Want a shock? Go get tested for heavy metals. Your jaw will drop when you see the results.

I know, because I see the reactions in my own clinic every single day.

The reality is, nearly everyone has way too much lead, mercury, arsenic, and other toxic heavy metals inside them -- and these metals are a major cause of supposedly incurable conditions.

I say "supposedly" because I often can cure or improve them, and I'll tell you everything you need to know to get started on your own cure in a moment.

First, a new study confirms the role of toxic heavy metals in autoimmune disease -- especially among women battling disorders such as thyroid disease, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and lupus.

Researchers examined data on 2,047 women who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and compared blood levels of mercury to the presence of the autoantibodies made by the thyroid in response to autoimmune diseases.

Sure enough, women with the highest blood levels of mercury were more than twice as likely to have high levels of the thyroglobulin antibody linked to those diseases.

Now, you've probably heard that we all get exposed to metals, and that's true. It's almost impossible to avoid them completely.

But you've probably also heard that the tiny levels we're routinely exposed to -- like the mercury in flu shots and amalgam dental fillings -- are harmless, and that's an out-and-out falsehood.

Want proof? Look no further than the same new study, because the "high" levels of mercury linked to those high levels of the thyroglobulin autoantibody weren't high by current standards at all.

In fact, they were under 5 micrograms of mercury per liter -- or well in line with what the mainstream considers "safe."

You see, no amount of mercury, lead or other heavy metals is really safe. How do I know that? Simple: There's no known healthy function in the human body for these metals!

If you suspect exposure to mercury or any other heavy metal, it's not enough to find the source and eliminate it. Heavy metals don't leave the body like other toxins. They accumulate -- and the more they accumulate, the sicker you get.

The best way to rid your body of mercury and other toxic heavy metals is through chelation, but don't try any of the do-it-yourself treatments that reach the market from time to time.

An experienced holistic doctor can test you for metals and provide you with the chelation therapy needed to remove anything that's accumulated -- and if you have thyroid disease, that's another reason to get tested for these metals.

If you would like testing and treatment for these disease-causing metals, you can contact my Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine. You can find more information by visiting markstengler.com.