PHT Live – Heavy Metal Toxicity

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This weeks broadcast is on “Heavy Metal Toxicity.”  The topic of heavy metals is an area of contentious debate between those in the alternative community and mainstream medicine. Today we will try to present literature and the point of view of both sides, as well as our observations relative to heavy metal toxicity, and when it becomes clinically significant to the chronic pain patient.
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1.The antimicrobial and antibiofilm activities of copper(II) complexes.
Beeton ML, Aldrich-Wright JR, Bolhuis A.
J Inorg Biochem. 2014 Jul 22;140C:167-172. doi: 10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2014.07.012. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 25124857 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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2.Exploiting Innate Immune Cell Activation of a Copper-Dependent Antimicrobial Agent during Infection.
Festa RA, Helsel ME, Franz KJ, Thiele DJ.
Chem Biol. 2014 Aug 14;21(8):977-987. doi: 10.1016/j.chembiol.2014.06.009. Epub 2014 Jul 31.
PMID: 25088681 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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3.Iron at the interface of immunity and infection.
Nairz M, Haschka D, Demetz E, Weiss G.
Front Pharmacol. 2014 Jul 16;5:152. doi: 10.3389/fphar.2014.00152. eCollection 2014. Review.
PMID: 25076907 [PubMed] Free PMC Article
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4.Effect of 28-day oral administration of silver nanocolloid on the peripheral blood leukocytes in mice.
Ma?aczewska J.
Pol J Vet Sci. 2014;17(2):263-73.
PMID: 24988852 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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5.Pro-inflammatory effects of metals in persons and animals exposed to tobacco smoke.
Milnerowicz H, Sciskalska M, Dul M.
J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2014 May 9. pii: S0946-672X(14)00064-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jtemb.2014.04.008. [Epub ahead of print] Review.
PMID: 24916792 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]
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6.Impact of silver nanoparticles and silver ions on innate immune cells.
Haase H, Fahmi A, Mahltig B.
J Biomed Nanotechnol. 2014 Jun;10(6):1146-56.
PMID: 24749409 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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7.Novel biomarkers of mercury-induced autoimmune dysfunction: a cross-sectional study in Amazonian Brazil.
Motts JA, Shirley DL, Silbergeld EK, Nyland JF.
Environ Res. 2014 Jul;132:12-8. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2014.03.024. Epub 2014 Apr 16.
PMID: 24742722 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
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8.0414?Cumulative mercury exposure and peripheral nerve function in a sample of U.S. dental professionals.
Anglen J, Stayner L, Gruninger S.
Occup Environ Med. 2014 Jun;71 Suppl 1:A116. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2014-102362.365.
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9.Silica, apoptosis, and autoimmunity.
Brown JM, Pfau JC, Pershouse MA, Holian A.
J Immunotoxicol. 2005 Jul 1;1(3):177-87. doi: 10.1080/15476910490911922.
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10.Interleukin-10 in murine metal-induced systemic autoimmunity.
Häggqvist B, Hultman P.
Clin Exp Immunol. 2005 Sep;141(3):422-31.
PMID: 16045731 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Free PMC Article
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11.Metals and kidney autoimmunity.
Bigazzi PE.
Environ Health Perspect. 1999 Oct;107 Suppl 5:753-65. Review.
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12.Autoimmunity and heavy metals.
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Lupus. 1994 Dec;3(6):449-53. Review.
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13.The role of environmental factors in autoimmune thyroiditis.
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Neuro Endocrinol Lett. 2010;31(3):283-9. Review.
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14.Dementia associated with toxic causes and autoimmune disease.
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15.Mercury and autoimmunity: implications for occupational and environmental health.
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16.Immunology and genetics of induced systemic autoimmunity.
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17.Mycophenolate mofetil in animal models of autoimmune disease.
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18.Occupational risk factors for the development of systemic lupus erythematosus.
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19.Environmental chemicals and autoimmune disease: cause and effect.
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21.Metal-induced inflammation triggers fibromyalgia in metal-allergic patients.
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  1. Hi there! Thank you for sharing this information. How would I go about finding a doctor in my area, Little Rock, Arkansas, who treats this the same way and gets a more detailed history from patients? I’m trying to figure out how to know without calling around and specifically asking about how detailed they are with gathering my info. Haha. I want to find a thorough doctor who’s knowledgeable about heavy metal toxicity. Where should I start?

    Thank you,
    Lacy Mayfield

  2. Relative to heavy metals, we do not know any doctors personally or professionally in your area. If you search for a functional medicine doctor in your area there is a better probability that they will be similar to us philosophically on the heavy metal issue.

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