Monday, August 15, 2016

Heavy Metals & Testing

Heavy Metals

Today, probably more than any time in the history of man we are exposed to an incredible plethora of toxic elements. Heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and aluminum, are in our food, water, atmosphere, vaccines, and especially our dental fillings.

Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, antibiotics, and hormones are in most of the food we eat, unless you eat organic. Processed foods are full of preservatives and other chemicals which if consumed non-diluted would most certainly be fatal.

Finally, many of the containers we routinely use are full of chemicals that can leach into the foodstuffs they are designed to hold. All in all, regardless of how things appear, we live in a toxic soup.

Where do Heavy Metals come from?

Some heavy metals occur naturally in the environment (arsenic in well water); most are a result of industrial pollution.

Mercury, the most toxic of all heavy metals, is found in fish and shellfish , amalgam fillings, air from spills, incinerators and industries that burn mercury-containing fuels, preservatives in vaccines (Thimerosol), workplace contamination (dental, health services, chemical, and other industries that use mercury), contamination of supplements (non purified fish oil or cod liver oil; herbs from China or India).
Lead is found in old, lead based paint and in ceramic products. It contaminates the environment through burning fossil fuels, mining, and manufacturing (production of batteries, ammunition, metal products - solder and pipes - and devices to shield X-rays).

Arsenic is used as a wood preservative (contamination through breathing saw dust), in pesticides, semiconductors and car batteries. It is also found in well water and fish.

What are the Symptoms of Heavy Metal Toxicity?

As Heavy Metals affect many organs and functions of the body, they elicit complaints and symptoms that are different from person to person and do not easily fit into the usual diagnostic categories. Therefore they often are difficult to diagnose.

 Here are some of the symptoms of chronic mercury toxicity:

Nervous System: Irritability, low concentration, memory loss, insomnia, depression, anxiety, tingling of the extremities, tremors, disturbed sense of smell and taste (metallic taste), unexplained burning sensation or numbness, pain, headaches, fatigue, tinnitus.

Immune System: Chronic or frequent viral, bacterial or fungal (Candida) infections, autoimmune disorders, allergies. The EPA has determined that methyl-mercury is a possible human carcinogen.
Cardiovascular: Abnormal heart rhythm, high blood pressure, cardiomyopathy.
Skin: Eczema, allergies.

Endocrine System: Hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, adrenal disease, infertility.

Gastrointestinal: Food sensitivities, bacterial or fungal overgrowth, recurrent parasitic infections, abdominal cramps, irritable bowl symptoms.

Systemic: Premature aging, fatigue, fibromyalgia.

Are you ready to test to see if you have heavy metals? 

Osumex has simple to use at home test kit for a preliminary determination of the presence of an identified range of heavy metals.

These heavy metals comprises:
cadmium, cobalt, copper, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel, zinc

The HMTG kit utilises chemical reagents to show the presence of heavy metals. The free metal ions of the heavy metals, if present, stimulate a colour change to the reagents. Accordingly, the more metal ions are present, the stronger the resultant colour change.

The HMTG kit is suitable for testing any liquid medium such as saliva, urine, breast milk, tap water, etc., provided that the liquid is fairly clear preferably without suspended solids or sediments. Straining the liquid to be tested would be a good idea to achieve a clear colour change and for an easier reading. Solids such as food, supplements, raw fish, etc. can be tested after it has been soaked in distilled water for 24 hours or treated. For example, to test raw fish, place it in a microwave and heat for about 20 seconds to extract juices from it. The juice from the fish can be tested for the presence of heavy metals ions.

The HMT General kit can be used to test for:
*mercury leaked from amalgam dental fillings - use saliva
*heavy metals in the body - use urine but it will not show mercury because the presence of any other metal will "mask" it
*mercury in fish - use juice from cooking a chunk of the fish in a microwave
*heavy metals in water such as tap, well, ground, etc
*mercury in breast milk
*heavy metals in environmental solids by liquidizing or soaking the item in distilled water for 24 hours, then filter, prior to testing
*heavy metals in herbs or medication by soaking the item in distilled water for 24 hours, then filter, prior to testing

The first step to healing is knowing where you stand. Do you know your heavy metal levels? 

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