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Heavy Metals, Chemicals and Additives in our Food Part 1


The ‘Tech’s’ of heavy metal detection (Technology & Techniques)


Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry instrument

  • Unique ability to detect metals in food (with 10-20% variability)


Liquid chromatography – mass spectrometry

  • Detects pesticides, herbicides and other organic molecules


Open-block digestion cycle

4hour slow digestion method

  • For more accurate reading (10% variability)


The ‘Conspiracy’


“Pharmaceutical companies conspire to set artificially high drug prices”

  • New York Attorney – Eric Schneiderman


Neither the FDA nor the USDA has any official, universal limit on heavy metals in foods, beverages, and dietary supplements sold to U.S. consumers.

  • Including certified Organic foods


  • The USDA and FDA have a “revolving-door history” with industries such as Monsanto and Dupont

= No real incentive to disclose what is actually in food


Flint Michigan


 [Mike Adams] – Health Ranger – (and others) is doing a better job policing the U.S. Food supply than the entire federal government!



[Organic and Inorganic forms (defined by their bonds with Hydrogen, oxygen, sulfur or chloride etc]


  • Seafood*
  • Drinking water*(II)
  • Apple juice*(III)
  • Rice*(IV)
  • Chicken *(V)
  • Pressure treated wood
  • Pesticides
  • Burning Coal


  • Carcinogenic
  • Lymphatic problems
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Neurological development


  • Arsenic (and other heavy metals) compete with essential nutrient (phosphorus etc)
  • Heavy metals are very similar in their molecular structure (share the same number of electrons) to organic molecules.
  • Compete or binding sites within the body
  • Slows down natural detoxification processes – reduced immune function
  • Alters ability to use pyruvate properly – higher levels of lactic acid / blood pH


  • No 100% cure-all
  • Chelating agents: BAL, DMSA, DMPS
  • Selenium
  • Garlic
  • Powdered fruit seeds
  • Sodium alginate
  • Dehydrated powders of certain seaweeds

* Most arsenic binds to eliminating agents during digestions – once in the blood stream and gets into cell tissue it is much harder to remove (chelating agents required)

Metals Defense – Arsenic reduction by 92.9%:


*”biological half-life of (organic) ingested fish arsenic in humans is estimated to be less that 20 hours, with total urinary clearance in approximately 48 huors” U.S. Centrer for Disease Control and Prevention.

*(II) Affecting more than 137 million ppl worldwide – 57 million of which are at peak contamination rates (50ppb)

*(III) Lead Arsenate (pesticide) was used on many crops, including apples in the past – the metal now remains in the soil to be absorbed by new generations of apples / other crops.

*(IV) Especially BROWN rice! +most ‘vegan health’ products marketed as good for you.

*(V) levels 3-4 times higher than other meats. U.S. Food and Drug Administration found inorganic Arsenic concentrations to be four times higher in ‘conventional’ chicken when compared to organic chicken.

+ Chickens have been found to convert organic Arsenic into its inorganic form. <Markis KC, Salazar> Controlling the fate of roxarsone and inorganic arsenic in poultry. Journal of environmental quality. 2008.



Mercury (Hg)

[Organic, Inorganic and elemental forms]


  • Lightbulbs*
  • Vaccines*(II)
  • Burning coal*(III)
  • Dental Fillings*(IV)
  • Seafood*(V)
  • Volcanic activity
  • Industrial production
  • Ancient antiseptics and cosmetics
  • Workplace hazards
  • Thermometers
  • Batteries
  • Pesticides
  • Wildfires / burnt waste disposal
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup


  • Neurological damage (even in small quantities)
  • Mood swings
  • Nervousness
  • Headaches
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Insomnia
  • death



  • Easiest of all metals to eliminate (eat your way to detoxification)
  • Seaweed has high efficiency @ capturing free mercury
  • Dulse (seaweed)
  • Strawberries
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Chlorella
  • Activated charcoal
  • Sulfur
  • Selenium (chia, brazil nut, sunflower)
  • Garlic
  • Chelating compounds


*even energy-saving CFL fluorescent light bulbs – despite its “green” marketing – they are quite hazardous. Their curly shape actually putting them as higher risk of leaking UV-radiation.

*(II) Flu shots contain 50,000ppb of Mercury – 25000 x higher than the max limit allowed by the EPA in drinking water

– Thimerosal has about 50mg/L of mercury which exceeds the 0.2mg/L recognized as toxic

*(III)33 million tons of mercury pollutants emitted for power plants in the U.S.

