Heavy Metals

Toxic Elements

Toxic elements, also known as heavy metals, are very common in our modern daily lives, from inside our homes to our occupations, and can create havoc inside the body – often without us realising what the cause is.

Copper
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Cadmium blocks

Mercury blocks

Arsenic blocks

Lead blocks

Aluminium blocks

Antimony blocks

Sodium

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Potassium

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Magnesium

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Calcium

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Iron

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Zinc

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Chromium

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Selenium

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Molybdenum

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Manganese

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Phosphorus

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Vitamin B1

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Vitamin C

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Vitamin E

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Folate

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More About Heavy Metals

Daily sources of heavy metals include

  • Copper: Food, water, particularly in Perth with many copper water pipes, supplements (over 100ug)
  • Cadmium: Cigarettes, food (Cadmium is a contaminant of normal superphosphate fertilizers, so all commercial foods not grown organically would be expected to contain cadmium), household items, toys.
  • Lead: Water, makeup, household items, petrol and car fumes, paints.
  • Mercury: Fish, fillings, vaccines.
  • Aluminium: Antiperspirant deodorants, cookware, aluminium foil, bleaches flour, regional water supplies, antacid medications.
  • Arsenic: Water, playgrounds, termite treatments.
  • Beryllium: Light switches, fillings, copper pipes.
  • Antimony: Make up, fabrics, printing ink, paints.

Occupations with exposure to heavy metals include:

  • Copper: Plumbers, electricians, petroleum industry works, fertiliser/pesticide exposure industries.
  • Cadmium: Mechanics, tyre fitters, welders, plumbers, carpet layers, jewelers, toy industry, plastics industry, non-organic food industry workers.
  • Mercury: Dental technicians, dentists, dental nurses, petroleum industry workers, gold miners, medical technologists, sugar cane workers.
  • Arsenic: Gold miners, metallurgists, landscape workers, carpenters, builders, brickies, bore drillers, concrete workers.
  • Lead: Mechanics, plumbers, welders, petroleum industry workers, painters, renovators, lead lighting industry workers, fishermen.
  • Aluminium: Plumbers, ducting installers, aircraft workers, welders, miners, refinery workers.

How heavy metals may create ill health:

Heavy metals are also commonly called “anti-nutrients”. This is because each toxic element “blocks” (via intracellular antagonism) one or more nutrients that are important for our health.

This can mean that even though we have enough magnesium in the body, and our blood tests are showing adequate magnesium levels, the person may be experiencing severe symptoms of magnesium deficiency, as Lead is “blocking” the action of magnesium.

So not only does the toxic element have harmful health effects, it can also disrupt many other systems and pathways in the body causing widespread symptoms difficult to explain.

Health concerns which may be related to heavy metals include:

  • Copper: may lead to fatigue, anxiety, depression, phobias, is commonly associated with excess oestrogen levels, low Vitamin C and Vitamin B3.
  • Lead: may lead to hyperactivity and aggression.
  • Aluminium: may lead to fatigue, memory loss and senility.
  • Cadmium: may lead to aggression and confusion.
  • Mercury: may lead to headaches, fatigue and memory loss.

Anti-nutrients:

  • Lead: blocks iron, calcium, molybdenum, manganese, chromium, sulphur, cobalt.
  • Mercury: blocks zinc, selenium, iron, sulphur, cobalt, transmembrane ion channels.
  • Cadmium: blocks zinc, magnesium, selenium, sulphur.
  • Arsenic: blocks vitamin E, selenium, sulphur, boron.
  • Aluminium: blocks vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin B1, zinc, selenium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus.
  • Antimony: blocks zinc, selenium.

Toxic Elements at “Low” Levels

Something that is poorly indicated by these reports is that anti-nutrients can cause health disruption at any level. No level of a toxic substance is safe, and it should always be our immediate goal to eliminate all toxic elements from the body.

The definition of a “toxic level” of a substance is primarily defined by industry, not by medicine or what is safe for human health. These industries wish to define toxicity by the least sensitive method of detection. On top of this, often in the past 100 years the “toxic level” of a substance has been raised, to match the increasing levels in our environment and bodies and disguise the issue of rising toxicity.

Read on for more information about testing and correcting heavy metals.

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