Heavy metals : my provocation test at the IBC (Netherlands)

Métaux lourds : test de provocation à l'IBC aux pays bas

Concerning heavy metals chelation, there is a debate : some advocate chemical chelation, more effective, while others prefer “natural” methods, softer and less dangerous…

But when it comes to the test in order to quantify scientifically the intoxication, we don’t hear much from the “natural” side. Certainly, there is what you “experience”, but you cannot tell for sure what’s going on. Are you evacuating heavy metals ? or is it toxins ? or maybe bacteria ? or viruses ?

No choice : if you want to quantify your intoxication, you have to do a provocation test, this is the only reliable method.

For those who don’t know what it is, the provocation test consists in using a product (intravenous or oral), called chelator, that will “trigger” the release of heavy metals, from the tissues to the blood flow. They are then eliminated by the kidneys. Finally, the urine collected is sent to a laboratory that will quantify the amount of heavy metals.

I recently read in Françoise Cambayrac’s book “Truths about emerging diseases” that the best chelator for the provocation test was the DMPS. Bad news for us : this product isn’t allowed in France (the reason isn’t very clear… maybe because it can become dangerous if used the wrong way, but which drug wouldn’t ? !). There are many solutions, but they’re a bit “underground” (you have to find the practitioners by word of mouth, then order the product in Germany…). The book mentions Peter van der Schaar several times, a Dutch doctor who specialized in heavy metals, who did several publications and who is known to perform an effective provocation test (in his own way). He leads the IBCMT, an institute that trains doctors from all over the world on the subject of heavy metals. Coup de chance : I am currently in the Netherlands ! So I decided to do the test.

This article describes how this test went for me – it was on March 7, 2018.

Little Prelude : The Journey

Departure at 7am ! I took the tram, then the train, then another train, then I finished with a folding bike that I could borrow. So here I am, on my bike, in the middle of the fields of the Dutch countryside, with a little apprehension : “I hope that I’m gonna be fine”. But I’ve read about heavy metals for too long now, and I want to get this over with !

Goats - Netherlands
The road is nice, I even met some goats

10am : I finally arrive at the IBC in Leende (Netherlands).

Entry of the IBC
Entrance of the IBC

In there

The arrival

I was expecting to find myself in front of some kind of clinic… nope ! The IBCMT is a cute little house in the middle of the woods. It feels like arriving at someone’s place. Looking carrefully, I could find the panel “Reception”. Let’s go !

Internationaal Biomedisch Centrum
IBC – Internationaal Biomedisch Centrum

IBC - reception

Inside, I  find people sitting on leather sofas with NaCl buckets pouring into their veins. The atmosphere is warm and relaxed. It gives me the impression of being in a futuristic movie where a small privileged club has found the secret to stay young for ever… I think they are all at least 200 years old…

I am greeted with a smile. I was expected. I have to start by filling out forms.

The forms

There are two forms. The first is very long and general. It goes through all health problems, including digestion.

The second explains the procedure of the provocation test. You have to sign it to prove that you’ve read it.

ICBMT - provocation test - page 1
page 1 (click to read)
IBCMT - provocation test - page 2
page 2 (click to read)

Consultation

The consultation takes place with Dr. van der Schaar himself. 89 years old ! And he seems to be still in a good shape for that age ! It is a bit difficult to understand him – especially since English is the native language of neither of us – but we managed to understand each other and the exchange went very well. He is listening and attentive.

Peter van der Schaar, age at death: 66 years old
Peter van der Schaar, at the age of 66. (Because I didn’t dare taking a selfie !)

At some point, among my symptoms, I told him that my neck hurts a bit. He then frowns and gets up : “Turn your head to the right, to the left… The left side is blocked !” He has a small smile because he is happy he found it. And I’m glad he found it too. He then leaves for 30 seconds and comes back with some plastic vertebrae. He then shows me the current position of my vertebrae, with the one that is blocked. Then he does a little mouvement on my neck to put it back. Cool !

I gave him my latest medical tests : everything is normal. It’s good.

He then reminds me how the test will be run and verifies that I understand it correctly. It’s a bit scary – because I wonder if I understood all the risks – but it’s better than starting the test without being told anything !

