Thallium Toxicity

Thallium is a toxic metal that causes chronic fatigue and a large number of health issues. It is released into the environment primarily by car exhaust. Learn how you get exposed to thallium, what health issues it causes and how to detox it.

No one knows about thallium – not even many detox experts, let alone the unsuspecting population breathing it into their lungs every day from smog and car exhaust.

You can identify the presence of this deadly metal in your body through hair mineral analysis or a Urine Toxic and Essential Elements Test and detox it with a Myers Detox Protocol. I pinpointed thallium as one of the sources of my own ill health and detoxed quite a bit of it. 

When I first began calculating certain ratios used to determine thallium toxicity from my own hair mineral analysis, I discovered that I was thallium toxic. I was shocked. Even though I had been detoxing for years, I was still inexplicably tired and not quite where I wanted to be with my health. I became frustrated with my own progress because I knew something was blocking my path to better wellness. 

It was only when I started investigating more metals on an HTMA and doing urine toxic metals push testing that I finally discovered exactly what that toxic source was: thallium. I was both shocked and concerned to find out that this poison was the culprit afflicting my overall well-being. And I realized it was affecting so many of my client’s health as well – especially those suffering from chronic fatigue.

Thallium was also the poison of choice for the assassination of political dissidents in Russia, and was used to the same ends within the Saddam Hussein regime (9). In short, thallium is deadly.

How You Are Exposed to Thallium

This poison can be absorbed into the body through inhalation, ingestion, and/or contact with the skin, though oral ingestion can be the most dangerous form of exposure (2). Thallium can be found in such things as (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9):

  • Anti-knock additive in some gasoline in areas where high-octane gas is in short supply
  • Ant killers
  • Car exhaust
  • Cardiac scanning (thallium isotopes are used in this procedure)
  • Cement plants
  • Coal Ash
  • Inhalation of contaminated dust from pyrite burners
  • Kale and other cruciferous vegetables
  • Lead smelting
  • Manufacture of electronics: low temperature thermometers, optical lenses, and imitation precious jewels, semiconductors, scintillation counters, green-colored fireworks
  • Oil drilling
  • Production of photoelectric cells
  • Rodenticides
  • Smog (released from auto exhaust)
  • Soil
  • Water fluoridated with fluorosilicic acid
  • Zinc smelting

Perhaps the most notable thing on the above list is kale. That’s right, the tasty and trendy cruciferous vegetable can be hazardous to your health when eaten in overabundance. A 2006 study found that the cruciferous family of vegetables  – kale, cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli – to be hyper-acculumators of thallium. But more recently, Ernie Hubbard, a molecular biologist in Marin County, California, elaborated on this study by focusing on the “queen” of the vegetable world (and arguably the most popular among the crucifers) – kale. His studies revealed that kale contained potent levels of thallium, even in cases where the soil in which it was grown was low in thallium (6).

Most disturbing, however, was the discovery that organically grown kale showed higher levels of thallium than the conventionally grown ones! And not just of thallium, but also of several toxic metals, including mercury, cadmium, and lead (6)! The reason behind this is still unknown, but one current hypothesis is that organic kale is higher in sulfur, which is known to attract thallium. Sulphurs bind to metals.

These findings are certainly alarming, though this does not mean you must immediately put down that kale salad and back away slowly. There are a lot of foods that contain toxins because our environment is so polluted. It’s more about awareness and avoiding the most contaminated foods. And doing a sensible daily detox. Like anything else, take your kale in moderation.

Symptoms of Thallium Toxicity

Thallium toxicity has multi-organ involvement and presents with vague symptoms that are often attributed to other causes. As a result, the symptoms are commonly dismissed by traditional health practitioners altogether and lead to a misdiagnosis of the patient’s condition (8).

