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Heavy Metal Poisoning

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Heavy Metal Toxicity

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Aluminum Poisoning
  • Antimony Poisoning
  • Arsenic Poisoning
  • Cadmium Poisoning
  • Chromium Poisoning
  • Cobalt Poisoning
  • Copper Poisoning
  • Lead Poisoning
  • Lithium Poisoning
  • Manganese Poisoning
  • Mercury Poisoning
  • Silver Poisoning
  • Zinc Poisoning
  • Barium Poisoning
  • Bismuth Poisoning
  • Gold Poisoning
  • Iron Poisoning
  • Selenium Poisoning
  • Phosphorous Poisoning
  • Platinum Poisoning
  • Tin Poisoning
  • Nickel Poisoning
  • Thallium Poisoning

General Discussion

Heavy metal poisoning is the accumulation of heavy metals, in toxic amounts, in the soft tissues of the body. Symptoms and physical findings associated with heavy metal poisoning vary according to the metal accumulated. Many of the heavy metals, such as zinc, copper, chromium, iron and manganese, are essential to body function in very small amounts. But, if these metals accumulate in the body in concentrations sufficient to cause poisoning, then serious damage may occur. The heavy metals most commonly associated with poisoning of humans are lead, mercury, arsenic and cadmium. Heavy metal poisoning may occur as a result of industrial exposure, air or water pollution, foods, medicines, improperly coated food containers, or the ingestion of lead-based paints.

Resources

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Consumer Nutrition and Health Information

10903 New Hampshire Ave

Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002

Tel: (301)575-0156

Tel: (888)463-6332

Internet: http://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/ConsumerInformation/default.htm



Human Ecology Action League, Inc. (HEAL)

P.O. Box 509

Stockbridge, GA 30281

Tel: (770)389-4519

Fax: (770)389-4520

Email: HEALNatnl @aol.com

Internet: http://www.healnatl.org/index.php



National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

395 E Street, S.W. Suite 9200

Patriots Plaza Building

Washington, DC 20201

Tel: (513)533-8328

Fax: (513)533-8347

Tel: (800)232-4636

TDD: (888)232-6348

Email: cdcinfo@cdc.gov

Internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/



National Safety Council/Environmental Health Center

1121 Spring Lake Dr.

Itasca, IL 60143-3201

Tel: (630)285-1121

Fax: (630)285-1315

Tel: (800)621-7615

Email: customerservice@nsc.org

Internet: http://www.nsc.org/Pages/Home.aspx



Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126

Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126

Tel: (301)251-4925

Fax: (301)251-4911

Tel: (888)205-2311

TDD: (888)205-3223

Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/



Madisons Foundation

PO Box 241956

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Tel: (310)264-0826

Fax: (310)264-4766

Email: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org

Internet: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org



Center for Health, Environment and Justice

P.O. Box 6806

Falls Church, VA 22040-6806

Tel: (703)237-2249

Fax: (703)237-8389

Email: info@chej.org

Internet: http://www.chej.org



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Last Updated:  3/28/2008

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