Detox from Toxic Heavy Metals

By Cat, Feb 2019 (June 2019: moved from original article: Detoxing from Toxic Heavy Metals and Other Toxins)

Some heavy metals are good for you (up to a point), such as copper, iron, selenium, zinc, and more. For these, it is best to take them in chelated form, such as bound to a protein, peptide or amino acid). Taking them in their ionized (salt) form, can be harmful. Others are quite toxic (no matter how you are exposed to them), such as aluminum, lead and mercury.

Detox (detoxification) is “the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including the human body, which is mainly carried out by the liver.” (11) The methods for heavy metal detox are still being formulated, and I have tried several of them to detox mercury. Unfortunately, I’ve developed food sensitivities to the detox agent in each case.

  • Includes: (those marked with ‘*’ I have not yet tried)
    • EDTA chelation;
    • Mercola’s protocol for DMSA or DMPS chelation
    • Chlorella and Cilantro with Vitamin C protocol
    • BioSol and PectaSol protocol*
    • Humic and fulvic acids
    • Garlic for lead detox (which I eat frequently from my garden)
    • Cyto-Detox supplement* 
    • Ultra Binder supplement* 
    • NanoVi device*
  • See Also (This Site): 1. Notes on Natural Health Topics Menu; 2. Detox (About) including Several Detox Methods; 3. Notes on Natural Healing Remedies Menu
  • See Also, Other Sites: Mercola interviews of Dr Shade on Mercury Exposure (8f), and Three Pillars of Detox (8e).

About Detox 

See Detox (About) or as noted, for the following topics:

  1. Four signs you need to detox
  2. Mercola’s three pillars of detox
  3. General Detox
    1. 3 – 7 day whole body detox with raw veggie juices
    2. Detox with bentonite clay
  4. Detox with:
    1. 3 – 7 day whole body detox with raw veggie juices
    2. Bentonite clay
    3. Detox mitochondria (the batteries in your cells)
  5. Detox from
    1. Sugar
    2. Glyphosate (Roundup) with Glycine

Detox Methods for Heavy Metals


EDTA (ethylenediamine tetra-acetic acid) is an early chelating agent, typically taken via a shot or IV, that is used to detox lead, mercury, copper, iron, arsenic, aluminum and calcium. It is also used as secondary treatment for lead toxicity only.

It is also used to treat arteriosclerosis (plaque deposits inside arteries, eventually resulting in hardening of the affected arteries) and atherosclerosis (arteriosclerosis affecting the arteries that feed heart muscle). While it is not known how EDTA therapy works, it has been well established that it does work, not only to reduce soft plaque, but also to result in reduction of calcium-hardened plaque.

Initially it was believed that EDTA worked  as a treatment for martial plaque by binding calcium and removing it from the plaque.  But while EDTA is very effective at chelating calcium, this theory or its action on arterial plaque has been disproven.

The current hypothesis is that EDTA chelates free, unbound heavy metals in the blood, such as iron not bound by hemoglobin.  Free heavy metal ions are highly inflammatory, and it is believed that inflammation is what starts the accumulation of soft plaque.  Refer to my articles on Inflammation or on Atherosclerosis for more on this subject (Links go to my old site; they may no longer work if I’ve moved those articles to my new site).  By chelating these free toxic ions, and thus allowing for their removal from the body via the urine or feces, the overall level of arterial inflammation is reduced.  But it is still not at all certain how the hardened, calcium-laden plaque is broken down.

EDTA Suppository (7/11/19 update): I was unaware of this option until my naturopath gave me a sample suppository to try (EDTA + cocoa butter); it is inserted into the rectum. It has far fewer side effects than IV or oral applications, because it is not metabolized. See Dr. Hagmire’s article for more, including how to use his recommended Kelatox suppository. The following are my key notes from his article: (37)

  • Use Kelatox 2 – 3 hours after your last meal, preferably right before going to bed, and at least 8 hours from taking a vitamin/mineral supplement;
  • Use once, nightly, for up to 90 days;
  • Empty bowels before inserting suppository;
  • To facilitate insertion, moisten suppository with warm water;
  • If inserted while lying on one’s side, consider remaining in the supine position (lying on back, face-up) for 10 minutes following insertion.
  • Drink lots of filtered/purified water while chelating;
  • Detox liver and kidneys to receive maximum benefit; for example, during a veggie juice fast that includes liver and kidney detox.

