Many people have no idea of just how much contact we have daily with heavy metals and aluminum. The effects on our health and well being have a huge impact on our lives.
Mike Adams explains why heavy metals are so dangerous to human health: lead, cadmium, arsenic and mercuryTake the time to watch it, share it and bookmark for future reference. You already know there are a lot of things wrong on this planet and you know health issues are a big part of the problem... Mike connects the dots here.
The video covers the toxicity of:
- Aluminum - toxic to brain. Although naturally present at lower levels in most foods, in high concentration or in non-food form, Aluminum is linked to Alzheimer's and dementia.
- Arsenic - causes DNA damage and cancer. Considered extremely toxic by the EPA, Arsenic is linked to cancer when found in well water.
- Cadmium - kidney damage, hardening of the arteries. A highly toxic heavy metal that causes severe kidney damage and skin disorders.
- Copper - can make you crazy. Exposure to this heavy metal is cumulative, and it accumulates in brain tissue, causing schizophrenia and mental insanity.
- Lead - Known to cause lowered IQs and other cognitive disorders, lead has become a common pollutant in many foods, including organic foods and superfoods. Lead is extremely difficult to remove from the body's tissues once absorbed, and the number of edible substances that can protect against lead is quite small. Removal of lead from the diet will frequently result in a heightened increase in IQ, memory and improved moods.
- Mercury - A potent neurotoxin, mercury has the highest toxicity of any heavy metal on a gram-per-gram basis. Mercury is known to cause permanent neurological damage, kidney damage, infertility and birth defects. It doesn't stay in blood for long, preferring to make its way into organs and tissues where it adheres to cell membranes and interferes with healthy cellular function.
It's true: Copper toxicity can lead to mental instability and insanity, while cadmium toxicity can lead to an aggressive, "bullying" personality with frequent outbursts of anger.
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Aluminum induces neurotoxicity by altering mitochondria of brain cells
Aluminum's role in causing neurotoxicity and contributing to a number of degenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, has been widely discussed and is supported by a number of studies, though the exact mechanism remains inconclusive.
Now, scientists have reached a better understanding of its role in killing brain cells by studying the effects of aluminum on mitochondria inside neurons, which are responsible for several critical maintenance roles, including the production of ATP by metabolizing oxygen, as well as regulating the inner cell membrane during neurotransmission.
The life and death of the neuron is largely in the hands of mitochondria, and mitochondrial dysfunction is now thought to be hugely responsible for dead brain cells and neurotoxicity - through both necrosis and apoptosis. Dysfunction in neuronal mitochondria compromises cell integrity - in part through the creation of free radicals - and contributes directly to aging and the rise of degenerative diseases and metabolic issues.
Chinese researchers affiliated with the Institute of Occupational Medicine at Tongji Medical College investigated how aluminum induces alterations in the mitochondrial structure, disrupting its important functions and leading to neurotoxicity.
Their study examined the neural cells of rats that were exposed to aluminum, probing the ultrastructure of the mitochondria under an electron microscope. Their results suggested that aluminum may impair the mitochondria's membranes and cristae (folds in the inner membrane) - both vital to aerobic cellular respiration, where mitochondria use oxygen to generate the vast quantities of ATP needed for neuronal function and neurotransmission. It also suppresses enzyme activity in mitochondria.
A 2008 study was conducted by the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in India to research the effects of chronic lower-dose exposure to aluminum administered intragastrically - in the rats' stomachs - over the course of 12 weeks. DNA damage via oxidation was observed, as well as disruptions to the cell cycle of neurons, inviting cell death due to improper mitochondria action.