New warning for patients getting MRIs
Looks like someone at the FDA has been reading House Calls!
Over the summer, I fired off a warning about a hidden risk linked to MRIs... one that hasn't gotten nearly enough attention from the mainstream.
One in three patients getting an MRI gets something ELSE in the deal.
They get injected with a metal that lights up their insides on the screen to make everything easier for the radiologist to see.
There's just one problem: As I've warned you, recent studies show that your body doesn't flush that metal out the way that docs previously thought.
Not all of it anyway.
Some of it lingers inside, where it can monkey around in your body and even make its way up into your brain.
Once up there, it doesn't leave very easily.
Now, the feds are saying maybe patients should know about this.
Gee... ya think?
While they previously claimed that the metal, called gadolinium, is perfectly safe, they're starting to hem and haw a bit.
They still won't flat-out admit that it's dangerous (after all, this is the industry-friendly FDA we're talking about). But now, they're ordering that all MRIs involving the use of this metal come with the warning that it can linger in the body and brain for months or years.
They're also ordering the companies that make the gadolinium-based dye to conduct more research into its safety.
That'll take ages.
If your doc is trying to stuff you into an MRI tube for a scan this week, a maybe-someday study isn't going to do you much good.
Fortunately, there is a way to minimize your risk.
First, if you have any history of kidney problems, let the doc know... and you might be off the hook.
This stuff is a no-go for kidney patients.
Second, ask about other types of tests and scans, such as ultrasounds. They're not as revealing as MRIs, but in many cases, they can give the doc enough information to figure out what's going on.
If there are still questions, then you can consider an MRI.
Third, ask your doc about non-gadolinium dyes. Some hospitals have been offering a manganese-based contrast that may be safer.
And last, if you do need the scan and the doc wants to use gadolinium, take steps afterward to help your body flush it out. A holistic medical doctor can work with you to detoxify naturally to cut your exposure and any risks that come along with it.
If you're in the San Diego area, make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine for one of the most complete natural detox regimens in the nation, custom-tailored to your needs and risks.
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