Heavy metal is a serious threat to the health of your body and brain. I’m not referring to Ozzy Osbourne or Metallica here, although too much headbanging has probably damaged more than a few brain cells. I’m referring to the metals found in food, water, air, and many commercially-available products. Here are some surprising sources:
Aluminum—Although not technically a heavy metal, aluminum is a metal that can pose a serious threat to health, particularly with excessive exposure. It has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Aluminum is found in:
-Baked goods and processed foods;
-Over-the-counter and prescription antacids;
-Other pharmaceutical drugs as a binding agent;
-Aluminum pots and pans;
Keep reading to learn about toxic sources of cadmium, lead, and mercury…Cadmium—has serious repercussions for the brain and inhibits the body’s ability to use nutrients like iron, zinc, and calcium leaving people more vulnerable to bone and immune system disorders. Cadmium is found in:
-Automobile seat covers;
-Burned motor oil;
-Refined wheat flour (white flour);
-Silver polish; and
-Soft drinks from vending machines with cadmium in the pipes.
Lead—Linked to dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, learning disabilities, seizure disorders, aggression, hyperactivity, and many other health issues. It is found in:
-Cigarette smoke (first-hand or second-hand);
-Colored, glossy newsprint;
-Some ceramic dishes;
-Lead paint in older homes;
-Lead water pipes in older buildings;
-Refined chocolate; and
-Vehicle emissions (yes, even though lead gasoline was banned two decades ago in some countries).
Mercury—Known for its speedy ability to cross the blood-brain barrier to affect the brain, mercury is linked to neurological, psychological, and immunological disorders in people, including diseases like Alzheimer’s. It has also been linked to heart arrhythmias, headaches, blurred vision, and weakness. It is found in:
-Dental fillings (silver-looking ones) (Many dentists cite studies that show no mercury particles were released from fillings but numerous studies show that mercury is primarily released as a vapor to gain access to the brain and blood);
-Fish (Not all fish, but many farmed varieties tend to be contaminated with mercury); and
-Immunizations (many vaccines even those used for children contain the mercury-based preservative thimerosol in excessive amounts, for both children and adults).
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