Toxic Heavy Metals
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#1 exposures is from vaccinations. Metal
that has resistant properties to corrosion. It is used in foil,
kitchenware and automobile and aircraft industries. Workers who are at
risk for toxicity are those in refineries, foundries and also welders
and grinders. Dialysis persons can also have toxicity.
Alzheimer's, Anxiety, Conjunctivitis, eczema, upper airway irritation, pneumoconiosis, and
especially with dialysis persons, neurotoxicity and osteomalacia.
with lead for the production of semiconductors and thermoelectric
devices. Other exposures include pharmaceuticals, mining, making pewter,
solder, and storage battery plates.
Cardiotoxicity occurs with antimony
pharmaceuticals. Occupational exposure - irritation of mucus membranes,
eczema, chemical burns, perforation of the nasal septum, antimony spots,
benign pneumoconiosis and possible lung cancer risk. Antimony in
combination with a strong acid leads to Stibine toxicity with hemolysis,
shock, CNS symptoms and death due to anuria.
smelters and coal burning emit this. Contaminated well water is found in
South America, West Bengal and Taiwan. Used in manufacture of
semiconductors, pesticides, opal glass, pharmaceuticals, paint and
coating, and leather tanning. Taxidermists use arsenic.
Acute effects - vomiting, colic and diarrhea,
fever, cardiotoxicity, shock, and death. Inhaled Arsine causes
dizziness, headache, hemolysis, jaundice, kidney damage and death.
Chronic effects - sensorimotor neuropathy, eczema, hyperkeratosis,
hyperpigmentation, vascular effects including Raynaud's, acrocyanosis
and necrosis. Associated with lung cancer.
Utilized in drilling muds, glass, ceramic glazes, paper, pesticides, and
X-Ray contrast material.
Inhalation with insoluble form causes benign pneumoconiosis (Baritosis)
and soluble salts cause hypokalemia. Acute poisoning - smooth muscle
stimulation, vomiting, colic, diarrhea and eventual paralysis.
Manufacture of fluorescent lamps, cathode ray tubes and space and
effects - allergic dermatitis and chemical pneumonia. Chronic effects -
berylliosis - granulomatous lung disease.
in fertilizer and sewage sludge (contaminating agricultural soil).
Cadmium is used for plating and corrosion treatment of iron and steel.
Utilized in production of batteries, and in spray painting, and cutting
cadmium and its ores.
effects - toxic pneumonitis. Chronic effects - renal
dysfunction/nephropathy and osteomalacia. Long term exposure - emphysema
and lung cancer.
in food and water especially in Northern Europe. It is an essential
trace element. Used in the steel industry, welding, photographic
emulsions and wood preservatives. Hexavalent Cr (VII) is more toxic then
trivalent Cr (III).
Disorders: Cr (VI)
- Corrosion of the nasal septum and circumscribed ulcers or chrome
holes. Cr (III) - allergen, eczema and asthma. Lung cancer (hexavalent).
Production of hard metal, which is cemented by a cobalt binder. Cobalt
compounds are in catalysts and in desiccators. It is also an essential
irritation, asthma and "hard metal pneumoconiosis." Eczema, especially
in the hand. Cardiomyopathy has been reported among beer drinkers.
Production of electric equipment, alloys, plumbing and heating systems.
fume fever. Patients with Wilson's disease are at risk for toxicity.
Exposures: It is
an essential element. Toxic effects are manifested with overdose of Iron
supplements. Foundry workers, grinders, welders are exposed to Iron
- GI upset/lesions, metabolic acidosis, toxic hepatitis and shock.
Chronic overload - Hemachromatosis - hemasiderosis, liver cirrhosis and
cancer. Inhalation - Pulmonary siderosis.
Environmental - gasoline additives (organolead is contained in gasoline
as an octane booster), lead based paint, lead soldered cans and ceramic
glazes. Occupational - Primary manufacture of lead, lead production from
auto batteries and scrap metal. Production of batteries. Welding and
cutting of lead alloys.
Inorganic lead - encephalopathy, seizures,
decreased intellectual performance of children, anemia and lead palsy in
adults. Acute effects- nephro toxicity, GI upset anorexia, dysphagia,
constipation, renal dysfunction and lead seams in gingiva. Organic lead
- sleepiness, dizziness, fatigue, insomnia and psychosis.
