Heavy Metals and Your Health

Heavy Metals and Your Health

What are heavy metals and how do they affect your health?

Heavy metals are naturally occurring in the environment. They consist of such elements as mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, and antimony, to name a few. In your body, there are naturally occurring metalothionine enzymes whose function it is to remove these metals. However, if your body has a heavy burden of metals, or if you are genetically challenged, these enzymes may become sluggish and therefore not process the metals adequately. After your body accumulates this burden of heavy metals, they generally are deposited in your tissues and stay indeterminably. At this stage, you are susceptible to many health problems associated with chronic heavy metal toxicity.

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A Compilation of Research on Lead Toxicity

Lead has a half-life of 27 days in the blood (according to Environmental Health Perspective 1995; 103:988-999).  Therefore, chronic exposure will not adequately show up in blood tests, so performing these tests and documenting their results will not properly diagnose chronic heavy metal toxicity.  In chronic exposure cases, the blood does not carry the heavy metals, but rather the metals are stored in body tissue and can only be released to be measured with a chelating agent.  The source of chronic exposure is difficult, if not impossible, to determine. Continue reading