Those of you who have been here a few weeks have already altered your diet to include mostly fresh, whole foods. You've tossed out the sugary junk food and all that caffeine, remembering to feed yourself quality snacks that help to keep your blood sugar up. These changes are slowly paying off. We've looked at a number of "psychological" problems (anxiety, depression, paranoia, compulsiveness) that may really be a depletion (or overabundance) of certain brain chemicals and you now have the insight to identify and correct these biochemical mistakes.
In the following lecture we'll look at ongoing irritability, angry outbursts and aggressive behavior that can lead to violence. The debate still rages as to whether the basic causes of violence are psychological, sociological or biological, but new research on this subject may surprise you. Can these emotional states have a physical basis? Let's take a look at the evidence.
Two Case Studies by Joan Mathews Larson
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Matt had a hard time keeping a job because of his short fuse and aggressive behavior. He had been an attention deficit kid who grew up on Ritalin. His psychiatrist had him on three different antidepressants simultaneously in an attempt to calm him down. When I met him, he was feeling miserable because his wife had recently filed divorce papers. That day, he seemed not be hearing most of what I said to him. He was restless and made several double entendre sexual remarks that irked me. That first week he became so angry he put his hands tightly around one female staff person's neck as though to choke her. I hoped we could tolerate his behavior until his lab work came back. When the results were in, it was a relief to see that Matt was loaded with high levels of copper, cadmium and lead; and to add to his distress, his histamine was severely elevated. He was also hypoglycemic. All of these physical abnormalities made him appear emotionally out-of-control.
The toxic metals had to go and his histamine levels had to come down before the sudden anger and wild outbursts quieted down. Gradually, his aggressiveness faded and I became quite fond of him. After almost a year, we recently heard from Matt again. He says he is doing well and taking college courses with the intent of working with attention deficit kids. (With his experiential knowledge, he should prove invaluable in his chosen field.)
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Tom, another client with a hair-trigger temper, came to us from New Mexico. He was severely hypoglycemic. During his glucose tolerance test, his release of adrenalin to raise his blood sugar was profuse. That outpouring of adrenalin when the brain is too low on fuel to function normally, often explains aggressive behavior.
We could control his wild outpouring of adrenalin by correcting his hypoglycemia. But his story gets a lot more complicated. Tom had built his house in an area of the country that is high in uranium. The water that he drank was coming through granite that was carcinogenic (uranium levels should be under .2. His were 819!) He was radioactive! His copper levels, too, were quite elevated, probably because of his occupation as a plumber. The cumulative effects of all these toxins were depression, fatigue and irritability. Zinc chelated out his excess copper, but no one was able to advise us how to remove uranium. We were told that calcium chelation might be of some value. His improvement in energy and temperament probably has come about because of his strict diet and regimen of chelating nutrients. (Certain states are at risk for uranium radioactivity ... they are Vermont, Colorado, New Mexico and parts of California.)
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Tom's super-normal surges of adrenalin when he is in a hypoglycemic state, reminds me of similar findings in a tribe of Central American Indians who were studied by American anthropologists in the 1970's. These Quolla Indians have a reputation for violence dating back to the sixteenth century. Unpremeditated murder is common among them. Researchers discovered that Quolla diets were very poor: high in refined sugars and alcohol and short on basic nutrition. Every single one of the tribesmen tested turned out to be hypoglycemic. What's more, the most violent of the Indians had spectacular surges of adrenalin when their glucose levels fell too low.
By now, most of you know enough about hypoglycemia to understand what can happen under these circumstances. By the time the adrenalin is released, the reasoning brain is turned off, leaving the animal brain in charge. At best, this abnormal situation can erupt into verbal anger. At worst, it can bring on physical aggression that can have tragic consequences.
