Sources of heavy metals

If you or your child have high levels of any of these heavy metals, here are sources to know about to determine ongoing exposure and to avoid future exposure.

Mercury:

  • Coal burning power plants
  • Fish
  • Vaccines (still contain “trace amounts” - 3 mcg. which is 6 times the EPA’s safe limit per shot for an infant)
  • Amalgam dental fillings
  • Burning hazardous wastes
  • The production of chlorine

You can also visit the EPA’s website on mercury

Aluminum:

  • Antacids (most)
  • Aluminum Cookware
  • Aluminum cans and some canned food (other is lined with plastic)
  • Baking Powder
  • Antiperspirants
  • Vaccines
  • Preservatives
  • Coloring agents
  • Leavening agents
  • Processed cheese, spices, pickles and baked goods
  • Salt (some)
  • Buffered Aspirin (some)
  • White Flour (some)
  • Treated Water

Lead:

  • Lead-based paint
  • Contaminated soil
  • Old pipes
  • Dust
  • Drinking water

Cadmium:

  • Commercial fertilizers
  • Food supply from fertilizers
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Batteries
  • Plastic manufacturing

Antimony:

  • Flame retardant sleepwear
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