Today’s newsletter is about an unexpected danger to you and your family.
It turns out that you have to make sure that your wife, you, your kids, your grandkids are not wearing cheap jewelry!
It turns out that cheap jewelry is now known to be loaded with cadmium.
This is especially true for silver colored jewelry.
In this study, they purchased various types of cheap jewelry.
Then they evaluated it for cadmium content.
The results were incredibly alarming.
Here’s a photo of some of the jewelry, some of it is quite nice looking.
Some of these are handmade from India or China.
So, what’s wrong with cadmium?
Cadmium has no known use in the human body.
The body can get rid of cadmium only very slowly.
It purges it through sweat, and mostly through urine.
But it can take decades to get rid of even a small amount of cadmium.
In a study of cadmium and rats, cadmium was shown to lead to
induced malformations in skull bones, vertebrae and thoracic, and pelvian limbs.
These results were mostly found in the young of rats.
In adult rats fed cadmium, free radicals are released in huge quantities.
These levels often resulted in cancer.
So we need to ask, does the cadmium and jewelry enter the body?
The short answer is that yes, it does.
So they performed a study to see if cadmium is absorbed through the skin through sweat.
In this study, they used artificial sweat.
They exposed various types of jewelry to the artificial sweat.
The researchers found a lot of cadmium leached out into the sweat.
And from there, it would enter your skin and your body.
Take a look at this chart from the study.
The purple dots show substantial amounts of cadmium dissolving into sweat.
Cadmium in jewelry is dangerous.
The cadmium seems to get there through recycling of cadmium from batteries.
Cadmium is the CAD in NiCad, which helps power batteries.
Cadmium gives cheap metal that heavier density similar to silver.
It makes the experience of wearing the cheap jewelry feel similar to that of wearing the real deal.
That’s why they’re adding it in enormous quantities to cheap jewelry right now.
As a recent newspaper investigation said,
The most contaminated piece analyzed in lab testing performed for the AP contained a startling 91 percent cadmium by weight.
The cadmium content of other contaminated trinkets, all purchased at national and regional chains or franchises, tested at 89 percent, 86 percent and 84 percent by weight.
The testing also showed that some items easily shed the heavy metal.
Anything you put on your skin is something that you should be willing to swallow.
If you have cheap jewelry, you should get rid of it.
You should make sure that your loved ones check their jewelry too.
Don’t take a chance of increasing your absorption of cadmium.
It can take decades to get rid of any cadmium that’s absorbed.
And meanwhile, the cadmium is wreaking havoc in the body.
It’s resulting in a higher incidence of cancer, among other problems.
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