Heavy Metal Poisoning from
Mercury, Lead, Aluminum, Arsenic,
Cadmium, Radiation etc.


Safe Detoxification

It is common knowledge that many chronic health conditions are magnified when toxins bio-accumulate in the body. Some of these are carcinogens which allow cells to divide faster than their normal rate, thus causing all kinds of health issues, as well as neurological disorders and so forth.

Here we have highlighted important facts for those who want to understand how toxins contribute to some of the chronic health conditions experienced and then we share ideas to help remove some of this overload or burden from the cells of the body. 

Although most of us have taken in a fair amount of toxins throughout our lives, many, many people are making new choices to clean their bodies from the inside out, and experiencing a much better feeling body.

So read the information offered to help yourself become more aware, THEN immediately shift your focus to what you are wanting which is: to create a body that feels better, meaning more vibrant and alive.

The first step is knowing what toxic or heavy metals you are overloaded with in your body. Get a base line by doing a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis and then you can embark on a Detoxification program, repeating a hair analysis test every few months or so to chart your progress.

For more info and to order a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, please click here.

What is a toxin? Where do they come from?

A toxin is a poison that can impair cell function and bio-accumulate in the body. Toxins as in mercury (i.e. amalgam fillings), heavy metals, such as lead and arsenic, as well as pesticides, herbicides, chemicals etc. are carcinogenic (cancer causing) and can trigger neurological disorders as well. Here is a short list of SOME of the chronic health issues often triggered by toxins.

ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease
Alzheimers Arthritis
Autism Bronchitis
Cancer Chemical Sensitivity
Cholesterol Problems Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Dementia Fibromyalgia
Frequent Colds Gulf War Syndrome
Migraines Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
Multiple Sclerosis Neurological disorders
Osteoporosis Pneumonia

Toxins bio-accumulate (increase in their concentration) over time. For example: 

Prescription and non-prescription medications (whether prescribed or over the counter) might have an adverse effect on the liver. At some point down the road if the liver isn’t functioning very well, we might take another medication to treat those symptoms. For the most part, drugs do not cure disease or treat causes and sometimes are often taken off the market once time has passed and the toxic effect can no longer be ignored.

Food - Produce is sprayed with chemical pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers and grown with genetically engineered seeds…unless it is organic.

Pesticides and Herbicides are designed to
kill living organisms - We are living organisms.

From 1991 to 1999 pesticide use in the United States increased over 120%. The pesticide industry is very politically influential with a goal of expanding their income. Unless one eats organic fruits and vegetables, one is continuously exposed to pesticides and herbicides. The most common affect of pesticide ingestion is cancer and the increased levels of toxicity in the brain and nervous system.

Most meat comes from animals eating the above toxins in their grain and are given antibiotics as well as growth hormones to speed up their growth (so they can be sold faster). We end up eating this meat along with the hormones, chemicals and antibiotics from these unhealthy animals.

Nitrates and Nitrites are common ingredients in processed meats and they cause cancer, plain and simple and should be avoided. They are found in fried bacon, sausage, hot dogs, cured lunch meats, nonfat dry milk and more.

Info on Organic food and farming

Dairy products – Unless dairy products are organic, they contain growth hormones. Pasteurization heats the milk to a very high heat to destroy any bacteria, yet it kills the live enzymes. Homogenization disrupts the molecular structure of the milk, which is very difficult on our body organs.

Juice – Fruit juices are made from overly ripe fruit, high in mold and bacteria. Often this fruit cannot be sold because it is too ripe, so it is made into juice. It is best to make your own fresh juice with a juicer.

There are 1000’s of chemicals, additives and preservatives put in foods which are packaged, processed, micro-waved and frozen and these poisons are not required to be printed on the label.

What about coffee and tea? From my bits of reading there appears to be approximately 800 different chemicals used to process coffee. However if grown organically, there are no chemicals, herbicides, pesticides or additives used in processing.

