Sources Of Nickel
How Nickel Affects The Body
Symptoms of Nickel Toxicity
Antagonists And Chelators
Hair Mineral Analysis Notes Regarding Nickel
A “Child” Mineral
Anthropomorphic Qualities Of Nickel
Used By The Rogues To Sicken People
Nickel is an older, “male” mineral that affects all the organs of the body. However, it seems to affect most the brain and the lungs. The word male is used because nickel is more “yang” than many other minerals. Yang in macrobiotics is more associated with maleness.
Nickel may be called the lung cancer mineral. Nickel is found in cigarette smoke and getting too much of it can cause or contribute to lung cancer.
SOURCES OF NICKEL
– rooibos tea or red teas
– metallic dental braces (very important)
– cell phones that are metallic and touch the skin of the cheek.
– possibly other dental wires besides braces
– some dental crowns contain some nickel
– possibly Breville and Sunbeam water boilers that use nickel-plated immersion heaters
– hydrogenated vegetable oils
– contaminated alcoholic beverages
– margarines and imitation whip cream
– commercial peanut butter
– vegetable shortening
– nickel-plated jewelry
– kelp, if contaminated
– possibly some unrefined grains and cereals
– oysters and possibly other shellfish from contaminated waters
– nickel plating on metallic objects
– cigarette smoking
– manufacture of steel
– some batteries, machine parts, wire, and electrical parts
– lifting steel weights or handling anything made of steel
HOW NICKEL AFFECTS THE BODY
Kidneys – nickel has a tendency to accumulate in the kidneys and damage the kidneys.
Hormone, lipid and membrane metabolism – some nickel compounds may have some physiological role related to these functions.
Cancer – nickel associated with development of lung cancer, specifically, in those exposed to nickel vapors.
Brain – nickel toxicity is definitely associated with negative feelings, including depression and, if exposure is severe enough, suicidal thoughts. Nickel may also cause a person to be “attached” or abnormally dependent on others. It may have this effect by weakening the body or brain in a particular way.
SYMPTOMS OF NICKEL TOXICITY
cancer, oral, intestinal and lung
low blood pressure
muscle tremors, tetany and paralysis
depression, abnormal attachment to others, and suicidal thoughts
ANTAGONISTS AND CHELATORS
Iron is a nickel antagonist. It competes with nickel for absorption. Some nickel compounds may deplete B-complex vitamins.
Among natural chelators, vitamin C can chelate some nickel. Distilled water can probably remove some, as well. Many nutrients help antagonize or prevent the buildup of nickel.
HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS NOTES ABOUT NICKEL
A “CHILD” MINERAL
A form of nickel found in certain foods is a “child” mineral. This means that all children have some of it, and it helps cause attachment to one’s parents. This is a defense mechanism to keep a child from straying or disobeying parents. As one matures, one will eliminate this nickel compound.
Nickel is a very hard and durable metal. It is used for plating other metals to cover and protect other metals, for this reason. For example, less expensive jewelry, bathroom fixtures, and many other products are often nickel-plated or covered with nickel for protection.
Nickel is also a hardener. Hydrogenated oils, which are hardened vegetable oils, are made by bubbling nickel carbonyl through the oil. The chemical reaction hardens the oil to make products such as margarine, commercial peanut butter, and vegetable shortening. Unfortunately, these products contain nickel.
Nickel also can be given a very shiny, smooth appearance. It is used in costume jewelry as an inexpensive substitute for silver, for this reason.
Nickel is also associated with physical life on earth. This is a philosophical, rather than a physiological or pathological quality of the metal. Nickel, specifically, has to do with the structural aspect of physicality such as the bones, but even more so the lungs and the respiratory system of the physical body.