Category Archives: Heavy Metals and Health

New Research Finds Heavy Metals Linked to Heart Disease & Stroke

According to research published in the British Medical Journal, exposure to heavy metals like lead, arsenic, cadmium and copper may lead to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Researchers performed a meta-analysis of 37 unique studies comprised of nearly 350,000 participants from different parts of the world.  The study found that the greater [...]

“Button” Battery Ingestion in Children

As a parent, I’ve noticed more and more of the electronic toys my children play with require the little round lithium batteries otherwise known as “button” batteries. Every year, thousands of children are ingesting these batteries either orally or by lodging them in the nasal cavity or ear canal.  In 2017 alone, over 3,000 ingestions [...]

Lead Poisoning on U.S. Army Bases Reported

A recent investigative report by Reuters claims that at least 31 children who lived in on-post housing at the Army’s Fort Benning in Georgia tested high for lead.  Additionally, at least 77 more children tested high for lead at Fort Polk in Louisiana, Fort Riley in Kansas, and Fort Hood & Fort Bliss in Texas.  [...]

Something to Chew On…

Do you have a sweet tooth?  Chances are you are among the hundreds of millions of patients around the world who has had to have a dental amalgam or “silver filling” at some point in your life.  A Dental amalgam is used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay and is comprised of a mixture [...]

Tropical Plant Removes Toxic Heavy Metals from Britain’s Rivers

A new study has found that the water hyacinth plant is successful in removing toxic heavy metals from the River Tawes, south of Wales.  The invasive tropical plant removes pollutants using a process known as phytoremediation.  Using living plants to clean contaminated water is cheaper and more environmentally friendly than other conventional methods.  The water [...]

Paper Water Filters Developed to Remove Pollutants, Including Toxic Heavy Metals

Scientist Liangjie Dong from the University of Hawaii has created an easy-to-use paper water filter called Mesopaper. The filter uses three layers of paper made from bamboo fiber with ceramic granules manufactured from clay sandwiched in between.  The granule’s pores are tiny enough to trap heavy metals like arsenic, lead or mercury, while at [...]

Metal Content in Lip Products

Beginning in 2007, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began researching lead in lipstick based on findings by consumer watchdog group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.  Lip products in particular are a concern based on their higher risk of ingestion.  In 2010, expanded research revealed lead in over 400 different lipsticks by various brands.
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E-Waste & Toxic Heavy Metals

Electronic waste (e-waste) is the term used to describe discarded electronic devices.  Many unwanted electronics (computers, laptops, mobile phones, TVs, DVD players, mp3 players, etc.) contain hazardous waste including toxic heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, copper, and aluminum.  Incorrect disposal of these items can lead to health problems and environmental pollution.
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Using Hemp to Extract Heavy Metals

Using Hemp to Extract Heavy Metals
Scientists at Colorado State University (CSU) are researching how hemp can naturally clean contaminated soil.  This natural process is known as “phytoremediation”.  It involves using living plants, in this case hemp, to detoxify the soil through natural, biological, chemical or physical activities and processes of the plant.  The CSU scientists [...]

Casting Fishing Tackle & Lead Safety

Many fishermen enjoy making their own tackle.  Using a personal melting pot, a fisherman can cast his/her own jigs, sinkers, and lures.  Not only is this practice a hobby, it is also a money saver in the long run.   For most of these hobbyists, the main ingredient used in the melting pot is lead.
BE SAFE:

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