However, food sensitivity testing (NAET) on 7/16/19 indicated I am very sensitive to the suppository at all levels (tested with the plastic that surrounded the suppository removed). So I won’t be taking the suppository.

DMSA and DMPS chelating agents

DMSA and DMPS are thiol (sulfur-containing) synthetic chelation agents that perform dual duty: they mobilize and bind to the heavy metals and carry them out of the body via the feces or urine. They work primarily on mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic. DMSA is the first agent I tried; it did reduce my mercury levels somewhat, but then I developed a food sensitivity to it (very painful in my gut), so I had to stop using it. It is likely I would also have a sensitivity to DMPS.

Mercola’s Mercury Detox Protocol 

This protocol (8c) is used in conjunction with DMPS chelation therapy, but it could be done on its own (without the DMPS). See also Chlorella & Cilantro with Vitamin C protocol, below. I’ve not tried this because of my issues with DMSA/DMPS.

It combines two chelating protocols: 

  • DMSA or DMPS are synthetic agents that perform a dual duty: they lure the metals out of your tissues, chelate them, and carry them out of the body;
  • Chlorella and cilantro agents (see also Chlorella and Cilantro with Vitamin C Protocol, below): Cilantro (tincture) mobilizes the toxins from tissues to the blood stream; chlorella (powder or pill) is a binding agent that carries them out of the body via urine and feces. A caution, from Natural Science (17): Chlorella “mobilizes more toxins then it can carry out of the body, it may flood the connective tissue (where the nerves reside) with metals, that were previously stored in safer hiding places. This can cause re-toxification if another binding agent isn’t used to help rid the body of the heavy metals that are ‘found’ in their hiding places throughout the body.”

Additional supplements that assist the chelation are: MSM, daily mineral supplement, and butyrate (important short-chain fatty acid for which butter is named).

This protocol recommends starting with one 500 mg tablet chlorella daily to determine if you have any problems with it. Then increase over 1-2 weeks to a dose of 10 tablets daily (total 5 g/day), or same dose as combo of tablets and powder. Adding 1 tablet each day over 10 days would accomplish this. This is for a 150 lb person. Caution: if you start burping-up the chlorella taste, you are developing a sensitivity and should stop immediately. Then switch to ProChitosan.

See also NIHA article (18) for more information on dosing chlorella and cilantro.

Other recommendations for mercury detox, with this protocol:

  • Vitamin B9 (as folate, not as folic acid): According to Mercola’s sales pitch for his folate supplement, it helps to “sweep away glyphosate [Roundup toxin] and heavy metals (8G). So eat good dietary sources (see Vitamin B Complex for ideas), and take a good quality methyl-folate supplement if you have either/both of these toxins.
  • Garlic (and other members of the onion family): Mercola recommends 3 cloves garlic/day. Or supplement with MSM, a sulfur compound (methyl-sulfonyl-methane).(8c). See also “Garlic for lead detox,” below, about study showing garlic is as effective at detoxing lead as a prescription drug, with fewer side effects.
  • Getting adequate essential minerals daily (especially magnesium, selenium and zinc, but avoid copper and iron supplements). However, do not take them while taking the agents, as they will bind the minerals so you can’t absorb them; instead, take these on the off-days. It’s important to monitor your mineral levels (blood test) every 6-12 weeks (2-3 months).
  • Getting adequate good dietary fats daily, as this promotes bile production and release from the gall bladder, essential to eliminating chelated heavy metals. for example, coconut oil, butter, true olive oil, fish oil and cod liver oil. (see my article Good Fats for Cooking for more). CCK (cholecystokinin) can also be taken to promote gall bladder contraction. Or coffee enemas.
  • Whey protein is also suggested to support your glutathione system. I recommend Bob’s Red Mill Whey Protein Powder, because it is dried at low temperatures to avoid denaturing the protein..
  • Milk thistle (13), which is healing for the liver. [I take this as part of my daily dose of Liver tincture complex from Swan Valley Herbs.]
  • Livaplex (1-2 caps/day) and Antronex (1 table/day) from Standard Process, to support the liver (only available through practitioners).
  • Saunas are also recommended, or at least hot sweating baths.
  • Pure water: Drink LOTS of pure (filtered) water daily.

