Heavy Metal Toxicity: Common Causes

Heavy metal toxicity can result from either acute or chronic exposure to heavy metals.

Acute exposure can occur as a result of:

  • Receiving vaccinations that contain thimerosal (mercury preservative)
  • Mishandled metals at a job site
  • Chemical and heavy metal spills–even from a broken mercury thermometer

Chronic exposure happens over a period of time, and includes:

  • Having mercury amalgams (“silver fillings”) in teeth
  • Living in a home built prior to 1978 that has lead-based paint
  • Smoking and/or inhaling second-hand smoke
  • Eating foods (such as contaminated fish) that contain high levels of heavy metals
  • Living near a landfill
  • Working in an environment where exposure is prevalent, such as at a dentist’s office where amalgam is used to fill cavities

Additional Information about Heavy Metal Toxicity

  1. Heavy Metal Toxicity Overview
  2. Common symptoms of heavy metal toxicity
  3. Help me choose a natural and alternative treatment for heavy metal toxicity
  4. Dietary and lifestyle recommendations that may help in the treatment of heavy metal toxicity
  5. Conventional or prescription medications used in the treatment of heavy metal toxicity
  6. Additional reading for heavy metal toxicity

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