Category Archives: Heavy Metals and Health

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:

If [...]

Stained Glass & Lead Exposure

Many of our customers are hobbyists who are inadvertently exposed to toxic heavy metals.  People who work with stained glass are one example.
Lead fumes occur during the soldering process.  The higher the temperature on the soldering iron, the more fumes are released.  Lead fumes are also present if you are painting with lead-based paints (especially [...]

LEVITATING DROPLETS OF WATER TO DETECT HEAVY METALS

Scientists in Mexico have discovered how to detect heavy metals in water by using sound waves to levitate and analyze droplets in mid air. Isolating the droplet by this method allows the water to evaporate in a controlled position, which increases the mass concentration of contaminants.  This also makes it easier to perform a [...]

FDA PROTECTING US FROM TOXIC METALS IN OUR FOOD

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released an interview with Conrad Choiniere, the chair of the Toxic Elements Working Group.  This workgroup of food safety experts was established about a year ago with the purpose of helping to shape what the FDA will do to protect consumers from toxic metals found in foods.  [...]

CDC Instructions on How to Properly Wash Your Hands

It may seem like an everyday activity which needs no explanation, but how does your usual hand washing practice compare to the recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)?
HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS (AS PER THE CDC):

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
Lather [...]

PEAT MOSS USED TO FILTER OUT HEAVY METALS

Yet another new procedure is being reported to combat heavy metal polluted water. A northern Minnesota company is touting a pollution-fighting peat!  American Peat Technology processes enormous amounts of peat from the bed of an ancient lake in Aitkin, Minnesota.  The peat has been decomposing for thousands of years and has the natural ability [...]

LEAD EXPOSURE AT FIRING RANGES AND YOUR SAFETY

Exposure to lead dust and fumes at the firing range can present a potential health risk to shooters, firearm instructors, other range employees and their families.  There are many ways you may be exposed to lead dust while shooting:

Exploding primers containing lead styphnate & the friction from the lead slug against the gun barrel create [...]