Chlorella & Cilantro with Vitamin C for heavy metal detox

This is the first ‘natural’ protocol I tried for mercury toxicity, when I developed a food sensitivity to DMSA. It is basically a two-step protocol (Chlorella and Cilantro), but additional recommendations have since been added. NOTE: take the Chlorella first, followed by Cilantro; then Vitamin C several hours later. See Sample Chelation Schedule, below.

  1. Step 1: Cilantro tincture mobilizes mercury out of the cells and into the bloodstream;
  2. Step 2: Chlorella powder or tablets binds mercury in the blood and excrete it with the stool.
  3. Step 3 (optional): Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can also be taken with the protocol, to boost levels of glutathione, a powerful detox agent in the liver.

Dosage and scheduling

The following is from Curezone: Cilantro/Chlorella/Vitamin C Chelate Mercury (11), also from The Klinghardt Neurotoxin Elimination Protocol (12A)

  • Chlorella (binder): Take this first (before cilantro), so it is available in the blood as soon as cilantro teases the heavy metals out of hiding. For general use, best taken with meals in small doses throughout the day, totaling 3 – 5 grams (1 tsp powder = 5 g). For chelation therapy, use 5 grams (1 tsp) of chlorella powder or one 5g tablet per day; this can be in divided doses taken 30 minutes before the cilantro.  Avoid taking before or after a caffeinated or soft drink beverage. See Healing Daily (24) for more about using chlorella to detox mercury. At first, I added chlorella powder to my morning smoothie, but it ruined the taste, so I switched to chlorella tablets.
  • Cilantro (mobilizer): Start with 2 drops cilantro tincture, 2 times per day in the beginning, increasing to 10 drops 2 times/day for full benefit. Take just before a meal or 30 minutes after taking chlorella.
  • Vitamin C: Take as far away from chlorella as possible (best after meals). 500 mg per day or more can be taken (I take 500 mg 3-times per day in my whole-food multi-vitamin). There are two forms: ascorbic acid or ascorbate (mineralized). During the chelating days, the acid form is best; during the remineralization-days, the mineralized form, such as magnesium ascorbate, is best.
  • Butyrate: (4-carbon fatty acid from butter).
    • I started with Butyrex, which includes magnesium and other mineral salts (Amazon ASIN B003JOJ04G). It contains 600 mg butyric acid per capsule, with magnesium taurate salt. Recommended dose: 1-2 caps, 3x daily (1800 – 3600 mg/day).
    • Another option: Butyr-En (iHerb code ALG-70220), contains 100 mg butyric acid per capsule as a calcium-magnesium salt).  Recommended dose: 1-2 caps, 3x daily (300 – 600 mg/day). Not sure why this is so much less than Butyrex dose.
    • I’ve since struggled with a food sensitivity to magnesium, so have changed to ButyCaps which is the natural tributyrate form from butter (does not include minerals) (see Amazon ASIN B077BLKJCX). This is in powdered form and comes in packets with 787 mg butyric acid per packet.

Butyric acid/butyrate is anti-inflammatory and protects the colon from free-radicals, helping to prevent colon cancer. If you have a healthy gut microbiome, the good bugs in your gut will make enough butyrate (from carbs) for good health. But if you have heavy metal or other toxicity issues, your gut balance is off and you can benefit from supplemental butyric acid/butyrate. It helps clean the liver, the gall bladder, and biliary tree in the liver. It also helps clean the bowel, helps control ammonia, and removes unwanted “renegade fats”. See Paleo Leap (25) and Center for Wellness (26) for more.

Two stages: Chelation and Re-mineralization:

  • Chelation: Each day of chelation therapy, avoid all supplemental sources of minerals, as they will be chelated instead of the toxic minerals.
  • Re-mineralization: Do this on days you are not chelating; see Other Considerations: Mineralization, below for more.

Note: If you do chelation every day, you will overwhelm your body. Instead, do:

  • 1 week chelation, 2 – 3 weeks re-mineralizing is recommended; or
  • 2-week cycles as 2 days chelation, 12 days re-mineralizing; this is what I do so I don’t have to go a whole week without my essential magnesium.