Some of the symptoms associated with thallium toxicity include (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9):

  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Abnormal reflexes
  • Abnormal vision
  • Abdominal pain
  • Acne
  • Agitation
  • Alopecia
  • Blood in stool
  • Bone marrow depression
  • Brain fog
  • Breakdown of red blood cells
  • Burning sensations
  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Convulsions
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Degenerative changes of the heart, liver and kidney
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry and crusty scaling of the skin
  • Encephalopathy
  • Excessive salivation
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Gluten sensitivity
  • Hallucinations
  • Hair loss (temporary and permanent)
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Inflammation of the mouth, lips, and gums
  • Insomnia
  • Leg pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of reflexes
  • Malnutrition due to thallium interference in absorption of nutrients
  • Muscle aches, weakness and tremors
  • Nausea
  • Nail changes (Mee’s lines)
  • Numbness in extremities like fingers and toes
  • Polyneuritis
  • Respiratory paralysis and failure
  • Seizures
  • Shortness of breath
  • Skin hyperesthesia (mainly in the soles of the feet and the tibia)
  • Subarchanoid hemorrhage
  • Tachycardia
  • Urine discoloration (green) shortly after exposure
  • Vision disturbances
  • Vomiting
  • Damage to the nerves controlling the muscles of the head and neck (e.g., swallowing and eye movements)

As you can see, toxicity from this deadly metal spans a variety of symptoms. And while the severity of these symptoms is dose dependent, it’s worth noting that in cases of acute toxicity from ingestion, symptoms tend to present themselves in three stages (2):

  1. Gastrointestinal phase
  2. Neurological phase
  3. Hair phase, most commonly expressed as alopecia or hair loss

Health Conditions Caused by Thallium

Thallium toxicity is frequently overlooked by traditional medical practitioners and even most detox ‘experts.’ Thallium bioacculumates, meaning, it builds up in the body over time. When a test for thallium toxicity is conducted, the results often don’t register at levels considered poisonous (6). But if it is not detoxed, it can cause serious health problems: (1, 7)

  • Emotional disturbances
  • Fetal mortality
  • Hallucinations
  • Impairment of thought and mood
  • Impaired immunity / poor resistance to infection
  • Intense headaches
  • Poor concentration
  • Memory failure
  • Neurological damage
  • Permanent alopecia
  • Severe muscular atrophy
  • Various involuntary movement disorders
  • Death

Detecting Thallium Toxicity

When investigating possible thallium toxicity, we first perform a hair mineral analysis and then review the results.

A few things to note when detecting thallium:

  • Everyone who has lived in urban environments has some level of thallium in their body.
  • Thallium does not detox into the hair directly on a hair mineral analysis, but we can see it indirectly in the mineral to thallium ratios with the interpretive ratios used on a Myers Detox Protocol program.
  • Thallium can be detected on urine metals analysis push tests.

Supplements that Detox Thallium

  • Mitochondria Detox: this kit includes the Myers Detox Activated Silica and CitriCleanse grapefruit citrus pectin. Together, these supplements are the most potent and effective Thallium detox. Learn more at
  • Potassium: The strongest antagonist to and effective agent against thallium is the mineral potassium. This is because thallium has a similar charge and ionic ratios to potassium and is distributed in the body much the same way (5, 8). I recommend taking 2000mg a day of ionic potassium and eating potassium rich foods.
  • Prussian Blue: Prussian blue binds to thallium, keeping it within the intestinal tract, which then excretes in the stool. Thus, preventing thallium from entering the body and accumulating (2, 7).

How to Detox Thallium

Thallium is a potent mitochondrial poison. It poisons the enzymes that transport nutrients into your cell’s mitochondria – the body’s energy manufacturers. In this way, it renders your ATP energy manufacturers unable to product energy as effectively. The result is chronic, unrelenting fatigue.

That’s why I developed the Mitochondria detox to remove thallium and other mitochondrial poisons. My Mitochondria Detox includes:

  • Activated Silica
  • CitriCleanse grapefruit citrus pectin

I have found that Activated Silica (Choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid) is most effective at reducing the body burden of thallium. Activated Silica is relatively safe and effective for a range of trivalent metals including thallium, aluminium, arsenic, bismuth, tin and cesium levels. For these reasons and more, I use Activated Silica to help my clients detox thallium.

