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Heavy Metals - Sources in the Environment

Heavy Metals - Sources in the Environment

How to detoxify...

Heavy metals, the most often toxic metals considered as poisons to humans are lead, mercury and cadmium. 

They are the result of air emissions from combustion plants, oil, ore mining, industrial processes, incinerators, elimination of the mining and industrial waste, food industry (long-term use of some chemical compounds for plant protection led to increased amounts of copper, mercury, cadmium and lead in soil, then contaminating the food).

They are generally found at the particles level (except mercury which is mainly gaseous).

Water and air can be considered as renewable sources, but in soils the effect of human activity is more persistent and often irreversible.

 

NICKEL

 NICKEL

Certain foods (e.g. Cacao, chocolate, broccoli, nuts, bananas), dental restorations, protheses (hip, knee, cochlear and cardiac implants), coins, jewelry, color pigments, cosmetics, stainless steel cutlery and pots, iuds, incinerators, tobacco smoke, industrial exhaust

TITANIUM

 TITANIUM

Dental implants, restorations, pigments, pins and screws; orthopedic protheses, pacemakers, vascular stents, whitening agent (E171) in food and pharmaceutical products (medications, toothpaste, cosmetics), coating agent, jewelry

CADMIUM

 CADMIUM

Tobacco smoke, root fillings (Guttapercha), batteries, vegetables and grain grown in contaminated soil, metal pigments in cosmetics and dental materials, incinerators.

GOLD

 GOLD

Dental crowns and bridges, jewelry, pharmaceuticals (e.g. For rheumatoid arthritis), food coloring (E175) in sweets, porcelain decorations

PALLADIUM

 PALLADIUM

Dental crowns, bridges, and root pins; car exhaust, jewelry, electronic equipment, spinning- and weaving mills.

LEAD

 LEAD

Tobacco smoke, old water pipes and paints, metal pigments in cosmetics, root fillings (formerly), vegetables grown in contaminated soil, incinerators, roadway dust

BÉRYLLIUM

 BERYLLIUM

Metal industry, aircraft construction, ceramic industry, transistors, vegetables, dental restorations, fluorescent lamps, photography.

INORGANIC MERCURY

 INORGANIC MERCURY

Amalgam fillings (50% mercury), thermometers, batteries, disinfectants, gas meters

TIN

TIN

Dental restorations, paints, soldering material, jewelry, galvanic products, glass and ceramic industry, catalysts, toothpaste (snf 2)

PHENYL MERCURY

 PHENYL MERCURY

Pesticides, cosmetics

ETHYL MERCURY

 ETHYL MERCURY

Vaccines (thimerosal), contact lens solutions, eye drops

METHYL MERCURY

 METHYL MERCURY

Fish and crustaceans

ALUMINIUM

 ALUMINIUM

Deoderants, dental restorations (Ti-Al alloys), vaccines (as adjuvants), electronic industry, metal industry, vegetables

PLATINE

 PLATINE

Jewelry, dental crowns and bridges, catalysts, photo materials, cytostatics

COOPER

 COPPER

Amalgam and dental restorations, supplements (vitamins and minerals), iuds, medicinal baths, electronic industry, pigments

COBALT

 COBALT

Jewelry, coins, fertilizer, dental restorations, cement and other building materials

CHROMIUM

 CHROMIUM

Jewelry, electroplating, dyes, wood impregnation, incinerators, welding, Cr-Fe alloys, dental materials, cement, household items (Chromium-Nickel-Steel)

INDIUM

 INDIUM

Dental restorations, electronic industry, solar cells (cuinse), metal alloys, medicinal radioisotopes

MOLYBDENIUM

 MOLYBDENIUM

Steel industry, color pigments, dental materials (Co-Cr-Mo), fossil fuels, oil refineries, lubricating oil

GALLIUM

 GALLIUM

Palladium-containing dental materials, thermometers, diodes, solar batteries

IRIDIUM

 IRIDIUM

Gold alloys, electronics, catalysts, platinum/iridium-alloys in jewelry

RUTHENIUM

 RUTHENIUM

Dental alloys, ceramics

VANADIUM

 VANADIUM

Titanium alloys, implant materials, incinerators, catalysts

silver

 SILVER

Amalgam and dental restorations, jewelry, food coloring (E174), coins, antiseptics (silver nitrate), pharmaceuticals, photo and copy industry

ANTIMOINE

ANTIMONY

Mineral water in plastic bottles (PET), alloys, textile (flame retardant)

ARSENIC

ARSENIC

Agricultural insecticides, cereal (rice and wheat), vegetables, seafood, wood processing, glass industry, electronic equipment, alloys