Sample chelation schedule & dosage

  1. Breakfast- and Dinner-time:
    • Chlorella: half-dose or 2.5 g (1/2 tsp) 30 minutes before breakfast/dinner and/or before coffee;
    • Cilantro: 2 drops (increase to 10 drops over time) after the chlorella (before breakfast) or 30 minutes after breakfast/dinner;
    • Vitamin C: after breakfast is complete, or wait until after lunch;
  2. Lunch-time:
      • No chlorella/cilantro;
      • vitamin C: can take after lunch;

Additional foods/supplements to support the chlorella/cilantro therapy:

  1. Garlic/wild garlic are also recommended with this protocol:
    • to protect white and red blood cells from oxidative damage (by toxic heavy metals), and
    • because of allicin’s antimicrobial ability against secondary infections common with metal toxicity.
    • Dosage: 1–3 capsules freeze dried garlic after each meal. Start with 1 capsule after the main meal per day; slowly increase to the higher dosage. Initially the patient may experience die-off reactions (from killing pathogenic fungal or bacterial organisms). Use 5–10 drops bear-garlic on food at least 3 times per day. (Klinghardt protocol, (6))
  2. Fish oil is also recommended with this protocol. It:
    • Contains EPA and DHA which protect the brain from viral infections;
    • Makes white and red blood cell more flexible, improving micro-circulation of the brain, heart and other tissues.
    • Dosage: 1 capsule (or 1 serving or liquid) Omega 3 or fish oil taken 4 times/day during the active phase of treatment; 1 capsule (or 1 serving or liquid) twice/day for maintenance. Best if taken together with chlorella. (6)
  3. Natural ocean salt (such as Celtic sea salt or Himalayan sea salt) instead of table salt:
    • It helps with hydration, and with proper reception of electric messages in the body’s autonomic nervous system.
    • Even better is a specific electrolyte formula developed by the American chemist Ketkovsky and improved by Morin Labs, now called “selectrolyte.”
    • Dosage: 1 tsp in a cup of good water 1–3 times/day. During times of greater stress the dosage can be temporarily increased to 1 tbsp 3 times/day. (6) See also Zeta-Aid (7)

Other considerations: When to take/not to take mineral supplements (with chlorella/cilantro detox)

It is important to remember that the chelating agent will not only grab the toxic heavy metals, but also vital minerals your body needs.  For example, calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc are all vulnerable to the chelator.  Therefore, it is advisable to refrain from taking mineral supplements beginning 12-18 hours before dosing with chelating agent until the afternoon of the day following the dose. If you do not do this, the chelator will simply pick up the minerals from the supplement and not touch the embedded toxic metals. Example schedule, Sunday – Tuesday:

  • Sunday, After 2 PM: cease taking any mineral supplement;
  • Monday 8 AM: take the chelator. If you wish to take the chelator several days in a row, do not resume mineral supplementation until 3 PM the next day after you cease taking the chelator;
  • Tuesday (or the day after you stop taking the chelator), after 3 PM: you can resume mineral supplementation; i.e., remineralization (see below).

This ability of the chelator to remove essential minerals could have a silver lining:  It could remove them from hiding where they are not wanted (such as calcified arterial plaque); then when you remineralize after chelation, they could be restored to where they are wanted, (such as calcium to bone tissue).

Remineralization:It is very important to remineralize as instructed, after the dosing period, to restore your levels of essential and trace minerals.  It’s a good idea to take mineral supplements with a glass of raw milk or kefir, or a bowl of unsweetened yogurt, as the raw or cultured dairy products increase the absorption of the minerals.  Also a good idea to take some fish oil or cod liver oil at the same time, as the fats also increase the absorption. (I do both of these when I drink my morning smoothie).

In addition to taking mineral supplements, also drink plenty of filtered or distilled water that has been remineralized by adding clay or other mineral source (see Detox with Bentonite clay, above). Or you can drink unfiltered water if you have had it tested and know it is free of heavy metal contamination and chlorine.

Mineral supplements:

  • ConcenTrace is a liquid mineral source from pure sea water (with the sodium removed), available from Radiant Lie ( available on Radiant Life (9))
  • Ancient Earth Minerals (available on Live Superfoods),
  • Vital Earth Fulvic-Humic Mineral Complex (iHerb code VEM-00003),
  • Azomite is a certified organic, natural trace mineral fertilizer, but can also be added to water to take supplementally
  • Unrefined sea salt, such as Real Salt or Celtic sea salt should be used instead of table salt

My experience/notes regarding chlorella/cilantro protocol

As with prescription chelators, the cilantro/chlorella combo should not be done every day. 1 week on and 2 – 3 weeks off is recommended. See Curezone: Cilantro/Chlorella/Vitamin-C Chelate Mercury (27) for more. Cat’s dilemma: I can’t go a whole week without MgCl2 supplementation (during chelation) so I’ve modified this to using chelator 2 days on, 12 days off (which means my minerals are 2 days off, 12 days on at my usual dose of 2 droppers-full 80% MgCl2 solution, 3x daily.

