cancers. Now, there are others like chromium iron, copper zinc, and these are actually needed in the body. But if they are also into higher levels, it can be not actually optimal for us. Now, all of these metals are naturally occurring metals but through activities like mining and smelting and manufacturing, or they use some things like fuels and paint sucks, etc mean that they're no longer just deep, underground, like they were, but that they're actually up here with us in the soil, air and water. So what does the heavy metals do? Well, they affect our mitochondria. So our mitochondria, you're going to be hearing more about this in the, of a little factories. If you like that are producing energies in our cells via an electrical process. Now, these heavy metals and our bodies mess with that electrical process, and that causes a big impact on oxidative stress and cellular function, which leads them to aging and decline.

Speaker 2: (03:19)
Now, babies and children are even more vulnerable to these metals and pregnant woman has to be especially careful because if they are exposed to these middles, they can experience miscarriage. Carriages are premature birth and low birth weights, which can really affect a child for, for life. And if the child is exposed to this during the early childhood, this can cross the blood brain barrier and cause things like a lowered IQ and cognitive problems. Now lead exposure, for example, has been shown in studies to increase the cardiovascular disease dramatically. And it can double the risk of mortality for coronary heart disease. So really, really bad stuff. So lit damages, the cells that line, the blood vessels, it hardens the arteries and causes plaques to form. Now, once the Plex are present, the blood pressure increases, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Speaker 2: (04:20)
Now, anything that's gonna damage the, in the Lisio lining of yourselves is something that we want to avoid. So it's not only heavy metals that would do that or live that will do that. But it's one of the things that can cause inflammation on the endometrial cells. Now, nowadays we have, luckily they have taken the lead out of our fuels and paints. Thank goodness. And there was less of that in our environment now, but they have replaced in our fuels at least overseas. I haven't been able to get the data for New Zealand, but they have replaced the lead with cellular and sound. Liam is even worse than the lead. And they're like, there's no safe level for lead and there's no really safe level for failure. So Telium is used in things like rat poison, someone sick decides, and then the glass manufacturing end and the pharmaceutical industries, and it's a colorless tasteless poison.

Speaker 2: (05:18)
And it's, it causes the potassium in your, in your cells to fail. And potassium is really, really important. In fact, I nearly died of a lack of potassium in my late twenties when I've been doing too much sport and my electrolyte levels have fallen so low that my, my potassium levels got down to a point where my entire body cramps from my head to my toe all at once, including my heart and I nearly died. So I know that a lack of potassium can really effect now that wasn't caused through Sally and poisoning, but it belabors the point that if your potassium in your sales, then you're in big trouble. So even in small doses that causes to generate a changes in many of your organs. And it's most apparent in the nervous system who is lesions in the Bazell gang, it's really a part of the brain.

Speaker 2: (06:11)
And this is an area of the brain that can that has to do with speech and movement and posture. I know with mum's aneurysm that she had, that that part of the brain was damaged and she has problems motor problems and postural problems, but lead can also cause damage and lesions and that part of the brain. So, and another thing to be aware of now it's shown to be in many of our soils, which grow our food. So stellium, so Becky, sorry, tell me I'm not leaving as I was meaning before. So salium has been showing that it's a mini soils, which grow our food and there are a family vegetables the kales and the cabbages and the brassica families that are especially good at taking thallium back up out of the ground. It's actually so good that a one Chinese study, they found that the soil could be decontaminated terminated from planting a whole lot of cabbages that then sucked it up.

Speaker 2: (07:14)
Now, if we go and eat that cabbage or that kale, then we're obviously doing ourselves a disservice. So next time someone offers you some cold sore or something cabbage or something with kale in it. You might want to think about it. Where did it come from? So I want to talk now about mercury. Now this is while we're all probably aware of it's very problematic, heavy metal, it causes high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases and neuro toxicity. It can appear cognitive function and motor skills. And it's found in fish, which unfortunately is a really important food source that has all our migas, DHS, and EPS, which are really good for our health, which are great. So unfortunately, those that fish also have mercury. Now there's something like 600 tons of mercury every year going into our oceans. So there's becoming more and more of the mercury around.

