Ghouls and goblins may be spooky, but what should really give you the creeps this Halloween is the decorative makeup you might be putting on your face. New evidence from the nonprofit Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan shows many novelty face paints used for Halloween are tainted with toxic heavy metals like cadmium and lead.
Your Halloween Costume May be Hazardous to Your Health
Researchers at the Ecology Center tested 31 types of novelty makeup you can find on the shelves of big name outlets and party stores all over the country. Every single product contained traces of some kind of metal, but that is just the beginning. More than half of the products contained cadmium, a toxic heavy metal linked to cancer, birth defects and brain damage. Other toxic metals like mercury and lead were also detected.
Even more disturbing is the popularity of these products with children. Kids dressing up as comical clowns and blood-sucking vampires routinely have their faces painted to match, but dress-up can turn ugly if toxic metals are involved. Children are especially at risk because their growing bodies and developing brains are more vulnerable to toxins like heavy metals. The health campaign director of the Ecology Center says parents should err on the side of caution until we know more about what levels of these metals are safe or unsafe for our children.
Representatives of some of the manufacturers insist their products have been tested to ensure legal levels of heavy metals, but health advocates say legal levels for topical products may be far too high. Not enough testing has been done to determine how much of these products are absorbed through the skin. Our skin is highly permeable, and putting these toxic metals on our skin may be no more safe than putting them straight into our mouths.
This Halloween the wise choice would be to avoid commercial makeup by either making your own at home or simply going without. When it comes to your health and that of your children, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Montgomery Alabama USA
Horsham Victoria Australia
Heavy metals are natural metallic elements – mercury, lead, zinc, copper, arsenic, aluminum, cadmium, nickel, tin uranium, barium, bismuth, and platinum. Some of these metals, like zinc and copper, are required in trace amounts by our bodies for optimum health. However, other heavy metals that have been found in our bodies serve no purpose once in our bodies, and they’re actually toxic to our systems. On their own, our bodies cannot completely eliminate toxins once they’ve been introduced, so they continue to accumulate with repeated exposure. Heavy metals are all around in our environment – in our air, soil, water supply, food, cosmetics, products we use on a daily basis, factory and auto emissions, medicine, fuel and personal care products, not to mention in the vaccines that can be introduced into our systems on a systematically scheduled basis.
Children absorb toxins much quicker than adults. They are also more susceptible to the effects that heavy metals can leave in their systems, which can possibly lead to neurological and psychological disorders. Symptoms of toxicity can include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, irritability, memory problems, seizures, coma, irreversible brain damage and cardiovascular problems. And what’s worse is, the more of the metals in the body, the more damage can occur; high concentrations can even eventually cause death. Because there are so many toxins in the environment, everyone has at least some trace amounts in their system. Studies have revealed that individuals who live in polluted or industrial areas may have a higher concentration of heavy metals than those living in non-polluted areas. But if this is true, why isn’t everyone ill from the effects of these heavy metals in our bodies?
We all don’t become notably ill from heavy metal toxicity because all humans do not process every contaminate in the same manner; some of us experience compromised immune systems while others go on to experience good health. The degree to which people are affected by toxic heavy metal exposure will depend on their body’s immune system and their ability to process these heavy metal toxins.
Heavy metals have been linked to diseases and disorders like autism, diabetes, cancer, liver disease, cataracts, HIV infection, respiratory infection, Alzheimer’s disease, cystic fibrosis, heart attacks, strokes and pulmonary fibrosis, to name a few. And studies have shown that heavy metals in the system of a mother can be transmitted to a fetus. When this happens, exposure then to environmental factors can lead to an accumulation of toxic heavy metals within a fetus’ system. Later on in life, if the child’s body does not produce enough antioxidants to detoxify the metals, this exposure can result in health disorders, such as autism.
People with autism are often deficient in a protein that’s naturally produced by the human body – glutathione; a powerful antioxidant that helps the body detoxify toxic heavy metals. Without glutathione, heavy metals have no natural way eliminate from the human body.