Activated Silica serves as a mobilizer of thallium. It removes thallium from the brain, tissues and bones. After that, you need a binder to absorb the dislodged thallium and safely remove it from the body. For this purpose, I recommend CitriCleanse grapefruit citrus pectin.

You can get both of these products including instructions on how to use them for the most effective thallium detox at Together, Activated Silica and CitriCleanse are an effective two step process to help you detox thallium. I recommend it to any clients currently suffering from thallium toxicity.


Myers Detox Protocol for Heavy Metal Detox, including Thallium

Many of the adverse health conditions caused by thallium toxicity can be reversed through detox. But it must be done in the right way and consistently for at least two years. Individuals experience a vast reduction in their symptoms with detoxification of thallium via targeted detox supplementation and use of an infrared sauna, all of which are part of a comprehensive Myers Detox Protocol.

Thallium is usually deeply buried and requires time on a Myers Detox Protocol program to uncover and dislodge from storage sites in the body. Even then, complete reversal of all symptoms may not be possible, depending on the level of toxicity suffered. This is because thallium acts as a cumulative poison, storing itself deep in the body’s tissues, as well as the fact the toxic tentacles of this poison spread into multiple systems of the body (7).

Another reason is can take so long to remove is because of how thallium becomes deeply lodged in the body’s tissues. It must be detoxed slowly, rather than a quick release of all the tissues stores (7). If it were eliminated very quickly, a person would be in danger of greatly exacerbating their toxic symptoms with a hasty elimination.

Myers Detox Protocol is the best detox program to remove all toxic metals from the body, including thallium. The Myers Detox Protocol utilizes over 20 different methods at once to remove thallium and ALL toxic metals safely and deeply, while replenishing the minerals your body needs.

Metals can often do the same jobs as minerals. So when we are mineral deficient, the human body is forced to accumulate metals to accomplish certain processes necessary to for us to survive. Myers Detox Protocol replenishes your minerals, helps you to restore balance to your body, and gives it energy so that it can push thallium and other metals out.

Myers Detox Protocol utilizes a hair mineral analysis to design a customized diet, supplement, lifestyle and detox program to detox heavy metals, improve your energy level, reduce stress, and improve the metabolic rate of the body.


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1. Bora, Chandramita. “Thallium Poisoning”. May 21, 2010.

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Thallium: Systemic Agent.”

3. Environmental Protection Agency. “Toxicology Review of Thallium and Compounds.” September 2009.

4. Mitchell, Charles. “Soviets Launch Criminal Investigation of Mysterious Disease.” United Press International (UPI). November 17, 1988. 

5. Moore, D. I House and A Dixon. “Thallium poisoning. Diagnosis may be elusive but alopecia is the clue.” Poisons Unit, Guy’s Hospital, London. BMJ. 1993 Jun 5; 306(6891): 1527–1529. CorrectionL BMJ. 1993 June 12; 306(6892): 1603.
6. Oppenheimer, Todd. “The Vegetable Detective.”
7. Repetto, G. and del Peso, A. 2012. “Gallium, Indium, and Thallium.” Patty’s Toxicology. 32:257–354.

8. Saddique, A and Peterson, CD. “Thallium Poisonin: A Review.” Veterinary and Human Toxicology. 1983 Feb;25(1):16-22.

9. Sauerhaber, Richard, Ph.D. “Thallium”. Posted by Professor Deal. Flouride Class Action. Mach 3, 2012.


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Dr Wendy Myers, ND is a detox expert, functional diagnostic nutritionist, NES Bioenergetic Practitioner, and founder of She is the #1 bestselling author of Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue . Additionally, Wendy is the host of The Heavy Metals Summit, the Myers Detox Podcast, and the Supercharged Podcast. Passionate about the importance of detox to live a long and healthy life, she created the revolutionary Myers Detox Protocol , and Mitochondria Detox kit after working with thousands of clients, as well as a range of supplements to help you detox from everyday living and maintain a healthy lifestyle!

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