Beautiful morning. You are walking down the street dressed to the nines in anticipation of a great meeting with your client. You are confident and excited.
Suddenly, the crippling pain shoots right from your toe. You cannot move and try to find something to lean on. You don’t feel part of your foot. Spasm and pain practically paralyzed you. Short of breath, you could only do one thing, pray! It lasted 15 minutes.
Little did you know that you have heavy metal toxicity symptoms.
That woman was me!
1. Peripheral Neuropathy. Hurts Like Hell!
Well, when you hear the phrase “heavy metals”, what comes in mind?
Like you, probably, I have never even given it a thought… until I knew the name of my chemo ‘cocktail’ when in 2011 I was going through chemotherapy. It’s called TCH: Taxotere, Carboplatin, and Herceptin. First two are standard chemo drugs contained heavy metals. They were part of the mixture with the purpose to stop cancer cell division.
When these strong chemicals entering your body, you don’t have the slightest idea what’s going to happen. Doctors, unfortunately, don’t tell you that side effects from toxic heavy metals are not a short time thing. And even 8 years after chemo my body reminds me about it over and over.
I can wake up in the middle of the night from sudden spasm in my toe when it’s locked in a square angle position. Spasm is so strong that there is absolutely nothing you can do. There is no force in the universe to “unlock” it. Trust me, I tried!
You feel your toe is made from steel. You can only scream quietly and try to “buy” time waiting when it’s over. And it can happen a few times a night.
Please don’t feel sorry for me. Today you don’t have to be a cancer patient or a cancer survivor to have this debilitating condition called peripheral neuropathy. Many people struggle with it, and one of the cause is exposure to toxins and heavy metals.
In simple terms, you have peripheral nerves that carry signals from the brain and spinal cord to internal organs and muscles. When toxins damage those nerves, you have pain, a pins-and-needles sensation, numbness or a strong spasm. Hurts like hell!
The worst part is that this SOB can’t be cured. It is also chronic and with you for life.
Look at my toe. Scary, isn’t it?
2. Totally Bold – What Doctors Don’t Tell You
Do you love your hair? I do! I have beautiful hair.
At all times hair was always a symbol of woman’s identity. I was not an exception. An idea that I lose my hair after chemo made me angry.
I will never forget a day when I was sitting in a chair of the hair salon ready for a crew cut. Next, I remember I got a rock in my throat, tears started running down my face and I hardly could brief. Couple seconds later I got up and left.
Well, I am glad I did. I kept my hair and got my chemo done. But it’s another story.
A few years later, to my horror, I noticed on TV disturbing advertisement for a class action lawsuit. Victims were (and still are!) a lot of women who got Taxotere in chemo cocktail and allegedly became TOTALLY BOLD!
I couldn’t believe my eyes! It could’ve been me!
How would you feel becoming bold for life? Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps.
If you are so fortunate and don’t know what chemo like, it might mean nothing. But like in my toe story, alopecia which is hair loss can strike anyone. One of the causes is toxic heavy metals like thallium and mercury. They bind to a special group of keratins, damage hair follicle, resulting in excessive shedding and possible total hair loss.
So, if one morning you see your comb is full of hair and you exclaim “OMG,” please remember my story.
3. Heavy Metals. Facts and Fiction
Are you in shock? No?
If you still have lingering doubts, let’s get more facts.
Important questions are: What are heavy metals and why are they so dangerous?
So, let’s put our investigative hat on.
There are approximately 95 metals of the 118 elements in the Mendeleev’s Periodic Table. You can classify them in different ways, including by atomic mass. This is how Mendeleev grouped them.
Now big myth that all heavy metals are dangerous. This is NOT TRUE!
For some heavy metals “forms” and “doses”– this is what determines if they are toxic.
Certain heavy metals like iron and zinc are essential nutrients and not toxic in small amounts. They have their place in the human body. Iron, for example, affect hemoglobin, selenium is a vital component of the enzyme glutathione (liver function), zinc plays an important role in iron metabolism.
Other heavy metals—cadmium, lead, arsenic, mercury—have no biological role. They are toxic or carcinogenic. They disrupt your endocrine system and alter your hormones. You can have damage to your central nervous system, liver, kidneys, skin, and bones. The list of scary effects is endless. And the biggest danger is the chronic nature of their toxicity!
But why are we so vulnerable?
A human body is an excellent bio-accumulator. You can have harmful metals in your nails, hair or other tissues, deposited in your fat reserve or secreted by the kidneys. They bind to proteins, form complex compounds and disrupt crucial cellular functions. Result? We get sick.
4. Erin Brockovich! Where Are You?
Well, it’s not only about cosmetics. It’s about everything.
Have you ever watched the 2000 movie “Erin Brockovich” with Julia Roberts? If not, I strongly suggest you do it.
It is a story about one stubborn and passionate woman who went against a big gas and electric company to fight water contamination in her hometown Hinkley in California. She exposed the case of leaking toxic Chromium 6 into the groundwater for over 30(!) years. It was 1993. Her investigation resulted in the most massive action lawsuit of its kind.
Chromium 6 is a cancer-causing heavy metal. According to the Environmental Working Group, an independent advocacy group, it shows a higher than normal amount in the tap water affecting two-thirds of the US population.
Well, what kind of water are you drinking? Are you safe?
5. Are Odds In Your Favor?
Today you can get toxic heavy metals from everywhere!
Do you drive? They are in your car. Do you play golf? Golf clubs! Cooking? Don’t forget about your self-cleaning oven. How about plastics and mobile phones? How many times a day do you touch those? And of course food and air.
So, you inhale or touch, – heavy metals are in your tissue doing their dirty deeds 24/7. Results? See for yourself:
- Permanent brain damage
- Low IQ
- Growth retardation
- High blood pressure
- Nervous system problems
- Kidney damage
- Low sex hormone level
- Premature aging
- Cancer – skin, bladder, kidney, and lung
- Weak immune system
- Damaged pancreas
- Excessive perspiration
- Muscle tenderness and weakness
- Unusual skin pigmentation
- Hard patches on palms and soles of the feet
As you see, odds are not in your favor.
Alzheimer’s… You Are on Your Own!
Speaking about heavy metal toxicity symptoms, let’s not forget Alzheimer’s Disease.
I didn’t know anything about AD until a few years ago. Suddenly, during dinner or branch, my mom-in-law could start asking me every couple of minutes if I wanted a glass of water. It was painful to watch how that beautiful lady was losing her brainpower. For many years she was a great bridge player.
So, if the nervous system problems and brain damage are results of harmful chemicals, are Alzheimer’s and heavy metals connected? Even though nobody knows for sure, there is an apparent relationship between this devastating memory-robbing disease and toxic metals like cadmium, aluminum, and mercury.
A number of new Alzheimer’s cases grows exponentially, and the worst part is that there is no hope on Big Farma. The disease is so complicated that even scientists are not sure how it works.
At the time of this writing, The Wall Street Journal reported that shares of Biogen, the prominent drug maker, plunged because their Alzheimer’s drug trials failed. All previous attempts of other pharmaceutical companies to develop AD drug failed as well. So, remember: if anything, you are on your own!
So, are you at risk? Is there a “bright future” for you? Will you enjoy life 20 years from now?
If you see yourself walking along the Gulf of Mexico in the beautiful morning, playing golf or taking a cruise to the exotic destination, it’s time to ACT NOW! It’s time to take heavy metals toxicity symptoms seriously to have that “bright future…”
Please don’t fail your body. Or your body will fail you.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
Founder of Detox Generation
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