Blog — Heavy Metals

An Individualized Plan for Managing ADHD: Laboratory Testing & Lifestyle Modifications to Provide Symptom Relief

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By Dr. Kate Placzek, ZRT Laboratory. Many children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) struggle with fitting in and according to some experts, may receive as many as 20,000 negative messages by age 10 than their neurotypical peers. Little wonder then that many struggle with self-esteem and the belief that they are somehow broken. Being labeled as “different” – and this difference perceived as unacceptable to others – can impair an individual’s social development and actually exacerbate their struggles. One study found that children with ADHD whose families expressed high levels of criticism failed to experience the usual decline in...

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Preventing and Protecting Against Coronavirus – Is Selenium the Answer?

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By Theodore Zava, ZRT Laboratory It seems like there is an endless loop of stories these days about new viruses and the spread of disease. There is no doubt that as the human population increases and the space between us decreases, we will only experience more of these events in the future. While the world waits on new vaccines, one solution to slowing or preventing the spread of viruses may be something as simple as adequate selenium nutrition. How Selenium Protects Against Viral Infections and Mutations Adequate selenium nutrition should be considered as a defense against viral infectious diseases. Selenium...

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Heavy Metals, Nutrients & Mental Health

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By Dr Kate Placzek, ZRT Laboratory Influenced by our environment, we are constantly being exposed to elements, whether nutritional or toxic. They are a big contribution to the yin yang dualism of health and disease.  With heavy metals, contamination is so extensive nowadays that it is no longer a question of whether exposure took place, but rather what the level of exposure was or continues to be. Toxicity from low levels of exposure can lead to a wide array of neurological disturbances and can be much more insidious in presentation than acute toxicity, which is, in contrast, rather obvious in...

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Heavy Metals in the Garden: Are Your Home-Grown Fruits and Vegetables Safe for Consumption?

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By Theodore Zava, ZRT Laboratory  While growing your own fruits and vegetables is both challenging and rewarding. Many people plant gardens with the expectation that they can control what goes into their food. Gardening, especially in urban areas, has grown in popularity, but unfortunately, it comes with some risks. Contamination with elements present in the air, soil, or groundwater is a concern in both urban and rural gardens, and fruits and vegetables are good accumulators of heavy metals. This blog post details sources of heavy metal contamination and what you can do to help prevent soil contamination and heavy metal...

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It Might Be Heavy Metals In Your Lipstick Making You Sick

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For millions of women the world over the transformative promise of cosmetics is that looking and feeling more beautiful translates into feeling better about ourselves.  But could the beauty products we rely on to build our confidence by hiding our flaws, also be hiding the potential to make us sick? FDA Doesn't Regulate Cosmetics Like most women I had always assumed that any beauty product on the shelves has undergone testing to verify its contents are safe - so much for assumptions! Once I did a little digging into the subject, I found out that unlike pharmaceuticals or pesticides, chemical...

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