So what does glutathione have to do with autism and the levels of heavy metals in the system of someone on the autism spectrum? Research has shown time and time again that autistic children most often have an excessive level of heavy metals in their bodies, especially mercury.
Studies show MaxGXL – a top-selling glutathione supplement – increases glutathione levels in individuals on the autism spectrum as it reduces levels of other toxic, heavy metals within the human body. In these studies, caregivers of individuals with autism also noticed a reduction in many problematic behaviors associated with autism.
Fairfield California USA
Cotonou (de facto capital)
City of Lake Macquarie Australia
Cadmium heavy metal toxicity is like a thief in the night that doesn’t leave footprints.
Cadmium affects the thyroid function by lowering the T3 active thyroid hormone, although it does not raise the TSH which is the brains message to produce more thyroid hormone. When doctors test for thyroid function they test the TSH levels which most often appear normal despite lowered T3 levels.
With a normal lab test result, physicians will often blame their patients for complaining and overreacting, instead of taking the complaints serious.
It is important to have adequate levels of zinc, as fortunately zinc is able to displace the cadmium and kick it out of prostate storage. Selenium is also effective in protecting the body against cadmium toxicity.
High levels of nutrients that assist detoxification are of utmost importance to keep from developing symptoms of heavy metal toxicity.
You can read more about toxicity at my blog http://www.whatistoxicity.com/. You will find important information on toxic substances, its affects on humans and the environment, and what you can do about it.
Andorra, Andorra la Vella,
Egypt Cairo: city limits
New York City New York USA
In Our Food
Heavy metals in our diet are a serious threat. Here is one example: it is has been known for decades that Cadmium in our food is a health problem. Cadmium, which can cause kidney disease and cancer, is a natural part of the earth’s crust. Its presence, though, in the wider environment is increased by human activity. Cadmium is used in the electroplating of other metals such as steel because it is especially resistant to corrosion. It is also used as a stabilizer in PVC plastics. It is a major component of rechargeable “NiCad” (Nickel-Cadmium) batteries. Cadmium is released into the environment through the mining and smelting of zinc, Lead and Copper, the combustion of coal, wood and oil, waste incineration and the application of phosphate fertilizers or sewage sludge to soil.
Cadmium released into the air eventually settles on land, including land used for food production. As well, agricultural crops, such as potatoes, wheat, rice and other grains absorb Cadmium from their surrounding soils or directly through their leaves. So you see it is not difficult to determine how the contamination occurs and yet industry continues to release these toxic metals into the environment despite evidence that they reach our food supply.
Another example is Lead: Negative effects may be caused by Lead at any concentration, especially in children. Lead is in prepared foods, fast foods, fats and oils and meat. Lead has no known biological function in humans. It is poorly absorbed by the body from the digestive system, though children can absorb Lead much more readily than adults. The slow rate at which it is eliminated from the body leads to a build up of this toxic heavy metal in the bones and red blood cells.
One of the main sources of Mercury poisoning is eating contaminated fish. In Canada an advisory was issued warning women of childbearing age and children to limit consumption of shark, swordfish and fresh tuna to one meal per month. It is important to note, though, that not all fish are considered risky in the context of Mercury contamination. Fish is high in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids which are known to be beneficial to cardiovascular health. Therefore, rather than avoid all fish, it is more prudent to find good substitutes for the risky fish.
In Our Water
Many Americans are exposed to high levels of heavy metal toxicity from drinking contaminated water. With Lead, for example, it is estimated that 40 million Americans drink water containing levels exceeding the safe limit set by the EPA. (Which, is set way too high considering no amount of this metal in our systems is safe.) The Lead contamination comes mainly from Lead plumbing in older homes and soldered joints in Copper pipes.
Other common heavy metals found in tap water include Copper and Arsenic. Copper serves as a co-factor for many enzymes and is required in the diet in small amounts for normal health. However, high doses of Copper are dangerous to health. A single dose of 15 mg Copper can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. More severe toxicity can cause liver and kidney damage. The Copper in tap water comes from corrosion of Copper pipes and can accumulate overnight. In this case, flushing the tap before using the water is highly recommended.