The Kitchen Doctor (28) also has some good info on this, although I somewhat disagree with his take on candida and parasites (he says they increase when you remove mercury, but my experience is that mercury tends to protect candida (candida may decrease when you remove mercury).

I started mixing powdered chlorella with my smoothie, but I did not care for its flavor. Instead, I would prefer to take the chlorella tablets.

BioSil and PectaSol-C Modified Citrus Pectin for heavy metal detox

This protocol is from Wellness Mama (14). Read entire article for details of how to take these supplements.  NOTE: I’ve transcribed her online article: HowDetoxHeavyMetals-WellnessMama (pdf) (6 pages). See also Travis Wade Fitness article (19), which includes info on dosing.

This also requires two supplements, BioSil to mobilize the toxic metals, and PectaSol-C to bind (chelate) and eliminate them (see below from iHerb). I like the idea of this one, as it doesn’t impact essential minerals, only the toxic ones. I’ve not yet tried this, but plan to do so soon.

She warns: “This is a two-part recommendation; don’t take one without the other.” This is because one ‘mobilizes’ the heavy metals (pulls them out of the tissue where they hide); and the other ‘binds and eliminates’ them.” Unfortunately, she doesn’t provide the order in which these should be taken, but as for chlorella/cilantro combo, take the one that binds and eliminates first (PectaSol-C), and the one that mobilizes them second (BioSil).

Take both of the following (available on iHerb or Amazon as indicated); see Wellness Mama article (14) for more details.:

  • BioSil (from Natural Factors, to mobilize): see iHerb code NFS-39186 or 39183 (120 or 60 caps),  or Amazon (ASIN B004KU8H56); take 1 capsule/day (7); about $50 for 120 capsules (120 days at recommended detox dosage);
  • PectaSol-C (from EcoNugenics, to bind and eliminate): see iHerb code ECN-00012 or Amazon (ASIN B00YJJDTPG); take 5 grams or more/day (7); about $42 for 150g or $97 for 454g (30/90 days respectively, at recommended detox dosage). Note: it doesn’t bind essential minerals (see below).

If you only do the first (the mobilizer), the metals will circulate through your blood causing even more harm. If you only do the second (the binder), the metals will not be available to bind and eliminate.

It may also be helpful to take butyric acid (Tributrin, Butyrex or Butyrate; see Mercola’s protocol, above).

Humic & Fulvic Acids for Heavy Metal Detox

What are these acids, and why are they important? A Review

Humic substances are organic compounds that are important components of humus, the major organic fraction of soil and peat. Humus in nature is produced by biodegradation of tissues from dead organisms (fungi, plant and animal) [it becomes a major component of your compost pile, if you wait long enough]. Humus significantly affects the bulk density of soil and contributes to its retention of moisture and nutrients. The main types of humic substances are humic acid, fulvic acid and humin. (33A,B)

They are formed through the chemical and biological humification of plant and animal matter and through the biological activities of micro-organisms over eons – they are found in abundance in pre-historic deposits (the sedimentation layers referred to as Leonardite), but are also present in smaller quantity in good quality soil that has not been contaminated by fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. They are then taken up from that soil by plants, and by animals who eat those plants.

See a Soil Biotics: Research for Results pdf (35) for lots more great information about humic and fulvic acids, and Lenoardite. (I’ve saved the pdf in CATSFORK > PDF Files / HumicFulvicAcids-soilbiotics.pdf)

Dr. Axe has a great article on how to take these acids supplementally (12B). I used to get them from PrescriptAssist probiotic that contained the acids from Lenoardite, but the formula was changed and I developed a food sensitivity to it (because of the pea protein added after the change).

7 ways these organic acids support heavy metal detox

According to a Health Secret sales pitch for their supplement (32A), there are 7 ways these organic acids support heavy metal detox. The following list is from that article unless noted otherwise. See the article for more detail. [Cat’s note: I saved the article as a pdf: CATSFORK > PDF Files / HumicFulvicAcid-HeavyMetalDetox-HealthSecret.pdf.]

