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Heavy metals in children's jewelry

posted Feb 24, 2010, 7:07 PM by Mir Atta M. Talpur   [ updated Feb 24, 2010, 7:40 PM ]

Do you know children's jewelry and toys may contain heavy metals and when they use or play with these items, heavy metals can transfer to their bodies and cause all kinds of health problems they are infamous for. A recent study commissioned by Associated Press demonstrates that some manufacturers are now using cadmium in lieu of lead in children's jewelry. 

US Congress now aim to stop this by banning the use of toxic heavy metals, including cadmium, in children's jewelry. However, its still a long way until the children's jewellry and toys will be totally free from heavy metals.  Usually when laws are formed, their implementation may take few years to a decade or more. And that too for those countries who are making such laws now. What about those countries who do not have any such laws or if law is there, that is not implemented in letter and spirit? 

Don't be surprised if you find heavy metal in your own child's body due to jewelry they wear or toys they play with. 

Using X-ray florescence, when items were screened for presence of cadmium it was found that some of these items contained 10% cadmium to 91%. In one such study a necklace pendant contained 79% cadmium!  

Cadmium is a toxic metal that is classified as a probable human carcinogen by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The primary hazard of chronic cadmium exposure is kidney damage, however recent research also links cadmium exposure to learning disabilities and loss of IQ in young children. The World Health Organization estimates the tolerable weekly intake for cadmium to be 7 micrograms per kg body weight per week.

To check if your child has been exposed to heavy metals you may use Heavy Metals Screen Test. For perfect monitoring of kids health, one may keep checking children periodically using HMST.

  • Detailed news about US Congress considering ban of cadmium in children's jewelry. More details can be read on this page.
  • Perfectly legal: Toxic cadmium, up to 91%, added to kids' jewelry as China gets lead out. Read full report

Heavy Metal Screen Test - A Review

posted Jan 29, 2010, 5:40 AM by Mir Atta M. Talpur

I was reading comments from a person who has been using Heavy Metal Screen Test. According to him its a "life saving test"!  "This test was a life-saver for me" he recalls. He actually had mercury poisoning from a contaminated generic prescription ordered from a pharmacy, which he calls a reputable one who used to get drug manufactured in China. 

He agrees that test  is easy to use and that he used his urine sample to test heavy metals in his body.  It's human urine actually which actually is tested. The test takes about 15 minutes.  One must follow the instructions carefully. The test will show lead, mercury, cadmium and nickel. He writes: "I learned that the bottled water I drink has lead & cadmium in it, and that three of the vitamin/herb supplements have mercury or cadmium contamination at dangerously high levels." 

Thus trusting generic prescriptions cost him several months of income from missed work. Had he continued the contaminated prescription, the results would have been "dire". 

He writes further, "Mercury and lead poisoning can imitate cardio-vascular disease, and may even appear as pre-diabetes, so doctors may miss it." 

He highlights an interesting fact that a blood-test may come out negative, and the urine test can still be positive! He further writes, "The... system cleans the blood early in the day first, in order to carry on normal metabolism. It returns to clean metals out of the tissues late in the day, and at night, where they show up in next morning urine. "

According to him, "one draw-back on the test is that the kit only includes materials for two tests. Often, it becomes necessary to test drinking water, over-the-counter medications, and prescriptions in order to find the source of the contamination, so more than two tests are needed." 

If anyone has heavy-metal contamination, he or she can search detoxification therapies, both natural and pharmaceutical. But whether these detoxification therapies are working or not? Once can use this test to check the efficacy of such detoxification therapies.

The person cited in this note wrote a disclaimer towards the end informing everyone that he is neither "a doctor, nor a health-care professional" and that he has mentioned simply his personal experience.  For more info about the Heavy Metal Screen Test, please click here.

Go for nature-friendly lifestyle

posted Dec 27, 2009, 12:44 AM by Mir Atta M. Talpur   [ updated Dec 27, 2009, 12:51 AM ]

Since the time of "Big Bang", the planet earth has suffered more during the last hundred years or so, as compared with all the times before the past hundred years. This is primarily result of non nature-friendly human activities. With the planet itself, the inhabitants have also suffered greatly - all inhabitants, human and animals alike. The human activities, which we call  development, have deleterious effects on their health too. Initially, standard of life did improve, with our lifestyle and with all kinds of luxuries we created for our temporary comfort, but later the way we played with the planet, more chaos has resulted in our lives. The incidence of all kinds crippling and malignant diseases has been gradually rising since the beginning of twentieth century. 

I feel, its high time we think seriously and pay attention to our lifestyle, food intake and make our lives more nature friendly. This is for the interest of our own lives, health and for the sustainability of this planet on which we live.  If we neglected to pay attention to these aspects of our lives, we would be facing the consequences of our neglect soon. We need to need to create balance and harmony in life for maintenance of what we call homeostasis - the lively, vibrant and balanced life on a friendly planet.

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