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What are heavy metals in regards to the human body?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

The toxic metals aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury, and nickel are often referred to as heavy metals, to distinguish them from the nutritional minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. Heavy metals tend to accumulate within the brain, kidneys, immune system, and other body tissues, where they can severely disrupt normal function.

The typical person living in the United States has more heavy metals in the body than is compatible with good health. For example, it is conservatively estimated that up to 25 percent of the U.S. population suffers from heavy metal poisoning to some extent.

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