Monthly Archives: September 2012

Everyday Exposure To Heavy Metals: Is Your Family Safe?

Pesticides, food processing, beauty products, food packaging, cleaning products.

We often think of our homes as a sanctuary, a place of safety we can go to for rest and relaxation, to recharge and also a place where life happens with the family. Ask yourself, are you conscious of what exactly goes into the food you eat, water you drinks, and air you breathe?Is your family exposed to heavy metals on a daily basis?

Many of the products we use have heavy metals in them, and over time, these heavy metals can build up in our bodies and have a negative impact on health. It is important to be alert to the potential sources on heavy metal in our lives and strive to avoid them when possible.

Of course there are very little of few heavy metals that we need that are essential for our healthy functioning:  zinc, copper, manganese, cobalt and etc. However these heavy metals will become toxic to us when quantity is too high!

Are You At Risk?

How do they get into the body?
Heavy metals can enter your body through drinking, eating, inhaling, and skin and eye contact. Once in the body they do damage on the cellular level by causing dangerous free radicals production. The damage that they do is on the cellular level, and can cause cancer and many other diseases.

Mercury Toxins
Sometimes mercury is detectable in produce, livestock, processed grains and dairy products. Usually, though, it’s found in fish and other water animals.

Warning! These Products May Contain Mercury…

Dental Fillings
If you have amalgam fillings in your teeth (the silver shiny ones) then chances are your body has some level of metal toxicity. These fillings are quite cheap in comparison to porcelain fillings, but overtime they degenerate, and mercury ends up in our bodies and our bloodstream. It may be best to go to a dentist and get them replaced as soon as you can.

Fish
Depending on how high up a certain fish is in the food chain, depends on how much bioaccumulation has occurred and how toxic the fish is. This is why bigger fish such as tuna, swordfish, farmed salmon and shark tend to have the highest concentrations. Also, make sure you choose a high quality realiable brand of fish oil supplement!

Vaccines
Talk with your doctor about thimerosal before allowing your child (or yourself) to be vaccinated for any disease.

Aluminium Toxins
It is present in many items that you would expect and many that you would not. Sure, we know that aluminium is present in foil, cans and cookware. But did you know that it’s found in antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, nasal spray and processed cheese?

Warning! These Products Contain Aluminum…

Cookware
The heating of metals such as aluminium is what can cause them to leach into our food. Did you know that fats will disolve aluminium faster? This is why it is important not to cook anything wrapped in aluminium foil, and choose ceramic cookware over non-stick.

Cosmetics
Most anti-perspirant deodorants contain aluminium, which is the active substance that blocks our pores and prevents us from sweating. This is absorbed straight into our body!

Canned food and Aluminium Foil
Those cans you drink your sodas from leach aluminum miscoscopically into the drink, and it is carried right into your body.

Lead Toxins
Contaminated drinking water, old homes, and tobacco smoke can contain dangerous amounts of lead. Smokers and those exposed to second hand smoke can get poisoned by lead. Lead enters the body by ingesting or inhaling. When it goes into the bloodstream, it goes into the bones and into the soft tissues and organs.

Warning! These Products Contain Lead…

There are a multitude of other sources of heavy metals that we come in contact with daily…

  • The air you breathe can be laden with heavy metals, too.
  • Cigarette smoke and air pollution load your system with cadmium.
  • Arsenic and other heavy metals abound in air pollution, including those metals injected into the air from the use of coal.
  • The use of wood preservatives, batteries, paint, floor waxes and polishes, and plastics.
  • Jewellery is often plated with nickel or made from nickel alloys.

Certain professions are also at higher risk for mercury exposure including anyone in the dental occupation, laboratory workers, hairdressers, painters, printers, welders, metalworkers, cosmetic workers, battery makers, engravers, photographers, visual artists and potters.

How Can I Protect Myself from Toxic Heavy Metals?

You need to make the active effort to avoid heavy metal exposure.

  • Remove your dental mercury amalgams immediately. Be sure to find a good dentist who knows how to remove mercury fillings.
  • Eliminate exposure to aluminium in all products as much as you can, including antiperspirants, cookware and utensils. Try not to purchase food or drink in aluminium cans.
  • Watch what you eat. Pay attention to where your seafood comes from.
  • Go for green cleaning products!

If you suspect you or your family may have been exposed to toxic metals or have symptoms of heavy metal toxicity, then it is best to get them tested and determine what levels of metals that is contaminating body tissues. One treatment you can opt for to remove heavy metals is chelation therapy. Chelation therapy is a highly effective treatment for removing heavy metals AND improving blood flow to all organs especially the heart and beneficial in diabetic complications (wound healing). Although it was first used to treat heavy metal poisoning, chelation has since proven valuable for the treatment of heart disease and other circulatory disorders.

If you would like to know more about chelation, please contact us at +603 62030980.

To better health,

Dr Nor

Is Your Child Hyperactive?

A hyperactive child can be a great source of stress and concern for parents. This type of child can need a lot of monitoring and parents can become worried about the possible causes for the restless behaviour.

Understanding Hyperactive Children

“Hyperactive” is a way to describe children who are constantly fidgeting or otherwise always on the go. The first concern for parents of a hyperactive child tends to be the worry that their son or daughter might have Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). While children with ADHD do suffer from hyperactivity not all hyperactive children have ADHD – in fact most don’t. Just because a child is hyperactive does not mean that they have ADHD. The reality is that child hyperactivity is a common occurrence and most children will grow out of it by the time they attend primary school.