Occupational exposure to magnesium oxide.
Disorders: Eye and
upper airway irritation. Metal fume fever.
Production of metal alloys and welding rods, dry batteries and pigments
for the glass and ceramic industry.
effect by inhalation - pneumonitis and metal fume fever. Chronic effects
- Parkinson's like disease.
is from vaccinations. Mercury
is evaporated in the atmosphere. Inorganic mercury is methylated in the
marine environment by microorganisms and then accumulates in fat
deposits of fish. Marine carnivores are at high risk for toxicity. Used
in the manufacture of thermometers, manometers, electric equipment,
fluorescent light bulbs, pharmaceuticals and pesticides. Used in amalgam
exposure by inhalation - chemical pneumonitis and pulmonary edema.
Ingestion of organic compounds - GI irritation, vomiting, bloody
diarrhea and stomach pains. Dermal exposure - contact dermatitis. CNS
effects - erethism (restlessness, insomnia, difficulty concentrating and
memory deficits) and intention tremor with also gingivitis. Nephrotoxic
effects. In children - pink disease (reddish scaly skin eruption).
Methyl mercury (seen in the pollution of Minamata Bay) causes
paraesthesias, ataxias, visual field defects and deafness. Congenital
exposure may lead to cerebral palsy.
Exposures: Used in
alloys, surface treatment of metals, catalysts in electronics and
production of nickel-cadmium batteries.
of the nasal sinuses and lung cancer. Contact eczema. Nickel carbonyl
may cause shortness of breath, headache, dizziness, abdominal pain,
vomiting, pulmonary symptoms, cerebral toxicity and death.
Essential trace element. Used in soldering and welding.
oxide is associated with metal fume fever. Symptoms of this syndrome in
the first few hours are malaise, cough, sore throat and metallic taste
in the mouth. Six to eight hours after onset, the persons' experience
influenza-like symptoms with chills, muscle pains, headache and fever.
It usually lasts less than a day. Laboratory findings are elevated
erythrocyte sedimentation rate, leukocytosis, and elevated lactate
Heavy Metals and Diseases
Aluminum – ALS, Alzheimer’s
disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, anemia and other blood disorders,
appetite loss, autism spectrum disorders, behavioral problems, breast
cancer, cavities, colds, colic, colitis, confusion, constipation, dementia,
dry mouth, dry skin, excessive perspiration, fatigue, flatulence, headaches,
heartburn, hyperactivity hypoparathyroidism, inhibition of enzyme systems,
kidney dysfunction, learning delays and disabilities, liver dysfunction,
lowered immune function, memory loss, neuromuscular disorders, numbness,
osteomalacia, osteoporosis, paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, peptic ulcers,
psychosis, reduced intestinal activity, senility, skin problems, spleen
pain, stomach pain, ulcers, and weak and aching muscles
Arsenic – resistant weight
loss, weight gain, fatigue, abdominal
pain, anorexia, brittle nails, burning
in mouth/esophagus/stomach/bowel, cancer, confusion, convulsions,
dermatitis, diarrhea, drowsiness, edema, fever, garlicky odor to breath or
stool, goiter, hair loss, headache, herpes, hyperpigmentation of the nails
and skin, increased risk of liver/lung/skin cancers, interferes with the
uptake of folic acid, inhibition of sulfhydryl enzyme systems, jaundice,
keratosis (hardening of the skin of palms and soles of feet), kidney and
liver damage, liver fibrosis, mucus in nose and throat, muscle aches and
spasms, muscle weakness, nausea, nervousness, peripheral neuritis,
respiratory tract infection, sore throat, stomatitis, swallowing difficulty,
sweet metallic taste, throat constriction, vasodilation, vertigo, vitiligo,
vomiting, impaired healing, and weakness.
