Lead,Mercury & Toxic Metals Poisoning


Symptoms of heavy metal poisoning & dangers

Symptoms known for chemical and metal toxicity are varied. They are listed below. One of the major symptoms of chemical toxicity seems to be a breakdown of the immune system which encourages all kinds of diseases in the body. Also, another major symptom seems to be damage to the nervous system and nervousness. The list below are some other symptoms relating to chemical and metal poisoning found in various research sources:

  • abnormal hardening of bones
  • accelerated aging
  • aches and pains in bones & muscles
  • allergies
  • anemia
  • angina
  • birth defects
  • behavior changes
  • bloatiness
  • blood problems
  • blurred vision
  • brain damage
  • breathing problems
  • cataracts
  • colitis
  • constipation
  • cramps
  • day-dreaming
  • depression
  • destruction of tissue
  • disorientation
  • distractibility
  • dizziness
  • dry skin
  • eye damage
  • fatigue
  • fever
  • headache
  • hyperactivity
  • indigestion
  • impulsiveness
  • injury to cells
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • lack of focus
  • leaky gut syndrome
  • liver damage
  • loss of appetite
  • loss of hair
  • loss of memory
  • low blood pressure
  • lung damage
  • metabolic problems
  • mineral deficiencies (especially zinc, iron, manganese and molybdenum)
  • nausea
  • nerve disorders
  • numbness
  • neurological disorders
  • paralysis
  • protein/sugar in urine
  • respiratory disorders
  • seizures
  • skin ailments
  • skeletal retardation
  • sexual disorders
  • tremors
  • tumors
  • vitamin deficiencies
  • vomiting

Metal and Chemical poisoning is considered to be one of the major causes of the following diseases: Almost all cancers, but especially cancer of bladder, liver, stomach, and other organs. ADD, Alzheimer's Disease, Asthma, Arthritis, Autism, Bronchitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Epilepsy, Emphysema, Fibromyalgia, Heart Diseases, Hypertension, Kidney diseases, Liver diseases, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurological disorders, Parkinson's Disease, Schizophrenia.

"There are 70,000 chemicals being used in commercial production in the U.S. The EPA has classified 65,000 of them potentially, if not definitely hazardous to human health", reports Steven R. Schechter, N.C., author of Fighting Radiation with Foods, Herbs & Vitamins. According to his book, over 6,000 new chemicals are tested in the U.S. each week!

Mr. Zany R. Garbo states, in the April 1987 issue of The Townsend Letter, "Three thousand (chemicals) have been identified as intentionally added to food supplies and over 700 in drinking water. During food processing and storage, more than 10,000 other compounds can become an integral part of many commonly used foods......"

Medical researcher, Alan Levine, M.D. believes that, "The vast increase of chemicals in our environment, foods and medicines has greatly altered the body's ability to rid itself of toxins...."

Symptoms of lead poisoning

Symptoms of lead poisoning are not immediately apparent making the number of undiagnosed cases of lead poisoning high. Lead can enter your body when you put your hand or another object with lead dust on it your mouth, if paint chips or soil containing lead is ingested or lead dust is breathed in. Symptoms of lead poisoning include irritability, stomachaches, poor appetite, diarrhea, colic, distractibility, and lethargy. Blood tests can determine if lead poisoning is present. Mood swings, irritability, sever abdominal pain, headaches, and loss of motor coordination are also symptoms of lead poisoning. Adults may be affected by symptoms of lead poisoning and have kidney and neurological damage, anemia, hypertension, impotence, sterility, and miscarriages.

Symptoms of lead poisoning can have a significant effect on many aspects of the body's system, particularly in young children and fetuses. The younger the individual is, the more affected they can become with symptoms of lead poisoning. Lead is more dangerous to children because babies and young children put their hands and other objects in their mouths more often than adults, which could contain lead dust. Young bodies also absorb more lead than adults do, affecting the development of young children by causing speech delay, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, neurological and renal damage, stunted growth, anemia, hearing loss, and sometimes mental retardation. Lead levels can be reduced in children with certain techniques, but the damage that lead poisoning causes is not always reversible.

Lead poisoning dangers

Lead poisoning affects children under the age of six the most because they still have developing brains and nervous systems and toxic substances can negatively affect their development. The blood brain barrier has not fully formed by the age of six, which increases the chances of severe damage due to lead exposure. A child's body can absorb up to 50% of the lead ingested. Adults do not absorb lead like children do, however their bodies can absorb between 10-15% of ingested lead.

Lead exposure can be harmful to young children and babies before being born because lead is able to cross the placenta, causing the amount of lead ingested by the child to be up to 50% attributed to the fetal absorption. Any exposure to lead during the prenatal period hurts the development of the child after being born, making it especially important for pregnant women to avoid lead ingestion and exposure.

There are a large number of people working in jobs that expose them to lead. Workers may ingest and inhale lead dust and fumes, as well as bring it from their job sites into their homes if they do not clean well or wash up very well. Proper protection should be applied to lead exposed industries to prevent any health complications. It's estimated that over one million workers are exposed to lead everyday at their jobs in industries like painting, construction and renovation, lead smelters, battery plants, auto repair, plumbing, and firing ranges.

Lead poisoning does not affect just people, it also affects the environment. The toxic metal is not able to dissolve in water or biodegrade, dissipate, decay, or burn. This makes lead an extremely harmful hazard. The lead that gets into the soil ends up staying there for a long time since it does not break down, exposing people to lead infested soil, as well as the exposure to leaded gasoline and paint.

Common symptoms of lead poisoning in adults
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Heart failure
  • Abdominal pain
  • Gout
  • Kidney failure
  • high blood pressure
  • Wrist or foot weakness
  • Reproductive problems
  • Anemia
Common symptoms of lead poisoning in children
  • Decreased appetite
  • Stomach ache
  • Sleeplessness
  • Learning problems
  • Constipation
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Tiredness
  • Lowered I.Q.
Lead poisoning treatment

There are different treatment methods for lead poisoning ranging from a diet adjustment to hospital stays. Chelation therapy is the most common treatment when lead poisoning levels have reached an elevated level. Chelation therapy treats lead poisoning by prescribing a drug that binds to the lead in the soft tissue of the body and that reduces the toxicity level. Chealting agents can reduce the burden of lead poisoning in the bones. This particular lead poisoning treatment can be very uncomfortable and requires a hospital stay.