Why should toxic elements concern you?
Toxic elements, like chemical toxins, are ubiquitous in your environment. Depending on where you live and where your foods (including herbs) are grown, your toxic element exposures can vary widely.
In addition, agriculture practices (fungicides, herbicides, pesticides, etc.), consumer products (from personal products to building materials), and medicines (prescription and over-the-counter) increase your exposures to toxic elements. Because of their deliberate uses for decades, toxic elements are now in the air, water, and soil (food sources – plant and animal). As such, whether you realize it or not, you are continually exposed to a variety of toxic elements to some degree.
Why should you be concerned?
- Toxic elements interfere with normal biological functions and processes throughout the mind and body.
- Increased free radical generation (highly reactive oxygen species) increasing the need for specific antioxidants.
- Toxic elements can displace and even replace essential nutritional elements through a process known as molecular mimicry.
- Eventually, toxic element accumulation may cause or contribute toward myriad health problems.
Are toxic elements contributing to your health problems?
As you know, many health problems may be associated with toxic elements. Keep in mind, any health problem may require years or even decades of toxic element accumulations combined with nutrient imbalances prior to any manifestations.
The following is an example of four toxic elements common in our society and their inferred tendencies for potential health problems. Inferred tendencies using hair analysis are not diagnostic.
Aluminum (Al) – Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, memory loss, mental confusion, poor coordination, disorientation, dental cavities, peptic ulcer, anemia, colitis, kidney dysfunction, liver dysfunction, headaches, colic, dry skin, tendency for colds, heartburn, protein deficit, underactive parathyroid, elevated blood ammonia.
Mercury (Hg) – anorexia, anemia, hair loss, birth defects, brain damage, depression, retinitis, fatigue, hearing loss, hyperactivity, insomnia, kidney damage, memory loss, migraine headaches, mood swings, nervousness, dizziness, schizophrenia, tremors, impaired peripheral vision, numbness, excessive salivation, pain in limbs, muscles weakness, impaired immunity and ataxia.
Lead (Pb) – arthritis, anemia, anorexia, ADD/ADHD, convulsions, hearing impairment, dyslexia, encephalitis, fatigue, insomnia, MS, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s, vertigo, arteriosclerosis, abdominal discomfort, liver dysfunction, constipation, impotence, infertility, sterility, tooth decay, anxiety, depression, hallucinations, memory impairment, joint pain, learning disabilities, decreased IQ and schizophrenia.
Cadmium (Cd) – hair loss, anemia, ADD/ADHD, atherosclerosis, arthritis, arteriosclerosis, cancer, elevated cholesterol, cirrhosis, diabetes, enlarged heart, hypertension, hyperactivity, hypercholesterol, emphysema, hypoglycemia, inflammation, lung disease, migraine headaches, osteoporosis, schizophrenia, strokes and vascular disease.
What are some common sources of toxic elements?
Toxic elements are not only naturally occurring in the environment but they are deliberately used in many consumer products. The following is a short example of common sources for toxic elements. These are not all-inclusive.
Aluminum (Al) – aluminum cans, aluminum cookware, aluminum foil, processed cheese, bleached flour, antacids containing aluminum, municipal drinking water, baking powders, antiperspirants (including natural crystal), styptic pencils, tooth paste, medications (Al silicate) rat poisons, nasal spray, ceramics (Al 203 clay), FD&C color additives, colloidal mineral products, edible clay
Mercury (Hg) – tuna, fungicides, algaecides, insecticides, grains, a wide variety of medications, skin lightening creams, body powder, talc, laxatives, cosmetics, dental amalgams, mercury filled thermometers, fabric softeners, wood preservatives, leather tanning products, adhesives, red tattoo ink, florescence lights, Methiolate (Thiomersol or Thiomersal), Mercurochrome
Lead (Pb) – hair dye, cigarette smoke, metal polishes, pesticides, ceramic glazes, older copper water lines solder, lead water lines (pre 1940), agriculture soils, pottery, candles, cosmetics, toothpaste, colored printed materials, lead shot (firing range and fowl) herbal preparations, boxed wines, lead crystal containers, smelters, battery production, stained glass, indoor shooting galleries
Cadmium (Cd) – food from contaminated soil, large ocean fish, dental materials, processed meats, coloring agent in some paints, silver polish, rubber carpet backing, horse feed, nickel-cadmium batteries, soft water (galvanized piping), oysters, kidney, liver, burning of petrochemicals (tires and plastics), tobacco, fertilizer, ceramic glazes, refined wheat flour
NOTE: Because toxic elements have become ever-present in consumer products, medications, building materials and other sources, it may be difficult to find the source of any toxic element.
Toxic elements antagonize nutritional elements.
Toxic elements are not only toxic to the mind and body but they also antagonize (interfere with or work against) many vitamins, amino acids, and minerals. The following is a short example of toxic elements effects on nutritional elements.
Aluminum (Al) – antagonizes calcium, iron, and phosphate.
Mercury (Hg) antagonizes iron, selenium, copper, zinc, and sulfur.
Lead (Pb) antagonizes calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, chromium, selenium, manganese, sulfur, and iron.
Cadmium (Cd) antagonizes calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, manganese, zinc, selenium, and sulfur.
Keep in mind this is a short list of nutrients affected by toxic elements and due to the complexity of nutrient interrelationships, all essential nutrients may be affected either directly or indirectly.
Hair analysis can help reveal your toxic elements!
Our hair analysis is a helpful tool for monitoring your toxic elements in two ways that include:
- Hair analysis can help reveal your constant toxic element exposures
- Hair analysis can help reveal the effectiveness of your detox program
As just seen, you have a tremendous potential for continual toxic elements exposures throughout your everyday environment. If toxic elements (e.g., lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, beryllium, aluminum, etc.) are revealed on your hair analysis, you will know to investigate different aspects of your current environment (foods, herbs, personal products, etc.) for the potential source of your toxic elements.
If you are planning or currently following a detox program, our hair analysis can help reveal whether your detox program is working. However, it is always best to perform an analysis prior to your detox program. By performing an analysis prior to your program, you won’t confuse your current exposures (if any) to toxins being released by your detox program.
Hair analysis is recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an excellent screening tool for toxic elements. EPA reports concluded:
“…hair might be a more appropriate tissue for studying community exposure to toxic metals than blood or urine analysis.”
Are you ready to check your toxic element exposures?
Additional page of interest:
- Toxic Element Safety Guidelines: Find out what they don’t include!
- Nutritional Toxins: What are they?
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