Barium – abdominal
pain, cardiac arrhythmias, gastrointestinal dysfunction, diarrhea, high
blood pressure, hypokalemia, lesions on lungs, low blood potassium, muscle
twitching, muscle weakness, respiratory failure, respiratory issues,
Beryllium – adrenal
insufficiency, arthritis, bone spurs, bursitis, depression, disturbance of
calcium and vitamin D metabolism, fatigue, magnesium depletion, lung cancer,
lung infection, osteoporosis, rickets, symptoms of slow metabolism, vital
Bismuth – anemia,
diarrhea, headache, nausea, pain, reduced metabolism, sperm reduction and
Cadmium – abdominal
pain, aches, alcoholism, alopecia, anemia, arteriosclerosis, arthritis (oust
and rheumatoid), bone disease, bone pain in middle of bones, brain fog,
cancer, cardiovascular disease, cavities, cerebral hemorrhage, cirrhosis,
cramps, depression, diabetes, diarrhea, digestive disturbances, emphysema,
enlarged heart, flu-like symptoms such as chills, fragile bones, growth
impairment, headaches, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hyperkinetic
behavior, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, hypoglycemia, headaches, impaired
bone healing, impotence, infertility, inflammation, joint pain, kidney
disease, learning disorders, liver damage, low energy, lung disease, memory
loss, migraines, muscle weakness, nausea, nerve cell damage, osteoporosis,
ovary damage, prostate dysfunction, reduced fertility/reproductive
disorders, schizophrenia, shortness of breath, smoker’s cough, strokes,
stomach problems, swelling of the nose, pharynx, and larynx (when
chronically inhaling cadmium), testicle damage, tooth deformities, vomiting.
Chromium – allergies,
asthma, calcium deficiency, fatigue, kidney damage, iron deficiency, nausea,
sinusitis, ulcers, vomiting
Copper – acne,
adrenal hyperactivity and/or insufficiency, agoraphobia, allergies,
alopecia, anemia, anxiety, arthritis (osteo & rheumatoid), autism, cancer,
chills, chronic candida albicans infection, cystic fibrosis, depression,
diabetes, digestive disorders, dry mouth, dyslexia, elevated cholesterol,
elevated estrogen/estrogen dominance, failure to thrive, fatigue, fears,
fractures of the bones, fungus, hair loss, headaches, heart attacks, high
blood pressure, high cholesterol, Hodgkin’s disease, hyperactivity,
hypertension, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, infections, inflammation,
insomnia, iron loss/ iron storage diseases, jaundice, kidney and liver
dysfunctions, decreased libido, low hydrochloric acid, lymphoma, mental
illness, migraines, mood swings, multiple sclerosis, myocardial infarction,
nausea, nervousness, osteoporosis, pancreatic dysfunction, panic attacks,
paranoia, phobias, premenstrual syndrome, schizophrenia, senility, sexual
dysfunction, spacey feeling, stuttering, strokes, tooth decay, toxemia of
pregnancy, urinary tract infections, vitamin C and other vitamin
deficiencies, and yeast infections.
Iron – amenorrhea,
anger, rheumatoid arthritis, birth defects, bleeding gums, cancer,
constipation, diabetes, dizziness, emotional problems, fatigue, headache,
heart damage, heart failure, hepatitis, high blood pressure, hostility,
hyperactivity, infections, insomnia, irritability, joint pain, liver
disease, loss of weight, mental problems, metallic taste in mouth,
myasthenia gravis, nausea, pancreas damage, Parkinson’s disease, premature
aging, schizophrenia, scurvy, shortness of breath, and stubborness.
Lead – abdominal
pain, adrenal insufficiency, aggression, allergies, anemia, anorexia,
anxiety, arthritis (oust and rheumatoid), arteriosclerosis, attention
deficit disorder, autism, back pain/problems, behavioral disorders,
blindness, cancer, cardiovascular disease, cataracts, cartilage destruction,
concentration loss, constipation, convulsions, coordination loss, deafness,
depression, diabetes, disrupts
neurotransmitters, dyslexia, emotional instability, encephalitis, epilepsy,
fatigue, gout, hallucinations, headaches, high blood pressure, hostility,
hyperactivity, hypertension, hypo-thyroid, impaired glycogen storage,
impotency, immune suppression, indigestion, infertility, inflammation,
insomnia, irritability, joint pain, kidney dysfunction, learning
disabilities, libido decrease, liver dysfunction, memory loss (long term),
mental retardation, menstrual problems, miscarriage, multiple sclerosis,
myelopathy (Spinal cord pathology), nausea, nephritis, nightmares, numbness,
paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, peripheral neuropathies, psychosis,
psychomotor dysfunction, pyorrhea, red blood cell damage, renal dysfunction,
restlessness, schizophrenia, seizures, sterility, stillbirths, sudden infant
death syndrome, tingling, tooth decay, vertigo, unintentional weight loss.