Consider this depressing scenario:
An abusive spouse leaves a party in a hypoglycemic state brought on by an evening of drinking and junk food snacks. They arrive home about the time the adrenalin hits the bloodstream. At this point, anyone unfortunate enough to cross his/her path may be subjected to uncontrollable anger, or even physical abuse. Counseling has little to offer these people. Our prisons are full of violent hypoglycemics who are paying a high price for uncontrolled behavior. Maintaining constant adequate glucose levels is one of the most important functions of our biochemical being: Our brains need glucose in order to think clearly.
Diet and Violence
Some very exciting verification exists on how diet changes can control violent delinquents. In 1980, an east coast juvenile detention home compared the behavior of boys who ate their "normal" menu (high in sugar and processed foods) with a second group of their boys whose sugar intake was secretly reduced: no more soft drinks, no table sugar or high sugared breakfast cereals, jellies or sweets. Researcher Stephen Schoenthaler, Ph.D., found the results astonishing: The two dozen boys on the low sugar diet had a 45% lower incidence of reported disciplinary actions than the first group!
Dr. Schoenthaler has since expanded the study to include 276 juveniles at that center. He has found that the juveniles who were arrested for violent crimes showed the greatest behavioral improvement ... a 77% reduction in disciplinary incident reports.
On the west coast, Dr. Carolyn Brown, is the director of a similar institution in Berkeley, California. She treats violent and delinquent juveniles with biochemical repair as well as therapy. Special attention is paid to possible hypoglycemia, allergies and brain toxicity. She described her nutritional approach to correcting behavior to the U.S. Senate Select Committee: "We have seen incredible results in the last two years. The most noticeable one is related to blood sugar. If we give these children protein every two hours, their behavior is kept in much better control. The difference is amazing. They are learning to read ... (they) have truly moved ahead. They probably would have been the kind of children that would never have been in school again."
A Word to Parents of Unruly Teens
If you have teenager(s) who never eat with the family and are subsisting on the great American junk food diet, sit them down and teach them about the high price they are paying for starving and abusing their delicate brains. They are old enough to prove it to themselves...make a deal with them to drastically clean up their diet and limit all sugars for ONE MONTH. The rewards will be obvious: a clear brain, sustained energy and feeling stable and calm. It can change their whole future as they regain access to a healthy, curious brain that wants to learn and succeed in life.
If you see your children or mate (or yourself) shifting moods every few hours, failing to control sudden flare-ups of anger or irritability, the most likely explanation is blood sugar.
Reread Section 3 on the diet for hypoglycemia. If you want absolute scientific proof, call your doctor to schedule a five-hour glucose tolerance test.
Does Chemistry Dictate High Arousal?
Violent behavior has been escalating worldwide wherever the American diet has been adopted. Despite dire warnings from Omega 3 EFA research pioneers like Donald Rudin, we have shoved the Omega 3 oils out of our Western diets and replaced them with high Omega 6 fatty acids (vegetable oils). It has taken the Japanese to piece together what is happening to their population who began Westernizing their culture after World War II, about fifty years ago.
In 1996, Dr. Hamazaki and colleagues did a double blind study with university students where they monitored their "aggression against others" responses during an entire school year. During this time, one of the two groups was supplemented with DHA, the highly polyunsaturated Omega 3 oil that is needed in the brain and eyes for proper visual and central nervous system functions. This group showed no change in normal behavior. The control group who received no DHA showed a big rise in aggressive behavior. Young Japanese today have very low plasma Omega 3 fatty acids, directly due to their being the biggest consumers of modern commercial foods that are soaked in high Omega 6 (linolenic acid) vegetable oils. The increased ratio of Omega 6 to 3 over the last decades has followed the mistaken western advise that reducing animal fat by replacing it with Omega 6 linolenic acid (corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean oils) will lower cholesterol thus preventing heart attacks. Statistics now correlate a very high incidence of death through violence, including suicide in this population; so overall mortality was never reduced.
