Our bodies are biologically able to cleanse low levels of toxins like cadmium, but heavy or long-term exposure can be extremely hazardous to our health. Sometimes even be fatal.
Strong or constant exposure to cadmium can damage your lungs, raise your blood pressure, harm your kidneys, and cause a huge number of other negative physical effects.
Your genetics, medical history, age, exercise levels, dietary choices, determine how your body processes cadmium exposure. That's why detoxifying cadmium requires a practitioner with decades of experience with hundreds of diverse patients.
Dr. Ruan views you as a unique person with a special biological ecosystem - not as a problem or a series of symptoms. His team of integrative detoxification experts at the Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine is highly trained and dedicated to customized care. To begin reclaiming your happy, healthy, pain-free life all us today at (713) 690-1991 or contact us here.
Although cadmium is a naturally occurring metal found in the earth's crust. Large amounts can cause extreme damage or even death. Whether it enters your body through fumes, food or water cadmium competes with essential metals like zinc and calcium in your body. High levels can even mimic zinc deficiency.
When absorbed, cadmium deposits itself into your organs. About 30% enters your liver, 30% enters your kidneys, and the rest is distributed among other organs, where it causes oxidative stress, genetic mutations, and depletion of glutathione - a vital antioxidant that prevents cellular damage after exposure to free radicals, peroxides, and heavy metals.
Cadmium also depletes the kidneys of vital proteins, amino acids, glucose, and bicarbonate. Most notably, cadmium depletes the body of vitamin D, which, when coupled with decreased calcium absorption and collagen disruption can cause weak and brittle bones. Long-term exposure can contribute to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, Parkinsonian-type diseases, and other neurological disorders.1
Well-versed in the art and science of metal detoxification, Dr. Ruan has assembled a diverse range of diagnostic and treatment techniques to alleviate your symptoms and prevent long-term health complications.
Cadmium is less common than other toxic metals like lead or arsenic, but it's every bit as dangerous. Here are cadmium's most common pathways into the body:
Cadmium toxicity symptoms can closely resemble those of other health conditions, making them harder to peg. That's why Dr. Ruan's experience with hundreds of patients is invaluable.
Cadmium poisoning can be acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term). This toxin has an extremely long half-life (the time required for its concentration to decrease by 50%) in the human body - up to 128 days in the bloodstream. However, you can retain unhealthy cadmium levels for up to 25-years in some cases - that is, if you take no steps to detoxify it.2
Symptoms vary depending on whether you inhale or ingest cadmium.
Acute inhalation symptoms include:
Acute ingestion symptoms include:
Long-term (chronic) exposure symptoms include:
If you or someone you know has been exposed to a large amount of cadmium and is showing these symptoms, don't wait - call 911 or get emergency medical attention right away. High levels of cadmium can cause severe, permanent damage to bodily organs, or even death.
Cadmium exposure symptoms are often similar to those caused by other medical conditions, so Dr. Ruan's comprehensive detection experience is crucial.
First, you'll discuss your environmental, occupational, and dietary situation. Then Dr. Ruan can confirm or rule out high levels of cadmium by performing one or more of these tests:
Successfully treating hundreds of patients and reviewing a wide array of scientific studies has prepared Dr. Ruan to successfully manage your cadmium toxicity. After assessing your health and body chemistry, Dr. Ruan will use one or more of these treatments to detoxify your body:
Freshwater algae is a potent antioxidant and may help remove cadmium from your blood. A recent study shows that chlorella may absorb cadmium and remove it from your blood.4 Can also help prevent or reduce anemia.
These supplements can decrease cadmium absorption, as well as reduce or eliminate the effects of cadmium and many other heavy metal toxins.
This essential vitamin is a free-radical scavenger that can protect against oxidative damage and may prevent absorption of heavy metals by inhibiting their cellular uptake and by decreasing cellular toxicity.
A powerful antioxidant, vitamin E disrupts oxidative damage caused by cadmium.
MCP mobilizes metals from body stores and helps remove cadmium through urine. Can also decrease lead, arsenic, and mercury levels.
Garlic contains strong sulfur compounds derived from cysteine with potential metal-chelating properties. Can also protect from metal-catalyzed oxidative cell damage.
Commonly called healthy bacteria, certain strains of probiotics may minimize toxin exposure by trapping and metabolizing xenobiotics or heavy metals. The probiotic bacterial strains Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus plantarum, and Bifidobacterium breve are known to bind both cadmium and lead.
Glycine is a natural amino acid found in plant and animal proteins. It binds with many toxic substances and converts them to less harmful forms so your body can process them out safely.
These sulfur-rich compounds compete with heavy metals as they try to enter your cells. The sulfur antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) can chelate cadmium, as well as lead, zinc, cobalt, nickel, iron, and copper.
Commonly called NAC, it is a powerful source of sulfur for glutathione production and can reduce oxidative stress due to heavy metal toxicity. This sulfur-containing amino acid binds and deactivates cadmium ions, as well as divalent copper (II), trivalent iron (III), lead, and mercury.
Bowel irrigation (introduction of water into the bowel to wash out its contents) may be useful for macroscopic particles of some metals like cadmium that can easily transit through the intestines. However, in cases of cadmium exposure, this procedure must be performed within several hours of toxification in order to be effective.
Dr. Ruan will educate you on the common cadmium sources and how to avoid them. You'll learn to recognize symptoms of cadmium poisoning, and crucial first aid techniques to manage acute cadmium toxicity.
Dr. Ruan will also be glad to counsel you through a smoking cessation program to eliminate cadmium and the hundreds of other dangerous chemicals found in tobacco products.
Cadmium is a very common toxin, found in many workplaces, homes, tobacco products, processed foods, and even tap water. You may have a dangerous or unhealthy level of cadmium in your body and not even know it - in fact, it could be causing health problems.
Dr. Ruan and our team of skilled professionals at the Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine are pleased to offer you a wide variety of methods for detoxifying your body from cadmium.
To discover how cadmium may be harming your health and happiness and to start cleansing your body of this contaminant, speak with our team of compassionate and experienced professionals right now by calling (713) 690-1991, or contact us here.
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