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How Heavy Metals Impact Your Hormones AND Heart Health with Guest Wendy Myers


Sometimes the biggest threat to our health is the one we’re not even aware of. This threat could be heavy metals found in our food, water, air, and environment. Joining Dr. Jack Wolfson and Dr. Lauren Lattanza is Wendy Myers, founder of MyersDetox.com. Wendy is a heavy metal detox expert who has been passionate about educating people on the importance of eliminating heavy metals in the body to live a disease-free life. In this episode, she shares the story of how she got into the health field and what motivated her to create Myers Detox. Wendy is here to warn against the dangers of heavy metals and what steps you can take to minimize exposure and empower your body to fight against toxins. Tune in to get health advice you may not have known you needed. 

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How Heavy Metals Impact Your Hormones AND Heart Health with Guest Wendy Myers

Welcome to another episode of The Healthy Heart Show where we give you the best information and the best guests to help you live your best heart life. Our goal and mission here is the 100-Year Heart. When we talk about the 100-Year Heart, we need to keep all those environmental toxins and chemicals out of our bodies. Dr. Lauren Lattanza is also my co-host on the show. Dr. Lauren, good to hear from you.

I’m glad to be here. Thank you so much. We’ve got an awesome guest for you. We will be speaking with Wendy Myers, FDN-P. She is the Founder of MyersDetox.com and HarmoniPendant.com. She is a heavy metal detox expert and functional diagnostic nutritionist. She’s the number one best-selling author of Limitless Energy: How to Detox Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue. Wendy is the host of Myers Detox Podcast, which is about all things related to detox. She’s passionate about educating people on the importance of EMF and heavy metal detox to live a long disease-free life. Welcome, Wendy.

Thanks so much for having me.

I’m so glad you’re here. Let’s get a little bit of a background on you, first and foremost. How and why did you get into the health field?

Like a lot of people, I had my own health issues. After I had a baby years ago, I didn’t feel like myself. I didn’t recognize myself in the mirror. I went to the doctor to figure out what’s wrong with me and did all these tests. I found out at 37, I had the hormone levels of a menopausal woman, which I was thrilled to hear. I had thyroid issues, nutritional deficiencies, and I was having a lot of anger fits of rage almost, having trouble losing weight, brain fog, a lot of unpleasant symptoms, but I ate a perfect diet. I ate all organic food, made it at home, took amazing supplements, worked out 6 to 8 hours a week, slept, and I didn’t have a stressful life.

I thought, “What exactly is it that I have to do to feel good and be healthy?” I went on Dr. Google and tried to figure out why I had low hormones. I kept hitting on heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides that interfere with hormones. A light bulb went off, “This is why I have low hormones.” It took a little while to get to that point, but I started researching heavy metals and chemicals. I thought, “Why haven’t I ever delved into this before when I’ve been so well-read about health in general?” I got so passionate about it. I started writing about what I was researching and learning and founded MyersDetox.com.

One thing that bothers me is you snoop around in social media and stuff like that. You’re in the health and wellness space for so long, and they accuse people of being Dr. Google. When you say Dr. Google, it’s like, “I am Dr. Google. I went onto Google, did some research. It took me to the medical research, medical journals, medical articles, and the stuff that the medical doctors are not reading and researching. I found all this incredible information. Yes, it’s Dr. Google.”

Someone who might be insulting would say, “They’re just a mommy blogger.” The mommy blogger went to Google, went to the original research, and came up with things that are helpful outside of the pharmaceutical and procedure models. I applaud you for doing that. Certainly, the people that are some of the best in the real health space are the people that have struggled on their own. Through their own efforts to recover, develop such a massive amount of knowledge. I love all the stuff that you present and everything you get into as it pertains to this big space about detox.

I feel like I got lucky at the beginning that I happened upon the right site pretty quickly and did some heavy metals testing. I found out I had all these different heavy metals and I thought, “How did that happen? Where did I get these metals?” I started on a program to detox them and I started feeling better. That program included taking minerals as well, but I knew without a shadow of a doubt that mercury was not doing my health any favors. I needed to get it out of my body, as well as lead, thallium, cesium, uranium, arsenic, and other metals that I had. It made perfect sense to me that I needed to remove these for my health.

I want to remind the audience that everything we talk about on the show certainly all goes back to heart health and wellness. You may read Wendy talking about these environmental toxins, EMF and other factors that can impact our health, and it certainly always goes back to heart health as well. There may be issues with weight or you’re struggling with mood, libido, aging prematurely and hormonal issues, but also everything we’re talking about can all be taken back to the heart. Anything that’s causing those other factors can lead to whatever your cardiovascular ailment is.

I can talk specifically about the specific heavy metals and how they impact the heart, the cardiovascular system, and the exact mechanisms for that as well.

We’ll get there, I’m sure. With you through your own health journey and working extensively in detox, and especially in heavy metals, how did you come to find that people in general are exposed to heavy metals?

