Category Archives: Heavy Metals in the News

Heavy Metal Testing on Colorado’s Marijuana Expected in 2019

Independent news source Westword recently reported that according to Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED), commercial marijuana products sold in the state may be tested for toxic heavy metals as early as next year.  Fertilizers and other growing nutrients may have measured amounts of heavy metals, such as arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, mercury, lead, nickel, selenium, and [...]

Hurricane Katrina Reduced Lead Levels in New Orleans

The 2005 Category 5 Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans by breaching surge protection levees surrounding the city, resulting in 80% of the city being flooded for weeks.   An interesting positive result of this disastrous force of nature is that research shows lead levels being drastically reduced.  Lead levels in soil, and children’s blood were measured [...]

HEAVY METAL DETOX DIET

Heavy metals commonly enter our bodies through a number of avenues.  Drinking water through old lead pipes, wearing lead based lipstick and cosmetics, aluminum in deodorant, smoking e-cigarettes, pesticides & herbicides used on produce, air pollution & vehicle exhaust, and industrial exposure are all such examples.  An article was recently published listing the top 10 [...]

Sudanese Plants Show Promise in Removing Heavy Metals

According to an article printed in the Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, three Sudanese medicinal plants may have the ability to remove heavy metals from water. Ethanol extracts were taken from the local and common plants moringa, bulrush, and Egyptian lemongrass and used to treat water contaminated with one of four common heavy [...]

Filtering Out Heavy Metals Using Gallium

Australian researchers have discovered a way to filter toxic heavy metals from water using aluminum and gallium.  According to an article published in Advanced Functional Materials, when a piece of aluminum is added to the core of liquid gallium at room temperature, layers of aluminum oxide are quickly produced at the surface of the gallium.  [...]

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 [...]

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.  [...]

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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