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Are Heavy Metals Weighing You Down?

As you know, our bodies need a variety of essential minerals and vitamins to thrive and function optimally. For example, zinc, copper, and selenium are essential for proper functioning of the thyroid gland, and can be disproportionate in hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, while calcium and magnesium are essential for building and maintaining strong healthy bones.

But, what about heavy metals, what are those and how do they affect us? Heavy metals, also known as toxic elements, disrupt the normal functioning of our bodies and block the beneficial effects of essential minerals. For example, lead can replace calcium in bone, causing osteoporosis, making bones brittle and more susceptible to fractures.

A single large exposure to a toxic element is rare and generally considered a medical emergency. However, small amounts of toxic elements can easily accumulate over time through exposure to our environment, prescription drugs, dental/surgical examinations and procedures, drinking water, food, and lifestyle habits such as smoking. Even herbs and supplements that are made without good manufacturing practices (GMPs) can expose us to toxic elements.

Toxic elements can also be found in common household products and may contribute to a variety of symptoms. Here are some examples:

· Aluminum is found in cooking utensils, antiperspirants, some pickled foods, toothpaste, nasal spray, automotive exhausts, ceramics and baking powder. Signs of toxicity may include impaired memory & increased risk of heart disease.

· Arsenic is found in pressure-treated wood used in decks and playground equipment. Early signs of arsenic toxicity may include headaches, fatigue, restlessness, insomnia, drowsiness, dizziness, stomach aches, and pain.

· Cadmium is found in cigarette smoke, some paint pigments, and in a variety of industrial products. Fatigue may be an early sign of cadmium toxicity.

· Lead is still around from the days when we used leaded gasoline in cars, lead solder in plumbing and leaded paints. Lead exposure may contribute to mood and personality problems.

· Mercury is found in dental fillings, fluorescent lights, and some electronics. Chronic exposure to mercury primarily affects the brain and nervous system. Symptoms like: weakness, fatigue, numbness in fingers and toes, weight loss and gastrointestinal disturbances are common with ongoing exposure to mercury.

· Tin is found in canned foods. If acidic foods are sealed in an un-lined tin can, significant absorption of tin can occur. Excess absorption of tin may contribute to gastrointestinal symptoms.

You might be looking at this list and wondering if you or a loved one has been exposed to heavy metals and are planning to ask if your doctor can test you. Although your doctor can certainly test your blood for single large exposures of lead or mercury, the results are often normal because most of us are not generally exposed in this way.

However, when the body is exposed to small amounts of toxic metals over time, they may not remain accumulated in the blood and may be undetectable using a blood sample. Since the body has such a strong need to maintain homeostasis, or equilibrium, these toxic elements are often quickly removed from the blood and moved to storage into tissues and bone where they cause less direct threat to critical organs such as the brain and heart.

If you are concerned about your exposure to toxic elements, ask if your naturopathic doctor can perform a urine test to determine your body’s excretion of these elements and assess your toxic burden. If you are diagnosed with toxic heavy metal accumulation, a treatment plan using gentle oral and intravenous chelating agents, and follow up testing may be recommended.

Stay tuned for my next article talking about oral and intravenous chelating agents to reduce your toxic element burden and alleviate symptoms caused by heavy metals.

Dr. Amita Sachdev BScN, ND has been in health care for over 20 years, and provides family health and cancer support using naturopathic medicine in Kleinburg and Maple, Ontario. www.DrSachdevND.com

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Posted 75 weeks ago
<p>Looking for some added insurance this flu season? Maybe it’s time to get hooked on vitamin C intravenously. </p>

<p>You would be joining the ranks of Rihanna, Katy Perry, Simon Cowell, and many other celebrities from Toronto to LA who use this unique therapy to stay healthy.</p>

<p>Your formula can be made to treat a variety of concerns to optimize your health.</p>

Looking for some added insurance this flu season? Maybe it’s time to get hooked on vitamin C intravenously.

