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Heavy metals , their sources and effects

Alluminium

It is not a heavy metal, but it can be toxic if present in excessive amounts, especially in the brain. It is the most abundant metallic element in the earth's crust and permeates our air, water and oil. It is found in nearly all food and water.

Sources: tap water, toothpaste, aluminum foil, cans, cookware, deodorant, animal feed, antacids, aspirin, auto exhaust, baking powder, bleached flour, ceramics, cheese, color additives, construction materials, cosmetics, dental amalgams, dust, insulated wiring, medicinal compounds, milk products, nasal spray, pesticides, pollution, salt, tobacco smoke

 

Effects: many of the symptoms of aluminum toxicity are similar to those of Alzheimer's disease and osteoporosis. Aluminum toxicity can lead to colic, rickets, gastrointestinal disturbances, poor calcium metabolism, extreme nervousness, anemia, headaches, decreased liver and kidney function, forgetfulness, speech disturbances, memory loss, seizures, reduced mental faculties, softening of the bones and weak, aching muscles.


Arsenic

It is the most toxic substance as rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is found in a wide variety of sources.

Sources: insect sprays, pesticides, soils (arsenic rich), seafood from coastal waters, especially mussels, oysters and shrimp, burning of arsenate treated building materials, and coal combustion.

Effects: headache, confusion, drowsiness, convulsions, and some types of cancer. Arsenic poisoning primarily affects the lungs, skin, kidneys and liver.

 

Cadmium

It is present in the environment

Sources: tap water, airborne industrial contaminants, batteries, candy, ceramics, cigarette smoke, colas, dental alloys, fertilizers, food from contaminated soil, fungicides, processed meat, paint, pesticides, processed foods, refined grains/flours, cereals, rubber, seafood (cod, haddock, oyster, tuna), sewage, tobacco, vending machine soft drinks, tools.

Effects: high blood pressure, inflammation, joint pain, hair loss, dry skin, decreased immunity, loss of appetite, bone disorders, cancer and shortened life span.

 

Mercury

This is the third most toxic substance of a list of 275 hazardous substances according to the EPA. Tooth fillings that are silver in color are actually a mixture of silver, copper, tin and zinc amalgamated or dissolved in mercury. The amount of mercury is approximately 50% or more. Most Americans have amalgam fillings. Research has demonstrated that mercury vapor is continuously released from these fillings in measurable quantities from the moment fillings are inserted into teeth. This results in mercury being inhaled, swallowed and absorbed directly in the mouth.

Sources: adhesives, air conditioner filters, antiseptics, body powders, cereals, cosmetics, dental amalgams, diuretics, fabric softeners, felt, floor waxes, fungicides, germicides, pesticides, insecticides, grains, industrial waste, laxatives, lumber, manufacture of paper and chlorine, medications, mercurochrome, paints, paper products, polluted water, seafood (especially tuna and swordfish), sewage disposal, skin lightening creams, soft contact lens solution, suppositories, tattooing, water (contaminated), wood preservatives.

 

Effects: allergies, chronic fatigue, depression, GI disorders, immune system suppression, periodontal disease, neurological diseases, reproductive disorders, birth defects, kidney disease, heart disease, hypertension, respiratory disorders, skin disease, cancer and more. Mercury can interfere with any process or organ in the body since it is poisonous to all cells. If a person has a chronic health problems for which a cause has not been found and mercury fillings are or have been present in the mouth, mercury toxicity will be the major factor.


Lead(pb)

This the second most toxic substance according to the EPA. It is a cumulative poison retained in the body as a metabolic poison inhibiting enzyme functions, contributing to free radical damage, damaging the heart, kidneys, liver and nervous system. Children and pregnant women are particularly susceptible. Lead is widely used in this country and many people have high levels.

Sources:tap water, toothpaste, auto exhaust, battery manufacturing, canned fruit and juice, car batteries, cigarette smoke, colored inks, cosmetics, eating utensils, household dust, hair dyes, refineries, industrial emissions, lead pipes, lead-glazed earthenware pottery, mascara, milk, organ meats, paint, pencils, pesticides, produce near roads, rain water, snow, tin cans with lead solder sealing (such as juices, vegetables), tobacco, toys, wine.