Tea can be therapeutic and beneficial when used medicinally; HOWEVER keep in mind tea bags do not have a long shelf life, and can quickly become moldy.

Asparatame - Aspartame breaks down in the body and becomes formaldehyde. Carbonated sodas often contain phosphoric acid as well and and are high in sugar (corn syrup). Phosphoric acid along with caffeine depletes calcium from the bones and teeth. AND cancer loves sugar.

When you purchase food, ask yourself how close is this to its natural form and is this produced as nature intended? Remember the terms “Natural” and “all natural” do not equate to “organic.” Natural and All Natural are marketing words.

3) Water – All tap water contains chlorine, fluoride and other chemicals. Distilled water will remove nearly all toxins, however you must add minerals back in. Rainwater is the best option as is melted snow. We have chosen to distill our water and add the minerals back in (concentrace minerals), since living in the desert there isn't the rainfall to collect. Reverse Osmosis is another option for many, which is still much better than tap water.  More Info>>

4) Skin – Our skin is the largest organ of the body. Anything we put on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream i.e. lotions, sunscreen, make-up, shaving cream, shampoo etc.

5) Mercury - amalgam filings leak vapors in our mouth 24 hours a day. 

6) Arsenic – Wood/lumber used for outdoor projects, decks, picnic benches etc. leach arsenic, which is carcinogenic. 

7) Fumes we breathe in from exhaust, fabric softeners, to cleaning supplies and air fresheners contribute to the toxic overload. Check the products in your home and environment which have a scented fragrance; you may discover these are produced from chemicals.

Fast food, processed, micro-waved, frozen, irradiated food hangs around at the bottom of our food chain.

Highly Recommended: As mentioned above, the first thing we recommend for anyone who is experiencing symptoms of heavy metal poisoning toxicity, is to have a hair mineral analysis test done. A hair analysis can determine which heavy metals are overloading your body and measure the levels of each toxic metal as illustrated in a simple bar graph showing acceptable and unacceptable reference ranges.

The hair analysis also tells you which essential minerals your body is lacking, which it has too much of, and which important mineral ratios are imbalanced due to heavy metals and other nutritional deficiencies. It also provides valuable insight into your metabolism and what dietary changes might be most helpful.

We suggest you do a hair analysis before you embark on any type of heavy metal cleansing or detoxification program so that you have a clear baseline to compare results with later on.

For more information on the hair tissue mineral analysis, scroll down the page or visit our product store website by clicking here.


Some of us experience the effects of toxin overload while others sail through life and don't think twice about it. There are those who can eat everything including the kitchen sink and never have an upset stomach!

One hundred years ago, cancer, Alzheimer’s and dementia existed in 1% - 2% of the population. We did not have junk food, genetically engineered food, processed, microwaved or fast food. Pesticides, herbicides, chemical plants, plastics, polluted air and water hardly existed either.

Since we are all choosing to breathe, eat and drink, we are exposed to a significant array of toxins and carcinogens. However this does not mean we are powerless to their bio-accumulating in our bodies.

Chronic disease does not exist in strong, healthy bodies.


At this website, for those who are interested you will find a summary of toxins and pollutants from the ingredients in sodas, to arsenic in treated wood and which chemicals cause what illnesses.

How To Test Yourself for Toxic Heavy Metals & Mineral Imbalances

Tests that help to diagnose metal and chemical toxicity include blood tests, urine tests, and the analysis of hair, nails or other tissues. The most accurate of these are a chelation challenge test or a hair mineral analysis.

Regular blood tests and urine tests are not accurate in diagnosing heavy metal toxicity, as they only tend to show what is happening in the body at that brief moment in time, and do not give the long-term picture.

This makes sense since the body works hard to keep the levels of nutrients in the bloodstream within fairly tight limits. If large fluctuations in mineral levels occurred, serious illness or even death would result.

