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I think that's an appealing hypothesis for low-dose, chronic exposure. High-dose acute exposure, not so much, since you can to a considerable extent reverse the damage by reducing the heavy metal concentration with chelating agents. If the acute damage was radiological, this removing the metal should not reverse the symptoms.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Mar 31st, 2011 at 06:05:29 PM EST
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JakeS:
If the acute damage was radiological, this removing the metal should not reverse the symptoms.
So empirical studies about the effects of chelation therapy on acute metal poisoning should shed light on this.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 1st, 2011 at 04:50:31 AM EST
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