F.I.G.H.T. your body burdens
By Garry F. Gordon, MD, DO, MD (H)
FIGHT is my acronym that stands for Food, Infections, Genetics, Heavy Metals (plus hormones) and Toxins. My F.I.G.H.T program is something that I’ve developed over many years that shows how each part of our wellbeing regime is vitally connected.
Only when we address these areas as a unified whole, can we have a chance of reaching optimum long-term health. That’s why the F.I.G.H.T program is a complete, 360 degree way of caring about all aspects of our body.
In this article, we look at the ‘H for heavy metals’ part of the complete FIGHT program.
Increasing levels of pollution across the world mean that our bodies have become saturated with toxins like never before.
What’s particularly concerning is that some of the most harmful of these impurities are hard-to-rid metals. Seeping into our body through our food, water, air, and even our medicines, the level of damaging heavy metals present in our body has rocketed in the last century. In fact, it’s been estimated that modern man is carrying 1000 times the lead levels in his bones than those of our pre-industrialized ancestors.
Consistent evidence shows that our exposure to damaging heavy metals like lead and mercury can result in the development of serious health conditions. For these reasons, looking at purging heavy metals form our system forms the first part of the ‘H’ in my complete health plan – the F.I.G.H.T program.
Here we’ll look at what we can do to rid the harmful accumulation of metals that get deposited into our body each and every day.
The harmful effect of lead, mercury and other metals
The most commonly-found heavy metals that are present in our environment and therefore our bodies are lead and mercury.
These prolific metals are consistently found in our atmospheres – delivered through emissions from coal-burning power stations and industrial processes at large. Measures are being taken to reduce mercury use in products like medicines, cosmetics, thermometers and electrical equipment, but it’s a toxic metal that’s very widely-used in industry and of course still in widespread amongst dentists in dental amalgams, which typically contain 50% mercury. Why this is so concerning is that substantial links have been established between mercury and the contraction of many neurological and physiological conditions. It’s also been linked to kidney damage, tremors, balance problems, and even depression.
Lead is another substance that’s found in everything from buildings, to toothpaste, to our water supply, to cosmetics. Regardless of how lead gets into our bodies; it’s highly toxic and detrimentally affects the nervous system and every organ in the body. The catalogue of damage lead can do to all aspects of our health is extensive. This includes, but is not limited to: kidney damage, blood poisoning, and immune system weakness. The effect of lead on cardiovascular health is neatly exemplified by the fact that men with above-average levels of lead in their bones are six times more likely to die from heart disease.
There is even evidence that the level of lead in your body is correlated with the development of cataracts, or that lead in the pineal gland diminishes the output of growth hormone.
There are also the congenital problems lead can cause – conditions like learning difficulties and delayed puberty. A study commissioned by The Environmental Working Group shows that umbilical cord blood contains over 200 toxins and twice the level of mercury than is found in the mother! This shows that accumulation in the body is hard to get rid of and passed on from mother to child. This may help to explain why so many children today are suffering from various ‘elusive’ syndromes and disorders, including of course autism.
Other harmful metals that we’re routinely exposed to include arsenic and aluminum, these are found in meats like chicken, (through chicken feed) and cosmetic products like antiperspirants etc. Arsenic is known to be associated with type-II diabetes, and aluminum has been associated with Alzheimer’s disease and ALS, (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, commonly referred to as motor neurone disease).
When combined, heavy metals; especially the combination of lead and mercury, have a negative-synergistic effect, this means their toxicity when combined is multiplied. Ridding the body of harmful heavy metals has now become absolutely necessary if we want to do all we can to avoid these serious conditions.
The long-term F.I.G.H.T
Getting toxic metals from our system takes time. However, there are simple steps we can all take to detoxify gradually every day.
In the F.I.G.H.T program I’ve developed, there are a number of accessible supplements and easy steps that don’t require more acute techniques like intravenous (IV) chelation therapy. Although therapy like IV chelation takes the immediate levels of metals in the body down, a long-term approach is advised – as metals can take time to be fully purged from the body. This is why I’ve developed and recommended certain supplements for the purpose:
Beyond Chelation Improved® (BCI)
BCI contains calcium EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid to give it its full name – a key player in removing metals form the body in chelation therapy), plus garlic, malic acid and many other detoxifying nutrients. It’s a unique combination of nine tablets so that heavy metal detoxification can take place throughout your body. At the same time BCI also supports healthy vitamin, mineral and omega levels and there’s a lot more beside. I would recommend anyone interested in BCI to look at the comprehensive supplement fact panel to see exactly what is packed into this all-round daily health technology.
These gentle bath-salts are a powder that goes to work as you climb into your bath tub. It contains EDTA (a metal removing agent) that helps the body to detoxify heavy metals effortlessly through the skin. Removal of iron from the skin for example can reduce free radical activity when exposed to the sun’s UV rays. This is turn can reduce skin burn leading to less lines in the skin and could also reduce by consequence the appearance of sun spots that can become BCC or SCC issues.
Note that our latest version 2 of Beyond Clean now also contains a high quality zeolite in addition to the EDTA (see below for further details). It couldn’t be simpler to use, just add Beyond Clean® to your bath water and take a soak just like normal.
Beyond Fiber® provides prebiotic inulin and EDTA. While detoxing, sometimes useful intestinal bacteria can be removed alongside the harmful toxins, so it’s important to support the gastrointestinal tract during this cleansing process. Prebiotic inulin helps detoxification and balances beneficial flora in the gut.
In addition, the gut is the principal route of detoxification, heavy metals transported to the gut can often remain if there is not enough fiber present to have them passed through and defecated out of the body.
Bio En’R-Gy C®
My unique vitamin C drink performs many beneficial functions. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an important carrier to get various toxins into the bloodstream, to pass them onto various detoxification channels; vitamin C for example can also help excrete fluoride. But my specially designed Bio En’R-Gy C® drink not only contains a high-strength stabilized vitamin C, (to prevent side effects such as diarrhea and stomach cramps), but also contains ribose for heart health, MSM to reduce inflammation, betaine to reduce homocysteine plus even bioperine to improve all nutrient uptake. Simply stir a teaspoon into water or juice and drink.
ZeoGold® contains the highest quality zeolite, a powerful cleanser and purifier of volcanic origin. ZeoGold® also helps to increase the body’s level of glutathione – known as the master antioxidant – critical for detoxification within the cell.
Note: A ZeoGold capsule should be broken and allowed to dissolve in a glass of water before drinking.
And don’t forget
There’s also one other effective way to assist the body rid itself of heavy metals, chemicals and other toxins – regular exercise. Anything that makes us sweat assists the body in the detoxification of heavy metals, chemicals, and other hazardous toxins. In this regard hot-tubs and particularly saunas also play an important role.
Ridding the body of harmful toxins and metals is easily achieved by regularly detoxing with the correct supplements, eating more organic food – especially fruit and vegetables, and doing regular exercise.
It’s a process that takes time, but if practiced has long-term benefits and goes a significant way to putting your body and mind out of the way of risk of serious debilitating metal-toxicity related conditions.
All of Dr. Gordon’s FIGHT program, i.e. food, infections, genetics, hormones and toxins can be read individually at the IAS website. To find them go to: www.antiaging-systems.com then choose ‘articles’ from the main banner and then select ‘by author.’ Finally look for ‘Gordon G’ and on that link and you will see all of Dr Gordon’s submissions.
In addition, we have also videoed Dr. Gordon in person discussing his designer supplements. These can be viewed via You Tube at our channel: www.youtube.com/user/AntiagingSystems
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