Arsenic is also a common contaminate in tap water. Several public water supplies were found in mid 2001 to have very high Arsenic levels. It has been shown that there is a real risk of cancer from levels far below the current EPA Standard of 50 parts per billion.
Mercury from environmental contamination (derived mainly from coal-fired power plants and medical and municipal incinerators) eventually enter our water system through soil, rivers, streams and lakes. The form of Mercury hazardous in drinking water is the inorganic form, which can easily be converted to the organic form, methylmercury, by bacterial action present in soil and water environments.
Heavy Metals and Cancer
Metals can directly and indirectly damage DNA and that means an increased risk of cancer (we call this genotoxicity). There are also possibly non-genotoxic pathways, due to irritation or immuno-toxicity.
There are a number of metals known to be carcinogenic. These are:
Arsenic and Arsenic compounds,
Beryllium and Beryllium compounds,
Cadmium and Cadmium compounds,
Nickel compounds and hexavalent chromium.
The usual target is the lung, though Arsenic has a unique association with skin cancers that has been recognized for many years.
Most health care professionals and researchers assume that heavy metals have to be taken into account only when a patient is showing definite symptoms of poisoning. It’s time they wake up to the fact that our health and well-being is affected by much lower levels of heavy metals than previously assumed.
Even metals necessary to maintain a healthy body will cause toxic reactions when they are in quantities the body cannot handle. In the case of excess exposure to Manganese, neurotoxic effects include weakness, slow and clumsy gait, speech disturbances, and tremors. Zinc is required for the proper functioning of hundreds of enzymes and is therefore the most abundant metal in humans. It can be found in all tissues and tissue fluids but overexposure to zinc has been shown to cause anemia. Children are at particularly at risk of negative health effects due to intake of these heavy metals above normal levels.
Finally, let’s not forget our four legged friends. Besides environmental issues, pet foods tested by atomic absorption methods show Aluminum levels (also Lead and Mercury) ranging from the lowest of 17 ppm (in canned wet foods) to 855 ppm in the kibbled product. Kibble production by dehydration would, as expected, increase the content of the metals over canned. I was shocked at the high levels in well-respected products made by supposedly conscientious manufacturers. Considering the evidence, they must know about the widespread contamination of their products. So why aren’t they fixing the problem?
There are many obvious steps we can take to reduce the hazards of heavy metal poisoning and a number of effective methods of eliminating heavy metals toxins already in our bodies.
Realistically, we cannot seal ourselves in an airtight setting and have our food, water and air shipped in from another world; a world that is clean. So what are we to do to protect ourselves? Clearly we cannot run and hide from our environment. Granted, some areas of the world are far less contaminated than others but for most of us moving to those areas is not an option. Anyway, though, there is no place left on earth untouched by at least some pollution. For example, Lead expelled from automobile exhaust into the air above our cities 20 years ago can be found in high concentrations in the Antarctic today.
Areas that are prone to acid rain are at an exceptionally high risk. The increased acidity makes the metals more soluble in water and, as a result, they are consumed in drinking water. Even if all heavy metal production were to stop today, enough heavy metals have been released into our environment to cause chronic poisoning and numerous neurological diseases for generations to come.
While we cannot escape from our surroundings we can, beyond a doubt, make sure that at least our home settings are relatively free of heavy metals and other toxins. Air and water filtration systems are readily available today that are very effective and essential for vital health. Those of you who follow my teachings know how important, I believe, that clean water and air are to maintaining essential health. I can’t say that enough times. Your good health depends on it!
Unfortunately there are no filtration systems for the food we eat but we can decrease the amount of toxins we ingest by following a few simple rules. Organ meats like liver and kidney, peanut butter, shelled seeds, cooking fats and salad oils, cured pork and beef should all be limited in your diet. Junk foods, frozen dinners and fast foods top my list of foods to banish forever from our lives.
