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May 2010

Time to move beyond salt ?

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Is sodium bad?

April 2010

Salt studies: the latest score

From Dahl to INTERSALT

Salt hypothesis' story

March 2010

Salt war

Do bone drugs work?

Diabetes vs. drugs, 3:0?

February 2010

The MMR vaccine war: Wakefield vs. ?

Wakefield proceedings: an exception?

Who's afraid of a littl' 1998 study?

January 2010

Antibiotic children

Physical activity benefits late-life health

Healthier life for New Year's resolution


December 2009

Autism epidemic worsening: CDC report

Rosuvastatin indication broadened

High-protein diet effects


November 2009

Folic acid cancer risk

Folic acid studies: message in a bottle?

Sweet, short life on a sugary diet


October 2009

Smoking health hazards: no dose-response

C. difficile warning

Asthma risk and waist size in women


September 2009

Antioxidants' melanoma risk: 4-fold or none?

Murky waters of vitamin D status

Is vitamin D deficiency hurting you?


August 2009

Pill-crushing children

New gut test for children and adults

Unhealthy habits - whistling past the graveyard?


July 2009

Asthma solution - between two opposites that don't attract

Light wave therapy - how does it actually work?

Hodgkin's lymphoma in children: better alternatives


June 2009

Hodgkin's, kids, and the abuse of power

Efficacy and safety of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's:
behind the hype

Long-term mortality and morbidity after conventional treatments for pediatric Hodgkin's


May 2009

Late health effects of the toxicity of the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel's true 5-year chances with the conventional treatment for Hodgkin's

Daniel Hauser Hodgkin's case: child protection or medical oppression?

April 2009

Protection from EMF: you're on your own

EMF pollution battle: same old...

EMF health threat and the politics of status quo

March 2009

Electromagnetic danger? No such thing, in our view...

EMF safety standards: are they safe?

Power-frequency field exposure

February 2009

Electricity and health

Electromagnetic spectrum: health connection

Is power pollution making you sick?

January 2009

Pneumococcal vaccine for adults useless?

DHA in brain development study - why not boys?

HRT shrinks brains


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Molybdenum and your health

One of somewhat obscured micro-minerals, molybdenum (Mo), is the essential part of four important enzyme processes: mobilization of iron from the liver, uric acid production, metabolizing sulfur-containing amino acids, sulfites and carbohydrates. This makes it important for controlling symptoms of sulfur/sulfites sensitivities, including sulfur/sulfite related asthma.

Low molybdenum is often associated with various forms of spinal degeneration and related symptoms. The incidence is higher in individuals with high copper levels (from copper plumbing pipes, or excessive supplementation), due to copper being antagonist to molybdenum, suppressing its levels in the body. Molybdenum deficiency may also potentiate development of some cancers, or result in elevated triglycerides.

Why would you have low molybdenum levels? For one, because it is nearly non-existent in the modern Western diet of processed foods. Secondly, because its absorption and assimilation can be suppressed by the excessive intake of some other commonly ingested minerals, such as copper (from your plumbing pipes), or calcium from your self-styled supplementation.

Excessive molybdenum levels, on the other hand, may cause gout-like symptoms, bone loss, and impaired development in children.

Molybdenum DRI (Dietary Reference Intakes, the most recent set of dietary recommendations set by the government) for an average healthy adult is set at 0.05mg. This may be insufficient, especially considering that molybdenum antagonists include, with already mentioned copper and calcium, also fluoride and phosphorus - all minerals with disproportionably elevated levels in relatively significant portion of the population (due to fluoride commonly added to drinking water, high intake of foods of animal origin, as well as junk foods and sodas, all rich in phosphorus).

Also, molybdenum is found primarily in plant food sources (particularly whole grains and legumes), generally insufficiently present in the typical Western diet.