Heavy Metal Toxicity & Hormone Health
The natural world has it’s fair share of toxic substances and Heavy Metals, but industrialisation has turbo-charged the level of chemical contamination and Heavy Metal toxicity within our environment.
Plus, an increased reliance on motorised vehicles and chemical based products has meant an absolute explosion of toxins, including metals, every which way we turn.
All of these toxins bio-accumulate, and so we don’t notice the horrendous damage things like Heavy Metals and other toxins, like petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, Xenoestrogens as well as all of the psychological and biological toxins we are exposed to…
So, we won’t feel ill until much further down the road… but when we do, we will feel REALLY ill. For me, my health fell off a cliff!!!
Heavy Metals Cause A Downward Spiral
It’s important to learn what these toxic metals are doing to us because they can really make our health spiral out of control.
For example, they inflict systemic damage by causing metabolic dysfunction and hormone dysfunction. And, they compound these issues by causing food cravings… Our bodies will not stop trying to force us to eat when we are mineral deficient.
***Heavy Metals cause mineral deficiency because our Mitochondria can’t make enough energy in order for our cells to digest our food properly.)
Vitally Important Trace Minerals
- Selenium :: vital for Thyroid function
- Magnesium :: needed for thousands of processes within the body
- Zinc :: vital for our immunity & production of hydrochloric acid, balancing hormones, & many other things
- Calcium for our bones etc…
- Iodine for our Thyroid
Read Weight Gain & Resistant Weight Loss for information about eating for Trace Mineral health
GreeMedInfo has recently published an article that says it all… Metalloestrogens: A New Class Of Cancer Causing Estrogens
This is pretty much essential reading if we want to fully understand what heavy metal toxicity is doing to our health.
The Main Heavy Metals Causing Us Major Health Issues
Cadmium is a biggy for me as an ex-smoker…
Cadmium works against us in different, but very significant, ways. It not only disrupts the production of digestive enzymes, which go into decline the older we get, but Cadmium also interferes with the absorption of Zinc…
Zinc is vitally important for the production of hydrochloric acid.
Low zinc levels are associated with mood swings, digestive disturbances, skin problems, vision issues, prostate problems and a reduced sense of taste and smell and appetite.
Zinc is also needed to keep Copper in check, which can cause Oestrogen dominance if we are Zinc deficient.
Thus, Cadmium toxicity leads to impaired gut function which leads to malnutrition and hormone dysfunction, which leads to systemic break-down…
Cadmium directly affects hormones by increasing the amount of natural Killer T Cells in our bodies, which can cause recurrent miscarriages.
Cadmium is stored in the Pituitary Gland, which is responsible for signalling to the Thyroid and Adrenals, as well as the Ovaries. This means that Cadmium can adversely affect the hormonal feedback loop between these glands and, of course, our Ovaries.
It is implicated in low Progesterone and Prolactin, (PRL), aka Luteotropic Hormone, which is needed to produce breast milk.
Failed IVF can also be due to Cadmium.
Cadmium is a leading cause of cancer, and it’s why individuals who smoke cigarette and Cannabis are more likely to get cancer. This is because cannabis and tobacco take up Cadmium from the soil very readily.
Cadmium from coal burning is a big issue within big fish, just like Mercury. Cadmium and Mercury have been released over decades of intense coal burning and have settled into our soils and our seas, polluting everything!
These pollutants bio-accumulate.
Cadmium is obviously also implicated in weight gain and weight loss resistance.
Arsenic is really bad news… it poisons the enzymes that carry the triglycerides out of the fat cells.
Triglycerides can’t pass through cell membranes without Lipoprotein Lipase, a special enzyme attached to the walls of blood vessels that break down triglycerides into free fatty acids and glycerol.
This means that the fat remains locked in our fat cells no matter how much we exercise and diet! If our Lipoprotein Lipase have been poisoned into extinction nothing, but nothing, is going to make us thin again until we get that arsenic out of our bodies.