You would be joining the ranks of Rihanna, Katy Perry, Simon Cowell, and many other celebrities from Toronto to LA who use this unique therapy to stay healthy.

Your formula can be made to treat a variety of concerns to optimize your health.

Posted 168 weeks ago

Summer Rays and Tempting Trays

Schools are out, teachers are enjoying well deserved time off, and you and I are ready to kick back and make the most of those sunny weekends and long summer nights after work. It’s time to enjoy cottaging, BBQs, patio lounging, and endless summer parties with friends and family.

I can already feel myself grooving to my favourite beats enjoying the sun’s rays while food and drink float by on tempting trays (some of which I may be carrying around myself!).

But, what am I going to eat and drink?? I know I am suppose to drink more water and eat my fresh fruit and vegetables. But, those jalapeño poppers look so good! How about I have just one and promise to sandwich it between the thirst quenching water and life giving fresh fruit and vegetables. That might just work!

These are the negotiations we should constantly be having with ourselves over summer indulgences. Fat and calories add up fast. That one sugary iced tea, that one chocolate ice cream bar, that one bite sized cupcake, that one little samosa, that one lite beer … oops … that was all in one day! Before you know it, your pants feel tight monday morning when you’re getting dressed for work ready to show off that glowing tan.

This summer I promise to enjoy summer rays and think twice about what I’m reaching for in those tempting trays, cause I don’t want to buy new pants ;)

In Health,

Dr. Amita Sachdev ND

416-919-1914

www.DrSachdevND.com

Posted 179 weeks ago

Breathing Easy this Season

Looks like this winter is finally behind us (although I did see some patches of snow at the Harbour Front this past Easter weekend!), but it most certainly will melt too. Along with the welcome warm weather, so returns our beloved Canada Geese, ducks, and critters with the budding of leaves, grass, and pollen.

Many of my patients have already been in the office to see me to treat their beginning seasonal allergies. My approach involves simple and effective therapies to help minimize ithcy/watery eyes, stuffy nose, sneezing, and sinus pressure and reduce need for prescription and/or over the counter anti-histamine medications.

Did you know that vitamin C (given in therapeutic doses, such as in IntraVenous Therapy) is a powerful anti-histamine? One of my most effective applications of IntraVenous vitamin C is as an anti-histamine to treat allergies. Or perhaps you need a medicated inhalation treatment using a mask. Have you thought about allergy testing? We can help.

Meet with Amita to develop your plan to Breathing Easy this Season.

Dr. Amita Sachdev BScN, RN, ND

416-919-1914

Posted 190 weeks ago

The Year of the Snake

Happy New Year. This year welcomes philosophers, theologians, politicians, and cunning financiers. What are your goals for his year? Start with evaluating things that matter most to you and then take steps to ensure that you are well supported. As always, I am here to help in any way that I can. Have a wonderful and prosperous year!

Posted 256 weeks ago

Will Asparagus Cure Cancer?

It is generally known among patients that seek natural cancer therapies, that eating plenty of green leafy vegetables helps support the fight against cancer. In fact, several studies prove anti-cancer effects of many vegetables.

Recently there has been a lot of discussion about the benefits of asparagus among cancer patients. However, upon reviewing the available research, it is clear that there have been no published studies showing positive results from feeding asparagus to animals or humans with cancer.

In contrast, certain cancers may grow and worsen with the consumption of asparagus, such as in patients with ALL, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma. Always talk with your Naturopathic Doctor specializing in cancer care before starting any natural therapies.

For more information: visit me at www.DrSachdevND.com and www.kihclinic.com/dramita

Posted 271 weeks ago

I am moving!

I am excited to share with you my new locations in Kleinburg and Bolton! I will be providing the same great family health care you have valued with the addition of some new services and treatments.

