July 18, 2018

MOLD EXPOSURE – MOLD TOXICITY

Mold exposure and mold toxicity are very serious issues that can be effectively diagnosed and successfully treated by the experienced professionals at COEM.

Many studies link exposure to damp or moldy indoor conditions to increased incidence and/or severity of respiratory problems such as asthma, wheezing and rhinosinusitis and even life-threatening systemic infections in immunocompromised persons. Stachybotrys, also known as toxic black mold, produces trichothecenes and other mycotoxins,which can inhibit protein synthesis and induce hemorrhaging disorders. Indoor mold exposure can alter immunological factors and produce allergic reactions. Several studies have indicated that indoor mold exposure can alter brain blood flow, autonomic nerve function, and brain waves, and worsen concentration, attention, balance and memory.

Health officials are increasingly concerned about the dangers of mold in our homes and offices. It is understood that mold (fungi) is capable of causing allergy, infection, and even toxicity in humans. Doctors who are members of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine have known for some time that specific molds, in sufficient concentration over a sustained period of time, are potentially detrimental to our health. These doctors have become expert in the diagnosis and treatment of mold-induced medical problems. The physicians at COEM are world class doctors having experience diagnosing mold poisoning and its associated conditions. This includes proper documentation through biomarkers of exposure and effect supported by comprehensive lab testing that is very specific for mold mycotoxins.

Molds have been present for billions of years and comprise 25 percent of the earth’s biomass. They are everywhere! Most of these molds are harmless and don’t affect our health. But indoor fungi such as aspergillus, penicillium, stachybotrys, cladosporium, and alternaria are capable of creating health issues when at sufficient levels.

Many molds reproduce by making spores. When the spores come into contact with a moist ‘food’ source, they germinate and commence the production of a branching network of cells called hyphae. The hyphae secrete mycotoxins and digestive enzymes that work on cellulose in our house walls. Moisture is a key requirement.

What are some of the health problems mold can cause?

Dr. Vojdani lists seven categories of health affects:

(1) Allergy–immediate reaction
(2) Allergy–delayed reaction, hours to days after exposure
(3) Infection–mainly in susceptible people
(4) Adverse reactions to odor—becoming sensitive to many chemicals
(5) Neurotoxicity—headaches, fatigue, nosebleeds, memory loss
(6) Immunotoxicity—frequent infections, especially of the sinus and lungs; rashes; autoimmune diseases
(7) Mucous membrane irritation

Dr Allan Lieberman, in his paper “Explosion of Mold Cases in Homes, Workplaces and Occupational Medicine Practice,” examined 48 patients who were heavily exposed to mold. The results were as follows:

(1) Muscle and joint pain (71%)
(2) Fatigue and weakness (70%)
(3) Neurocognitive dysfunction (67%)
(4) Sinusitis (65%)
(5) Headache (65%)
(6) Gastrointestinal problems (58%)
(7) Shortness of breath (54%)
(8) Anxiety/depression/irritability (54%)
(9) Chest tightness (42%)
(10) Insomnia (40%)
(11) Dizziness (38%)
(12) Numbness/tingling (35%)
(13) Laryngitis (35%)
(14) Tremors (25%)
(15) Heart palpitations (21%)

In a review paper entitled “Adverse Health Effects of Indoor Molds,” the authors cite the study by Rea et al of 150 heavily indoor mold-exposed patients, which found similar health problems in similar percentages as Lieberman’s study.

The Mayo Clinic noted that 96% of chronic sinusitis patients were infected with fungus. This fact is alarming since antibiotics are repeatedly given to treat the bacteria, but anti-fungals are not given to treat the fungus.

Lebowitz et al reported that 56 percent of 45 patients having sinus surgery had positive fungi cultures.

How should a patient be evaluated for a mold-related symptom?

Environmental sampling can be performed to check for spores and mycotoxins. Placing agar plated mold dishes in suspected moldy environments can yield counts of colony forming units. One study implies more than four colonies could be a problem, especially for those with recurrent sinusitis.