What all this means to you and me is we need to eat a lot of salmon and cold water fish or take a couple of tablespoons of flax powder or flax oil every day! Listen to what Dr. Harumi Okuyama and colleagues (the largest group of researchers in the world studying lipid needs in humans) have to say in their newly published research: "In this review we summarize the evidence which indicates that increased dietary linolenic acid (Omega 6) and relative Omega 3 essential fatty acid deficiency are major risk factors for western-type cancers, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, and also for allergic hyper-reactivity. We also raise the possibility that a relative Omega 3 EFA deficiency may be affecting the behavioral patterns of a proportion of the young generation in industrialized countries."
Remember your brain is 65% these essential fatty acids. Don't shortchange yourself and risk being prone to the above diseases.
A few years ago, Roger, a counselor from a competitive clinic came to Health Recovery Center with a problem. He was having trouble controlling his emotions and feared his explosive anger was about to cost him his job. Worse, he recognized he was having suicidal thoughts. He was very frightened.
At the initial interview Roger confessed he was drinking twenty-five cups of coffee and a six-pack of cola every day! Correcting his hypoglycemia calmed the mood swings, but his behavior was still unpredictable. Not until he revealed his hobby, taxidermy, did we begin to suspect the culprit. In his off hours, Roger was inhaling solvents, glues and thinners that just might explain the symptoms that continued to trouble him.
To find out, we sent him to a clinical ecologist (a new breed of medical allergists) for tests. His reaction to ethanol and formaldehyde was dramatic. Upon exposure in the lab, he became quite paranoid and angry. Tests also revealed sensitivities to wheat and dairy products that brought on delayed reactions of severe irritability and fatigue. Roger recovered by giving up caffeine, nicotine, refined sugars, wheat and dairy products and minimizing his exposure to ethanol and formaldehyde.
Over the years we've seen many house painters, garage mechanics, hair salon workers, printers and others who continually breathe chemical fumes on the job. Many are severely reactive to these toxins. Their altered brains create drastically altered behavior. Sudden anger, irritability and even violence have been linked to brain allergies.
The late, distinguished allergist, Theron Randolph, MD first proposed over 50 years ago that many physical and emotional disorders might be related to exposure to environmental chemicals. He discovered that susceptible people first experience a pleasing, addictive high followed eventually by withdrawal symptoms. The chart, The Ups and Downs of Addiction, adapted from Randolph's book, An Alternative Approach to Allergies, will give you an idea of the range of these symptoms, from the initial "UP" to the subsequent withdrawal or "DOWN". The more stimulated (intoxicated) by the chemical, the more severe the withdrawal will be.
The Ups and Downs of Addiction
Note: The plus signs indicate increased brain stimulation, as a reaction to ingesting allergic or addictive substances. The minus signs mean decreased brain functioning following withdrawal of the allegic or addictive substance.
A Health Recovery Center published study showed 56% of our alcoholic clients were sensitive to chemicals in the environment. The most common offender was ethanol, contained in a wide range of products:
- Natural gas
- Some paints
- Automobile exhaust
- Soft plastics (new car odors)
- Certain hand lotions and perfumes
- Disinfectant cleaners
- Tobacco smoke
The most common reactions were fatigue, exhaustion, spaciness, irritability, mental confusion and depression. The magnitude and severity of these responses was startling: sudden intense anger, tears and sobbing, falling asleep, the sudden inability to think or speak coherently.
All of these symptoms can be readily produced and extinguished in an allergy-testing lab. The procedure involves placing a sample of the suspect chemical under the tongue (sublingual testing.) If a reaction occurs, it can be turned off by placing a much more minute (neutralizing) dose of the same substance under the tongue. These test results provide convincing evidence for skeptical clients and those who suspect that their symptoms are all in their minds.
The Mechanism Underlying Cerebral Reactions
Certain physical conditions can compromise our blood-brain barrier so that neurotoxin substances in our blood can penetrate into the brain. When we are ill, depressed or over stressed, or if there is physical damage, this can occur. Then potentially harmful substances like heavy metals (i.e. lead, cadmium) or candida-albicans yeast, or inflammation-producing kinins, or other allergens and their reacting antibodies can enter the brain. Immune reactions within the brain can cause swelling, do damage to nerve structures, reduce access to oxygen (energy) and may unbalance neurotransmitter production, all of which radically affects our thinking and behavior.