Lithium – ataxia,
coma, diarrhea, dizziness, hand tremors, muscle twtiches, nausea, seizures,
slurred speech, stomach pains, uncontrollable eye movement (nystagmus), vomiting,
levels) – neurological symptoms, nervous
system damage (may be permanent), anorexia, anger, ataxia, schizophrenia
(unemotional behavior), extreme criminal behavior (psychopathology), iron
deficiency, Parkinson’s disease (or symptoms similar to it), hearing loss,
headaches, brain fog. Manganese often accumulates in the ears and pons and
cerebellar region of the brain.
Mercury – acne,
acid reflux, adrenal gland dysfunction/adrenal fatigue, allergies,
alopecia, Alzheimer’s disease, Amylotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), anger,
ankylosing spondylitis, aneurysm, anorexia, anxiety, apathy, asthma, ataxia,
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
(ADHD), autism, autoimmune disease, bipolar disorder, birth defects, bladder
disease (chronic), blushing, borderline personality disorder, brain damage,
bruising, bruxism – grinding teeth while sleeping, bulimia,
cancer, cataracts, cerebral palsy, chronic fatigue, colitis, constipation,,
elevated blood calcium, coronary vascular disease, Crohn’s disease, poor
coordination/jerky movements, deafness, depression, dermatitis, dementia,
developmental delays, discouragement, dizziness, drowsiness, dysarthria
(characterized by slurred or slow speech due to weakness or poor control
over the muscles used for speech), eczema, emotional disturbances, enlarged
prostate, excess saliva, fatigue, flatulence, floaters in the eyes,
fibromyalgia, forgetfulness, gastritis, gum bleeding and soreness, headaches
(band type), hearing loss, heart arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), high
cholesterol, hormone dysregulation, hyperactivity,
hypoglycemia/hyperglycemia, hypothyroidism, immune system dysfunction or
damage, inflammation of mucous membranes (chronic), insomnia, irritability,
Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS), joint pain, kidney damage, leaky gut, loss of
self-control, Lupus, manic depressive disorder, memory loss, metallic taste,
migraines, mole formation, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), Multiple
Sclerosis (MS), mood swings, muscle weakness and tremors, nausea,
nervousness, nerve fiber degeneration, numbness and tingling or “Pins and
Needles” sensation, oily skin, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD),
Parkinson’s disease, pain in limbs, panic attacks, paralysis, peripheral
vision loss, photophobia (sensitivity to light from weak iris response),
rashes, retinitis, excessive salivating, schizophrenia, sciatica, excessive
shyness, sleep disorders, speech disorders, spider veins, suicidal thoughts
or tendencies, thyroid dysfunction, timidity, tinnitus (ringing in ears),
tooth decay, transient ischemia attacks or stroke, tremors, and vomitting.
Molybdenum – gout,
hair loss, anemia, loss of hair color, osteoporosis, weight loss.