Unfortunately, in our world now, people are exposed to heavy metals and chemicals in our air, food and water. Even if we take every reasonable measure to protect our environment like getting air and water filters, eating only organic food, organic products and makeup or what have you, you’re still going to have large amounts of exposure on a daily basis. There are heavy metals and chemicals in your air, food and water, even if you eat organic food.

Heavy metals impact every different organ system in the body.

I recommend people to take as many measures as possible to clean up their environment, but you still have past exposures, current and future exposures. Toxins are ubiquitous in our environment. They’re impossible to avoid. Something you want to be aware of is to reduce exposure intake as much as you can and be on a sensible detoxification plan to get this stuff out of your body.

I’ve been researching this for well over ten years now. Heavy metals and chemicals impact every different organ system in the body, all of our enzyme systems, our mineral metabolism, digestion, blood sugar control, and brain function. They impact every different function in the body. There are even experts like Dr. Joe Pizzorno that will go so far as to heat things up. Toxins, chemicals and heavy metals are the number one primary driver of disease now.

It’s not a far-fetched idea. Do you find that there are foods, in particular, that may contain more heavy metals than others?

There are food groups that contain more toxins and others. Certainly, shellfish. I don’t want to vilify fish. Fish is a healthy and clean protein. However, people need to be on a sensible detoxification plan when they are eating fish. Even if you eat animal proteins, there are pesticides, toxins and glyphosate that can concentrate in the fats of those animals as well. Plants will accumulate toxins as well. Especially plants that have a lot of sulfur in them like cruciferous vegetables, those also attract toxins.

Sometimes vegetarians will say, “I don’t want to eat meat because it’s toxic.” Plants also have the same problem as well. I don’t want to vilify any one food group, but there are certainly some foods that we know are probably not safe to eat because they do have a high level of toxins like swordfish or mackerel, and things like that.

Always consider the sourcing.

As it pertains to seafood, I’ve always been a huge seafood pusher, and that seafood is the healthiest food on the planet. I feel like there’s no 2nd or 3rd place. Hopefully, we can get a lot of good choices in seafood and maybe swordfish, shark, halibut and some of those big fish. Even the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology reverse their decades-old recommendations for women to limit tuna intake because of issues with mercury.

They rescinded that a few years back with the idea that it may be an issue but there are still many benefits to the Omega 3s and the other proteins that are found in the seafood. When you have a good amount of seafood intake, and you’re avoiding all the other poisons, the seafood provides your body with the best nutrients to assist with healthy detoxification. You may be taking some of these in but you’re able to get them out that much easier.

That’s why I don’t want to vilify fish so much. Our food supply, including fish, does have toxins in them, including mercury. In addition to mercury, they also have cadmium, nickel and lead, especially shellfish can be quite toxic. I recommend people go on a sensible detoxification plan no matter what type of diet they eat. Unfortunately, in our world, all food has some level of contaminants in it. Mercury is certainly one concern, but there are also other metals that are in seafood as well. I agree, I eat seafood all the time. Seafood is one of the cleanest, healthiest proteins out there.

You don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater, and there are different levels of contamination. The smaller fishes are probably best like sardines. I love sardines and herring. The smaller fishes are ideal. They don’t live long enough to accumulate much mercury. For the larger fish, they’re more problematic. They’re migratory fish. The larger and longer live migratory fishes are potentially more problematic.

What do you think about any accumulation in seafood of some of these microplastics? We do test people’s urinary levels of the 27 different environmental toxins that we use, in particular. We use Vibrant America for their urinary testing. For these people that come up high in BPA, I get concerned as far as where all of that is coming from.

The BPH is everywhere. When you go to a store and grab that receipt, you’re touching plastic and plastic bottles. Anything you touch is being absorbed through your skin. How many things of plastic do you touch every day? A BPA is a plastic hardener. These are examples of how toxins and plastics are everywhere in our environment. We’ll get into some of the protocols that I recommend that can help to flush all these toxins out of your body.

Once you have accumulated some of these heavy metals, how may they promote heart disease specifically? How can they affect the heart’s ability to beat properly?

HHS 8 | Heavy Metals
Heavy Metals: Even if you take very reasonable measure to protect your environment, you’re still going to have large amounts of exposure on a daily basis to heavy metals and chemicals in your air, food, and water.

The number one problem with heart health is cadmium. Cadmium is in cigarettes. My father died of progressive heart disease, diabetes and cancer namely from cadmium. He smoked for 40 years. Cadmium is also in marijuana, people smoking medical marijuana. Cadmium will accumulate in the arteries and in the heart as well. It’s hard and brittle, and it will harden the arteries and contribute to high blood pressure and heart disease in that way. Especially if people are zinc deficient, cadmium and zinc can be used in some of the same enzyme binding sites in the body.

