Metal and Mineral Toxicity
- An Often Overlooked Cause of Depression


Metal and Mineral Toxicity - An Often Overlooked Cause of Depression

Yale Univeristy psychiatrists R.S. Schottenfeld and M. R. Cullen noted that “a high prevalence of non-specific symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, insomnia, nervousness, headaches and weaknesses” had been consistently documented in workers with moderate lead absorption. So it is probably not surprising that when Dr Schottenfeld and Dr Cullen examined 31 hospital patients with mildly elevated lead in their blood levels, they found about a third of them had depression [1].


Copper toxicity could be another one of the causes of depression. High copper levels in the body have been linked to depression, irritability, paranoia and suspicion, fatigue, insomnia, restlessness, violence and high blood pressure [2]. Indeed, mainstream psychiatrists like R.L. Narang and associates have found abnormally high levels of copper in depressives and other psychiatric patients [1].

Excessive copper has been found to create histapenia, i.e. low histamine in the brain and body. Deficiency in histamine results in thought disorders like paranoia and hallucinations. As histamine levels in the body drops, more copper is allowed to accumulate in the body, resulting in a vicious cycle. [2]


Studies have shown that manic depressives have significantly higher levels of vanadium in their blood, and excessive body load of vanadium has been shown to trigger mania. [2]

Diagnosing mineral and heavy metal toxicity

To find out if mineral and heavy metal toxicity is one of the causes of depression for you, you would need to find out your level of mineral and heavy metal toxicity.

In this case, a hair analysis is considered a better indicator as compared to blood tests. This is because the toxins could be stored in tissues like hair even when they are not found in the blood [2].

There are guidelines for hair element analysis established by the Hair Analysis Standardization Board of the American Holistic Medical Institute [2], so do send your hair samples to the labs that have accepted these guidelines.

When you send your hair for analysis to identify the causes of depression for you, here are some pointers to take note of:

  • Submit hair samples that have not been dyed or permed; pubic hair samples may be substituted for scalp hair if necessary

  • Cut the hair as close to the scalp as possible, and keep the first 1.5 inches closest to the scalp for the sample
  • Use hair from the nape of your neck where possible
  • Submit a total of 1g of hair samples
  • Have the results of the analysis interpreted by a trained professional as it is not always correct to accept all the readings at face value. Excessive quantities of some minerals in the hair may mean toxicity, while elevated quantities of other minerals indicate their unavailability in the blood. [2]

Dealing with your toxicity issues

If heavy mental and mineral toxicity is indeed a problem for you, then here’s more details on how to deal with your toxicity to overcome your depression problem.

Other causes of depression

Read about the other depression causes beside heavy metal and mineral toxicity.

Also, check out the various natural remedies that you can adopt for dealing with your depression. If you are unsure about where to start, begin with the Holistic-Depression-Help step-by-step guide to overcoming your depression naturally.


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