How clean are you on the inside?

Nutritional and fitness plans alone are insufficient if you aim to reach optimal health – unless heavy metals are removed from the body

By Richard Labaki

(RenYou) “Do you eat a lot of fish?” I ask Jennifer, as I’m going through her OligoScan test results.  “Not a week goes by without enjoying sushi/sashimi with friends and family,” she beams.  But my question here was not a form of establishing rapport with a client I had just met.  I was simply trying to analyze her test results, which showed alarming levels of mercury.  My question regarding seafood intake stemmed from the fact that big fish, such as tuna, contain high concentrations of this heavy metal (due to rising pollution in oceans worldwide.)  In other words, consuming seafood regularly could increase mercury accumulation in the human body – and this is bad news! 
There are various reasons as to why our health deteriorates.  And one of the main contributors to this problem, which is rarely addressed by the conventional medicine community, is heavy metal toxicity.  Heavy metals have been building up in our body due to pollution that is finding its way into our air, water and food supply.  These heavy metals, which include aluminum, lead, mercury and others, could severely damage our health. 
The spectrum of symptoms and diseases they could cause ranges from fatigue, nausea and hitting a weight loss plateau to diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.   Simply put, removing these heavy metals from the body through safe and effective means is crucial for our wellbeing.  Until recently, testing for heavy metals was a costly and tiring process – but not anymore.
A couple of months back, I came across a new test called OligoScan at the Dermapro center in Beirut.  To cut a long story short, this is a quick and non-invasive test that provides valuable information concerning heavy metal toxicity and mineral deficiencies in the body (read the info below for a scientific explanation on how it works.)  And so once you undergo this test, the therapist could then determine the best detoxification approach to recommend and the most suitable mineral supplements to administer. 
For example, Jennifer had several heavy metals well above the normal range.  In addition to mercury, she also suffered high levels of aluminum, cadmium and arsenic.  Her mineral deficiencies included phosphorus, chromium, iodine and selenium.  All these imbalances contributed to reduced metabolic performance, poor cognitive functions (focus, memory, etc…), digestive discomfort and hormonal imbalances.  So yes, Jennifer’s health was a total wreck.
It is often said that knowing the problem is half the solution.  Using the OligoScan, especially when coupled with other tests, could be an important tool for understanding your own unique health issues.  Consequently, a customized program could be designed to help restore balance to your body. 
Three months into her detoxification and dietary program, Jennifer redid the OligoScan test and we noticed encouraging improvements on multiple levels.  Heavy metals dropped while mineral levels increased to an optimal range.  This was achieved because she fully followed the plan that I had given her.  “I feel so much better,” she explains.  “I feel more energized, less bloated and I sleep like a baby now.”   
Jennifer continues to enjoy seafood, but her body is now more adept at eliminating the heavy metals that will continually find their way into her system.  After all, no one has control over the increasing levels of pollution we’re exposed to in this day and age.  But at least there is something we can all do to lessen the damage it causes to our health.

How does OligoScan work?
OligoScan is designed to test the bioavailability of minerals and heavy metals in the tissues of the body.  It uses an optical method (spectrophotometry) to obtain results on the amount of trace elements – measuring the absorbance or the optical density of a chemical substance. Every chemical compound absorbs, emits or reflects light (electromagnetic radiation) over a certain range of wavelength.  The measure is made on the skin of the palm, and this allows you to see what is happening directly in tissues (not in the body’s fluids, which are unstable.) Optical methods are used in various domains, such as chemistry, pharmacy, environment, food-processing, biology, medical, material/chemical engineering and clinical applications.