Potentially dangerous yet common metals such lead, aluminum, cadmium, copper, and especially mercury can have a devastatingly negative impact on our health. And in today’s world, we are frequently in close proximity to and contact with metals like these.
Take mercury, for example. High levels of exposure to mercury can cause significant harm to just about every major organ and system, including the heart, brain, lungs, kidneys, and immune system. There are a wide range of ways that mercury can enter the bloodstream—it can come through the food we eat (particularly seafood), the fluids we drink, and even things like fillings and metal medical tools. Mercury poisoning is even more dangerous in young people and children, in which it can impair the brain’s abilities to develop properly and form new knowledge.
Lead is another highly dangerous metal, one that research has shown is not safe for exposure to humans in any dose whatsoever. Lead can accumulate in our bones and teeth, eventually leading to issues like high blood pressure, kidney failure, liver failure and brain damage.
Lead is of particular concern for anyone who is pregnant or plans on becoming pregnant, as it can be transferred to the fetus through the blood. This can lead to traumatic natal experiences like miscarriage or failure in the fetus to develop healthily and normally.