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Heavy metal toxicity and MS

Postby Taurus » Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:53 pm

Have you ever got yourself tested for heavy metal toxicity like mercury, copper etc. I have reasons to believe that these are strongly linked to diseases like MS, Autism etc.
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Re: Heavy metal toxicity and MS

Postby MarkLavelle » Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:59 am

I haven't had any testing, but since my 1st sx a couple of my doctors (including my neuro) have thought they might be a result of the chemotherapy I had back in 1996.

I had cisplatin and carboplatin, which are both platinum-based and known to cause nerve damage, but my neuro sx didn't start until over a dozen years later. The lag makes the connection seem unlikely, but a recent study showed that one of the two (can't remember which) has a half life in the human body of several years (so I certainly still have some excess platinum)...

RRMS dx 3/3/11; Copaxone since 12/1/11
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Re: Heavy metal toxicity and MS

Postby NHE » Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:03 am

Taurus wrote:Have you ever got yourself tested for heavy metal toxicity like mercury, copper etc. I have reasons to believe that these are strongly linked to diseases like MS, Autism etc.

I had a toxic metals urinalysis done a couple of years ago for reasons unrelated to MS. The procedure used the chelation agent dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA). Even with the chelation agent, my mercury levels were quite low. What was surprising was that the DMSA pulled out some gadolinium even though it had been roughly 10 years since my last MRI.
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Re: Heavy metal toxicity and MS

Postby cheerleader » Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:27 am

NHE wrote: What was surprising was that the DMSA pulled out some gadolinium even though it had been roughly 10 years since my last MRI.


Looks like you're not alone on gadolinium sticking around, NHE.
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/818077

"Hyperintensity in the DN and GP on unenhanced MRI may be a consequence of the number of previous Gd-CM administrations," lead investigator Tomonori Kanda, MD, PhD, said in a statement.

These new findings, said Dr. Kanda, raise the possibility that a toxic component of the contrast agent may remain in the body long after administration.

"Because gadolinium has high signal intensity in the body, our data may suggest the fact that the toxic gadolinium remains in the body for a long time, even in the normal renal function patient," he said.


Dr. Sclafani linked this on his thread....it's concerning.

Heavy metals affect the permeability of the endothelium, which could make the BBB more open.
http://as.vanderbilt.edu/neuroscience/r ... oxicology/
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Re: Heavy metal toxicity and MS

Postby questor » Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:04 am

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Re: Heavy metal toxicity and MS

Postby want2bike » Tue Dec 31, 2013 2:17 pm

Heavy metals like mercury leave the blood and go into the tissues of the body so it is hard to test for these metals. Heavy metals such as mercury are neurotoxins and do not belong in the body. Lot of evidence linking mercury to neurological disease. Some people remove the mercury from their mouths and they get better.

http://orbisvitae.com/ubbthreads/ubbthr ... sMwlMKA3IU
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Re: Heavy metal toxicity and MS

Postby jerrygallow » Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:05 am

I had a blood panel done for heavy metal. Nothing was significantly elevated. I did have some trace amounts of cadmium I believe. I am intrigued by the study that showed MS patients have a high aluminium load. I wonder why we haven't heard of follow up studies to that.

I did a hair analysis and that also showed nothing. I did have amalgam in my baby teeth, but they fell out. I had probably six or seven when I was growing up
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