We are constantly exposed to metals found in food, medicines, dental implants,  pollution, cooking appliances cosmetics and jewellery. For most people this exposure is harmless but a minority of hypersensitive individuals such as children with Autism, their health may suffer.


Elements that lose electrons easily, that are lustrous and malleable and that are good conductors of heat and electricity are known as metals. Metal elements can be broken down into several categories, one of which is the category of transition metals.

Some of the most well-known transition metals are:

  • Chromium
  • Cobalt
  • Copper
  • Gold
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Molybdenum
  • Mercury
  • Palladium
  • Platinum
  • Nickel
  • Silver
  • Titanium
  • Zinc

The metals in the middle of the periodic table are the most famous metals called the transition metals.   These metals are unstable and upon entering the body bind to enzymes and cell proteins.

Some of these metals are essential in the organic form such as copper, manganese and zinc, however copper in the inorganic form can lead to a copper toxicity, also called Copperiedus which disrupts normal healthy function, but so does copper deficiency.  Having the proper balance of essential nutrient minerals is what is most important for good health, however in children with Autism, they may have a compromised immune system which will afffect their ability to maintain the correct balance of copper.

Most of the metals used in dental restorations, such as titanium, chromium, nickel, gold and mercury, are transition metals. For most people, the new structure formed by such a binding will not cause any problems. In genetically susceptible people, the new structure will activate the immune system and might lead to allergy and autoimmunity.


MELISA Testing

MELISA is a simple blood test which separates those individuals who may suffer side-effects from metal exposure from those who will not. The test will also tell the patient which specific metals the body tolerates and which it doesn’t.

It is important to differentiate between allergy to metals and metal toxicity. MELISA does not measure the levels of metals in the body; it measures whether the patient is allergic to metals. For example, hair samples may show levels of mercury or other substances below the official “safe” limit – but the patient may still be allergic. For allergic individuals, there is no such thing as a “safe” limit. Even trace amounts of a substance may cause or exacerbate health problems if the substance triggers an immune reaction.

Theoretically, all metals can be tested in MELISA, but certain metals are more frequently found to induce allergy than others. Also, we are more frequently exposed to certain metals, mainly nickel (in food and jewellery) and mercury (in amalgam fillings and polluted fish).

To take the MELISA test you have to have a blood sample taken and send it to a MELISA laboratory. In some laboratories, testing must be ordered by an authorized healthcare provider. The amount of blood needed depends on the number of metals you want to test, but generally, about 30 ml of blood is needed.  The blood is then sent to the lab, the testing procedure requires incubating for 5 days and then the results returned and interpreted.  To have the blood drawn, you usually need a referral from a medical doctor or a dentist.  The price of the test varies depending by lab on how many metal you are testing for, but somewhere in the region of £200-£300.

ASYRA Advanced Health Screening System

The ASYRA Pro is the latest development of electro-dermal screening technology and leads the filed in terms of value, practicality and clinical effectiveness testing provides real-time.  The Asyra Pro measures the body’s response to signal outputs and analyses resulting changes in the electrical resistance.  The results are instant, real-time and give insight into underlying causal factors with immediate remedy imprinting.  The libraries on the ASYRA contain over 20,000 items in the master database.  Heavy Metal Burden is just once of the many screening protocols available and screens for the following metals:


If you would like to find our more about the ASYRA Health Screening Service, then please don’t hesitate to Contact Me here.

Now that I know where do I go?

There are various methods know for heavy metal chelation.

The ASYRA will generate an energetic remedy (like homeopathy), and the benefit of the ASYRA is how the technology is built on Hering’s Law, so if a harmful metal presents, then you know the body is ready to release.  It’s like delayering an onion.  However, there are nutriceutical products known for their metal chelating properties such as Chlorella and Zeolite and Cilantro (coriander).   Melatonin has also been studied as a neuroprotective chemical along with DMAE.

Part of the ASYRA consultation is not only to identify metal toxicity but also to correctly match a natural solution to aid the removal from the body, this may be a recommendation the support the lymphatic system of the brain to increase drainage at night, this may require intervention by a cranial osteopath. Ionic foot baths have also made the studies.

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Kirsty Terry

Kirsty Terry


Kirsty Terry, founder of Equilibrium Health, is an MSc Functional Medicine Nutritionist and Bio-resonance Health Screening Practitioner.  She works with you and your family to identify symptoms of leaky gut syndrome, which can lead to allergies, food intolerance’s and auto-immune disease’s such as IBS, Crohn’s and Colitis through to children with Autism Spectrum Conditions.   She uses a range of modalities and technologies which are non-invasive, painless and a drug-free natural approach to achieve your optimum health and vitality!