Calling in a mold inspector to do a thorough evaluation and written report of their findings is important. If litigation is involved it is wise to bring in a CIH, Certified Industrial Hygienist, who is qualified by training to determine the presence and extent of mold over growth.

Proper treatment for mold toxicity involves evaluation by an environmental physician, including a comprehensive history and physical examination. Laboratory testing can include:

(1) Mold and mycotoxin antibody levels
(2) Immune markers—T and B cells/natural killer cells
(3) Vision contrast sensitivity
(4) SPECT brain scans
(5) Antimyelin auto-antibodies

Treatment is individualized and specific to the findings of a complete evaluation. Treatment modalities can include: anti-fungal medications, allergy/immunotherapy, treatments for sinusitis, nutritional/herbal support, intravenous vitamin and mineral supplementation, and/or biodetoxification.

Recommendations will be made as to avoidance of the contaminated environment entirely. If that is not an option then proper professional remediation of affected areas is required.

The physicians at COEM have seen thousands of cases of mold exposure and its toxic effects. They are experienced in the accurate diagnosis and treatment of mold injuries and can help you to detoxify your body of mold mycotoxins.

For further information about mold injury:

Please call our office to speak to the New Patient Coordinator, Krystal: (843) 572-1600.

See the article, The Effects of Toxic Molds on Personality and Brain Functioning, by a Licensed Neuropsychologist, for additional information as well.

For information about mold assessment of homes or businesses:

Please see the article in this issue, “Assessment of Mold in Indoor Environments,” by a Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC). In addition, mold plates for household sampling of molds are available for our patients at The Center. We can also make referrals for mold inspectors and Certified Industrial Hygienists to assist you in confirming the extent of mold damage in your residence or business.

References:

Curtis L, Lieberman A, Stark M, Rea M, Vetter M. Adverse health effects of indoor molds. Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (Sept 2004) 14(3) 261-274.

Lieberman, A. Explosion of mold cases in homes, workplaces and occupational medicine practices. Presented at the 21st Annual Symposium on Man and His Environment in Health and Disease, Dallas, Texas, 19-22 June 2003.

Liebowitz, R, Waltzman M, Jacobs J, Pearlman A, Tierro P. Isolation of fungi by standard laboratory methods in patients with chornic rhinosinusitis. Laryngoscope 2002:112(12):2189-91.

Vodjani A, Campbell A, Kashanian A, Vodjani E. Antibodies against molds and mycotoxins following exposure to toxigenic fungi in water-damaged building. Archives of Environmental Health 2003; 58(^):324-36.

Vodjani, A, Thrasher J. Madison M, Gray M, Heuser G, Campbell A. Antibodies to molds and satratoxin individuals in a water-damaged building. Archives of Environmental Health 2003; 58(7)421-32.

Vodjani, A. Health effects and immunotoxicology of toxigenic molds and mycotoxins. Presented at the 21st International Symposium of Man and His Environment in Health and Disease, Dallas, Texas, 20 June 2003.

 

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July 18, 2018

A SAFE & EFFECTIVE SOLUTION FOR HEAVY METAL TOXICITY: CHELATION THERAPY

Why should we as parents and consumers be concerned about heavy metal toxicity?

It is important to recognize that heavy metals interfere dramatically with normal physiology. There are over 3000 enzymes in every cell and enzymes are the driving force behind nearly every bodily process essential for life! Of these 3000 enzymes, half are metallo-enzymes containing about 15 trace minerals known to be essential to normal enzyme activity (including chromium, cobalt, iron, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, tin, and vanadium). The remaining 1500 enzymes do not actually contain metals but are influenced by metal-acting co-enzymes or catalysts. Thus almost no process goes on in the body without the aid of metals. If these essential metals are rendered inactive by displacement with toxic metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and tin, then normal functioning of enzymes is compromised.

