Heavy Metal Toxicity Typically Increases Symptoms of MCS

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 in Heavy Metals

 

Heavy metal poisoning is the toxic accumulation of heavy metals in the soft tissues of the body. Heavy metals may enter the body in food, water, or air, or by absorption through the skin. Once in the body, they compete with and displace essential minerals such as zinc, copper, magnesium, and calcium, and interfere with organ system function.

Heavy metals are chemical elements that have a specific gravity (a measure of density) at least five times that of water. The heavy metals most often implicated in accidental human poisoning are lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium. More recently, thallium has gained some attention in the media as the poison used in several murder cases in the 1990s. Some heavy metals, such as zinc, copper, chromium, iron, and manganese, are required by the body in small amounts, but these same elements can be toxic in larger quantities.

People may come in contact with heavy metals in industrial work, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and agriculture. Children may be poisoned as a result of playing in contaminated soil. Lead poisoning in adults has been traced to the use of lead-based glazes on pottery vessels intended for use with food, and contamination of Ayurvedic and other imported herbal remedies. Arsenic and thallium have been mixed with food or beverages to attempt suicide or poison others.

Causes and Symptoms

Symptoms will vary, depending on the nature and the quantity of the heavy metal ingested. Patients may complain of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, headache, sweating, and a metallic taste in the mouth. Depending on the metal, there may be blue-black lines in the gum tissues. In severe cases, patients exhibit obvious impairment of cognitive, motor, and language skills. The expression “mad as a hatter” comes from the mercury poisoning prevalent in 17th-century France among hatmakers who soaked animal hides in a solution of mercuric nitrate to soften the hair.

Diagnosis

Heavy metal poisoning may be detected using blood and urine tests, hair and tissue analysis, or x ray. The diagnosis is often overlooked, however, because many of the early symptoms of heavy metal poisoning are nonspecific. The doctor should take a thorough patient history with particular emphasis on the patient’s occupation.

In childhood, blood lead levels above 80 ug/dL generally indicate lead poisoning, however, significantly lower levels (>30 ug/dL) can cause mental retardation and other cognitive and behavioral problems in affected children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers a blood lead level of 10 ug/dL or higher in children a cause for concern. In adults, symptoms of lead poisoning are usually seen when blood lead levels exceed 80 ug/dL for a number of weeks.

Blood levels of mercury should not exceed 3.6 ug/dL, while urine levels should not exceed 15 ug/dL. Symptoms of mercury poisoning may be seen when mercury levels exceed 20 ug/dL in blood and 60 ug/dL in urine. Mercury levels in hair may be used to gauge the severity of chronic mercury exposure.

Since arsenic is rapidly cleared from the blood, blood arsenic levels may not be very useful in diagnosis. Arsenic in the urine (measured in a 24-hour collection following 48 hours without eating seafood) may exceed 50 ug/dL in people with arsenic poisoning. If acute arsenic or thallium poisoning is suspected, an x ray may reveal these substances in the abdomen (since both metals are opaque to x rays). Arsenic may also be detected in the hair and nails for months following exposure.

Cadmium toxicity is generally indicated when urine levels exceed 10 ug/dL of creatinine and blood levels exceed 5 ug/dL.

Thallium poisoning often causes hair loss (alopecia), numbness, and a burning sensation in the skin as well as nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. As little as 15-20 mg of thallium per kilogram of body weight is fatal in humans; however, smaller amounts can cause severe damage to the nervous system.

Genetic Susceptibility

How do we explain how exposure to a substance (be it a chemical, a virus or a protein) can cause no illness in most people and yet cause illness in a few? The answer to that problem is genetic variation. Thanks to research made possible by the Human Genome Project, we have a much better understanding of how some people have certain genetic predispositions to a specific major illness.

Medical practice for chronic illnesses has been slow to integrate the etiological principle that most human disease has an environmental component. Chronic disease medicine emphasizes diagnosis, intervention after symptom onset, and finding “disease genes.” The environmental health disciplines emphasize pollution reduction and environmental remediation. Neglect of environmental considerations in healthcare for specific diseases has negative consequences by perpetuating preventable conditions and hindering development of effective treatments.

A study published in the June 2008 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives indicates that some genes have variations influencing the metabolism of methylmercury. These genes control a compound in the body called glutathione. Glutathione binds to methylmercury and brings it to the liver, where it can be excreted with bile.

Data in a medical study shows that normal children have birth hair levels of mercury that correlate with the number of amalgam fillings in the birth mother; whereas, in sharp contrast, the autistic children have exceptionally low levels of birth hair mercury, no matter what the number of amalgam fillings are found in the birth mother. This data strongly implies that autistic children represent a subset of the population that does not effectively excrete mercury from their cells.

This means that for some people who are genetically susceptibile to mercury poisoning the normal tests done to determine the level of heavy metals in thier bodies will not work. Tests to determine heavy metal in hair and urine only measure the amount excreated from the body. If a person cannot excreat heavy metals the test results will not detect the heavy metal in their bodies.

 

Healthy Chicken
2 Organic Breast of Chicken
1 -2 teas Olive Oil
1 Whole Garlic Clove
Fresh Rosemary
Fresh Basil
1 Red Onion (Organic)
1 Fresh Bunch of Asparagus Spears. (Organic)
1 Large Lemon (Organic)

 

Directions:

Set Oven Temp to 425

Rub Fresh Garlic with some Olive Oil

Place garlic in terracotta cooker and cover  (if you do not have a terracotta cooker, you may just use a glass dish and cover)

Leave  in the oven for about 30-45 minutes. You will want the garlic bulb to be soft and easy to spread like butter. When you get ready to use the garlic, make sure you do not use the outer skin of the bulb….

Wash and split the chick breast and sit aside on a plate covered with a paper towel to drain.

Wash the fresh Asparagus and cut the bottoms off. You will want to start at the bottoms of the stalks of  Asparagus and make small slits in the stalk until you get to the point where the stalk is no longer hard. Discard  the tough bottoms of the stalk.

Cut the Red Onion , Rosemary and Basil to your taste

Place the Olive Oil in a frying pan and turn on medium heat. Once the oil is warm, you may add the chicken.

When the chicken is starting to brown on all sides, add the Rosemary, Basil, Onions and Asparagus.  When all of the items in the pan are cooked, turn heat to the lowest setting cover the tops of the chicken with the cooked garlic.  Simmer all  for about 5-6 minutes.

Wash lemon and cut open.  Squeeze the juice from the lemon on top of all that is in the pan.

Serve warm with your other favorite veggies.