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Toxic Doses – How Heavy Metals can Destroy your Health

Are you feeling tired or irritable? Is your head foggy, or are you suffering from Alzheimer’s, depression or anemia? These are just a few of the signs that you may be suffering from metal poisoning – a toxic accumulation of metals in the soft tissues of the body. Mercury, Aluminum, Lead, Arsenic and Cadmium are the most dangerous, with sources and symptoms listed below.

Aluminum

Ever wonder why we have an epidemic of Alzheimer’s and dementia? The MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) on aluminum confirms that aluminum is a poison that accumulates in the brain and tissues of the body. The most notable symptoms of aluminum poisoning are:

  • Diminishing intellectual function, forgetfulness, inability to concentrate and, in extreme cases, full-blown dementia and Alzheimer’s
  • Bone softening and bone mass loss, kidney and other soft tissue damage
  • Cardia arrest in large dose

It’s just a tiny bit of Aluminum…that’s what the CDC says, right?  Listen to what Dr Suzanne Humphries has to say about that.

 

Aluminum is also in the following:

  • Antiperspirants
  • Antacids, buffered aspirin and many other over-the-counter drugs
  • Eating utensils, aluminum pots, teflon pans and foil-wrapped foods
  • Canned foods and beverages
  • Baking powder
  • Salt and sugar (prevents caking)
  • White flour and cake mixes; self-rising flour and frozen dough
  • Commercial teas
  • Sunscreen, lotions, toothpaste, powders/talcs and cosmetics
  • Infant formulas – soy formulas contain 10 times more aluminum than milk-based
  • Cigarette filters

 

Mercury

This substance is a neurotoxin, meaning that it is poisonous or destructive to nerve tissue (causing neurotoxicity). Neurotoxins can adversely affect function in both developing and mature nervous tissue. If you don’t believe me, read what the MSDS has to say about Thimerosal, which contains 50% mercury:

The Eli Lilly Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for Thimerosal acknowledges that exposure to Thimerosal in utero and in children can causemild to severe mental retardation and mild to severe gross motor impairment.” The Sigma Aldrich MSDS lists abortion and fetal death as possible outcomes of in utero exposure.

According to information on Wikipedia, disorders considered neurodevelopmental in origin, or that have neurodevelopmental consequences when they occur in infancy and childhood, include:

  • Intellectual and/or developmental disability
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
  • Motor disorders and tic disorders, including Tourette’s syndrome
  • Traumatic brain injury, including congenital injuries such as those that cause cerebral palsy
  • Communication, speech and language disorders
  • Genetic disorders, such as fragile-X syndrome
  • Down syndrome
  • ADHD
  • Mendelsohnn’s syndrome (schizotypal autistic spectrum disorder similar to asperger’s syndrome)
  • Schizophrenia
  • HIV
  • Malaria

Despite the horrifying side-effects, most flu shots contain 25 micrograms of mercury in the form of Thimerosal. For this exposure to be safe, a child would need to weigh more than 550 pounds. Mothers with Rh-negative blood are given injections of RhoGam, which contains high doses of Thimerosal. The substance is so toxic that putting it on your skin is illegal.

You can also find mercury in amalgam dental fillings, fish (especially large fish like tuna), and energy-saving lightbulbs.

 

Lead

Despite the discontinuation of lead-based paint, it is still found in older homes. Lead is also in contaminated water, the air, and lead-containing products such as batteries, rubber, glass and others.

Young children are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of lead since it can affect the development of the brain and nervous system. Lead also causes long-term harm in adults, including increased risk of high blood pressure and kidney damage.

 

Arsenic

Arsenic compounds are mainly used as pesticides and to preserve wood. Once arsenic is released in the environment it cannot be destroyed. You can also be exposed by breathing sawdust or burning smoke from arsenic-treated wood. Arsenic has also shown up in drinking water, especially among well water, and long-term exposure to arsenic in drinking water has been linked to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, nasal passages, liver and prostate.

Exposure to low levels of arsenic can cause:

  • nausea and vomiting
  • decreased production of red and white blood cells
  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • damage to blood vessels
  • sensation of “pins and needles” in hands and feet
  • darkening of the skin and the appearance of small “corns” or “warts” on the palms, soles, and torso (long-term exposure)

It’s a good idea to have your water tested for arsenic, especially if it comes from a well, to ensure you are not being slowly poisoned.

 

Cadmium

Cadmium can be found in food, water and cigarette smoke. It is also released into the air from mining, industry, burning coal and household wastes, where it then binds to soil particles and dissolves in water. Fish, plants, and animals accumulate cadmium from the environment, so it is in almost all foods; especially shellfish and organ meats.  People are also exposed to cadmium through drinking contaminated water and breathing cadmium-contaminated air (such as near burning waste, battery manufacturing, metal soldering or welding).

It is a known human carcinogen that harms DNA directly and disturbs a DNA repair system that helps to prevent cancer.  Long term exposure to even low levels may also contribute to the following:

  • kidney disease
  • lung damage
  • fragile bones
  • liver disease
  • high blood pressure
  • nerve or brain damage

 

Detoxification of Metals

Chlorella is probably the best way to aid the body in releasing metallic toxins, while strengthening the immune system response, though it will take up to 6 months. Chlorella can be found in capsules, powder, or tablets.  This is the brand I take.

 

 


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