MetDetox Conference - Berlin 2019
The first international conference on Metal Detoxification was held in Berlin in June, 2019 (MetDetox.org) and was attended by over 72 scientists, researchers and physicians from all over the world, including USA, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, UK, Belgium, India, South Africa
and also Dr Stewart from Ireland.
The conference was chaired by Prof Ulph Lindh, Sweden, who also gave a keynote lecture on the metal toxicity of lead, cadmium, and mercury.
Amongst the participants was Dr Jose Centeno, keynote speaker, and representative from the FDA, and Prof Olle Selinus, Linneaus University, Kalmar Sweden, giving talks on how environmental heavy metals affect our health.
Prof Anatoly.V.Skainey RUDN University of Moscow lectured on the role toxic metal exposure was shown to play in multiple diseases causing significant socioeconomic problems.
Dr Joachim Mutter, Environmental Medicine, Konstanz, Germany, gave a keynote lecture on the clinical applications of chelation.
Eleanore Blaurrock-Busch PH.D, research director of Micro Trace Minerals Analytical Laboratory in Germany, gave a keynote lecture on diagnostic tests for evaluating a patient's metal toxicity.
This is just a sample of the many eminent scientists, clinicians, and researchers who partook in this conference.
The importance of reducing the risk of exposure and the use of IV EDTA Chelation was acknowledged as the way to deal with the problems of heavy metal toxicity.
The benefits of oral chelation with DMSA and DMPS were also discussed in chelating certain toxic metals.
Dr Hans Lammer (Germany) lectured on "How to avoid arteriosclerosis and chronic diseases through metal free dentistry".
Dr.Edwin Boegman (South Africa) lectured on EDTA chelation and Chronic Fatigue.
Dr.Dietrich Wittel (Canada) with experience of over 100,000 IV EDTA Chelations over 25 years spoke of the many benefits of IV EDTA chelation.
He spoke of, and presented many case studies garnered over 25 years, of benefits in the areas of autoimmunity, neurology, ophthalmology, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
Also discussed were recent scientific advances which explained some of these effects that go beyond heavy metal detoxification.
Besides the removal of lead which has been established as a major factor in cardiovascular disease and the circulatory disorders, EDTA further exerts its beneficial effects by decalcification of blood vessels. This results in reducing arterial stiffness thereby reducing blood pressure and enhancing circulation.
Calcium and Cardiovascular Disease
Further benefits ensue from the chelation of Iron deposits. Unbound Iron in its free form acts as a dangerous free radical.
EDTA also has far reaching antiviral, antibacterial actions and MMP blocking properties.
It was acknowledged at the conference in Berlin that Magnesium disodium EDTA is the chelator of choice for most heavy metals as it also is beneficial in Arteriosclerosis and associated circulatory disorders.
The 2nd International conference on Metal Detoxification in 2021 will take place in collaboration with THE INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GEOLOGY ASSOCIATION and Dr. Stewart, as a member of MedGeo, will also be attending and is expected to make a presentation.
About the conference.
Tandvårdsskadeförbundet (a Swedish association for patients with ill health associated with dental materials) has together with Prof. Ulf Lindh of Uppsala university in Sweden recognised a need for an international gathering of experts in the fields of metal biology and geology to come together to present the developments of the research field and current projects.
Together, they have taken the initiative for a conference themed metal detoxification.
It is their hope that the conference will lead to fruitful future projects that will bring the field forward and the science closer to clinical practice.
The conference took place on June 10 – June 13.
Themes of focus
Biological mechanisms of the toxicity of metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminium, and cadmium.
Medical geology and metals in the environment – the relationship between natural geological factors and their effects on human health. What is the collective burden today of human-made sources of metals in the environment, and what can be done to reduce it?
Mechanisms of detoxification agents – the mechanisms of which drugs and other detoxification agents remove metals from the body.
Natural agents and supplementation for metal detoxification – what alternatives are there to the classical drugs? What supplements and/or herbals have shown effect? What are their mechanisms of action?
Nutrition as a supportive measure for metal detoxification – how can nutrients and/or specific diets be used to improve clinical outcomes by supporting specific cellular detoxification pathways?
Genetic considerations in metal detoxification – what genetic variants affect a person’s ability to detoxify and excrete metals? Is DNA testing advised prior to treatment to identify susceptible individuals?
Clinical application of detoxification agents – what are the experiences of clinically active practitioners? Agents used, dosing, success rates, complexity & considerations. Presentation of patient case studies.
Testing for metal toxicity – pros and cons of testing in urine, blood, faeces, CSF, hair, or nails. Is challenged or unchallenged testing superior? Testing instruments and technical considerations.
As a result of the information conveyed during the conference and what is known in the scientific literature we will aim to establish research centers for detoxification in cooperation with existing clinics.
A second aim is to inform the public about the burden of heavy metals from food, soil, water and air derived from natural sources or pollution.
one of the many conference sponsors...
Dr Stewart, who is a keen cyclist,
says that Berlin is a great city for cyclists.