Added Chromium Picolinate today

I added Chromium Picolinate to Nicholas’s supplement regiment today: 100mcg with breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Chromium is an essential trace mineral that works with insulin to support healthy blood glucose levels and plays and important role in the proper utilization of protein, fat and carbohydrates.

Why am I adding this to his routine??

One, Nicholas’s blood glucose has always been at the top end of the normal range.

Two, Nicholas’s recent hair test shows that he is dumping cadmium – which pointed me in the direction of re-reading Hair Test Interpretation: Finding Hidden Toxicities by Andy Cutler ( On page 95, it states that, “Cadmium can impair the body’s ability to make blood sugar from protein or fats. People with this problem are lethargic and can’t think clearly if they don’t eat often enough and have adequate carbohydrate in their meals (e.g. they feel horrible on Atkins diet).” … “Cadmium interferes with the function of the part of the adrenal gland that makes adrenaline (the medical term for adrenaline is epinephrine). Most of the other heavy metals affect the part of the adrenal gland that makes cortisol (the medical term is adrenal cortex) without affecting the adrenaline producing part.“ It also states that needing to eat carbohydrates can be one of the symptoms of cadmium problems. Lately, Nicholas’s yeast has been non-existant (thank you, Enhansa) so I have been a little surprised when he kept asking for carbohydrates (that usually only happens when yeast is flaring).

Three, blood sugar problems can be directly related to adrenals since the adrenals regulate glucose. Of course, mercury poisons the adrenals and/or disrupts the hormones by blocking the receptors. So, in addition to Nicholas taking the Adrenal Cortex Glandular for his adrenals, I am also giving him 100mcg Chromium Picolinate with each meal.

I’m so glad he appears to be dumping cadmium, because from what I understand, it is harder to get rid of than other heavy metals.

Added 5/17/2009 — I didn’t realize this was already in his multi, so I discontinued the additional chromium. (He only got 2 doses on the first day, so 100mcg extra)

Added 5/28/2009 — well, since he needs this with meals to keep his blood sugar regular – I have added the additional back in.

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