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Heavy Metal Toxicity


Description

Heavy metals include: mercury, lead, aluminum, arsenic, cadmium and nickle.



Common Symptoms of Heavy Metal Toxicity:



Mercury

Neuro - anxiety, depression, dizziness, drowsiness, psychosis

emotional instability, hallucinations, headache, hearing loss

insomnia, loss of muscle coordination, memory loss, tremors

nerve damage, peripheral numbness and tingling, vision impairment

GI - blue line on gums, colitis, difficulty chewing and swallowing

inflamed gums, metallic taste in mouth, salivation, stomatitis

vomiting, weight loss

persistent infections including chronic yeast overgrowth

anemia, weakness, chronic fatigue



Lead

GI - abdominal pain, anorexia, constipation, indigestion

loss of appetite, vomiting

Neural - anxiety, confusion, irritability, convulsions, tremors, dizziness

inability to concentrate, headaches, memory difficulties

loss of muscle coordination, weakness

anemia, fatigue



Aluminum

GI - colic, esophagitis, gastroenteritis, loss of appetite

Brain - dementia, loss of balance

Kidneys - kidney damage

Lungs - SOB (shortness of breath)

weakness



Arsenic

GI - abdominal pain, burning in the mouth and throat, diarrhea, nausea

Skin - skin lesions, skin cancer

Neuro - neuritis

Vascular - peripheral vascular problems, vascular collapse



Cadmium

Skin - dry and scaly skin, emphysemia, hair loss

Cardiac - heart disease, hypertension

Kidneys - kidney stones

GI - loss of appetite, loss of sense of smell, yellow teeth

anemia, fatigue, depressed immune response, joint pain

lung cancer, pain in the back and legs



Nickle

apathy, cancer, fever

GI - blue colored lips, diarrhea, gingivitis, nausea, stomatitis, vomiting

Neuro - headache, dizziness, insomnia

Skin - contact dermatitis, skin rashes (redness, itching, blisters)



Causes

Sources of heavy metals



Aluminum

cookware, foil, antacids, anti-perspirants, baking powder

buffered aspirin, canned acidic foods, food additives, processed cheese

ÒsoftenedÓ water, tap water



Arsenic

air pollution, antibiotics given to commercial livestock

coal-fired power plants, defoliants, drinking water

drying agents for cotton, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides

metal ore smelting, seafood (fish, mussels, oysters)

specialty glass, wood preservatives



Cadmium

air pollution, art supplies, bone meal, cigarette smoke, highway dust

fresh-water fish, fungicides, mining, NiCad batteries

oxide dust, paint, phosphate fertilizers, welding fumes

power plants, smelting plants, incinerators, sewage sludge

seafood (crab, flounder, mussels, oysters, scallops)



Lead

air pollution, ammunition, bathtubs, batteries, canned food, ceramics

chemical fertilizers, cosmetics, dolomite, dust, gasoline, leaded glass

foods grown aroun industrial areas, hair dyes and rinses

newsprint and colored ads, paints, pesticides, pewter, pottery

rubber toys, soft coal, soil, solder, tap water, tobacco smoke

vinyl mini-blinds



Mercury

air pollution, batteries, cosmetics, dental amalgams, diuretics

electrical devices, explosives, grains, fungicides, flourescent lights

freshwater fish (large bass, pike, trout), insecticides, mining, paints

petroleum products, saltwater fish (halibut, shrimp, snapper, swordfish)

shellfish, tap water



Nickel

appliances, buttons, ceramics, cocoa, cold-wave hair permanent

cooking utensils, cosmetics, coins, dental materials, hair spray

food (chocolate, hydrogenated oils, nuts), hair spray, industrial waste

jewelry, medical implants, metal refineries, metal tools, NiCad batteries

orthodontic appiances, shampoo, solid-waste incinerators, tap water

stainless steel kitchen utensils, tobacco, water faucets and pipes

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