Is your Brain Giving You Signals?
An excellent chemical screening test, given to every client who goes through HRC, is based on a questionnaire originally developed by Theron Randolph, MD, the "Father of Clinical Ecology". The test, reprinted in Depression Free, Naturally, offers insight in determining the likelyhood that you are chemically sensitive.
Joan Mathews Larson founder of HRC wrote:
"When I was tested several years ago by Dr. George Kroker in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the result was a real eye-opener. Before exposure, I had completed a short exercise that required me to match symbols. After the mysterious dose, I was asked to match another page of symbols. I was so sleepy and muddled that I simply could not perform at a normal pace. I felt as though my IQ has suddenly dropped 50 points. Then, with a neutralizing dose under my tongue, I slowly brightened up. The substance responsible for my confusion and fatigue was ETHANOL, the base of most perfumes and after-shave lotions. This test result explained why I had been having trouble concentrating when clients wore a lot of cologne or aftershave."
Besides the provocative chemical screening test just described, two other tests have proven to be invaluable among the client who go through HRC:
- A hair analysis is the best indicator we have of heavy metal buildup in the brain.
- A test for Candida yeast may uncover what is suppressing your immune system and muddling your brain.
Turning Off Chemical Reactions
Once you have nailed down (through lab tests) the substances that play tricks with your brain, chemical ecologists can desensitize you with a three-step procedure.
FIRST: They prepare a neutralizing dose containing minute amounts of the chemical to which you are sensitive. When this is placed under your tongue, the chemical sensitivity fades within minutes. At the same time, your immune system's ability to handle that chemical is strengthened. You may get a prescription of "drops" to take home and use daily until your immune system can handle the exposure normally.
SECOND: Your doctor will recommend you take sodium and potassium bicarbonate in the form of ALKA-SELTZER GOLD or alkali salts on prescription. These salts effectively neutralize excess acidity that develops in the body during allergic reactions. Two tablets of Alka Seltzer Gold help reduce the symptoms that occur from chemical exposure. The adult dose is two tablets every four hours, not to exceed eight tablets in a 24-hour period.
THIRD: It is essential to avoid as much as possible, the chemicals to which you are sensitive. Also avoid or eliminate chemicals in your home that could potentially cause problems, including:
- Gas appliances
- Cigarette Smoke
- Perfumed cosmetics, hair spray
- Soft vinyl and acrylic items
- Spray cleaners for ovens, baths and kitchens
- Air fresheners
You can further reduce chemicals by drinking only deep well water or bottled spring water. Avoid chlorinated tap water and avoid foods that have been heavily sprayed with chemicals. Switch to organically grown products. Room and car air filters also help minimize exposure to chemical fumes. If you must work around chemical odors, consider a portable charcoal mask to protect you.
Alan Levin MD wrote the following description of twenty-first century humanity:
"In a typical household...people wake up on synthetic foam rubber mattresses snuggled between cotton polyester sheets and acrylic blankets...put on their drip-dry robes and acrylic slippers and patter to the bathrooms...they brush their teeth with plastic toothbrushes, using artificially colored and flavored toothpaste. Hot water fills the air with chlorine fumes mingled with the perfumed scents of soap, shampoo and the plastic shower curtain. She applies some chemical dyes to her face; he purifies his breath with aerosol spray. They dress in polyester, mothproofed wool and no-iron cotton and then sit down to breakfast. The eggs, sizzling in a Teflon pan, are full of hormones...the bacon is preserved in nitrites. The grapefruit was grown with synthetic pesticides and fertilizers; the English muffins have been processed with flavorings, extenders and emulsifiers; they've all been packaged in polyethylene and stored in refrigerators insulated with polyurethane and cooled by chlorofluorocarbons."