Speaker 2: (08:12)
So if you eat a lot of fish, which ostensibly would be healthy, this can lead to mercury toxicity. Now fish that are higher up the food chain are more effective than fish that had lower down the food chain and the, the fish that live here. They accused me. You mean like more mercury, so you don't want to be eating things like shark or swordfish. For example, you want to be having the smaller fish that aren't too old because the older fish will have higher levels of mercury in them. Then the, the smaller and younger fish, another major source of mercury poisoning is the amalgams our fillings, which, you know, growing up in the seventies, that's what they did. They stuck amalgam in our mouth. I had a mouth full of it. And I went into a dentist who knew how to get rid of amalgam fillings and make sure you go to a dentist who knows how to do that safely, because it's very important that you don't get the mercury toxicity because you went to a dentist who was not really equipped to deal with the amalgam and removing it because it can cause a spike of mercury poisoning and your body when they remove this.

Speaker 2: (09:27)
And that's definitely not something you want to have happen. If you have amalgam fillings, so now then I can guarantee you that we'll be shortening your life and it will be detrimental to your health. You want to get that sorted as quick as you can. I know you deserve expensive, but if there's any, which way you can make that happen, do so. There are other sources of mercury as well. Things like a compact fluorescent lights, and it's also used in some manufacturing processes. So don't buy compact fluorescent lights. So no good, no matter how good you think you are with your diet and your, you know, your, the way you live and your lifestyle chances are you've been exposed to heavy metals in some way, shape or form. And there is this booting up in your body. And we aren't made to live in this toxic soup that we have unfortunately created for ourselves.

Speaker 2: (10:28)
Now there's a couple of ways that you can test for heavy metal poisoning. You can get a hair tissue, mineral analysis. And I have a podcast with Gary Miler, who is someone who does this heat tissue, mineral analysis. You'll be able to listen to that later. I've had mine done. And I come back with arsenic poisoning, for example, and mercury poisoning asked Nick because I was a Goldsmith for many years and did a lot of smelting and melting of metals, which I believe is where I picked that up from. So you need to be able to, to do these tests, the other way to do it is to get a urine test. Now, if you want to detox your body from metals, and you should be thinking about this, because even if you're unaware of what's going on in your body, it's doing the damage, then you do need to be under the auspices of probably a functional doctor.

Speaker 2: (11:22)
You're probably not going to get my success with a normal conventional medicine, try to get in touch with a functional doctor who can analyze your heavy metal toxicity, or you can reach out to Gary Mueller and do a hair tissue, mineral analysis, to find out where you're at as well, doing a detox on your own can be dangerous because you can shift it out of your fat cells, where it's being stored and into your brain, which you really don't want to do. So you want to do it in a, in a, in a way that is controlled. Now I'm going to go through a few of the supplements that you can take that will help with the detoxification process. Again, please go and see a doctor to make sure that you do this all right. Some of these are quite safe to take regardless and would help you with your general health.

Speaker 2: (12:13)
Now, the first one I wanted to talk about is glutathione. Glutathione is known as the mother of all antioxidants. It's that powerful. Now this is a collating agent, meaning that its molecules can create several bonds to the metals chelating agents bind to the metals in your body. And in that debate them, they cause them to be inactive. So they can't do the dangerous things anymore. It's part of the phase two detox system that your body has. You're a body. Your body eliminates them when you have the right levels of glutathione through your urine and your bile and glutathione is one of the ones that has the ability to stop mercury from entering the cells in the, in the very first place, which is really, really important. And also just as a side note, due to science also protects fats from oxidation. It supports your mitochondria and boosts immunity and helps brain function.

Speaker 2: (13:10)
So it's a really, really important thing. And this declines with age, your glutathione production, recline declines with age, it also helps to recharge of the antioxidants and make them able to fight inflammation. And as a cofactor for dozens of enzymes, that neutralize free radicals. Now, as we age, our glutathione levels drop, as I said, and the risk for all the major killers go up, things like heart disease and Alzheimer's and cancers and so on. So our bodies produce our own glutathione, but it often can't keep up with the demands of this toxic soup that we're living in. And with the demands of the free radical production as we get older. So if you are loaded with heavy metals, then you should take extra glutathione. Now you can take this as an Ivy or as a supplement. And I will issue a word, a corny, a word of warning here in a minute, but what you want to do with gratifying as you want to do this and for a little while, and then have a break.

Speaker 2: (14:16)
But when you take it, take a break from the glue define, and the reason you don't do this all the time is that if you taking it all time, it will cause your body's own glutathione production to downregulate and you don't want to do that. So you want to have breaks every now and then from having lots of glutathione. However, the one caution I also wanted to bring out, and this is from an area called functional genomics, which I'm studying at the moment. And you will have a couple of really good episodes on the podcast list from dr. Mansoor Muhammed. And he is the number one's world's number one expert in functional genomics. And he says that when you are giving glutathione, you have to be aware of one thing. If the person that you are giving the glutathione to is one person who doesn't have the GST T 1 or the N1 genes, or if they have only one of each of those genes.

