Metal Accumulation

Metal Accumulation

Alongside chemical toxicity, heavy metals contamination is an ever-present problem for people with Parkinson’s.

Concentrations of lead, mercury, arsenic, aluminum are commonly present in Parkinson’s, binding to neurotransmitters and impairing methylation.

Rice, a staple of the global diet, is a leading dietary source of inorganic arsenic, both because of how commonly it’s consumed and because as rice plants grow, the plant and grain tend to absorb arsenic more readily than other food crops. Recent studies have shown that even low concentrations of arsenic impair neurological function.

Aluminumized baking powder is now being used in many foods that were formerly prepared without baking powder, such as pizza crust, raised doughnuts, pie crusts, cookies, waffles, prepared meats, and cheeses.

Water treatment facilities use aluminum sulphate as part of their treatment process.

Mercury is lethal in the tiniest amounts.  It is attracted to fats, and of course the most abundant source of fats is the brain and central nervous system. The most common, though not exclusive, source of mercury is amalgam fillings, which being in the mouth, is readily absorbed into the bloodstream.

The phrase, “mad as a hatter” derived from the 19th century when workers used mercury in hat making and lost their mental faculties. The condition was characterized by slurred speech, tremors, stumbling, and, in extreme cases, hallucinations.

Other symptoms of mercury toxicity may include muscle weakness, poor coordination, numbness in the hands and feet, poor coordination, trouble speaking. Sound familiar?

Lead is another contaminant commonly found in people with Parkinson’s. Symptoms may include abdominal pain, constipation, headaches, irritability, memory problems and tingling in hands and feet.

The obvious questions are, how do you know whether you have any metal contamination, and what do you do if you have? These are answered in Parkinson’s Recovery pages.