Arsenic also triggers the Epstein Barr Virus that is lying dormant within a lot of us. Epstein Barr is in certain vaccines, and so we get inoculated with it when we are vaccinated with the offending vaccines. This, in turn, will activate Thyroid antibodies which will start attacking our Thyroid causing Hypothyroidism.
Another way in which Arsenic causes Thyroid issues is that it disrupts Thyroid hormone cell receptor sites.
Hypothyroidism causes obesity.
Sources Of Arsenic
- Conventionally reared eggs… which means, all non-organic eggs… which have a tendency to be in all manner of processed foods…
- Conventional chickens… it’s all in the feed!
- Unfiltered water
- Endosperm of brown rice (along with a bunch of other heavy metals)
***And, sorry, if you were just about to indulge in a big sigh of relief that you’ve been eating organic brown rice all these years… then save your energy… Metals are not tested for in organic food. Organic food could be choc full of Arsenic, Cadmium and Mercury for all anybody knows.
******I tell everyone to avoid buying organic produce from Spain because a lot of their hydroponic facilities are on landfill sites and they use ‘humanure’, which is poop full of Mercury from amalgam fillings etc…
Mercury is another heavy metal to be aware of if you’re a fish lover, like me, or you have amalgam fillings…
Mercury reduces good bacteria in the gut along with Copper, thereby allowing pathogenic bacterial overgrowths to occur, as well as Candida overgrowth and parasitic infection to occur.
All of these things will prevent the proper absorption of nutrients from our food.
Mercury poisons enzymes that help to detox Arsenic and other Heavy Metals. So there’s no getting beyond Arsenic until we detox Mercury!
Mercury gets deposited around the body, but is especially fond of the Hypothalamus, thereby messing up Thyroid signalling right from the get-go.
Mercury can attach itself anywhere in the body. It can attach to our nervous system, any of our Endocrine Glands, (Hormonal Glands), our muscles, or our major organs, like our heart… and when it does this it post our immune system on high alert. All of a sudden, the tissue that the Mercury is attached to is seen as a foreign object, and the body starts attacking it.
This is one form of auto-immunity. And, if your doctor tries to tell you your auto-immune condition is caused by your body attacking itself, then know this… YOUR BODY WILL NEVER ATTACK ITSELF. Your body will only attack objects that it does not recognise as you, and if that’s Xenoestrogens, Pharmaceuticals or Heavy Metals, like Mercury, which attach to your body when they shouldn’t, your body is going to retaliate to try and rid you of these imposters! Especially ones that cause so much damage!
Wherever these tiny toxins bind they create Hapten Cells.
Haptens are small molecule irritants that bind to proteins and elicit an immune response.
Extract from :: Hapten-Induced Contact Hypersensitivity, Autoimmune Reactions, and Tumor Regression: Plausibility of Mediating Antitumor Immunity
Simply put, if Haptens, like Mercury attach to cells in our nervous system we will have neurological issues. If the Haptens attach to an Endocrine Gland, like the Thyroid, then we are going to have Thyroid issues, and so on and so forth…
Our amalgam fillings are constantly vaporising and the Haptens are then attaching to cells throughout the body. When we chew on amalgam fillings or when they get hot the vaporise, as you will see in the two minute video below.
One of the quickest ways to overload your system with Mercury is to have an amalgam filling removed, (which is what made Dr. Pompa’s health crash completely.)
If you need an amalgam filling or a tooth with an amalgam filling extracted then these three things are critical:
- An Oxygen Mask… you need to make sure you don’t inhale or swallow Mercury
- Eye goggles
- Perhaps most importantly, there also needs to be a dam, or a throat plug to ensure no Mercury debris is swallowed
This one minute video shows the horrendous amounts of Mercury Vapour released during an extraction.
Mercury Is Most Damaging Heavy Metal For Hormone Function
- Mercury lowers Progesterone
- Impairs ovulation
- Lowers Thyroid function
Copper, especially in an age that’s so swamped with synthetic Oestrogens, which are causing so much hormone havoc, particularly among women, but also among men, then Copper is also really bad news.
