Toxic Elements and Heavy Metals
Toxic elements are those which do not provide any necessary function in the human body, and are not supposed to be there
They are indispensable in our lives, but they also have an influence on our health. An accumulation of toxic elements through harmful emissions, everyday items, exposure in the workplace, water supply or diet makes for a steady and gradual build up of these poisonous substances.
The most common poisonous elements which get into our bodies through the environment are Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, Quicksilver and Aluminium. Studies show that even the slightest toxic load can lead to genotoxic damage in living creatures.
A “normal” test result (Whole Blood, Blood Serum) is no guarantee that there are no deposits of Arsenic, Lead, Cadmium, Quicksilver, Aluminium etc. in the organism. Yet through homeostatic life-preserving mechanisms, poisonous elements can be eliminated from the blood relatively quickly.
If raised levels do not show up in the blood, there could simply have been a compartmental shift (deposits in the bodily tissue). The only current method by which to record heavy metal deposits is with a determination made using the Hair, or with a Urine Excretion Test drawn out with a chelating agent.
If one takes nutritional supplements without an awareness of diet, nutritional records and/or a survey of exactly which elements are problematic, all enzyme systems (metabolism, enzymes, hormones) will be disturbed. This includes those which otherwise function normally without supplements of vital substances, as well as those which require the supplements. Interactive and antagonistic metals respectively will also be partly removed.
Thresholds for poisonous elements can and may only constitute guidance values, as single results taken without any perspective of the whole body invariably lead to misinterpretations.
Even small amounts of toxic stress leads to consequences for every aspect of a normal metabolism. A “harmless” level does not exist!
Before using supplements such as orthomolecular medicines, advice should be sought from a physician or pharmacist who is well-informed about orthomolecular treatments. Information provided here is not intended to give or represent a medical diagnosis or treatment plan.
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