Heavy metals discussions reveal striking state of denial in the minds of some natural products consumers

Monday, February 10, 2014
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Tags: heavy metals, natural products, state of denial

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(NaturalNews) The reaction to Natural News publishing heavy metals composition tests for natural products has brought to life shocking contradictions in the thinking of some people in the natural products industry.

The feedback on our publishing these data has mostly been positive, but the reaction among some consumers has revealed what can only be called a state of denial in their minds.

Specifically, some of the very same people who are terrified about mercury amalgam fillings, aluminum falling out of the sky via chemtrails, 2 ppm of fluoride in the water supply, micrograms of mercury in vaccines and parts per trillion of glyphosate or BPA have somehow come to the conclusion that the daily consumption of hundreds of micrograms of lead, cadmium, mercury and tungsten is perfectly okay as long as they "like" the products being consumed.

This irrational belief is emerging almost exclusively among those who have been consuming natural products containing significant concentrations of heavy metals. Somehow, the fact that these people "like" these products makes them believe the heavy metals they contain are rendered inert by an emotional state.

The more intelligent and informed consumers, of course, are now using our laboratory information to make better-informed choices in order to reduce their dietary exposure to heavy metals. While such exposure can't be entirely eliminated, it can be drastically reduced by orders of magnitude. And this can have tremendous benefits for human health and mental function.

Psychological consistency can betray the self

The denial in the minds of some is, of course, an example of the phenomenon of "psychological consistency" where people tend to make decisions and take actions which are consistent with the decisions they've made in the past in order to justify past behavior.

It takes a rare effort for a person to re-evaluate their beliefs based on new data and then decide to change course. This is especially difficult if it means admitting to yourself that you might have been incorrect about your own previous beliefs.

Faced with new information that contradicts former actions, many people simply decide to opt for "denial" as it offers the easiest route of psychological consistency.

But what's especially bizarre is how a person can be in denial about heavy metals in foods they are consuming, yet maintain a very high state of fear about the exact same metals in other forms such as dental amalgams.

I've even seen social media posts where people say that heavy metals don't matter because a part per million is such a tiny piece of material like a grain of sand in an entire kilogram of material. Yet these very same people will openly talk about how GMOs are extremely dangerous even though genetic material is parts per billion when it comes to the total composition of a corn plant. They will also tend to agree that glyphosate is dangerous at parts per trillion.

The argument that "very small things are not dangerous because of their mere size" is nonsensical and irrational when considering complex biological systems. How much mercury does it take to poison a child and cause permanent brain damage? An amount so small you can hardly see it with the naked eye, it turns out. No rational person would argue that mercury is safe "because its molecules are so tiny."

Are pesticides safe because they are so tiny?

Almost everyone in the natural products industry agrees that pesticides are extremely dangerous and toxic at very low concentrations. In fact, it is widely understood that:

1) Pesticides are routinely consumed by those who eat conventional products
2) Pesticides therefore bioaccumulate in the human body
3) Bioaccumulation of pesticides can lead to health consequences

No one disagrees with this except, of course, pesticide manufacturers. Yet all three points are also true with heavy metals:

1) Heavy metals are routinely consumed by those who eat products containing them
2) Heavy metals bioaccumulate in the human body
3) Bioaccumulation of heavy metals can lead to health consequences

It makes you wonder, then, how a person can say pesticides are extremely dangerous to eat but heavy metals are perfectly safe. Simply put, the logic doesn't add up. If a person truly believed they could nullify heavy metals through the power of intention alone, then clearly they could also just create all the food and nutrition they needed by wishing it into existence. No need to ever shop for groceries again!

You can't pick and choose which laws of chemistry you want to be true

Unless we are somehow granted God-like powers, neither you nor I have any ability to alter the laws of chemistry in any significant way. I have never seen anyone transmute lead into gold. I've never seen any real magical powers, or levitating yogis or people who can levitate objects with their minds.

I have seen convincing evidence that mental concentration can slightly alter the outcomes of random number generators, and I'm also convinced that mothers have special non-physical "psi" connections to their children, so I do believe there is something to be explored in the realm of mind-matter interactions, but I don't believe heavy metals in foods can be eliminated merely by wishing them away or denying their existence.

There is also convincing evidence that at least some people are able to truly live off nothing more than sunlight and air. Obviously, heavy metals in foods are not going to be a problem for these people, if indeed their seemingly impossible feats are actually true. But for the rest of us, we eat food, digest food, and our bodies are formed and reformed with the molecules of the substances we consume. Unless you are a breatharian, you probably eat food and therefore need to consider what you are eating.

When the things we consume contain heavy metals, our bodies can and do accumulate them. Most senior citizens, for example, are walking around today with lead in their bones. It got there through the laws of chemistry via digestion, assimilation and absorption. Lead does not appear in bones by magic, and it cannot be eliminated by magic either. It must be removed by first reducing dietary exposure to lead, then allowing enough time for the body to recycle bone material and rebuild it from new, cleaner molecules derived from cleaner food sources.

Your body is, of course, constantly rebuilding itself by using new molecules you've acquired and releasing old molecules through urine, feces, sweat, respiration and other methods. Over time, your physical body will be made of the molecules you choose to consume and absorb.

Because you cannot selectively decide to not absorb heavy metals in your intestines, the only way to control what you absorb through your gastrointestinal tract is to control what you eat and drink. This is a foundation principle across the natural health industry: we are what we eat and therefore we must clean up our diets and minimize exposure to pesticides, GMOs, hormones and so on.

Heavy metals clearly belongs in that same list. To reduce the concentration of heavy metals in our own organs and tissues, we must seek to reduce our intake of heavy metals.

The answer to doing that is to become aware of the heavy metals concentrations in foods.

And that's what we do at

That's why I encourage everyone to now rethink what you believe about foods and begin to take proactive steps to minimize your dietary exposure to heavy metals, no matter where they might be found.

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About the author: Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is the founding editor of, the internet's No. 1 natural health news website, now reaching 7 million unique readers a month.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power, a massive research resource now featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

In addition to being the co-star of the popular GAIAM TV series called Secrets to Health, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

In 2013, Adams created the Natural News Forensic Food Laboratory, a research lab that analyzes common foods and supplements, reporting the results to the public. He is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released ten popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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