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.
P.O. Box 509
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Tel: (770)389-4519
Fax: (770)389-4520
Email: HEALNatnl@aol.com
Internet: http://www.healnatl.org

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Washington Office (Headquarters)
395 E Street, S.W.
Suite 9200
Patriots Plaza Building
Washington, DC 20201
Tel: (202)245-0625
Tel: (800)356-4674
Email: pubstaft@cdc.gov
Internet: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/homepage.html

National Safety Council/Environmental Health Center
Lead Program, 1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202)293-2270
Fax: (202)659-1192
TDD: (202)293-0113
Email: leadctr@nsc.org
Internet: http://www.nsc.org/ehc/lead.htm

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

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
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

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

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