They all contain heavy metals at levels ten times or greater than comparable fresh food. Also, stay away from all refined foods, prepackaged cooked foods, refined flours, baked goods, processed cheeses and acidic drinks. Acidic drinks can dissolve metals such as antimony, cadmium, tin and zinc from the enamel in pots, metallic cans and solderings in soft drink or soda cans.
Steer clear of larger fish known to be contaminated with methylmercury like tuna fish. As well, stay away from all fish known to come from lakes or areas recognized to have high levels of Mercury pollution. Use only fresh foodstuffs and healthy supplementation and if at all possible buy organically grown produce. Remember you are in control, keep the junk out of your home and it won’t be a problem.
Do not deliberately contaminate your body! Use your head! Stay away from products and materials known to be toxic like tobacco, cosmetics, canned goods, insecticides, herbicides, fertilizers, dental amalgams and vaccines that contain Thimerosal, a mercury preservative. In the workplace; if you are exposed to hazardous materials, make sure you wear protective clothing and gear.
Antiperspirants contain aluminum that is absorbed by your body. It’s best to avoid it all together and use simple soap and water instead. Deodorants aren’t as bad as antiperspirants, but I would still avoid using them. Other things to avoid are: Aluminum cookware, Aluminum foil, over-the-counter drugs, (These include many antacids, anti-diarrheal drugs, buffered aspirin and other drugs used for pain and inflammation.) some baking powders. (Most baking powders contain aluminum as an additive but health food stores carry non-aluminum varieties.)
The effects of toxic metals can range from subtle symptoms to serious diseases. Since metals build up in your body over time, symptoms are often attributed to other causes and people often don’t realize that they have been affected by metals until it’s too late. Prevention is the best defense when it comes to metal poisoning.
Toxic heavy metal contamination is so pervasive in our environment that it is no longer a question of whether one has been exposed to toxins, but rather the level of exposure. In most cases damage to your system can be reversed and any further harm can be prevented by removing the metals. The process of removing toxic heavy metals from the body is useful in all chronic diseases and for those wishing to stay well and healthy. I have seen the incredible health benefits in my patients when they remove these harmful toxins from their bodies.
The method of removing heavy metal toxins from the body is called Chelation Therapy. Chelating (pronounced key-layting) agents are substances which can chemically bond with, or chelate (from the Greek chele, claw), metals, minerals, or chemical toxins from the body. The chelating agent actually encircles a mineral or metal ion and carries it from the body via the urine and feces.
There are natural chelation agents such as essential oils and organic acids found in green healthy foods including acetic acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), citric acid, and lactic acid that have the natural ability to dissolve heavy metal salts so they can be eliminated. Besides detoxification of toxic chemicals and metals, natural chelation processes in the body are responsible for other things as the digestion, assimilation and transport of food nutrients, the formation of enzymes and hormones.
Wilmington North Carolina USA
There are 35 metals that concern us because of occupational or residential exposure; 23 of these are the heavy elements or “”heavy metals”": antimony, arsenic, bismuth, cadmium, cerium, chromium, cobalt, copper, gallium, gold, iron, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel, platinum, silver, tellurium, thallium, tin, uranium, vanadium, and zinc (Glanze 1996). Interestingly, small amounts of these elements are common in our environment and diet and are actually necessary for good health, but large amounts of any of them may cause acute or chronic toxicity (poisoning).
Heavy metal toxicity can result in damaged or reduced mental and central nervous function, lower energy levels, and damage to blood composition, lungs, kidneys, liver, and other vital organs. Long-term exposure may result in slowly progressing physical, muscular, and neurological degenerative processes that mimic Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis. Allergies are not uncommon and repeated long-term contact with some metals or their compounds may even cause cancer (International Occupational Safety and Health Information Centre 1999).
For some heavy metals, toxic levels can be just above the background concentrations naturally found in nature. Therefore, it is important for us to inform ourselves about the heavy metals and to take protective measures against excessive exposure. In most parts of the United States, heavy metal toxicity is an uncommon medical condition; however, it is a clinically significant condition when it does occur. If unrecognized or inappropriately treated, toxicity can result in significant illness and reduced quality of life (Ferner 2001). For persons who suspect that they or someone in their household might have heavy metal toxicity, testing is essential.
