Categories: Health, Toxic Load

Cadmium Toxicity

Symptoms of Cadmium Toxicity

Alopecia, anemia, atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid bone repair, inhibited cancer, cardiovascular disease, cerebral hemorrhage, cholesterol, elevated cirrhosis of the liver, diabetes, emphysema, enlarged heart, failure-to-thrive syndrome-fertility, decreased hyperlipidaemia, hyperactivity in children, hypertension, hypoglycaemia, inflammation, lung disease, migraine headaches, osteoporosis, renal disease, schizophrenia, lowered sex drive, strokes, vascular disease.

Sources of Cadmium Toxicity

Studies have revealed that cigarette, pipe and cigar smokers have abnormally high levels of cadmium in their bodies. Cadmium is used in plastics and in the production of nickel-cadmium batteries. It can be found in drinking water, fertilizer, fungicides, pesticides, soil, industrial air pollution, refined graines, rice, coffee, tea, soft drinks, paints, welding, pigments, galvanized pipes, auto exhaust, industrial smoke and wastes, some natural supplements such as dolomite and bone meal and marijuana. Also large ocean fish – tuna, cod, haddock.

How Cadmium Toxicity Affects Your Health

  • Energy– cadmium causes strong inhibition of essential enzymes in the Krebs energy cycle
  • Nervous system – cadmium inhibits release of acetylcholine and activates cholinesterase. This results in a tendency for hyperactivity of the nervous system. Cadmium also directly damages nerve cells.
  • Bones and Joints – cadmium alters calcium and phosphorus metabolism, thus contributing to arthritis, osteoporosis, and neuromuscular diseases.
  • Cardiovascular system – cadmium replaces zinc in the arteries, contributing to brittle, inflexible arteries.
  • Digestive system – cadmium interferes with production of digestive enzymes that require zinc.
  • Male reproductive system – prostate problems and impotence can result from cadmium-induced zinc deficiency.
  • Endocrine system – zinc is required for growth and insulin release. Cadmium can contribute to failure to thrive, delayed growth development, and diabetes.
  • Excretory system – cadmium accumulates in the kidneys, resulting in high blood pressure and kidney disease.
  • Dental – alterations in calcium and vitamin D activity, caused by cadmium toxicity, can result in cavities and tooth deformities.
  • Psychological – cadmium toxicity is associated with learning disorders and hyperactivity. This may be due to zinc deficiency, or to inhibition of acetylcholine release in the brain.

Nutritional Support

Ozone, selenium, sulfur, kidney glandular, zinc and calcium.

Interaction Chart

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