Heavy Metal Poisoning

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Disorder Subdivisions

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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.

Supporting Organizations

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
Website: http://www.chej.org

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

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

Human Ecology Action League, Inc. (HEAL)

10 Wilson RD
Ste 4
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Tel: (770)389-4519
Fax: (770)389-4520
Email: HEALNatnl @aol.com
Website: 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
Email: cdcinfo@cdc.gov
Website: 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
Website: http://www.nsc.org/Pages/Home.aspx

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Last Updated:  3/28/2008
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