Addenda to Newsletter18 (Edited : April, 2002)


Cadmium is an extremely toxic metal commonly found in industrial workplaces, particularly where any ore is being processed or smelted. Due to its low Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL), overexposures may occur even in situations where cadmium is only in trace quantities in the parent ore or smelter dust. Cadmium is used extensively in electroplating, although the nature of the operation does not generally lead to overexposures. Several deaths from acute exposure have occurred among welders who have unsuspectingly welded on cadmium-containing alloys and among silver solders. Cadmium is also found in industrial paints and may represent a hazard when spray applied. Operations involving removal of cadmium paints by scraping or blasting may similarly pose a significant hazard. Cadmium emits a characteristic brown fume (CdO) upon heating, which is relatively non-irritating, and thus does not alarm the exposed individual.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration. US Department of Labor (OSHA) More

Tobacco contains up to 23 micrograms of cadmium per pack of cigarettes cadmium interferes with the biological function of several metalloenzymes, especially those containing : Zinc (Zinc deficiency lowers the effectivness of the human immune system as well as producing a wide variety of preventable birth defects in pregnant women who smoke), Copper (Copper deficiency increases loss of elastic fiber, therefore smokers have more skin wrinkles and aneurism.

Cadmium also interferes with calcium (calcium deficiency resluts in hypertension, osteoporosis, and arthritis) and with selenium ( selenium deficiency increases the individual risk of cataract, cancer and cardiomyopathy heart disease.

Joel D. Wallach, Bs, DVM, ND & Ma Lan, MD, MS. Rare Earths Forbidden Cures. page 276.