Toxic Heavy Metals
In Your Medications?
By Don Harkins
It is in the best interest of all people who are taking pharmaceutical drugs, whether purchased over the counter or prescribed by a doctor, to read the lists of ingredients on the lables. A significant proportion of "medications" contain iron oxide and/or titanium dioxide. These metals, which are not readily assimilated, have a tendency to simply accumulate in the body.
Neither iron oxide nor titanium dioxide have any medicinal value but, according to the Eli Lilly, Co., and Novartus Pharmaceutical Corporation's health care professional information lines, the two metals are added to the recipe for production convenience and cosmetic purposes.
Novartus, the maker of the addictive, mood altering drug Ritalin which is commonly prescribed to energetic school children, said that titanium dioxide was used in the production process "to keep the pills from sticking to the molds."
Eli Lilly, the maker of Prosac, another addictive mood altering drug prescribed more commonly to adults who are battling clinical depression, stated that Prosac, which is primarily fluoxetine hydrochloride (a fluorine) and corn starch, uses iron oxide (rust) "as a coloring agent for the capsule."
Both substances are poisonous to people. If a person inhales a quantity of titanium dioxide dust, he may suffer lung damage. "In 1992, the FDA issued a notice that iron oxide had not been shown to be safe and effective as claimed in over the counter poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac products," wrote Ruth Winter in the Consumer's Dictionary of Medicines (1996).
These metals are not in a colloidal form that is readily metabolized. Instead, they accumulate in the body. "These heavy metals have a tendency to enter the bloodstream and make their way into the brain. The result over time will be a loss of memory and brain function. It is an Alzheimer's symptomology that is not to be confused with senile dementia. This loss of brain function can happen to anybody at any age if enough iron and titanium (and aluminum) accumulate in their bodies," said Clyde Reynolds, N.D.
Reynolds explained that some of the metals may pass through the body in the digestive process and that some people may be more able to pass metals more efficiently than others. However, as the metals accumulate from the ingestion of pharmaceuticals and processed foods which contain them, and other sources such as soaps and sprays, "people are having a more frequent tendency to develop toxicity in their bodies. The toxicity from the metals compromises people's immune systems, can make their bones brittle and will provide the environment where a variety of infections and disorders may develop," explained Dr. Reynolds.
Titanium dioxide can be found in such common over the counter drugs as aspirin and in such commonly prescribed drugs as penicillin and other antibiotics. Iron oxide can be found in pills that have yellow capsules.