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Sources of Heavy Metals
Dr. Claire Riendeau is a naturopathic doctor specializing in nutrition and functional medicine, with many complex cases involving long-term chronic infections and environmental toxicity. Claire has earned two doctorate degrees, Doctor of Naturopathy and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, is certified in Metabolic Nutrition and holds a Diploma of Homeopathic Medicine. She is a member of the American Naturopathic Medical Association and the International Foundation for Nutrition and Health. She is a widely sought out lecturer and provider for environmental illnesses such as Lyme disease.
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Cadmium contaminates our air, food, and water. Food is the most important source, as many commercial foods are grown on cadmium-rich sewage sludge that is sold as commercial fertilizer. Shellfish and bottom-feeding fish concentrate industrial contamination from waterways. Much of the seafood in the Atlantic Coast comes from the Chesapeake Bay, one of the most polluted waters. It is also one of the world’s largest naval shipyards and contains high amounts of cadmium and PCBs from barnacle-proofing bottom paints. The greatest source of airborne contamination is from burning of fossil fuels such as oil, auto, and industrial exhaust, municipal incinerations of plastics and batteries, coal furnaces for electricity, etc. Drinking water has become progressively more contaminated while softened water (from your water softener) and acidic water (from chlorine and other chemicals) hold even more cadmium.
Many occupations and exposures magnify the possibility of cadmium toxicity: auto mechanics, glass makers, jewelers, lithographers, graders, sculptors, textile printers, painters, and jobs working with solder, welding, plating, ceramics, and pottery (or eating and drinking from unglazed pottery), electric instruments, electroplating, mining and refining, paints, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, pigments, plastics, dental amalgams, and people wearing porcelain dental crowns, and more. In essence, you cannot find a person without excessive cadmium exposure (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 1990).
The half-life of cadmium in the body is ten to thirty years.
Cadmium causes hypertension, angina, high cholesterol, benign prostate hypertrophy or prostatitis, prostate cancer, other cancers, osteoporosis, bizarre neurologic syndromes, hormone deficiencies, glandular failures like hypothyroidism, depression, puzzling pain syndromes, migraines, ringing in the ears, arthritis, emphysema, chronic fatigue, protein-losing kidney disease, and symptoms that baffle specialists and super-specialists.
Refined foods (low zinc to cadmium levels)
Atmospheric pollution (automobiles, foundries)
Large fish (organic complexing)
- Common Sources of Chronic Stress
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- Gluten Intolerance
- Heavy Metals
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