By: Arman Karshenas & Brooke Smith
Definition & Location
Heavy Metals - "A block of all the metals in Groups 3 to 16 that are in periods 4 and greater." or the "transition and post-transition metals." (Hawkes, 1997)
Impact On the Body
When consumed in contaminated drinking water, heavy metals can cause acute heavy metal poisoning (Mercola, 2009). This occurs when people are exposed to a large amount of heavy metals at one time. Acute heavy metal poisoning commonly causes nausea, vomiting, and coma (Oregon Public Health Division, 2011). It can also cause skin cancer, which is common for those who have consumed a lot of heavy metals (Hazards of Heavy Metal Contamination, 2003).
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Mercola, J. (2013). Heavy metals and your health: Frequently asked questions about testing, treatment and prevention. Oregon Public Health Division, 4-4. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
Heavy metals and your health: Frequently asked questions about testing, treatment and prevention. (2014). Oregon Public Health Division, 4-4. Retrieved November 12, 2014.