Various types of heavy metals may be absorbed into the body from not only paints, toys, and lipstick, but also dental fillings, vaccines, second hand cigarette smoke, food additives, treated lumber, or even water supplies. Heavy metal toxicity has been implicated in developmental disorders of children, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, chronic infections, and disruption of countless normal body processes.

How can we safely remove toxic metals from our bodies?

Chelation (pronounced KEY-LAY-SHUN) Therapy has been used in this country since 1948 and has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in removing toxic levels of heavy metals. Chelation uses agents that are able to capture or bind toxic metals, allowing them to be safely removed from the body.

The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine specializes in safely treating toxicity from heavy metals such as lead and mercury. Young children, especially, are extremely sensitive to heavy metals, and our successful approach to children’s toxicity has been developed over decades of clinical practice.

An important first step in reducing heavy metal toxicity is to perform laboratory testing capable of identifying elevated levels of toxic metals. Testing typically evaluates levels of mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, and many others.
Once the specific types and levels of toxic metals are identified, treatment may consist of chelation agents taken either orally or rubbed into the skin (for young children) over a prescribed period of time. Different heavy metals may require slightly different treatment approaches—thus the advantage of performing laboratory testing prior to treatment.

Following a slow, gradual, and carefully monitored method of chelation is especially important for removing highly reactive metals. The rate of chelation must be geared to the body’s ability to both mobilize the toxic metal and also quickly excrete it.

The Center has helped many children and adults overcome a body burden of toxic metals through our Chelation Therapy program. Some patients have seen dramatic improvements in health just from this one individual aspect of their comprehensive treatment program.

Heavy toxic metals can be a major cause, or an aggravating factor, in many diseases. Their role in making you or your child sick should not be underestimated. When no cause for disease or illness can be found, it is important to look for a hidden body burden of these toxic metals.

Methods of Chelation

We use primarily two methods of chelation: oral chelation (chelating agents taken by mouth) and transdermal chelation (chelating agents rubbed into the skin). In some adult cases, intravenous chelation may be indicated.

Prior to considering any chelation treatment, our Center’s doctors perform a Comprehensive Diagnostic Work-up, as well as laboratory testing and treatment to address many aspects of disease. For those individuals with arteriosclerosis or related problems, we normally use oral nutrients, including Vitamin K2 and specific enzymes taken between meals, to reduce plaque in the blood vessels. In some cases when a body burden of heavy metals is clearly documented and does not respond to other measures, intravenous chelation may be utilized for an adult as part of a comprehensive treatment program.

To ensure optimum results and the safety of patients who undergo chelation, we perform pre-chelation testing and other recommended screening measures. The Center follows all protocols recommended by the American Board of Chelation Therapy.

Each intravenous chelation treatment consists of a slow intravenous drip of EDTA, a man-made amino acid that chelates (binds to) toxic metals in the bloodstream and carries them away in the urine. EDTA also serves as a potent anti-oxidant, which works to change the structure of plaque that clogs arteries and contributes to many serious medical conditions. With intravenous Chelation Therapy, plaque is gradually transformed from its highly reactive state to an inert substance, which facilitates the process of gradually unblocking clogged arteries.

At The Center, we alternate intravenous Chelation Therapy treatments with intravenous nutrient replenishment treatments. This combination allows the removal of toxic metals and plaque to proceed without depleting the body’s stores of essential minerals or other nutrients. The nutrient IV’s provide the additional benefit of boosting overall nutrient status and enhancing the body’s ability to heal and overcome disease.

All three forms of Chelation Therapy used at The Center (oral, transdermal, or intravenous), when utilized as part of a comprehensive program to reduce toxic metals and replenish essential nutrients, can be very effective aids in restoring health.

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LYME DISEASE: COULD A LITTLE TICK BE CAUSING BIG PROBLEMS?

