Diseases & Conditions


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Heavy Metal Poisoning


Synonyms of Heavy Metal Poisoning
  • Heavy Metal Toxicity

Disorder Subdivisions

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

Organizations related to Heavy Metal Poisoning
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Inquiry & Consumer Information
    Office of Inquiry and Consumer Information
    Rockville MD 20857
    Phone #: 301-827-4420
    800 #: 888-463-6332
    e-mail: N/A
    Home page: http://www.fda.gov/fdahomepage.html
  • Human Ecology Action League, Inc.
    P.O. Box 509
    Stockbridge GA 30281
    Phone #: 770-389-4519
    800 #: --
    e-mail: HEALNatnl@aol.com
    Home page: http://www.healnatl.org
  • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
    150 Custer Court
    Green Bay WI 54301-1243
    Phone #: 920-336-5333
    800 #: 877-336-5333
    e-mail: mums@netnet.net
    Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
  • Madisons Foundation
    PO Box 241956
    Los Angeles CA 90024
    Phone #: 310-264-0826
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: getinfo@madisonsfoundation.org
    Home page: http://www.madisonsfoundation.org
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    Washington Office (Headquarters)
    Washington DC 20201
    Phone #: --
    800 #: 800-356-4674
    e-mail: pubstaft@cdc.gov
    Home page: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/homepage.html
  • National Safety Council/Environmental Health Center
    Lead Program, 1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    Washington DC 20036
    Phone #: 202-293-2270
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: leadctr@nsc.org
    Home page: http://www.nsc.org/ehc/lead.htm



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