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Behavioral Abnormalities Associated with Various
Heavy Metal Toxins

Human beings have been exposed to heavy metal toxins for an immeasurable amount of time. The industrialization of the world has dramatically increased the overall environmental 'load' of heavy metal toxins to the point that our societies are dependent upon them for proper functioning.
 
Industry and commercial processes have actively mined refined manufactured burned and manipulated heavy metal compounds for a number of reasons. Today heavy metals are abundant in our drinking water air and soil due to our increased use of these compounds. They are present in virtually every area of modern consumerism from construction materials to cosmetics medicines to processed foods fuel sources to agents of destruction appliances to personal care products.
 
It is very difficult for anyone to avoid exposure to any of the many harmful heavy metals that are so prevalent in our environment. While it does not appear that we are going to neutralize the threat of heavy metal toxicity in our communities nor decrease our utilization of the many commercial goods that they help produce we can take steps to understand this threat and put into action policies of prevention and treatment that may help to lessen the negative impact that these agents have on human health.

Heavy metal toxins contribute to a variety of adverse health effects. There exist over 20 different heavy metal toxins that can impact human health and each toxin will produce different behavioral physiological and cognitive changes in an exposed individual. The degree to which a system organ tissue or cell is affected by a heavy metal toxin depends on the toxin itself and the individual's degree of exposure to the toxin.
 
Review the list below to see if you currently experience any of the symptoms associated with heavy metal poisoning, it is not as rare as you might think it is. If you do, then you might want to consider Oral Chelation Therapy to relieve those symptoms.

Psychiatric Disturbances

Social Deficits, Social withdrawal
Mercury

Repetitive, preseverative, stereotyped behaviors;
OCD-typical behaviors
Mercury

Depression, mood swings, flat affect; impaired facial recognition
Arsenic, Copper, Lead, Mercury

Schizoid tendencies; hallucinations; delirium
Mercury

Irritability, aggressive behaviors, temper tantrums
Lead, Mercury

Suicidal Behaviors
Copper, Mercury

Sleep difficulties/ disturbances
Lead, Mercury, Thallium

Chronic fatigue (CFS); weakness, malaise
Aluminum, Arsenic, Cadmium, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Thallium

Anorexia; symptoms reflecting eating disorders; loss of appetite/weight
Arsenic, Lead, Mercury

Anxiety; nervous tendencies
Thallium

Attention problems (ADHD), lacks eye contact, impaired visual fixation
Lead, Mercury

Speech and Language Deficits

Speech disorders
Aluminum, Mercury

Loss of speech, developmental problems with language
Mercury

Speech comprehension deficits
Mercury

Dysarthria articulation problems slurred speech, unintelligible speech
Mercury

Cognitive Impairments

Mental retardation, borderline intelligence
Arsenic, Lead, Mercury

Uneven performance on IQ scores, low IQ scores
Copper, Lead

Poor concentration, attention deficits (ADHD), response inhibition
Aluminum, Lead

Poor memory (short term, verbal and auditory)
Aluminum, Lead

Dementia; pre-senile and senile dementia
Aluminum

Stupor
Aluminum, Arsenic

Impaired reaction time; lower performance on timed tests
Lead

Sensory Abnormalities

Abnormal Sensations in the mouth and extremities
Arsenic

Hearing loss, difficulty hearing
Arsenic, Lead, Mercury

Abnormal touch sensations; diminished touch sensations, aversion to touch
Arsenic

Blurred vision; sensitivity to light
Arsenic, Mercury

Motor Disorders

Choreiform movements, myoclonal jerks, unusual postures
Copper, Mercury

Difficulty walking, swallowing talking
Copper, Mercury

Flapping, circling, rocking, toe walking
Mercury

Problems with intentional movements or imitation
Mercury

Abnormal gait/posture; incoordination, loss of balance;
problems sitting, lying, crawling, and walking
Mercury

Decreased locomotor activity
Aluminum, Arsenic

Convulsions; seizure
Aluminum, Arsenic, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Thallium

Structural and Functional Abnormalities associated
with various heavy metal toxins

Physiological Impairment

Brain and Central Nervous System

Neurofibrillary tangles
Aluminum

Neuritis, retrobulbar neuritis; neuropathy
Aluminum, Arsenic, Thallium

Encephalopathy
Aluminum, Arsenic, Lead, Thallium

Alterations in nerve conduction velocity
Lead

Alterations in the spinal chord
Thallium

Accumulates in CNS structures
Aluminum, Mercury

Abnormal EEGs
Arsenic, Lead

Autonomic disturbances
Copper, Lead,
Mercury, Thallium

Peripheral Nervous System

Peripheral neuropathy
Arsenic, Mercury

Alterations in peripheral nerves
Arsenic

Loss of feeling/ numbness in the extremities
paresthesia

Arsenic, Mercury, Thallium

Gastrointestinal Tract

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea; loss of appetite
Arsenic, Copper, Mercury, Thallium

Abdominal pain, stomach cramps; burning of the throat and mouth
Arsenic, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Thallium

Esophagitis; gastroenteritis; colitis
Arsenic, Mercury, Thallium

Cancers (colon, pancreatic, stomach, or rectal)
Arsenic

Renal and Hepatic Impairment

Hepatotoxicity; Liver; dysfunction damage
Arsenic, Copper, Thallium

Cirrhosis of the liver hepatitis
Copper

Kidney disease; kidney failure
Arsenic, Lead, Mercury

Renal toxicity; tubular proteinosis
Arsenic, Copper, Lead

Kidney Damage, histological alterations
Arsenic, Lead

Cardiovascular System

Blood vessel damage
Arsenic

Anemia decreased red blood cell count
Arsenic, Copper, Lead

Hypertension increased heart rate (tachycardia)
Arsenic, Copper, Lead, Thallium

Electrocardiac disorders

Peripheral vascular disease cardiovascular disease vascular collapse
Arsenic, Lead

Respiratory System

Pulmonary Fibrosis
Aluminum, Arsenic

Pneumonia, laryngitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis
Aluminum, Arsenic, Mercury

Restrictive airway disorders, asthmatic conditions, pneumoconiosis
Arsenic, Aluminum

Respiratory tract cancers
Arsenic

Immune System

Immuno suppression
Lead

Decreased white blood cell count
Arsenic, Thallium

Reproductive System

Genital abnormalities
Aluminum, Thallium

Disturbances in menstrual cycle menstrual pains
Copper, Mercury

Birth defects premature births Spontaneous abortion
Arsenic, Lead, Mercury

Reproductive dysfunction
Arsenic, Aluminum, Cadmium, Lead

Other Physical Disturbances

Rashes, contact dermatitis, eczema, itchy/irritating skin
Aluminum, Arsenic, Copper, Mercury

Muscle pain; headache; acrodynia; colic
Arsenic, Copper, Lead, Thallium

Alopecia (hair loss)
Thallium