 

Effects:abdominal pain, adrenal insufficiency, allergies, anemia, anorexia, anxiety, arthritis (rheumatoid and osteo), attention deficit disorder, autism, back pain, behavioral disorders, blindness, cardiovascular disease, cartilage destruction, coordination loss, concentration loss, constipation, convulsions, deafness, depression, dyslexia, emotional instability, encephalitis, epilepsy, fatigue, gout, hallucinations, headaches, hostility, hyperactivity, hypertension, hypothyroid, impotence, immune suppression, decreased IQ, indigestion, infertility, insomnia, irritability, joint pain, kidney disorders, learning disability, liver dysfunction, loss of will, memory loss (long term), menstrual problems, mood swings, muscle aches, muscle weakness, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, myelopathy (spinal cord pathology), nausea, nephritis, nightmares, numbness, Parkinson's disease, peripheral neuropathies, psychosis, psychomotor dysfunction, pyorrhea, renal dysfunction, restlessness, retardation, schizophrenia, seizures, sterility, stillbirths, sudden infant death syndrome, tingling, tooth decay, vertigo, unintentional weight loss.


Copper(Cu)

Sources:tap water, birth control pills/IUDs, copper cookware, dental alloys, fungicides, ice makers, insecticides, swimming pools, chocolate, corn oil, gelatin, grains, lamb, lobster, margarine, milk, mushrooms, nuts, organ meats, oysters, perch, seeds, shellfish, soybeans, tofu, wheat germ, yeast.

Effects: allergies, chronic fatigue, depression, GI disorders, immune system suppression, periodontal disease, neurological diseases, reproductive disorders, birth defects, kidney disease, heart disease, hypertension, respiratory disorders, skin disease, cancer and more. Mercury can interfere with any process or organ in the body since it is poisonous to all cells. If a person has a chronic health problems for which a cause has not been found and mercury fillings are or have been present in the mouth, mercury toxicity will be the major factor.

 

Iron (Fe)

Deficiency is a problem but too much iron in the tissues and organs leads to the production of free radicals. High levels of iron have been found in association with heart disease and cancer.

Sources:tap water, iron cookware, iron pipes, welding, blackstrap molasses, bone meal, bran, chives, clams, heart, kidney, leafy vegetables, legumes, liver, meat, molasses, nuts, organ meats, oysters, parsley, red wine, refined foods, shellfish, soybeans, wheat germ, whole grains.

 

Effects:amenorrhea, anger, rheumatoid arthritis, birth defects, bleeding gums, cancer, constipation, diabetes, dizziness, emotional problems, fatigue, headache, heart damage, heart failure, hepatitis, high blood pressure, hostility, hyperactivity, infections, insomnia, irritability, joint pain, liver disease, loss of weight, mental problems, metallic taste in mouth, myasthenia gravis, nausea, pancreas damage, Parkinson's disease, premature aging, schizophrenia, scurvy, shortness of breath, stubborness


Nickel(Ni)

It is used to produce steel, some batteries, nickel plating, heating fuel and ceramics. Environmental exposure to nickel are automobile exhaust, cigarette smoke, manufacturing emissions and airborne dust. Skin absorption can come from coins, hairpins, jewelry, prosthetic joints, heart valves and some cookware. Many foods contain small amounts of nickel. Small amounts of nickel are useful in certain body functions; however, too much nickel can be toxic.

Sources:butter, fertilizers, food processing, fuel oil combustion, hydrogenated fats and oils, imitation whipped cream, industrial waste, kelp, margarine, nuclear device testing, oysters, stainless steel cookware, tea, tobacco smoke, unrefined grains and cereals, vegetable shortening.

 

Effects:nausea, dizziness, diarrhea, headache, vomiting, chest pain, weakness, coughing, brain and liver swelling, liver degeneration, skin rash, respiratory illness, thyroid malfunction and interference with enzymatic reactions


BERYLLIUM(Be)


Sources:burning, manufacturing, household products, industrial dust

 

Effects:disturbance of calcium and vitamin D metabolism, magnesium depletion, lung cancer, lung infection, rickets, vital organ dysfunction


Chlorine and fluoride(Cl, Fl)

These are not heavy metals, but they are very harmful chemicals, that are in our tap water, baths and showers, swimming pools, and whirlpools and steam rooms.

Sources:Fluoride: Seafood, gelatin, black tea, tap water (some cities),some mineral waters, most toothpastes, pesticides, chewing tobacco, tamarind, some wines.

Chloride Sources: Salt, sea salt, vegetables, celery, tomatoes, olives, lettuce, salt substitutes (KCl).

 

Effects:Chloride: Edema / fluid retention, hypertension / high blood pressure, greater risk of some cancers,
Chlorine inhalation: Coughing, choking, chest pains, pulmonary edema, asthma, headache,blue discoloration of skin, nausea, vomiting.
Fluoride:Increased bone fractures, fluorosis (discoloration /mottling, pitting of teeth), osteosclerosis, tinnitus,hearing loss, delayed brain development, tremors,bone / arthritic pains, greater risk of some cancers, skin rash, nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal irritation, stomach ulcers, convulsions, death