Heavy Metal Toxicity

In 1980 I finished my Internal Medicine Residency, passed my specialty boards and embarked on the journey of the practice of medicine.  Over the next 20 years, most of the chronic diseases I managed with medications had no known cause.  They were called Idiopathic.

It never occurred to me, or I must say, to my colleagues, that there might be a reasonable explanation for why my patients were becoming ill.  The neurologist didn’t know, the psychiatrist, the dermatologist, pain management, infertility specialists didn’t know.

All of these maladies and diseases have no cause.  Really?   I knew that mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, aluminum, bismuth and nickel were dangerous, but I never linked them to the diseases I was following.  “Following” is a good term to describe what we do, because all of these chronic diseases lead us down the same ugly path.

It’s All in the Measurement

In 2003 a family member became quite ill with a bone marrow disease called Pancytopenia. He was given 6 – 8 months to live according to two bone marrow transplant centers in NY.   The disease is idiopathic.   He asked for my help.  The only thought I had was that he was a plumber, and he had worked with lead.  Lead can cause anemia or disruption of normal bone marrow function.

There is a process called chelation, which  I had never done before, but it can safely remove the lead.  The problem was the measurement of the lead.  I was taught to do a blood lead level and a 24 hour urine collection for heavy metals.  But he only had 3 mcg/dl in his blood which is considered nothing, or normal.  Not so!

I chelated him anyway because of high lead exposure and for lack of something else to do.  Within six weeks, his bone marrow function returned to normal.  It worked!

I then began to study the toxicology literature which stated that you should not measure it the way I was taught, but you should collect the urine and stool after a chelation treatment.  This measures what you removed from the patient’s cells with one treatment.

Testing it this way, termed, measuring the body burden or post-provocation, helped to measure the heavy metals properly.   Now when there is an idiopathic disease,  I will measure these metals after a chelation and study whether they are known to cause the disease I am treating.

My conclusions after six years of measuring and removing these metals are:

Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue

High levels of mercury, cadmium, lead , bismuth

Parkinson’s Disease

High levels of mercury, lead, aluminum and cadmium

Alzheimer’s Disease

High levels of cadmium and mercury

ALS

Predominantly mercury

Mercury, lead and cadmium etc. are in our soil and air.   When we inhale them, they displace calcium and magnesium in our cells.  Most is accumulated in our bone.  As we lose bone with trauma, or age, the heavy metal then leaks out and finds a target, most commonly the brain.   Our brain and spinal cord does not function when mercury displaces calcium or magnesium.

The only way to remove the toxic mercury or lead is with the 60 year old approved treatment called chelation. It is the safest procedure that I have ever done.  The misconceptions and myths that are held by the medical community concerning chelation are amazing.  Most physicians who criticize it have never done it, or have even properly measured these heavy metals in a patient.

Heavy metals can explain most of my previously unknown origin of diseases.

HICKEY’S POSTULATES

1.  Properly measure heavy metals according to Wedeen’s protocol  (Environmental Medicine,; 1983)

2.  If heavy metals are present in an idiopathic disease, then research whether or not they can contribute to the disease process.

3.  Safely remove the toxic metals from the body with chelation to see if the symptoms   and disease process subside.

My experience now is that many more times than not, the symptoms and condition improves.

Don’t criticize something that you know nothing about.  Do your homework.