Did you know that thallium is in your kale, watercress, cauliflower, radishes, turnips and green cabbage? And some have high levels, too.
Why? Well, it’s because they are all Brassicaceous, which is a genus of plants belonging to the cabbage and mustard family Brassicaceae. The whole family includes a total of 376 different classified rankings and 3,200 different species.
Studies on both organic and standard kale samples tested also showed contamination of traces of nickel, lead, cadmium, aluminum, and arsenic. So, where are these heavy metals coming from?
It’s typically blamed on the soil because Brassicaceae absorb the toxic metals from the soil. But, don’t stop there – you need to ask how did the toxins get into the soil in the first place?
These toxins are sourced to both manufacturing and agricultural chemicals, and the biggest health concern when eating these chemicals is that they bioaccumulate, which means the intake exceeds the ability to excrete them.
Research shows that 50 year old vegetarians were seven times higher in thallium than deemed the threshold limit.
Thallium uses today commonly include the production of electronic devices, fiber optics, camera lenses, and switches. Most notably, thallium is used in the semiconductor, fiber optic, and the glass lens industries.
It is found deposited in nature, but be aware if your farm is downstream from a manufacturing plant that uses thallium, or if you live downstream from a landfill where many of these products are improperly disposed of.
Thallium is used in medical testing. Thallium-201 is an agent used in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease and parathyroid hyperactivity.
Depending on how toxic you are, heavy metals like thallium can remain in your body for years.
Detoxing your blood is beneficial if you are high in thallium. You can download my 10-Steps To Detoxification eBook for free off my website, and pay special attention to what I write about B3 niacin, which is nature’s blood cleanser.
If you suspect thallium poisoning, especially if you eat a lot of kale and Brassicaceous veggies, consider getting a hair analysis to check your present levels, and prepare to detox. Thallium can also be detected in the blood and urine, but make sure to specify that you want these levels checked if you get a standardized lab test done. Typically, they do not run these heavy metals unless you ask them to.
Thallium poisoning may result in ataxia, alopecia, seizures, and some cognitive deficiencies.
Examples of cognitive symptoms include:
- Memory loss;
- Difficulty speaking;
- Difficulty comprehending;
- Problems concentrating.
Eating fresh vegetables is crucial for a healthy, balanced diet, so grow your own if you can, and know who you are buying your Brassicaceous veggies from when you purchase them.
Wash Your Veggies
All produce should be washed under cool running water. The cool temperature prevents pathogens from entering the pores of vegetables during washing, and the running water removes dirt and pathogens from the vegetable’s surface. Soak and scrub your produce, and remove it from the dirty water for easier rinsing and drying.
Hold the fruit or vegetable under flowing water in a strainer. This removes more pesticides better than soaking the produce in water. To avoid chemical reactions from any pesticide residue on your fruits or veggies, don’t use vinegar, soaps, or other soaking solutions because water has been determined to work just as effectively.
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