Appropriate conventional and natural medical procedures may need to be pursued (Dupler 2001).
The association of symptoms indicative of acute toxicity is not difficult to recognize because the symptoms are usually severe, rapid in onset, and associated with a known exposure or ingestion (Ferner 2001): cramping, nausea, and vomiting; pain; sweating; headaches; difficulty breathing; impaired cognitive, motor, and language skills; mania; and convulsions.
The symptoms of toxicity resulting from chronic exposure (impaired cognitive, motor, and language skills; learning difficulties; nervousness and emotional instability; and insomnia, nausea, lethargy, and feeling ill) are also easily recognized; however, they are much more difficult to associate with their cause. Symptoms of chronic exposure are very similar to symptoms of other health conditions and often develop slowly over months or even years. Sometimes the symptoms of chronic exposure actually abate from time to time, leading the person to postpone seeking treatment, thinking the symptoms are related to something else.
San Francisco California USA
Do you suffer from heavy metal toxicity?
Chances are you do. If you are suffering from symptoms such as; chronic fatigue, chronic infections from decreased immunity, autoimmune diseases, chronic candida overgrowth, and even cancer, heavy metal toxicity may be the root cause of it all.
Your Dr. may not be testing for heavy metal toxicity and prescribing medication instead without getting to the root of the problem. You need to know better.
Although mercury toxicity from amalgam dental fillings has recently gained some exposure, mercury is not the only dangerous heavy metal you need to be aware of.
Cadmium, aluminum, lead, and arsenic are some of the heavy metals we are exposed to just by breathing in the air around us. Industrial discharges, pesticide run offs, incinerator emissions, manufacturer smokestacks, and aviation, and auto vehicle exhaust all spew heavy metals into the air we breathe and the ground we get our water and food from.
Aluminum toxicity is also easily leached into processed, packaged food during manufacturing and packaging. Aluminum can leak from giant vats used in commercial kitchens, aluminum lined juice boxes, cans, and other packaging materials.
Vanuatu Port Vila
Davenport Iowa USA
Heavy Metal Poisoning
Instead of guessing at what might be wrong with your health and hoping that it will go away, wouldn’t you prefer to know what is really going on inside your body, based on the many signs it is giving you? Doesn’t it make sense to listen to what the body is trying to you?
Having said that; it is becoming more difficult for professionals like me to accurately determine the appropriate health protocols in any given case because the respective symptoms have undergone a shift due to the presence of heavy metal ions.
In fact, I have observed this phenomenon in a very large number of cases and it is fair to say that, at the present time, the effectiveness of any health therapy (energy/alkalizing/antioxidant/probiotics) is significantly compromised by the presence of heavy metal ions. It is therefore important to first identify any heavy metal poisoning and the degree of its involvement in the disease. Then, treated as an underlying condition and cause of disease, the heavy metal ions must be removed and cleared out.
A “heavy metal” is an element that exhibits certain metallic properties such as high electrical conductivity and very high density. The toxicities of heavy metals vary. Some, such as zinc and Manganese, are essential dietary nutrients that are required for good health. Others, such as Cadmium and Lead have no biological function in the human body, and can cause adverse health effects at very low levels.
Heavy metal poisoning is the toxic accumulation of heavy metals in the soft tissues of the body. All metals are toxic to cells. They compete with the nutritional minerals in the body thus rendering them unavailable to the necessary processes to maintain health. For example, let’s take just one small example: certain metals such as Aluminum or Magnesium displace calcium and make it unavailable for building bone, teeth and muscles (including the heart muscles) thereby weakening these structures. Low calcium levels lead to osteoporosis, dental caries, periodontal disease, muscle cramping, colic and heart disease.
Other mineral disturbances are a lowering of zinc, phosphorous, Manganese, Iron and Magnesium. Aluminum has a double whammy as it increases the zinc and Copper in the body to secondary toxic levels. Aluminum is a mineral but acts like a metal, chemically and physiologically.
