Throughout the last century, advances in industrialization, manufacturing, and technology have resulted in ever-increasing amounts of toxic elements being released into the environment. From air pollution, tooth fillings, skin creams, and paint dyes, to batteries, seafood, vegetables, tap water, and dietary supplements, toxic exposure now commonly occurs through a multitude of diverse vectors. Most of these elements remain in the environment long after the original exposure source is gone.
Over a lifetime, these toxic elements may accumulate inside the human body in tissue such as fat and bone, being broken down and eliminated very slowly. Eventually, this increasing toxic burden can trigger a variety of physical and cognitive disorders, including depression, anxiety, memory loss, and fatigue. Even at relatively low levels, toxic elements have the destructive capability to damage nerves and tissue. Strong clinical evidence points to their potential role in early neurodevelopment disorders, such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, as well as in neurodegenerative conditions of aging such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Heart disease, impaired kidney function, respiratory illness, weakened immune function, gastrointestinal dysfunction, and increased cancer risk have also been linked to chronic toxic element exposure.
The Total Toxic Element Exposure Profile assesses levels of 20 potentially damaging elements using a urine sample. A substantial body of scientific literature supports urine analysis as an accurate, reliable gauge of toxic exposure. Should levels be elevated, a variety of clinical and lifestyle interventions can be implemented to reduce toxic burden; follow-up urine testing provides a good indication of long-term treatment effectiveness (after 3-4 months).
Although everyone is potentially exposed to toxic elements, this comprehensive profile is particularly relevant for individuals employed in high risk occupations, including welding, metal working, mining, battery production, aerospace work, optical fiber and lighting manufacturing, and various other high technology and metal manufacturing industries. Because of their unique physiologies, children and other adults (especially post-menopausal women) are also much more vulnerable to the negative health effects of toxic element exposure.
In the discipline of environmental medicine, it is important to understand that not only the specific allergens (substances that cause allergic reactions) and toxins need to be identified and treated, but also the underlying genetic and nutritional factors, since exposure to toxic substances often predisposes one to develop sensitivities to foods, chemicals, airborne allergens, and other materials. The importance of a thorough environmental and nutritional-oriented history is stressed in order to uncover possible contributing factors to illness. The following is a list of the factors that may contribute to an individual’s susceptibility:
Dr. Bronner works to help uncover the underlying toxicities so that a comprehensive plan can be developed to eliminate and cleanse the body. This plan is individualized for each patient.