You can see that chemically sensitive persons often fight a losing battle to feel stable because their brains are continually "under attack" in our modern day society.
Our Growing Violent Population
We see a lot of male clients whose wives have dialed 911 for help when their mates suddenly became ballistic. Many of them have learned some control measures in court-ordered programs. But just below the surface, their sudden anger still seethes. You may be surprised at what is actually at work here. The biochemical triggers in some of us make anger and violence predicable. There is mounting research that these people are not just the product of too much poverty, too little nurturing and other social/psychological problems.
Dr Mathews-Larson's introduction to this work came when she found herself seated next to the main speaker at a state conference a few years ago. Dr. William Walsh's talk was on being able to identify violent people through their trace metal chemistry. His story is fascinating...
In 1975, he and other researchers at Argonne National Laboratories decided to get involved with helping ex-prisoners from a nearby penitentiary he describes as a "dumping ground for the hopelessly violent and incorrigible." The researchers did the usual do-good projects, believing that these men were a product of their environment and poor nurturing. When a prisoner was released, these scientists met him at the gates with new clothes, a job interview, and a place to live, etc. It took two years of watching the high recidivism of these violent offenders before realizing something was very wrong. Once Dr. Walsh's team faced the fact that no psycho/sociological changes seemed to make a difference, they turned to exploring whether this population could be physiologically different from the rest of us. Their search began with lab tests of blood and urine, but no significant clues were found. About this time, they met Dr. Carl Pfeiffer, who advised them to focus on trace metal build-up (such as lead, copper, zinc, and manganese). New studies were showing lead and cadmium are predominant only in violent people! They began looking at the hair levels of trace minerals and metals in hundreds of violent prisoners. The results were just as Pfeiffer had predicted. They could fit most of the violent subjects into two categories from the results of their hair analysis. Type A people were episodically violent, but felt remorse following an 'explosion'. The Type B group had a different configuration of trace metals. They were mean and nasty continually, according to their relatives and teachers. They felt no remorse and had been antisocial since childhood.
The first study published by Walsh's group, The Health Research Institute, was an eye opener. They studied pairs of brothers, one who had many violent incidences and the other brother (living in the same house) who was an all-American kid, doing very well in school. In every instance, the violent boys had abnormal trace metal levels that fell into either Type A or B of the four classifications of disordered chemistry.
These four divisions are:
TYPE A: SEVERE EPISODIC VIOLENCE
TYPE B: SOCIOPATH/SEVERELY ASSAULTIVE
TYPE C: INTERMEDIATE EPISODIC VIOLENCE
TYPE D: MILD EPISODIC VIOLENCE
After publishing their research, the Institute was challenged by UCLA researchers to prove their findings by matching 200 blind hair samples, half from violent prisoners and the other half from students and business people. The accuracy of identification was almost 100% except for mistakenly identifying a couple of prison guards as belonging with the violent group.
Listed below are the four biotypes identified by the Health Research Institute. Their research base included more than 150,000 people! Considering that more than two million people are beaten, knifed, shot or otherwise assaulted each YEAR in the U.S., the best hope to date is early identification of these violent types and effective treatment through rebalancing their errant chemistry.
Four Types of Behavior Disorder
(As identified by the Health Research Institute, Naperville Illinois)
TYPE A: (This type includes 40% of all behavior disoriented chemistries.)
Commonly Observed Characteristics:
- Episodic violence, followed by remorse for behavior
- Jekyll-Hyde behavior in males
- Poor stress control
- Attention deficit disorder
- Academic underachiever
- Tantrums, fighting are common in males
- Opposing behavior, promiscuity, mood swings, nonviolent delinquency is common in females
- Acne is common
- Blood histamine either abnormally high or low
- Sunburns easily
- Allergies are common
- Chocolate can trigger behavior change
Hair Element Test Levels:
- Elevated copper
- Depressed zinc
- Elevated lead, cadmium (and other toxic metals)
- Elevated iron
- Depressed sodium and potassium, manganese, calcium, and magnesium either very elevated or very depressed
Other Biochemical Abnormalities:
- 40% are pyroluric
- 30% are hypoglycemic
- 30% are malabsorbers
- All histamines are in the abnormal range (too high or too low)
Type A children improve substantially (85%) within 25 days of treatment.
