Exposure to toxic metals is often behind some of today's most common chronic conditions -- and there's one safe, proven, and effective way to rid the body of those metals.

So naturally, it's coming under attack.

In a stunning display of ignorance, the American College of Medical Toxicology is urging doctors to reject time-tested chelation therapy. And at a recent conference hosted by the CDC, the group actually called on its members to report doctors who use it.

I'm not sure what they're supposed to report, since chelation isn't illegal. In fact, it's the FDA-approved treatment for the removal of heavy metals such as lead from the body.

The fact that they want doctors to start tattling on other doctors who use this perfectly legal treatment is bad enough. But what makes this so much worse is the fact that the Federation of State Medical Boards sent representatives to the conference, according to a report from the Alliance for Natural Health.

That's a sign that other states could soon follow Kentucky's lead and put a backdoor ban on chelation therapy by forbidding doctors from discussing it with their patients.

In Kentucky, simply talking about this legal treatment can get your license yanked -- so if you're a patient who lives in that state and actually needs chelation, be prepared to drive a long way (or move).

What's amazing about all this is that there isn't a single doctor -- mainstream or alternative -- who will claim mercury, lead, arsenic, and more belong in the body.

There's total agreement that they're poisons.

The disagreement comes over what they do at what levels. The mainstream takes an all-or-nothing approach here, claiming that very high levels of metals are toxic and deadly and should be removed through chelation.

But lower levels -- even levels just below that "poison" threshold -- are perfectly safe and require nothing at all.

That's what they say, anyway. But science (and common sense) tell us otherwise: A toxin dangerous enough to kill you at high levels could hurt you at lower ones, and studies have implicated even low levels of these metals in everything from osteoarthritis to heart disease to autism. And clinical experience tells me that everyone's genetic ability to detoxify these metals varies greatly.

If you're battling a chronic illness that your own physician hasn't been able to solve, visit a holistic doctor who can test your levels of these metals.

You might be surprised by the results -- and how quickly you can be cured. But you'd better hurry... this cure might not be around much longer.