Your story might go something like this, “I have been to several doctors, had numerous blood tests and X-rays, but they can’t seem to find what’s wrong.” You complain of many symptoms that seem unrelated and involve multiple systems and organs of the body. Perhaps you have some fatigue, neurological, orthopedic, cardiac, gastrointestinal, endocrine, or psychiatric symptoms. Your doctor concludes that with so many “vague” complaints and “normal” testing results, it must be all in your head. He says, ”There is no condition that could explain all of these complaints.”

But wait, beware of the great imitator! Lyme disease is on the rise. This tick-borne disease, although originally identified in outbreaks in Lyme, Connecticut, has now been reported in all 48 states. Borrelia burgdorferi is the spirochete which causes Lyme disease. It gets transmitted by the bite of a variety of ticks, and can be accompanied by numerous other infectious agents. Unfortunately Borrelia is capable of causing terrible problems in humans if not diagnosed and treated. Borrelia can even be transferred through the placenta to the unborn baby. Some authorities think mosquitoes or other vectors may also carry and transmit Borrelia through their bites.

But you say, “I don’t remember a tick bite or the classic ‘bull’s eye’ rash.” Less than 50 percent of patients can recall these events. And if you do suspect a tick bite and ask your doctor for diagnostic testing, he will typically use first an Elisa test and secondarily the Western Blot.

The Elisa test misses 35 percent of culture-proven Lyme disease and tests for none of the co-infections. The Western Blot often misses 20 to 30 percent of culture-proven Lyme disease.

According to Tom Grier, Executive Director of the Minnesota Insect-Borne Education Council, these tests look for antibodies which the human host has formed against the invading Borrelia organism. But he points out four common reasons why, even with such laboratory testing, the organism can be missed:

 

  1. Borrelia can escape detection by turning into a cyst. Therefore, the immune system cannot see it and does not form antibodies against it.
  2. The antibodies necessary for detection are bound up into immune complexes.
  3. Antibodies may not be present due to the early use of antibiotics or steroids that interfere with the immune system forming antibodies.
  4. Antibody levels drop to very low levels often late into the disease.

 

So how would you know if Lyme disease is the real cause of your symptoms? Since Lyme is difficult to diagnose, it requires a physician skilled in recognizing the patterns of the disease and using the most accurate tests. The symptoms vary greatly. Some people start with a flu-like pattern of headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pains, numbness, tingling and fever, which may last hours or days, disappear and then reappear. Some victims initially have no symptoms at all–while the Borrelia stays in the body, gradually causing a variety of symptoms.

 

There are other testing options, which are used by physicians skilled in working with Lyme disease. Three specialty laboratories have designed tests that can increase the likelihood of detection up to

 

90 percent. Some of the labs utilize a specially designed Western Blot test that looks for multiple sub-species of Borrelia, not just the one species in the standard test. These labs also use more of the “bands” that could reveal the presence of the disease and interpret the results in a different manner, allowing more people to get diagnosed and treated. There are also other laboratories with special tests that may detect the presence of Lyme.

Despite the more accurate testing available, it is critical to realize that no current tests are yet considered completely accurate, and the physician may have to rely on his clinical judgment to help diagnose Lyme. The Center for Disease Control says, “The diagnosis of Lyme disease is based primarily on clinical findings, and it is often appropriate to treat patients solely on the basis of objective signs of a known exposure.”

Typically, treatment for Lyme disease has entailed a regimen of multiple antibiotics for lengthy periods of time, since the Borrelia organism is very difficult to eradicate. However, we at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine have also found the Cowden comprehensive program using powerful, sequentially applied herbal remedies to be highly effective. This program eliminates not only the Borrelia organism but also the equally troublesome co-infections from other organisms. Although both the antibiotic approach and the Cowden herbal regimen are effective, our environmentally sensitive patients are better able to tolerate and benefit from the non-drug program.

If you know that you have been or could have been exposed to the Borrelia spirochete and would like more information about Lyme-associated Disease, contact The Center at (843) 572-1600.