IntraVenous (IV) therapy is a unique therapy that uses high doses of vitamins and minerals administered directly into the blood circulation to achieve concentrations not possible through oral supplementation to treat a variety of conditions such as: alzheimer’s, dementia, asthma, allergies, lung disorders, auto-immune disorders, cardiovascular disease, fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, narcotic withdrawal, AND cancer, heavy metal toxicity, pain control, hyperthyroidism, anti-aging, and more.

Each formula is individually prescribed to meet the needs of each patient to meet their health goals.

Speak with me about this exciting new naturopathic therapy.

Posted 284 weeks ago
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Posted 304 weeks ago

The Year of The Dragon 2012

The Dragon is the mightiest and most powerful of all mythical creatures.  It is the most auspicious sign in the Chinese zodiac calendar and marks the beginning of a grand year ahead.  The year of the dragon is associated with passion, enthusiasm, and success and is a time for facing challenges and taking risks.  Be cautious about overdoing it and be sure to keep in touch with your neighbourhood naturopathic doctor to help support you and keep you on track.  I look forward to a great year and I wish you all the best, in health.

Amita Sachdev BScN, RN, ND

Naturopathic Doctor

 

Posted 304 weeks ago

 Cancer Cure or Cancer Myth

Naturopathic Doctors with a special interest in the practice of cancer support rely on research studies to support their recommendations of natural products for their patients. Many well-designed studies demonstrate the use of effective treatments that can be safely combined with conventional medical therapies. Some examples of effective treatments include high dose intravenous vitamin C, mistletoe, and many others. 

However, patients diagnosed with cancer, understandably, search the internet and start inquiring friends, family, and neighbours for every possible “cancer cure”. Everyone seems to have a testimonial about a “cure” that worked for so & so.  These treatments may, however, lack scientific validity or reasonable evaluation and need to be carefully reconsidered.  Let’s look at some of these cancer myths.

     Cancer creams: Commonly referred to as black salve using herbs such as sanguinaria or bloodroot and / or dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) have been used topically on the skin over the location of the tumor in efforts to draw the cancer out of the body. This does not work. In fact, ulceration of the skin is caused by it’s stimulating effect on tumor growth!  Only apply substances to the skin that are prescribed by your Naturopathic Doctor, especially during radiation treatment.

       Noni juice / Mangosteen / Aloe Vera juice: Many exotic juices are proposed to have anticancer effects related to their high content of antioxidants and flavonoids and their ability to stimulate immunity.  However, their use in very high quantities may interfere with certain chemotherapeutics and lead to electrolyte imbalances in patients receiving conventional medical therapy.  Always check with your Naturopathic Doctor before consuming any natural products in high quantity beyond what can normally be attained from a healthy balanced diet.

     Laetrile / Amygdalin / Vitamin B17 / Apricots seeds: Laetrile, Amygdalin or B17, is made from naturally occurring chemicals, particularly cyanide, found in almonds, and the seeds found in apricot and peach pits. Some proponents believe that cyanide kills cancer cells.  Laetrile is typically given intravenously along with other vitamins and minerals.  Keep in mind, cyanide is poisonous. Cyanide toxicity can lead to severe disturbances in heart rate, breathing, and coma and should not be combined with conventional chemotherapeutic agents. Naturopathic Doctors may use vitamins and minerals intravenously when deemed appropriate in consideration with a patient’s chemotherapeutic / surgical / radiation and other medical treatments.

     Poly-MVA: This proprietary complex of palladium, alpha-lipoic acid, vitamins B1/B2/B12, trace minerals, and amino acids has many claims for it’s ability to cure even advanced cancer. No objective clinical studies have been shown to support these claims. Unpublished data suggests that it may increase side effects with conventional radiation treatments. 

In short, consider other more researched and reputed natural therapies as part of your cancer treatment plan, such as high dose intravenous vitamin C, and mistletoe (more to come on this very promising European herb).

   

Stay hopeful, stay safe and talk to your medical team about treatments that are best for you in treating your cancer.