Heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and mercury is one of the main threats to health in our technological world.
These heavy metals have been extensively studied by large organizations such as the World Health Organization and others.
Let’s look at the health effects of some of the most common toxic metals that have been increasing recently as industries get bigger and produce more waste products.
Cadmium compounds used in rechargeable nickel-cadmium batteries have increased lately as they are rarely recycled but often dumped with household waste.
Cigarette smoking is another major source of cadmium exposure, as well as food sources.
Health Effects of Cadmium
Cadmium can accumulate throughout life and affect several organs such as the kidneys and bones. Cadmium is toxic to the kidneys and will eventually result in kidney failure. Airborne cadmium breathed into the lungs can result in lung cancer. We are seeing these effects in the general population due to the chronic low environmental exposure to cadmium in industrialized cities such as Europe and other underdeveloped countries.
The main sources of mercury for the general population are seafood, dental amalgams, vaccines, mercury thermometers, and fluorescent lamps.
FISH – large fish such as sharks, swordfish, tuna, pike, walleye, and bass taken from polluted waters are the main culprits for mercury exposure. Fish species with the highest tissue mercury concentrations are king mackerel, shark, and swordfish at 0.73, 0.97, and 0.99 parts per million (mg per kg sample) respectively. A complete list of fish and shellfish mercury levels can be found at: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm115644.htm
DENTAL AMALGAMS contain about 50% elemental mercury along with other metals such as silver, copper, and tin. Dental amalgams release elemental mercury vapor during chewing, brushing, and corrosion into saliva. About 80% of this mercury is absorbed into the body with 2 to 28 micrograms of mercury released per facet surface per day.
VACCINES contain a preservative called Thimerosal that is currently used in some flu vaccinations. Each vaccination contains around 12.5-25 µg of ethylmercury per dose. After proving Thimerosal’s toxicity, it was officially banned from children’s vaccines some years ago.
MERCURY THERMOMETERS contain large amounts of elemental mercury between 500 to 54,000 mg that is easily absorbed by the body. When one breaks a thermometer spilled mercury will release beads or tiny drops, which can get into carpet and cracks and continuously release harmful mercury vapor.
FLUORESCENT LIGHT BULBS contain less than 10 mg of mercury in elemental vapor form. Broken fluorescent lamps will continuously emit mercury vapor at dangerous levels into the environment, so disposing of them properly is important.
Health Effects of Mercury
Mercury toxicity to humans varies according to the type of mercury concerned, the dose, the age of the person, and the route and rate of exposure. Mercury vapors inhaled usually target the brain and nervous system, whereas mercuric salts primarily damage the kidney and gut lining.
Symptoms of mercury toxicity generally include fatigue, sluggishness, depression, headaches, hearing and speech difficulties, lack of coordination, muscle weakness, nerve loss in hands and face, trouble walking, vision changes, and irritability. Inhalation of mercury vapors also causes respiratory symptoms like breathlessness, coughing, burning pain, and tightness in the chest.
Lead toxicity has decreased over the last decade due to legislation involving lead-free fuels.
Lead is still used in many industries like car repair, battery manufacturing, recycling, refining, smelting, gold, and zinc manufacturing, as well as in lead-based paints.
Also, cheap toys that may have lead solder would be another potential lead source for children.
Health Effects of Lead
Lead toxicity symptoms would be hard to correlate with signs and symptoms as there are many other causes for the same symptoms. As the levels of lead accumulate in the body organs, these symptoms will remain and linger.
Children may develop symptoms such as developmental delay, learning difficulties, irritability, loss of appetite, weight loss, sluggishness and fatigue, abdominal pain, vomiting, constipation, hearing loss, seizures, pica, or eating things that are not foods such as paint chips and soil.
Adults may develop high blood pressure, joint and muscle pains, difficulties with memory or concentration, headaches and migraines, abdominal pain, mood disorders, reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm, miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature birth in pregnant women.
Eliminating Heavy Metals Naturally
When choosing a heavy metal detox supplement you should ask whether it has been scientifically researched and is safe to use with all the family, including pets.
One such natural way of heavy metal detoxification supplement is called HMD.
This unique formula is the result of 3 years of scientific research and is a 100% natural toxic metal detox product.
HMD contains Cilantro (Coriandrum satvium), a homaccord of Chlorella pyrenoidosa and Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF).
Another natural product is HMD™ LAVAGE, which has been specially formulated in order to support the HMD™ detoxification program. It is a unique, herbal formula that helps to open elimination channels in the body, therefore facilitating the drainage of harmful toxins from the body.
HMD™ LAVAGE does not eliminate metals by itself, it will only achieve desired results when taken in conjunction with HMD™.
It would also be wise to add a binder such as ORGANIC CHLORELLA that will help to bind the metals that the HMD is pulling from inside the cells. The three supplements mentioned above are known as Dr. Georgiou’s Heavy Metals Detox protocol when used all together.