Heavy Metals Testing and Crohns?

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   Posted 3/9/2010 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone ever been tested for heavy metals as part of there diagnosis/testing. I was reading an article today about how a lot of fish oil products are now being tested and being found to have high levels of heavy metals in them, and when i think back, i have been taking fish oil supplements for over 6 years now (for maybe 2-3 years before my first symptoms of CD arose). Now i am kind of questioning if i should get tested for heavy metals as a possibilty for the development or flares with my CD. Just wondering if anyones GI's came up with this in there process of testing? I think i will bring it up with mine?

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   Posted 3/10/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I grew up in a very industrial area and have long suspected that toxins have played some role in my illness. I have yet to convince any doctor that it is worth testing for, but hope to try one of those hair analysis tests myself, once I have enough money saved.
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   Posted 3/10/2010 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought about doing this online, chelation involves what Vitamin C and Chlorella, I think.
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   Posted 3/11/2010 2:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok someone explain to me what I don't understand. Supposedly the only way to rid the body of metals is chelation. The way to test if you have metals is to analyze a hair sample. Then dosn't it make sense that every time I get a hair cut I'm removing metals from my body? Why would I need chelation other than to pay for a naturalpaths new car?
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.

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   Posted 3/13/2010 2:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hair Analysis for heavy metals may be accurate but not for mercury. 'Silver' amalgams are also a major contributor to mercury poisoning as they consist of 50% mercury. It's very difficult to remove heavy metals from the body, especially mercury. Chelating agents have the special ability to bind to heavy metals.

For more information about this subject you can read "Amalgam Illness; diagnosis and treatment" by Dr. Andrew Hall Cutler
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