Blue Mountains, Australia,
Billings Montana USA
Quercetin is also known to help reduce inflammation, while Type II Collagen plays a role in growth and repair of joints, articular cartilage and connective tissue.
Because of the risk in overdosing, one should be discouraged from taking doses of vitamins that are higher than recommended without a physician’s direction.
Some vitamins and minerals can actually worsen certain conditions, and the concentration that can be attained through vitamins can be dangerous. It is always better to increase in vitamin or mineral intake through your normal diet.
Foods To Avoid
There are many factors to consider with regards to arthritic diets and nutritional healing, and each factor may not apply to each individual.
For example, certain people are allergic to specific foods, and these allergies can indeed worsen arthritic conditions. The best way to approach the situation is to examine each arthritic condition and tailor one’s approach based upon the specifics.
Ingesting foods that contain sodium nitrate or tartrazine can inflame rheumatoid arthritis, while ingesting foods containing a substance called hydrazine can contribute to an arthritic condition connected to lupus.
Black walnuts can cause flare-ups in people a rare type of arthritis called Behcet’s Disease.
With osteoarthritis, deterioration of cartilage is a concern. Since there is some evidence that Vitamin A, contributes to cartilage deterioration, those with osteoarthritis should avoid large doses of it.
Although clinical proof is not available, anecdotal evidence suggests that in the case of fibromyalgia, eliminating wheat, dairy, citrus, sugar, aspartame (Nutrasweet), alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco can provide relief.
Many nutritionists and naturopaths suggest that those suffering with rheumatoid arthritis avoid dairy products all together, as they seem to exacerbate rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups.
The report “”I Cured My Arthritis You Can Too”" suggests that white flour aggravates arthritis symptoms.
HERBAL REMEDIES AND SUPPLEMENTS FOR ARTHRITIS
Many natural remedies and supplements have been found to actually reduce cartilage deterioration and even rebuild a patient’s lost cartilage. However, before adding any to your daily routine, check with your healthcare advisor, as supplements can cause adverse reactions and may not be right for your situation. So use caution.
The most popular dietary supplements for arthritis sufferers are chondroitin, fish oil and glucosamine.
Chondroitin can draw fluid into the cartilage, improving shock-absorbing ability and weight control, as more weight equals more joint pressure.
Fish oils are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that play a role in controlling inflammation in the body.
Recent studies have shown that the cartilage-building substance called glucosamine is effective for the long-term relief of osteoarthritis pain. In some people, glucosamine appears to even slow the deterioration of joints over time and reinforce joint cartilage. Whether or not it can actually reverse the disease is still unclear.
In some instances, glucosamine can be used in conjunction with MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) , a substance that appears to slow down the degeneration but is not yet proven and approved.
Read also: Discovering MSM
In a nutshell:
Chondroitin – Helps draw fluid into cartilage, improving shock-absorbing ability.
Ginger – Antioxidant that acts as an inflammatory.
Glucosamine sulfate – Builds cartilage with very few side effects.
Magnets – Reported by some to be effective pain relievers
MSM – Organic sulfur used in reducing inflammation.
Nettle leaf – Can reduce a patient’s need for NSAIDS by up to 70 percent.
Vitamin E – Antioxidant is used primarily for osteoarthritis.
Vitamin B – Effective pain reliever. Works best on the knee.
Nothing can cure osteoarthritis, but nutritional supplements, the application of heat or cold to affected joints, exercise, and weight loss can improve the function and flexibility of your joints, and perhaps even slow the progress of the disease.
EXERCISES FOR ARTHRITIS PATIENTS
Exercise can be very beneficial for arthritis sufferers. Exercise relieves stiffness in joints, strengthens muscles, reduced stress on joints, keeps bone and cartilage tissue strong and healthy, and increases flexibility.
Most doctors recommend exercise for arthritis patients. A recommended 30-minute minimum of daily activity is the norm. Speak to your physician to rule out unseen risks before starting any exercise program.