If people are zinc deficient, they’re not eating enough animal protein that contains highly absorbable zinc, the body will be forced to retain cadmium to repair the arteries. That makes arteries hardened, brittle, and more susceptible to high blood pressure and heart disease. Cadmium can also be found in all kinds of things. It’s in the air and it’s from coal burning. It enters our atmosphere and seafood supply from coal-burning as well. One of the main reasons smokers die of heart disease is the cadmium in cigarettes.

We have cesium and thallium. Cesium is from a lot of nuclear disasters like Chernobyl and Fukushima. A lot of cesium is being released into our environment. Thallium, which is naturally occurring in petroleum deposits, gets released into our air in various ways. These two metals displace potassium in the body. The heart is a huge muscle and it has a lot of potassium in it. When you accumulate thallium and cesium in the heart muscle or other muscles, the thallium displaces the potassium and takes its place in enzyme binding sites, so the muscle is not able to contract properly and people will get heart palpitations, tachycardia. They also have muscle cramps and things like that because their muscles aren’t able to function properly.

We have the issue of mitochondrial issues when it comes to metals. The heart muscle contains the most concentration of mitochondria. The mitochondria are the little powerhouses in the cells that make our bodies energy. There are certain metals like arsenic, aluminum, tin, thallium and cesium that essentially will poison enzymes that transport nutrients into the mitochondria.

When the mitochondria don’t have the nutrients they need in the Krebs cycle to make energy, you’re not going to be able to produce the energy you’re capable of producing. The heart muscle won’t work as well as it should. Overall, your body won’t have enough energy to power itself, your brain, digestion, etc. Heavy metals are definitely a big culprit in poisoning the mitochondria’s ability to produce energy.

As it pertains to thallium, that’s what cardiologists used to use to image the heart because it’s so avidly taken up by the heart muscle tissue. If you’re going to do a stress test on someone, for example, and try to image the heart, you can use that radioactive isotope of thallium, and get that taken up into the heart muscle and be able to image it that way. Those are such great points. A lot of people we see are high in gadolinium. How do people get gadolinium? What are the consequences of that?

Gadolinium is a contrasting agent. It will be used in an MRI or other types of scans that are done. The people that are going to be ill from gadolinium are people that perhaps have trouble with detoxification in general. The sicker someone is, in general, typically their detox pathways will be compromised genetically for one reason or another. These people, if they have chronic fatigue, ME or they’re chronically ill, I probably would not do a gadolinium contrast agent. Some doctors will only do contrast with gadolinium for various types of imaging because the images won’t show as well.

Gadolinium can have a whole host of different problems. Some people think they get different fiber deposits in their body from the gadolinium where they can’t excrete it. People will have pain syndromes and severe brain fog. There are gadolinium Facebook groups where people have incredibly debilitating symptoms from chronic fatigue or a worsening of their chronic fatigue and other symptoms. Generally, it’s better to avoid gadolinium because it can have many problems for people, and you don’t know if you’re going to be that person that’s going to have some reaction to gadolinium.

Those are awesome points. For anyone who’s reading, certainly it’s a matter of emergence. Certain procedures are necessary for emergencies. If it’s not an emergency, which typically an MRI never is an emergency where you need to do an emergency MRI, try and get a second opinion. See if there’s another way to do the test.

Can an ultrasound be done instead? Is there another way to image what they’re trying to accomplish as opposed to an MRI with gadolinium? Always try and seek out another option. There may not be another option and you’ll have to decide, but all of us have seen cases of gadolinium toxicity. It’s a hard one to detox out of the body, in my experience. Would you agree?

Absolutely. People are suffering when they get that gadolinium in there, and they don’t have the detox pathways to exit the body. They have a tough time.

I like what you said, “You don’t know it’s a problem until it’s a problem,” unfortunately. Continuing on with heart health, what are some top minerals that you take specifically for heart health? Are there ones that stand out for you?

Zinc is a big one because zinc can help push out and displace cadmium, mercury and other metals. Potassium is a huge one as well. I’m a big fan of ionic minerals. My favorite minerals are Mother Earth Minerals. They’re ionic minerals that are fantastic. Also with calcium, if people have calcifications in their arteries, the double ionic calcium from other Earth Minerals burns up those calcifications or calcified arteries like a house on fire. It’s fantastic.

Our bodies work on minerals. We’re electric beings and we have to have minerals for our body to work, period.

I had some calcifications in my soft tissues, and I took the Calcium from Mother Earth Minerals, and it cleared them all up. It’s unbelievable. The guy who founded this company trained with Linus Pauling personally. Linus Pauling picked him to teach him everything he knew about mineral metabolism. Mother Earth Minerals are liquid ionic minerals. That’s what I personally take. This will be the top three for heart health.

When it comes to Mother Earth, there’s another thing coming up, my wife and her business partner are starting a brand called Wild Mamas with Mother Earth in collaboration. They put together a prenatal. My wife chose them because of the equality, the integrity, and you’re talking about Stuart Hoover, the formulators, and the people over there are brilliant type people. It’s fantastic stuff.

