A metallic element used in “high-tech” industries, which was once believed–but no longer by mainstream scientists–to be an essential trace element

There is no known metabolic role for germanium in the body and in large quantities, is toxic to the kidneys. Lack of supporting scientific data notwithstanding, purveyors of alternative health therapies have packaged germanium in tablets and other forms, and promoted it as a therapy for AIDS, allergies, anaemia, arthritis, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, diseases of the heart, liver, and nervous system, headaches, infections, sexual dysfunction, and other conditions; it is claimed to reduce birth defects and lower cholesterol levels. 

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