Tin Toxicity

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Many people today suffer fatigue from tin toxicity. It’s really hard to avoid tin. Our food is canned in it, our drinks are packed in it, and our cookware is made of it. It’s in our soil and our air, even our toothpaste! While you can’t eliminate your exposure to it entirely, you can detox it with a Mineral Power program!

How You Are Exposed to Tin

Tin is found naturally in the environment at low levels. As a result, we can never completely avoid our exposure to it (5). But the consumption of canned foods and/or beverages is, by far, the biggest sources of toxic tin exposure in modern society. And while food containers that contain tin usually have a very fine layer of lacquer applied to prevent the tin from leeching into your food or drink, that “protective layer” may actually do more harm than good.

This layer is often loaded with Bisphenol A (or BPA), a chemical that can mimic human estrogen and is linked to both breast cancer and early puberty in women. In fact, when the Environmental Working Group tested canned food bought across America, they found BPA in more than half, and at levels they noted as being, “200 times the government’s traditional safe level of exposure for industrial chemicals” (10, 13). In short: consuming canned goods may put you at greater risk of BPA ingestion than drinking from plastic water bottles!

But the danger doesn’t end there. That “protective” layer may actually be compromised, allowing tin to dissolve into the can’s contents especially when the foods and drinks are acidic (1). And when the lining isn’t present – meaning plain, uncoated, internal surfaces are used for canning – the tin content in the food is increased and the toxicity risks even greater (8).

The good news is that our consumption of canned goods is reducing in favor of fresh or frozen produce. And the decline is only expected to continue! (11, 12)

But aside from canned goods, you are still exposed to tin a variety of ways. More specifically, tin is present in such widespread sources as (3, 4, 5, 7):

  • Canned/tinned foods and juices
  • Air
  • Soil
  • Landfills
  • Asparagus (added to some asparagus to improve its taste)
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Cereal grains
  • Coloring agents
  • Dairy
  • Dental amalgams
  • Dyes
  • Food additives
  • Fungicides
  • Some herbs
  • Licorice
  • Meat
  • Occupational exposure – tin mines, smelting
  • Factories that make or use tin
  • Seaweed
  • Seawater
  • Soaps
  • Seafood (especially shellfish)
  • Lining of metal beverage cans and food containers
  • Some toothpaste
  • Stabilizers in plastics, moluscicides, and miticides
  • Water collected from galvanized (tin) roofs
  • Water (improperly filtered)
  • Vegetables

As you can see, just because you avoid canned foods and drinks, you will still find yourself exposed to tin.

Of course, the best way thing you can do to reduce your exposure to tin is to reduce – or better yet, eliminate – the amount of canned products you eat or drink (5). But canned goods are not your only source of toxicity. That’s why it’s crucial to regularly detox this dangerous element before it does serious harm to your health!

Symptoms of Tin Toxicity

Considering the fact that the biggest source of tin exposure is ingestion of canned/tinned foods, most of the symptoms of toxicity are, not surprisingly, related to gastrointestinal problems.

Some of the symptoms associated with tin toxicity include (2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8):

  • Abdominal pain
  • Breathlessness
  • Cholangitis of the lower biliary tract
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Convulsions
  • Cough
  • Decreased pulmonary function
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Dyspnea (breathing difficulty)
  • Eye irritation
  • Eye soreness
  • Fatigue – main symptom
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Heart palpitations
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems
  • Nausea
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Psychotic behavior
  • Severe sweating
  • Skin irritation
  • Skin rash
  • Stannosis (benign pneumoconiosis)
  • Stomach complaints
  • Tremors
  • Vomiting

The symptoms of tin toxicity are in direct correlation to a lack of the healthy minerals they replace. Toxic elements, like tin, replace nutrient minerals in enzyme binding sites. When this occurs, the metals inhibit, over-stimulate, and otherwise alter thousands of enzymes. An affected enzyme may operate at 5% of normal activity. This may contribute to many health conditions. Toxic metals may also simply deposit in many sites, causing local irritation and other toxic effects.

Toxic metals may also replace other substances in other tissue structures. The replacement weakens these tissues, such as the arteries, joints, bones, and muscles. Tin replaces a variety of elements, including calcium, iron, and bismuth in vital enzyme binding sites. This illustrates why maintaining a healthy, balanced system with Mineral Power is so important!

Health Conditions Caused by Tin

The main problem with tin is that it causes fatigue. Tin destroys the charge on the outside of your mitochondria – your cell’s powerhouses that make your body’s energy. If there is no charge on the outside of the mitochondria, they cannot make adequate levels of energy. Tin toxicity is one of the major players in chronic fatigue syndrome

A primary concern with tin is that overexposure may damage the nervous system and cause psychomotor disturbances (6). It’s also believed that tin affects impairs brain function by interfering with neurotransmitters. (1)

Additional negative health conditions resulting from tin toxicity include (4, 6, 8, 9):

  • Chromosomal damage
  • Convulsions
  • Depression
  • Adverse gastrointestinal effects
  • Forgetfulness
  • Hallucinations
  • Headaches
  • Immune System malfunction
  • Liver damage
  • Nervous system damage
  • Pneumoconiosis (Stannosis)
  • Psychotic behavior
  • Shortage of red blood cells
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Tremors

How to Detox Tin

An antagonist is an element that can help to push or detox tin out of the body. The following elements work as antagonists of tin (3):

  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Chloride
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin E
  • Bismuth
  • Zinc

Detecting Tin Toxicity

When investigating possible tin toxicity, we first perform a hair mineral analysis and then review the results. The important thing to look for here is not just tin at its face value on your test, but also its relation to other minerals in the body. You can see tin toxicity by looking at tin’s ratios to other minerals on a hair mineral analysis.