I love their minerals. They’re fantastic. People don’t understand that our bodies work on minerals. We’re electrical beings, and we have to have minerals for our bodies to work. If you don’t have adequate levels of minerals, your heart’s not going to conduct electricity properly. It’s not going to beat properly. It’s all the different and millions of functions that happen in your body or relaxing your nervous system, and your brain. You have to have minerals.

A lot of times, people have different health issues and they’re trying to find these complex solutions, protocols or the thing that they have to do. I urge people to get back to basics, they need to mineralize their body first and foremost no matter what their health issue is, and fix whatever other issues are remaining after they do that.

Magnesium became such a popular supplement, and everybody is thinking that every issue is, “Magnesium, magnesium, magnesium.” I know in your experience, certainly in mine and Dr. Lattanza’s, when you test people and you do intracellular testing on these minerals, you see all these different deficiencies, and you start to repeat them. Oftentimes, it’s not a magnesium problem. It is a potassium issue, a magnesium issue, a zinc issue or a molybdenum issue. It’s something else like micronutrients, something you wouldn’t think of that is the factor.

I did forget to mention magnesium for heart health. That’s a major one. There are many of them. There are trace minerals as well. It’s good to cover all your bases. I like healthy salt. That’s a fantastic trace mineral powder that you can put in your water but it’s concentrated. It’s 25% minerals, whereas sea salt is 1% minerals per se. Do your macro minerals like the Mother Earth Minerals. You can take magnesium, zinc, potassium, or whatever else that you need.

What do you think about some of those Fulvic and Humic Acid products as a source? Mother Earth is pretty big into them.

I love fulvic, humic or trilogies. It’s another name for that product. Those are fantastic products. Not everyone can tolerate them, but they are a fantastic source of minerals.

Personally, in a former life, I used to love to drink a lot of scotch. I used to love the smoky, peated flavor of that, and you get that from the shilajit powder. When you add that to water, you get that feeling without the buzz.

You can use shots of shilajit.

What are some of the best supplements to remove metals that may interfere in energy production?

Silica is great. There’s a specific kind I recommend called orthosilicic acid. That is shown in the research to bind metals like arsenic, aluminum, tin, thallium and cesium, and remove that from the body. People are talking about drinking Fiji water that has silica. It’s not strong enough or concentrated enough to make the headway that we’re looking for when you’re wanting to detox the body, but every little bit helps. The orthosilicic acid is key. It’s probably one of the ingredients in my Ageless AF supplement, which I specifically formulated to detox metals that interfere in energy production and mitochondrial functioning.

You had mentioned some of the components of salt in certain different bottles of water. Do you have a favorite salt that you recommend? There are so many different salts out there now.

HHS 8 | Heavy Metals
Heavy Metals: Toxins are ubiquitous in our environment. They’re impossible to avoid. Just minimize exposure and intakes as much as you can and be on a sensible detoxification plan to get this stuff out of your body.

For other therapeutic mineral replacements salts, I like healthy salts. I put that on all of my water. For a nutritive salt to use for cooking, any salt is fine. I’m not a big fan of the Himalayan salt so much, but I like any other salt that’s not bleached. Any sea salt is fine. I prefer sea salts versus land salt like the Himalayan, but they’re all good.

Anything is better than table salt.

Salt your food and salt it heavily because the foods in the soil are missing minerals. There are even patents out there to reduce the minerals and various foods. It’s crazy. Overall, our food supply is drastically deficient in minerals. Stress also further depletes minerals. You need to heavily salt your food. I drink juice every day. I drink a fresh vegetable juice with apple juice also in it because this is super-concentrated in minerals. This is a natural way to replete minerals.

What are the best ways to assess toxicity levels? Is there may be a quick way to assess the toxic body burden?

No, but there are a lot of different options. I like hair mineral analysis or HTMA. It is an inexpensive and non-invasive way to do that, but it’s a screening tool. It has to be read properly by someone that knows how to read them. That’s an easy thing to do. I also give people options of doing stool and urine challenge tests as well, but they all look at different metals.

Metals come out in different exit routes from the body. Hair, urine and stool tests, different metals are out there. There are also great tests like Quicksilver Scientific’s blood tests. It’s also a good test. There’s no one test that test all of the heavy metals. If you want to get the best look at your body’s burden of metals, you want to do hair, urine and stool. That’s the best way to go about that.

When it comes to urine, would you have to do a 24-hour catch or maybe a couple of days?

Twenty-four hours is adequate.

There’s no quick way?

There’s no easy way to do that.

I had heard from somebody, and maybe there’s nothing to it, maybe it’s general toxicity, but is there validity in testing the levels in the Romberg Test?

I’m not familiar with that test.

It’s a balance for you if you fall off balance. Any level of toxicity might knock you off balance.

If you don’t have adequate levels of minerals, your heart’s not going to conduct electricity properly.

There’s a quick standard like the OligoScan, it’s a bioenergetic scan. That’s a quick way. There’s ZYTO Scan. The ZYTO Scan will test all of your toxins, water toxins and heavy metals. That’s probably the quickest way and probably the most accurate way, honestly, to test for heavy metals.

