The Invisible Cause of Inflammation

A patient came to me with a surprising problem…

This patient was suffering from a lack of energy. He had trouble concentrating during the day. He’d lost his appetite and was in a kind of general malaise.

He’d gone to two other doctors who sent him to a lab for tests…and he brought his lab reports with him.

He had no other symptoms except his blood pressure was a bit high. Right away, the doctor who looked at the report put him on a blood pressure pill.

But he didn’t feel better.

I told him that we were going to stop the medication and test for a suspicion I had. So we measured his heavy metals.

We found that his cadmium was six times the upper limit of normal.

Most doctors don’t know this, but even so-called “normal” or acceptable amounts of cadmium can cause runaway inflammation.

You see, cadmium increases inflammatory cytokines and chemokines triggers oxidative stress, and causes organ and tissue damage. It also upregulates a protein called caspase 3 – which eventually causes apoptosis, or cell death.1

I don’t know how this patient got so much cadmium (he isn’t a smoker), but it’s not hard to guess.

Common sources are things you encounter every day… burning waste, cigarette smoke, car exhaust, coffee, some processed and refined foods like hydrogenated oils – even shellfish and tap water.

I recommended chelation.

Within days, he told me, “I feel young again instead of tired and weak.” His blood pressure was also back to normal.

My patient is not an isolated case. I’ve treated hundreds of patients for heavy metal toxicity that leads to chronic inflammation.

And it’s this type of inflammation that is the root cause of most of today’s chronic killers.

Left unaddressed, chronic inflammation can damage healthy cells, tissues, and

organs and may cause internal scarring, tissue death, and damage to the DNA in previously healthy cells.

Ultimately, this can lead to the development of potentially disabling or life-threatening diseases such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis, arteriosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and diabetes.

I remind my patients that controlling inflammation is the single most important thing they can do to prevent premature aging.

Mainstream doctors try to curb this inflammation with a combination of medications. Sure, they’ll talk to you about watching your diet, exercising more, managing stress, and improving your sleeping habits.

With the exception of taking a Big Pharma drug, it’s all good advice. But it doesn’t go far enough.

And traditional doctors never even consider heavy metal contamination caused by our toxic environment.

You don’t need me to tell you how much our world has changed.

The last 100 years have wiped out millions of years of pure, clean food and water.

And our bodies haven’t adapted quickly enough. We weren’t designed to live in our current world of man-made chemicals, toxins, and pollutants.

You don’t even have a clean slate as a newborn. An updated study found that newborn babies have a total of 287 chemicals present in their umbilical cord blood.2

Then, as you make your way through life, a flood of new toxins enters your body through the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat every day, and even through your skin.

Protect your health by ridding your body of poisons

Getting rid of these toxins will help you live a longer, healthier life. Extensive and compelling clinical research results reveal that removing these poisons…

  • Protects the heart and increases vascular flexibility by dissolving hardened calcium that causes stiff arteries and atherosclerosis3
  • Reduces the risk of cataracts4
  • Restores brain function lost from mercury poisoning5
  • Reverses symptoms of Alzheimer’s6
  • Protects the kidneys from chronic kidney disease7
  • Eliminates joint pain by removing excess calcifications8

Detoxifying your body can also boost your immune system, clear your mind, balance your hormones, and curb dangerous inflammation.

Most patients I work with have some level of exposure to heavy metals. Arsenic and lead are among the most common forms of heavy metal toxicity. These poisons are used in the manufacturing processes of things like pesticides, glass, area rugs and carpeting, fertilizers, paint, batteries, furniture, and even your pots and pans. Not to mention cosmetics and other personal care products.

The best way to detoxify your body is with chelation. The word chelate comes from the Greek word chele, which means claw.

It describes the process by which a molecule from a nutrient (or chemical) surrounds and binds (or grabs like a claw) to metal toxins such as mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium and carries them out of your body through your kidneys and out in your urine.

Detox heavy metals to curb damaging inflammation

At the Sears Institute for Anti-Aging, I use a combination of oral chelation and IV chelation.

At my clinic, I use calcium disodium EDTA for IV chelation directly into your bloodstream. The EDTA surrounds and grabs hold of metal toxins such as lead, mercury, and arsenic. It carries them out of your body through your kidneys and urine.

Then I recommend patients use three oral chelation nutrients at home:

  1. N-acetyl cysteine (250 mg up to 1,500 mg a day)
  2. SAM-e (200 mg to 800 mg a day)
  3. Alpha-lipoic acid (250 mg to 600 mg a day)

I recommend chelation to every patient who walks through my door. It’s key to fighting disease and decreasing life-threatening inflammation.

To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD, CNS


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