A few things to note when detoxing tin:

  • Tin levels should be zero. There is no biological use for tin in the body.
  • Hair mineral analysis will help determine the amount of tin stored in the body’s tissues.
  • Tin will be detoxed during the course of a Mineral Power program.

Mineral Power Can Help!

Fortunately, you can solve the problem of tin toxicity! Like all metals, the body will store tin in the tissues, including the bones, for long periods of time. (5) So, it takes time to remove it completely. With detox and the help of Mineral Power, you can rid your body of tin in 1-2 years. This is why long term detoxing is so important!

Many of the adverse health conditions caused by tin toxicity can be reversed through rigorous detoxing. Of course, it depends on the severity of your symptoms and how long you have been suffering from your negative health condition(s). At the very least, many experience a vast reduction in their symptoms with detoxification of tin via mild chelating agents, mineral supplementation and use of an infrared sauna, all of which are part of a comprehensive Mineral Power program.

Mineral Power program is one of the best programs to remove all heavy metals from the body. Mineral Power is utilizes over 20 different methods at once to remove tin and ALL toxic metals safely and deeply, while replenishing the minerals your body needs. Metals can often do the same jobs as minerals. So when we are mineral deficient, the human body is forced to accumulate metals to accomplish certain processes necessary to for us to survive. Mineral Power replenishes your minerals, helps you to restore balance to your body, and gives it energy so that it can push tin and other metals out when it no longer needs them to function.

Many nutrients are given on a Mineral Power to aid the body’s removal of tin. Among these critical nutrients are iron, zinccalcium, and vitamins B2.  

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Presently, humanity is exposed to the highest levels of toxic metals in recorded history, up to several thousand times higher than even several hundred years ago due to industrialization. The danger of toxic metals in our environment is greatly aggravated due to low mineral content of our food supply, as well as the contamination of our food supply. If one does not consume preferred minerals in the diet, the body will pick up whatever toxic metals it can from the food, air, and water as substitutes to perform various functions in the body. A key principle to remember is that an abundance of essential minerals in the diet and via supplementation protects the body against toxic metals.

It’s time to restore balance to your body with Mineral Power!

Mineral Power program is not about diagnosing or treating any particular disease. It utilizes a hair mineral analysis to design a customized diet, supplement, lifestyle and detox program to detox heavy metals, improve the entire body’s energy level, reduce stress, and improve the metabolic rate of the body. My program focuses on the wellness model of health care, which is a state of high resistance to all illness.

 

References 

1. Group, Dr.  Edward. “Toxic Metals: The Health Dangers of Tin”. Global Healing Center. Pub: Jan 10, 2013. http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/toxic-metal-health-dangers-of-tin/
2. Kinship KA. “Toxicity of Tin and its compounds.” Department of Health and Social Security, London. Adverse Drug React Acute Poisoning Rev. 1988 Spring;7(1):19-38. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3291572
3. Acu-Cell Cellular Nutrition. “Health Benefits & Toxicity of the Element Tin, and its Effect on Adrenals, Depression and Fatigue.” http://www.acu-cell.com/tin.html
4. Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA), United States Department of Labor. “Tin Oxide (as Sn) (Total Dust)”. https://www.osha.gov/dts/chemicalsampling/data/CH_272000.html
5. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.”Public Health Story for Tin.” August 2005. http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/phs/phs.asp?id=541&tid=98
6. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). “Heavy Metal Poisoning.” Years published 1989, 1991, 1998, 2006. https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/heavy-metal-poisoning/
7.  R D Kimbrough. “Toxicity and health effects of selected organotin compounds: a review.” Environ Health Perspect. 1976 Apr; 14: 51–56. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1475111/ 
8. Blunden, Steve and Wallace T. “Tin in canned food: a review and understanding of occurrence and effect.” Food Chem Toxicol. 2003 Dec;41(12):1651-62. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14563390
9. Lenntech. http://www.lenntech.com/periodic/elements/sn.htm
10. Alter, Lloyd. “BPA Danger may be greater from Tin Cans than Water Bottles.” TreeHugger.com. April 17, 2008. http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/bpa-danger-may-be-greater-from-tin-cans-than-water-bottles.html
11. Wong, Venessa. “In Pursuit Of ‘Freshness,’ Americans Buy Fewer Canned Foods.” Bloomberg Business. October 22, 2013. http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2013-10-22/in-pursuit-of-freshness-americans-buy-fewer-canned-foods
12.  Buzby, Jean C., Biing-Hwan Lin, Hodan Farah Wells, Gary Lucier, and Agnes Perez. “Canned Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in the United States: Report to Congress.” Economic Research Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture. September 2008. http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/184291/ap032.pdf
13. Environmental Working Group. “Bisphenola A – Toxic Plastics Chemical in Canned Food”. March 5, 2007. http://www.ewg.org/research/bisphenol
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Wendy Myers

Wendy Myers, FDN, CHHC, is a functional diagnostic nutritionist, certified holistic health coach and founder of Live to 110. Her passions include getting you healthy, Modern Paleo, retoxing and detoxing. Discover her Mineral Power Program and enjoy freedom from fatigue and brain fog with metal detox.