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Is pencil lead poisonous if consumed?

Is pencil lead poisonous if consumed?

No: The graphite pencil which is also known as the lead pencil. The 'lead' is a misnomer in a sense leading to confusion with lead of lead poisoning. The content of the black writing portion of a lead pencil is a mixture of high-grade charcoal and clay. All the same, consumption of the pencil is not advised. ...Read more

Toxicity (Definition)

Toxicity is the degree to which a drug or a substance can harm ...Read more


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I am lead toxicity , what can I do now?

I am lead toxicity , what can I do now?

See below: The first step in treating all degrees of lead poisoning is to remove the source of the contamination. Than check your serum lead level in your doctor's office. If the level is too high (>45 mcg/dl), you will get a treatment with a chelation therapy (medication that binds with the lead so that it's excreted in your urine), such as edta. ...Read more

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I scored a 15ug/g creat for lead toxicity, where did it come from since i've been living in new homes all my life and am a white collar professional?

It's a scam: We just visited, didn't we? Urine metal testing is unscientific, though many of the practitioners are sincere. Some of the labs simply make the numbers up to scare people. You are right to be skeptical and i'm pleased that you are. Get with your real primary care physician and consider contacting your local prosecutor. ...Read more

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Is my high lead and mercury toxicity the source of my childs tourettes/ticks?

Is my high lead and mercury toxicity the source of my childs tourettes/ticks?

Not likely: Unless you are eating a diet high in mercury (like fish) and your child is eating the same diet, then the answer probably is no. Have your child examined by a movement disorder specialist. ...Read more

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Docs can you explain, is it true fluoride has a toxicity between lead and arscenic?

Docs can you explain, is it true fluoride has a toxicity between lead and arscenic?

Yes: And so is enough water! any element in enough concentration and volume is "toxic". ...Read more

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What type of doctor check for lead toxicity? Specific doctor?

NP/GP/Peds/clinic: There are several simple screening methods incorporated into the normal schedule of checkups for kids.These are often first done at 9-12 mo and then at 2 yr,or anytime the issue is a concern.The simplest can be done on a finger stick, while a more specific test is done from a blood draw.This is done by most general providers in many settings.It is not a specialty issue.Treatment would be. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a false negative on a zinc toxicity test? I had zinc, copper and lead testing done. My zinc results in blood and urine were at the high end of normal. My lead was negative but my copper results came back as low. I have all of the

Is it possible to get a false negative on a zinc toxicity test? I had zinc, copper and lead testing done.  My zinc results in blood and urine were at the high end of normal.  My lead was negative but my copper results came back as low.  I have all of the

Any : Any test has a risk of being a false negative or even false positve for that matter. Heavy metal toxicity/poisoning is a very difficult issue, and has been a challenge for a lot of doctors. I recommend you consult a medical toxicologist. These doctors specialize in poison and metal toxicity. If you have already done so, i suggest a second opinion by another doctor in the field. Good luck. ...Read more

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When does the primary care test for mercury or lead toxicity?

When appropriate: Laws may mandate screening of young people for lead poisoning. Testing for mercury happens when there's an exposure. There is a great deal of lead in the environment. However, the "pop" / "scare" stuff on the internet is designed to frighten people over mercury poisoning instead, which (as the real thing) is very uncommon. Talk with your physician if you or Junior has been exposed. ...Read more

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Four pills of chelex twice a day, morning and night for lead, thallium, and tin toxicity. When do I take mineral supplements?

Four pills of chelex twice a day, morning and night for lead, thallium, and tin toxicity. When do I take mineral supplements?

With lunch: Obviously, the best time would be several hours before or after consuming your oral chelators. EDTA is poorly absorbed by the GI tract, with about 90% excreted unchanged in the stools. Consequently, it is best to take your supplemental minerals apart from your chelators, for maximum benefit. ...Read more