References:
Bole, JF, Jr and JR Murph. (1992) Congenital infections and the nervous system. Pediatr Clin North Am 39(4):669-90.

Center for Disease Control website: www.cdc.gov/

Donta, ST, Tetracycline therapy in chronic Lyme disease. Chronic Infectious Diseases, 1997; 25 (Suppl 1): 552.56.

Fallon BA, et al. Repeated antibiotic treatment in chronic Lyme disease, Journal of Spirochetal and Tick-borne Diseases, 1999; 6 (Fall/Winter):94-101.

Fried MD, et al. Borrelia burdorferi persists in the gastrointestinal tract of children and adolescents with Lyme Disease, JNL of Spirochetal and Tick-borne Diseases, Spring/Summer 2002; 9:11-15.

Fitzpatrick JE, et.al Chronic septic arthritis caused by Borrelia burgdorferi. Clin Ortho 1993 Dec;(297):238-41.

Horowitz, RI. Lyme disease and Babesiosis: new therapeutic options for chronic persistent disease, (Abstract). 13th International Scientific Conference on Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Disorders, March 2000, Farmington, CT.

Horowitz, RI, Rodner D. Bartonella henselae: limitations of serological testing: evaluation of Elisa and PCR testing in a cohort of Lyme disease patients and implications for treatment (Abstract). 16th International Scientific Conference on Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Disorders, May 2003, USA.

Horowitz, RI. Chronic Lyme disease: a symptom complex of multiple co-infections: new diagnostic and treatment protocols (Abstract). 12th International Scientific Conference on Lyme Disease and Other Spirochetal Disorders, April 1999, New York City.

Vojdani, Aristo, Ph.D., MT and Monro, Jean A., MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP, FAAEM. Infections, Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme Disease and Autoimmune Arthritis: Evidence of serological cross reactivity between agents and human tissues, AAEM 41st Annual Meeting, Hilton Head, SC.

Panel of speakers. Lyme and Other Tick Borne Diseases: Seeking Answers through Science. International Lyme and Associated Disease Society Annual Meeting 2006, Philadelphia, PA.

Nicholson, Garth L., Ph.D. Evidence for Mycoplasma, Chlamydia pneumonia, and HHV-6 co-infections in the blood of patients with autistic spectrum disorder. AAEM 41st Annual Meeting, Hilton Head, SC.

Schmidt, BL, E Aberer, et al. (1995) Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi DNA by polymerase chain reaction in the urine and breast milk of patients with Lyme borreliosis. Diogn Microbio Infect Dis 2193): 121-8.

Wahlberg, P et al. Treatment of late Lyme borreliosis. J Infect. 1994. 29(30: p255-61.

 

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YOU SAY “DEPRESSION”…I WRITE “ANTI-DEPRESSANT.”

Perhaps the worst illness we could suffer from is depression. It is overwhelming in its devastation. The guilt, shame, and paralysis are unseen and unable to be adequately explained or understood. It has plagued us since creation. Job, in the Bible, was a well documented sufferer.

 

What are the causes? Difficult and frustrating circumstances are well understood causes. Other than the obvious reasons, why do we get depressed? In medicine we feel that the main problem is low neurotransmitter levels, such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Levels of these mood-regulating neuro-hormones may drop in

 

 

some people and not in others. Why? Genetics is certainly a reason: neurotransmitter imbalance is observed to run in families. As a result of this insight into brain chemical imbalance, doctors have developed a “reflexive response” to any issue or complaint that could be depression related. The patient says “ depression” and the doctor says “Prozac” (or some other anti-depressant). Since our days in medical school and residency, where we were taught to look for depression as a background problem in many doctor-patient encounters, we would whip out our prescription pad and hope the “magic” antidepressant would be the solution. We understood some biochemistry and the “solution” was quickly provided in our 10-minute office visit.

