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Is Your MS Rocking Out on Heavy Metals?

Is Your MS Rocking Out on Heavy Metals?


The jury is still out on the role, if any, that heavy metals play in multiple sclerosis. Many theories have been floating around for years regarding the possible connection between MS and dental amalgams, pesticides, additives to food, lead paint in older homes … and the list goes on.

The National Multiple Sclerosis website, under its list of disproved theories, has this to say: “Although poisoning with heavy metals such as mercury, lead or manganese can damage the nervous system and produce symptoms such as tremor and weakness, both the process and the symptoms are different from what occurs in MS. There is no evidence that heavy metal exposure causes MS.”

Maybe there is no concrete evidence to prove heavy metals contribute to this disease, but I also couldn’t find any concrete evidence to prove that they don’t.

In an online search I conducted, I found that some of the most common symptoms of heavy metal toxicity include: chronic fatigue, autoimmune disease, neurological disorders, brain fog, depression, bipolar, anxiety, dementia, and insomnia. Any of those sound familiar to us with MS?!

It doesn’t take being a rocket scientist to figure out that toxic hardware embedded in your tissues is a bad thing. So it is best to just get rid of it.

For me, the first place to check if — or what kind of — alloys I had floating around inside me was to visit a naturopathic doctor.

My naturopath was able to test for metals with lab work and a hair sample. The results came back that I have not just one but many metals in my system. One that really baffled her was traces of the dye gadolinium from my contrasting MRIs.

Another reason I recommend seeing a naturopathic doctor for chelation therapy (removal of heavy metals) is that the supplements they use are for fast and hardcore detox, and can sometimes leave you not feeling all that great, so it is best to be under a doctor’s care while on those supplements.

If cost is an issue, as not all insurances cover naturopathic providers, detox can also be taken a little more slowly, yet still effectively, on your own. Of course, it is always best to consult with your primary doctor before starting anything new.

Fruit and vegetables high in vitamin C, cilantro, and other leafy green vegetables, garlic and onion, and drinking 8 ounces of water or vegetable juice every two hours to help flush out toxins are all helpful in removing metals.

A list of things to avoid are farmed fish, food allergens, non-organic foods, foods with additives, and alcohol.

Top recommended detox supplements are chlorella, vitamin C, cilantro, milk thistle, and probiotics. These I would definitely check out with a doctor before using. Checking on drug interactions and doses is always a smart thing to do.

It is recommended to have your magnesium levels checked before starting any serious chelation program. The trace mineral helps promote “relaxed arteries,” which can make eliminating the toxins easier on your body.

Hopefully, by detoxing our bodies of heavy metals, we can see some improvement in our health and possibly ward off other potential problems in the future.

Note: Multiple Sclerosis News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The opinions expressed in this column are not those of Multiple Sclerosis News Today, or its parent company, BioNews Services, and are intended to spark discussion about issues pertaining to multiple sclerosis.

Debi is a retired admissions and marketing director residing in Oregon. She is a mother of three grown children and has three grandchildren. She was diagnosed with PPMS in 2010. With her column, “Faith of the Mustard Seed,” she hopes to help and inspire others who are also dealing with MS.
Debi is a retired admissions and marketing director residing in Oregon. She is a mother of three grown children and has three grandchildren. She was diagnosed with PPMS in 2010. With her column, “Faith of the Mustard Seed,” she hopes to help and inspire others who are also dealing with MS.
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  1. Brett W DeRushia says:

    I agree with everything you posted here, but your thread title got me thinking. Now for this to be a cause of MS then everyone would of had to do this at some point in their life. What am I referring to? The metal heads “headbanging” if you look up any YouTube video of “Headbanging” they are violently swinging there head around or back and forth rapidly. I was recently diagnosed with MS and I recall my neurologist asking me at the time if I recalled any injury to my head which I had not. I guess there is several threads out there that are claiming head injuries to be a cause of MS, and then you look at how some people headbang and I cannot say its equivalent to being in a car crash but with how violently their head is moving I wouldn’t rule out that headbanging can cause serious injury/ or MS. I just find it strange that I was diagnosed so young and out of nowhere when no one in either side of my family had MS, and then I see that head injury can cause it, and the only thing I had ever done to my head from 12+ was head banging.

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