TYPE B: (Rare: 0.3% of the population)
Commonly Observed Characteristics:
- Frequently assaultive
- Total lack of conscience or remorse
- Pathological liars
- Cruelty to animals and people is common
- Anti-social/sociopath behavior
- Sleeps only three to four hours nightly
- Could be serial killer/mass murderer
- Fascination with fire
- Strongly aggressive
- High pain threshol
Hair Element Test Levels:
- Elevated calcium
- Elevated magnesium
- Depressed manganese
- Elevated sodium
- Severely depressed copper
- Depressed zinc
- Elevated iron
- Elevated lead and/or other toxic metals
Other Biochemical Abnormalities
- Elevated histamine levels
- Elevated kryptopyrroles. (pyroluric)
Commonly Observed Characteristics:
- Malabsorber (50% need hydrochloric acid [stomach acid]; others have an intestinal problem)
- Argues, but does not hurt others
- Seldom maintains a drivers license
- Mildly aggressive
- Low amino acid levels in blood testing
- Can't hold job, poor work performance
Hair Element Test Levels:
- Depressed calcium
- Depressed magnesium
- Depressed copper
- Depressed Zinc
- Depressed Manganese
- May have elevated lead, cadmium, mercury, nickel, aluminum or other toxins
Type C's blood testing shows most nutrient levels low. They need treatment for malabsorption and multivitamin supplementation.
Commonly Observed Characteristics:
- Reactive to sugar: hypoglycemic
- Mildly Aggessive
- May be overweight
- Gets irritable after eating sugar
- Drowsy after meals
- Nonviolent, but never reaches his potential in life
Hair Element Test Levels:
- Extremely high calcium
- Elevated magnesium (also extremely high)
- Depressed sodium
- Depressed potassium
- Depressed copper
- Depressed zinc
- Depressed manganese
- Depressed chromium
Type D's treatment involves correcting the hypoglycemic and allergy reactions.
Applying These Patterns
The above pattern types were first described almost 15 years ago. Since we regularly do hair analysis tests on all of our clients, we began comparing their profiles to these deficiencies. We have consistently found it is an accurate match. The guidelines in each type are not meant to be a perfect fit, but will come close enough to get the picture. In other words if enough of the hair elements fall into profile 1,2,3,and 4 we can slowly correct these biochemical imbalances, there will be a gradual reduction in the problem characteristics of that category and an improvement in behavior. The general prognosis for reversing these patterns gets much better, the younger these people can be identified.
Of the four types, the only one very rarely seen is TYPE B. These people are sociopathic and capable of killing.
Is your Brain Giving You Signals?
Health Recovery Center tests all clients for toxic metal accumulation. Hair analysis is a better indicator than blood tests of toxic metal accumulation. Metals can remain stored in tissues even when they don't show up in the blood. You may be able to relate previously unexplained symptoms to accumulations of toxic metals in your body.
What You Need To Know About Hair Analysis Tests
These hair analysis tests detect deficiencies or toxic buildup of the following minerals, trace elements and toxic metals:
1) Do not submit dyed hair or hair that has a permanent wave less than one month old (a pubic hair sample may be substituted for scalp hair).
2) Cut the hair as close to the scalp as possible and discard all but the first one and a half inches closest to the scalp.
3) If possible, clip the hair from the nape of your neck.