What are your thoughts on people with metal amalgams? They need to come out but it’s a matter of how they come out and how they come out appropriately. Is there a way to best prove it to people? A lot of times, we test people at least on an unprovoked urine analysis that although they have mercury amalgams and metal amalgams, they’re not showing much in an unprovoked test.

The thing with everyone who has mercury fillings has to have them come out of their body. Mercury is incredibly toxic. It is harming your health even though maybe you don’t have severe symptoms right now. Those metals are leaching every time you bite down and they’re getting into your brain, body, fat tissue and nervous system. It’s a matter of time before you will be impacted by that metal.

Even when people do a test and say they don’t have mercury coming out, that only means that their body isn’t able to excrete it at that time. They still have it in their tissues and fat. Mercury is neutrophilic. It’s still in there. The question is, when people don’t have metals coming out, that’s a problem. That’s a sign their body can’t excrete it. They don’t have the energy or they have a genetic issue they’re not able to excrete it. Maybe they don’t have the nutrients they need to escort that metal out of the body.

When I do a test, I want to see tons of metals coming out. That means that person is healthy and they have the ability to detox that. When people have no show, they don’t have any metals coming out, that’s when they’re in trouble when they’re not able to excrete it. What happens is usually in an initial test, people don’t have metals coming out, but when they start doing a detox protocol, they start taking nutrients to detox. They’d start eating better, getting minerals in their body, and do an infrared sauna or ionic foot baths or things of that nature. On subsequent tests, their bodies will start releasing these toxins.

What kind of cookware does Wendy Myers use?

I use stainless steel. I use a very high-grade Demeyere stainless steel. It’s heavy-duty. It’s probably the best cookware that you can use, after Saladmaster, which is titanium but those are expensive.

What’s the brand that you recommend? We personally have Saladmaster but it is a weird company, to say the least. Once you buy a set of Saladmaster, maybe the brand new recommending as well, it’s like you’re done. You never have to buy it again. You’re getting married and someone gives you a Saladmaster set, most people will have that for much longer than their marriage lasts.

I don’t have a Saladmaster. I wish I had. I bought high-quality stainless-steel pans that are called Demeyere. They’re heavy that I can barely lift them. They are super heavy duty and they’re not going to be some cheap stainless-steel products that could have nickel or lead. The nickel makes the stainless steel shiny, but cheaper stainless-steel products can have lead in them, but those can be no name off-brands that no one is probably buying. Over time, the cheaper brands, if you use them for years, can get a little mix in them. Perhaps acidic foods could leach some of the metals out of them. Buy mid to high-quality stainless-steel pans. Those are the best that you can probably use because they’re non-toxic.

What are you telling your clients with breast implants?

Get them out. I had breast implants. I had mine explanted a few years ago. The problem is some people are better able to withstand toxins than other people. For me, I was healthy, so my implants didn’t bother me that much. When I had them out, I felt a lot better. I felt like my brain works better, I’m not tired as much and I’m happier. Perhaps I had some mood stuff going on because my body was constantly dealing with this influx of toxins from the breast implants. We know they have heavy metals and plastics in them. They are another thing that your immune system, your liver and your body have to deal with on a daily basis. Women are better off not getting them or having them explanted if they’re willing to do so.

I remember this from years ago because I’ve seen many patients, and many of these are women that have breast implants. I remember one particular situation. It’s important for all of us, all medical doctors and all healthcare practitioners have to take an in-depth detailed history. A woman comes in and she has a nine-month history of palpitations, heart racing, flip flops, skip beats.

I go back and I’m like, “What happened to you nine months ago? Did you have dental work done? Did you change your diet? Did someone put a cell tower behind your house? Maybe it’s emotional or physical trauma? Did you have surgery?” They’re like, “Yes, I had surgery. It’s for breast implants.” I’m like, “Maybe it was from that.” They’re like, “Do you think so?” I’m like, “It’s something we should look into.”

HHS 8 | Heavy Metals
Heavy Metals: Get back to basics. Mineralize the body first and foremost and look for what the health issue is and then fix whatever issues remain after you do that.

Twenty-four hours later, she calls up and she’s like, “I found this forum. There are 50,000 women with the same complaints. I’m flying to the Cleveland Clinic in two weeks to have them explanted.” Do you know what I find interesting, Wendy? A lot of times, when you take an intake form and you ask people to fill out all their personal information and their history, a lot of times women fail to remember that breast implants were a form of surgery. They blacked out. They’re like, “I guess that was a surgical procedure.”

They had some Botox. It’s an outpatient cosmetic procedure.

It’s also helping out when those women get support. A lot of times, women always feel better when the explant takes place, but then there are a lot of other factors that may be uncovered or they don’t get to where they need to be because of this massive amount of toxic body burden that you’re speaking of.

