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Lead and Chelation - Expect More from Doctors

Posted Jun 11 2010 9:30pm
Dr. Mark Hyman is another medical doctor supporting alternative medical claims.  His latest at Huffington-Post is  Why Lead Poisoning May Be Causing Your Health Problems   Whether there is merit to his claims, there is a big problem with how he presents them.  Here's how I responded.

As a teacher, an educator and a doctor, Dr. Hyman should hold himself to higher standards than those of a mere peddler of alternative medicine claims. They must include telling readers that there are others who strongly disagree with taking chelating drugs and then a urine test to determine if someone has excesslead. But he doesn't. That's wrong.

So here's the position of medical toxicologists on taking chelating drugs and then taking urine samples to test for heavy metals.
It is, therefore, the position of the American College of Medical Toxicology that post-challenge urinary metal testing has not been scientifically validated, has no demonstrated benefit, and may be harmful when applied in the assessment and treatment of patients in whom there is concern for metal poisoning.
I concluded: "I trust this information will be included in the future."  
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