All of us are exposed to toxic metals as we go about our daily lives. Most of the time, we aren’t aware that we’ve been subjected to these dangerous toxins, which means we don’t know we may need to detox. Dr. Lynne R. Mielke and Sandi Kreizenbeck, DNP, at Optimal Health Spectrums in Pleasanton, California, have years of experience identifying metal toxicity and offering detox treatments that flush these dangerous metals from your body. If you have concerns or questions about your exposure to toxic metals, please protect your health and schedule a consultation as soon as possible.

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What are toxic metals?

Metals are natural elements in our environment. Some metals, such as iron and zinc, are minerals that are vital for your health — but only in very small amounts.

Other metals are just toxic. These metals can accumulate in your body without your knowledge and damage your health. The most common toxic metals are:

  • Mercury
  • Lead
  • Arsenic
  • Cadmium
  • Aluminum

How are you exposed to toxic metals?

Toxic metals may enter your body through:

  • Water pollution
  • Air pollution
  • Foods, especially certain kinds of seafood
  • Herbs or other plants grown in contaminated soil
  • Lead-based paints
  • Some ceramics, crystal, vinyl
  • Products manufactured in countries without proper safety standards
  • Some vaccine preservatives
  • Personal care products such as some cosmetics
  • Amalgam (silver) fillings
  • Exposure in agricultural and manufacturing jobs

How do toxic metals harm your health?

Toxic metal poisoning occurs as the metals accumulate in soft tissues. These metals also replace essential minerals and poison the mitochondria, the energy-producing factories inside cells.

Toxic metals cause diverse symptoms and illnesses, so it’s essential to consult specialists like Dr. Mielke and Nurse Practitioner Sandi, who can target the precise metal. These are just two examples of how heavy metals harm your health:


Affects multiple organs, stores in bone, reduces oxygen in the blood, and can damage the central nervous system. In children, it causes developmental delays and intellectual disability, and in adults it can contribute to dementia.


Affects the lungs, kidneys, brain, and skin. Just a few of the conditions caused by mercury toxicity include:

  • Pneumonia
  • Brain damage
  • Behavioral and neurological changes
  • Loss of coordination
  • Degenerative nerve disease
  • Sensory impairment
  • Skin inflammation
  • Kidney damage

How is metal toxicity treated?

Treatment includes avoiding exposure to the metal and getting it completely out of your body. Chelation is the type of treatment used to treat toxic metals.

Certain substances — chelators — naturally attach to toxic metals. Once chelators are in your bloodstream, they form a tight bond with the toxic metal, then they’re excreted together in urine and stool.

How is chelation administered?

At Optimal Health Spectrums, chelation therapy is mostly done intravenously, which is the most effective method, because the medication goes straight into the blood. We have comfortable IV treatment rooms, and we’ve safely performed IV chelation for many years.

We use specific medications to detoxify heavy metals, which effectivelytreat mercury, lead, aluminum, cadmium, and arsenic, as well as others.

*Individual Results May Vary