4) Place a total of one gram in a small envelope for submission. A kit with a cardboard scale can be obtained from the laboratory. You may want to order directly from the lab yourself. If so, the results will come directly to you. You will receive a printout similar to Figure 7 (Sample Hair Analysis Report). Please take these results to a trained professional to interpret, as certain high readings may indicate storage of the mineral in question in the hair and soft tissues and unavailability in blood and bone. Thus it is VITAL not to accept all the readings at face value. The lab will provide duplicate copies of the results and a computerized analysis. Ask your doctor for copies for your records.
Hair analysis is a better indicator than blood tests of toxic metal accumulation. Metals can remain stored in tissues even when they don't show up in the blood. You may be able to relate previously unexplained symptoms to accumulations of toxic metals in your body.
Here is a brief Summary of Symptoms and Treatment:
Cigarette paper contains cadmium and smokers inhale fumes from this metal with every cigarette. One pack contains 23 micrograms of cadmium. Excess intake of this metal can contribute to chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema. There is also a direct correlation between high blood pressure and cadmium intake. You can remove cadmium from your tissues with daily doses of zinc (40 milligrams), selenium (200 micrograms), and calcium (1,200 milligrams).
Sugar lovers tend to have terrible teeth with lots of mercury fillings. Recent reports about the effects of the mercury contained in these fillings help explain why so many also complain about aches and pains, depression, and fatigue. Some clients told me they have improved dramatically after their mercury fillings are removed. It is important to then treat them with intravenous infusions of Vitamin C to counteract the mercury their tissues have absorbed. Mercury poisoning can cause suicidal depression, fatigue, memory loss, headache, vision loss, speech disorders, emotional instability and confusion. (The expression "mad as a hatter" comes from the days when mercury vapor was used to clean hats. The cleaners, then called hatters, became "mad" as a result of their mercury exposure.)
In some cases, mercury poisoning must be treated with EDTA chelation therapy. This involves intravenous administration of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, a substance that combines with metals like mercury, lead, and cadmium and removes them from the body. Your doctor will have to determine how many treatments you need. For a list of physicians who use EDTA chelation therapy, contact the
American College of Advancement in Medicine,
23121 Verdugo Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Aluminum toxicity has been associated with hyperactivity in children and with Alzheimer's disease. In early stages of aluminum absorption, before the "tangles" of nerve fibers characteristic of Alzheimer's disease appear, aluminum levels can be lowered with magnesium. Your daily dosage should be 1,200 milligrams. Adding one cup of Epsom salts to your bath water can also help bring high aluminum levels back to normal.
Persons who work as house painters, garage mechanics or at other jobs that expose them to lead are at high risk of accumulating toxic levels of this mineral. A lead buildup can impair your concentration and shorten your attention span. Your thinking may also become muddled and irritable.
Megadoses of Vitamin B1 (200 milligrams daily) can help relieve these symptoms. Calcium (1,200 milligrams per day) also helps remove lead from the tissues. However, the preferred treatment for lead toxicity is EDTA chelation therapy combined with several injections of Vitamin B1.
Other Minerals That Can Be Toxic
Your hair analysis will also indicate your levels of copper and manganese. Serum copper and serum manganese tests should confirm elevated levels of these two minerals.
Excess Manganese Tied to Violent Behavior
and Attention Deficit Disorder
This scientific research may shock you: In a five-year study done by the Chairman of Psychiatry, University of California - Irvine and published in Comprehensive Psychiatry June 91, manganese was over 400% higher in the head hair of 63% of violent criminals, versus 11% of the nonviolent controls.
The Violence Research Foundation in San Clemente, California has collected over 400 separate scientific papers about manganese's destruction of the central nervous system.
Three additional studies all report that the hair of attention deficit (ADD) children had 100% higher amounts of manganese then matched non-ADD children!
Now here's the kicker: Scientists have unearthed significant reasons why today's kids are hyperactive, aggressive and have lower IQ's: Their infant formula has 40-60 times more manganese content than the manganese naturally present in mother's milk.
Additional information on formulas, schedules, and optimal doses to achieve biochemical restoration/repair can be found in the book Depression Free, Naturally
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