It is also very easy to have too much Copper in the body, especially seeing as a lot of multivitamins carry excessive amounts… Anything over 2mg is enough to cause considerable hormone dysfunction.
Aluminium is associated with really degenerative and retarding conditions like Alzheimer’s and Autism, although Autism is believed by some preeminent authorities to be caused by EMF. (Just follow the link above to learn more about this.)
Aluminium really loves to grab onto nerve tissue and nerve cells, causing all kinds of Central Nervous System issues, and can be very difficult to detox from the brain, where it loves to end up.
***Fluoride, in most toothpastes, and some water supplies, facilitates a greater level of Aluminium absorption.
The body likes to neutralise lead by storing it in the bones, unlike so many other toxins, which are neutralised by being stored in fat.
However, bone density diminishes during and after menopause which means that lead can be re-released into the blood stream, making us tired and irritable. More heavy doses of lead will lead to serious mental health issues.
Obviously dieting will have the same effect on fat stored toxins, so this is something to look out for when losing weight.
We only need 100 parts per billion of Lead to suffer significant assaults on our intelligence. 100 parts per billion of Lead leads to losing 7 points from our IQ. This is bad enough in itself, but we have no idea how Lead impacts on our health when it is mixed with other heavy metals, like Mercury, Arsenic and Cadmium etc…
Nickel mimics Oestrogens, which creates an Oestrogen-dominant environment.
Nickel also reduces Iodine uptake within our Thyroids which makes us gain weight, and also inhibits growth hormone, which is needed to build muscle and lose weight.
Nickel can be found in our Mercury fillings and dental braces as well as in a lot of fast foods and processed foods.
Nickel is used as a catalyst to introduce hydrogen into fats to make them have an inordinately long shelf life. These are called partially hydrogenated fats. They are in practically all processed foods, like cakes, crackers, biscuits and cereals etc… and they are also in margarines and other artificial solid fats.
Shell fish is a source of Nickel also.
Copper increases Oestrogen and decreases Progesterone.
This is the last thing we need in a world that is already awash with Synthetic Oestrogens!
The production of Progesterone and Oestrogen are strongly correlated to the Copper : Zinc ratio in the body.
Zinc helps our bodies to produce Progesterone and Copper helps our bodies to make Oestrogen. In order for your body to make Testosterone it also needs Zinc.
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS
Too Much Copper To Zinc
This can be caused by an over exposure to Copper or an inability to detoxify Copper.
- Insomnia & inability to stay asleep throughout the night :: sleep disturbances and intermittent awakenings
- Hair loss :: Too much Copper negatively impacts Vitamin C, which slows circulation to the scalp and hair follicles
- Skin issues
- Thread veins :: broken capillaries :: again, because the Copper eats up our Vitamin C, it weakens the capillaries
- Facial hair :: problems with whiskers on the bottom of our chin
- Big issues with anxiety – too much Copper equals mental overload :: an exhausted body, but an overactive mind
- Weight gain or weight loss are both indicated in too much Copper, because Copper affects the Thyroid…
Sources of Copper
- Nuts & Seeds (esp. Cashew & Sunflower seeds)
- Chocolate (ouch!)
- Tea (conventional, including black, white and green teas)
- Multivitamins (big problem!)
- Copper IUD
- Copper pans
- High Copper content amalgam dental fillings
- Water :: Copper can be used to control algae outgrowths in reservoirs, & Copper pipes could also be implicated
- We can inherit Copper from our mothers during gestation
Why Can’t We Process Copper?
The short answer… There’s too much of it!
High Calcium :: Too much Calcium is protective of high levels of Copper.
It’s not good to supplement with Calcium, so it’s important to eat plentiful dark leafy greens from as many different varieties of sources as possible. Dark leafy greens contain lots of other minerals, including Magnesium.
