Cadmium Exposure and Distal Forearm Fractures
I remember an elderly patient of mine awhile back. She was scheduled for carpal tunnel surgery and I had run a hair analysis on her looking at whether heavy metals may be contributing to the nerve issues. She had been a smoker for many years and the results came back very high in cadmium. She had been dealing with high blood pressure and severe osteoporosis (she had already had multiple hip replacements) as well. These were all hallmarks of cadmium toxicity. I referred her out to a physician doing IV chelation, but her surgeon would not perform her surgery until the cadmium issue was put to rest via a letter from me saying it was not relevant to her surgery. Her friend/home care nurse was livid and could not see how cadmium fit into her clinical picture.
This article, in the highest blood levels of cadmium, showed almost a NINE times risk of forearm fracture. The patient ultimately had the surgery and never followed through with the chelation due to the ignorance of one nurse. Who knows how this patient’s overall health would have improved had she done the chelation?
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