Heavy Metal Toxicity
Friday, January 27, 2017
It seems timely to focus today's Friday Pearl on heavy metal toxicity (think Flint, MI), given the impending possibility of legislative action that might interfere with or lessen local and federal regulations that help protect our public water supply.
"When we refer to toxic mineral levels in the body, we are always talking about inorganic minerals. Elements such as lead, arsenic, cadmium, copper and mercury are all extremely toxic in their inorganic state because the body cannot metabolize or utilize them effectively.
"They are stored in body tissues and can reach very high levels of concentration, affecting the mental and physical well-being of the individual.
"If a child (or anyone for that matter) demonstrates potential learning disabilities, one of the first steps would be to have a hair or blood mineral analysis done. This will quite accurately show any levels of toxic inorganic minerals that might be present in the body. If such levels exist, chelation, in one form or another, may be considered to remove these minerals from the body.
"Discuss this possibility with your health care provider.
"When might you suspect heavy metal poisoning? It should be considered in all cases of learning disabilities, but especially under circumstances where a child’s behavior suddenly changes. When a child is observed to be increasingly irritable, moody and subject to uncontrolled tantrums of temperament, suspicion should be aroused.
"Lead is one of the greatest offenders in children. Despite the efforts to remove lead from the environment, such as in paints and gasoline, lead is still prevalent in and around us. Many older homes still have coats and coats of lead-based paint on windows and walls.
"Serious lead poisoning or toxicity can lead to depression, seizures and even permanent mental retardation by altering the brain's biochemistry. While emphasis has been placed on lead as a source of toxicity in children, we must not overlook other minerals which, in their inorganic form, are as bad, or even worse than the lead in our environment and its impact on well-being. Cadmium and mercury are ever-increasing problems for us all.
"The major source of cadmium is in cigarette smoke. Cadmium is used in several forms in the processing of cigarette tobacco. When the tobacco is burned, the cadmium is released into the air and is inhaled by those around it. Cadmium is present in cigarette smoke. It is not found naturally in the tobacco plant.
"Cadmium is naturally offset by zinc. When zinc levels are low in relationship to cadmium, kidney function may be affected.
"It is also interesting to note that selenium, like zinc, is a natural antidote to both cadmium and mercury poisoning. The removal of these minerals from body tissues can be likened to a housecleaning. Because the environment presents these toxic forms of minerals to us daily, this housecleaning must be an ongoing process."
Ellen Troyer with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff
If you suspect your water supply could contain toxic levels of heavy metals, contact the health department and considering having your water tested yourself by a reputable company. By all means, ask your health care professional about blood or hair testing for heavy metals.
Based on recent clinical studies, a number of protective dietary nutrients are recommended for people at risk of lead and cadmium exposure. This is advantageous for both the prevention and alleviation of toxicity since side effects are minimal, compared to the cost and side effect risks associated with chelation therapy.
MANI SAFETY KNIFE MST22SK
Clinical references available in the Biosyntrx office.