Toxic Metals According to Dr. Lawrence Wilson
Toxic metals are among the worst cause of health problems on planet earth today. They can cause every imaginable symptom. Sometimes they act like replacement parts in a car or aircraft that can fit in, but do not measure up to the original parts. Another analogy is to imagine you live in a wooden house and over the years the wood rots or becomes damaged. Instead of replacing them with the correct boards, you use whatever is around such as tar paper, cardboard, twigs or tree branches. Your house might still stand for a while, but it will lose its structural integrity.
When the body is missing vital minerals in the diet such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc, it absorbs toxic minerals from the environment to keep functioning. The toxic metals include lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, nickel, fluoride, antimony, beryllium and others. These often function in enzymes to some extent, but not nearly as well as the physiological mineral. All toxic metals are neurotoxic. They contribute to hundreds of health conditions.
Lead is called the dullness and horror mineral. It may contribute to over 100 human conditions, including neuromuscular and bone diseases, fractures, mental retardation, hyperactivity, anemia, and many others. Some historians believe the Roman Empire fell because lead water pipes slowly poisoned the people and decreased their intelligence. Sources of lead include old paint, inks, pesticides, a few hair dyes, solder and other metal products.
Cadmium is called the pseudo-masculine and violence mineral. It can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, fatigue, arthritis, violence, infections, back pain and other conditions. Sources are cigarette or marijuana smoke, refined foods and tap water. Some is also found in most coffee and tea.
Mercury is called the mad hatter mineral. This is because it was used in hat-making 150 years ago in America and those who worked with it became somewhat strange, or mad. It is extremely widespread today and most people have some degree of mercury toxicity. Major sources are silver amalgam dental fillings, eating any fish or seafood, especially larger fish such as tuna and swordfish. These should be strictly avoided. Shellfish are terrible as well and should be avoided. Other sources include contact lens solution, many vaccines including flu shots, and a few other products. Mercury toxicity can contribute to hypothyroidism, impaired immune system, digestive problems such as yeast infections, emotional difficulties, learning disabilities, ADHD and many other conditions. For more on mercury, read Mercury on this website.
Aluminum is called the soft in the head mineral. This is because it is a rather soft toxic metal and is associated with memory impairment and dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease. Aluminum is widely used in beverage cans, aluminum foils, antiperspirants, antiacids, and aluminum cookware. Most table salt has added aluminum, as does most tap water. Peppermint, spearmint and wintergreen are naturally high in aluminum.
Arsenic is the slow death mineral. It was formerly used often to poison people one did not like. Today it is easily detectable with hair analysis, so that is not done much. Too much arsenic contributes to liver and kidney damage, weakness, diarrhea, muscle spasms, headaches and other symptoms. Sources include pesticides, beer, tap water, table salt, paints and other chemical products. It is common in our food supply, unfortunately, because of its use in pesticides that have now poisoned the soil in many areas. Organic agriculture is better, but does not guarantee an arsenic-free product.