Heavy metals (like lead, mercury, nickel, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, platinum, and metallic copper) have no function in the human body and can build up to toxic levels. They are stored in the bones and soft tissues (including organs and brain). Heavy metals impair multiple systems throughout the body giving symptoms that can easily be misdiagnosed.
Heavy metals can be harmful even in small amounts. They can negatively affect many functions of the body including the cardiovascular system, the immune system, the nervous system, as well as digestion, reproductive health, overall metabolism and energy production. These toxins can cause DNA damage, suppress the immune system, create oxidative stress, mess with hormones, and cause high levels of inflammation.
Heavy metals are an unavoidable part of life in a modern industrialized society. You are exposed daily to a variety of these industrial toxins. It is estimated that modern humans living in industrialized nations have lead levels 500 to 1000 times higher than those who lived in pre-industrial societies.
Heavy metals also occur naturally in the earth’s crust. Expressed in parts per million (ppm), aluminium is present at around 82,000 ppm, nickle is present around 100 ppm, lead is present from 10 to 14 ppm, cadimum appears around 0.1 ppm, and mercury at around 0.06 ppm. Heavy metals in the soil can enter the food chain and wind up in our bodies.