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Suggest treatment for heavy metal poisoning

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Posted on Fri, 1 Aug 2014
Question: What is the best way to reduce heavy metals, specifically lead poisoning.
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (5 hours later)
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Heavy metal poisoning especially lead occurs when metals build up in the body, often over a period of months or years. The best way is to prevent /avoid heavy metal contamination.The first step in treating all degrees of lead poisoning is to remove the source of the contamination. If you can't remove lead from your environment, you may at least be able to reduce the likelihood that it will cause problems. Also Its local health department job mainly to identify and reduce lead in homes and community.

For children and adults with relatively low lead levels, simply avoiding exposure to lead may be enough to reduce blood lead levels.

Treating higher levels
For more-severe cases, would recommend:

1. Chelation therapy. In this treatment, you take a medication that binds with the lead so that it's excreted in your urine.

2. EDTA therapy. We treat adults with lead levels greater than 45 mcg/dL of blood with one or more of three drugs, most commonly a chemical called ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). Depending on lead level, you may need more than one treatment.

Do let me know know for any additional information.

Take care.

Best regards
Dr. T. Shobha Deepak
MBBS, MD
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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I have removed the lead issue from my life. I've heard that chelating can have an adverse effect, ie it can come back with the metal poisoning and be more severe.

Is EDTA therapy natural? Does it have died effects or risks. I've been reading about a natural product called zetalight, what are your thoughts on this product please.
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Answered by Dr. T Shobha Deepak (3 hours later)
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Chelation therapy or any therapy is only indicated either when there are signs and symptoms of lead toxicity or blood levels are elevated.
It would be helpful if you could let me know why are you concerned about lead toxicity.

Awaiting your response.

Take care

Best regards
Dr T Shobha Deepak
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Brief Answer: Answer detailed below Detailed Answer: Hi Greetings Welcome to Healthcare-Magic Heavy metal poisoning especially lead occurs when metals build up in the body, often over a period of months or years. The best way is to prevent /avoid heavy metal contamination.The first step in treating all degrees of lead poisoning is to remove the source of the contamination. If you can't remove lead from your environment, you may at least be able to reduce the likelihood that it will cause problems. Also Its local health department job mainly to identify and reduce lead in homes and community. For children and adults with relatively low lead levels, simply avoiding exposure to lead may be enough to reduce blood lead levels. Treating higher levels For more-severe cases, would recommend: 1. Chelation therapy. In this treatment, you take a medication that binds with the lead so that it's excreted in your urine. 2. EDTA therapy. We treat adults with lead levels greater than 45 mcg/dL of blood with one or more of three drugs, most commonly a chemical called ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). Depending on lead level, you may need more than one treatment. Do let me know know for any additional information. Take care. Best regards Dr. T. Shobha Deepak MBBS, MD