A detailed comprehensive analysis of a patient’s problems can provide great insight. It is critical to look for the keys in depression, since treatment with pharmaceutical drugs is not always effective or may have dozens of side effects like sexual problems, headache, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, diarrhea, weight gain, tremor, and nausea.

One of the worst side effects could be death. There was a recent study of 921 Duke University hospital patients who were undergoing cardiac angiography to determine the amount of heart blockage. Twenty percent were on antidepressants. After following the antidepressant and the non-antidepressant cardiac patients for three years, the antidepressant group had a 55 percent higher risk of dying. We don’t know why yet.

Today, holistic medical doctors rigorously search for the origins of depression in their patients. Over the course of a two-hour comprehensive life history and physical examination, every detail of a patient’s story is evaluated. Every physical, emotional and chemical stressor is noted, and when mapped out, the doctor can discern patterns and trends that often reveal underlying reasons for depression.

Integrative or holistic medical doctors utilize many available urine and blood tests. A physician may test for the following, as indicated by a patient’s history:

  • B Vitamins are required in the manufacture of brain neurotransmitters, and if levels are low despite multivitamin intake, this deficit would indicate an area of potential problems. Vitamin B6 is used to make serotonin. Another B vitamin, folic acid, is needed for catecholamine synthesis. Vitamin B12 is also crucial for nerve integrity and function.
  • The amino acids tyrosine, phenylalanine and tryptophan are key players in building enough of the “happy” brain neurotransmitters. Vitamin D is important as well. All of these can be low due to mal-absorption, something routinely seen in many patients, but malabsorption can also be tested for and measured.
  • Hypoglycemia is often hidden unless a specialized 5-hour glucose tolerance test with insulin levels is performed. Frequent hypoglycemia can cause a cyclic depression, resulting in alternating waves of depression and normal moods.
  • Systemic Candida yeast infections, often caused by antibiotic and/or steroid use or from a high sugar diet, are well known brain triggers and can be tested with an organic acid urine analysis. Brain fog and bloating often accompany the mood problem.
  • Adrenal Fatigue from chronic stress leaves people depressed, often with dizziness upon standing, a craving for salt, and fatigue from the minute they wake up. Sleep is never refreshing and they struggle through the day, “crash” about 2-3:30 PM and revive for an hour in the evening. A hormone saliva or urine test is best to detect this.
  • Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone and DHEA are critical hormones for mood stability and low levels or imbalances are frequently responsible for numerous problems including depression and anxiety. These hormones are best evaluated with saliva or hormone testing. Dr. John Lee, M.D. treated thousands of women successfully with bio-identical progesterone.
  • Low thyroid imbalance is often undetected. Many patients have depression and a multitude of low thyroid symptoms like fatigue, hair loss or coarse lifeless hair, low body temperature, constipation, insomnia and dry skin. A doctor may do a “standard” thyroid test and say it’s not an issue, but a special blood panel would reveal the imbalance.
  • Since the 1970’s environmental physicians have known that “hidden” food, chemical and inhalant allergies can alter the brain chemistry. They have developed a unique, highly sophisticated and precise method of detecting and neutralizing these allergies with a combination of IgG/IgE Elisa blood testing along with intra dermal provocative neutralization testing.
  • New in the field of acupuncture is Electronic Meridian Analysis. The doctor uses a special computerized probe to measure the 12 acupuncture meridians on each half of the body. The computer evaluates the information and even prints out a specific formula of acupuncture points to treat in order to correct imbalances, some of which may be a cause for mood disorders.

In summary, if your depression has continued despite the usual medications, consider getting an integrative-holistic medical work-up. After studying a detailed medical history, the physician may recommend testing for some of the following:

  • Amino acids
  • Fatty acids
  • Vitamin/ Mineral levels
  • Hidden thyroid imbalance
  • Hormone tests
  • Allergy testing
  • Candida tests
  • Hypoglycemia testing
  • Acupuncture testing

Note: A two hour comprehensive history, physical examination, and laboratory or allergy testing are all part of our approach at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine in North Charleston, South Carolina. For more information, call (843) 572-1600.

