An Alternative Way of Assessing Heavy
Numerous scientists worldwide are supporting the view today that all life processes
are being determined by subtle electromagnetic and photon phenomena [see Prof Dr.
A. Popp, Dr. Voll (EAP), Dr. Schimmel (Vega System) and many more). All electrically
active metals (ions) and particularly, heavy metals, can disturb the harmony of the
electromagnetic and photon energies in the body, causing disharmony and disease.
They also can increase the production of free radicals million fold.It has been stated
that 90 % of all chronic and serious illnesses could be prevented if we were able
to eliminate the 600 most dangerous environmental toxins (Dr. J. Higgensen, Head
of Cancer Research, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland). Every health practitioner is fully
aware of the devastating influence heavy metals and/or ionic metals can have on our
mental, emotional and physical health and wellbeing.Until recently, most health care
professionals and researchers assumed that heavy metals had to be taken into account
only when a patient showed definite symptoms of 'poisoning.'
We realize now that our health and wellbeing is affected by much lower levels of
heavy metals than previously assumed. Health authorities constantly correct 'permissible'
maximum levels downwards.It is becoming more difficult to accurately determine the
appropriate drug profile in a given case, because the respective simile of symptoms
has undergone a shift due to the presence of heavy metal ions. In fact, this phenomenon
may be observed for the majority of the classic Hahnemann remedy profiles and it
is fair to say that at the present time the effectiveness of any antioxidant therapy
is significantly compromised by the presence of heavy metal ions. It is therefore
important to first identify the heavy metal inquestion and the degree of its involvement.
Then, as the cause of the condition, the heavy metal ions must be removed and cleared
out.In cases of acute heavy metal poisoning (commonly the result of accidents or
extreme workplace related contamination), clinical toxicology is generally able to
provide an effective quick response with the DMPS procedure administered as mobilization
test and antidote.
However, hardly any appropriate treatment or diagnostic procedure is available for
cases of longterm heavy metal contamination. No satisfactory method exists for the
early recognition of heavy metal contamination.Two Types of MetalsThe methods used
to detect heavy metal contamination are cumbersome and costly and in some instances
can't differentiate between organically bound and free metal atoms (e.g. Cu, Zn in
Recent research has shown that it is essentially electrically active heavy metal
atoms not bound with organic complexes that actively destroys molecular compounds
and thereby cause the formation of free radicals. Up to a certain point, a healthy
body is able to bind (i.e. chelate) free heavy metal atoms, i.e. neutralize their
electromagnetic charge and clear them out. If this mechanism is no longer able to
function because too many toxins have accumulated in the organism, the number of
free radicals will increase, especially if the body is suffering an antioxidant deficiency
at the same time. In such cases, administering antioxidant supplements will not solve
the real problem, namely the accumulation of heavy metal ion deposits in the body.
Unfortunately, traditional methods like hair or blood analyses are not able to uncover
these connections for the simple reason that the organic sample is destroyed in the
course of the analysis. Such procedures are therefore unable to differentiate between
metal atoms bound with organic complexes and unbound and therefore electromagnetically
active ions, a difference that is crucial in the assessment of the overall situation.A
New Way to Assess Heavy Metals In 1925 Helmut Fischer of the Siemens Concern in Berlin
succeeded in detecting heavy metal ions by means of a dithizone process. As a reagent,
dithizone is able to indicate the presence of heavy metal ions in qualitative and
in quantitative terms. In binding with them, colored complexes are formed in the
interior of the molecule which are soluble in nonpolar organic solvents. The coloration
of these solutions is very intensive, its particular coloration determined by the
atomic radius of the respective metal present in the complex.
The reaction times of the heavy metal ions vary; therefore, depending on their respective
concentrations, different colorations may occur from which one can, in addition to
the qualitative conclusions (the dithizone reagent binds to Cu, Zn, Cd, Hg, Pb, Mn,
Co, Ni,) also semiquantitative ones regarding the contaminant. (At the lower ppm
level, even at the ppb level).
The dithizone heavy metal reagent allows the detection of free heavy metal ions in
bodily liquids like urine and saliva. By administering the test reagent as an exploratory
measure, contaminations from amalgam fillings or from the environment (cadmium, lead,
zinc, copper, manganese, nickel and cobalt pointing to infections, organ or system
disorders) can be identified on the spot, the potential health problem, as well as
the need for detoxification before any specific therapy is administered. The test
reagent is therefore an important aid in the decision making process during the initial
evaluation and detoxification therapies, recommended as urgent and necessary counter
measures, can be monitored with the test reagent administered.
The dithizone reagent can also be used to determine the environmental sources of
the contamination in aqueou solutions such as tap water and sinc all heavy metal
ions are water soluble, solids like food items, porcelain dishes, dust samples from
carpets, wall paints and wall paper etc. can be tested for heavy metals by soaking
them in distilled water beforehand. In other words, in addition to being a diagnostic
tool for urine and saliva, the reagent is also useful for finding contamination causes
in the patient's environment.Replacement Reaction or How to Assess Mercury ToxicityThe
sheep study done at the University of Calgary in Canada (sheep had amalgam fillings
placed in their mouths) clearly shows that very little mercury is found in the urine
and in the blood, but highest amounts are shown in the kidneys.
Since this is the case, how to assess mercury toxicity via the urine? lb understand
this, a short review of basic bio chemistry and how heavy metals react in the body
is necessary.In the human system, the bivalent metals are engaged in a continuous
fight against one another, e.g. copper against zinc, magnesium against calcium, which
results in the replacement of the "lighter" element by the "heavier"
one,in terms of their atomic masses.
