Some metals are unsafe at any level.

Metals inhibit acetylcholinesterase (AChE).

This leads to excitotoxicity as neurotransmitters fire out of control.

Excitotoxicity goes hand-in-hand with oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress is linked with Purkinje cell loss.

This is a notable feature in 'autism', Alzheimer's, and other neurodegenerative illnesses.

Metals bypass protective barriers to the brain and cerebrospinal fluid.

They can also become lodged in these barriers.

The barriers fail.

This allows other neurotoxic chemicals to pass through.

Lead and other metals accumulate in bones, especially during childhood.

Metals are released back into the body when bone metabolism increases.

For example later in life during bone resorption.

These reappearing metals trigger or aggravate disease.

Some metals are clastogens.

Clastogens cause chromosomes to be broken, rearranged, deleted, or added.

These mutated chromosomes go on to produce cancer, feminization, and other effects.

Chronic low-dose exposure induces autoimmune disorders such as

Multiple sclerosis

Rheumatoid arthritis

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

Metals affect the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and are associated with

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)


Psychoneuroimmunological effects

Hover and click on this table to quickly access metal toxicity information.

California's central valley is an enormous agricultural region.

It consumes water channeled in from far away.

It is also a windy region.

Toxics drift, settle, drift again.

Altogether, hundreds of sites combine to release millions of pounds of pollutants into air, water, and land.

Here are two.

1. Clean Harbors open-air waste facility

Just a few thousand feet from the main aqueduct running through the central valley.

Pollutants entering this aqueduct become distributed far and wide.

2. Chemical Waste Management open-air facility

Off highway I-5 opposite Kettleman City.

Thousands of fields, plus the aqueduct, are located downwind and downhill.

I-5 is California's major north-south highway connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles.

There is little to see, smell, or taste of invisible pollutants such as benzene, perchlorate, dioxin and PM2.5.

Residents notice a hazy sky, a faint odor, a sense that something tastes different about the water.

Sprayed pesticides mix with diesel emissions.

Traffic generates a river of moving air dense with small particulate matter.

The Invisible-5 corridor is a toxic landscape of

Pesticide drift

Hazardous waste dumping and incineration

Groundwater contamination

Oil extraction

Large-scale factory farming operations

Plastics use metals to achieve various physical properties in the final product.

Over 60% of PVC packaging contains toxic metal in amounts that violate state law.

Metals are used in the plastic, inks, and colorants.

Average samples contain 450 ppm cadmium and 1740 ppm lead.

Some products are 1% lead by weight.

Mercury and hexavalent chromium are common, too.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) plastic bottles use antimony trioxide (Sb2O3) as a catalyst.

Significant amounts of antimony leach from the bottles into the drinking water.

Contamination begins immediately.

The longer water is stored the more antimony leaches into it.

Antimony levels can increase 5x in just 6 months.

Antimony causes chromosomal abberations, DNA damage, and endocrine disruption.

Plastic bottles also leach phthalates.

Unprocessed cocoa bean nibs have some of the lowest levels of lead reported in natural food.

But chocolate and other processed cocoa products contain lead in concentrations 300x higher.

Cadmium in processed chocolate is also a problem.

Chocolates contain pesticides, too.

Pregnant women ingest ~20 grams of iron from typical prenatal vitamins during pregnancy.

This is iron overload.

The body copes by moving iron from blood to fat and organ tissue.

Clinically this can lead to a false diagnosis of anemia and a recommendation for more iron.

The overload increases.

Iron and insulin modulate one another.

Gestational diabetes is a sign of iron toxicity.

It may be followed later by Type II diabetes.

Or neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Like toxic metals, iron crosses the placenta into the unborn child.

Iron causes high oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress is linked to many pathologies including developmental delays.

Nanoparticles of silver are more toxic than cadmium, aluminum, or tungsten.

This is significant, because nanosilver has made a rapid appearance in consumer products such as

Shoe liners

Food-storage containers

Air fresheners

Washing machines



other products

Interestingly, the EPA is leveraging its authority to regulate nanosilver and similar substances as pesticides.

But as long as a product does not claim to kill a pest (kills germs, is anti-microbial, sanitizes, etc.) it will not be regulated...

...even if the toxic nano-substance is still part of the product.

The result?

You will be less aware of active nanoparticles in the products you use...

Nanoparticles easily penetrate the body's normal barriers.

The metals can even act like "trojan horses" that carry agents of greater harm into cells.

Fluorosilicic acid added to water (fluoridation) also introduces








other contaminants

Some have the potential to react with hexafluorosilicate and act as complex ionic compounds.