When they go to their doctor, even the doctor that I went to who was an expert in explants, he would not admit that women can have a reaction to breast implants or can develop autoimmunity. What he would say is, “There’s no research to support that.” There’s no research that shows that breast implants cause autoimmunity, cancers or any other things that women are complaining about in these breast implant illness groups that have tens of thousands of members. They do cause problems. They do contribute to lots of different health issues. If you can become allergic or sensitive to a blueberry or a cucumber, you can become sensitive and have reactions if your body is trying to reject breast implants.

That’s an amazing point. We don’t even need any science or studies to confirm that. It’s quite as simple. To the individual person, no one has ever done a study on you in particular. All these things that Wendy is talking about here, regarding possible toxicity from all these things, how it affects you and your individual genetics, overlaid on all these epigenetic concepts. Also, all these environmental factors, foods, the mental and the physical, and what happened to you in utero, everybody is unique. We have to look at all possibilities. Thank you for bringing all this stuff up, Wendy.

It’s my pleasure.

Let’s talk detox. What is your favorite and the most effective detox protocol to remove heavy metals?

My favorite one is ionic foot baths. That’s what I have found is the most effective, the easiest, and the easiest for people to comply with. It detoxes people fastest and most comprehensively.

Where do you get those done? Can you tell us a little bit about that process?

I use the AMD IonCleanse. It’s called A Major Difference IonCleanse. I also put in a disc and it’s called a Tri-Vortex Disc. I worked with Dr. Michael Rankin, a senior on this. He found that these Tri-Vortex Discs make the footbath detox you five times faster. You have to do about five times or fewer baths. Most people think to do about 400 hours of footbaths. If you use the Tri-Vortex Disc, you need to do maybe 75 hours versus the 400 hours. It makes it a lot more effective and super easy to do.

You put your feet in some saltwater and turn it on. I find the other foot baths don’t have the frequencies that are being emitted into the water. They’re not strong enough. You’d have to do many more hours of them to get the same results.t I found those are the best. I still love infrared saunas for many different reasons for heart health. My mom got off her high blood pressure medication after doing a sauna for twenty minutes a day. I gave her a sauna and she loves it.

It’s a fantastic way to detox the body and to get a passive cardiovascular workout for people that maybe are too infirm to do a physical workout. They can still get a little bit of a cardio workout with the hormetic stress or healthful stressful effect from an infrared sauna. Some people don’t tolerate heat. They don’t have room for saunas. Saunas are expensive or can be, or they don’t like the sweating and the things like that, or they’re young like children. Children below seven can’t use an infrared sauna. The footbath solves all those problems.

I also love coffee enemas. Coffee enemas are a fantastic way to detox the liver and get it decongested, flowing and getting the bile flowing. Not the most popular detox protocol out there, especially for the guys out there. People aren’t lining up to do coffee enemas, but they are an incredibly effective protocol especially to manage detox symptoms, which people can have when they have years of perms, nail polish, chemicals, and heavy metals are exiting the body. People don’t always feel like $1 million when that’s happening. Doing coffee enemas can help to mitigate detox symptoms quite a bit.

Our food supply is drastically deficient in minerals and stress also further depletes minerals.

Not everybody is lining up to do the coffee enemas but talk about some good old-school natural medicine.

They’re amazing. It takes some convincing to get people to want to do them. I have lots of articles about the many benefits because they increase glutathione production quite a bit. That’s the body’s master antioxidant. We need to latch on to toxins and politely escort them out of the body. The coffee enemas are fantastic in that respect and boost up that glutathione production. They take a minute to get your head around a try. Most of the time people do try them. They take to them like a fish to water and they want to keep doing them because they feel good after you do them.

Don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself.

Trust me.

Before our readers find out where they can learn more about you and your work, our final question is how do you live a heart-healthy life?

I work hard to have a healthy heart. My dad smoked for 40 years, and he developed heart disease and high blood pressure. He was on ten different medications by the time he died. He was on statins for about ten years. He was one of the 50% of people that develop diabetes following that. After diabetes, he developed cancer and developed esophageal cancer, which happens primarily in smokers. I watched him decline.

Being on the statins, I watched him and eventually, he had to go into a home because his muscles stopped working properly because of the statins. It was sad to see, and it motivated me to want to take care of myself as much as possible. I exercise every day, I go out in the sun every single day, I drink fresh juices, organic food, freshly prepared food. I don’t eat any processed food. I detox, prioritize sleep, and I live a heart-healthy life.

HHS 8 | Heavy Metals
Heavy Metals: Sauna is a fantastic way to detox the body and get a cardiovascular workout for people that may be are too infirm to do physical workout.

The loss of those people, relatives and close family members like that, especially a parent, helps to create what we are. The loss of them helped to create what we are and how we can change the world, get that message out there and drive our passion. Whether you’re trying to recover yourself, personally, and how good you become or how you’re trying to help a loved one or a patient, or how you’re trying to prevent what happened to a loved one from happening to you, makes us stellar in what we do.

