Category Archives: Heavy Metals and Health


Scientists from EPFL (A research institute & university in Switzerland) along with colleagues at UC-Berkeley & Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a way to remove toxic heavy metals from water in a matter of seconds, making it drinkable. The solution uses metal organic frameworks (MOFs), which are materials made up of metal nodes [...]


I recently spoke with various people in the carbide manufacturing business in regards to the type of soap their workers were using.  Working with carbide, they may be exposed to heavy metals such as cobalt or nickel, used as a binding agent in the manufacturing process.  Many noted that they used a gritty industrial soap.  [...]

Toxic Heavy Metals Found in E-Cigarette Aerosols

Researchers have discovered an alarming amount of toxic heavy metals in e-cigarette aerosols. The aerosol which a smoker inhales is created from an e-liquid which is heated by a metallic coil in the smoking device.  56 of these devices were analyzed and many had toxic levels of chromium, nickel, and lead.  Heavy metals manganese [...]


Usually, to extract gold from ores, you must boil the ores in liquid mercury until only the gold remains.  This is a dangerous process since mercury is one of the most toxic of all heavy metals.  It’s also an environmental concern, due to the eventual disposal of the leftover mercury.  Enter a microscopic, soil-living bacterium [...]

Massive Amounts of Mercury Found in Thawing Alaskan Permafrost

Scientists estimate that more than 15 million gallons of mercury are contained in the frozen permafrost regions of Alaska.  When including the non-frozen soils of these regions, the amount more than doubles making it the largest concentration of natural mercury on Earth!  Increasing temperatures have the potential to thaw permafrost in the northern hemisphere, which [...]


Here’s an interesting article for all you parents who may like to share your own childhood toys from yesteryear with your little ones today.  I’m guilty myself!  (Hello Secret Wars-era Alien Symbiote Spider-Man!)  It seems scientists in England found traces of hazardous elements in some of the toys produced in the 1970’s & 1980’s. 10% [...]

New Recyling Restrictions in China Include Toxic Heavy Metals

Last July, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection notified the World Trade Organization of upcoming restrictions on recyclable material being imported.  As of January 1st, 2018, China (the largest importer of U.S. recyclables) began banning 24 categories of foreign waste and is no longer accepting recovered mixed paper – as well as recycled PET, PE, PVC [...]


On May 18th, 2017 the U.S. Food & Drug Administration administered a Class I recall of lead testing systems used on millions of children since the year 2014.  This is the most serious type of recall given by the FDA.  A recent article in the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that it is now eight months [...]

Carbide Manufacturing and Heavy Metal Exposure

If you’re manufacturing carbide and using cobalt or nickel as your binding material, then chances are you may be getting too much metal in your diet! Industries that make or use cutting or grinding tools may have their employees exposed to higher levels of cobalt.  Cobalt dust can enter the body by breathing, getting in [...]

Lead where you least expect it

As many people have no doubt heard now about lead contamination in water pipes of Flint, Michigan and the aging plumbing infrastructure around this country, lead contamination is still one of those health hazards most people assume cannot happen to them. In the coming weeks we will be discussing various ways you may become exposed [...]