The Three Amigos: How Iron, Manganese and Aluminum Toxicity May Contribute to Type-1 Diabetes

Remember when Spider-man was first bitten by that radioactive spider? He felt real sick that night. He collapsed into bed without eating any of Aunt May’s roast beef dinner. But when he woke up in the morning, he’s shooting webs out of his wrist and climbing walls with he bare hands.

Likewise, the biochemical transformation Nicole’s body cells are undergoing isn’t always comfortable. With Nicole’s thyroid function having almost returned to normal, you’d expect she’d be feeling a lot better. Many things are improved. Nonetheless, many other symptoms have gone into overdrive as my type-1 diabetic wife continues to try and rebuild her body using a variety of approaches. Lately, she’s been experiencing:

  • Coughing and retching so intensely you’d expect her lung to pop out of her mouth. It sounds like she has pneumonia or was a smoking three packs of cigarettes a day.
  • Pain in finger joints, which gets so bad she can’t move one to three of her fingers.  Her index finger will sometimes become frozen in a claw-like position.
  • Her restless legs move from being calm and quiet to severely agitated for hours at a time.

A healthy thyroid seems to have only increased Nicole’s elimination of toxins from her tissues. On the surface these symptoms may look like she was getting sicker, not better. Instead, we believe they are indications her body is removing diseased tissue and making repairs. Unpleasant symptoms appear to be the natural side effect of healing. Discomfort encourages us to be less active, reserving more energy for repair. When you feel sick, you don’t feel like repainting the garage.

As discussed in a previous post, Nicole’s eliminating 32x as much aluminum from her body. This may explain the coughing (and slow recall). Researchers such as Dr. Paul Eck found that “levels of aluminum in the lungs and brain show significant accumulation with age.” Now that Nicole’s body is strong enough to remove aluminum from lung tissue the most direct route out of the body would be via coughing.

Along with aluminum, however, her last hair mineral analysis (May 2015) showed elevated levels of iron and manganese. Such high levels indicate that they are toxic forms of iron and manganese. Dr. Paul Eck found that the body typically eliminated aluminum, iron and manganese at the same time. According to his successor, Dr. Lawrence Wilson, Eck referred to these three minerals as “The Three Amigos.”

In four months of mineral supplementation and detoxification, Nicole’s iron levels went from 0.8mg% to 7.7mg% – a 962% increase. Normal levels of iron are considered to be 3.5mg% by Analytical Research Labs. The lab report lists arthritis as one of the symptoms of iron excess. The pain in her finger may be iron deposits being removed into the blood stream and out of the body.

Nicole’s manganese levels shot up from 0.010 mg% to 0.068 mg%. High manganese levels can cause neurological symptoms which may explain the increase in restless leg syndrome. As the manganese is brought out of storage in the body tissue, it moves through the bloodstream, causing problems, before finding its way out via the skin, colon, bladder or lungs. In the process it triggers a perpetual Irish jig.

Manganese and iron have theoretical links with diabetes. For example, the pancreas may be congested with iron and/or manganese. Both these metals breed bacteria which may trigger the autoimmune reaction destroying the beta cells. Iron or manganese may also be replacing zinc or other important minerals in the pancreas needed to produce insulin.

Even if no direct link between Nicole’s type-1 diabetes and “the three amigos” of iron, aluminum and manganese toxicity exist, I think it is still a promising sign. The removal of any toxins from her body will increase her energy levels and improve her immune system – two important factors in healing the pancreas.

Of course, all this coughing, joint pain and restless legs is unpleasant. Conventional medicine is designed mainly around suppressing such symptoms instead of allowing them their place. If blood tests were not indicating improved thyroid, kidney and parathyroid function, I too would be questioning our sanity. Instead, we recognize that the deconstruction and rebuilding of Nicole’s tissues would naturally be an unpleasant process.

Sadly, the transformation from a type-1 diabetic with kidney failure to normal health and blood sugar control is more painstaking than going from mere mortal to superhero. But this is real life, not a comic book. Peter Parker may have became Spider-man in half-a-day. I think Nicole’s content if she reverses type-1 diabetes in half-a-decade.

Thinking outside the type-1 diabetic matrix,
–John C. A. Manley

P.S. For more articles about the three amigos you can read: Does Iron Toxicity Cause Kidney Failure? or Could Aluminum in the Brain Hinder Insulin Production in the Pancreas? or Do Zinc Depleted Pancreases Cause Type-1 Diabetes?

P.P.S. An important tool in detoxing the three amigos of iron, aluminum and manganese from Nicole’s body has been a simple, portable infra-red sauna. Nicole has been using it for the last year, 40-60 minutes each day. You can find out more about the unit we use at Go Healthy Next.

About the Author: John C. A. Manley researches and writes about alternative treatments for type-1 diabetes and its many complications. His wife, Nicole, of 15 years has had type-1 diabetes for four decades. Together they have lowered her HgbA1c below 5.5%, regained thyroid function, increased kidney function and reversed gastroparesis. Read more about their journey out of the T1D matrix or subscribe to their Diabetic Dharma blog..