One of my mentors, the late Dr. John Donofrio always called himself Dr. 1 More Step. It’s always going one more step to try and heal and to get better. People like you, Wendy, myself, Dr. Lauren, are always learning. We’re always educating and always turn to update our systems. That’s what we tell people, “Continue to watch our blogs and our videos because there’s new information that comes out every single day for us to be able to help.” Thank you so much for being on show with us.

It’s my pleasure. Thanks so much for having me on.

Before you go, please tell readers where they can follow your work and learn more about you and what you do.

You can find me on MyersDetox.com. I had the 400th episode of Myers Detox Podcast. Jack, I’d love to have you on the show. I also have a YouTube channel, YouTube.com/wendymyers.

I want to assure everyone that when you go to MyersDetox.com, and you get into that podcast and you’ve got 400 episodes, you will get so much value out of all that information and guests. I would love to be on your show. As we go back to this Dr. Google thing and, “What’s your degree?” I would sooner send a patient or a client to Wendy Myers than I would any cardiologist I’ve ever worked with in my entire life. If you’re in an emergency, go to an emergency room or trauma center, but when you’re looking freely to find the cause of a problem and to deal with that cause and prevent illness, reverse chronic disease, it’s people like you, Wendy. Thank you for being on this episode.

Thanks so much for having me. I appreciate the compliment.

That’s another episode in the books. Stay tuned for future episodes. We will interview more amazing guests like Wendy. Subscribe to our show and our channel. We will see you next time. Until then, here’s to celebrating your 100-Year Heart.

About Wendy Myers

Wendy Myers is founder of MyersDetox.com. She is a heavy metals detox expert and functional diagnostic nutritionist in Los Angeles, CA. She is the #1 bestselling author of Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue. Wendy hosts the Myers Detox Podcast about all things related to detox. She’s passionate about educating people on the importance of detox to live a long, disease free life. She created the revolutionary Myers Detox Protocol and Mitochondria Detox programs after working with thousands of clients around the world.

About Dr. Keith Smigiel NP, DC

Dr. Keith Smigiel

Dr. Keith Smigiel is a regenerative medicine physician and pain management specialist. He takes an integrative approach to medicine, focusing on customized solutions tailored to individual needs. Using advanced, non-surgical treatments, Dr. Smigiel stimulates your body’s ability to naturally heal itself.

Dr. Smigiel helps people suffering from conditions such as chronic pain and erectile dysfunction, to hair loss and weight gain. Combining treatments such as PRP Therapy, Ozone, Neural Prolotherapy, and IV Infusions with functional rehabilitation, he helps you look and feel better.

He heals the body, instead of just treating the symptoms!

With his professional qualifications as a certified family nurse practitioner, a doctor of chiropractic, and a fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture, Dr. Smigiel offers patients comprehensive care from a broad perspective of conventional and alternative medicine. He also has extensive experience in functional rehabilitation and chronic pain management.

Dr. Smigiel is married to Angela and has two children, Sophia and Larz. When he’s not busy helping patients, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking, motocross, and boating.

About Dr. James Kneller, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

Dr. James Kneller, M.D., Ph.D., FHRS

Dr. James Kneller is one of the nation’s leading heart rhythm specialists. Dr. Kneller is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiovascular Disease, and Internal Medicine.

As a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society (FHRS) and Certified Cardiac Device Specialist (CCDS), Kneller provides comprehensive patient care, combining best medical practice with invasive procedures using state-of-the-art technologies to treat heart rhythm disorders.

Beyond guideline-directed therapies, Kneller is passionate about optimized personal health. With a deep interest in complimentary alternative medicine (CAM), he strives to reduce the need for pharmaceuticals, invasive procedures, and exposure to harmful radiation. With Natural Heart Doctor, he strives to help each and every client to Live Well, Eat Well, and Think Well to attain their 100-year heart!

About Dr. Lauren Lattanza NMD, FACC

Dr. Lattanza Office Visit with Patient

As a Naturopathic Physician, I am trained to treat the whole person and get to the root cause of disease.

I went to Arizona State University where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a depth in physiology and minor in Spanish. After my undergraduate degree I was working on prerequisite classes towards medical school, which is when I came to learn that my values identified best with the principles of naturopathic medicine. I knew that I wanted to help patients identify the causes of disease and be able to offer treatments which would improve their health rather than simply treating symptoms.

I dedicated the next 4 years to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona where I attained my Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine. I served as Class President all 4 years, Board of Trustees – Student Trustee, spoke as the Club President for our branch of Toastmasters, and was voted by my peers and attending physicians to earn the Outstanding Leadership Award for the Class of 2020. Throughout medical school I took it upon myself to work alongside MDs, DOs, chiropractors, and functional medicine practitioners in addition to naturopathic physicians.

As a Spanish speaking student, I was able to volunteer with community clinics around Phoenix and provide free healthcare to low-income families. Due to this combined exposure, I came to find my passion in treating cardiometabolic and digestive disorders that are all too common, yet largely preventable. I took the opportunity to learn the broad spectrum of healthcare so I can ensure that I am able to provide my patients with the best options.

