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Diatomaceous Earth and Toxic Metal Exposure

ToxicMetal.jpgTOXIC METAL EXPOSURE is a serious problem in the ecosystem worldwide, and elements such as mercury, uranium, plutonium, cadmium, bismuth, nickel, silver, and even gold, platinum, and palladium are all suspected of being problematic for the immune system and of causing a wide spectrum of disease symptoms. Also the use of so-called "depleted uranium" weapons in armed conflicts is suspected of contributing an array of health problems.

Nickel - is present in all sorts of personal items, from eyeglass frames, the backs of watches, and jewelry, to the change we carry around in our pockets. Nickel-containing underwires and the hooks and fasteners in bras may contribute to the 125-fold greater risk of breast cancer in women wearing bras 24 hours a day, compared to those who do not wear bras. Iron supplements much higher than the 10 mg/day recommended for men and post-menopausal women (18 mg/day for pre-menopausal women) can cause serious health problems, including colon cancer.

Mercury toxicity - is one of the most difficult to address, because mercury attacks the body in so many ways. Mercury kills cells by interfering with their ability to exchange oxygen, nutrients, and waste products through the cell membrane. Inside the cell, mercury destroys our genetic code, DNA, leaving us without the ability to reproduce that cell ever again. Chronic fatigue syndrome also has a mercury component.

Amalgam - is the generic term for the most commonly used dental filling in the world, silver-mercury amalgam. Amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, copper, tin, and zinc. Mercury comprises the largest portion (around 50 percent).

What happens to mercury when it comes out of a filling? Mercury is highly reactive chemically. In the mouth, mercury has the ability to combine with a carbon-hydrogen compound called a methyl group. Methyl mercury is 100 times more toxic than plain, elemental mercury. It is especially toxic to the brain and nerve tissue, which may explain amalgam's relationship to MS, epilepsy, and emotional disturbances.

Mercury does come out of fillings; it does produce a toxic compound that is given off as the fillings corrode; and enough of this substance does form to cause disease. 90.2 percent of us are reactive to mercury. What sort of reaction should we expect? The ways in which mercury attacks the body can be identified in five categories: neurological, cardiovascular, collagen, immunological, and miscellaneous.

Neurological - These problems encompass two divisions, motor and sensory. An example of motor problems would be tremors, while sensory might be brainfog (spaciness), short-term memory problems, or depression. The percentages of patients exhibiting these mercury-caused problems are: depression, 73.3 percent; numb fingers or toes, 67.3 percent; memory problems, 58.0 percent; and jitteriness or nervousness, 38.1 percent.

Collagen - The most common problem in the collagen category is arthritis. Constant or frequent pain in the joints constitutes 35.5 percent of the symptoms in this category.

Immunological - These disorders are probably the most significant category, as shown by studies done in laboratory on over 3,500 people. Over 90 percent of these people demonstrated immune reactivity. This is most often seen in what are called autoimmune diseases, or diseases in which the body's immune system attacks its own tissues. Examples of autoimmune diseases include MS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), lupus erythematosus, diabetes, certain types of arthritis, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).

The miscellaneous category gets crowded. Some of the symptoms include: frequent urination, 64.5 percent; chronic fatigue, 63.1 percent; bloated feeling after eating, 60.6 percent; recurring constipation, 54.6 percent; ringing in the ears, 47.8 percent; metallic taste in the mouth, 38.7 percent; suicidal thoughts, 37.3 percent; and headaches after eating, 20.1 percent. The miscellaneous category also includes allergies. Many of today's food and airborne allergies seem to show a correlation between placement of fillings and the onset of these allergies. With allergies, just removing the offending fillings, unfortunately, does not bring about an alleviation of symptoms.

What if mercury is present? The bloodstream is the primary avenue for mercury to enter and exit the body. Recent dental journal articles show that there is a relationship between blood levels of mercury and the number of silver-mercury fillings present in the mouth. Researched and published articles show that at autopsy, people's brain levels of mercury corresponded with the number of silver fillings in their mouths.

Although amalgams are the biggest source of exposure to mercury, they are not the only source. Probably the greatest dietary source of mercury is tuna. This is followed closely by shellfish like lobster and shrimp. As a rule, the larger the fish, the greater the amount of mercury it contains. As you have probably realized by now, any amount of mercury in the diet can be considered too much.

Some of the most common exposures to mercury come through foods, cosmetics, medications, household chemicals, gardening chemicals, and other items that contain high levels of mercury, as well as professions and industries in which people are exposed to mercury. You can see how many places mercury is used in our modern environment. It is impossible to avoid all sources.

Another avenue of toxic exposure comes from cooking and serving ware, such as when acidic foods, like tomatoes, come in contact with stainless steel. Brightly colored, low-temperature-fired pottery and stainless steel alloys can contain toxic metal components that are capable of poisoning us when acidic foods leach toxins from the pots, pans, and flatware. Aluminum and other metal toxins are potential hazards in this regard, with possible connections to Alzheimer's syndrome, Parkinson's disease, and other associated problems. Pottery (also glassware) that has been properly glazed and fired (such as crock pots, stoneware and porcelain), and untreated wooden and ceramic utensils provide safer alternatives than items containing toxic metals. Titanium also appears to be a safer alternative than other metals for cookware, eyeglass frames, jewelry, and other materials that contact our bodies, food, or water, but only when it is NOT alloyed with other toxins or carcinogens.