Gradient Between Long-Term Arsenic Exposure & Atherosclerosis
Too many times heavy metals are overlooked as a potential contributor to human disease, and yet many, many times they may play a large factor. A few years back I ran a hair analysis on an elderly patient for some paresthesias that I was not convinced were coming from carpal tunnel syndrome. Her cadmium levels came back markedly elevated (which also matched her hypertension–cadmium is damaging to the kidneys). Despite that large volumes on the negative impact of cadmium on human health, her nurse convinced her that the idea that cadmium being harmful was ridiculous.
Unfortunately, this story is not uncommon as ignorant medical personnel give advice on things that they don’t know anything about.
Circulation — Abstracts: Wang et al. 105 (15): 1804 –