Category Archives: Heavy Metals and Health

Heavy Metal Testing on Colorado’s Marijuana Expected in 2019

Independent news source Westword recently reported that according to Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED), commercial marijuana products sold in the state may be tested for toxic heavy metals as early as next year.  Fertilizers and other growing nutrients may have measured amounts of heavy metals, such as arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, mercury, lead, nickel, selenium, and [...]

Hurricane Katrina Reduced Lead Levels in New Orleans

The 2005 Category 5 Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans by breaching surge protection levees surrounding the city, resulting in 80% of the city being flooded for weeks.   An interesting positive result of this disastrous force of nature is that research shows lead levels being drastically reduced.  Lead levels in soil, and children’s blood were measured [...]


Heavy metals commonly enter our bodies through a number of avenues.  Drinking water through old lead pipes, wearing lead based lipstick and cosmetics, aluminum in deodorant, smoking e-cigarettes, pesticides & herbicides used on produce, air pollution & vehicle exhaust, and industrial exposure are all such examples.  An article was recently published listing the top 10 [...]

Sudanese Plants Show Promise in Removing Heavy Metals

According to an article printed in the Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, three Sudanese medicinal plants may have the ability to remove heavy metals from water. Ethanol extracts were taken from the local and common plants moringa, bulrush, and Egyptian lemongrass and used to treat water contaminated with one of four common heavy [...]

Filtering Out Heavy Metals Using Gallium

Australian researchers have discovered a way to filter toxic heavy metals from water using aluminum and gallium.  According to an article published in Advanced Functional Materials, when a piece of aluminum is added to the core of liquid gallium at room temperature, layers of aluminum oxide are quickly produced at the surface of the gallium.  [...]


We often bring up what heavy metals are bad for us, but some are essential in our diet.  They include:
(Ca) Calcium – An essential component of bones and teeth and…a metal!  It is largely in our bones and critical for muscle and nerve function.
Sources:  Dairy Products, Broccoli, Figs, and Sardines
(Fe) Iron – Iron [...]

New Research Finds Heavy Metals Linked to Heart Disease & Stroke

According to research published in the British Medical Journal, exposure to heavy metals like lead, arsenic, cadmium and copper may lead to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Researchers performed a meta-analysis of 37 unique studies comprised of nearly 350,000 participants from different parts of the world.  The study found that the greater [...]

“Button” Battery Ingestion in Children

As a parent, I’ve noticed more and more of the electronic toys my children play with require the little round lithium batteries otherwise known as “button” batteries. Every year, thousands of children are ingesting these batteries either orally or by lodging them in the nasal cavity or ear canal.  In 2017 alone, over 3,000 ingestions [...]

Lead Poisoning on U.S. Army Bases Reported

A recent investigative report by Reuters claims that at least 31 children who lived in on-post housing at the Army’s Fort Benning in Georgia tested high for lead.  Additionally, at least 77 more children tested high for lead at Fort Polk in Louisiana, Fort Riley in Kansas, and Fort Hood & Fort Bliss in Texas.  [...]

Something to Chew On…

Do you have a sweet tooth?  Chances are you are among the hundreds of millions of patients around the world who has had to have a dental amalgam or “silver filling” at some point in your life.  A Dental amalgam is used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay and is comprised of a mixture [...]