Heavy Metals

Carolyn Gretton

Experts blame 3 heavy metals for increasing heart disease risk

At least 9 million deaths worldwide each year are caused by pollution. And more than 60 percent of those deaths are linked to cardiovascular diseases. With numbers like these, researchers are working to identify the worse offenders and they’ve come up with three to watch out for…

Carolyn Gretton

3 reasons to wash your rice: Lead, cadmium and arsenic

I like my rice with a creamy consistency, so I’ve never washed it before cooking. That’s about to change. In the U.S., arsenic levels in rice are sky high (even in instant rice), but it’s not the the only harmful heavy metal you get a serving of when rice is on your plate…

Carolyn Gretton

Drinking toxins: Heavy metal contamination reaches beyond juice

You may remember when we broke news about arsenic, lead and cadmium contamination in juice. Well, that threat has grown and leached to popular “health drinks.” Considering daily exposure from other sources, your heart and brain health could suffer if you don’t cut these drinks out…

Joyce Hollman

Lead and cadmium: The ‘dark side’ of dark chocolate

Some dark chocolate brands, even organic ones, have been found to contain dangerous amounts of cadmium and lead, heavy metals linked to hypertension, kidney failure, nerve damage and more. Take precautions if your favorite is on the list.

Jenny Smiechowski

Avoid hidden heavy metals this holiday season

Since the holidays are here, you’re probably getting ready to pull out your decorative plates and glassware, because they’re fun and festive. But those plates and cups adorned with lots of gold and silver and smiling Santas, Christmas trees and reindeer may be less innocent than they look…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

The aluminum-Alzheimer’s connection grows stronger

Everyday items we come in contact with can impact our health. One of those is aluminum, long associated with breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. As a theory, it’s controversial, but researchers find it wrapped up in brain tau tangles. Do you know all the ways you’re exposed to it?