About Dr. Jack Wolfson DO, FACC

Dr. Wolfson Office Visit with Patient

Dr. Jack Wolfson is a board-certified cardiologist, Amazon best-selling author, husband, father, and the nation’s #1 Natural Heart Doctor.

For more than two decades, more than one million people have enjoyed the warmth, compassion, and transformational power of his natural heart health courses and events.

Dr. Wolfson is the founder of Natural Heart Doctor Scottsdale, his heart health practice in Arizona, and Natural Heart Doctor, an online resource center with natural health information. Doctors from across the globe reach out to Dr. Wolfson for training and education in holistic health practices.

He has been named one of America’s Top Functional Medicine Doctors and is a five-time winner of the Natural Choice Awards as a holistic M.D. Dr. Wolfson’s work has been covered by more than 100 media outlets, including NBC, CNN, and the Washington Post. His book “The Paleo Cardiologist: The Natural Way to Heart Health” was an Amazon #1 best-seller.

Dr. Wolfson and his wife Heather have four children and are committed to making the world a better place to live. They provide for those in need (including animals) and support natural health causes through their philanthropic efforts.


Our chiropractor is an expert at adjustments and holistic chiropractic care and works closely in conjunction with the other health care experts at Natural Heart Doctor.

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IV Therapy

We use specially formulated natural vitamins and minerals that are injected into a vein to prevent or treat dehydration. Ideal for people in Arizona.

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Stimulate your body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being with acupuncture at Natural Heart Doctor.

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Health Coaching

Our health coaches use evidence based skillful conversation, clinical interventions, and strategies to engage you actively and safely in health behavior changes.

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Cardio Tests

We use the most advanced testing in the world to assess heart health and to identify the root cause of your health issues.

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Office Visits

Schedule an office visit with one of our cardiologists, holistic physicians, chiropractor, or health coaches.

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’d like to receive an online second opinion from Natural Heart Doctor. What do I do next?

You can initiate a second opinion online through our website at any time. To begin, select the team member you’d like to speak with and open an account.

Click here for cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Lauren Lattanza. Get details.

Naturopathic Medical Doctor Dr. Tonia Rainier. Get details.

Click here for  Natural Heart Doctor Health Coach.

Alternatively, you can email health@naturalheartdoctor.com. A member of our care team will help guide you through the process of starting a second opinion.

What is the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

The cost for most second opinions varies by team member. This fee includes information collection, a phone or video consultation, a second opinion from a Natural Heart Doctor specialist and guidance throughout the process from your personal Care Team at Natural Heart Doctor.

Cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson’s Second Opinion Fee is $1500.

Holistic Physician’s Dr. Lauren Lattanza’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Naturopathic Physician Dr. Tonia Rainier’s Second Opinion Fee is $250.

Note: We apply the Online Second Opinion Call fee as a credit to any future consultations with Natural Heart Doctor, should you choose them.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a Natural Heart Doctor Online Second Opinion?

Most likely, no. Most health plans do not cover online second opinions or consultations. You are responsible for the cost of our second opinion. Natural Heart Doctor cannot file a claim with your insurance carrier, nor can we provide a procedure (CPT) code for this service.

What is the timeline to receive an online second opinion?

We do our best to schedule your second opinion as quickly as possible. Typically, it takes 5 to 7 business days after your information has been collected to receive your phone or video online second opinion.

What information do you need in advance of our call?

Our office will send you a short questionnaire to complete and return. We DO NOT need your complete medical records.

How many questions can I ask the expert during our call?

You may ask a maximum of five questions. This is to ensure that the expert has sufficient time to devote to each question. All questions must be finalized before your online meeting.

What should I expect to receive once my second opinion is complete?

You will receive a summary of our discussion along with our second opinion. The second opinion will be in written form. After you have reviewed the second opinion, a Natural Heart Doctor clinician will follow up with you by phone to address general medical questions about the information provided in the second opinion.

What if I have follow-up questions for the expert after I have reviewed my second opinion?

If you have a clarifying question about an expert’s response to one of the questions in your second opinion, and the Natural Heart Doctor clinician is unable to address it, then you may request a follow up session for an additional fee. 

Is my medical and payment information secure?

Natural Heart Doctor is strongly committed to protecting the privacy and security of all our patients. Our website meets all federal requirements for protecting personal health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). All financial transactions are processed by Natural Heart Doctor securely using industry standard payment processing tools.

I would rather visit Natural Heart Doctor for an in-person appointment. What should I do next?

If you would prefer an in-person appointment at Natural Heart Doctor instead of an online second opinion, please call (480) 535-6844 for details and scheduling.

Can I schedule a follow up appointment with the specialist who provided my online second opinion?

Yes, we’re happy to help you on an extended basis. Our clinician can discuss options with you when presenting our second opinion summary.