  1. Reduce inflammation by combating free-radical damage;
  2. Powerful antioxidants, that protect your body and brain from free radical damage and even reverse it;
  3. Ensure optimal nutrient absorption, and determine which minerals to absorb for optimal cell balance;
  4. Increase silica absorption, which among other silica functions binds to aluminum, a toxic heavy metal with a direct connection to Alzheimers; 
  5. Support gut health (microbiome balance) by being both probiotic and prebiotic, and help stop or prevent “leaky gut” (gut permeability);
  6. Bind (chelate) and release heavy metals (Aspergillus niger (a fungus), cordyceps, dandelion root, milk thistle, rhodiola, uva ursi, and yucca rootare great for this, too). Studies have found that humic and fulvic acids have ion-selective electrodes that can be used for attracting heavy metals. (12B)
  7. Untangle and block formation of amyloid and tau plaques, a common feature of a brain with Alzheimer’s.

[Cat’s Note on how this build-up happens and what Big Pharma wants to do about it: These proteins are a part of our immune system. When the brain tissue is damaged from the inflammatory action of the heavy metals, the immune system provides the proteins as a “bandaid” to protect the inflamed tissue until it can heal. Then, in a normal situation, an enzyme is sent to the area of the brain to break down the bandaids. But when the inflammation happens over and over again in the same area (due to free-radical damage, such as that from toxic heavy metals), more of the amyloid and tau proteins are sent to the area, which build up as plaque and are more difficult to remove.

Big Pharma wants to invent a chemical that will remove the plaque rather than eliminate the cause the the problem (the inflammatory substances such as heavy metals). Such action would then expose the inflamed area to more damage and deeper harm.]

Possible additions to the humic/fulvic acid detox

In addition to detoxifying your body from heavy metals, humic/fulvic acids also offer an overall improved health, but if you have any parasites, you will also need to address them, and also clean your colon of debris and toxins, as part of the detox.

Cat’s note: I have been treating my pesky parasite with a tincture combo of: black walnut, bracken fern and woodfern for many years, and I do a 3-day veggie juice fast which includes a colon cleanse every 6-months. I have not tried the following 3 treatments.

Parasites: A very important part the metal detoxifying process includes ridding the body of parasites and cleansing the colon. 

  • Due to symptoms being so general in nature, parasitic infestations continue to go unnoticed. Millions of people are unknowingly living with these organisms that feed on the cells and blood of their hosts. General symptoms include (32B):
    • Digestive problems
    • Irritability
    • Fatigue
    • Poor concentration
    • Skin rashes
    • Sleep issues
    • Muscle cramps
    • Allergic reactions
    • Headaches
  • Not only do parasites steal the nutrients the body needs resulting in malaise and an unexplained lack of energy, many also contain toxic metals.The body cannot be free of harmful metal traces without the complete removal of parasites.  
  • Parasites excrete toxins into the bloodstream after feeding and when they die, thus weakening the host even more.

The three Well of Life supplements pitched by Jonathan Otto are as listed below. I include the ingredients of each; you could certainly use the ingredients on their own in other ways, such as adding to a smoothie; many of the herbs can be taken in a tincture mix.

ParaPurify which removes parasites from the body and contains:

  • Organic mimosa pudica: Works its way through the intestinal walls, pulling out parasites, toxins, heavy metals, biofilms, and other unwanted elements to provide immune and digestive support.
  • Organic neem leaf powder: Another Ayurvedic healing nutrient that supports parasite removal, detoxification, immune function, gastrointestinal health, liver, and skin health.
  • Organic clove powder: Clove is another natural powerful herb containing antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used all over the world for centuries to remove harmful toxins from the body and aid in proper digestion…

ToxiBinder which binds and removes toxins and contains:

  • Humic and Fulvic Acid Powder: These bioactive compounds help chelate or bond with toxic and inorganic metals to remove them from the body. They also work as powerful free radical scavengers.
  • Organic Cordyceps Mushroom: Promotes the excretion of water-soluble toxins via the kidneys. Also offers support for immune health.
  • Organic Silymarin: This powerful herb helps detoxify the liver and provides potent antioxidant protection.
  • Organic Uva Ursi Leaf Powder: Used traditionally to support liver and kidney health
  • Organic Yucca Root: High in antioxidants to defend against free radical damage and support immune health.
  • Organic Dandelion Root: Helps cleanse the liver and fights free radical damage.
  • Organic Rhodiola Rosea: Adaptogenic herb used in traditional healing to detoxify the body, increase energy, and offer antioxidant protection.
  • Lipase (an enzyme that digests fats and plays a role in liver detoxification.

