Evolving Health

Monthly Archives: January 2010

MercuryMercury’s recent presence in the body can be assessed with blood and urine samples because the initial half-life of blood mercury elimination is 3 days. The half-life of elimination for whole body mercury is between 60 and 90 days. Generally, the levels of mercury are below 10 mcg per liter in urine and below 40 mcg per liter in blood. Hair analysis can be useful as an estimate of long-term exposure to… Read More

Hair used for nutritional status of a mineral can be flawed because of exogenous contamination–from water, dust, cosmetics, shampoos, etc–and because of endogenous, nonnutritional factors such as hair growth rate, color, sex, pregnancy and age. However, I do find it quite interesting that hair analysis could indicate a history of nutrition. Historical measurements would be otherwise difficult to get, but hair grows lsowly and so hair can reflect levels of zinc and… Read More

Grandma My grandma, 79, scored a 6 on the NSI Determine Checklist, which puts her at “high nutritional risk.” Her eating habits are affected by GERD and she tries to avoid any processed foods high in sodium because of hypertension. She also eats alone most of the time and eats fewer than two meals per day. Although she dislikes eating fruits and vegetables, she does manage to obtain some of them in… Read More

Environmental toxins, or xenobiotics, are foreign chemicals that enter our bodies and can potentially cause harm to our organs, tissues and cells. There are more than 60,000 known everyday chemicals that we are exposed to of which at least 200 are found in newborns at moment of birth. The most prevalent pollutants nowadays are phthalates and plasticizers, of which have been determined to be endocrine disruptors, and have been linked to thyroid… Read More

Despite whether or not megaloblastic anemia is caused by a deficiency of folate or vitamin B12 (cobalamin), large doses of folate will correct the anemia (1). Because this is the case, the extra folate can potentially “mask” symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency such as from pernicious anemia. Unfortunately, an undiagnosed chronic vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to irreversible neuropathy. The cobalamin in methyl derivative form is necessary to methylate homocysteine to methionine… Read More