Sources of Cadmium
Cadmium is in the air as an industrial contaminant and is part of, or released
during, the manufacture of numerous industrial products such as: black
polyethylene, black rubber, burned motor oil, cadmium alloys present in
dental prosthetics, cadmium vapor lamps, ceramics, copper refineries,
drinking water, electroplating, evaporated milk, fungicides,
marine hardware rustproofed with cadmium, nickel-cadmium batteries.
Organ meats such as kidney and liver, oysters and other seafood, paint
pigments, paper, pesticides, plastic tapes, polyvinyl plastics,
processed foods, rubber carpet backing, rubber tires, sewage sludge,
silver polish, soft water causing uptake of cadmium from galvanized
pipes, solders, superphosphate fertilizers, zinc and polymetallic ore
No effort is made to recover the toxic metal released as
vapor. No records are kept of the cadmium content of metallic scrap.
Fungicides sprayed on apples, tobacco and potatoes also contain it.
Tobacco is a Major Source
Smoking cigarettes is the worst source of toxicity as it is the primary
metal found in cured tobacco. It is sprayed on the tobacco plant as a
fungicide. It is also present in the cigarette papers. In each
cigarette the residual cadmium concentration averages 1.4 micrograms.
Passive smoke also contains substantial amounts.
One pack of cigarettes
deposits at least 4 mcg. into the lungs which is ten times the amount
that the body can assimilate and excrete in a day. It will be retained
in the kidneys, blood vessels, brain and lungs and it weakens the immune
system giving rise to the typical smokers diseases: lung infections,
lung cancer, emphysema, heart disease, and malignant tumors.
Cadmium and the Mind
Cadmium is associated with toughness and hardness. However, it is a
brittle and stiff toughness, a toxic hardness that is not true strength.
It is a toughness prone to anger and abuse. Zinc and iron provide a
true strength, and healthy masculinity.
The body will retain cadmium as an adaptive defense against the
effects of stress. Cadmium raises the sodium level (an aldosterone-like
effect) which helps support an exhausted body energy system. Anything
that raises the sodium in the tissues will provide an energy boost and a temporary
feeling of well-being. This is part of why smoking can become so
Cadmium will shore up the weakness and vulnerability that is felt in
the presence of zinc deficiency and copper toxicity by driving the
copper back into the tissues. Many sensitive and emotional people (these
are the copper traits) smoke to calm their emotions. They can become
very attached to the pseudo strength imparted by the cadmium in
To release cadmium from the
tissues, the need for this adaptation or crutch must be removed. Nutritional Balancing protocols properly given based on a metabolic hair tissue mineral analysis, will balance the oxidation rate, improve the adrenal function and increase the bio-availability of essential
nutrients such as zinc, copper, iron, manganese and calcium allows the body to mobilize and excrete all types of toxicity.
As the Nutritional Balancing process continues, biochemical energy production in the cells is restored, and the body's
natural ability to chelate and excrete heavy metal resumes. Vitamin C
in proper amounts will drive cadmium out of the body through chelation. Zinc
supplementation is essential and effective in supporting detoxification.
Cadmium usually takes longer than other metals such as copper, aluminum
and mercury to be released. The detoxification can cause flu-like detox
symptoms and transient emotional states as the metal moves through the
blood to be eliminated. The Results RNA Zeolite is very helpful in improving detoxification and reducing the severity of any detox symptoms. Reducing exposure to cadmium such as quitting smoking or switching to a digital cigarette is essential.