There are many causes of heavy metal poisoning. There are plants that concentrate the metals in the soil and pass it on to us. There are work environments that produce a lot of metals and medical procedures such as barium studies and joint replacement surgeries that introduce metals to our bodies.
Primary Causes of Heavy Metal Poisoning
The primary causes of heavy metal poisoning that we at Optimum Health tend to see are:
Metal fillings (amalgams) which release mercury
Metal colored fillings are about 50% mercury. There is a lot of information that indicates that the mercury from the fillings is released and mixed in with your saliva. According to the information from the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, you swallow this mercury each time you swallow your saliva. It takes 25 years for your body to remove half of this mercury unless some form of chelation is used.
Virginia’s well water
Well water is a wonderful source of minerals. Unfortunately, unfiltered well water can also be a major source of heavy metals. Take into account the fact that Virginia is a dumping ground for toxic waste from all over the country, you get water that can have many different types of contaminants.
Individual work environments
Automotive repair workers, welders and painters, for example, tend to have excessive amounts of lead, cadmium, aluminum, and molybdenum.
Prenatal exposure to cigarettes and metal fillings (amalgams)
It was once thought that the baby was protected from what the mother may have in her blood. Science has now proven that mercury and toxins from cigarettes cross into the baby. The toxins from cigarettes can cause low birth weight while both of these can cause birth defects. Since it takes 25 years to get rid of the mercury, the baby can grow up and grow old before all of the mercury would be removed unless some form of chelation is used.
Additional Causes of Heavy Metal Poisoning
On occasion we have seen the following types of metal toxicity:
- Arsenic from orchards, and older lumber
- Uranium from Radon gas in homes
- Lead and cadmium from automotive repair shops
- Aluminum from deodorants and green tea
Metal Toxicity: Related Topics
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