Show #185 – Dr Leila Masson on Heavy Metal Toxicity – diagnostics, testing and treatment


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And onto this week’s show!

Joining me for the 3rd time on the show, Dr Leila Masson, this time talking about heavy metal toxicity in children – but as she rightly points out, you want to ensure you don’t have metal toxicity at any age, for as we get older, they are a risk factor in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s so it’s by no means a show reserved for parents. Leila is a Sydney based specialist paediatrician with nearly 3 decades in the field. She’s the author of “Children’s Health A-Z” a parent’s guide to natural therapies for common childhood ailments. She specialises in nutritional and environmental medicine for children’s health issues, including allergies, asthma, behavior problems, autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. 


The questions I asked Leila:

  • What are some of the signs we could be looking for that heavy metals might be an issue for us?
  • Best testing protocol – can we talk through hair/bloods/muscle testing/urine/poop if relevant. If it’s different for different metals, we can talk through each one…
  • What about other metals? Less talked about are things like arsenic, chromium, nickel etc Is there a simple chart that gives us symptoms for metal highs and lows? Seems you could go down the rabbit hole for years thinking a health woe is one thing, and then it can end up being an obscure metal imbalance… especially if you grew up in an industrial area?
  • Treatment options: Let’s talk through each and chelation options, detoxification protocols and things to be mindful with different health histories/situations and how to personalise detoxification to ensure reactions are minimised and the body works efficiently in the process.
  • Some doctors seem to say “try and breathe through the period of herxheimer reaction… it’s a part of healing” yet others say “If you’re experiencing negative health symptoms/increased severity then you’re detoxing too much too fast – what is your view?
  • Top lifestyle tips for keeping a healthy balance of metals?
  • Any supplements or medications that can cause metal imbalance that we need to be mindful of in life?
  • Perhaps weaving in an anonymous case study with past patients could be a lovely thing to do during the interview too.



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To know more about Leila and her work:

For wonderful and practical advice to help your child get better and well, her book, Children’s Health A to Z is available at The Book Depository.

You can also find her on Facebook

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Comments 1

  1. For those of us with a child that has hm toxicity we dont want to listen to all that gibber grabber ur doing advertising products
    Just get to the topic of toxicity for our small children that have in every second counts

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