A chelation challenge test needs to be performed by a doctor who specializes in chelation therapy. The patient is given a chelating drug, commonly DMPS or DMSA, and the patient's urine is collected and analyzed over a 24 hour period. This test is a highly accurate way of knowing just what heavy metals are present in the body.

The drawbacks to this method are that it requires a visit to a health care professional's office, it is expensive, and there is a possibility of side effects to the chelating drugs.

A hair mineral analysis is an excellent alternative way of determining what toxic metals are present in the body. In addition, it also measures the levels of essential minerals in the body, such as calcium, magnesium and zinc, and toxic metal and mineral ratios. This test can provide you with much-needed information about mineral deficiencies and imbalances in your body, especially if you're suffering from symptoms of heavy metal poisoning.

A hair tissue mineral analysis provides a unique reading of heavy metal and mineral levels in the cells over a two to three month period. It takes into consideration that toxins are stored in the tissues of the body, not in the blood. For instance, you can have normal copper levels in the blood, but high copper levels in the tissues.

The reason hair is used for testing mineral status and metabolic activity is because of its very nature. Our hair is formed from clusters of specialized cells that make up the hair follicle. During the growth phase, the hair is exposed to the internal environment such as blood, lymph and extra-cellular fluids.

As the hair continues to grow and reaches the surface of the skin, its outer layers harden, locking in the metabolic products accumulated during the period of formation. This biological process provides a blueprint and lasting record of metal content and nutritional metabolic activity that has occurred during this time.

The precise analytical method of determining the levels of minerals in the hair is a highly sophisticated technique: when performed to exacting standards and interpreted correctly, it may be used as a screening aid for determining mineral deficiencies, excesses, and/or imbalances. HTMA provides you and your healthcare professional with an economical and sensitive indicator of the long-term effects of diet, stress, toxic metal exposure and their effects on your child's mineral balance that is difficult to obtain through other clinical tests.

It is important for the attending healthcare professional to determine the mineral status as minerals are absolutely critical for life and abundant health. They are involved in and are necessary for cellular metabolism, structural support, nerve conduction, muscular activity, immune functions, anti-oxidant and endocrine activity, enzyme functions, water and acid/alkaline balance and even DNA function.

Many factors can affect mineral nutrition, such as: food preparation, dietary habits, genetic and metabolic disorders, disease, medications, stress, environmental factors, as well as exposure to heavy metals. Rarely does a single nutrient deficiency exist in a person. Multiple nutritional imbalances however are quite common, contributing to an increased incidence of adverse health conditions. In fact, it is estimated that mild and sub-clinical nutritional imbalances are up to ten times more common than nutritional deficiencies alone.

To get an idea of how helpful a hair tissue analysis can be, think about this: Researchers using tissue mineral analysis determined, more than 100 years after Napoloen Bonaparte's death, that he had been poisoned by arsenic. Even though his hair sample was tested more than a century after his death, it still revealed pathological amounts of arsenic that had gradually proved fatal.

Introducing The Comprehensive Hair Analysis (Profile 2) by Trace Elements, Inc

A hair analysis usually needs to be obtained through a health care professional (which can be expensive). However, we offer a service that allows you to get a comprehensive hair tissue mineral analysis from a federally licensed laboratory called Trace Elements, Inc.

Each hair analysis contains a detailed 10-15 page report from the laboratory itself, which shows bar graph readings indicating high, low and reference range levels for toxic metals, essential minerals and significant mineral ratios.

It also includes a metabolic profile, recommendations for diet and supplements based on individual results.

Unlike some labs that test hair tissue analysis, Trace Elements, Inc. does not wash the hair at the lab. Washing the hair removes some of the loosely bound minerals and can reduce some mineral readings by 50 percent or more. The hair sample is prepared in their licensed clinical laboratory by using a series of chemical and high temperature digestive procedures. Testing is then performed using highly sophisticated detection equipment and methods to achieve the most accurate and precise results.