July 14, 2018

A SAFE & EFFECTIVE SOLUTION FOR HEAVY METAL TOXICITY: CHELATION THERAPY

Why should we as parents and consumers be concerned about heavy metal toxicity?

It is important to recognize that heavy metals interfere dramatically with normal physiology. There are over 3000 enzymes in every cell and enzymes are the driving force behind nearly every bodily process essential for life! Of these 3000 enzymes, half are metallo-enzymes containing about 15 trace minerals known to be essential to normal enzyme activity (including chromium, cobalt, iron, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, tin, and vanadium). The remaining 1500 enzymes do not actually contain metals but are influenced by metal-acting co-enzymes or catalysts. Thus almost no process goes on in the body without the aid of metals. If these essential metals are rendered inactive by displacement with toxic metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and tin, then normal functioning of enzymes is compromised.

Various types of heavy metals may be absorbed into the body from not only paints, toys, and lipstick, but also dental fillings, vaccines, second hand cigarette smoke, food additives, treated lumber, or even water supplies. Heavy metal toxicity has been implicated in developmental disorders of children, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, chronic infections, and disruption of countless normal body processes.

How can we safely remove toxic metals from our bodies?

Chelation (pronounced KEY-LAY-SHUN) Therapy has been used in this country since 1948 and has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in removing toxic levels of heavy metals. Chelation uses agents that are able to capture or bind toxic metals, allowing them to be safely removed from the body.

The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine specializes in safely treating toxicity from heavy metals such as lead and mercury. Young children, especially, are extremely sensitive to heavy metals, and our successful approach to children’s toxicity has been developed over decades of clinical practice.

An important first step in reducing heavy metal toxicity is to perform laboratory testing capable of identifying elevated levels of toxic metals. Testing typically evaluates levels of mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, and many others.
Once the specific types and levels of toxic metals are identified, treatment may consist of chelation agents taken either orally or rubbed into the skin (for young children) over a prescribed period of time. Different heavy metals may require slightly different treatment approaches—thus the advantage of performing laboratory testing prior to treatment.

Following a slow, gradual, and carefully monitored method of chelation is especially important for removing highly reactive metals. The rate of chelation must be geared to the body’s ability to both mobilize the toxic metal and also quickly excrete it.

The Center has helped many children and adults overcome a body burden of toxic metals through our Chelation Therapy program. Some patients have seen dramatic improvements in health just from this one individual aspect of their comprehensive treatment program.

Heavy toxic metals can be a major cause, or an aggravating factor, in many diseases. Their role in making you or your child sick should not be underestimated. When no cause for disease or illness can be found, it is important to look for a hidden body burden of these toxic metals.

Methods of Chelation

We use primarily two methods of chelation: oral chelation (chelating agents taken by mouth) and transdermal chelation (chelating agents rubbed into the skin). In some adult cases, intravenous chelation may be indicated.

Prior to considering any chelation treatment, our Center’s doctors perform a Comprehensive Diagnostic Work-up, as well as laboratory testing and treatment to address many aspects of disease. For those individuals with arteriosclerosis or related problems, we normally use oral nutrients, including Vitamin K2 and specific enzymes taken between meals, to reduce plaque in the blood vessels. In some cases when a body burden of heavy metals is clearly documented and does not respond to other measures, intravenous chelation may be utilized for an adult as part of a comprehensive treatment program.

To ensure optimum results and the safety of patients who undergo chelation, we perform pre-chelation testing and other recommended screening measures. The Center follows all protocols recommended by the American Board of Chelation Therapy.

Each intravenous chelation treatment consists of a slow intravenous drip of EDTA, a man-made amino acid that chelates (binds to) toxic metals in the bloodstream and carries them away in the urine. EDTA also serves as a potent anti-oxidant, which works to change the structure of plaque that clogs arteries and contributes to many serious medical conditions. With intravenous Chelation Therapy, plaque is gradually transformed from its highly reactive state to an inert substance, which facilitates the process of gradually unblocking clogged arteries.

