Medical Dictionary

Case History
Heavy metal toxicity: A man in his 60’s had a severe rash. It was very itchy and was like small sores or ulcers especially on his arms and legs. (more)...
An engineer in his 40’s had brain fog so severe he had trouble forming sentences. (more)...
A 40 year old professional with tingling, burning, and numbness in her limbs (more)...
45 year old woman with relentless severely itchy hives had been evaluated and treated for allergies with no relief. (more)...
A 48 year old woman had had sleeping difficulties since the birth of her child at age 38 (more)...
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Case History


A man in his 60’s had a severe rash. It was very itchy and was like small sores or ulcers especially on his arms and legs. He had been treated by the dermatologist with an immunosuppressant drug and his white blood cell count had gone so low that the drug had to be stopped. After discussions it seemed clear that this man had a lot of occupational exposure and home exposure to heavy metals (mercury, cadmium, lead, etc.). We went ahead and treated him with a mild nonprescription chelating agent (DMSA/dimethylsuccinic acid; also called Captomer) without even testing. Within a matter of days the rash showed signs of clearing and in weeks was gone completely. A hair analysis can be used as a screening test for heavy metals, or a 24 hour urine collection for heavy metals can also be done (with or without a dose of chelating agent). Many labs are available for doing hair analysis: . I use either Genova Diagnostics or Metametrix for the 24 hour urine collection.