Nickel – disruption
of hormone and lipid metabolism, fever, abdominal pain, asthma, blue color
may appear on the skin, bronchitis, cancer – oral, lung, or intestinal,
cyanosis, non-productive cough, decreased lung function, depression,
dizziness, diarrhea, dyspnea or difficulty breathing, eczema, fever,
headache, heart attack, heart palpitations, hemorrhages, insomnia,
irritability, kidney damage and dysfunction, low blood pressure, lung
damage, malaise, muscle tremors, nausea, “nickel itch”, or nickel dermatitis
consisting of an itching of the fingers, hands, and forearms, paralysis,
rash, respiratory distress or shortness of breath, suicidal thoughts,
tachycardia, tetany, tightness in the chest, vertigo, visual disturbances,
Palladium – causes
damage and degradation of DNA, exacerbates hydroxyl radical damage, damages
cell mitochondria and inhibits enzyme activity and function, allergic
reactions such as contact dermatitis, stomatitis, lichinoid reactions,
periodontal gum disease, increased salivation, obstruction of important
enzyme systems like creatin-linase, aldolase, alcalite phospatase, carbon-anhydrease,
trypsin, chymotropsin, cellulase, disturbance of collage synthesis like bone
and cartilage, obstruction of thymidin in the DNA, pain in teeth and jaw,
burning tongue, cold feeling in mouth, increased salivation, metal taste,
peeling of mucous membrane around teeth, fungus like coating in throat and
sore throat, painful, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, extreme nervousness,
extreme tiredness, confusion, memory loss, dizziness, migraine headaches,
burning of eyes, allergies, impairment of immune system, blisters on body,
dying of the teeth, granulomas, puss pockets with dead tissue, swollen
tongue, nerve pain in the face, paralysis of face, muscle cramps of tongue,
lips, around eyes, sinus infection, bronchitis and lung ailments without
clear reason, difficulty breathing at night, problems with stomach,
intestines, liver, bladder, kidneys, weight loss, joint and muscle pain,
muscle cramps and weakness, ear noise, visual disturbance, depression,
insomnia, outbreaks of sweat, palpitations, difficulty concentrating.
Platinum – breathing
difficult, cough, eczema, rash, runny nose, urticaria, wheezing
Potassium – abnormal
heartbeat, diabetes, Hyperkalemia, kidney disease
Rubidium – hyperthyroidism
Sodium – hypertension,
osteoporosis, asthma, urinary stones.
Strontium – bone
deformities, impaired bone growth, bone tumors, and chronic renal failure.
Thallium – fatigue,
abnormal heart rhythms, abnormal reflexes, abnormal vision, abdominal pain,
agitation, alopecia, atrophic changes of the skin, blood in stool, bone
marrow depression, brain fog, breakdown of red blood cells, burning
sensations that are unusual and painful, coma, confusion, constipation,
convulsions, chronic fatigue, degenerative changes of the heart, liver and
kidney, delirium, dementia, depression, diarrhea, dry and crusty scaling of
the skin, encephalopathy, excessive salivation, excessive tiredness, fever,
gastrointestinal problems, gluten sensitivities, hallucinations, hair loss
(temporary and permanent), headaches, heart damage, high blood pressure,
increased radiopacity of the liver, inflammation of the mouth, lips, and
gums, insomnia, kidney damage, leg pain, loss of appetite, loss of reflexes,
muscle aches and weakness, muscle tremors, nausea, nail changes (Mee’s
lines), numbness in extremities like fingers and toes, polyneuritis,
respiratory paralysis, respiratory failure, seizures, severe acne, skin
eruptions, skin hyperesthesia (mainly in the soles of the feet and the
tibia), stomatitis, sub-archanoid hemorrhage, tachycardia, urine
discoloration (green) shortly after exposure, vision disturbances, vomiting.
Tin – fatigue,
abdominal pain, breathlessness, cholangitis of the lower biliary tract,
convulsions, cough, decreased pulmonary function, diarrhea, dizziness,
dyspnea (breathing difficulty), eye irritation, eye soreness, fatigue,
hallucinations, headaches, heart palpitations, kidney problems, liver
problems, nausea, peripheral neuropathy, psychotic behavior, severe
sweating, skin irritation, skin rash, stannosis (benign pneumoconiosis),
stomach complaints, tremors, vomiting, can affect estrogens and androgens
(hormones associated with the development of sexual organs).
Titanium – brain
injury, oxidative stress, cell damage
pulmonary fibrosis, memory and sensory deficits, and increased mortality due
to lung cancer
Uranium – hair
loss, diabetes and blood sugar imbalances, cancer, non-malignant respiratory
disease (fibrosis, emphysema), kidney damage and disease, fatigue
Vanadium – rhinitis
(nasal lining inflammation leading to runny/blocked nose), wheezing,
conjunctivitis, cough, sore throat, chest pain.
Zinc (if levels are
high) – negative impact on growth, neuronal
development, and immunity.
granulomata, adverse pulmonary effects, pulmonary fibrosis