Is Kale The Culprit Of Many People Feeling Sick?
One man’s study shows abnormal levels of dangerous heavy metals in “superfood” veggies like kale and cabbage
Health fanatics have been increasingly showing up at doctors’ offices complaining about a number of health problems such as chronic fatigue, skin and hair issues, foggy thinking, and gluten sensitivity just to name a few.
Molecular biologist Ernie Hubbard had the opportunity to dive more deeply into this epidemic and examine what might be making these people sick. In 2010, a Cleveland company was developing a detoxification formula, called ZNatural. Its officers asked Hubbard and his colleagues at Preventive Medical Center of Marin if they would test the product. Hubbard performed a range of unique tests on these patients like “bio-impedance” analyzers that measure cellular energy, and “chelting” formulas like ZNatural which aim to stimulate the body to release toxins. The results were shocking when several patients’ urine samples contained high levels of thallium and cesium, two heavy metals not usually found in people's systems.
While conducting his study, Hubbard came across a 2006 case from the Czech Republic on the “cruciferous” family, like kale, cabbage and broccoli, behaving as “hyperaccumulators” of thallium, a potentially toxic chemical metal.
These vegetables, especially kale, have gained popularity in the past decade for their supposed health benefits. In 2012, kale consumption increased by 400%. Hubbard hypothesized that the rise in popularity of kale and other vegetables in the brassicas family were somehow linked to these patients’ vague health problems.
Hubbard created a kale-testing lab in his home, and conducted multiple studies on kale lovers and kale haters. One veggie lover and health nut, who refers to herself as the “cabbage queen” Lauren Fenamore, showed higher than normal levels of thallium, and other toxic metals. After an extended kale and cabbage detox program, Fenamore’s levels dropped and she was feeling significantly better. Hubbard has yet to determine where the rise of thallium may be coming from, though he continues to research several culprits including soil and polluted irrigation water.
But don't turn your back on kale quite yet! It is too soon to swear the green veggies off based on this one inconclusive study. Kale has earned it's superfood reputation for a reason. The nutritional benefits of kale include an exceptionally high amount of protein, calcium and omega 3 for a vegetable, plus all 9 essential amino acids and high doses of vitamins.
Hubbard continues to study kale samples in his home kitchen and elsewhere. To learn more about Hubbard’s ongoing toxic kale findings, visit the link below.
What do you think, could vegetables in the brassicas family be to blame for some of our health ailments? Or is this study just a reminder to all of you kale and “cabbage queens” out there, moderation in all things?