ColonCleanse which “supports the detoxification process to the end, while simultaneously improving digestion and maintaining regularity- which is greatly attributed to a healthy gut.” (32B), and contains:

  • Aloe vera leaf: Used for centuries to cleanse the colon and help occasional constipation.
  • Cascara sagrada bark: Well known as a digestive aid and tonic for constipation.
  • Rhubarb root: Herb that promotes regular bowel movements.
  • Gentian root: Ancient herb used as a digestive aid.
  • Goldenseal root: Herbal remedy used for centuries. Contains berberine and other substances that support gastrointestinal health and provide relief of bloating, cramping, and constipation. [Cat’s note: while the antimicrobial berberine is very effective, it is important not to take it for more than a week at a time (then take a break), because if you take it continuously longer than that, your body will stop responding to it.]
  • Buckthorn bark: Contains compounds called anthraquinones, which help ease constipation.
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus: Probiotic bacteria that promotes immune and gut health. [Cat’s note: there are many other probiotic bacteria that provide the same benefit. However, none of them will be effective if you don’t also provide prebiotics to feed them. See my Probiotic & Prebiotic Supplements article for more.
  • Oat: Provides fiber to aid in digestion and helps cleanse the colon.
  • Alfalfa leaf: Contains digestive enzymes that assist digestion and reduce gas.The potassium found in alfalfa helps relieve constipation.
  • Psyllium husk: A natural, soluble plant fiber that gives bulk to the stool.
  • Bentonite: A type of clay that helps remove toxins and accumulated fecal matter in the colon.

Garlic for lead detox

An article by Sayer Ji of Green Med Info (20a), discusses a study showing garlic is as effective at detoxing lead as a prescription drug, with fewer side effects. The study, titled “Comparison of therapeutic effects of garlic and d-penicillamine in patients with chronic occupational lead poisoning,” divided study participants into two groups: those treated with garlic, and those treated with d-penicillamine. Both groups had significant reduction in blood lead concentrations (BLCs), with no significant difference between the two groups.

However, the study also studied degree of clinical improvement in several clinical manifestations (side effects) including:

  • irritability,
  • headache,
  • decreased deep tendon reflex, and
  • mean systolic blood pressure.

Those treated with garlic showed significant clinical improvement in these side effects, while those treated with d-penicillamine did not. The study concluded, “Thus, garlic seems safer clinically and as effective as d-penicillamine. Therefore, garlic can be recommended for the treatment of mild-to-moderate lead poisoning.”

Cyto-Detox Supplement to Chelate Heavy Metals

A Breakthrough in Cell Detoxification, from Dr. Dan Pompa (2), includes 24 min video. This method uses a supplement called CytoDetox to chelate heavy metals. It includes a liposomal version of the mineral, zeolite clinoptilolite, that allows the mineral to pass through cellular membranes to assist in cellular-level detox. The mineral is formed from a chemical reaction between volcanic ash and saline water. It also contains phosphatidylcholine and fulvates (salts of fulvic acid). In its natural state, it is loaded with chelated heavy metals that must be stripped away before using in the supplement. Obviously, the mineral has a great ability as a heavy metal chelator.

“Ultra Binder” (supplement) for Heavy Metals and Other Toxins

(from Jonathan Landsman article (3) Optimizes natural elimination of debris and toxins including endotoxin (LPS), metals, and unwanted microbial by-products through the intestines.

Contains: USP Sodium Bentonite clay, Activated Charcoal, Chitosan, Fibregum™ Bio (Acacia Gum), BiAloe® (Aloe Vera), and a proprietary thiol-functionalized silica (IMD).

Mix 1 teaspoon in 8 oz. bottle of water. Shake well & drink.

NanoVi Device to Detox Heavy Metals and Other Toxins

From Wendy Myers article, 48-min video, and video transcript (4a). (I also saved transcript in HEAVY METALS SUMMIT > RELATED VIDEOS-TSCRPTS / Transcript-242NanoVi-Detox-HealthyAging). Her article provides instructions on “how to own the device,” at the end of the article.

