Did you know that at least 25% of the United States population suffers, to some extent, from heavy metal poisoning? Lead and mercury poisoning are well-described medical conditions. In children, high lead levels can lower IQ, cognition, and development. High lead levels have also been associated with antisocial behavior, attention-deficit disorder (ADD), and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Mercury poisoning can cause mental disturbances and have neurologic effects.
Compared with lead levels in people during the Middle Ages, the levels of lead found in people living in America today are 500 times greater. High levels of heavy metals may lead to depression, anxiety, fatigue, digestive problems (including yeast overgrowth), joint pain, high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease and a multitude of other symptoms. The metals create oxidative stress, decrease absorption of nutrients, replace calcium in bone, burden the liver and kidneys, interfere with normal detoxification, and even affect the immune system.
Where Do We Get Heavy Metal Toxicity?
- Lead was used in gasoline until the 1970s and is still found in diesel fumes.
- Lead was also present in paint prior to the 1970s. Living in a house built before 1970 can be a source of contamination.
- Certain occupations like working in factories where batteries are produced, working with solder, working near diesel fumes, etc, is associated with lead poisoning.
- Some older homes have lead pipes and lead is also found in the tap water.
- Because it was prevalent in air pollution prior to 1970, lead is concentrated in the soil in some areas. It has turned up in produce.
- Some hair dyes and eye makeup contain lead.
- Some ceramic dyes contain lead and food served on a cracked or chipped ceramic plate colored with lead dye may contain lead.
- Some calcium supplements are contaminated with lead, especially those derived from limestone (dolomite).
- Dental amalgams are a major source of mercury in the body. This is a controversial subject, but the controversy does not center on whether or not the mercury is absorbed, but how much mercury contributes to health problems.
- Mercury is found in tuna and other seafood and low quality fish oil supplements.
- Shark cartilage supplements are a source of mercury.
Transforming Chiropractic is able to evaluate whether you are suffering from toxic exposures. Call us at 952-224-2909 for an evaluation.
Yours in health!
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