Replacement reactions, also called "fight for the site," occur when heavy
metals grab the biological spaces that should be filled by necessary minerals.Just
as carbon monoxide replaces essential oxygen, other elements and compounds cause
their toxic effect by replacing chemicals essential to the body functions. Within
a group, for example group 2 in the periodic table of, elements (2 refers to the
number of extra electrons) there is zinc (Zn), cadmium (Cd), and mercury (Hg), in
order of increasing atomic weight. (65, 112, and 200 respectively). Zinc in its ionic
form, Zn2+, is necessary for proper body function, although an excess is toxic.
Cadmium, found in paints, cigarettes, tires, and brakes, is toxic. Mercury, found
in amalgam fillings, paints and some industrial processes, has no known use in the
body and is even more poisonous.
Since cadmium and mercury, in their more soluble ionized or salt forms, will attempt
to participate in the same biochemical reactions as zinc, their resence will prevent
the zinc reacting nd performing its functions in the body.
This is like a 65 pound person (zinc) competing unsuccessfully with 12 pound (cadmium)
and 200 pound (mercury) people in a game of musical chairs. As a result, mercury
leaching into the body from silver mercury amalgam fillings will cause symptoms of
zinc deficiency such as fatigue, PMS, thyroid problem, loss of smell and taste, macular
degeneration, prostate enlargement, rheumatoid arthritis, sterility, immune suppression,
etc., even if there is plenty of zinc available.
Other symptoms caused by mineral deficiency and displacement by a heavy metal. (Hg,
Cd, Pb, ) include:* Magnesium Irregular heartbeat, osteoporosis, receding gums, etc.
Iron Anaemia, Copper Anaemia, Thyroid dysfunction, impaired digestion, scoliosis
a Zinc Anorexia nervosa, loss of taste, low libido, PMS, etcIodine Thyroid dysfunction.
A Toxic Accumulation of Essential MineralsBy taking the biological spaces of the
essential ininerals, heavy metals, in particular mercury, create simultaneously a
toxic accumulation of essential minerals. The body receives everyday essential minerals
through the food, unable to be absorbed, leading to an accumulation and overburden
of these minerals.
High toxic accumulation of copper for example, can be the cause of Parkinson's disease,
anaemia, allergies, hair loss, appetite disturbance, hyperactivity, low thyroid activity,
headaches, skin conditions, constipation, learning disabilities, and/ or depression.
When checking the urine for mercury, by using the dithizone reagent, toxic amounts
of copper and zinc (direct antagonist to mercury) will always show up first. These
are the markers to monitor if mercury is present in the body.
After starting detoxification therapy, the copper and zinc level will even increase
more (discharge of the depots), before they decrease. This indicates that there are
now less mercury metals in the tissues and more copper and zinc ions being assimilated.
So instead of measuring the mercury concentration which is very difficult to assess
since mercury is neither in the blood nor in the urine, the indirect disturbance
caused by the mercury atoms is measured.
Here are the results of one case that shows the importance of heavy
metal assessment: 14 year old male, with very advanced 3rd degree scoliosis (adequate
amounts of copper are required for the normal production of elastin and collagen,
which are the primary components of ligaments and the spinal discs), shy and timid.,
The parents (father is a lawyer) are healthy and live in a good, environment. The
urine revealed very high amounts of free copper and zinc ions (unbound). Child was
breastfed (mother had twelve amalgam fillings) and has two amalgam fillings.
Studies show that mercury is eight times more concentrated in the fetus than in the
rest of the body. Once the mercury is in the body tissues, it is replacing the less
heavier minerals and block the entrance ofessential minerals (Mg, Ca, Fe, Cu, Zn,
etc). Therefore high concentration of essential metals (Cu and Zn), are a definite
marker of chronic heavy metal poisoning and malabsorption phenomena. The boy went
through a detox program and after some months, Cu and Zn values went to normal, indicating
that the heavy metals (Hg) are not blocking the entrance anymore and the Cu and Zn
ions can now be absorbed. The boy's behavior changed, being less shy and timid and
more energetic. The scoliosis became stabilized and a remarkable improvement occurred
during the physical therapy sessions.
Since heavy metals contribute up to 80% of the causes to all diseases,
the assessment for heavy metal contamination has become an essential component of
any initial diagnosis. The dithizone reagent offers an alternative way to assess
heavy metal toxicity. Clinical studies and practical applications will progressively
improve our knowledge in this area.?Thomas Nissen Nissen Medica 18 Wilson Street
Lennoxville, Quebec J1M 1M9 Canada 819 566 7995 Fax 819 566 2972 www.nissenmedica.comDithizone
References1. Isolation and Determination of Traces of Metals. The Dithizone System.
H.J. Wichmann, Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington,
D.C; Industrial and Engineering Chemistry.2. Journal ofIndustrial Hygiene and Ybxicology
Vol.29, No.3, May, 1947; A comparative Study of The Lead Content Of Street Dirt in
New York City in 1924 and 1934.3. Kaye, Sidney: A study of the analytical methods
for the determination of lead from biologic materials, with special emphasis on the
dithizone method. M.Sc. thesis, New York University 1939.
Web Sites of Interest
A Guide to Biomonitoring of Industrial Chemicals
Environmental Working Group: Body Burden
Second National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemical