The Role of Heavy Metal Contamination
Women with hormonal disorders often present with high levels of mercury and cadmium excretion (Gerhard 1992). Cadmium excretion was pronounced for the following groups of women: those with technical professions, thyroid dysfunctions, and habitual abortions and uterine fibroids. Evaluation of heavy metal and pesticide contamination should be included in a woman's test panel if she has hormonal irregularities or specific fertility disorders. The effects of these pollutants could affect the thyroid gland, with the consequence being a disordered uterus. They could also stimulate the uterus by mimicking the activity of estrogen.
Chelation with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) is sometimes used to extract toxic mineral accumulations from the body. Most toxic minerals are divalent, that is, they carry two positive charges ready to link up with two negative ions. Divalent minerals include divalent mercury, aluminum, and cadmium, along with some essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese, as well as other trace minerals. EDTA, in the presence of divalent minerals, binds or attracts these hazardous minerals by drawing the positive charge into itself. An EDTA/mineral complex is then formed and remains in solution and is capable of passing through the blood vessels to the kidney and out of the body. EDTA is best described as a pharmacologically neutral "escort" molecule that transports divalent ions out of the body. The beneficial minerals are then either replaced by way of nutritional supplementation or through direct administration of the minerals in an intravenous solution. (See the Heavy Metal Detoxification protocol for additional information about chelation.)
Kelp, in a general nutritive tonic, can also extract cadmium by preventing its absorption in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. When consumed daily, seaweed has advantages beyond ridding the body of heavy metal stores. It is regarded by some as a powerful ally in healing and lessening the severity of fibroids. Mercury can also be mobilized and transported from the body by way of vitamin C, cysteine, glutathione, and selenium. Concern about heavy metal and pesticide contamination has been expressed in more than 68 reports, with the consensus being that women who experience hormonal irregularities or specific fertility disorders should be examined for heavy metal poisoning. (See the Heavy Metal Detoxification protocol for additional information about potential sources of heavy metal contamination.)