The device has to do with energizing water vapor that you breathe:

  1. A vapor is created from distilled water, producing airborne microscopic droplets.
  2. The NanoVi’s patented technology uses a specific electromagnetic wavelength to excite the tiny droplets of water mist.
  3. This energizes and structures the surface of each water droplet, so they become the same ordered water you’d find in healthy cells and pristine nature.
  4. You breathe this energized, ordered water vapor in, and it positively influences the entire cellular environment of your body.
  5. In as little 15-60 minutes (depending on the model you’re using), you experience deep cellular repair, healing and overall rejuvenation.

It provides the following benefits, according to Wendy Myers:

  • Improved cellular detoxification — My body (and cellular) ability to remove waste has improved significantly; even if I have a rough day or stray from my diet, or I’m exposed to more city pollution (or electro-pollution, such as EMFs), I find I recover faster now.
  • Lower stress and better sleep — Tracking heart rate variability before and after a NanoVi™ session shows how effective it can be for the nervous system. This is especially true for the sympathetic nervous system, which is involved in sleep and recovery.
  • Recovery from overworking/long hours — Because I have my own business (multiple businesses, in reality!); I can sometimes have super long days, with hours on calls, recording podcasts, videos, computer work, meetings and more. I’ve found that NanoVi™ ensures that, even with a huge workload, I’m able to avoid extreme exhaustion and overwhelm.
  • More natural energy — I’ve also noticed that since I began using NanoVi™, my overall energy levels are higher and that I have less need for coffee or anything stimulating. This is likely due in part to the improved mitochondrial function it supports.
  • Anti-aging support — Much of the aging process we experience is caused by oxidation and inflammation. Heavy metals are major sources of these, but far from the only source. I’ve found that my body feels less inflamed overall… my skin is plumper, softer and moister… and my entire body just feels “younger.”

Induced sweating detoxes heavy metals, BPA and phthalates

An article in Green Med Info (20b) about a 2011 study published in the Archives of Environmental and Contamination Toxicology, concludes “Induced sweating appears to be a potential method for elimination of many toxic elements from the human body.” This includes heavy metals, petrochemicals BPA and phthalates.


  1. Wellness Education Center (WEC), Kalispell MT
  2. A Breakthrough in Cell Detoxification, from Dr. Dan Pompa (
  3. Jonathan Landsman article:
  4. Wendy Myers:
    1. On NanoVi detox device:
    2. on mitochondria detox:
    3. on sugar detox:  Sugar 101 and 10 min Video
  5. Catherine Haug article: How to Detox Glyphosate ( Roundup) from your Body
  6. The Klinghardt Neurotoxin Elimination Protocol (
  7. About Zeta-aid:
  8. Mercola articles:
    1. Richard johnson interview:(
    2. What is NADPH and NOX (
    3. Detox protocol:
    4. Interview with Dr. Klinghardt on mercury elimination:
    5. Mercola on “Three Pillars of Heavy Metal Detoxification (8e) (
    6. Mercola and Dr. Shade on
    7. Folate sales pitch:
  9. Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry
  10. How to Detox Glyphosate ( Roundup) from your Body (by Cat)
  11. Meaning of detox from Wikipedia (
  12. Dr Axe:
    1. on chelating agents (
    2. on humic/fulvic acids (
  13. Gaiam blog:
  14. Wellness Mama:
  15. TTAC:
  16. Wikipedia:
  17. Natural Society:
  18. National Integrated Health Associates: (site requires signing a disclaimer before allowing access
  19. Travis Wade Fitness: (link no longer valid)
  20. Green Med Info:
    1. Mixing Instructions for Living Clay (
    2. Articles about Living Clay:
  23. Yerba Prima’s Great Plains Bentonite Detox, Liquid formula ( See also iHerb code YBP-00519
  24. Healing Daily (
  25. Paleo Leap (
  26. Center for Wellness (
  27. Curezone: Cilantro/Chlorella/Vitamin C Chelate Mercury (
  28. Kitchen Doctor (
  29. About Nrf2:
  30. GMOsRevealed email text (3/20/19)
  31. Organifi Gold powder for Golden Milk/Tea
  32. Well of Life (Jonathan Otto sales pitches):
  33. Wikipedia:
  35. Soil Biotics:
  37. Dr. Hagmire on EDTA Suppositories:

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