At The Center, we alternate intravenous Chelation Therapy treatments with intravenous nutrient replenishment treatments. This combination allows the removal of toxic metals and plaque to proceed without depleting the body’s stores of essential minerals or other nutrients. The nutrient IV’s provide the additional benefit of boosting overall nutrient status and enhancing the body’s ability to heal and overcome disease.

All three forms of Chelation Therapy used at The Center (oral, transdermal, or intravenous), when utilized as part of a comprehensive program to reduce toxic metals and replenish essential nutrients, can be very effective aids in restoring health.

July 14, 2018

Bone loss is the second most commonly occurring health problem in women (after breast and other cancers). Since osteoporosis does not have any outward symptoms until a fracture occurs, early diagnosis and intervention are critical. Although a DEXA scan is valuable for measuring base line Bone Mineral Density, assessment of overall bone remodeling is possible only by comparing repeated scans.

 

At the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, we have been highly motivated to find a means of monitoring a woman’s bone building status without repeated radiation exposure. In time, our doctors found a safe, accurate, and very affordable test for measuring biochemical markers of bone turnover. Whenever collagen and bone are being broken down or resorbed, specific byproducts of the disintegration are found in the urine. With just one urine test, bone loss is not only identified but the severity of bone breakdown is also determined without the added risk of radiation.

 

When a woman’s health history and family history indicate a need for bone monitoring, the Center provides both noninvasive measurement of bone loss and a comprehensive and natural bone building program, including broad-based nutritional supplementation, dietary counseling, and when necessary, natural hormone balancing. Our Bone Health Program is a safe, natural means of preventing and overcoming osteoporosis, and is up to three times more effective than currently prescribed drugs.

 

For more information, please call The Center at (843) 572-1600.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SOMETHING NEW AND EXCITING FOR 2009 OSR-1 (ANTIOXIDANT STRESS RELIEF)

Boyd Haley, from the University of Kentucky, has spent his lifetime studying Biochemistry. After 30 years, he has discovered a powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying agent that can literally double your own body’s glutathione levels which you produce to safely perform all of these described functions.

We are beginning to realize that so many of our most devastating diseases-Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Autism are related to toxicity. Also cancer, COPD, emphysema and myriads of other tragic diseases are associated with inflammation as its mechanism of injury.

Dr. Haley’s new formula, OSR-1 (Antioxidant Stress Relief) can begin to reverse so many of these diseases and disorders and can do it in as short a time as 6 weeks to several months.

You know from your own work-ups here at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine that most of us are loaded with some level of toxic pollutants. We are very concerned about the serious role these pollutants can play in our health.

The feedback I get from some of my medical colleagues using OSR is very exciting. I now feel that we should all do a therapeutic trial with OSR for a minimum of one to three months. The dose varies from one dose a day to four doses a day depending on your diagnosis. When 65% of patients with ALS and Parkinson’s are responding to anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification therapy I don’t know that we can afford to NOT recommend a three months trial for these neurological problems.

We have also seen very significant changes in children diagnosed with Autism who have undergone this same type of treatment. As OSR does not seem to have any significant adverse side effects, I feel its safety and efficacy render it a very useable therapeutic agent for more diseases and disorders.

Although it is an over the counter product, the manufacturer will only sell it at this time to physicians to dispense to their patients. This is also because it is in limited supply. The cost, depending on the dose is $120-$480 a month but the majority of patients will require only one dose a day. Under these circumstances it may be wise to treat initially only the above listed disorders and for no more than three months unless the response has been clearly significant.

If you have any of the above described diseases we will be happy to discuss this treatment protocol with you.

We would order this product ONLY after you request it because of its expense and limited supply.

– Allan Lieberman, M.D.