Speaker 2: (15:20)
Now, the GSTT1s in the GST N1's are part of your detoxification. glutathione trains for H G is T that is just the residue from somewhere, but it's the glutathione transfer res. Now this is a family of genes. You have the GSTT1 N1 and P1. However, the GST T1 and the N1 can be affected by what they call a C in V a copy number variation. And some individuals will not have inherited the normal two genes from one from your mom. One from your dad is what you usually get with all your genes. And if I didn't get two sets of genes and they only got one GST T1 gene, then they will only be producing, Oh, they have the ability to process half the amount of glutathione the same with, N1, if they only received one thing or none, then they are going to have a significantly impaired ability to process glutathione

Speaker 2: (16:31)
Now that means they going to have issues with detoxification. And you would think that by giving your body more glutathione, that would be a good thing, right? You want to help them get more glutathione, but this is the, it's not the glutathione production that these are genes are responsible for, but for the catalytic reaction of what it does with the glutathione you have it, I know this is a bit of a mouthful, and we will be talking about it more in the functional genomics, but there is a significant portion of the population who have the less than optimal GSTT1 And N1 genes, if you are one of these people, your ability to use glutathione and the catalytic reaction is reduced. Now you can benefit from so having some group of firearm by way of supplements, but not too much in an Ivy is liable to be too much.

Speaker 2: (17:32)
In this case. It is also dependent on your phase one detox genes, and again, more about that in the functional genomic sector. So before you go out and get glutathione, I V it would be who've intelligence to actually get a functional genomic test, which we will be talking about later in the section and which I am studying currently to be qualified, to be able to read those. So I will hopefully hit, be able to offer you that service later on. So it's really important to know some of our genes so that we know how we are going to react to certain supplements or to medications or what predispositions we have, but, but we will get onto that later. So back now to the heavy metals. So we've just covered off the glue to sign as being a great supplement and a great Ivy for supporting the body with that caveat that you get your genes checked to see what your GSTT1 AND N1 genes are doing.

Speaker 2: (18:37)
Now, we're going to move on to alpha lipoic acid. Now, this is an antioxidant that can cross the blood brain barrier to protect neurons from heavy metal poisoning. It also regenerates glutathione. As we mentioned before, both inside and outside of the cells increasing glutathione levels in the body. It also helps your mitochondria, those little battery cells or power that create the energy in the cell that I talked about before perform better. So alpha lipoic acid is a very good and safe supplements we taking to help you detoxify and support that process up to 1800 milligrams is considered a safe dose of alpha lipoic acid. So that's really something that you could go and grab right now. Vitamin C is also a crucial antioxidant and should be part of your regular regime. Low levels of vitamin C mean also low levels of glutathione on the body and more oxidative stress.

Speaker 2: (19:42)
So vitamin C can also specifically help you detox from lead a toxicity. There is with glue to fly on, give your body a break some days from vitamin C and especially for all the athletes out there do not take vitamin C after a high intensity workouts or hard workout is the workout itself causes oxidative stress. That is good for you because that's what you're doing. You wanted to cause the stress to make the body respond by making your muscles stronger. Your team's stronger. You are your cardiovascular system stronger. Now, if you have vitamin C straight after a high intensity workout, you're going to be undoing all of that oxidative stress. So that's, it's not a good combination within 12 hours after a hit. So that's just as a little tip as an extra benefit, really. Have you bought them and see a way from your workouts and give yourself the right to renowned need from taking regular vitamin C.

Speaker 2: (20:48)
If you take it straight after a hit workout, it will interfere with the signals for your muscles to grow and get stronger. So that would be counter productive to your training. Okay. Now over to zinc, good zinc levels prevent your body from taking on lead and cabinet cadmium. And zinc has a very important, as well as an immune regulator. And many, many Kiwis are deficient in zinc. I don't have the statistics, but I have read studies before that there's a huge deficiency in the population for sync. So if you don't want to have lead and cadmium poisoning start adding some zinc to your regime, it's also really good as an immune regulator, as I said, the next one I wanted to talk to you about is activated charcoal. Now you may have come across this. When you were in third world countries, it's very readily available in those places because it helps with gastrointestinal bags that you get.

