What are toxic element safety guidelines?
Toxic element safety guidelines are a set of values that deem a point in which a toxic element may cause or create a health problem. Our hair analysis report includes a Toxic Element graph that shows the reference (“acceptable”) range for each of the well-documented toxic elements.
Don’t be fooled by the “acceptable range” because a toxic element within the reference range may easily create or contribute toward myriad symptoms or health problems.
Who determines toxic element safety guidelines?
Myriad agencies are involved for setting toxic guidelines. A few notable agencies include the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) and other federal and state agencies.
What are the pitfalls of toxic element safety guidelines?
First, it is important to realize that very few agencies appear to collaborate with each other. This is the same problem with almost every field of the sciences. However, the experts within these agencies and other sources do not appear to account for three important and well-known major factors that include:
- The multitude of constant daily exposures
- The accumulative factor
- Your detoxification ability
Let’s investigate these a bit further.
The multitude of daily toxic element exposures
An important factor to consider, especially today, is the amount of toxic elements exposures you are continually exposed to on a daily basis.
As you may realize, toxic elements are widely used in myriad products throughout your daily life. From pharmaceuticals (including over-the-counter products) to personal products to building materials and everything in between, you are susceptible to constant toxic element exposures.
Normally, each exposure of any toxic element in your environment is in very small amounts (microscopic). As such, each exposure by itself could be “considered” safe; however, you need to consider how many products or other sources in your environment may expose you to an additional amount of a particular toxic element.
For example, your antiperspirant may contain aluminum (yes, the skin is an entry medium), the couple of antacids you just consumed may contain more aluminum, the beverage you just consumed was in an aluminum container, and you cooked your meal in a piece of aluminum cookware.
This is only a quick example using aluminum to see how easily it is to have a multitude of small exposures to any toxic element. In addition, your foods may be grown in soils with high toxic element concentrations (including herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, etc.) that will further contribute to toxic element exposures.
One more thing to remember is that toxic elements are natural elements (Periodic Table) of the earth itself. As such, you simply cannot escape daily exposures no matter how small each exposure may be.
Do the toxic element safety guidelines include the multitude of daily toxic element exposures?
The accumulative factor
Toxic element accumulation is another important factor to consider. Toxic elements can easily accumulate throughout the mind and body. The accumulation factor simply refers to the potential for a residual accumulation (or buildup) in the mind and body.
This is commonly referred to as sequestering.
Sequestering is a natural and innate process of the body for survival. Your body will sequester essential nutritional elements (i.e., nutritional immune response) as well as toxic elements. Sequestering takes place in the event a toxic element is not fully removed (elimination) from the mind and body.
As such, toxic elements are commonly sequestered throughout different tissues of the mind and body. Consequently, each additional exposure to the toxic element contributes toward an additional buildup of the toxic element. This is the toxic element accumulation factor.
Do the toxic element safety guidelines include the toxic element accumulation factor?
Your detoxification capability
Each factor just mentioned brings us to the most important factor: your capability to detox the body of each of the toxic elements. However, because you are exposed to myriad toxins (chemical toxins, metabolic toxins, as well as toxic elements) every day, your capability to properly remove any toxic element from the mind and body may be further compromised.
Your detox capability depends on many factors. However, let’s explore two important yet widely ignored factors that include:
- Protective nutrients
- Preferred nutrients
What are protective nutrients?
Simply put, protective nutrients are nutrients that are known to have antagonistic effects on toxic elements. Protective nutrients include amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Protective nutrients work together in concert to assist your detox process.
Simply put, preferred nutrients are nutrients the mind and body use in specific metabolic pathways. Preferred nutrients include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids. They also include all the different nutrients derived from different combinations of all essential nutrients.
What you may not realize is that the body, in the absence of a preferred nutrient, will use or utilize a toxic element in its place! Albeit not the most healthy, this is an amazing and innate ability for survival referred to as “molecular mimicry”.
Both toxic elements and chemical toxins place tremendous demands on your nutritional status. This happens because myriad nutrients are required to detox both chemical and toxic elements. Think for a moment, if you are deficient in nutrients required for the detox process, your daily exposures will also contribute toward the accumulative factor.
Do the toxic element safety guidelines include your detoxification capability?
Hair analysis, toxic elements, and toxic ratios
Our Trace Elements Inc. hair analyses (Profiles 1, 2, and 3) provide insightful information regarding toxic elements. Various toxic elements are revealed in the analysis that includes mercury, arsenic, lead, aluminum, and others as well.
Our lab reports also include a Toxic Ratios graph. The Toxic Ratios graph reveals the potential metabolic interference a toxic element may have on an essential nutritional element. This simply indicates if a nutritional element is low, there may be one or more toxic elements that could possibly be interfering with the metabolic requirements of the essential nutritional element.
As you view the toxic element graph, you may see the Ratio is indicating a potential effect on the nutritional element. This is revealed by the bar being low in the graph. Interestingly, a bar can be low even though a toxic element is below detectable level.
This simply means the nutritional element, even though it may be within the reference range (low end of the reference range), may potentially be affected by the toxic element.
If this sounds a bit confusing, don’t worry because we address Toxic Ratios during our consultations.
As just seen, any toxic element that has not been completely removed from the body will tend to accumulate throughout the mind or body. This is normally referred to as a “body load.” Unfortunately, there are NOT any lab analyses available that can measure the body load of any toxic element. This is due to the sequestration of toxic elements throughout the mind and body.
Are you ready to check your toxic elements?
For a comprehensive review, order your Trace Elements Inc. Profile 2 hair analysis today!
Additional pages that may interest you:
- Chemical toxins: They are more prevalent than toxic elements.
- Metabolic Toxins: The naturally occurring byproducts required for life that can hurt you.
- Nutritional Toxins: What are they?
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