The comprehensive Profile 2 Hair Tissue Analysis report details graph results for 8 toxic heavy metals/elements, 15 nutritional minerals/elements, 15 additional elements, 7 significant mineral ratios, and 9 toxic metal ratios. Once you purchase the hair analysis from us, we send you a hair sample kit with instructions on how to take the hair sample.

To view a sample of the bar graph measurements for each mineral element and significant ratios, click here.

Nutritional Elements: Extensively studied, the nutrient elements have been well defined and are considered essential for many biological functions in the human body. They play key roles in such metabolic processes such as muscular activity, endocrine function, reproduction, skeletal integrity, and overall development.

Toxic Elements: The toxic elements or "heavy metals" are well-known for their interference upon normal biochemical function. They are commonly found in the environment and therefore are present to some degree, in all biological systems. However, these metals clearly pose a concern for toxicity when accumulation occurs to excess.

Additional Elements: These elements are considered as possibly essential by the human body. Additional studies are being conducted to better define their requirements.

Significant Ratios: If the synergistic relationship (or ratio) between certain minerals in the body is disturbed, studies show that normal biological functions and metabolic activity can be adversely affected. Even at extremely low concentrations, the synergistic and/or antagonistic relationships between minerals still exist, which can indirectly affect metabolism.

Toxic Ratios: It is important to note that individuals with elevated toxic levels may not always exhibit clinical symptoms associated with those particular toxic minerals. However, research has shown that toxic minerals/metals can also produce an antagonistic effect on various essential minerals, eventually leading to distrubances in their metabolic utilization.

To view a sample of the detailed explanation of results patient report, please click here. For a complete overview of the various sections covered in the comprehensive Profile 2 Hair Analysis Report, please click here.

To view complete details of the elements measured and to order the Profile 2 Hair Mineral Analysis, please click here.

For a list of FAQ’s about hair analysis, please click here.

Once you purchase the hair analysis from us, we send you a hair sample kit with instructions on how to take the hair sample. You then send the hair sample to the Trace Elements lab, and the lab sends us the detailed report/results, which we then email to you followed by a printed bound copy in the mail.

To purchase a comprehensive Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (by Trace Elements, Inc.), please visit our product website by clicking here or call 520-219-2379.

Products To Detoxify, Remove Heavy Metals, Chemicals and other Pathogens

Remember that no one product is going to remove every toxin from the body. However with consistency over time, adding a couple of items to your regime on a daily basis will help eliminate and cleanse many pathogens, parasites, and debris fairly quickly which helps the immune system perk up and take over its normal job of removing yeast, viruses and other unwanted toxins.

This may take a little time depending on your personal situation, however everything starts working right away which means you have pointed yourself into a better place. 

With specific products taken daily, toxins will be removed from the cells allowing the deeper embedded toxins to continuously migrate to the cell surface whereby they can be released consistently and carried out of the body via the elimination system. Do What You Can As You Can

Here Are Some Effective Products

Calcium Montmorillonite Clay or Red Desert Clay

Effectively used for internal detoxification of mercury and heavy metals (i.e. lead, arsenic, aluminum, depleted uranium etc.) unfriendly bacteria, chemicals, herbicides, pesticides and other pathogens from the body.

As toxins are removed, this clay will leave behind minerals to nourish the cells and for building bone density. Used by NASA in their manned space program for re-mineralizing the body and bones moving calcium into the bone cell due to the unique combination of naturally occurring minerals (high in silica).

An excellent, high quality edible clay as featured on Animal Planet.

Calcium montmorillonite or Red Desert Clay is also used as a daily detoxifier for removing toxins taken in from daily living and is great for maintaining a cleaner digestive tract.

Zeolite - Zeolite moves quickly into the bloodstream removing many chemicals, poisons, heavy metals, pesticides, plastics, PCB's and more.