Speaker 2: (21:49)
And, you know, places like Bali and the POL and feeble countries where you're able to eat something, that's got some horrible bacteria on it, and you take activated charcoal to bind to those horrible things and get it out of your system. Right. But what you might not know is that it's also very, very good at detoxifying the body. Sorry. So it's very, very good at detoxifying the body. And it's a really good thing to take on a regular regular basis. So activated charcoal, what you need to be aware of where you're taking this is that you take it away from other supplements because it will detract from other supplements medication. And you like, for example, you don't want to be taking it next to taking your, sorry, I've just had a message coming up up here and I have to get rid of it.

Speaker 2: (22:58)
That's interfering with my notes here. So activated charcoal, you don't want to be taking it next to say your antidepressants, because it will lead to you passing that out without having it's been official response and the same with supplements. Another thing that's important too, to understand with, with Choco is that you want a very fine grade of charcoal, so that it's been ground up to a really fine, fine level. So then it has a bigger surface area in which to bind to the metals. So activated charcoal has a strong negative charge, and it binds to chemicals whose molecules have a positive charge, but once it attaches to them, you can pass them out through your store. You can then scrape them out from your body before they do any harm. When you eat food containing lead, cadmium copper, copper, Nickel activated charcoal, bind up these toxic metals before they get into cells.

Speaker 2: (24:04)
So doing this as a really good anti aging and longevity intervention, which is a low risk thing to be doing, you can have this two to three times a day. If you want all in it, the stomach away from other foods, it has also been shown in heart disease patients to lower the cholesterol levels and to improve your HDL to LDL cholesterol levels, your ratio. So really, really important. The next one that I wanted to talk to you about, and we're nearly there on this section is chlorella Corella. I have done a podcast on with Catherine Arnston who is the CEO and founder of energy bits, and she has spirulina and chlorella, and she has a hell of a lot of research about how amazing chlorella is. But one of the things that the chlorella LG does is it binds very well to mercury and the gap.

Speaker 2: (25:02)
So when you are eating fish, a really simple tip is to have some chlorella tablets when you are eating the fish, and that will negate will stop the mercury being taken up into the cells and help you pass that out. So Corella is a really good detox medication. I take it every night before I go to bed and it helps detox my body in general, but especially for, for for MITRE and for other heavy metals, I want to stop eating fish and fish has got a lot of good for us. And you can see find that podcast. It's number one 39 on my pushing the limits podcasts. And you'll have a list of those below in this, in this course as well. Now, the very last one that I wanted to cover off is digestive fibers also help us to remove toxins.

Speaker 2: (25:54)
Now I'm talking about here, the soluble kind of fiber, not the insoluble. Now the soluble kind of fiber helps feed the bacteria in your gut, which is a good thing. You want to keep those good bacteria well feed. Now there is a pro product called modified city trust pick done, and this is a very, very powerful, great NTI aging supplement for you to take it's good at removing lead and cadmium arsenic, and salium they did one study that with 15 minutes grams, a day of modified citrus pectin for five days lead to test subjects to he'll be made. It was out through the urine much, much higher quantities. For example, as snack, leaving the bar 130% more, and me I'm at 150% modified citrus pectin also reduces cancer's ability to spread in the body, which is another very, very good reason to try and try this low risk supplement and get this good fiber.

Speaker 2: (26:58)
And so a low dose of that would be about five grams a day for several months. And a high dose for an adult would be 15 grams per day for a year, which is considered a high dose for children. You only want to do this intermittently because it does reduce galectin three. And that's something that children need a lot of, but that's going beyond the scope of this. Okay. So that's it for metal poisoning today. I hope you've learned a lot. You probably want to relisten to this a few times to get it in your brain, and maybe you want to go and try just one or two of those detoxing supplements out some of the low risk ones like your Corolla, your vitamin C a no brainer. Some of the other ones, EDTA is also one that I forgot to mention, and also very powerful as an IV, or is rectally.

Speaker 2: (27:51)
Or you can take it as supplements and this will also help detoxify your body, but with EDTA, with gratify on infusions you want to be a under the auspices of a, of a functional doctor to do this, and you need to do that to get your testing done. And you also want to just be a little bit careful when it comes to just detoxing flat stick. Because again, it's something that you want to do slowly and controlled because you don't want the heavy metal toxins to be pulled out of the fat and then deposit somewhere else or in the brain, which would be catastrophic. So you want to do that in, in a, in a bit of a controlled form. So I hope that's helped today and we look forward to the next session with you and we'll see you again. Soon

Speaker 1: (28:37)
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