Hip replacements may lead to cobalt poisoning

Cobalt is a metallic mineral that some nutritionists think is an ultratrace mineral – that is, it is required in very small quantities in our bodies.  Cobalt makes up the structure of vitamin B12, a very important vitamin for a wide range of functions in our body.  It is also thought that cobalt helps make an enzyme that might provide some kind of protection against certain tumor cells.  However, cobalt at high doses is toxic.

There have been recent problems with artificial joints causing cobalt poisoning.  The metal on metal ball sockets rub together and small particles of the metal enter the blood stream.

One type of implant in particular that caused problems was the DePuy implants, where patients had recorded levels of cobalt “100 to 500 times normal”. These patients experienced a range of symptoms including:

  • tinnitus
  • deafness
  • vertigo
  • visual changes
  • rashes
  • hypothyroidism
  • tremor
  • dyspnea on exertion
  • mood disorders
  • dementia
  • heart failure
  • peripheral neuropathy

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In a processed food culture, simply eating may not be enough. Dr. Andy Williams is a scientist with a strong interest in Juicing and how it can supply the body with the nutrients it needs to thrive in modern society. You can subscribe to his free daily paper called Juicing The Rainbow and follow him on Facebook orTwitter.

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