(NaturalNews) Heavy metal toxicity is a serious health problem due to the accumulating industrial waste products in our air, water and food supply. To make matters worse, your symptoms can not be properly treated by poorly-educated physicians. If you care about your health - get informed (as soon as possible) about the dangers of heavy metals and how to safely detoxify your body.
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The definition of a heavy metal
"Heavy metals" are chemical elements with a specific gravity that is at least 5 times the specific gravity of water. The specific gravity of water is 1 at 4°C (39°F). Simply stated, specific gravity is a measure of density of a given amount of a solid substance when it is compared to an equal amount of water. Some well-known toxic metallic elements with a specific gravity that is 5 or more times that of water are arsenic, 5.7; cadmium, 8.65; iron, 7.9; lead, 11.34; and mercury, 13.546 (Lide 1992)
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Exposure to heavy metals can cause major sickness
In small quantities, certain heavy metals are nutritionally essential for life. Commonly known as "trace elements" - iron, copper, manganese, and zinc are commonly found in fruits and vegetables. Health problems can occur when these metals are not properly metabolized and accumulate in the soft tissues of our body. Practically everyone on the planet is being overly-exposed to these metals through the use of pesticides, batteries, alloys, electroplated metal parts, textile dyes, steel, plus much more!
Heavy metals can cause serious damage to your mental capabilities, lower energy levels and harm lungs, kidneys or other vital organs. In fact, many health experts warn that long-term exposure can produce the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. According to the International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre (1999), even allergies are not uncommon and repeated long-term contact with some metals may even cause cancer!
According to The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in Atlanta, Georgia, (a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) - arsenic, lead and mercury are the top three heavy metals to be concerned about with regard to our health.
Arsenic is released into the environment by the smelting process of copper, zinc and lead - as well as by the manufacturing of chemicals and glasses. According to Roberts (1999), lead accounts for most of the cases of pediatric heavy metal poisoning. Lead can be found in pipes, drains and soldering materials for many years. And, of course, mercury exists in three forms: elemental mercury, organic and inorganic mercury. Believe it or not, mercury was added to paint as a fungicide until 1990 and continues to be used in thermometers, thermostats, and dental amalgam. Don't become a victim - minimize your health risk through education!
This week's guest: Dr. Chris Shade, heavy metals expert and founder of Quicksilver Scientific (the leading mercury testing lab in the United States)
Heavy Metal Poisoning - A Guide to Detoxification - Thu. Feb. 23
Dr. Chris Shade earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois where he studied the environmental and analytical chemistries of mercury as well as advanced aquatic chemistry. During his Ph.D. work, Dr. Shade patented analytical technology for mercury analysis and later founded Quicksilver Scientific.
Dr. Shade's focus is on the human aspects of mercury toxicity and the human detoxification system. He has developed specific clinical analytical techniques for measuring mercury exposure and a system of products for toxic metals removal.
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