COMMON METALS TEST KIT
24 Vials $78
Code Component Non-Food Sources Possible Defiency Effects Possible Toxic Effects
CM1 Aluminium aluminium cooking pans; aluminium foil; table salt & baking powder; aluminium cans; antacids; bleached flour; mains water treatment (aluminium sulphate); some food additives; deodorants; acid rain leaches aluminium out of the soil and into the ground water contact dermatitis; skeletal demineralisation; slow learning; interference with calcium and phosphorus metabolism
CM2 Beryllium light structural material; beryllium oxide is used in ceramics reduces stores of magnesium; reduces organ function; shortness of breath; coughing; lung inflammation; tinnitus; alcoholism
CM3 Boron² enamel and glass; light weight components arthritis
CM4 Cadmium² cigarette fumes; galvanised iron; pesticides; plastics; fertilisers; tyres; plating; component in alloys and solders; PVC stabiliser, pigments, paints, pottery anaemia; kidney damage; probably carcinogenic; rat studies show it mimics effect of oestrogen; high blood pressure; lung damage; atherosclerosis; leg pain in children & adults; arthritis; Alzheimer’s
CM5 Calcium preparation of other metals; calcium oxide important in chemical industry reduction in peak bone mass; increased risk of osteoporosis in later life; nerve sensitivity; insomnia; chronic depression; synthesis and release of neurotransmitters Depressed nerve function, drowsiness, extreme lethargy, calcium deposits, kidney stones
CM6 Chromium dental work; metal plating & anodising aluminium ; stainless steel; leather tanning; paints; dyes; explosives diabetes; hypoglycaemia; alcohol intolerance; irritability; weakness lung disease
CM7 Cobalt dental work; alloys; cobalt compounds used in paints and varnishes anaemia goitre; hypothyroidism; heart failure; tremors; polycythemia
CM8 Copper copper water pipes (particularly in soft water areas); some medicines; pesticides; fungicides; blood copper levels raised by the contraceptive pill; brake linings; wiring; some contraceptive devices rheumatoid arthritis; cardiovascular disease; impaired immune system; affects bone & blood formation in infants; possible role in cardiovascular disease; rheumatoid arthritis rheumatoid arthritis; cardiovascular disease; gastrointestinal irritation (similar to deficiency signs) schizophrenia; cancer
CM9 Gold dental work; jewellery; gold salts for treating rheumatoid arthritis mouth ulceration; itching; eczema; seborrheic dermatitis; alopecia; inflamed gums; gastritis; colititis; blood abnormalities; kidney damage (from the effect of gold salts)
CM10 Iron metal for building; steel anaemia; fatigue; cracking at corner of mouth; recurrent mouth ulcers; sore tongue; poor hair growth; brittle nails; generalised itching abdominal pain; arthritis; loss of libido; damage to liver, heart and pancreas; people with certain neuro-degenerative disorders such as Parkinson's
CM11 Lead leaded petrol fumes; old water pipes; leaded paint; lead plumbing; solder; improperly glazed pottery; cigarette ash; pewter; lead crystal ware loss of appetite; constipation; headache; weakness; blue or black line on gums; anaemia; irritability; vomiting; poor co-ordination; unsteady gait; visual disturbances; delirium; paralysis; kidney failure; mainly deposited in bones and teeth; leg pain in children; arthritis; tinnitus; seizures; schizophrenia; autism; cancer
CM12 Magnesium alloys; batteries; glass; ceramics; fillers; flocculating agents; magnesium sulphate used in sugar refining muscle dysfunction; irritability & tension; fatigue; PMT; apathy muscle weakness; fatigue; sleepiness; hyper-excitabilty
CM13 Manganese textile bleaching, glass manufacture, fertilisers, compounds used in unleaded petrol and pesticides, pottery glazes joint pains; dizziness; schizophrenia lethargy; involuntary movements; impairment of voluntary movements; changes in muscle tone
CM14 Mercury dental amalgam; pesticides; fungicides; emissions from coal-burning power stations, contaminated fish, vaccines tremor; muscle instability; sensory disturbances; gastrointestinal symptoms; dermatitis; liver and kidney damage; anaemia; mental deterioration; blue line on gums; arthritis; MS; Alzheimer’s; cancer
CM15 Nickel dental alloys, stainless steel; water boiled in a kettle with an element; clasps; jewellery; spectacles; buckles; keys; coins; diesel fumes; can be in flour as a result of milling may activate certain enzymes and play a role in stabilizing chromosomal material in cell nuclei, but at the moment no known diseases are associated with a nickel deficiency may be a factor in lung cancer; frontal headaches; vertigo; nausea; vomiting; chest pain; cough. Dermatitis from skin contact with nickel in sensitive people; prostate problems; carcinogenic
CM16 Palladium road dust from catalytic converters; dental work; electrical components possibly carcinogenic
CM17 Platinum road dust from catalytic converters; high quality glassware compounds have anti-tumour activity
CM18 Selenium anti-dandruff shampoos; steel and glass additive possible links with some forms of cancer & development of coronary heart disease; premature ageing hair loss, nail changes and loss, fatigue, irritability, nausea, gastrointestinal problems, joint inflammation, “garlic breath”, dental caries; skin depigmentation; irritability
CM19 Silver dental amalgam; jewellery; E174; electrical components; silver compounds used in photography argyria (blue-grey/ashen grey darkening of the eyes, nose, throat, skin and nasal septum), kidney damage
CM20 Sodium² muscle cramps; fatigue; nausea hypertension; fluid retention
CM21 Thallium byproduct of zinc & lead production; optical lenses; jewellery; dyes; pigments; catalyst in organic synthesis; recreational drug contaminant polyneuritis; fatigue; weight loss; possibly reduced immunity; leg pain in adults; arthritis; MS; Alzheimer’s; people in wheelchairs
CM22 Tin dental amalgam; canning; solder in iron & copper pipes; compounds used in fungicides and glass coatings nausea; colic; headache; weakness; fever; muscle pain; joint pain; tinnitus
CM23 Titanium dental work; surgical metal in hips etc.; jewellery; E171, mascara seizures
CM24 Zinc galvanised iron; brass; solder; die-casting; tyres; zinc oxide is used in paints, rubber, textiles and plastics persistent leg ulcers & pressure sores; red, greasy skin on face; skin problems, poor hair growth; dandruff; night blindness; brittle nails; white spots on nails impaired copper & iron absorption; gastro-intestinal disturbances; mask-like fixed expression; difficulty in walking; slurred speech; hand tremor; involuntary laughter