The biological fates and toxicokinetic properties of these complex ions are poorly known.

Aluminum is commonly found in pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medicines.

Read the label.

It is also commonly found in a variety foods, especially ones made with aluminized baking powder or self-rising flour.

Aluminum is synergistically toxic with fluorine — extremely.

Look to see how easily the two combine in humans.

Mordants — metals used in dyes.

Lake pigmentspigments made from dyes and metals.

Includes some common food colors.

Metalloestrogens — metals that interfere with estrogen.

Tattoos contain toxic metals.

A small 2" x 2" tattoo can deliver lead at 50x the EPA limit.


WARNING (pursuant California H&S Code §25249 and B&P Code §17200 & §17500):

Minerals, metals, organic substances and chemicals may be used, in the manufacture of tattoo ink, which create the desired pigment of each ink color.

Some metals used could include Antimony, Arsenic, Beryllium, Cobalt, Lead, Lead compounds, Nickel and Selenium, collectively referred to as toxic metals, each of which is a toxic chemical that is known to the State of California to be carcinogenic and/or may result in reproductive harm.

Pianos contain significant amounts of lead.

In 1955 powdered milk contaminated with arsenic in Japan caused 12,000+ cases of poisoning and 131 deaths.

Among survivors, the number mentally retarded increased 10x.

Now in their 50s, more than 600 surviving victims suffer neurological diseases and other disabilities.

Monosodium methanearsonic acid (MSMA) and other organic arsenic herbicides were widely used on

Cotton crops

Golf courses

Home lawns

School yards

Athletic fields



and other areas

In 2006 the EPA suspended its use due to concern about rising arsenic levels.

Usage has been suspended, but exposure to arsenic remains in all of those places.

Arsenic is added to chicken feed.

Roxarsone has been in use since the 1960s and possibly earlier.

It adds ~300 tons of arsenic to U.S. soil, water, and food each year.

Microbes quickly convert the waste into more toxic forms.

The European Union banned roxarsone in 1999.

Some U.S. poultry producers have recently given up the practice.

But arsenic is a stable element.

Hazardous exposure will persist unless remediation can be done.

This report gives arsenic levels found in brand-name chicken products.

Heavy metals affect sense of smell.

Zicam nasal spray is sold as a non-prescription cold remedy.

The makers settled $12 million out of court with people who lost their sense of smell after using the spray.

There is widespread misunderstanding about testing and interpretation for heavy metal exposure.

Epecially for prominent metals like lead (Pb) and mercury (Hg).

Common practice is to run a blood test.

But blood serum is not a sensitive indicator of metal deposited in the brain.

It does not accurately reflect deposits in body tissue.

The fate of metal in blood varies greatly from person to person.

It is influenced by levels of glutathione, metallothionein, cysteine, and many other factors.

For example, Hg rapidly migrates from blood into tissue.

Migration is nearly complete within just a few days of exposure.

Hg in tissue escapes detection by blood test.

Urine is not a reliable measure of Hg burden, either.

When tissue takes up Hg, less is washed out of blood and into urine.

Also, the ability to excrete Hg varies greatly between individuals.

A urine test simply reports "this much came out".

The test cannot report how much Hg is still inside the body.

A better indicator of Hg burden is the porphyrin test.

Instead of looking for Hg in urine, it looks for certain proteins that buidup in relation to Hg burden.

From 2004 to 2006, more than 100 babies and pre-school children were poisoned at a daycare.

Kiddie Kollege in Franklin Township, NJ, was housed on the site of an old mercury thermometer factory.

Children, staff, and parents were given urine tests.

Most of the results indicated exposure within "acceptable" limits.

But those urine tests couldn't identify true burden.

They also couldn't identify individuals with metabolic variations that make them more vulnerable.

Those tests were unreliable for accurate risk assessment.

A class action suit was filed.

The story can be followed here.

These studies used porphyrin to reveal a clear link between heavy metal burden and 'autism'.

Toxic metals are commonly encountered in



Building materials (aging CCA treated wood)


Cookware (aluminum (including anodized), cast iron, stainless steel)

Cosmetics and personal hygiene products








Paints and coatings




Here are detailed sources of exposure written by a mother who recovered her kids from toxic burden.

Very small doses can be toxic.

Symptoms may be subtle at first.

Single exposure to a 'trace' amount of toxic metal can trigger a cascade of negative effects.

Repeated exposure can have more consequence than expected.

Metals are synergistically toxic.

'Safe' amounts can interact in harmful ways.