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Cadmium Poisoning Detoxification in Houston, TX

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.

Cadmium Poisoning Detoxification Houston

Cadmium health effects

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 pathways into the body

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:

  • workplace: workers in heavy industrial manufacturing (especially battery manufacturing), iron and steel production, fertilizer, welding, plastics and textiles factories, and mining are at the highest risk through accidents and disregarded safety regulations
  • ingestion: as it leaches into the soil through contaminated water or fertilizer, cadmium absorbs into plants we eat; today's top medical concern is chronic low exposure caused by ongoing industrial development.3
  • mineral deficiency: a body deficient in calcium, iron, protein, and/or zinc absorbs cadmium to replace those deficient nutrients in enzyme binding sites where it inhibits or over-stimulates thousands of enzymes
  • cigarettes: smokers typically have cadmium levels twice as high as non-smokers because tobacco plants readily absorb cadmium; people who smoke and work in high-risk occupations may be tripling or even quadrupling their exposure
  • marijuana: marijuana and CBD oil or cannabis oil contain cadmium; this is one reason people like marijuana, as cadmium boosts the sodium level
  • processed food products: cadmium is used as a catalyst in some hydrogenated products like commercial peanut butter and margarine
  • paint: certain yellow and red artists' paints contain low levels of cadmium, and child consumption can be very hazardous; paint packaging must have a cadmium warning label

Symptoms of cadmium toxicity

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:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • muscle pain
  • bronchitis
  • chemical pneumonitis: not to be confused with pneumonia; caused by inhaling irritants; causes shortness of breath, bloody mucus, and in severe cases, death
  • pulmonary edema: fluid accumulation in the lungs causes shortness of breath, wheezing, and heart palpitations
  • intra-alveolar hemorrhage: small blood vessel damage in the heart; causes coughing, fever, and in extreme cases, respiratory failure
  • hyperplasia of alveolar lining cells: pre-malignant lung lesions that can lead to cancer
  • thrombosis of small blood vessels: inflammation that causes small blood clots in small vessels; causes pain, inflammation, and hardening of the vessel; can be life-threatening if the clot breaks off and travels to the lungs

Acute ingestion symptoms include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • abdominal cramps and pain
  • diarrhea
  • joint and muscle pain
  • tenesmus: cramping rectal pain and the constant urgency to have a bowel movement

Long-term (chronic) exposure symptoms include:

  • disrupted sense of smell
  • headaches
  • hypertension
  • diabetes and insulin resistance
  • peripheral artery disease
  • myocardial infarction (sudden heart attack)
  • itai-itai disease: weakens bones, causing painful fractures, kidney dysfunction, and anemia
  • pituitary hormone disruption
  • low sperm count and infertility
  • miscarriage or stillbirth
  • increased cancer risk
  • tooth deformities
  • emphysema
  • enlarged heart

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.

Diagnosing cadmium toxicity

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:

  • metals stool test: stool is the most reliable source of cadmium toxicity level detection
  • hair mineral analysis: our hair accumulates toxic metals because it is an excretory tissue (our bodies often unload poisons by shunting them into the hair and skin); this enables specialists to customize a detox protocol for each unique body chemistry
  • blood test: can detect cadmium levels; reveals blood cell count for anemia
  • urine tests: measure kidney function and chemical levels; serum and urinary creatinine, electrolytes, and urinary protein
  • oxygen saturation: determines whether cadmium is affecting the lungs or breathing
  • kidney and liver function: detects signs of damage
  • chest x-ray: detects chemical pneumonitis and pulmonary edema
  • body x-ray: detects bone-related complications like osteomalacia, osteopenia, or bone fractures

Dr. Ruan's cadmium detox treatments

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:

Chlorella

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.

Calcium, Iron, and Zinc

These supplements can decrease cadmium absorption, as well as reduce or eliminate the effects of cadmium and many other heavy metal toxins.

Vitamin C

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.

Vitamin E

A powerful antioxidant, vitamin E disrupts oxidative damage caused by cadmium.

Modified Citrus Pectin

MCP mobilizes metals from body stores and helps remove cadmium through urine. Can also decrease lead, arsenic, and mercury levels.

Garlic

Garlic contains strong sulfur compounds derived from cysteine with potential metal-chelating properties. Can also protect from metal-catalyzed oxidative cell damage.

Probiotics

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

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.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid and Glutathione

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.

N-Acetyl Cysteine

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.

Gastrointestinal Decontamination

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.

Exposure Reduction

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.

Reserve Your Appointment

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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Sources:

  1. Chen, Pan, et al. “Metals and Neurodegeneration.” F1000Research, vol. 5, 2016, p. 366., doi:10.12688/f1000research.7431.1.
  2. Bernhoft, Robin A. “Cadmium Toxicity and Treatment.” The Scientific World Journal, vol. 2013, 2013, pp. 1–7., doi:10.1155/2013/394652.
  3. Thévenod, Frank, and Wing-Kee Lee. “Toxicology of Cadmium and Its Damage to Mammalian Organs.” Cadmium: From Toxicity to Essentiality Metal Ions in Life Sciences, 2012, pp. 415–490., doi:10.1007/978-94-007-5179-8_14.
  4. Cantu, Veronica Almaguer, et al. “Biosorption of Pb2 + and Cd2 + in a Fixed Bed Column with Immobilised Chorella Sp. Biomass.” Water Science and Technology, vol. 58, no. 5, 2008, pp. 1061–1069., doi:10.2166/wst.2008.451.