Nickel is in our air, our water, our soil, our food, even our cosmetics (1, 2). It may be inhaled, ingested, or simply come into physical contact with the eyes or skin (3). Due to these many types of possible exposure, nickel affects the body in many ways.
In testing clients, I find that almost every client has some level of nickel toxicity.
Industrial practices play a large part in the dispensing of nickel into our environment. Consider our air: nickel is found in ambient air at very low levels. This being a result of releases from oil and coal combustion, metal refining, sewage sludge, incineration, and manufacturing facilities (1).
But it doesn’t stop there. One study focusing on the nickel content of cosmetics found that, “although the target hazard quotients and the hazard indices suggest a measure of safety, cosmetics may add to the body burden of potential toxic metals after chronic exposure” (2). Read More…