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Heavy Metals and Disease

Heavy metal exposure has been in existence for thousands of years. Information dates back to early civilizations using pigments and elements to paint structures, dye clothing, create jewelry and even to decorate the skin. Early utensils, pots, plates, weapons and medical treatments included various types of metals. They are named as such because of their specific gravity greater than 4.0, and have common defined properties at room temperature. They exist in close proximity on the “Periodic Table of the Elements”.

In more modern times, since the beginnings of the “Industrial Revolution”, use and exposure to a variety of extremely dangerous substances has skyrocketed. There are literally thousands of chemicals in use every day all over the world that are dramatically effecting our planet and our own health. With all of the factories in existence, waste incineration facilities liberating substances to the air, farming and agriculture industry disseminating pesticides, plastic and synthetic manufacture, transportation and vehicle pollution, not to mention metal production, smelting and oil refinery, our local and distant environment has become a very precarious place.

The most common and dangerous heavy metals are:

ARSENIC – This is seen in virtually all water sources, fish, shellfish, and chicken. It is a major component of pesticides, alloys, bronzing methods, treated lumber and semiconductors. In the l800’s it was used as an antibacterial, and is currently approved as a treatment for leukemia.

ALUMINUM – It is abundant in the earth’s crust, seen in all types of transportation and vehicles, all types of machinery, pots and pans, vaccines, foil, underarm antiperspirant, water treatment, paint, power lines, weapons, alloys, home construction, food additives and medication. It is used in glass and ceramic manufacture, jet fuel, astringent, cosmetics, and dental cement.

CADMIUM – It is found in batteries (with nickel), lipstick and cosmetics, plastics, solder, plating, cigarettes (with 4000 other chemicals), alloys, pigments, pvc piping.

MERCURY – Vaccines (thimerosol) dental amalgam (50%), electronics, coal combustion, laxatives, antidepressants, nuclear reactors, volcanic eruption, waste incineration, steel production, batteries, neon signs, fluorescent lamps/bulbs, chlorine production, insecticides, mirrors, early anti syphilitics, antiseptics, nasal sprays, diaper rash ointments, eye drops.

LEAD – Lipstick and cosmetics, alloys, pewter, paint, stained glass, solder, power cables, batteries, common soil contaminant, underground fuel tanks, gas, jewelry, pipes/furnaces, ceramic glaze, firearms, bullets, fishing sinkers, electrodes, ballast.

NICKEL – coins, plating, jewelry, magnets, glass, batteries.

Exposure does not have to be overwhelming to cause damage to cells and tissues oft he body, including the brain and nervous system. Heavy metals can cause oxidative damage to both internal and external components of cells. This type of damage exists where the metal (a free radical) steals an electron from healthy normal tissue. This loss of electrons when occurring inside the cell, causes DNA destruction, damage to protein synthesis, alteration of lipid membranes, and cell death (apoptosis). They can also block the synthesis of important enzymes, hormones and neurotransmitters. Metals can interfere with the production and stabilization of Heme (iron) in cells, and make it ditticult to attract oxygen to the red blood cells. Interruption of calcium and crucial mineral exchange across membranes occurs.

Signs and symptoms vary, and can exist in every tissue and cell of the body. Some may initially be mild and intermittent, yet can progress to be severe and unrelenting.

The following is a short list:

  • headaches, insomnia
  • memory change and loss, irritability
  • confusion, speech abnormality
  • word retrieval problems, breathing dysfunction
  • visual and auditory problems, irregular heart rate / rhythm
  • change in smell, taste, hearing, chest pain, shortness of breath
  • lightheadedness, balance issues, nausea, indigestion
  • tinnitus, (ringing in ears), bowel changes
  • metallic taste, numbness/ tingling
  • fatigue, weakness, pain, neuropathy
  • depression, anxiety, loss of coordination
  • psychological disorders, rash, dermatitis

A wide range of peer review research studies have described that the metals can damage any organ or tissue, and have been correlated with a variety of diseases:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • MS
  • ALS
  • Lupus
  • Cancer (of many organs – including breast, thyroid, pancreas, prostate, brain, colon, lymphoma etc.)
  • Auto immune Disorders
  • Immune degeneration
  • Heart Disease and Failure/ Atherosclerosis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Eye Disorders, Glaucoma, cataracts
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Autism
  • Diabetes
  • Liver, Kidney and all organ damage

Based on all of this information, and a great deal more coming out on the intemet from excellent reputable journals, it is critically important to evaluate heavy metal status in each of our bodies. This is not something to ignore or take lightly. It is my opinion that these substances are the major factors behind all common and degenerative diseases that we suffer from. They continuously rob us of our function and speed us to an early demise.

For all adults and children I have always maintained that a “Comprehensive Medical / Nutritional Approach” is essential for understanding both normal human fuction and all causes for illness.

In reference to metal evaluation, a 24 hour urine sample is needed alter a chelation therapy.

This is the only accurate way to find, and subsequently remove them from the system. Blood or urine testing without chelation will not reveal exposure. These substances do not linger or stay evenly distributed in blood and therefore urine.

In the most exciting research and therapy to date for Parkinson’s Disease, we have seen dramatic improvement in symptoms and course of diseases with both Chelation Therapy and Intravenous Glutathione Therapy. Glutathione blocks the free radical damage provided by the metals, while Chelation removes them.

Please look at my web site for all of the research that this paper is based on, as well as the Parkinson’s literature.

Heavy Metal Avoidance


– Drink purified filtered water
– Avoid regular chicken… Eat ORGANIC
– Avoid shellfish (shrimp, crab, lobster, etc.)
– Avoid contact with pesticides and insecticides


– Avoid regular deodorant/antiperspirants. .. use Tom ‘s of Maine or Nature’s Gate
– Avoid aluminum pots/pans/foil
>use glass, stainless steel, or corningware
– Avoid vaccines
– Drink purified filtered water
– Read medication labels, food labels
>example: astringent, antacids, cosmetics


– Check cosmetics and lipstick products and manufacturer’s list of ingredients
– Never smoke cigarettes
– Get rid of nickel cadmium batteries


– Avoid dental amalgam (silver fillings)
– Avoid vaccines (thimerosal)
– Read labels of laxatives, antidepressants, nasal sprays, diaper rash ointment
– Avoid insecticides and pesticides
– Carefully dispose of florescent lights


– Read labels for lipstick, cosmetics, and paint
– Get rid of old batteries
– Test underground fuel tanks, furnaces, and pipes


– Check jewelry composition

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