If you have quite a bit of toxicity going on in the body, you will want to do all you can when working to remove toxins from a variety of sources.

Middle East - IF YOU HAVE BEEN IN THE MIDDLE EAST, it is very likely you have taken in depleted uranium, which bio-accumulates in all the tissues of the body, creating serious health issues.

Zeolite mineral is 5 microns is size allowing it to move into the bloodstream. The process pulls the toxins into the cage like structure of the zeolites, which are then trapped and eliminated through the urine within 5 to 6 hours of each dose.

Other Suggestions!

We understand the information provided can sometimes appear overwhelming. It was for us, when we got started years ago. Do what you can as you can. It may be easiest for you to start with one product and then make a new decision in a week or two to add in another product that resonates with you. Some people need to start with tiny, tiny dosages since detoxification starts immediately. Always speak with your health expert before starting a detoxification regime.

Non-Toxic Products

Begin to replace household cleaning supplies with non-toxic ones from health food stores. Vodka - according to Kirstie Alley, this is the best bathroom cleaning product..!

Organic hair supplies, shaving cream even laundry soaps can be purchased at health food stores. You will want to be sure to use products which do not contain propylene glycolPropylene glycol is in cosmetics, deodorant, lipsticks, suntan lotion and many other products INCLUDING ANTI-FREEZE.


Consider substituting foods you have been eating with organic green foods. For some this might mean having to search for the produce section of the grocery store! Foods which can easily be switched to organic are eggs, yogurt, almond butter, bread, beans, rice milk, sprouts, avocados and other produce items. Broccoli sprouts are very high in the cancer fighting enzymes – about 100 times more than broccoli itself.

Remember the terms “Natural” and “all natural” do not equate to “organic.” Natural and All Natural are marketing words.


Drink good filtered water and lots of it.


Mercury in Vaccines – Autism, Neurological Disorders

Oct 1, 2003 Congressman Dan Burton- "Madam speaker, as we approach the flu season, many of my colleagues will visit the doctor's office here on Capitol Hill and receive a flu shot. Before they go, I think all of my colleagues ought to know that the flu shot contains mercury, which is a substance that's toxic to the human brain. Now, that's not to say that you shouldn't get your flu shot if you want to, but there are a lot of neurological disorders that have been caused by mercury and I think everybody ought to know that there is mercury in that vaccine. Now, that's not the only vaccine that contains thimerosal. From anthrax to hepatitis to dtap, which is given to infants to protect them, numerous vaccines exist that contain mercury, a harmful preservative. Parents around this country I am sure would be very upset if they knew that. Scientific evidence continues to accumulate regarding the biologically plausible connection between mercury and thimerosal, autism and other neurological, developmental disorders. We have one in 10,000 children 10 years ago that were autistic. Now it's one in 150 and scientists before my committee say it's because in large part of the mercury in the vaccines". Congressman Dan Burton

DEADLY IMMUNITY - written by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Thursday 16 June 2005 - When a study revealed that mercury in childhood vaccines may have caused autism in thousands of kids, the government rushed to conceal the data - and to prevent parents from suing drug companies for their role in the epidemic. The entire article…click the blue link above. Autism – There has been an increase in dramatic increase in autism in the past 20 years and much talk about the impact vaccinations have contributed. Thimerosal is a mercury-based preservative in vaccines.

Last of all, we are not going to avoid coming in contact with toxins and unwanted pathogens as long as we are alive. Do what you can, as you can, listening to you intuition as to what action is optimum for you to take. You do not have to "be perfect" as that is setting the bar too high. Notice the moments when you are feeling better and say to yourself: YES, I want more of this!"

All the best!

I-AmPerfectlyHealthy Team
Tucson Arizona

I-AM Perfectly Healthy is not intended to substitute for medical advice or treatment. It is recommended that you consult your holistic physician, MD, ND…or a holistic veterinarian for your pets. The information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical problems. This information is provided for education purposes only.

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