What do processed cheeses, deodorants, toothpastes, astringents, and tattoos have in common? Few people are aware that these items may contain aluminum in them. For most people, this isn’t a problem, but it’s a different story for people with metal hypersensitivities. For those individuals, these exposures can cause an inflammatory response and symptoms such as chronic fatigue, pain, and headaches.
Often when metals are thought to be a problem, tests looking for toxic levels in the individual are performed. These tests provide insight into toxicity levels and how much of a metal a patient currently has in their body will be used. Just looking at the amount of a metal in the body isn’t good enough for people with metal hypersensitivities though. For individuals that have a hypersensitivity to a given metal, even trace amounts of exposure can be enough to cause a significant immune reaction and associated clinical symptoms. There is no such thing as a “safe limit” of exposure for these individuals.
The MELISA® (Memory Lymphocyte Immunostimulation Assay) is different than tests measuring the level of a metal in the body. It measures the response of the immune system when it encounters a particular metal (methodology information). It is for this reason that MELISA testing is a useful tool for determining the root cause of chronic clinical conditions.
Since even tiny amounts of metal can trigger an immune reaction, it is very important that people who are hypersensitive to a certain metal avoid all contact with it. This isn’t always easy in everyday life as there are many hidden sources of metals that may be surprising; for instance, aluminum in toothpaste or copper in wine. The documents below list additional hidden sources of metals that could be causing an inflammatory response in patients with metal hypersensitivities.
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Download a PDF of the hidden metals resource sheet.