Heavy metals are things you need to be wary off. It is suspected that people in today’s world succumb to many chronic and fatal ailments like cancer etc. only due to heavy metal toxicity. The irony of the whole thing is, most of us do not even know that we breathe in heavy metal particulates constantly in different life situations. This article lists out the specific sources of exposure to these metals and the health effects caused by them in detail.
Heavy Metal toxicity and Chelation Therapy: Chelation therapy is used to reduce or remove heavy metals like aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead, nickels and others (if in excessive amounts) from the body. Discussed below are the sources, specific health effects and impact 3 heavy metals (Aluminum, Lead and Mercury) can have on you:
1. Aluminum: Aluminum is present in almost everything we use, right from our kitchen items. Aluminum cookware, aluminum foil, aluminum coated baking powder, canned acidic foods, food additives, processed cheese etc. are sources of the heavy metal. It is also found in lipsticks, medications and drugs, especially anti-diarrheal medications, vaginal douches. Aluminum antacid products cause the maximum exposure to bones, brain, kidney and stomach. Symptoms of aluminum exposure include colic, loss of balance, muscle pain, dementia, esophagitis, gastrointestinal problems, lack of appetite, psychosis, shortness of breath, weakness and fatigue. Since aluminum builds up in the body overtime, older patients are at utmost risk than younger ones.
Studies reveal that aluminum could be the cause of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, senile and presenile dementia, imbalance in body movements, inability to speak properly etc.
2. Lead: Lead poisoning is one of the most widely discussed topics in the world. In fact, chelation therapy started as a practice only to cure lead poisoning in factory workers. Infants, children and pregnant women are at a high risk of lead poisoning. It is reported that over 4 million tonnes of lead are mined every year and that existing environmental lead levels are at least 500 times greater than what it was during the prehistoric times. In 1989, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that over one million schools were using lead-lined water storage tanks for drinking purposes. This means a constant exposure to and intake of the most poisonous of metals. The result: Almost every other child in the U.S. has toxic elements in their tissues.
Sources of lead in day to day life includes – lead is present in air pollution, ammunition, batteries, canned foods, cosmetics, paints, lead-lined taps/pipes, plants/crops grown in industrial areas, gasoline, hair dyes and rinses, pesticides, rubber toys and pottery. Lead is impartial when it comes to affecting all of you. Lead poisoning can affect bones, brain, general health and can cause liver damage. It can lead to fatigue, dizziness, headaches, hypertension, miscarriage, muscle pain, vomiting etc.
3. Mercury: Mercury, like Lead, is equally dangerous. Its primary source is dental cavity. Yes, it is present in the amalgam or the silver dental fillings that is used for filling the infected tooth cavities in our mouth. It is estimated that, on an average, about 225 millions are affected by mercury exposure through dental fillings. At the time of placement, the dental filling in the body is about 50% and gradually reduces every time a person chews something.
Mercury is generally found in air pollutants, batteries, devices, mining, paints, insecticides, pesticides, saltwater fishes, tap water and a lot of other things. Mercury exerts the physical, mental and nervous systems of the body, causing difficulty with swallowing, dizziness, fatigue, pesticides, fear of failure, loss of vision etc. There is acute damage to the body by the particulates and vapors emitted by mercury. Salivation, stomatitis, tremors, vision problems, impairment in hearing, vomiting, nervous damage, numbness etc are a few other dangers that can be incurred from constant or long term mercury exposure.