Hair Test Interpretation: Finding Hidden Toxicities

by Andrew Hall Cutler, PhD, PE

© 2004, 2008, 2009 Andrew Hall Cutler

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Read some excerpts from the book:

Table of contents

Preface

Calcium

Index

Reasons to check for HM

Mercury

Back cover copy

Why worry about HM

Iron

How to order the book

Cancer

Thallium

 

Schizophrenia

Selenium

Medical conditions Heavy Metals cause

Developmental disorders

Zinc

Other books of interest (vaccines cancer autism hormone balance etc)

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Why Worry about Heavy Metals?

The federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) did a study1 based on blood and urine samples taken from 3,800 people in 1999.  CDC found that 10% of young children and women of child bearing age had mercury levels high enough that the children or unborn babies may reasonably be expected to suffer health damage.

Previously the National Research Council (NRC) had estimated that 60,000 children were born annually with too much mercury in their system - a HUGE number - but this CDC study shows that was a substantial underestimate.

To make matters worse, until 20042 these children received vast quantities of highly toxic organic mercury in their vaccinations in addition to the already high levels present in their bodies!

Other CDC studies showed that in the 1990’s, 4.4% of children had too much lead in them.  Since almost none of them received treatment, it is still there, making them less intelligent and functional than they should be.  The good news is that in 2001, only 2.2% of young children had too much lead.  The bad news is that 2.2% of the population is an incredibly high number.  We are talking about roughly a million little children with brain damaging chemicals in their system that nobody is doing anything about, and maybe 2 million older children in the same situation.

Over the last 30 years the “threshold” for lead in children’s blood has been reduced from 45 to 10.  Current studies3 show that a blood level of 10 corresponds to an average loss of 7 IQ points.  Of course, half the people lose more than this, half less, since it is an average.  And of course adults who were children back when 45 was an acceptable blood level might have lost 32 IQ points due to lead levels physicians didn’t consider worth doing anything about.  To put this in proper perspective, 100 is an average IQ.  People with an IQ of 68 usually can’t live on their own as adults, they need to be taken care of in a group home or institution. 

There is a lot of discussion of the hazards of mercury in fish.  In fact, women of childbearing age should not eat more than one can of tuna a week if that is their only source of mercury exposure due to the risks it poses to their unborn children.  It is politically incorrect to talk about the facts that fish mercury is a much smaller source of exposure for the mother and her unborn child than dental amalgam fillings, and is much smaller for the child than infant vaccinations were until last year.  Unfortunately, once mercury was removed from all existing childhood vaccines, flu shots were added to the list of vaccinations children routinely receive and these still do contain mercury. 

Also curiously absent from the news is much discussion of the effect of the arsenic treated wood that suddenly replaced creosote treated wood in the early 1990’s.  This new kind of wood has dramatically increased children’s and adults’ exposure to arsenic. There is also little discussion of antimony from flame retardant pajamas and bedding.  Both arsenic and antimony are well known to be toxic, and are being observed at high levels in surprising numbers of people by those few doctors who check. “Mainstream medicine” says don’t bother to check for antimony or arsenic unless people work in factories or occupations using it.  Unfortunately this attitude comes from older experience gathered before these poisons were placed in every home as wood preservatives and flame retardants. 

The primary problems with heavy metals are that people’s metabolism of them varies greatly, and that individual exposure can also vary greatly.  Most people are not exposed to unusual amounts, and clear the metals at an “average” rate. These people are fine.  It is the people who clear the metals slowly or who are exposed to more than usual that have trouble.  This presents health care providers with a very confusing situation where everyone seems to be exposed to about the same amount of heavy metals and most people are fine.  Thus many doctors “don’t get it,” because it is often impossible to figure out that someone has an unusual exposure level, or had a large past exposure, and it is also difficult to figure out how a given individual’s metabolism for heavy metals works. 

For a detailed discussion of individual variations in the metabolism of mercury, see pages 16-25 of Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment.

We have a situation today where we know large numbers of people accumulate too much toxic metal and suffer ill effects from that. Unfortunately we have a system full of health care providers who weren’t taught how to tell if you are one of them, but were taught not to order any tests to check.  Since metal toxicity doesn’t fit the general “medical model” of disease, which is that either you are OK or you are obviously sick (that is, your arm is either broken or not, you either have the flu or you don’t) health care providers may have trouble recognizing that there is a problem until it is severe. 

The most important reason to worry about heavy metals is quite straightforward.  The kinds of problems heavy metals cause are generally considered to be untreatable by mainstream medicine, and to have poor outcomes.  Heavy metal poisoning IS treatable, treatment usually has a good outcome, and neither testing nor treatment are particularly expensive or unpleasant.  So whenever someone has a condition that is chronic and has a negative impact on their life it makes a lot of sense to check for heavy metals.

1)      The study is not yet published as of the time this book was written.  It is expected to appear in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports, MMWR.  The prior study for 1999 is reported there and can be downloaded on the internet at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5008.pdf.

2)      While thimerosal containing vaccines were taken off the market earlier, many doctors continued to administer their stock of thimerosal containing vaccinations until those expired –  a year or more after their manufacturing date.  For practical purposes vaccines are made and bought a year in advance so children were still receiving mercury laden vaccines until 2004.

3)       Recent Developments in Low-Level Lead Exposure and Intellectual Impairment in Children, Koller, Brown, Spurgeon and Levy, Environmental Health Perspectives, volume 112, number 9, pages 987-94, 2004. Downloadable on the web for free at http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/members/2004/6941/6941.pdf.


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About the book

Read some excerpts from the book:

Table of contents

Preface

Calcium

Index

Reasons to check for HM

Mercury

Back cover copy

Why worry about HM

Iron

How to order the book

Cancer

Thallium

 

Schizophrenia

Selenium

Medical conditions Heavy Metals cause

Developmental disorders

Zinc

Other books of interest (vaccines cancer autism hormone balance etc)



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