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Checking for Heavy Metals

Checking for Heavy Metals in Autistic Children

Checking Heavy Metals in Autistic Children

Checking for Heavy Metals in Autistic Children

Checking for Heavy Metals in Autistic Children

I have worked for over 15 years with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and one of the first things that I check using a Tissue Hair Mineral Analysis is heavy metals. Checking for Heavy Metals in Autistic Children is critically important as there is a lot of research to support the relationship of heavy metals prenatally and postnatally and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Almost all the children that I test have some amounts of toxic metals such as aluminium, arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, and more. Even if the child is only one year old, we would generally find these heavy metals, so where do they come from?

Almost definitely at that young age when the child is still taking mostly milk as their staple, these heavy metals come from the mother. There is now evidence by Prof. Arora who looked at dentine layers in young children with ASD and found that many of these metals were present prenatally, even before the child was born. Given that the mother’s blood and the child are connected, then the more toxic the mother, the more toxic the child.

I have often run Tissue Hair Mineral Analysis tests on both the ASD child and the mother and seen a correlation between high levels of certain metals in the mother, and high levels in the child. So checking for heavy metals in autistic children and their mothers is a piece of detective work that often sheds some interesting findings.

Please note, however, that the initial test of hair will usually show what heavy metals are circulating in the blood of the child or adult. In order to see what is stored in the organs, this test needs to be repeated 2 months later, after taking a natural heavy metal detox such as HMD for these 2 months.

The post-test will show metals that have been eliminated from the organs and the body stores these in the hair. Often there are HIGHER amounts in the post-test compared to the initial test – an indication that these were in the storage sites of the body and are now being eliminated using the HMD.

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

The hair protocol that I have been working with for some time now has more advantages than urine or feces pre-post provocation testing. Here are some of the benefits:

  1. It is a ‘gentle’ way to proceed as there is no aggressive mobilization and release of large quantities of metals with the chemical chelators – this can greatly exacerbate symptoms in neurological problems such as MS, cancer, autism, cardiovascular diseases, and others.
  2. The history of progress can be mapped over time as the decline in toxic metals on the HTMA is an indication that the storage sites in the body are also diminishing. If the levels are still high on the HTMA, then this is an indication that the storage sites are still loaded and that HMD™ should be continued for longer.
  3. It is not the ‘snap-shot’ picture provided by the urine tests that are difficult to interpret over time. It reflects metabolic changes of the elements over a long period.
  4. The HTMA is far more cost-effective than the urine tests – costing the patient $120 every two months.
  5. The HTMA is very quick and easy to carry out and easily implemented by an assistant in any clinical setting. It also takes away the compliance problems often faced by practitioners when they ask the patient to collect urine over 24 hours.
  6. Easy to use by all health practitioners, (even the patients themselves can collect and send hair from a distance if supervised by their practitioner).
  7. It measures the levels of essential minerals as well as toxic metals. It is a screening test that can play a critical role in both the prevention and early detection of physical and mental disorders.
  8. Hair is a stable biopsy material as it requires no special handling and will remain viable for many years.
  9. Mineral levels are about ten times that in blood making them easy to detect in the hair.
  10. Advancements in technology have rendered hair mineral analysis very accurate and reliable.
  11. Hair testing can provide tendencies for over 30 common health conditions, often before the condition develops. These would also include psychological conditions such as depression, hyperkinesis, anxiety, and mood swings.

Dr. Laurence Wilson, M.D. in his book entitled Nutritional Balancing and Hair Mineral Analysis refers to hair analysis as a soft tissue mineral biopsy. A biopsy is an analysis of body tissue, in this case, to detect mineral levels. Hair analysis provides a reading of the mineral deposition in the cells and interstitial spaces of the hair over a 2-3 month period.

What are we measuring from hair and why?

When the body has toxic metals circulating in the blood, the first thing that it tries to do is remove them from circulation as they are prone to do a lot of damage to different cells of the body through their vicious free radical activity. The first place that the body stores these metals are in the inert tissues such as hair and nails. When these storage sites are full, then it will start distributing and storing in other less inert tissues and organs such as fat, liver, kidneys, thyroid, brain, and other organs.

Hair is sent to the laboratory where it is cut, dissolved in acid where the metals and minerals are released, and measured accurately to parts per billion levels using an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS).

The hair sample taken is about a two-month ‘history’ of what has been circulating in the blood and therefore stored in these inert tissues. We usually cut about 1 -1 ½ inches (3-4 cm) of hair from the scalp, which takes about two months to grow.

Therefore, the levels of metals in the hair correlate quite well with the levels in circulating blood over two months – if no metals are circulating in the blood during the last two months, then they probably will not appear in the hair at all. The test reflects the metabolic activity of the body during the last two months which is more meaningful than a snap-shot picture from blood or urine.

Zero levels of toxic metals in a hair analysis DO NOT MEAN that there are zero metals stored in the body! The Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis is distinctly measuring the number of metals that have been circulating in the blood for the last couple of months but does not tell us much about how many metals are stored in the body tissues and organs.

How Do We Use the HTMA in Clinical Practice?

Firstly, the clinician takes a baseline hair sample from the patient. Whether metals are showing on the hair test or not, it is wise to start the patient on a natural heavy metal chelator such as HMD™ and then repeat the hair analysis in 2 months – this will allow the hair to grow out and you will collect the hair that will reflect the metabolic activity of the body during the two months that the HMD™ was taken.

If metals are present in the storage organs, then the probability is that you will get a dramatic INCREASE in the toxic metals compared to baseline – this indicates that the HMD™ is pulling heavy metals out of storage sites into the blood and then into the hair.

This is a sure indication that the person has metals stored in the body and the clinical decision is to continue taking the HMD™.

Let me illustrate by using an example of a 3-year-old ASD child –  see Diagram 1. The first test on the left test is the baseline and the second test on the right is after taking the HMD™ protocol for 2 months – there is a dramatic increase in the metal cadmium from 0.022 to 115 mg% – this was traced to the mother who also had extremely high levels as she was a heavy smoker.

Checking for Heavy Metals in Autistic Children

Diagram 1. Pre-test (left) and post-test (right) showed a high level of toxic metals in a 3-year-old child, after being on the HMD™ oral chelation protocol

The hair test can be repeated again after a further two months but always while they are still taking the HMD™ – a reduction in metals shows that the person is on the right track and the storage sites are diminishing. You can keep repeating this until there are negligible metals on the HTMA, which is a reflection of negligible metals in storage sites of the body.

This is a far more clinically significant test that facilitates the practitioner’s clinical decision-making as it is showing a timeline or history of progress, not simply a snapshot.

The results of a hair tissue mineral analysis are typically reported in a numerical form, i.e. parts per million (ppm) or milligrams percent (mg%) that can easily be converted to a graph. Mg% is ppm divided by 10. The graphic representation is important as it helps us to see the basic patterns and relationships between nutrient minerals in the hair results.

The protocol that I use in clinical practice is now called Dr. Georgiou’s Heavy Metal Detox Protocol – a completely natural, safe, gentle heavy metal detox package that has been tried and tested for over 16 years now, and has undergone scientific research.

To summarize, checking for heavy metals in autistic children is not only critical for their health benefits, but is very easy to do from home – simply cut your baby’s or child’s hair, place it in an envelope and send directly to us.


Dr. George Georgiou, Ph.D.,N.D.,D.Sc (AM).,M.Sc.,B.Sc
HMD Researcher and Inventor

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