The provocation test

doctor with a syringe, it's scary - comic

Everything is follows the expected plan. A first chelator – DTPA , a glass of water, a second chelator – DMPS , then 1h30 of waiting with 2 glasses of water. The water is filtered by reverse osmosis. And finally : urine collection. It’s long, but everyone was smiling and nice so that’s fine.

Provocation test at the ICB

On the sensations level, I had the impression that things were happening, and I felt a little tired. But to be honest, I often feel that something is happening, without doing anything ! Before the test, with apprehension, I felt already weird… so nothing significant on this side !

Provocation test at the ICB

Arrived at 10:00, I left at 14:30 ! Not because they didn’t care about me, but because it just takes time. And at least, the atmosphere was nice.

Additional tests

During the 1h30 of waiting, I also went through an ECG and an Oligoscan.

The Oligoscan is a device that you put on the hand and that gives the “intracellular” concentration of 34 chemical elements. It only adds additional information to the provocation test, which remains the most significant test. These exams are done by Dr. Raymond Pahlplatz.

Oligoscan device
Oligoscan
Raymond Pahlplatz, doctor at IBC
Dr. Raymond Pahlplatz

The results of the Oligoscan are immediate. However, without the provocation test results, you cannot make any conclusion whatsoever.

Oligoscan mineral report
Oligoscan mineral report
Oligoscan heavy metals test report
Oligoscan heavy metals test report

The formalities

Posting

The urine sample is put in a box, but it’s your job to send it. It’s also up to you to pay the lab directly. The laboratory is the famous MicroTrace Minerals, in Germany, known for the reliability of its heavy metals analyzes.

sample to be sent to microtrace minerals

In Holland, there is no dedicated post office building. You can send it in small shops like bookstores. You need to look for a “postnl” sign. It costs 9€, or 13€ with tracking.

postnl

Within 5 to 6 days, the lab sends the results to the IBC. They then interpret the results and comment on them before sending them to you.

The costs

  • Consultation : 75 €
  • Chelators for the provocation test : 130 €
  • Analysis of the urine sample : € 91.63 or € 128.28 (you may choose)
    (I chose the most complete test, because I felt like I don’t want to miss anything !)
  • Shipment : 13€
  • Total : € 346.28

Well, it’s not cheap, but it’s not unreasonable either. Anyway, on the money side, I had no bad surprise : I had asked for the price in advance by email. They were also reminded in the first form : they were the same. I paid what was expected. No scam, everything is transparent on this side.

What to do before / after

Before

3 days before the test, it is necessary to stop the consumption of fish and supplements.

no sardines - comic

On the day of the test, you have to be fasting ! You can only eat after the test is complete – so around 14:30. I had 2 apples, 2 carrots and a banana (you’ll know everything !).

After

After the test, there is no particular recommendation.

For my part, I took 1.5g of vitamin C in the evening, and a tablespoon of activated charcoal in a glass of water the next morning. It probably has had no effect, but it doesn’t hurt either.

The side effects

In the evening, I had some redness on the skin, slightly itching. It’s a bit annoying but not more than a mosquito bite.

Side effect - DMPS - red and scratchy itch

I still called the IBC around 18h ​​to be reassured. It was the dr. van der Schaar who answered me, saying that it should be temporary and that it should have disappeared the next day (which proved to be true). He also told me that I should call back if there are any other concerns. Really nice !

Note : this is part of the known side effects1 :

Side effects are rare but rash, nausea, and leucopenia [low white blood cell count] can be observed.

For the French people…

It wasn’t a surprise : they told me that they often had French people coming to see them – as a reminder, this test is forbidden in France. Unfortunately, they don’t speak French in this establishment. Only 2 possible choices : English, or Dutch…

Conclusion

satisfied people - comic

 

Transparent costs, a warm atmosphere, a test that goes well, a side effect that wasn’t terrible, cycling in the Dutch countryside…

I can say that for me, everything went pretty well. I’m really happy to have done this test, I will soon finally be able to know my heavy metal levels. Is my brain fog caused by them ? Or was it a wrong track ? To be continued !

And you ? Have you done the test ? Do you plan to do it ? Leave me a note in the comments !

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