Weight Gain & Resistant Weight Loss is a companion piece to this article in many respects. You will learn more about synthetic hormones and the disastrous impact they have on our health, as well as the importance of trace minerals and where to find them.
Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K2 features heavily in the above video. Read Hormone Health Part Three to learn all about this.
How To Combat Copper
There’s a number of trace elements that help to balance Copper, none more so than Zinc…
Zinc balances Copper, which in turn balance Oestrogen and Progesterone levels… so more Zinc Gluconate, (rather than Citrate etc…) is an ideal way to balance Copper levels.
Dosage of Zinc Gluconate :: no more than 45mg per day
Zinc also benefits us by boosting our immune system and being anti-viral. In addition, it’s good for bones health and mental health as well as being a great anti-anxiety agent.
More Magnesium helps to balance Copper as well as Zinc.
Magnesium also is Calcium blocking which helps reduce too much Calcium in our tissues.
More Molybdenum trace mineral which is also great against Candida
Those that can’t metabolise Copper tend to have an inability to metabolise Sulphur, so they will really benefit from Molybdenum.
MTHFR gene types need a little help detoxing Copper, for example.
If you’ve got onion and garlic assimilation issues, then you also have a problem with Sulphur foods.
So, it’s time for some Molybdenum 🙂 (Molybdenum is found in leafy greens and eggs as well as some nuts and legumes).
Take L-Methionine 500mg two times a day for Copper detox
Black Radish is also an excellent blocker and binder to excess metals… Black Radish is especially good as it detoxes all Heavy Metals, which usually go hand in hand with excess Copper, especially Mercury!
Iodine is vital for Thyroid function and it is painfully difficult to find it in our diets.
Where I Get My Trace Minerals
I eat Brazil nuts (two large or four small, daily) for Selenium.
For Iodine intake I eat a fair amount of seaweed, but Kelp tablets are great, also.
I eat a load of Organic leafy greens for Magnesium, and I use the Swanson Magnesium Oil (Magnesium doesn’t like to enter the body via the digestive tract so much… it prefers entry via the skin).
For Zinc, I eat a lot of Organic Meat, (no Pork as it feels wrong for me personally), and a good amount of eggs as well as a good Zinc supplement every now and again… especially as I need a better Zinc to Copper ratio 🙂
I also eat a minimum of 3 servings of organic chicken livers a week as this is the best single food you can eat for Zinc and Vitamin D (which is a hormone) and a whole host of other things..!
I make a dairy free, delicious pate… from Organic Chicken Livers
IMPORTANT If you have Copper issues, you will also need extra Zinc plus a very important trace mineral Molybdenum, as above.
***Copper causes Hypo and Hyper-Thyroidism!
Check your multi-vitamin and see if you’re getting more than 2mg per day via this… if you are, it’s enough to cause facial hair, and cranial hair-loss, (just not fair is it!?!), as well as hot sweats and insomnia!
This is a very little known fact… so you may find it difficult to corroborate.
Ann Louise Gittleman will, however, set you straight!
I NEVER EAT PROCESSED FOODS!
***Every now and then I lie a little! 😉
Titanium Oxide isn’t a heavy metal, it’s actually a transition metal which is a naturally occurring mineral that is used as a bright white pigment in paint, called Titanium White, as well as in the food industry as a colouring agent, as well as in many high SPF factor sunscreens and cosmetics, etc…
Despite not being a heavy metal I felt it deserved a mention here because of it’s relationship with an increasingly prevalent condition… Fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is quickly becoming an epidemic, but, it’s yet another painful condition that is needlessly causing a lot of suffering… And sadly, we are all slowly marching our way towards this, and many other degenerative conditions, without even knowing it.
Toxicity is the cause, but, according to Dr Group, Titanium Oxide is the leading cause of Fibromyalgia and pain in general.
So, it’s probably wise to remove Titanium Oxide from our lives as much as possible.
****The flavonoid Quercetin inhibits Titanium Dioxide
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