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 and zinc were also found as potentially toxic through inhalation.  Researchers believe these metals are transferred from the e-cigarette device (most likely the heating coil) to the e-liquid and from the e-liquid to the aerosol that is inhaled by the user.

Unfortunately, we at CLEAN-ALL don’t offer a product to clean your lungs from these toxic aerosols, so please put down the e-cigarette (or regular cigarette) and BE SAFE!

THERE’S GOLD IN THEM THAR BACTERIA!

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 by the name of C. metalliurans. Researchers have discovered a unique molecular process inside this bacterium, which converts copper and gold into an easily absorbable form. Once absorbed, the toxic versions of the heavy metals are changed to inert versions.  In the case of gold, the results are tiny gold nuggets!

If scientists can replicate this process, they would be able to extract nontoxic gold in an easier & safer manner.  Until then, if you are involved in the process of extracting gold, BE SAFE!  Use Clean-All Heavy Metals Hand & Body Soap!

‘Single Atom in an Ion Trap’

Do you see that tiny speck of a blue dot?  Unbelievably, you are looking at a single-positively charged atom!  This amazing image recently won the 2018 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council science photography competition. What isn’t visible to the naked eye is lead dust!  Be Safe!  Use Clean-All Heavy Metals Hand & Body Soap!

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 could be devastating to ecosystems globally.  Once released into the atmosphere, mercury can travel long distances affecting many up the food chain. Additional research is being done in other parts of the world, but obviously this is a serious environmental issue to keep an eye on.

Exposure to the heavy metal mercury can result in major health issues affecting the nervous, digestive and immune systems, and may be fatal.

TOXIC TOYS IN THE ATTIC?

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% of the 200 toys tested positive for arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, mercury, lead, antimony, selenium and bromine.  All the toys tested were the perfect size for children to put in their mouths and chew on.  One of the worst offenders was Lego bricks, specifically the red and yellow ones.

So think twice before picking up that vintage Mekaneck Masters of the Universe action figure at the thrift store or bringing out your old Gem and the Holograms dolls from the attic!  You may want to give it a quick lead-test for safety’s sake!

New Recyling Restrictions in China Include Toxic Heavy Metals

(Fred Dufour/Agence France-Presse - Getty Images)

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 and PS, textiles and vanadium slag.  Restrictions on Category 7 Metals (which include copper scrap, aluminum scrap, aluminum used beverage cans (UBCs), lead, lead-acid batteries, nickel and zinc) have also tightened considerably.  This has forced the U.S. to look into alternative markets to process our recycling, not only internationally, but also here at home.  If you work in a recycling center and have the risk of handling any of these heavy metals, please be safe and remove toxic residue by using our Clean-All Soap.

FOR YOUR SAFETY – LEAD TESTING RECALL

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 later and we still have no news on what went wrong.

The product that has been recalled is the Magellan Diagnostics LeadCare Plus and Ultra Blood Lead Testing Systems.

Laboratories, health care professionals, and of course patients being tested may be affected by this recall.  In particular, children in high-risk environments with blood lead levels (BLL) in the 5 to 14 micrograms per deciliter range.

Carbide Manufacturing and Heavy Metal Exposure

Carbide Tool Manufacturing

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 your drinking water, or transferrable from your hands to your food.

The US government’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry(ATSDR) issued a public health statement on the effects of cobalt in the workplace:

Serious effects on the lungs, including asthma, pneumonia, and wheezing, have been found in people exposed to 0.005 mg cobalt/m3 while working with hard metal, a cobalttungsten carbide alloy. People exposed to 0.007 mg cobalt/m3 at work have also developed allergies to cobalt that resulted in asthma and skin rashes. The general public, however, is not likely to be exposed to the same type or amount of cobalt dust that caused these effects in workers.

Both of these metals are included on the government’s hazardous substance list and both of these metals can be washed away by using Clean-All Heavy Metals® Soap.

Simply washing with plain soap and water will not significantly reduce the spread of contamination or the danger of ingestion. Clean-All Heavy Metals® Soap is also an effective way to keep surfaces and laundry safe. Remove heavy metal residue and reduce the risk of toxic contamination with Clean-All Heavy Metals® Hand & Body Soap.

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 to lead, and potential ways to keep you and the ones you care about safe. Our mission in not to scare, but to make people aware that with a few steps you can limit your lead exposure.

Do you know:

  • That lead is in 2nd place (behind arsenic) on the U.S. government’s Most Hazardous Substance List?  (https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/spl/index.html)
  • That lead is one of six common air pollutants in the USA (https://www.epa.gov/criteria-air-pollutants)
  • Than lead enters the body through inhalation, ingestion or through the skin.
  • Today at least 4 million households have children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead. (https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/)
  • That lead accumulates in the body and its effects are catastrophic and even fatal?

Although blood lead levels continue to decline in the United States, there is still too much exposure to high concentrations of lead.  Exposure can occur at work, at home through  contaminated clothing, hobbies such as target shooting, stained glass art, fishing sinkers, jewelry and pottery, etc.

LUCKILY, lead is not easily absorbed into the body and it is easy to protect yourself. Wash your hands and face before you eat, drink or smoke. Keep your contaminated clothing separate.

Use Clean-All Hand & Body Soap regularly!

Happily Leaded After…

According to a recent lawsuit filed against Disneyland multiple attractions at the amusement park contain high levels of lead.  The Mateel Environmental Justice Foundation claims that the tests they have conducted found nearly twenty times the legal limit in some rides. One sample taken from the stained-glass Pinocchio window at the Village Haus restaurant contained nearly 350 micrograms of exposed lead.  California state law requires warnings to be posted where exposure to lead exceeds 0.5 micrograms per day.

I had heard about this while watching the morning news and was immediately interested in researching it for a post.  Upon doing so I found that not only was Disneyland aware that these attractions contained lead, they felt they had complied with all “signage requirements” per state law.  I was surprised by Disney’s statement and that they had not considered replacing the toxic metal.  I also think it’s irresponsible to simply require a sign to warn the general public that an amusement park attraction contains unsafe amounts of lead according to California state law.  I don’t think anyone would notice or actually consider a “Lead Warning” while enjoying a fun day out with their family.

While no one has come forward stating that they are suffering from lead poisoning it should be mentioned that it is extremely difficult to diagnose.   Ms. Hartmann has a good point about Disney’s reluctance to remove the toxic metal “Disney certainly has the money to buy a few non-toxic hunks of metal, and it seems like it would be worth it to get environmental groups off their case – not to mention, ensure that kids really aren’t poisoning themselves at the park.” This makes sense to me not only on Disney’s behalf but also in regards to California state law.  If the metal is toxic it should be removed.