Research was done 75 years ago by the Campbell soup company, they had food chemists test vegetable soups. What they discovered was that the soup with high spinach caused health issues and even death in the rats that were being tested on the different soups. Their teeth got loose and fell out. Their bones became extremely soft and they found it impossible to reproduce. Because of that, they decided that putting a lot of spinach in their soup would not be a good move, due to oxalates in spinach.
The oxalates can be a major problem as far as detoxification and the biggest problem with oxalates is that they are extremely powerful chelating agents. Ordinarily, you might think, “Oh, that’s good.” But unlike therapeutic chelating agents, that take heavy metals out of the body, oxalates trap heavy metals inside the body.
Oxalates have the highest affinity of almost any substance for trapping mercury and lead, if the person is exposed to that, it reacts with oxalate and forms an insoluble crystal and then those insoluble crystals form inside all the different tissues in the body. So whatever toxic metal you’re exposed to is being kept inside your body, instead of being eliminated.
One of the best things you can do if you’re exposed to toxic metals is to go on a low oxalate diet.
Unfortunately, all these people with their spinach salads and green smoothies have stored up tremendous amounts of toxic metals in their body, which becomes worse and worse as they get older.
Typical health signs that you have oxalates?
Vulvodynia is where the women has a reproductive track that is raw and painful. This can be due to the deposits of oxalates in the vagina and the rest of the reproductive track.
The treatment is to get used to a low oxalate diet, treat Candida or other fungus that may be there.
Something like 80% to 90% of kidney stones are due to oxalates. So anybody who’s ever had a kidney stone should be looking at this angle and should be tested.
B6 deficiency is one of the major factors associated with excessive oxalates.
If you need to do testing for oxalates, I use Great Plains Lab and Genova Diagnostics do a Organic Acid test.