*(IV) 1/3rd of mercury found in sewage sludge substrate is from mercury Amalgams and filling related implements.

– Fluoride has proven to increase mercury filling corrosion rates. (journal of dental research)

– Cell phone radiation proven to increase corrosion rates

– Cremation releases most of the mercury in our bodies

*(V) Mg in common fish sources:

really HIGH = mackerel, marlin, tile fish = AVOID

HIGH = Bluefish, grouper, sea bass, tuna (albacore, yellowfin) =  <eat only 2-3/month>

MODERATE = Bass, carp, cod, croaker, halibut, lobster, mahi mahi, snapper, tuna (chunked light, skipjack) = <under 6 a month>

LOW = Anchovies, butterfish, clam, crab, croaker, flounder, hake, herring, mullet, oyster, Pollock, salmon, sardine, scallop, shrimp, sole, tilapia, trout =




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Heavy Metals, Chemicals and Additives in our Food Part 2


Heavy Metals, Chemicals and Additives in our Food Part 3




Martin Colangelo – Blog Author

& Owner / Instructor


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Truth Behind ‘Organic’: Heavy Metal Toxins + 7 Tips For a Healthy Detox!

Most ‘USDA-certified organic foods’ are NOT tested for heavy metal toxins like:

  • Lead!
  • Cadmium!
  • Mercury!


= Simply implies the PROCESS by which food is grown.

Certified Organic foods can contain heavy metal toxins because these toxins are found:

  • In the AIR
  • In the SOIL
  • In the WATER
    • once these toxins enter the environment, it is near impossible to remove them.



How Do Heavy Metals Harm Us Anyway?

  • Disrupt chemical reactions / Blocks nutrient absorption
  • Interfere with immune defense and healing processes
  • Carcinogenic (cause cancer!)
  • Cause GENETIC changes that get passed on to your CHILDREN.
  • Imitate symptoms of other serious issues like: diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia.



“What’s a ‘Detox’?”

-> Detoxification is a daily process.

-> Every cell has its own detox process.

-> Entire Organs dedicated to detoxification.

  • liver
  • Kidneys
  • Bladder


  • Lungs
  • Skin/Hair/Nails


CHELATION – removal

  • Administration of chelating agents to bind to metals so they can be more easily excreted.
  • The above process involves the Metals being pulled out of bones, organs etc. allowing them to get into the blood stream.
  • Thus, aggressive detoxification can cause acute toxicity.
  • See a Detox Professional if considering using chelating agents
  • Consider supporting your body’s natural detoxification processes with food (see below)


FOODS (that naturally chelate heavy metals)

  • Cilantro
  • Chlorella
  • Lemons
  • Garlic
  • Seafood (veggies)
  • Strawberries
  • Orange peel
  • Beets
  • Other Metals
  • Activated Charcoal

+ EXECISE / Sweating!!

“The idea that you have to get worse before you can get better is similar to the iron-pumping slogan no pain no gain” – (Mike Adams, ‘Food Forensics: the hidden toxins luring in your food and how you can avoid them for lifelong health.’2016.)






TIP #1


  1. IDENTIFY: Toxins in Food, Water, Medicine, Personal care, Cleaning and Garden products, etc…
  2. AVOID Toxins+ get them out of your house & reform behavior/purchasing habits.
  3. REPLACE – with better options (this takes a little looking)
  4. SUPPORT – your natural detoxification processes via diet (see tip#4) and exercise.


TIP #2


  • ‘Zerowater’ brand
  • ‘The Big Berkey’
  • ‘Zen Water’

+ Reverse Osmosis (removes ALL nutrients from water)


TIP #3


or – HEPA air filtration system


TIP #4


  • Eat naturally detoxifying foods
  • Eating some foods together allow immediate elimination
    • Seaweed (Dulse is best) and Sushi Tuna ( properties in the seaweed eliminated 60-90% of the mercury as they get digested together!)


TIP #5


  • Educate yourself as to which typical ‘Health Foods’ are high in heavy metals

*more info on this subject coming soon*

  • General rule – anything made in: China, India or Thailand – will be higher in heavy metal toxins.


TIP #6


  1. MUST be hot enough to make you sweat!
  2. MUST wash sweat off (or else toxins will be reabsorbed)

= All the benefits of exercise without all the muscle soreness!!!


TIP #7


  • Give yourself time to heal from within – your body knows what to do J
  • Reduce stress by using Mindfulness techniques **more info on this subject coming soon**