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  •  I well remember when a child would (28+ / 0-)

    come into the hospital where I worked and we had to send up the injections for their lead poisoning.  I cried every time because that stuff (sodium EDTA, I think) was SO TERRIBLE that I can't imagine some little child enduring it.  It was a really thick oil that smelled like rotting fish, only much worse, enough to make you gag.  It was given according to weight and the volume per lb was high.  That means they had to give big shots (very slowly) of awful stuff to little kids.  They often had to give multiple shots because it couldn't all go into the same site.  Makes me shudder even now to think about it.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Thu Jan 03, 2013 at 06:39:13 PM PST

    •  Yick! (4+ / 0-)
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      One thing that poor folks or anyone can do, to scrub some environmental toxins out of their body is to eat lots of fiber, especially from green foods.

      You can grow your own wheat grass  for juicing, indoors under grow lights, and of course oat meal is good too.

      •  That works for a lot of things, (4+ / 0-)
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        but heavy metals like lead or mercury require heavy medicine.  They get into the body and won't let go.  That means they are cumulative and keep affecting the child until they are removed.  

        The stuff in the injections was the only thing that would bond with them so that they could be eliminated.  There may be a better treatment now, or at least I hope there is.  That stuff was torture for both nurses and patients.

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 11:00:51 AM PST

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        •  I see a page on Chelation (4+ / 0-)
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          "Chelation therapy using EDTA is the medically accepted treatment for lead poisoning. Other heavy metal poisonings treated with chelation include mercury, arsenic, aluminum, chromium, cobalt, manganese, nickel, selenium, zinc, tin, and thallium. Chelating agents other than EDTA are also used to clear several of these substances from the bloodstream."
          Another on use of Betonite Clay

          •  That's it! (1+ / 0-)
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            I am not familiar with the other agents, so I don't know if they're as nasty.

            -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

            by luckylizard on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 05:28:12 PM PST

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          •  Yep (0+ / 0-)

            Chelation involves some rather nasty stuff.

            I don't understand why the 'naturopathic medicine' people are into it - best guess I can come up with is that they'll do anything that claims to 'remove toxins'. But they subject poor kids with ASD and no evidence of heavy metal poisoning to a treatment that no real doctor would ever agree was medically indicated...unconscionable, really.

            "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

            by kyril on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 06:49:48 PM PST

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            •  Naturopathic Medicine works for me (1+ / 0-)
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              Due to other conditions I am very sensitive to drugs, allergies driven or made worse by other conditions, that went undiagnosed for years by regular medicine--years of unnecessary misery.

              Sometimes it's better to use a slower, gentler remedy. Sometimes drugs are unnecessarily harsh.

              For Example:

              You have cholesterol problems, you can take pills, with all sorts of side effects, including those that can hurt your liver. But Naturopaths have known all along, you could just up your fiber intake, eat more garlic and onions, and cut out the highly processed meats like ham and bacon, and processed fats.

              As a child I knew country doctors who had natural home remedies before they went on throwing pills at a person. I prefer it that way. It's cheaper, fewer side effects, and it encourages prevention over treatment after the fact in many cases. I believe it teaches patients how to be more proactive with their own care, and more sensitive to their body's needs.

              And then there is this other factor:

              During the Gulf Gusher, people who became extremely ill due to the methods used to "Clean up" [read sink the oil] could not find local doctors to treat them for environmental illness due to the toxins released in their areas. Naturopaths stepped up to the plate to instruct these people on how to start detoxifying their bodies with materials like the clay and the green foods. They helped these people get the blood tests they needed to document their illnesses and the causes, when local medical professionals were either too afraid or perhaps not interested in treating people for reasons I will let you ponder.

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