Yoga is also recommended for arthritis patients as it is helps to achieve flexibility and reduce mental and physical stress. Yoga has helped arthritic patients with improving confidence, mood, self-awareness, range of motion, relaxation, blood circulation, concentration, stress and pain reduction, health of bones, tendons, muscles and joint ligaments.
Whatever exercise program you choose, be sure to breathe properly when exercising. Oxygenation is important to any exercise regimen as it promotes a healthy heart rate, reduces fatigue and promotes circulation.
Listen to your body and look for signs of increased swelling of joints or any persistent increase of weakness; these are signs of activities that are too strenuous and a reduction in activity will be necessary.
There are three main types of exercises to include in a basic exercise program:
Arthritis is a big issue. Look at some introductory facts.
Referred to as the nation’s number one crippling disease and the most common chronic disease in people over 40, arthritis affects more than 40 million Americans. And this figure is expected to rise to 60 million by 2020, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Arthritis generally afflicts people between the ages of 20 and 50, but can affect all ages, even infants. The average age of onset is 47 and about three out of every five people with arthritis are under 65 years of age.
Doctors believe there are over 100 different forms of arthritis, all sharing one main characteristic: all forms cause joint inflammation.
What can be done for arthritis relief? A lot!
For example, weight and nutrition are only a couple of factors that play a role in arthritic pain. And yet shedding even 10 pounds to relieve weight from knees and finding the right nutritional strategy can help relieve pain a lot.
This report covers the most recent research and findings available so that you can learn more about arthritis relief, covering as many bases as possible from A to Z.
Note that the contents here are not presented from a medical practitioner, and that any and all health care planning should be made under the guidance of your own medical and health practitioners. The content within only presents an overview of arthritis relief research for educational purposes and does not replace medical advice from a professional physician.
Arthritis actually means “”joint inflammation”" and has over 100 related conditions or type / forms of disease. Left untreated, it can advance, resulting in joint damage that cannot be undone or reversed. So early detection and treatment are important.
The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Although both have similar symptoms, both happen for different reasons. When joints are overused and misused, the results can be OA.
What happens is that the cushioning cartilage that protects the joint breaks down, resulting in the bones rubbing together. This generally happens in the knees, but can be found in the hips, spine and hands often, too. And only in later stages will a person most often feel pain, after quite a bit of cartilage is lost.
The second type, RA, refers to the body’s immune system attacking joint tissue. Still not fully understood in the medical community, this condition most often starts in a person’s hands, wrists and feet. Then it advances to shoulders, elbows and hips.
Similar symptoms include pain, stiffness, fatigue, weakness, slight fever and inflamed tissue lumps under the skin. And both OA and RA generally develop symmetrically, i.e. affecting the same joints on both the left and right sides of the body.
OTHER MAIN TYPES OF ARTHRITIS
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Grand Rapids Michigan USA
People who are working in industrial factories and other workplaces where the products made are composed of heavy metals are at a higher risk for metallosis but there are preventive measures used to avoid this. The establishment managing the industrial workers are entitled to provide them with protective masks, specially-made suits, thick and impenetrable gloves, boots, and thick-glass goggles to prevent frequent unwanted contact to heavy metals employed in their line of work. For emergency cases, the vicinity must have respirators, emergency equipment, and medications or substances used to detoxify the afflicted individual’s system.
Some of the complications seen in metallosis (another term used for heavy metal toxicity), are brain fogging; persistent pain of one or more of the following body parts: the muscles, soft tissues, tendons, and/or joints; problems associated with the gastrointestinal system such as diarrhea, constipation, flatulence and nausea; unusual changes in the mood and affect; recurrent infections; headaches; dizziness; and problems in the nervous system. Mercury, lead, aluminum, antimony, arsenic, bismuth, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, silver, zinc and tin are the heavy metals known to cause metallosis in many people.
Detoxification is needed when there is heavy metal toxicity because this is a serious condition which could lead to death. Bring the patient to the emergency unit of the nearest hospital in order to apprehend complications from toxic levels of heavy metals. For initial heavy metal poisoning managements, you can the consult poison control lines.
Pembroke Pines, Florida
Mobile Alabama USA