By Doctor Claude Chauchard
Our environment, our lifestyle, the substandard quality and origins of the food we eat, the water we drink, pollution and pesticides can have a devastating effect on our body. Our headaches, back ache, fatigue, insomnia and chronic pain could be due to heavy metal poisoning. How can we help our bodies to eliminate these molecules of mercury, lead, aluminium, arsenic and xenobiotics that are particularly oxidising for our cells? Let’s take a look at the things we can do to prevent this type of poisoning and a natural detoxification solution that we can adopt.
Traditional detoxification treatments are unable to eliminate heavy metals as these molecules are insoluble, so we have to dislodge them and help our excretory system to evacuate them without getting lost along the way. This is called chelation.
Effective natural methods that can remedy minor intoxications do exist. We need to supply the body with nutrients, vitamins and food supplements called chelating agents, which play the role of a “metal sponge” both in the blood and in the intestines.
Can we prevent heavy metal poisoning?
First of all, we need to prevent heavy metal poisoning by following a few basic rules, as far as possible:
Avoid farmed fish, excess factory-made dairy products and ready meals
Pay particular attention to where your food comes from and favour certified organic produce and products that come from free-range animals (milk, meat, eggs), as well as locally-sourced products
Spare your liver, the major detox organ, by avoiding overburdening it with coffee, tobacco, sugar, fizzy drinks and alcohol, and avoid allergens and additives that can aggravate the symptoms of poisoning and hinder your body’s ability to detoxify itself.
Daily detox regime: allies on your plate!
Coriander and green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach and parsley have a significant effect on mercury. Garlic and onions contain sulphur and help the liver to eliminate lead and arsenic.
Seaweed, dandelion seeds, turmeric and broccoli are great allies for detoxifying your cells.
Linseed and chia seeds are rich in omega 3 and chelating fibres to help transport toxic waste through the colon and reduce inflammation.
Drink an organic green vegetable juice several times a day.
Exercise, sweat and drink at least 1.5 litres of water per day in order to eliminate as many toxins as possible.
I also recommend avoiding using kitchen utensils that contain aluminium, non-stick or silicone (cake moulds). Use a filter on your tap. Never cook using aluminium foil or in the microwave and limit the number of barbecues you have.
If you have fillings that are 50% mercury, think about having them replaced, though this procedure is very tricky.
Prepare to detox
Before starting any detox programme, it is important to ensure that your kidneys and liver are not saturated. I recommend preparing your excretory organs (liver, kidneys, lungs, intestines, skin) by taking a special excretory blend containing mother tincture of artichoke and dandelion, which is available in vial format, first thing in the morning.
Take one course of probiotics (50 billion per day) in order to strengthen the intestinal flora and protect the intestine from the metals that will pass through it during the detox.
The heavy metal detox requires foods rich in vitamin C which, thanks to its antioxidant powers, reduces the damage caused by the metals’ toxicity and stimulates the production of glutathione.
With regard to food supplements, I suggest taking a multivitamin that contains vitamin C, B and E, zinc, selenium, magnesium and calcium. Avoid pro-oxidant iron and copper.
Detoxify: every three weeks for six months
Chlorella (4-6 capsules per day, to be taken with food) mobilises heavy metals at extra-cellular level and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well as stimulating the immune system.
Vitamin C (3,000mg/day throughout the detox): its powerful antioxidant action stimulates the body’s glutathione production.
Coriander tincture (twice a day from the second week onwards) and wild garlic will enhance the effectiveness of the chlorella to promote intracellular detoxification.
Milk thistle (150mg twice a day) to support the liver function.
Brazil nuts − which are rich in the king of antioxidants, glutathione − will restore the good minerals such as selenium and zinc that are lost during the detoxification process.
In addition to this detox programme, I also recommend diathermy, which will increase the programme’s effectiveness:
Place an ice pack covered in a cloth on your head to obtain a temperature of 10 degrees
At the same time, apply a cloth, which has previously been soaked in hot water then ringed out, onto the liver and use a hot water bottle to maintain a temperature of 40 degrees. Cover with a blanket.
Maintain this position for a minimum of 60 minutes.
Repeat 2-3 times a week for three weeks.
This alimentary detoxification method aims to gradually reduce an overload of heavy metals that has resulted in a minor intoxication. In the case of more serious heavy metal poisoning, consult a therapist who knows all about the different natural and chemical detoxification methods.
A renowned specialist in nutrition, weight control and Medicine for Age Prevention. More than a million copies of 14 books sold in more than 5 languages. Founder of the Anti-Aging clinic concept La Clinique De Paris, established in China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea since 1992. Assistant professor at the universities of Seoul and Peking. Creator of the online Chrono Géno Nutrition method.